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  1. Thought it was about time someone made mention of Harness Racing Unhinged efforts! I am sure most of you have watched the videos of Harness Racing Unhinged being done by Nigel Armstrong and his camera lady. Yesterdays interviews were all very good a d well worth watching. Often he interviews harness participants who you would not even know, and the backgrounds are often very interesting and funny. We need to acknowledge Nigelโ€™s efforts as I believe he receives no remuneration for his efforts, and just does it for the benefit of the harness industry and is sacrificing his ti
    9 points
  2. Crosscodes - you're letting your hate of me get in the way of any rational thinking that you might have somewhere. Worse then a eyed cantabrian ๐Ÿ˜‚ Least we know you wouldn't have lost any money on Jenabella as surely you couldn't bring yourself to place your hard earned dollar on someone you hate so much. Hope all's well with you, Catch up soon ๐Ÿ‘
    8 points
  3. I think it is high time that the whole regime directing the drug testing system, and also other rules/directives that are either misplaced, not well understood, or are relics from a former time. is overhauled and brought into the 21st century. Along with Pitty's topic ' How do we fix NZ racing ', this [ IMO ] is one that deserves discussion on its own merits. The recent cases involving the dog Zipping Sarah, Sharrock's positives [ Big Red might be many things, but a drug cheat I would say not ], the P positives from Taranaki a couple of years ago, the morphine case - even the cobalt
    8 points
  4. What's with that Kennard woman having an convulsion after every win - shoving her tongue down everyone's throat, just for the tv cameras seemingly. I thought she might be auditioning for a part on Shitland Street. Very Very WEIRD. But I did enjoy the racing and the competitiveness of some of the driving. David Butcher in the first giving it to Nat was a highlight of the day.
    7 points
  5. Why bother as he will just come back under another name once he detox's.
    6 points
  6. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/racing/125234308/harness-racing-trainer-enjoys-best-season-in-the-sport A positive harness story about Southland trainer, Chelsea Faithful. She is another, like Dr Luk Chin, that trains horses and works as well. Good on her.
    6 points
  7. brodster and the evolution revolution partying like its 1999 or jewels day
    6 points
  8. Congratulations to Andrew who was simply the most consistent over the 4 heats.
    6 points
  9. After missing last year due to Covid, great to see its back. Who will take the North verse South trophy? Both teams have great captains. And they look like a great bunch of potential role models in years to come. Who will take the Junior Driver Champ Trophy? Exciting for them all, to those that have qualified. Good luck all.
    5 points
  10. I have just started a topic on that.Agree some very poor driving,but in no way did fitzgerald do anything wrong.
    5 points
  11. Well done to Mark Jones, in gaining his first win as a gallops trainer at Oamaru.. May there be many more.
    5 points
  12. Gorgeous Kate Gath having a chuckle as has spotted lovely Brittany Grahams's 'overdone' Fake Tan. hehehehe lol.
    5 points
  13. It's a tough one. I was often in 4 person ownership groups and often small issues would arise whether to sell, race ,and in the end , whether to breed from the fillies. (one bloke was a breeder) . Ultimately the better ones get sold as the Aus money , esp WA is pretty good. Spellbound soon to arrive in Brissy for 100k race where a strong chance, so that beats racing for 3rds and 4ths in NZ like HAVTIME is and ultimately PLUTONIUM LADY as well barely paying their way , when both are such talented mares for example. Katrina left HAVTIME at Menangle most of last year for a few wins and 70k
    5 points
  14. Gamms:I note that Spirit Of St Louis is another successful winner Flying The Banner for Summit Bloodstock. In watching their interview with Unhinged earlier today,I also watched an interview with West Aust Legend Garry Hall Snr.He stated that in buying 10 racehorses per year from NZ,he expected 2 to be extra good (if not as good as The Mighty Quinn): 4 to pay their way: and 2 to be losers.
    5 points
  15. I was saying that was in fact a Very Low price for quality stock. The West Australians (NZ best buyers ) still swoop on 'Up and running' stock. esp. after 1 southland win, they wisk off to the big smoke. Hall still buys 10 per year and sure Team Bond the same. A Jonesy special at Albion tomorrow. The Sweet Lou gelding SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS is in at $1.35 , !!!! as is with McCarthy now and appears to have half of New Zealand and Australia as the owners !! lol.............. He won his Australian debut in 1.55.2 at the Goulbourn backwater early in month. pretty slick ? should give th
    5 points
  16. Looking at numbers of Southern noms for this Gems meeting shows that full fields can be had at Alex, when you get Southern horses up. Taking a look back & the 20k minimum stake did nothing much to boost numbers, however a $40k stake with the prestige of listed race & aimed at not the top elite who are made up of usually the same-same. BUT with condition, targeting slightly different stables and horses. Perhaps Alex could look at doing something like this a couple of times a year. And/or having a close meeting so while not like Mana day 1 & day 2. But close enough so tha
    5 points
  17. Who will draw the best horses? That is the key to victory in these contests.
    5 points
  18. Yea we all do , and plenty have been offered , there has been plenty discussed on this forum , they don't want to know , they have a plan , a plan so cunning they wont share it with the racing community . Try offering a suggestion , see how far you get and how far your suggestion goes . I can't even come up with one positive initiative that NZTR have instigated in recent years , that's how cunning the plan is , it's years in the making , i'm sure they will announce it soon . Or in a little while at least , maybe not .
    5 points
  19. Owns Paint Lab a paint shop in Hornby Christchurch and puts a hell of a lot back in to the game - sponsors mobile barrier at Mehthven thru his syndicate Westview Racing - proviously had a model of buying going horses who could be improved and then selling them on - when he first went to the sales to buy yearlings I joined his syndicate and had some success - Spellbound would be the best
    5 points
  20. that's sad jones . Adam white say ALL DRESSED UP NOWHERE TO GO
    5 points
  21. Nigel does a magnificent job with his very relaxed and natural style of interviewing. I think if he took over the Boxseat I might start watching it again.
    5 points
  22. Nigel deserves all the praise for his efforts. Love watching the interviews on fb as they are live
    5 points
  23. Not good, sorry to hear about your on course experience - imagine the amount of first time race goers there yesterday, will they return?????? From a viewers point of view I thought the racing was great, pressure on the leaders in most races and drivers not afraid to sit 3 wide and at least put their horse into the race. Sadly a huge downside was the race caller making multiple mistakes with names, yes we all make mistakes but on the biggest day and to call 'Akuta' probably the most impressive winner on the day the wrong name and lets be honest totally stuff up the the last 300 meters
    5 points
  24. As you say jones,you have said nothing but positive things about the jewels. So its disappointing to hear that the club failed to deliver for many of those who attended.All sounds poorly organised. As i referred to in another thread,i thought the trackside coverage of the races was also poor in the early stages of the races. It was like they were experimenting with the drone coverage and were far away in the early races,then all of a sudden switched to close ups for 150m of a couple of horses,then back to normal coverage. No continuity at all in the first part of the races. Sounds a
    5 points
  25. Well done Pam , great win , and a great stake , only down side was i didn't see the drift coming and took a lot shorter than the 19s she ended at , bloody ridiculous going on track and heavy stats . Anyway have a great night , got to make the most of them .
    5 points
  26. That net revenue generated by TR continues its long term decline and thereby the direct funding the industry generates for itself. Pretty hopeless situation as far as I can see and with escalatinig operating costs, particularly from the likes of the AWTs
    5 points
  27. I don't think I had the opportunity to find out. Long time ago! But I do remember John (his stable name) had one helluva personality, was a pleasure to drive in training, the stable boss (humans and horses) and the only horse that I've ever considered to be damn near human! I'm sure if he was in a bad mood and wanted to piss you off he would have held on for hours but he was smart enough to know there was no point hanging around when there was a feed waiting when he got back to the stable!
    5 points
  28. OK so I'm not allowed to have an opinion on my own site? Should I take on a persona of obsequious sycophancy and write syrupy posts congratulating or offering condolences for people I don't even know? Then sign off any post that may have a hint of controversy with the acronym "JMHO"? No wonder this industry is in the state it is in.
    5 points
  29. Perish the thought of no Purdons training in NZ! Devastating Gamma, just couldnt sleep!
    5 points
  30. You really are an idiot 'symptom not the cause'? A symptom arises from and is an indicator of a problem. How can irrigation or lack thereof be a symptom? It is either a cause or it is not a cause - it is not a symptom 'The major flaw in Pitty's argument which you support is what happens when you don't irrigate?' Nobody said they shouldn't irrigate. What they(MRP) have said is they should not irrigate so close to raceday and in particular not with irrigation gear that is clearly not up to it(as evidenced by the fact that it creates lanes on the track - which have been apparent vi
    5 points
  31. I will watch the replays but wont watch live, that way I can fast forward all the pre race Crap and after match tongueing!
    5 points
  32. Thats a hard one to be sure of. No denying Udr and on track performances have improved. If you look at their winners akuta,bettor twist and samhara . What was noticeable was how they pulled away easily right at the finish of races run in very fast times. Then you had South coast arden do the same thing. This horse has definitely improved since being trained by the all stars. Theres no doubt rasmussen is much better than mangos as a driver,and maybe the all stars are better than mangos is as a trainer,but this horse has gone to a new level in a couple of weeks with a different trainer
    5 points
  33. My Unofficial Count Fitzgerald Wins x 19 points**Well done. Runnerup Sheryl Wigg x 14 points What an astute winning drive on Dalness First. Last until the 600/came around beaten horses 3&4 wide into straight/weaved back inside runners onto rail/kept up sustained run to win (even fooled commentator). Illustrated her standing in Amateur Ranks. Congrats to all participants.
    5 points
  34. Gammalite - He removed the ear plugs. Many of our top drivers do it now, commonly done by Dexter Dunn when he was driving here and it's actually a safer way to activate plugs or sliding blinds instead of using your hands. That's because you have full control of the horse when the plugs or sliding blinds are activated so that if they react, which some can, and run out or in, you've got a hand in each rein and can react. At the moment when you pull the cords with by hand you have to have both reins in one hand and not as much control. (1) NZ Metro 17 June 2021 Race 1 - YouTube Ch
    4 points
  35. all kiwis driver like amateurs ffs put your horses in the race eye ball them
    4 points
  36. This is aimed at Addington Raceway hierarchy, although it may not be their responsibility! Who was the plonker that approved the effing Speed Humps that are outside the Orange Theory building? They are just the most jarring speed humps that you could ever experience! The damage to vehicles with how hard they are would be immense and Ardern wants everyone on bikes????? Yes I know they are to slow you down but FFS they are just downright obscene! If it is not the Raceways ownership, how about sorting it with whoever responsibility it is?
    4 points
  37. Galah, there has been some very poor drives so far today! Yes some of the horses are pretty average, which is good for punting on! However you might as well leave your horse at home in a nice warm stable if your driver is just going to sit back and expect to get some money! Wouldnt say our driving ranks are overly endowed with talent at the money on average!
    4 points
  38. All of the AllStars horses form and ability seems to decline after they leave the stable. It is only because they are just so more professional than any other stable in Australasia!
    4 points
  39. Galah, you are correct regarding not being able to see the dogs! Even Addington track is too far away to watch the dogs easily, however Not many owners actually go oncourse to watch their dogs race anyway! Wouldnt be too concerned about it as Swarbrick and her Lefty Losers want the dogs GONE!!!
    4 points
  40. This seems like one of those ideas that makes no sense.For that reason that's why they may actually be considering it. Putting a greyhound track inside a trotting track,which is already inside a galloping track would result in no spectators whatsoever. I've been to addington and forbury dogs.Just the once. And it was a total waste of time,you can't see them because they are so far away. And here you have a suggestion that you put in a track at least another 50-100m further away from spectators. Anyone who watches dog racing in australia can see that they often get reasonable crowds at tra
    4 points
  41. Watched the races replayed. Sorry to hear that you didnt enjoy the day. Weather was not that flash and hard to understand why on earth they run at this time of year, when it is most often shitty westher at Queens Birthday?? The old puke material happened again as it always does with the same old same old tonguing and cuddly of everyone, even though they Have done it just so many times!!!! What on earth is that all about FFS? If they want to do it, then go for it but does the bloody cameraman beed to show the shit?????? Plunder the stake money and then gloat about
    4 points
  42. Don't forget Roydon Scott. A half to Roydon Glen. He beat Lord Module on numerous occasions. If I remember right his career was cut short by arthritis. Phillipa Frost was another good one
    4 points
  43. Sorry can't agree , i have the greatest of respect for him as a horse trainer and i'm sure in many ways he is a man of integrity , but the only persons he shoved something where the sun doesn't shine was the punters . Don't deliberately mislead the punters to help your owners get a better price then start bragging about it after the race admitting that's what you done , forget about AC there was plenty of pissed off punters after that race , and these are the actions that help fulfill the perception that racing is crooked . He should have just stayed stuum , it's what you do if you don't
    4 points
  44. you can keep your site, the only reason this site exists is because of the lack of applicable laws in the digital realm to express a freedom of speech, once this comes to fruition you will see your relevance has become like brodies betting options!
    4 points
  45. Still gambling and still boring racing! Personally wouldnt be bothered offloading anything on the day, far rather have a day out than watch that shite! Seeing on TV the Cullen/Purdon//Rasmussen stable owners sticking their tongues down each other!!!
    4 points
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    4 points
  47. I see that the Labour MP for Taieri has been putting her two cents worth in on the closure of Forbury. According to her, it will assist in the fight against climate change. What?? Call me stupid, but how? She is the latest in a line of numpties , such as Clare Curran and David Benson Pope to have held that seat.
    4 points
  48. Probably wants you as an enemy.
    4 points
  49. Gamma, Firstly it is not as easy as you think by socalled spreading it around! Why dont the Bookies just act with integrity and treat all punters equally? Restrict no one or everyone!!!! Seriously Gamma the feature races nowadays are nothing like they used to be! Domination by the one stable is so over rated and is driving punters away! Years ago on Premier nights there were plenty oncourse at Addington, nowadays very few of the regulars ever go! I personally do not bother anymore as I refuse to have to identify myself to bet on a horse! Just blatant control BS!!
    4 points
  50. But your view is part of the problem - it is negative even though you try to paint it as a positive. Isn't the more important metric the one that shows that with the thousands of swabs taken each year there have been very very few positives returned? Has there been one this season? With the millions and millions of dollars of industry and taxpayer money spent on the INCA investigation there has been no evidence of widespread corruption or race fixing. Aren't we still waiting for a result? Essentially there is no evidence of widespread corruption. Yet we hang out to dry individual
    4 points
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