Might be right TA, and it’s not pleasant I can assure you. Tough old game this politics, sometimes you have to be in the hotseat to realise just how tough. National are in a right old pickle... bet there are a few wondering about the wisdom of that leadership coup right now.....🤔
Watched one in action at the Pub
Wouldn't take one $20 note despite being inserted 4 different ways, then screwed up and tried again
Machine then accepted a different note, then happily accepted the 1st one
By then they had jumped so the poor guy ended up with a Voucher, he didn't want another bet, he did want a drink but couldn't pay with one with his Voucher
So what are you doing about the bigger issues Tasman Man?
To me Bernard is telling porkies
If 'he' had no interest in the value of the land he would have just said 'we have no interest so whatever the Committee wishes to do is no skin off our nose'
The fact that he felt compelled to add "that he thought what they had done wouldn't protect then (sic)' gives credence to the apparent porky
Who's next ? , it wouldn't surprise me if Bridges returns , no time for anyone else at least he's hardened and tough . Sorry for Muller but you can't fight two tough battles at the same time , my suspicion is C , he had some removed a couple of weeks ago and was unavailable for comment for a few days with an upset stomach , treatment ? , time will tell but best wishes if I'm correct .
Stratford can most likely do what they like with their track ,when they like etc etc.
However in the past they[members] have obviously enjoyed being part of the NZ racing scene and run meetings as part of the NZ racing calendar........with betting being overseen by the TAB .
I guess they are an Incorporated society and enjoyed the odd advantage there plus possibly rates relief and other perks ,and received grants etc because of their involvement as a community racetrack under the 'umbrella' of NZ racing.
Dunno how and why their race meetings dwindled to the situation where they only received 1 meeting on NZTR calendar last year !
I know they had a membership blow up which reached the courts a few years back .......I always thought Stratford to be a strong racing centre. My neighbour Jim Didham shifted there from Otago in late 60's and I think MSmith , JTaylor were other prominent trainers out of there and in recent years Dymand and Bothwell's ring and bell !.
But I digress.
In last season Stratford ran 1 x meeting......NZTR gave them $148, 821 for the meeting , of which they used $95,725 for stakes.
No doubt the TAB got stuff charged back but it would appear Stratford is 'off the beaten track' and there are plenty of other tracks in Taranaki to suit the current population.[Horses and people]
A few biking and walking tracks around the environs of the racetrack sounds a nice idea.
Lets not spend too much time on Stratford...bigger issues out there !
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Enlighten me Stables
If Stratfordonians (if that's a word) or Stratfordites paid for their Track 128 years ago with their own money, and they have survived without handouts from NZTR since then why should they be sold up to prop up bigger Clubs who have traditionally been "paid" more than they "generated" anyway?
Are you a Communist?
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