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  1. This is our horse Precedence. Bred by Henrietta Bedford at Bloomsbury Stud. Raced by a group of us including Patrick, trained by Bart Cummings. Ran in 4 Melbourne Cups...should have won one of them, ran 5th in the last of them. Won $2m. Voted World champion Hunter Class last year. Competed last week. Check this out....al that after 7 years of race training...retired sound, no joint injections, no artificial help....
    16 points
  2. Even though Trackside has now become very predictable and boring, Emily Bosson did a fine job with her interviews. Excellent questions, great with her praise, no repeat questions, and kept the interviews at a reasonable length so very respectful.
    14 points
  3. Congratulations to Danielle Johnson on joining the 1,000 winners club... a great achievement for a hard working and very talented young lady...may the winners keep flowing for her.
    11 points
  4. Hi everyone Cubes has very kindly put up some funds for a comp this weekend the prize of $500 and this will be W/P bet on a SINGLE horse of the 3 place getters in the comps choosing. 1st place $300,2nd place $150,3rd place $50. Comp rules are simple too, pick a horse in each race at Te Rapa this Saturday and you will be awarded points as follows 5 for a 1st 3 for a 2nd 1 for a 3rd. You will get double points in the Group 2 races IF your horse wins, and triple in the Group 1 races IF your horse wins. Scratching after entries close will go onto the TAB Fav in that particular race.
    11 points
  5. Chris Wood

    SI Jumps

    I wasn’t oncourse Sunday, but I am picking the packed race days at Wairoa wouldn’t have been the same at Hastings on Sunday. Couldnt see many of the general public from Wairoa heading there. All their work on the track was voluntary, done by committee people. I maybe wrong, but if you don’t take racing to the people in these regions, the young ones will never know about it and the older generation are not going to be here forever! Just an observation!
    10 points
  6. poundforpound

    Melody belle

    Great mare indeed, in NZ and at mares level in Ozz It’s absurd to compare her to Sunline though, given that Sunline won a couple of Cox Plates, one by about 6 lengths, and consistently flogged champion older males across Australasia and Asia Compare the prize money, Sunline was 20 years ago and she won 14 million, MB has won half that .... that says everything That said MB has been a great mare, and beautifully trained The fact she’s still sound is fantastic, and a credit to her connections, but yesterday she sent a signal to all, she didn’t want to be there and once an
    10 points
  7. Great to see Bobby and his wife gain their biggest success with Royal Performer... a horse returned from Hong Kong...great to see...they have had their ups and downs over the past couple of years but good on them to get a huge win today. As an aside hope Melody Belle pulled up all well as a side note...
    10 points
  8. Cooper

    Aalaalune not happy

    Couldn’t help but feeling sad watching Aalaalune going around again today at Ellerslie . Sure isn’t the same horse since it left Jacob McKays. I wish they would give it back to him to train where he gave it the TLC it obviously loved. Some horses just don’t like being in big training establishments.
    9 points
  9. Chris Wood

    Cambridge Track

    Expert on tracks DBtab are we? Nothing wrong with the track here at Cambridge, I ride it regularly, have ridden jumpouts on it and it will come into its own once winter comes along. I don’t use it for every horse every day, I still like our ploughs, and whilst they are in use, I am sure a lot of trainers think the same. They have been the back bone of our training tracks since I have been training here in Cambridge. The problem was that the number of horses trained here in Cambridge far exceeded the 200 horses the original set up was catering for. Limited grasses in the w
    9 points
  10. Pam Robson

    Probabeel

    It irritates me, too, when people try to 'compare' horses, which inevitably means one or other has to be considered a lesser performer. All mentioned are wonderful horses, it is a privilege to watch them perform and equally, to see the very able handling of their fine young trainer.
    8 points
  11. poundforpound

    F---, Really?

    Don’t worry i got one today from a Nigerian Lotto company saying I’d won $78 million but they’d transferred it to the wrong bank account ... all they needed was my correct account details and they’d sort it first thing tomorrow I can’t believe my luck
    8 points
  12. So Cubes gets on a plane on Sunday 14th Feb and flys to the Shitty of Sales Plan.......buy a champion nag , take him/her down South and dominate South Island Racing forever New Sunthutic Truck and everythung going in @ Ruccartun.....surely no problemo's Get off plane.....someone get's on the TV and says Levels have changed Cubes stuck......but çause Cubity not from there we can leave first flight in the morning back to home of NZ Racing...Chch Funnily enough get texted from casino saying we are still at Level 1 'til midnight so come on down and spend some dosh....Çasin
    8 points
  13. The difference with All weather tracks here Stodge is that in the SI especially they aren't needed as there are already tracks available to use throughout the winter that can offer dead conditions most weeks. I think it would be fair to say that a typical mid winter meeting at Asburton, Timaru and Oamaru on a dead track would offer better racing conditions than the heavily watered dead track dished up at Riccarton yesterday. I don't recall horses racing down the outside fence at any of those three tracks I mentioned. And you need to remember this is a $16m extravagance for a struggli
    8 points
  14. It will be interesting to see what penalty is put on that idiot when he comes up on Thursday. It reminded me of a drunken far quit who drove his car on the inside of the course proper at Ellerslie some years ago. It was spooky. If the leaders had moved half a horse width away from the car on the inside of the running rail the consequences do not bear thinking about. When that miscreant came up for sentence he was slapped with a wet bus ticket and then the police objected to grog being enjoyed by those picnicking in the centre of the course. That went on to destroy the ambience of the
    8 points
  15. We're Doomed

    SI Jumps

    That just sounds totally sensible Chris. I can't help thinking this whole closing down of vast tracts of the industry is all because of a tiny group pushing through a strident, unproven, extremist theory. We have never been given any cost benefit analysis of exactly what they hope to achieve from these actions. They must know what savings they expect, or else why would they take these steps that are alienating so many people and dumping many decades of loyal regional on-course support and voluntary input. Now that we have had Wairoa, Omakau, Waikouaiti and Banks Pen, plus several others,
    7 points
  16. We're Doomed

    Melody belle

    I should add I'm impressed with Jamie Richards every time I hear him. He accepts wins very humbly and is gracious in defeat. Possibly the best NZ trainer I have ever heard on TV, although Cliff Goss was an absolute gentleman today.
    7 points
  17. Bit sad to think that Banks Peninsula has a better track and a public grandstand and yet they are forced to move. Any other sport there would be calls for a public inquiry into the some of the decision making going on.
    7 points
  18. Thejanitor

    Mitch Kerr.

    I'm ropable about this mate. What sort of message does this send to the likes of young Sarah O'Reilly and the Tomlinson sisters, all women in harness racing? The head of the organisation Spicer goes into bat for a woman basher. The despicable Anderson beat a vulnerable young woman numerous times, and she had to hide in a ditch to evade the cowardly prick. "Oh don't worry girls, he didn't mean it, he's sorry... it won't happen again." Wake up Spicer, this arsehole should never be allowed a NZ racetrack again or hold any sort of license. How this fellow is still on the street is mind boggling.
    7 points
  19. I think if Jesus took out a licence he couldn't get some of Bryce's to go any faster.
    7 points
  20. Pam Robson

    Cambridge Track

    Good comments, Chris, and yes, I have heard similar opinions as to the potential value during winter and spring, given your local climate as well as horse numbers. But, as others have also said, rushing ahead with the other two venues, instead of just taking the time to evaluate, seems premature, does it not?
    6 points
  21. newbie85

    Message to CJC & NZTR

    I feel sorry for Banks Peninsula Racing Club. They are forced away from their own racecourse and made to hold a meeting on a track that is cr*p !!! Middle of summer and jockeys have one goal as they leave the barrier and that is getting to the middle of the track. CJC.....Instead of spending 15 + million on an All Weather track spend some money on your Course proper
    6 points
  22. Trump

    Melody belle

    I’ve said it before, there’s no comparison with Sunline, so T Lee has a short memory. But MB is the best of her time.
    6 points
  23. First race is 12.10pm, so entries close at Midday.
    6 points
  24. MAJESTIC

    Mitch Kerr.

    Another low down, thieving, caniving bastard. Just like Matt Anderson should, Mitch Kerr should be banned for life. Ones a female basher the other a thief. Kerr coning honest people and sportsmen like Matt Henry and Anton Lenard Brown, both upstanding New Zealand representatives in their sport. Spicer, Woodham and co should ban him for life from all association with the industry. Not a good look for our industry when now is the time to get people involved. Makes life hard for those looking ahead to the upcoming yearling sales. How do we entice newbies when all that is going on at the moment is
    6 points
  25. chevy86

    o p bosson

    Scooby, no point being shy on confronting a serious issue. If the powers that be are not transparent then speculation sometimes helps flush out the truth. If it's not a gear issue then Bosson must have visited the Chairman's buffet or devoured 3 steak pies and a litre of Powerade after weighing out. He is recorded as weighing out at 56.5 so 0.8kgs (2lb) is a large gain discrepancy allowing for some loss during the ride! Maybe he was given dispensation from his stipe sanction but whatever, the punter was once again the loser and racing's credibility tarnished.
    6 points
  26. You should know by now that the hard questions are either not answered or answered with considerable obfuscation. Not worth asking them imo. More of the same we have had for many years though possibly now worse. Transparency? I don't think so.
    6 points
  27. Interesting that the Stipes report confirms that a CAUCASIAN male was arrested by the Police. Police 10-Seven has stopped describing criminals as Maori/Polynesian so NZTR needs to get with the woke times and stop stigmatising and stereotyping descendants of european settlers who may happen to get lost on the finishing straight at Trentham.
    6 points
  28. It appears they’ve now bought a boat and they’re out watching the Prada Cup... good to know your pokie money is being spent wisely
    6 points
  29. Scooby, I've been in the game for 50 years and have assiduously followed all the top performers so can you rescue me from my senility and just refresh me on who the trainers have been who have annually received the 40-50 ( approx 10% of the catalogue), being the top-priced yearlings from our Sales in the past and failed to deliver results? By proffering JR as some sort of training messiah you are not operating a balanced assessment model. The Te Akau model favours expensive, well-bred early runners and there are a few that perform to a later stage. I am sure Jamie is a fine young man, hig
    6 points
  30. I'm almost certain they would have been breath tested rather than blood tested. Either way not a good look when it becomes headlines in The Press. Don't get shitty with Martin VB for doing his job. Best way is for everyone to do the right thing then no headlines.
    6 points
  31. This quote "It is important to note, however, that under the Racing Act 2020, the objective to promote New Zealand racing now falls under the auspices of the racing codes." a Along with the mission of tab to maximise profits worries me. Taken to its word, the best way to maximise profits would be no NZ racing, less distributions. Just stream aussie racing. Everything should be about growing NZ racing.
    5 points
  32. My views follow, and I’m known to be a harsh critic 1. Saundry. I can’t see how he’s put a foot wrong to date. He seems approachable and engages readily 2. Camo. He’s as kiwi as I am, he’s “been there done that” across many sectors. He gets shit done and he has vision 3. Parky. He has racing in his blood and he’s very experienced in sports management and hospo, plus he’s a GC 4. Sharrock, same deal, he’s connected in racing, keeps good company, he’s very well connected across the various sports, he has passion, energy, vision, and he gets shit done Given the inerti
    5 points
  33. Disillusioned

    Probabeel

    Mike, years and years ago I was at Sha Tin for a very low key Boxing Day meeting. Sunline had a fortnight or so ago beaten Fairy King Prawn, the very good local champion, in a classic Hong Kong Mile. I was watching a field in the parade ring when I got introduced as a New Zealander to a local gent. He waved his hand dismissively at the field and said 'Ah, Sunline, she sh*t on these!'... Here's hoping one, at least, of the two Kiwis than won, so impressively, yesterday can be even half as good as she was!
    5 points
  34. scooby3051

    Probabeel

    I would not mind owning any one of the 3...why is it everyone has to knock good horses...yes she is a super mare but the others are pretty damn good too..Super training effort by Jamie to have them ALL performing at such high levels for so long...we all should be grateful they are not rushed off o the breeding barn like so many others are. JMO.
    5 points
  35. Trans Tasman weekly comp 1...Prize money $300. 1st $150,2nd $100, 3rd $50...W/P bet on a single horse of your choosing. Ok rules are 1 Pick 4 horses per nominated races, Pick the Trifecta get 15 points, Pick the Quinella get 7 points,Pick the winner only get 5 points.Choose 1 of the nominated races to be your Best Bet (BB) race for bonus points opportunity. No doubling up of points in any race EXCEPT your chosen Best bet race where you will get points for picking the Trifecta, quinella and winner if you do so in your nominated race. So to be clear ONLY in your BB rac
    5 points
  36. Wellingtonians sure turned out for their big day. Despite the decaying facilities , some 12000 people attended. They weren't put off by what many folk said were terrible fields....some said the worst ever , and the fact the track seemed off the actual Wellington Cup attracted the highest turnover of any domestic gallops race this season ...and the second highest on any gallops race in NZ since 2017 Derby. Two other NZ gallops races have exceeded $1mil this season , the NZ Cup and the Karaka Million 3 yr olds . Last season the top 4 races were Karaka 3 yr olds, Auckland C
    5 points
  37. newbie85

    Message to CJC & NZTR

    Just watching the 2000 m race and see all the work being done inside the track, presume it is the new AW track. Why not keep digging and take out the course proper aswell.
    5 points
  38. EmJayBee

    Good Vibes Stories

    Hi. I just come on here occasionally and saw this thread. I'm a kiwi, living in Australia during covid-19 time, and follow the Australian harness scene a bit. To add to some of the comments above. Alta Orlando has won a tad over $350k since he moved to Australia some 18 months ago. So yes, a great return for the Dunn's as part owners. On Skyvalley's success, as a sire of the final winner and 4th placed horse, in the Great Southern Star trotters heats and final at Melton at the beginning of the Feb. It was interesting to me that both those horses, Tornado Valley and Pink Galahs,
    5 points
  39. Tauherinikau on Waitangi Day was UGE - 12 to14000 there.. Lots of kids hence the rough number. And at $20 per adult. The fun police got the middle finger. Six stubbies or one wine per adult byo limit. Pony race for kids was fair dinkum. Sack and 3 legged races AND a lolly scramble. Eight or more bouncy castles. and a miniature railway ran all day, carriages full of happy kids. I walked around saw no cops or security. No bad behaviour anywhere. GREAT DAY
    5 points
  40. I would like them to concentrate on getting rid of a few breeds of dogs in this country that have no life whatsoever..... The angry mastiff that can attack anything that moves......the breed that trys to bury an infant in a garden....... Leave the well cared for and loved Greyhounds alone Chloe and your in breed mates.
    5 points
  41. Good thing you clarified that. I would never have understood Shane's explanation of Concert Hall's weight, ie. 55 + 3 - 2 = 56 Your 55 - 2 + 3 = 56 really clears things up - genius!
    5 points
  42. Thejanitor

    Mitch Kerr.

    Correct. Both should be banned from any further participation in harness racing for life. Both a repeat offenders and have had enough chances. Ban them both!
    5 points
  43. Its a mess. Its a pity there is no racing media anymore to point out some of the anomalies. Some of the group and listed ratings are a total embarrassment. Unfortunately, many of these set weights and WFA races have been introduced to help these races to retain their group status. I can't think of a single case where it has worked; The Telegraph and Thorndon a couple of examples where I am sure turnovers have plummeted because of the mucking around.
    5 points
  44. PLEASE, no more security as an over-reaction to this episode. I had to negotiate 3 levels of the goons at Cup week, Riccarton, 2019 just to catch up with Cubes in the Members Stand. They are already an out of control growth industry like road cone marshals!
    5 points
  45. crustyngrizzly

    Thoughts?

    Tradition is a foreign word to those that pull the strings.
    5 points
  46. I was at trentham today and could not believe what I saw!! In my 50yrs of race going I have never seen this before. I can tell you when he was tackled to the ground by police and led away the crowds cheered including me with gusto. He needs to be banned for life for putting jockeys, horses, oh and maybe his life at risk although he clearly didn't care about any of it. Security and police were in place after the event too late by then.
    5 points
  47. Jamie Richards is firing, and what I said before his TA record in Australia and older horses has moved to a new level. To have Avantage, Probabeel, Melody Belle all KM 2yo winners being NZ's best 3 horses is incredible. A great feat. But how does a record like Lynds from PN compare. He has had 5 group 1 winners (or 11 group one races) since 2000 and 4 of them bred by stallions that have left only one group one winner. Vonse Romanee (Electronic Zone), Trounced (Just a Dancer), Snazzy (Danske) and Booming (Don Edurado). He also had the better bred Wall Street (Monjeu) after it star
    5 points
  48. Ricky Donelly's starts on Friday night showed how it should be done > No more lambs to the slaughter from him!! Long may he continue to start premier racing
    4 points
  49. chevy86

    o p bosson

    Sadly not just Racing Trump. Waitangi Day wall to wall reportage of grievance fostered by an incompetent Marxist mob masquerading as a Government.
    4 points
  50. Here is the calculation: Polzeath and Concert Hall start on 55kg. Polzeath gets 2kg for Group 2 win goes to 57kg, Concert Hall 3kg for Group 1 and then takes off mare allowance 2kg. So runs off 56kg. These races are crazy.
    4 points