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  1. any nominations from the cognoscenti here for his replacement?
  2. Mostly correct, ATA. The common ancestry starts with Meer Rose b. 1942, who was a daughter of Sweet Rose. This is the family that has also produced Empire Rose as well as Grosvenor, Lonhro and Niello.
  3. dare I mention Smedley ...3rd start in three Saturdays..last paid a dividend about 28 starts ago
  4. Smedley Clayton Stevenson 11 Gelding - 56 yep, nommed for Ruakaka, of course, in a R65 2100m race ...note his current rating down to 56 ...and 11 is not his barrier draw! If he wins it'd bring the grandstand down (which in itself would be the best thing he could do for Ruakaka).
  5. you get on CS..I wouldn't touch him with a Chinese babrgepole in the CC
  6. RIP, Comeback. Now take a quick look at his short( in time) but extremely busy career. This campaign was just his 2nd 'prep': resumed from a good spell on Livamol Day 6 Oct 2018 for career start #7 as a R63 horse (running 2nd to Blondlign) The Tarzino on 7 Sept 2019 was its 22nd race this prep, which included 5 wins in a row in the autumn. Not many win ''em in a row like that. Sign of an exceptional horse in the making. rating went from 63 to 94 in that time campaigned in Waikato in the spring 2018 and at Ellerslie Xmas Carnival, then on NI East Coast summer tracks early 2019, won those 5 in a row at Trentham and Manawatu in the autumn, then slogged through the Taranaki mud in the Opunake Cup in July (well behind Helena Baby) and the shifty shocking Te Rapa crap track in the Foxbridge in August to pick up a Grp 2 placing. Time then for a rest after being up for 10-12 months?? No, no, let's press on to Hawkes Bay, nothing like a sunny Spring carnival to perk up a decent horse. One thing is for sure. There will be no comeback now or ever again for Comeback - 28 starts (19 in the 2018/19 season as a 4yo) A very honest, classy and brave warhorse, only just turned 5yo ...what might he have done if handled more patiently?
  7. Team Rogerson strike rate going into today 2019/20 3 $119,000 79 0 26.33 that's 79 runners for 3 wins, people and another 5 starters today, I think , no winners
  8. I feel sorry for Smedley as mentioned BUT the ARC should be making a presentation to this horse ..he's had over 40 starts at Ellerslie and won a Cornwall Hcp, for goodness; sake ...a DSM is in order!!
  9. ok smarty pants ..come up with a quiz of your own ...
  10. yes the warning should be against the trainer not the horse ..i know trainers say the horse loves being in a race but really Clayton, don't ya think it's time to give him a well deserved pension?
  11. To answer my own questions. Aalaalune not nommed for Windsor Park Plate (a relief, hopefully something else more likely to win gets a start). Unbelievably the wallies at the TAB have Aalaalune at $51 to win the Cox Plate. Should be at $551.
  12. Good observations and research here by ATA and CS. I hope the connections do the right thing and give Aalaalune a decent spell. She is far better suited to longer trips and perhaps wetter ground in the autumn. She also needs time to mature. However, I expect TR will need no further invitations from the owner(s) to press on to the next hypothetically rich target. Is she in the market for the Windsor Park Plate? By the way, having a nomination for the Cox Plate is not necessarily a great guideline of a horse's ability. sometimes it is a better guideline of the connections' ambitious nature. (Your horses shows some talent and it's all go for the Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup or wotever.)
  13. .yep, Livamol by way of a warm-up over 1600 in the Windsor Park Plate. If team R had any brains between em they'd give this horse a spell and hope like hell it forgets the beat-up it just had and bring her back for the autumn ...and try to win an Oaks...perhaps starting by breaking maidens
  14. CS I am in total agreement..I think running Aalaalune in the Tarzino (or any WFA race) right now is daft and could ruin the horse's confidence completely. There is absolutely no compelling reason to chuck her in the deep end/ As a risk/reward scenario, it's right up there with winning Powerball off a $25 ticket. Yes it could happen, but...why other when there are so many decent races for her own age and sex in the next 3-9 months. She has shown potential at Group level as a 2yo...surely that's a good reason for being sensible with a $230k (?) purchase who has time and pedigree on her side.
  15. There may well have been 'pressure' from owners and perhaps that's why there is a change of trainer. Rogie is not afraid to aim high, risk everything and take on older horses with young ones - with some success, mind - and Aalalune was not a cheap purchase, remember. Her pedigree does not jump out at you and say out-and-out 'precocious, speedster' or quick maturing, though she is from a Fastnet Rock mare. (She may well be the only Stakes placed 2yo by Reliable Man.) An older (2015) half-brother, Black Thorn by Redwood fetched a mere $6k at NZ Ready To Run Sale and has won 1 race in Singapore, in May 2019, so not exactly precocious. Another sibling (Redmann) didn't win but was placed at one of two starts in NZ; while The Stylist (Swiss Ace) has run two places from three attempts in Victoria. Intriguingly, there is a full sister to Aalalune (named De La Terre) part-owned by Rogie and Te Keeti, which has won both its 600m trials (the second of them two days ago) so may well be being prepared for a debut sooner than later. It's the nature of the beast and owners looking for a quick ROI are entitled to know if their horse(s) can stand an early prep.
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