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  1. All sounds reasonable to me. Must be bloody hard work keeping up the standards they have set with a large team. With all the BS going on in the industry in the last few years and no sign of any admin purges coming wouldn't be encouraging. No doubt they are well off why not enjoy life a bit more. Well earned.
    10 points
  2. Wow! What a difference. After years of putting up with P. Lamb as starter at New Zealand's premier track Addington we had a new starter today. Well done Rick Donnelly. The difference between today's starts and what previously happened with Lamb was obvious. In the mobile starts today all horses were on the gate, both rows, before the starter sped the field up. When Lamb started mobiles the field were strung out and many had to sprint just to catch the mobile. Standing starts also great. This was a marvellous start from Rick Donnelly, no bad starts the whole day and t
    9 points
  3. Content and coverage doesn't cover the crap underneath it all. From my point of view as an avid follower of harness racing I am sick of the bias of the harness media. Most of the bias is by the omission of information. From Holden at the top, the RIU, the TAB and to those who cover harness like the Box Seat who just glide over the negatives or never mention them and just pretend everything is AOK. We, out here in harness land, are not suckers and until the industry openly addresses the negatives you will never have an attractive industry.
    8 points
  4. Seriously ! What sort of a start to the biggest harness race in NZ was that ? Peter Lamb just has to go !
    7 points
  5. Don't want to unload on anyone (or launch any conspiracy theories) but to my way of thinking that start was just so downright unfair. They shouldn't have a pacing race with a standing start if that shambles is the best they can do. Would expect the drivers to have been briefed before the race so they were clear on the terms for the start. And the starter & officials to be on the same page as well. I have noticed in standing start trots, some get the walk-up treatment - this was even worse! The blue runners on the outside were well into pacing (at a good rate too) when they hi
    7 points
  6. The guy is a joke, if he wasn’t also a Stipe I’m sure he would have been given the boot years ago. He is the worst starter they have ever had in Canterbury.
    7 points
  7. Imagine the uproar if we saw a headline "Fletcher's construction worker guilty of assault". Let alone if there had been a four year investigation of construction workers while hiding in hedges.
    6 points
  8. Time to go. After the performance where he was reprimanded for his incompetent start on a Sunday at Addington he reproduced the same incompetent mess in the biggest race of the year. There must be visible action taken over this because he literally gave the race to the horses on the outside of the front row. I especially feel sorry the second line. With the recent change in policy regarding late scratchings you could scratch half the field! I would say it is comical but the amount of betting money that was lost at that start is unacceptable. The lack of awareness by the s
    6 points
  9. Normally a gallops man but that start was a pig's breakfast. If that starter wasn't also a stipe wouldn't he get the boot?
    6 points
  10. It would be good and I’m sure it would be available The most important information should be all the pentrometer readings taken on race morning at various points of the Track This should be public knowledge - should be available on NZTR website
    6 points
  11. Hang on a minute there. Many of us are sick of the RIU created INCA debacle and their long running vendetta. They got zilch from INCA but their actions then and subsequently have caused considerable collateral damage. When is this so called "journalist" going to turn his sights on the RIU? Or is he too heavily reliant on them as a sneaky source of information?
    5 points
  12. Yes and that is the problem with those driven by self-interest such as Pitman. They have this world view that every racing club asset is a Thoroughbred Racing asset. They aren't! I lived in Hokitika for the first 20 years of my life. With a father who had a strong interest in horse racing (both codes) I acquired a similar level of interest. I remember many a Saturday or Sunday at the course doing "jobs". Dad had the largest panel beating/coach building business in town and like many of the local businesses donated his own time, his staff time, materials and equipment to the club.
    5 points
  13. What a day for the locals....four each from Pitty and Terri Rae - could have been five if Marine had had better luck - as well as one from Sophie Hargreaves and Naomi Murfitt. Only the Baker/Forsman machine stemmed the tide. Well done to all.
    5 points
  14. These R.I.U / J.C.A imbeciles who are currently putting the boot into Johnson wouldn't be in the same road/street when it comes to life achievements. Barring misfortune he's going to become the greatest winning jockey ever in New Zealand and although he's not as good as he once was, we'll never see the likes of him again.
    5 points
  15. it would be hard to top my awesome tipping effort to my mate on Cup Day I gave him 7 horses to couple up in a place multi, taking any 5 of 7, and any 6 of 7 Of the 7 horses I tipped not 1 (that's not "one") ran in the first 3 No one could do worse than that if they tried The only thing saving me from complete ridicule from him is that he took a 5 leg multi on the MMA, of which there are only 2 selections available, he got all 5 wrong FFA: Amazing Dream to beat Spankem , Classie Brigade and Ashley Locaz Dominion: Sundee's Son; with Majestic Lavros and Tough Monarch
    5 points
  16. Ricky has had years of experience handling thoroughbreds and standardbreds,Would have handled hundreds of horses with different temperaments over the years.He a very well respected person who seems to be able to read horses and drivers moods.And a hell of a nice guy too,doesnt think he any more important than anybody else
    5 points
  17. The news is that Addington have terminated Mr Lamb's services forthwith Press Release coming Mikie
    5 points
  18. Why is Self Assured scratched? Can't handle two mobile races in 4 days? 😂 Just joking.
    5 points
  19. Hey Brodie, oh my, I certainly did not join this site after observing for 12 months + to engage in any sort of hostility with others. Quite the contrary. I value your opinion and thoughts. Yes I totally understood where you were coming from 100% regarding it. Then I felt it went on just too long. You deserve a right to reply considering it was me that brought the subject up here. However I will not debate the subject further. I have said my peace on this subject. I see the horse has had a change of trainer. No doubt more, online talk. I will be rooting for Aveross Spitfire and the
    5 points
  20. Couldnt do any worse. Lamb has no idea. He is consistent though! Consistently poor. The outside horses were on the move when tape went! Inside horses were still generally! Great to see AllStars domination once again, just great for racing in NZ!
    5 points
  21. So amateurish and such a bad advertisement - again! When are the top table going to do something about it - just not fair. Favourite nowhere near the tape and Purdons on the outside taking fliers . Trainers and drivers you have to start yelling .
    5 points
  22. Because in my opinion, under 18's should be included, and allowed to attend the day. Just like Cox Plate day, just like Melbourne Cup day, and just like the family day at Flemington. At the very least, the club could have a small "family-friendly" zone. With the club's attutude (to completely exclude under 18's), why are they even in the industry, is the question you should be asking. In their eyes, racing is not a family event, sport, hobby to participate in. Addington club officials are doing a marvellous job in trying to attract family members of all ages to their Sho
    5 points
  23. Tim Williams does it again. What a great drive from Williams to win the MAGNESS BENROW SIRES STAKES FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP MOB PACE (Gr1) last night at Alexander Park on Bettor Twist. He had a tricky second row draw, had to dodge a breaking horses just after the start and then made his move at the right time to get up outside the leaders. He got the horse to relax and then left them to it in the home straight. Williams really has taken his driving to a new level this season.
    5 points
  24. Based on Forbury's fact record he'd be classed as an expert witness by the RIU.
    5 points
  25. Certainly not a great look when Mitchell relinquished his license before being charged! Why does this Martin van Beynon have it in for Harness Racing does anyone know? I am sure there are many builders, butchers, sparkies etc. that are getting into trouble but nothing written about that as a froup!
    4 points
  26. In reply to my own post...... 🤔 Why is a dairy cow considered to be carbon non-neutral when it eats grass grown by the sun and rain - shits fertiliser and produces milk, cheese, butter and meat. Plus reproduces to continue the cycle. Whereas James Shaw just consumes energy and produces.....
    4 points
  27. Apparently Nathan Purdon moving to Melbourne on the advice of his dad to take up training there .
    4 points
  28. It must be bloody hard to make a buck here as a trainer unless you've got 20 plus horses and frequent winners you'd think, take out Krug and the partnership looks pretty ordinary results wise but it ain't easy to find good horses and when you see the prize money in Victoria you'd be there in a flash - one thing Kentuckiana were excellent at was communication and proper website updates. Andrew I've seen 3 articles re this move which is the way it should be, but why would the harness media cover this story but totally ignore the Mitchell Kerr step down which is a week old now?,as human
    4 points
  29. Quote JJ Flash: "Do you know categorically that that has not happened?. Cup week figures suggest all is not as bad as some naysayers would like" Oh really JJ Flash? Cup week figures are all good are they? Cup Day On-course down $224097 Show Day Off Course down $297683 Show Day On Course down $48430 However it's much better to put out a Press Release saying total Turnover on Cup Day was up isn't it? Ditto with the returns to the Code bodies. Much better to say "above budget, up on last year" than say "up on last year but codes now have to absorb some costs we used
    4 points
  30. Finbarr Leahy had the last laugh on his good mates Sam Beatson and Ben Foote when he sold Lot 54 for 525k . Finbarr bid up on the horse at the yearling sales and stalled when the bid got to 80k. Sam and Ben egged Finbarr to go again so he secured the Sacred Star colt for 85K thinking they would take a share. They both laughed and declined to be involved. Sam and Ben were over the moon for Finbarr but kicking themselves a bit but a great result all round for the 3 mates.
    4 points
  31. Why not point the finger back at MacKenzie and his Board (NZRB, RITA and TAB NZ)? The cuts are due to trying to mitigate the cost of the broadcasting/production contract they all signed up to. Now the costs have been shifted to the codes. At the end of the day no overall benefit to the industry and INCREASED costs overall.
    4 points
  32. I was there and while she was wearing a bright outfit that stood out I didn't think KFE was over the top at all. The one time I did end up near her she was fairly bubbly but the TA team had just won the Group one - I would have been fairly bubbly myself in the circumstances. Many years ago when I had a share in a horse with them Karyn was great to deal with. To be in the role she is she has to have people skills and she looks to me to have those in spades as do all the Richards family so looks to me that TA have that side well and truly covered
    4 points
  33. Really good decision by them to get off the treadmill and go do something different as they certainly deserve it. The succession plan seems to have been thought through with their involvement in buying youngsters and helping out on big days. That will boost confidence amongst the owners as harness can't afford to lose the calibre (or should I say pockets) of those owners. It would have been awhile coming and I think back to that lockdown interview by Mark and Natalie about the (lack of) leadership at HRNZ and the uncertainty about the stakes which makes it less attractive to slave your gu
    4 points
  34. and thats the real point having good tracks and good staff can help reduce these things. But the personnel running the industry have no idea about it all, they just write policies and pretend , there is just no progress in NZ racing with that in mind.
    4 points
  35. Same I never take much notice,i do my own homework and if I get it wrong it my fault.Unlike you Brodie I'm not always on the money.
    4 points
  36. Well what do expect when I was informed that you were using the PM function to slag BOAY and encourage posters to leave. Similar to the RIU modus operandi. Allowing you to do that would be a bit like lending my car to you so you could go screw my partner. Yeah na you won't cuckold me. Now that isn't a restriction on free speech because you can still post your crap for everyone to see.
    4 points
  37. Watch Copy That as he went to line up both times and it was obvious he was not focused on going away fast. I backed him myself,but you could tell from the horses body language he was more interested in what was happening elsewhere than he was on going away. Ray greens opinion that lamb should no longer work for the riu is ridiculous. Green could not have cared less when punters did their money cold when his horse was pulled out of a race earlier in the season when a stinking hot favourite when it was striking the footrests. To me this is a very bad case of sour grapes from gree
    4 points
  38. About time they got rid of this starter. Hard to even imagine the amount of money he has cost the punters over the years. It is a professional sport and lots of money is involved,so personally good riddance to the amateur hour.
    4 points
  39. I am hearing Ricky Donnelly will be the starter at Addington for the Show Day races?! To be confirmed.
    4 points
  40. On a more positive note, it was great to get the Judge's call post race on Trackside with placings and times etc.
    4 points
  41. Think you are thinking to much into this Jess. It is not a conspiracy as you may have alluded to. It happens too often, almost every race, to think that it was planned for the Cup. Whether it is a maiden race or a G1 allways gets it wrong and horses and connections suffer . He is the starter so it is off his own back. He needs to be replaced.
    4 points
  42. That's right, he did, because the inside horses were made to stand, the outside horses thought they were in a mobile Mikie
    4 points
  43. Worst start in the history of the trotting cup.
    4 points
  44. Thanks Tipster JJ, tipster Mikenz and tipster Mikie for your input of potential scenarios that could unfold. Also we had tipster Rusty speak earlier with a thought filled analysis. I still have yet to decide on my fun bet I will actually take. Now, Im swaying towards trying a 1st 4 or maybe even a horse to finish top 5. Happy punting and good luck everyone, if you are taking a bet. All the best, to connections for every horse that races tomorrow.
    4 points
  45. Deadbeat between Spankem and Self Assured. The Fixer will be first out giving Copy That the trail for first half.Then Classie Brigade will come around with Spankem,Ashley Locaz and Self Assured following 3 wide.CB will be happy to move outside the leader knowing the Allstars will probably go lead,trail and outside lead.Giving CB the 1-1 and putting Copy That 4 back.on fence. Self Assured and Spankem will fight it out down straight with Ashley Locaz stopping and Classie Brigade will flash home for third.Copy That getting through late for an unlucky 4th.
    4 points
  46. Yet again training and trialing are placed ahead of actual racing , " and racing in the South " almost reads as an addendum . Every press release or statement i have read about all 3 A/W tracks has spotlighted the training and trialing uses of the A/W's ahead of the racing . As of yet no one , and i mean no one has been able to answer the elephant in the room , " where is the financial gain for NZ racing in the construction of these tracks ? " . Everything that racing does now and in the immediate future should been done purely for financial gain to help the industry get back on it's
    4 points
  47. Fear starts, Hunter? Yes everyone should fear the starts
    4 points
  48. Another balls up. What is the starter thinking can he not read 12 that's the second time in what is it now 6 weeks, 2 northern jockeys turn up and make the SI jockeys look amateurish. All ashburton needed today to finish the comedy sketch would of been those incompetent powers to be stipes goose stepping down the home straight and declaring a G4 !!
    4 points
  49. I come to this site for the tips posted by Happy Sunrise and Dougie. But I stay for the entertainment.
    4 points
  50. Proof? Probably like INCA you don't have any.
    4 points
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