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  1. Thanks for the kind wishes Reefton and the comment about helping the Coast Clubs. Have had a lot of fairweather friends so any appreciation is very gratefully received. I'm keeping ok, like most solo parents I harbour thoughts of burying the child of the fairer sex in the garden but with my track record they would throw the book at me Enjoying reading your missives mainly on the TB site about the state of tracks but I don't have the knowledge to contribute Am working where I have regular contact with MP and he's always good to deal with The Coast trip was a great 2 weeks.
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  2. Since I have been named in this thread I will jam my oar in. Firstly Victoria Park is now a waste land and I stopped a few weeks back and took some photos(below). In the right hand picture the smaller tree to the right was the one behind the grandstand in a photo pasted earlier. It was sheer bloody mindedness from the Mawhera Incorporation not to decrease the rent and they claimed to have big plans for the site but, like a lot of the property they have had given back to them, they are always 'gunna' do something but never ever do. They really are holding the town back. As far as re
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  3. Yeh going to Addington in the 80s and 90s as a kid was great fun and usually had large crowds in attendance. There used to be a short little chinese man that rolled up to the windows before every race and used to yell out his trifecta combinations to the teller...He would be there a good 15mins at the same window 1-5-4 $10 dollar .......1-4-5 $10 dollar 4-1-5 $10 dollar and so on and so on. I used to see him at every country meeting as well around Canterbury. One of my better collects at Addington was the day they had the first six pack (Pick the first six in order) on the trots on the 13
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  4. ZABADAK 5 b g Nevele Bigshot - Layava One of my most vivid harness memories concerns a winner on Cup Day 1975! Of course there is a back story. We raced a 3-year-old Nevele Bigshot filly in 1975. I think she was having her third or fourth start in a fillies race at Wyndham. I travelled down to see her race; she ran fourth or fifth from memory, running on but bit flat. OK. Later in the day, there was an exhibition/trial comprising four or five Southland horses that were heading to Addington for Cup Day in two weeks time. Alan Devery had a hot team back then. He had Zabadak a
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  5. Perhaps if you had spoken out about the state of NZ racing and the way it is being administered half as much as you come onto here and the other site to defend your position on having a great "training and trial track " , you and others in your position within NZ racing , then perhaps none of us would be having this discussion , but too many of the big names are too busy looking after their own patch . You have a voice along with those others of high profile but none of you speak out about the grave position we are in , but you come on here and give people grief , people who are just as passio
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  6. Warriors expected to announce that they will be based in Australia for the whole of the 2022 season . If Cameron George is intending to spend the season there as well surely this makes his racing board CEO position untenable . Surely he will be tendering his resignation to the board ASAP to allow them to find a make a replacement who can fully focus on his job of fixing racing . Unless part of his job description was annual overseas jaunt . We need everyone fully committed to lifting racing off the mat .
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  7. This is the issue for me , nobody respects the others choice , i see people who choose to go with the Govt and medical advice getting called weak minded sheep , then those who choose to say no to vacc's and masks etc get called as in this case the lunatic fringe . People need to respect an individuals right to make a decision that is right for them , nothing wrong with disagreeing with what someone has decided but as is usual some people overstep the mark . If your vaccinated then what diff does it make to you if someone isn't , you are supposedly safe . And i'm not looking for a debate on whe
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  8. I Karrots of BOAY, shall put forth a nom for Teaz to be Commentator for Manawatu season 21/22 on a trial basis for the 12 meetings, which starts Tues 26th Oct 2021 thru to 31 March 2022. Brods 2nds the motion. Reason - enthusiastic, committed, passionate, experienced, knowledgable, won’t have to travel from an area such as Auckland which could be in lockdown, is a trainer so could be traveling there anyway. (This would cut out a travel payment cost). Also adds a bit of flavour to the otherwise boring workouts/trials commentating. * Teaz have you thought about writing a proposal
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  9. Hey Karrots Another thread reminded me of something that is probably up there with my favourite memories In 1988 my Dad and I had a horse called Robins Fella, a Smooth Fella gelding out of a mare that Dad raced called Safe Hanover (who had a win at Victoria Park) The day that Safe Hanover won at Victoria Park she went around twice I'm sure, running 100m last in the 1st or 2nd race. She went so poor that the Stipes asked Dad to scratch her from the last. Dad refused, saying it was a 5 hour drive from Blenheim and that was too far to come to scratch. She won the last paying about
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  10. Things are looking up though. 3 AWTs soon, and they have closed Waimate. We are on track...
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  11. I listened to Peeni Henare (asoc health minister) on Maori Radio this morning. Now I quite often listen to Maori radio because you get news segments in straight English and not the annoying radio NZ breakouts into Maori every few minutes on morning or midday report. What I heard from Peeni was shocking. The discussion was about funding the new Labour "Maori Health" settup. He admitted that ongoing funding would be the problem. The intention is to take out of the existing health budget about 25% and put it into these new ventures. The intention is to settup Maori "well being" centres and a
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  12. So that is it , no more Great Northerns , or Pakuranga Hunt cups . Oh so sad , not just an icon of NZ jumping/racing but an icon of international racing/sport . Fuck it why not move the Auckland Cup as well along with the Railway and Derby , WTF has history got to do with . They had not better try and keep calling it them the Great Northerns , there will be nothing great about them , the Pakuranga Hunt cup that ran on Sunday was just another steeplechase . These clueless classless bunch of fuckers are dragging this sport/industry into the sewer . There is only one thing we can w
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  13. Yes, I never doubted her ability to ride a horse, but what I find lacking is her ability to judge races. Tempo strategy etc.
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  14. the big profile guys(in the main) are quite happy with the prospect of grabbing all the little men's hard earned assets and pissing the money up against the wall. Once that is gone they will find some other way to squeeze the last of the juice from the orange. David Ellis assured us a couple of years ago that stakes were going to double didn't he? Where other than from the proceeds of the small club's properties was that going to come from? Cost cutting in Parnell Petone Riccarton and Ellerslie perhaps? Not bloody likely. We will rape the Dargaville's, Timaru's and Reefton's to fund our r
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  15. Great trainers and as far as I’m concerned about any rumours everyone is innocent until proven guilty
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  16. Whereas many attend Racetracks solely for love of The Horse,my mates and I went for love of The Punt. Alex Park during 1980's,The Voice Of The North Reg Clapp and No Trackside.You could count the meetings we missed on one hand. ATC operated Oncourse Only Jackpots,last six races.This usually only attracted smallish pools,and thus was frequently not struck. When it reached around $15k,3 mates had a syndicate and I went solo.We both had different combos with 5 winners,but still wasn't struck. Opening Pool was now $30k & I suggested we should combine. Well,New Pool rea
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  17. I've got lots of vivid memories in both Harness and Thoroughbred racing. I can't choose which one as being the most vivid. Listening to one of my Dad's first horses win a big race at Nelson from my transistor in Hokitika - the commentator was Jack O'Donnell. He could sure paint a picture. No video's in those days but Dad did buy the tape recording. I wore it out and can still recite the last 600m of the race verbatim - "It's a grand sight in sunshine as they race round the showgrounds bend, Canny Glen is the leader......Jack Smolenski immediately gives the dust sheet a tap or two and
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  18. Years ago, when racing was run, well, better than now, the Racecourse D's used to go around trainers with apprentices, interview them, check out accommodation if on-site, and make sure the youngsters were paid correctly and had no complaints. No doubt, there were plenty who were too scared to complain..but at least the intention was there. Trainers also had to make sure that the lads had a MINIMUM of 18 rides a year. Bugger all, but again, at least the intention was there. As far as I am aware, there has always been a minimum wage in NZ employment, but obviously, employers got around
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  19. Opinion Spending Father’s Day with the late, great Les Carlyon By Bruce Clark 05:38pm • 06 September 2021 0 Comments Pandemic lockdowns offer opportunities that are sometimes ignored in the previously swift movements of a life around racing, perhaps “stop and smell the flowers” type moments, even if those have to be within 5km of your home base.
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  20. I'v been putting bets on through my account for a neighbour who is a died in the wool go to the TAB and bet punter. He bets everyday on anything, gallops, dogs, trots. But since the lockdown he's a fish out of water. How many others like him. Has no computer and is strictly old school. When I visit my local TAB branch which is the Bishopdale Tavern here in CH CH, there is always people in there turning over cash, so I wonder how much of this business is lost to the TAB. Also a fair chunk of revenue comes from Pub Pokies, these would all be shut down now, and some of those addicted punters will
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  21. Sad news about the death of harness legend Dennis Nyhan. My condolences to the Nyhan family. What a great horseman he was; he had too many good horses to hame here. The thing I remember about his horses is how well turned out they were. On race day his horses always had glossy, shine coats and clean, sparkling harness. RIP Dennis https://www.hrnz.co.nz/news/denis-nyhan-obituary/
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  22. You obviously haven't met me - I'm sure I would be on your hot list! Unless you are ageist!!!
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  23. You could lend him yours but then you have the slogans reversed.
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  24. Like a Game of Monopoly ! Well have been tinkering with my NZ Monopoly Board !!! (if unfamiliar with the game, it is all about assembling wealth through investment in the better properties and Infrastructure) The richer properties do well the poorer ones sadly don't get invested in as much ............ I'm re-naming some lol..
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  25. I might put the last 200m on as background audio for BOAY on continuous loop - "It's Doug with his head in front, Doug, Doug, he just wanted it MORE!!!" "Doug in the centre, there was a charge down the straight but it was Doug that came out on top!" 20210828APKT09_V.mp4
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  26. Thanks HTP, appreciated!
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  27. Yeah, spot on. But - what happens in other industries? While what has been said above is right, what agencies are available to folk in the world outside racing? I guess, what I am trying to say in rather clumsy way, is that help/counselling is supposed to be available in the wider community - although Mike King would no doubt dispute how much, and how well targeted, that help might be. I've mentioned this before, wrt apprentice training and welfare. Years ago, the racecourse D's would go around trainers and talk to all the youngsters. Wages and living conditions were the mai
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  28. By Adam Hamilton 12:19pm • 23 September 2021 Mighty mare Amazing Dream has spent much of her career defying the odds. And now she’s out to do it again in two of Victoria’s biggest races over the next few weeks. The former Kiwi superstar returns from a short spell in Friday night’s $80,000 Group 2 Kilmore Pacing Cup (2690m). Since Australia’s most iconic country cup started in 1964, only one mare – Make Mine Cullen in 2010 – has been able to beat the boys. Amazing Dream then heads to the $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup on October 9
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  29. A Funny Story for you Ludwig, in late Nov 1983 , a market gardener from Auckland took his gelding to Hutt Park for a BIG punt. It didn't come off . Down the track He finished much to the disappointment of all his supporters in Auckland inc myself. Thought the fields at Hutt Park would be weak , and he would win easily. But not to be....... Brian returned to Alexandra Park ,Auckland and the gelding blew them away by 3 lengths at his second race start. Roy Purdon and co proving No match for this now promising horse (that couldn't win at Hutt Park) Brian Notman then sold him for
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  30. http://ustrottingnews.com/dunn-reunited-with-christen-me-after-yonkers-claim/
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  31. You could possibly put another 4 or 5 riders on the mounts she gets & they would also be country leading rider.
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  32. Typical of the surname clan, I've heard of a Douglas Clayton but never heard of Clayton Douglas and Kah would wish she'd never heard of the prick either. They say if you wait long enough in life you get your revenge, no doubt Kah et al will get theirs... at a cost. Kah has been punished three times to the tune of 300k or more, the jockeys of Australia should band together and boycott a few premiere meetings.
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  33. He's a smart little bugger eh? spotted a heap of fuckwits and took the piss......and gets paid for it.......George 1. Fuckwits 0
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  34. Just been gobsmacked at Cameron Georges rise into CEO ranks. When he came from Australia to be part of RIU there seemed little track record in the industry. His linkedin page shows only four years college education. No university or tertiary qualifications. Then by obviously being matey with some on the ARC board he becomes CEO Auckland Racing Club and takes real estate courses. Soon after CEO Warriors. All this time with little in the public arena of what his ideas or management skills if any are. Then to top it all off the new board members on NZTR pleading for him to be Chairman NZTR whilst
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  35. 169 nominations for Methven on Sunday. The grass track racing is enormously popular...horse numbers, public support etc. Yet why has the north buried it's grass track circuit, and instead relies on the Cambridge/Alex park tracks with low horse numbers, low public support.? Time to provide that which works .
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  36. I think bicarbs makes a big difference along with the added booster as I saw the end results but in saying that I am no chemist. Before it became a banned practice to tube horses on raceday I knew a couple of trainers who were as they called it back then milk-shaking. Granted It didn't make the horses go quicker it just made them keep going at the same pace without weakening. Often back then you saw winners sitting parked for the entire trip and the leader would weaken and the parked runner would win. One trainer had a maiden I remember had no recent form but trialed well and he thought
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  37. Congrats on the win TW !! great job. ! sorry I can't remember THE SICILIAN , but probably raced against him at times, back in the ruck somewhere lol...... Do remember your winner on Punt though. The very last time I went to Alex Park I flew over to look at a horse, and went along on GN Derby prelude night with trainer Jim Smith . His fine 3 year-old CAPTAIN LEE won this night too, (had won a few in a row) and might have been favourite for the Derby the following week. (Way too expensive for me to buy lol.....) Here is a very old racebook page I have, with I have noted Little Buckaro
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  38. Your first success always stick with you as a great experience i guess. Knocking off a childhood hero (the countries leading trainer Barry Purdon) with very first horse leased at your very first drive was a bit of a thrill.
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  39. In my younger days backing a horse called moorbank supreme at the twilight trots at Victoria park, friends all laughed at me give its lack of form, led all the way, can't quite remember the div but was around the 60 to 80 mark, was a long time ago, but the satisfaction and memories live on.
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  40. There is something being put in place in Auckland by D Nahkle and the guy whose an ex jockey who came from S Africe or Zimbabwe , can't remember his name . It was something that was posted on the NZTR site about 3/4 weeks ago , and here is the rub , it is being done by someone else off their own back because they see a gap in the system , this should be and industry initiative but those whose responsibility it is don't even see the irony that they are posting a story about someone else doing the shit that they are supposed to producing . This is what it has come to , a head body that has no id
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  41. Had a drive on the Motukarara surface a few years ago and couldn't believe the size of some of the holes in it in some places hope it has been smoothed out since then!
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  42. Better still, Teaz could do Auckland when it reopens? Would not have to put up with the Magicman, The Chief, Ribbon of Light, all dressed up blah blah blah! Jason Teaz actually tips better as well for the punters not the $2 shots. For some reason he is out of favour with the TAB, and I know what that feels like!
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  43. Honestly, why would you people? THEY only want racing in the area north of Taupo...CD is finished. Watching the death of a beautiful, old friend is devastating...but that’s NZ racing...
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  44. They also barred me from posting. Couldn't work out exactly why,but i formed the opinion they only wanted one sided points of view. There was a definite dark side to that forum. People should be aware of that. My guess was those that ran it could easliy be influenced into suppressing peoples points of view,and used their forum to give one sided attacks on those they disagreed with. I have said this once before on here. After i was banned,someone using my actual name as their nom de plume posted a handful of posts,among them a personal attack on a trainer i used which infer
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  45. Geez the posting is going well today lol.. cold miserable day in NZ today I take it .some cold posts. No racing will do that to ya . I'm gunna try and win that and bring the glory home . Not banned yet like Brodster. Did have 4 of last 5 posts 'Removed' from Racenet Oz though. The fuckers just can't handle the truth about Berry's ride that near killed Avdulla, nor anything about the Fuckwits decisions to ban leading jockeys for having a party.
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  46. They moderated me so I simply stopped posting over there. Shortly there after, I stopped visiting. I didn't want them to get credit for my page views. I had an email pop up from them yesterday for the first time I can remember about some kind of Spring competition. I hope they don't expect a reply or action. They're dead to me.
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  47. Oh Brods, you know Karrots means no offence. Besides you told me already. That the TAB told you when you were at the height of your burning them hard winning ways, they told you, you had the highest winning percentage of any punter. However that percentage was NOT 100%. So no, not always on the money. However I like your confidence in yourself & this new term “Always on the money in my mind” - it has a kind of unique ring to it. Now Friends still 😃
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  48. No that wouldn't have sufficed as V'Landys and co have done backroom deals to keep racing going. That said 3 months is way over the top and as I posted above it defies logic when these Jockey's travel all round Melbourne further than 50km's regularly during the week. I guess the party wasn't sanctioned. But then rules are rules - I just have an issue with the 3 months.
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