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      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. Aaron White

    Of course David has Maori blood in him, know what you are commenting on.

    Janine Belcher Bio Janine’s last permanent role was with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, where she led the transformation of the people function over a four year period. During this time, NZTE redesigned its customer engagement and investment models, transformed its culture and achieved the highest engagement within the public sector and significantly grew customer satisfaction. Over the last two years, Janine has focussed on providing consulting services to a range of public and private sector organisations around people strategy, transformation and capability. Prior to this Janine has also held senior leadership roles with Ministry of Social Development and New Zealand Post with a background in people and culture, business improvement and service design.
  3. NZTR, Deloitte Report

    ....and the majority of the TAB’s turnover comes from Aus.
  4. M Williamson

    WK, you really are looking through rose coloured glasses. Just had a look at that replay and nothing wrong with that. Put his horse in the race with a round to go, couldn’t get to parked, got beaten by that parked horse, got some money Premier night.I wouldn’t be complaining if that was my animal.
  5. M Williamson

    WK, in all fairness, you really should come on here and bag all drivers for their not so good ones, it happens, that’s the game. MW is a talented reinsmen who’s record speaks for itself, and is not immune to getting horses that are rated out of the market home first IMHO. What’s your point WKs?
  6. Horse ambulances for NZ.

    From Harnesslink website: Later this year the equine industry will be presented with a new evolution in horse care technology. Thanks to the generosity of the equine industry, and also the efforts of the New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust (NZHAT), five custom built horse ambulances are on target to be rolled out by December. The New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust was established after meetings between vets, equine codes and the Racing Integrity Unit established that welfare outcomes for horses would be improved with the provision of appropriate custom built horse ambulances. The Trust itself was formed by members of the New Zealand Equine Vet Association, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand and the Racing Integrity Unit. NZHAT Trust Chair Martin Burns is also General Manager of Racing and Equine Welfare for NZTR and is extremely grateful for the support the Trust has received. “When established in mid-2016 the initial goal was to have the first five equine ambulances delivered by July 2018. Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and grant providers, we have raised sufficient funds though manufacturing lead-times mean we now expect to meet this goal by December 2018. But we are happy that this is not a big miss in terms of our intended timing.” Burns noted that the evidence has been present in recent news and media around the importance of the equine ambulance. “The first aid provided by an equine ambulance to Gingernuts when injured last year at Flemington, and his subsequent progress to recovery, indicates the improvement to welfare outcomes that may be provided by having this technology available.” “It’s most important to ensure the best chances of recovery for horses, whether racing injuries or when necessary to transport for surgeries or treatments,” said Burns. “Beyond that, it’s also important to help demonstrate the deserved levels of care our horses should be provided.” The inclusion of the equine codes along with the RIU and Vets association has been crucial in ensuring all bases are covered. “None of us really has the knowledge or resources to make this a success alone. The combination among trustees of Vets and racing authorities has been essential in building the necessary momentum and in considering the planning and logistics. The Trust is also open to the future direct involvement of other equine sports,” explained Burns. Fellow NZHAT Trustee Dr Peter Gillespie who with Dr Bill Bishop represents the New Zealand Equine Vet Association says the fact that the ambulances are made in Dunedin is also a huge benefit. “It’s wonderful that we can have these ambulances made locally, not only for the local economy but also the fact that they are costing close to half the price to be made here, rather than having them built offshore,” Gillespie said. “We can be involved in the process each step of the way and speak to the engineer about what will work best. It also means that they will be designed specifically for New Zealand conditions.” “The engineer building the ambulances was involved in making the new starting gates at Wingatui and has been instrumental in designing a full suspension system for the ambulances, which means they can be dropped right to the ground and then raised again. This is really important as it means when a horse is injured on the track it will put far less stress on the animal than having to walk up or down a ramp,” explained Gillespie. Gillespie also said the New Zealand Vets Association have investigated and sourced the very latest technology in supporting injured horses, and have sourced full limb supports that will work in conjunction with a support stall in the ambulance. This will take pressure off the injured area and support the horse as it is transported for further care or surgery. “That’s the main purpose of the equine ambulance. To make the process as less stressful as possible for the animal, and ensure that it is supported and safe during the process of transportation off the track,” said Gillespie. “With the first five ambulances due to be delivered this year, the Trust will now aim to attract funding for a further three which will enable more comprehensive deployment to equestrian sports events up and down the country.” The New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Racing Ministers Safety Development Fund, Bendigo Valley Sports Trust, Salient Trust, Charlie Roberts, NZRB Animal Welfare Fund, Rodmor Trust, Kevin & Jo Hickman/Valachi Downs, NZ Bloodstock and Cambridge Equine Hospital. For further information please contact: Martin Burns Chair – New Zealand Horse Ambulance Trust Email: [email protected] Phone: 027 511 0348
  7. fixed odds bullshit

    The people that have backed the late scratchings need to be paid from somewhere. If yours had been scratched , you would of expected to be paid. That’s just the way it works with FO.
  8. M Williamson

    What’s your point WKs?
  9. Drivers not trying!!!!

    Have any of you guys and gals tried one of those plastic horse arcade games where you get on and ride a race? You get on and are given the horses strengths and weaknesses. If you go against the horses modus operandi you are soon an also ran.Driving is like that. You work out what your horse is and what it can do, and how best to drive it. Even the best drivers take time to work a horse out. Most horses go better with a sit, and sometimes it works out and it makes you look good, and sometimes it makes you look like a lemon. Only if you’ve got one with real ability can you keep “sending” them every time, ( aka Lazarus, would even make me look good),they soon get tired and then you ain’t got a horse...IMHO.
  10. Winstons big announcement...

    Agreed, no argument there. That age old debate of whether gambling should be supporting , well, gambling. NZRB seem to have gone down that path, including the gaming turnover in their overall turnover, so its a significant investment for them. They’d have to “unwind” and go down a significantly more different path, what that is, I don’t know.
  11. Winstons big announcement...

    You’d have to find a way of replacing the 20 odd million of revenue that the pokies generate for racing if the above were to happen.
  12. Harness Racing Names

    It’s Commissioner, trained by Nat Hall.
  13. Winstons big announcement...

    The NZRB formed their own trust so that they could administer the funds from gaming. That is one part of their business model that is actually growing, and they have invested in more sites, and have upgraded existing ones. What probably is in question is the costs involved in getting those funds that they return to the community, as by law, they have to return a %.
  14. Promoting Racing

    With the past weekends racing, harness & gallops, I cant help but thinking the industry has missed a trick when it comes to promotion. We need to remember it is very much a people’s game as well as the horses. We’ve had the Karaka Millions and forthcoming sales as the main focus to try appeal to the general public, but in the country we’ve had two superstars of the game in Hugh Bowman, voted best jockey in the world, & Hall of Farmer David Miller. How many times will that happen? Things have definitely picked up from HRNZ when it’s comes to news since Jess Smith has been there, but I would’ve like to have seen some more promotion from the powers that be around these guys, whether it the respective codes or the NZRB, as they went about their business and showing us their deftly skills. David Miller was obviously excited about competing on grass for the first time, and for him to go out first up and deliver a $19 winner, well, imagine the build up and subsequent pay off for all the non race goers as he rolled home. I know how hard it is to get into that mainstream media space, but it would’ve been worth a big push. Add to that , two former world champion drivers in Mark Jones & Dexter Dunn, a promoters dream. I’m sure any other sports would salivate at that sort of prospect. The guys were here, whether we maximised them as much as we could’ve, I don’t know. My 10c worth.
  15. Interested to know

    If they’re doing it 8-10 times a meeting, plus percentages, it’s not too bad. Agree it’s hard for any young guy starting out, hence the need for support, whether it be from a committed employer or family involvement who will keep putting you on, lose or win.