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  1. Oh dear, this is not going to end well

    Right on Puha and Memphis2,good on them. I know what its like to go for it when you're in the twilight years. Have a good time!!
  2. RTR Sale observations

    I think that the sale generally was good result for most. Yet there was the odd strange price,and a loss for some.Some good sires had the odd low price for whatever reason. Good results for Alamosa,B Duke,Reliable Man,Showcasing and Ferlax. Snitzel"s ,whose service fee is $176000,were generally good buying. Iffraaj had the odd strange one at $8/9000. Tavistock fillies weren't wanted $8000. Ocean Park had a high and generally lows. Rock and Pop's were a struggle to sell . He's Remarkable had a $3ok and $50k off a $4000 service fee.Good result. I see the average was up and as I said earlier most vendors that sold would have gone away happy .
  3. Gingernuts

    That's great to hear hope his recovery goes well. All the best and thank you for the update.
  4. RTR Sale Selections.

    I agree Shad, talented horses are no different to talented athletic children,they show ability from day one. Of course there may be exceptions because of maturity but in general trainers know the good ones as soon as they run them along hence times seem to be important, to my mind.
  5. RTR Sale Selections.

    It seems a horse still has to have speed,sprinters and stayers alike. The good ones have to be able to run 600 between 33 and 34 secs.
  6. He's Remarkable;

    He nearly got one at Avondale last week also,Go for Dough.if didn't have to go wide on the turn it should have won. I see he also had a trial winner a few weeks back in NZ. Time may be all they need especially being by Pentire from a Zabeel mare. Damn! I missed that one at Armidale and I've been waiting for it as it won a trial impressively a while back.
  7. RTR Sale Selections.

    With the RTR sale nearly upon us what are Cafers predictions on what is likely to be the best value purchase for future racing ability. I see in the latest Informant Special many prep stables have their special selections but it would seem they may be selecting purely based on flavor of the month. Are times the best way to select a horse as in Aust.trainers placed a fair amount of emphasis on fast times. I see the fastest three times are lots 239,243 and 7. Lot 239 has been withdrawn and only lot 7 is closely related to a stakes winner.Could this be the one to buy?
  8. Gingernuts

    Looks like he faltered on his way to the barrier and luckily Mick Dee was able to pull him up quickly and get off. Vet has bandaged foreleg,he's just gone off the course in the horse ambulance.
  9. Gingernuts

    Sadley scratched at the barrier ,lame in foreleg.
  10. Who shot the barman scratched

    I was looking forward to the old boy running as he might have given it a shake again. Sad for the O'Leary family. Humphrey and Shaun looked like they were enjoying the build up at the draw.
  11. Who Shot The Barman

    Sadly he has been withdraw from the cup because of an elevated temperature. What bad luck especially after his last run.
  12. This is a tough game

    Brendon McCarthy snr died in Jan this year.He was highly respected and was President and Life member of TBV.He was responsible for lobbying the VRC and State Govt to establish the VOBIS scheme,obviously a visionary. I understand that at one time he owned the largest broodmare band in Victoria and had Clearview Park ,on the Goulburn River at Tallarook. I am unsure if the family still have broodmares there so it could be that Rock and Swing may get his chance as a sire. Maybe someone closer to the family may know
  13. This is a tough game

    Purchased by Brendan McCarthy trainer Caulfield.He has a number of good older horses in work and I understand has a gift of repairing broken down horses.
  14. This is a tough game

    He is out of a full sister to High Chaparral whom I understand is owned in NZ. He won his first start (just) after running on from the back. He never fired in subsequent starts four of which were on heavy tracks. I think his full sister is racing in NZ and has won 2.
  15. Jacinda Ardern

    Has anyone noticed that their seems to be a lot of dairy farms on the market in NZ lately,especially around the Waikato. It seems 200 cow farms that had GV's around 1.2k to 1.4k in 2000 now have GV's of around 4/5 million.Farmers cashing up as inflation has made them very wealthy and can you blame them. Fat Cat Land Agents also making a fortune on commissions. I doubt I have seen so many farms on the market.Does this follow the Auckland housing market trend? I doubt a 200cow farm purchased for 4/5 million is a good investment in NZ.Similar sized farms in Aust are around 1.2million. Are they all cashing up before Capital Gains tax kicks in? Are they that scared of the Labour and Winston?