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  1. First Season Sire Predictions

    Some of the Luminaries (sarc) were Half Century, Happy Melody, High Ice, Jigg's Alarm, Keitel, Lucky Ring, Minstrel Blues, Northerly Native, Pin Puller, Royal Loch, Shannon, Shifnal Prince, Silver Prospector, Space Appeal, Trubisc, Voyager, Wham, Young Runaway, Archimedes, Blazing Keel, Blue Razor, Concert Dancer, Conquistarose, Defecting Dancer, Destroyer and Exattic. Interesting that few if any of those names are in any way memorable, at best 1 or 2 may have been handy sires, the rest less so. You would have to look hard to find many of them in a pedigree today. Food for thought when comparing to some at stud today.
  2. Any Thoughts On Super easy

    This may be the first and only time I have ever seen anyone suggest that Aus trainers are more patient than their Kiwi peers. History would clearly indicate the opposite. Could the real reason be that the better bred progeny have gone to Aus as a result of being offered at Karaka? Better pedigrees & better types = better results.
  3. Epsom Derby

    Bad mistake not getting Saxon Warrior off rails before Tattenham corner.
  4. Has no one worked out that this is largely a cull sale and Dan is minimising his losses???????
  5. New Stallions 2018

    Thanks La Zip. Following your logic you obviously must think Winks is a slow good for nothing camel also given that nearly all her best races have been on rain affected tracks. Perhaps I’m wrong but I thought this topic was about new seasons sires and their stallion potential. I stand by my comments re MF.
  6. New Stallions 2018

    I don't understand this nonsensical crap about branding this horse as "an average son of FR" ???? Mongolian Falcon is a G2 winner of 3 races and was in the first 3 in 7 of 9 starts. His only 2 misses were after receiving severe interference in a 2YO G1 race and then being injured in the 2000 Gns (but still running 6th). His 2 stakes placings were behind 2 individual G1 winners. By simple definition that record easily places him in the top 1% of the racing population of his generation and makes him an "elite athlete" and well deserving of an opportunity at stud. Personally I'm surprised he hasn't found a home in the North Island. La Zip you are indeed entitled to your opinion but without any factual or logical basis to them its unlikely anyone with common sense will pay any heed. At $3000 he is sensational value and I hope he gets plenty of mares.
  7. New Stallions 2018

    I thought I had seen some insane comments on this forum in the past but this takes the cake. No one with any idea of breeding or racing would bag a G2 winning son of Fastnet going to stud. Based on Arions results in Aus there are 10 sons of FR at stud which have had runners. With FR's oldest 'grandchildren' being 5YO's no less than 5 of the 10 have sired G1 winners and 3 more have sired SW's. So thats 80% of his sire sons with runners already proving themselves as superior to the norm. I would say MF is a real chance could well be another Highly Recommended.
  8. That Ellerslie are doing this work now without regard to the needs of the wider galloping code is symptomatic of the problems within racing. Like it or not this is the premier track in NZ and they should be installing a Strathayr track or similar. Ellerslie needs to be in a position to race every 2nd weekend and it’s unlikely this work will achieve this.
  9. Reliable Man

    OP has 31 1st crop winners so far vs 14 for RM. I like both stallions but OP looks the best hope so far, the SW’s will come through.
  10. B De Lore on the Messara appointment

    So Ellerslie is going ahead with a 1/2 arsed drainage job instead of installing a Strathayr track like Moonee Valley? Surely they should be told to wait for the Messara report before doing anything? Whatever they do now is likely to be a waste of time and money. The hardest thing for the industry to swallow will be if he recommends significant racetrack centralisation. If he does do that then it’s essential for Ellerslie to be Strathayr or similar.
  11. B De Lore on the Messara appointment

    Why is the Easter at Puke?
  12. Showcasing no longer shuttling

    11 SW’s from 256 foals bred in NZ so far (this years 2YO’s excluded), best are 2 G2 winners of a fairly ave 2YO race. Only 1 G1 performer in NZ / Aus. Is he really much of a loss on that basis. Yearlings I have looked at have been ave at best.
  13. Isn’t life marvellous

    Awesome news made my day!
  14. Tough going

    I must be missing something but I fail to see the point of these comments which can only be described as moronic. Why would you choose to criticise a breeder for sending a superbly bred mare to a horse recognised as one of the best to have ever raced. Why do so many “small breeders” fail to recognise that to be a “commercial breeder” you must breed winners or you won’t be “commercial” for long!! Pathetic jealousy at its worst.
  15. Ellerslie today

    What utter crap! The place was heaving and there was people everywhere. best atmosphere I have seen on an NZ track for years.