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25 minutes ago, mikeynz said:

Well I ain't seen one for years but I've never actually looked

Best Bets and the Turf Digest were flicked off to TAB NZ many years ago for way in excess of what they were worth.

Then they developed the RaceForm publication and started to drop the TD and BB.  They then went head to head against The Informant.

In my opinion some scurrilous monopoly actions by NZTR/NZ TAB forced The Informant under while they continued to heavily subsidise their own publication.

Been more back room manoeuvres since.  Interesting watching the various racing journalists hedging their bets and jumping ships before being pushed.

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2 hours ago, Chief Stipe said:

Best Bets and the Turf Digest were flicked off to TAB NZ many years ago for way in excess of what they were worth.

Then they developed the RaceForm publication and started to drop the TD and BB.  They then went head to head against The Informant.

In my opinion some scurrilous monopoly actions by NZTR/NZ TAB forced The Informant under while they continued to heavily subsidise their own publication.

Been more back room manoeuvres since.  Interesting watching the various racing journalists hedging their bets and jumping ships before being pushed.

TAB should never have got into any sort of broadcasting or publishing. TAB forte is fleecing punters.

Instead the codes should have got together and created a standalone media and publishing entity.  That would have included all sorts of specialists particularly advertising professionals.

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