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About berzerk

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  1. I have just finished reading Timeform's summation of the NZ 2000 Guineas. Their closing line: "A shame with the stockcars early taking the gloss off the result as the two main culprits got rewarded by finishing first and third and that is not what G1 racing should be about." My question would be - did the two jockeys in question cross the line between "careless" and "reckless" riding?
  2. TAB - Disgrace

    It is appalling. It has problems every year on the biggest turnover day of the year. Would any other business in the world jeopardise turnover on their known biggest day? It has also had problems on feature days this spring. And crashed at Hakes Bay meeting last spring.
  3. tab website crash today

    This is inexcusable, and HEADS MUST ROLL!!! It is not as if there have been no warnings, as it has failed every year in recent history, and has failed at major meetings at Hastings this spring. What other business would jeopardise its biggest day of the year, repeatedly????? Not only costing themselves sales/turnover, but just an image of complete amateurism.
  4. Stark reality of NZ racing

    Maybe one day someone in a position of power will wake up and admit our wet track racing is a dreadful betting medium, and do something about it! I could not bring myself to invest $1 on Saturday, or Sunday. Without robust turnover we can never grow stakes. A Strathayr and a couple of all-weathers would be a good start.
  5. Correct me if I am wrong. Did Hong Kong not bring in similar legislation a few years back? No one has ever been charged, no NZ TAB accounts closed. Primarily, a horrendous error by NZRB underestimating the threat of the legislation - heads must roll over this. But also why was the knee-jerk reaction to immediately close the accounts? Surely it is not our job to police Australian law?
  6. Ratings

    Okay Silverhawk - Dijon Bleu beat a rating 67 horse by 1 3/4 lengths. What is your re-rating? And don't forget to re-rate placegetters as well. PS: You must be winning a fortune on the punt with all these badly handicapped horses!
  7. Ratings

    It is not an easy problem to solve. An average barrier trial winner is worth more than a NZ Group 1 race. As for She Brings Joy - An 8 month spell suggests to me the horse had an issue. 8 months @ $2500-3000/month (+ vet expenses) to lose 1 point (0.5kg) is completely acceptable with me. Her 64 rating? The Royal Stakes was a tough race to assess - 4 maidens fought out the finish. And now with the benefit of hindsight it hasn't improved. And the international rating for the race was lower than most of our Listed races.
  8. The First Call

    Matt (-48.5%), Rodley (-27%), Tan (-9.7%). Not only is it impossible to suffer your way through the most boring preview show ever invented, you get to do your ass good and proper as well.
  9. How the hell can NZRB justify putting $15mill/year into a FOB platform now catering only for NZ customers? What planet are these people living on? Especially when rumour has it the TAB App - budget $1mill, is now in over-run to the tune $12mill. How naive could Allen be to think a change in Australian law, with regards to off-shore gambling, would not have possible consequences for NZ? God help us all!
  10. Afraid

    It is a simple equation - increased turnover will lead to better prizemoney. Proportionately, our biggest market (Oz) bets less on gallops than they do on harness and hounds, and if you look at the product served up in recent months it is easy to see why. Better tracks, including an all-weather, is an absolute no-brainer.
  11. Ratings

    And doesn't the VRC's Greg Carpenter review all NZ Group race rehandicaps?
  12. Ratings

    Handicap ratings - you win/place they go up, unplaced you go down. They are fluid and purely where a horse sits at any point in time. Anomalies are very easy to find, and some would argue they define, and are a driver of betting markets. For example, while I believe Perfect Fit is a better horse, given Te Rapa, wet track, 1200m, 2kgs wont be enough to sway me from backing Underthemoonlight in future - price dependent of course. If you want the handicapper's opinion of a horse's ability then wait for Free Handicaps. Don't confuse a domestic handicap rating with the Free Handicap. If 3lbs = 1 length at 1600m, then Worldclass' 2 wins by a Neck margins are adequately explained, and in reality over-rated!
  13. No wonder racings stuffed

    You win you go up, you lose you go down. Anomalies will always exist. Miss Three Stars managed only 1 3rd placing between August 2016 and May 2017, 10 months, and 11 starts. Platinum Command - Last year top rated horse in Winter Cup was 101, this year 94. Ratings clearly extends the competitive life of a racehorse. I would like to see it even more liquid, and horses dropping more quickly. For example Il Cavallo today - away from track for nearly two years and completely uncompetitive finishing 2nd last, as it had done in previous start. Imagine the costs involved? Why not drop it 4 points, back to 85, and a chance of being competitive, and thus attracting turnover? Instead goes around today as rank outsider in an Open sprint. Of note, Racing Australia ratings = Gingernuts 106, Jon Snow 107, Bonneval 107
  14. TAB Watch & Bet

    And "check back in 2-3 days" for Te Teko replays. Amateur hour NZ Racing style
  15. TAB Watch & Bet

    Anyone else having trouble with Watch & Bet?