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  1. Another meeting bites the dust

    Thank you for your encouragement pound, I am sorry I don't post so often these days, although it is one less disappointment in your life I had always assumed we could only really afford a Geelong or Pakenham type surface somewhere like Matamata. If we are going for a Moonee Valley type surfare surely that would have to be at Avondale or Ellerslie?
  2. Another meeting bites the dust

    I take it you are trying to say in your own subtle way that you don't necessarily agree with my thoughtful comments. If an all weather track was built somewhere, say Matamata, then it would be expected to be used about 24 times a year, or more, as horses who discover they quite like the surface will need regular opportunities on it. Matamata currently has about 12 meetings a year. I imagine they would still want to hold 6-8 of those on their existing grass surface so that does leave up to 18 meetings that will have to come off other clubs around Auckland and the Waikato. Rather than taking a couple of meetings each off nine clubs, surely it would be easier just to close two or three tracks down altogether.
  3. Another meeting bites the dust

    I imagine that if there was an all-weather at Matamata you wouldn't need Te Teko anymore would you? This meeting would have been scheduled for the all weather in the first place. Several tracks would probably become redundant if an all weather was built. No one seems to have factored that in so far.
  4. NZTR service awards !!

    I never realised Tim Barton was working for NZR. How does he manage to keep a straight face?
  5. 2018-19 Racing Calendar

    Sadly Huey, if that was all they didn't understand we could probably tick away ok.
  6. Basically Idol what will happen is that reasonably regular racing would be scheduled on this track throughout the year, much as they do at Pakenham and Geelong. They don't stop racing at Caulfield and Flemington during the winter just because they have those synthetic tracks, and I can't recall a metropolitan Melbourne meeting ever being transferred to Geelong or elsewhere. During the winter it would provide a reasonably consistent surface just like Ruakaka does, although hopefully a fairer surface and more centrally located. It won't be some super track that means summer type horses can continue to race all year round. And I don't imagine it would be a Shatin type surface located at Ellerslie. So in short it won't actually solve a lot of Racing's problems. It certainly won't be the great saviour that some people expect. It would just provide one tiny improvement in a currently disfunctional racing structure.
  7. Asian Racing Conference and NZTR

    Isn't it a joke
  8. Power To Queensland

    I find it interesting that it is somehow considered a demotion if a stallion gets sent from NZ to Australia.
  9. Asian Racing Conference and NZTR

    I suppose I could almost answer my own question. What on earth could NZ possibly contribute and who would take any notice? I just struggle to believe Australia and Hong Kong representatives would listen attentively to NZ telling them how to run a successful racing industry. The idea of someone from NZ giving an incisive talk on race programming and raceday promotions is quite mind-boggling. I shouldn't be too harsh. I imagine the NZ reps come home with heaps on great ideas that they can introduce back home. Over the last 30 or 40 years there must have been lots of good ideas that have come out of these conferences that have been invaluable to NZ racing. We probably should send twice as many people over and then we might learn twice as much.
  10. Asian Racing Conference and NZTR

    Two questions really: do these conferences discuss anything useful, and does NZ contribute anything useful?
  11. TAB......... Please explain

    You are adding in extrapolations that I never mentioned. I said if he had one runner and a 5% share he would have got a few cents. I think he has got the message now anyhow. There isn't a lot of value in a 5% share of most pools.
  12. Trentham Gold Cup

    If you think it is bad in the NI try racing a 65 horse in the south. A couple of weeks ago they balloted and eliminated 12 horses from a rating 65 at Ashburton when they could easily have run an extra race. Pointless racing 65s for $10,000 if they refuse to split them to get horses through the grades. Then at Riccarton last week we had the crazy situation of 5 and 7 horses racing in two $35,000 open races and heaps being balloted from 65 grades. A major problem is the allocation of stakes money. Those same 5 and 7 horses at Riccarton would have raced for $30,000. All of the other non maiden races could have $2,500 taken off them as well and that would have provided enough money to run a $20,000 2yo race. I would like to know what half-wit thought it was a good idea for 65s to run for $22,500 rather than $20,000. That money could have been put to much better use. It all comes back to the industry being run by outsiders with absolutely no feel for racing and an inability to get the basics right. And my god, most of the programmes are so boring. With all of the 3yos winning maidens at the moment perhaps Riccarton could have put on a 3yo 1,200m rather than wasting $35,000 for 5 open milers. Give then something to aspire to. But oh no, we didn't used to do that in the 70s, no need to change things so dramatically now.
  13. Trentham Gold Cup

    One big problem we have compared to Australia is no respect for iconic names. The Challenge Stakes used to be a major race, I remember Grey Way racing in it, against a young filly I think. Every weekend we see races with iconic names all over Australia, even at minor meetings, whereas in NZ we don't bother.
  14. TAB......... Please explain

    Of course it's relevant. You only get 5% of the declared divi. You are just lucky you had the field in the second leg, if you only had one runner you would have ended up with 35c. You are probably lucky it was abandoned really. If you only had one runner in the last two legs your chances of getting anything were virtually nil. Almost getting your money back wasn't a bad result.
  15. pronunciation guide

    I did notice that none of the presenters at Hawkesbury yesterday knew how to pronounce Montrachet, so its not just our lot that are bad.
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