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    • If the NZ Sweet Pea ever had poor payers i'm sure the US Sweet Pea could have assisted him in getting them to pay up.
    • Nice one Baz! Just the one bet for me today coming up in race 3 at Ballarat. It’s a shorty #11 Saone $300 win. 
    • The figures read like a complete vindication of the former RB strategy , JA will be patting himself on the back .  What it also shows is the new betting site is working well and it's just a few old racing codgers who are having trouble with it . Who cares where the money comes from , if it's sports betting great , some of the money will be shared around  and the rest  will bankroll racing , keep it coming .
    • 4 places left to fill but I'll post the teams this evening and any latecomers can post afterwards on that thread. We may also have some post selections for the comp that haven't been entered into a team as they didn't realise they had to register early.  I can slot them into the four spots and any additional after that can be reserves if someone in a team doesn't post by cut off on the Saturday  
    • Demented, Deluded & Deranged     By John Not a day goes by without the publication of an illogical rant by some unhinged politician of the Left. These poor deluded creatures, deceived by their own beliefs, are only succeeding in making themselves the laughing stock of normal thinking people. Unfortunately, much of what they have to say is no laughing matter. On subjects such as economics, religion or society they spout a narrative that is born out of ignorance, hate, racism, and ideology. They harbour the fanciful thought process whereby hate speech is enunciated by everyone but themselves, when in fact the opposite is true. The problem these people on the Left have is that most of their hateful rhetoric is ideologically driven. Beliefs held based on ideology rely on basic assumptions about reality that may or may not have any factual basis. Think Marama Davidson, Golriz Ghahraman and Julie Anne Genter for starters! These lunatics don’t pay any attention to reality or facts, they are just hell-bent on spouting their dogma which is anathema to rational people. They are so blinded to their philosophies that all logical thought becomes non-existent. This modus operandi in the sense we are talking, if left unchecked can have dangerous elements. Some examples: Economically it’s all about the policies of redistribution, screwing the so-called rich pricks, many of whom in reality aren’t, with no thought that eventually, you will run out of other people’s money. Climate Change is where the fear element is introduced. Scare the living daylights out of impressionable young people with a load of unproven nonsense that we’ll all be dead in twelve years. Brainwash them to the point where they take it upon themselves to play truant for a cause on which they haven’t been given a balanced viewpoint. Julie Anne then informs us that this is our World War 2 moment. You have to be seriously ignorant and plain potty to come up with that comparison. Religion is where these demented marketers of hate are at their venomous best. Golriz would have us believe that Jesus was a Palestinian refugee, an idea it appears, she got from two of her left-wing sisters in America namely Ilhan Omar and Linda Sarsour. The fact that this is patently not true is of no concern to these ideologically driven personages. Obviously, the nonsensical point here is to have us believe that the Jews are not a race of people and that Judaism is simply a religion. The Left is anti-Semitic the world over while denying that they speak the language of hate. Freedom of Speech including hate speech is fine, providing you follow the rules of the Left which ironically are all about hate, anger and ridiculous assertions which have no truth in reality. Perhaps the one thing that takes the cake is the madwoman Ocasio-Cortez, who managed to insult virtually the whole world by claiming camps on America’s southern border were akin to Nazi concentration camps. A statement that is breathtaking in its ignorance and stupidity. Was a bartender, now more of a barbarian it seems. The Left today is nothing more than demented, deluded and deranged jackasses with a dangerous agenda based on numerous falsehoods. They are aided and abetted by equally dangerous organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union. As Margaret Thatcher said – Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them, the end always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag. Begone! Enough is enough!
    • Now cut that out Crusty....this is a racing site and I can confirm that our Sweet Pea is still very much alive and kicking.   In fact Stephen Marsh has a few horses lining up at Counties tomorrow.    
    • They didn't offer a tie I don't think and wouldn't because there were tie-breaker rules which meant that result could not occur.
    • We need a few more entries to fill up the teams...come on those who aren't in yet lets have some fun!!!!!
    • Lets see what sort of shape she and her fellow NZRB board members left the place is in when they report their final Financial accounts. I'm tipping their will be some serious balance sheet reductions for starters.   Greg
    • I don't think you are understanding what I am saying. Nothing is on face value. It's a sequence of data that can be interpreted one way. My discussion centres around internationally accepted ratings and the demise of the relevance of NZ racing. The heading of this topic is "Volksraad as a broodmare sire". Internationally breed shaping sires (which we should try to embrace) are 124+ type horses that as stallions produce 124+ type horses as race horses. These then hopefully become serious stallions and broodmares in their own right. If Volksraad was a 111 rated horse at best, and his best progeny was rated 118, what should our expectations be for him as a broodmare sire? We know as a broodmare sire he produced Volkstok'n'barrell (rated 111 at best) , Beauty Flash (rated 118) and Able Friend (rated 128), so he was capable of producing a good broodmare. The real question is, based on international standards, is he a broodmare sire of the future that will hold NZ racing and breeding in good stead for the future?
    • A great article which puts things into perspective from line one   Let’s get straight to the point, the racing industries in NSW and Victoria are flying. There is massive prizemoney being splashed around like it’s growing on trees, and the participants can’t help but rub their hands with glee. The jockeys in Victoria are even competing for a $400,000 booty in the Star Of The Saddle competition, well at least a couple of them will be. Over the past couple of weeks we've had drum rolls followed by huge industry announcements, last week it was more than $100 million in prizemoney being on offer during the Melbourne spring, including five bonuses totalling $4m. In Sydney of course there’s the $14 million The Everest, which is this year complemented by the shiny new toy, the $7.5 million Golden Eagle. Queensland and West Australia are being left behind in the arms race while South Australia is a basket case. The end of the rainbow finishes in Sydney and Melbourne, so it came as no surprise when West Aussie Bob Peters elected to send a couple of his stable stars to Sydney for the spring. Forget about the summer back home, the money on offer in the east is impossible to ignore. There’s plenty of talk around that the money trees in NSW and Victoria haven’t shed all their leaves yet so there’s more to come. It’s like someone found the combination to the vault, or better still they’ve discovered a money-making machine out the back. And they have. So where is all this money coming from? Well the answer is simple, it comes from you, the punter.
      Without punters racing has nothing. With a raft of tax increases over the past few years administrators have found a way to squeeze every last drop out of the bookmakers, and in turn those taxes are passed onto the punters with bigger percentages and smaller returns. Then there’s the old rounding down issue which gets pushed aside as if it’s nothing, but the reality is punters are getting ripped off big time. A horse could be paying $1.99 but with the rounding down the dividend will be $1.90. This delivers tens of millions to the TAB’s coffers every year. As far back as 2003 the then TAB supremo Warren Wilson said "rounding is part of the funding model or price, so if you take it out of the equation there is a need to make up the revenues somewhere else" while adding "in the end it is the same result". So, the bottom line to the ‘rounding issue’ would be take out the rounding down and replace it with another model where that $1.99 would be rounded up to $2 but the result would most likely be a rise in the takeout rates. Another beauty is the rebates being paid to major players for doing their business with the jolly green giant. The take-out for win dividends is 15% on every race, but some players are getting back anything up to 10%, it’s a pretty good deal if you can get it. Rule out some no-hopers and bet to a 100% market with the view to finishing even on the race then pick up the rebate. Again, the bottom line is the punter at the lower end of the food chain is the one subsidising these rebates. The racing industry in NSW and Victoria has never been healthier and it’s getting bigger virtually every week, however along the way there has to be collateral damage and the ones getting damaged are the punters. While all the power brokers are giving themselves a pat on the back maybe somewhere along the way they could spare a thought for those who are actually paying the piper, the punters. I spoke to a bookmaker about the increased taxes they are paying and there’s the Race Fields Fees, Point of Consumption Tax, GST and company tax, plus you’ve got your normal costs associated with running a business with the result being the prices now being offered are close to 120% on Victorian racing. “Previously we’d bet to a 110-112% market but with all the taxes now you have no option than to pass it onto the punter by betting shorter odds,” he said. So, is it sustainable to be injecting so much money into the racing business through increased prizemoney which is funded solely by the punter? “We bet $1.95 lines for the State Of Origin and that equates to 102.5%, and while understanding there’s a difference in sports betting and betting on the races the discrepancy in the percentages is significant,” the bookie said. “We are seeing dramatic increases in sports betting while I just don’t know whether it’s sustainable on the races, and in the end if turnover flattens out how can they possibly continue to increase prizemoney levels.” Mark Haywood, who has a been regular contributor to Racenet over the years wrote an article on Champion Bets where he compared the market percentages on all Victorian thoroughbred races from September 2016 through to May this year. He used official SP prices and found the percentages fluctuated between 118% and 116% early in his study until steadily rising from March 2018. His study showed from January this year the percentages were always over 120% and more recently they have been over 121%. So, while the racing industry is clearly winning, there must be a loser to pay for the journey and who is that loser? The punter of course   Racenet
    • Awesome Bev, many great greyhounds came off and continue to off that lineage. Couple of my favourites were Bev's Veiwpoint and also big Tifino. Great memories!
    • Pernell Whitaker former lightweight,lightwelter weight,welterweight and light middleweight champion of the WWWOOOORRRRLLLDDDDD HAS DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR. Fought the best including Trinidad,Vasquez and De La Hoya as well as winning a gold medal in 84. Goodbye SWWWWEEEEEEET   PEEEAAAA.
    • Richard Mandella is preparing for Fox Hill Farms' Omaha Beach to return to more serious work in the coming weeks. View the full article
    • Im not sure if the TAB offered a tie as a betting option but, assuming they did, then they have no obligation whatsoever to offer a refund. 
    • Interesting comments Berri which clearly must be taken at face value. Obviously one of the vagaries of horse breeding that a horse with such limited ability plus soundness and temperament issues could prove to be such a successful stallion. Thankfully he didn’t seem to pass his unsatisfactory traits to most of his stock. Stallion selection is clearly a lottery.
    • Drop INFLATED WAGES and SACK a few non performers Winston...UP STAKES...Problem solved. At least do something to save the Industry!...I VOTED FOR YA MATE !
    • In a field that consists of three Chad Brown-trainees and two entered by Wesley Ward, Winter Sunset will have her work cut out for her in the $150,000 Lake George Stakes (G3T) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course. View the full article
    • (By John Jenkins) Estefania, who could start at either Otaki or Rotorua next week, worked well on her own in a quiet session at the Hastings track this morning. Fast work was confined to the plough which provided firm footing. A penetrometer reading was taken on the course proper during the session and came up […]View the full article
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