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    • I think the Whale will be blubbering with the quality of entries that come in here JJ.    I will run with his Six Picks then as the default entry , (when we find out what they are) ...... the 'Pure Steel Whale of Time' entry   
    • Entain share price hits lowest point since August 2020 Entain's share price has tumbled, currently standing below £8.00 ($10.11), a stark contrast to its peak of £22.10 in September 2021. By Gambling Insider Listen To Article     00:00     01:54     This substantial decline has attracted the attention of financial circles, raising questions about the factors contributing to the company’s downward spiral; it is the lowest share price since August 2020. Formerly known as GVC Holdings, Entain has faced several challenges of late, with a notable blow being the hefty £585m fine for its conduct in Turkey. Other factors that have caused investors to question the financial decision-making of the company and the capability of CEO Jette Nygaard-Andersen include Entain's acquisition of STS Holdings for £750m. Elsewhere, it also acquired 365Scores in April and Angstrom Sports in July.   Analysts and investors are closely monitoring the seemingly ever-changing situation as the share price continues to plummet. The abrupt fall prompts concerns about the company’s stability and the potential consequences for shareholders. As investment firms scrutinise Entain's current situation, they are likely seeking clarity on how the company plans to address these challenges and whether there are strategies in place to mitigate potential risks. Moreover, speculation is surfacing about Entain’s future, particularly in light of reports suggesting MGM Resorts International may consider a bid for BetMGM. This bid would focus on acquiring the BetMGM joint venture, rather than the entirety of Entain. Clear communication from Entain's leadership regarding its plans and initiatives may play a crucial role in rebuilding investor confidence and stabilising the company's share price.
    • Have you noticed people looking much older than they were over a short period of time? I'm not saying they were jabbed up but as an observation. Coincidence?
    • Is that so everyone can see Whales tips pre comp?
    • Trentham- Race 8, Malt Time. Trentham- Race 9, Ribbons. Pukekohe-Race 9,  Imarichgirl.                        Cheers and Thanks...    
    • Thanks to Scooby and the Sponsorship this time from great racing supporter MEMPHIS we have the Final harness Comp for 2023. A great day of Trotting and Pacing at Addington on Sunday 10th with the NZ Pacing Derby, NZ Trotting Derby and 6 more fantastic Group 1 races from some of NZ's Best horses. SO to celebrate,  Memphis has kindly donated $75 of his Pairs Win from Johns gallops comp in the form of a $75 win/place bet to the Lucky winner. !!! Half the proceeds (if any from that prize bet) go to that winner and half towards Future Comps . Thank you Memphis and Scooby. ALL You have to do is PICK Any SIX horses racing on Sunday 10th at Addington.  Any Six from any of the 10 races. Post your 6 runners names or number here before Entries Close race 1 on Sunday . (Please include the race number your horse is in) The winner will have the highest total Collect  from $10 win and $20 place bet on your 6 runners. (Tabtouch divvies)  How much can you earn with $180 spend??? COMP Entry is FREE to ALL Race Cafe People.  Give it a Go here !! Good Luck and Merry Christmas       
    • It's sad we no longer have grass track racing in Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Yes, it makes short term economic sense and less hassle to run all the races at Cambridge (which with all the grassed areas is family friendly) and Pirongia, the biggest attended meeting of the year, wasn't up to modern track safety requirements. However, it does mean way less promotion of harness racing to a wide audience and therefore has accentuated the decline in interest and acceptance of horse racing in the North and the observable flow on effects on punting and ownership. Who is responsible for promoting our sport in the regions? The clubs, HRNZ or both?
    • Hall of Fame trainer and North American all-time wins leader Steve Asmussen will be chasing more milestones during the 2023-24 Oaklawn meeting that opens Friday. View the full article
    • How many of you have have been talked into getting this procedure or just for aesthetics reasons not knowing how damaging they can be to your health? Dr David Howard has a blog involving Dr Weston Price and George Meinig.....Colgate have called this 'misinformation but can't back up the reasons...I'd prefer to hear from people with experience in the field. You? Makes interesting reading
    • Hong Kong, Japan, and Ireland all have good chances in four group 1 races on Dec. 10 in the Longines Hong Kong International Races. View the full article
    • Thomas Rondinello was best known for being the private trainer of John Galbreath's Darby Dan Farm. He trained the stable's homebred Little Current to victories in the 1974 Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1). View the full article
    • As Memphis eluded to Eljay this is typical of Humanity, you can NEVER satisfy everybody so we were expecting a song and dance from the Minority, even to suggest Genocide  is deplorable by Te Pati and is exposes their lack of rationale . Grant Robertson shouldn't be there after his disgraceful performance as Treasurer  and why are we still hearing from Helen Clarke? She bailed to the UN and comes back to infect the ears of Patriotic Kiwis
    • Pukekohe - Race 2:  Muscovado Trentham - Race 4:  Red Sea Ballarat    - Race 1:  Sunset Dreaming   Many thanks, John & Scooby.
    • Final declarations are through for Saturday's three big Grade 1 races at Sandown. The ground remains broadly Soft with some Heavy patches on the hurdles course but it's raining in London this evening. Not many runners in the top races as is the story these days outside Cheltenham. Six stand in the Fighting Fifth with Nicky Henderson keeping both CONSTITUTION HILL and SHISHKIN. The former is 1/5 and is 22 lbs ahead of the other hurdlers (only 12 lbs in front of SHISHKIN but that's a steeplechase rating) and assuming he's the same horse as last year, he wins. SHISHKIN wants further these days but could go well and if the favourite were to slip up, LOVE ENVOI would be the likely benficiary but it's hard to see. Six also go in the Henry VIII over 3200m. I like PETIT TONNERRE at 12s but it's not really an each way price. JPR ONE is favourite but Sandown is no place for either a weak or extravagant jumper and I'd take him on at 7/4. COLONEL HARRY is a solid alternative - he was a decent novice hurdler in the north last year and jumped well at Chepstow on chasing debut. Five stand in the Tingle Creek and JONBON is 2/9 to confirm Cheltenham form with EDWARDSTONE. Fans of this division will be keeping an eye on Cork on Sunday where Arkle winner EL FABIOLO makes his reappearance in the Grade 2 Hilly Way. I suspect he and JONBON won't meet until the Champion Chase at Cheltenham but they look the two dominant forces in the 3200m division with ENERGUMENE out for the season.
    • Back to a chilly last weekend and with Newcastle lost to snow, Newbury staged the main British meeting and on Friday the only meeting. The ground had dried to Good to Soft, Good in places and the Friday card had two Grade 2 races. The John Francome over 4000m for the intermediate novice chasers saw HERMES ALLEN enhance his reputation with a convincing win over NICKLE BACK. The winner will, I suspect, stay at this trip with STAY AWAY FAY the more likely Nicholls contender for the 4800m races. The long term aim for HERMES ALLEN would be the Turners over 4200m at Cheltenham but how he'll fare against the Irish remains to be seen. The weakness in the home strength in the staying hurdle division was laid bare as the 10-y-o DASHEL DRASHER just held off the late finish of the 11-y-o PAISLEY PARK in the 4800m Grade 2. They are both wonderful old warriors who have done fantastically well for connections but the notion either of them can win a stayers at Cheltenham isn't one to be taken seriously. The disappointment was the mare MARIE'S ROCK who for me didn't stay the trip and will be back at 4000m after this. On then to Fairyhouse on Sunday and Soft ground but a bright afternoon for the three Grade 1 features. First, the Royal Bond for the novice hurdlers over 3200m. This looked wide open with Willie Mullins running two and Gordon Elliott three but the narrow favourite was AN TOBAR from the De Bromhead stable. Royal Bond Novices Hurdle:  A 1-2 for Gordon Elliott but you'd have been hard pushed to name FARREN GLORY the winner even at the last. As is often the case in Ireland, it was a dawdle and then a 600m sprint and that doesn't suit some of these who look more like relentless gallopers. The winner took plenty of stoking along and didn't jump the last well but still stuck on too well for stable mate KING OF KINGSFIELD. The favourite AN TOBAR put up a solid effort in third and I suspect the faster gallop at Cheltenham in the Supreme will help a lot. BIALYSTOK ran home for fourth but I'm sure we'll learn more at Christmas. The Drinmore is for the intermediate novices over 4000m - favourite was LETSBEHONESTABOUTIT who had placed well in the top staying novice hurdles last season and was unbeaten and impressive in two novice chases. Drinmore Novices Chase:  It's eight months since I AM MAXIMUS won the 5800m Irish Grand National over this track yet one of the quirks of the Irish novice chase pattern means he is still qualified for novice chasers - about the same as saying a Derby winner can run in a maiden. To be fair, it might have been unrealistic for a 5900m winner to have the speed to win over 4000m but with the other contenders not really getting home, I AM MAXIMUS had more than enough stamina. FOUND A FIFTY wasn't helped by a mistake at the last but I think he would have been held while LETSBEHONESTABOUTIT travelled well to two out and found nothing. Sometimes bossing inferior rivals makes a horse looks better than he is and LETSBEHONESTABOUTIT was found out in this company. Just five in the Hatton's Grace over 4000m for the hurdlers and an intriguing battle between Ballymore winner IMPAIRE ET PASSE who was making his seasonal debut and last year's winner of this race, TEAHUPOO who downed the great Honeysuckle in this before running a close third in that thrilling finish to the stayers at Cheltenham. Hatton's Grace Hurdle:  The front two dominated the race off the home turn and IMPAIRE ET PASSE looked to be travelling the better between the last two but perhaps the lack of an outing told against the battler TEAHUPOO who just wore him down in the final 100m. Both ran well and I look forward to them re-matching possibly at Leopardstown over Christmas. You'd think IMPAIRE ET PASSE might be the better longer term prospect but I'm also sure TEAHUPOO will win his share of good races and neither has much to worry about from the other side of the Irish Sea currently.
    • Keneperu,while in a mood to correct your bland statements that have no substance in facts, your extra "throw away line" regarding demise of Hutt Park, we used to get great support from South Island including MH but also John Lischner, Robert Dunn ,Derek Jones and many more so a young MH had a small part  but was a regular supporter which was appreciated. .Lets see if your negativity can be corrected by some facts. The major rise in costs were from a city council that decided it was a commercial operation not a sport therefore would rate and ground rent us  from $4000 per annum  to $125000 per annum a figure that was unsustainable amortised over 17 race nights.It was appealed and I personally addressed the Council  unfortunately unsuccessfully... Most people enjoyed Hutt Park racing and were saddened when it was forced to close.. (osh also played a part wanting lifts fire rated and emergency lighting everywhere etc. $1000s more )
    • Hows the dirty dishes going? 
    • Phil Aristone, one of the all-time leading trainers at Parx Racing, was suspended 105 days, fined $7,500, and given six penalty points for two horses in his care testing positive for the presence of lamotrigine in post-race testing. View the full article
    • Hong Kong, Japan and Ireland all have good chances in four group 1 races on Dec. 10 in the Longienes Hong Kong International Races. View the full article
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