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  1. I feel for you Gary. Everytime I go up and scrub birdshit off the grandstand seats or attend to any of the hundreds of hours of work and worry in organising a racemeeting I am supporting NZ Racing but according to Sharrock and his henchmen it is them doing all that work and they are entitled to the benefit. i know the way you feel Gee he is covering himself in glory already isn't he? Wonder if his family are proud of him? NZTR own the effing racecourse according to the Act so NZTR is entitled to DEMAND mediation not try to facilitate it. Was the f*#k s
  2. Reefton

    AWT

    FFS! That shouldn't have posted pushed save in error obviously - tried to edit it but it wouldn't let me It should be: I don't think there is so much a lack of interest in those areas in particular just a lack of interest in the South Island in general. We would like another raceday sure but the Westland situation clearly rankles with them still so we will not get that I wouldn't think(won't stop us asking but I am a lone voice really and they - quite understandably - ignore me). The issue is no thought into the pattern of racing in the South. No logical two year old ser
  3. Reefton

    AWT

    I don't think there is so much a lack of interest in those areas in particular just a lack of interest in the South Island in general We would like another raceday sure but the Westland situation clearly rankles with them still so we will not get that I wouldn't think. The issue is no thought into the pattern of racing in the South. No logical two year old series especially south of Christchurch nor much for three year olds. Ten weeks with not one feature meeting within 5 hours of Christchurch and then series of probably ten feature meetings within eleven weeks. As stated seven we
  4. I live 50 miles away Michael but would imagine given we(the Coast) have had quite a bit of rain a slow 8(or is it a heavy 8 now). Natural irrigation only in the last 4 months Thank you for asking
  5. Wouldn't happen at Reefton
  6. I do have to note my surprise at the way B de Lore changed from an absolute Messara devotee (I know he used to work for him) to quite strongly anti the concepts in a hurry. Would have to say the Messara report has drastically affected the morale of the local industry (which was bad enough before it came out). Any one who ever trusted Winston wants their head read.
  7. The foal crops and pattern racing may be a little bit of a sideshow but they are a direct result of the demise of the local industry. When (many years ago) I studied economics they spoke of a country's 'comparative advantage'. Being an activity that a country was superior to in so logic said that that country should be producing that commodity for the world. Well one of NZ's comparative advantage activity was breeding thoroughbred racehorses. Sad to think the breeding game is in serious danger of being buggered
  8. Plunket did it. All those wonderful people(mainly women I guess) who volunteered for years in the districts and fundraised to get their clinics built in all the rural towns then the national organisation grabbed the lot and sold them off. Disgraceful. I don't doubt Rugby would do it if theh could but most of those grounds would be council owned or reserves.
  9. more money(a lot more) in being the top rating radio show host I'm afraid Michael! Which is exactly why Jacinda and her lackey's hate him - he has the audience and he has their number and there is nothing they can do about it
  10. Frightening. But it just reflects the collective thoughts of most on here. And its all starts with the total lack of accountability at the top - those NZTR and TAB Directors who are unknowns and have not one tiny little bit of interest in the future of NZ Racing or its participants. If we cannot control (via the ability to reappoint or not to as the case may be) the hierarchy we are rooted. This independent directors BS that is the corporate watchword these days doesn't work in racing and slowly but surely we are winding down because of that. And when you have the people with the powe
  11. Reefton

    AWT

    Again (predictably) you are being a dick I am not trying to dictate what happens up there(other than to give them good advice about curing their own problems) but they insist on trying to dictate what happens to my course(and the other rural venues) They(and Riccarton) have had millions and millions and millions put into their venues and they are still a disgrace both in terms of attendance and the standard of facility and track presentation. And instead of looking inward they seize on the small successful(comparatively) clubs as the source of their problems. And insofar as Te
  12. Reefton

    AWT

    again exactly! In my view the best interests long term of NZ raicng would be to use the new Act to seize those big clubs assets(nobody ever goes to their venues), build new and superior facilities in cheaper locales and put the rest in the bank to use for stakes and upkeep
  13. Reefton

    AWT

    exactly. people with a broader view than just looking after their own clubs and interests and who are prepared (1)to stand up to the Waikato Mafia and (2) take the tough steps to sort out the mess the big Clubs are creating
  14. Reefton

    AWT

    Don't be an utter dick Why should Pitty speak out? He is an open fan of the AWT and also makes it quite clear he chases the better stake days(and both of those are at Riccarton - in general in the case of the better stakes) As he says travel to other tracks costs money for his owners so he is quite happy to race all the time at Riccarton. Whether ultimately his opinions are proved correct remains to be seen(personally I believe the demise of all the other racing venues will eventually kill the South Island Racing Industry and with it Riccarton but I am past caring). But there
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