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      Outage   04/11/2018

      Hi everyone sorry we had some hosting issues and had to upgrade to a bigger storage plan. As I am now managing the site and on learner plates it caused some issues. I want to thank Admin for all his help over the past years but we have decided to go our separate ways, I really appreciate all he has done for the site and the help he has given me over the past years. We will be upgrading and adding new features to the site with a new business directory, a special members only with many benefits  and many comps and prizes as we have been doing lately. We hope the new changes make the site more accessible to more, and more industry people feel able to participate in the forum in a transparent basis. There will be something for everyone we hope and look forward to seeing you all in here.Cheers.

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  1. HQ “four good legs” comp continues

    Thanks for the comp Daysee Doom Belfast Gailo Chop Aloisa
  2. Golden Slipper F4 Challenge

    Given that I struggle to pick a winner these days, her's mine, just on breeding 17,4,9,5
  3. New Oaks Day Competition....

    Commanding Prince Wafer Lubaya Volks Lightning Belle du Nord Thanks for a challenging comp
  4. Because..........

    Derby - On the Rocks Guineas - Aloisia Oaks - Cead Milefaite Thanks for the great opportunity
  5. Because..........

    Derby
  6. Without thinking

    Veandercross, Rough Habit, Sunline
  7. Abandonments - RNZ This Morning

    Thanks to Kathryn Ryan for hosting a good discussion, and asking some pertinent questions. Of the four speakers,Tony Lepper was the more interesting. His analysis was to the point and stressed that some Central Otago clubs attracted big numbers to their meetings. When I go to Otaki and see more stable staff than punters, my heart sinks. Our industry is so poorly promoted, it's not surprising. Tony Pike's point that there are too many tracks (3 on the West Coast SI, 2 on the East Coast NI) was well made. He shirked the issue of top-heavy administration that Ryan tried to address. Saundry gave credible answers to Ryan's questions, but what he said wasn't very convincing, nice words but will he do anything? John Allen as usual was glib and articulate as ever, but unconvincing. Where his '$60 million by 2020' will come from I can't see. Good talker, but it's action we need. The issues were addressed, and now what's needed is some decent analytical discussion, without backstabbing, bleating and blaming the breeders. If Winston Peters could put a bomb under the administrators who have allowed our beloved industry to atrophy at the expense of inept management and bloated salaries, things might improve. Sadly racing has lost it's appeal, and it's hard to imagine how it can regain it, administered the way it currently is. Clubs should get off their backsides and realise that they're in the entertainment business, and the way to invigorate racing is to make it more sexy, more interesting. Right now I'd rather watch my horse on Trackside than on-course. How sad is that?
  8. What is Kylie Williams on....???!

    All jockeys go through lean times. It's easy to be critical while 'talking through your pocket'. Kylie has ridden a number of winners for me and will doubtless do so again. I hope she rides our horse when it next races. She's a good rider, a good judge of pace, an articulate woman and has my admiration and confidence.
  9. Spirit Of Boom- What a start!

    Linebred to Thatch (top & bottom lines) Should he see any Zabeel, Stravinsky, Saddlers Wells mares, he should do rather well.
  10. Sir Tristram - et al

    HH88, thanks for sharing this with us. When computers gave us the ability to make a 7-generation pedigree in seconds, we lost something - the consideration necessary to tabulate a pedigree 'by hand'. And in the time it took to laboriously write it out, we probably enjoyed the pause it gave us for thought about each of these ancestors. My old mate Clive Harper would have smiled wryly if he'd been able to read this post. Those of us who were able to decipher the works of Harold Hampton, likewise. Clive was able to interpret Harold, and being a teacher by profession was able to render an almost-incomprehensible subject in a way that a few of us could comprehend. Yes, there are many 'breeding enthusiasts' who think that it's possible to explain linebreeding in terms of stallions only. Sadly it's a bit harder than that. 'Put the best to the best, and hope for the best' is still practiced widely, but the clever linebreeder will always minimise the chances of breeding a 'duffer'. Your analysis of Sir Tristram and his son Zabeel was pretty good, and while there will always be disbelievers who are either too lazy or ill-equipped mentally to investigate a pedigree beyond 4 generations, it's now well-accepted that much of the prepotency of a thoroughbred is 'off the page' or back 7, 8 or 9 generations or beyond. Thanks for a stimulating analysis. My namesake's breeder Federico Tesio would have understood your analysis. Nearco
  11. Comp Final Day selections

    Oops, my BB R3 Springback Eden 3 (probably my worst bet, too!)
  12. Comp Final Day selections

    Addington Race 3 Springback Eden 14 Race 7 Billy Badger 2 Race 9 The Fixer 4 Race 10 Have Faith In Me 16 Race 12 Mighty Flying Major 3 Thanks for a great comp. I swore I'd never back horses pulling carts - see what you made me do!! cheers, nearco
  13. Emirates Day Entries Saturday

    Riccarton race 7 Mongolian Falcon 3 Flemington Race 4 Inside agent 6 Race 6 Sort After 15 BB Race 7 The United States 3 Race 8 Malaguerra 7 cheers & thanks, Nearco
  14. OAKS DAY Entries...dont get confused!!!

    RACE 4; MIHANY, NO 2 RACE 5; RIGHTEOUS MATE, NO 5 RACE 6; FEDERAL No 9 RACE 8; SEBRING DREAM, NO 3 RACE 9; SUPER TOO NO 7 BB cheers Nearco
  15. Cup Day Races/Entries

    R6 - Invincibella (12) R7 - Hartnell (6) R8 Fabrizo (14) BB R9 Ruettiger (9) R10 Rockolicious (7) Great comp, thanks. Pity I'm such a plonker this time. Nearco
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