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  1. Insider

    Trentham Abandoned

    It's posters like you that kill debate or stop people posting on sites like this.
    23 points
  2. Just found out Berri's Mum passed away...thoughts and prayers with you at this time Berri from all here at Racecafe...May she Rest In Peace.
    16 points
  3. Caroline

    Trentham Abandoned

    No surprises.weather is quite bad here. Had my table booked with friends all ready to go. Love the figure 8 steeplechase, horses changing legs in the approach just a bit more tactical in the running than other chases imo.
    13 points
  4. Disillusioned

    Trentham Abandoned

    Sheesh, Pole. Let me guess, you are one of the folk who wants more 'colour' on TV broadcasts of Racing - more human interest stories etc. Caroline's post was delightful.
    12 points
  5. Thoughts and prayers with all his family and friends at this time...RIP one of the great characters of New Zealand racing.
    11 points
  6. Laurie Laxon Not only was Laurie a great trainer, here, Aussie and Singapore he was also a great bloke. I first met Laurie when he trained Noble Heights to win the 1000 Guineas and I have often thought of the chat we had and the advice he gave me. To his family, our sincere condolences, racing has lost one of its most respected and greatest characters a real achiever who never overlooked any one
    9 points
  7. RIP Laurie. NZs oldest teenager has just passed away. Hall Of Fame Trainer Hall Of Fame Bloke Condolences to all the family
    8 points
  8. I watched the interview & wondered afterward what the fuss was. Bugga me I missed it, had I heard that, I too would have done Exactly what I just did, laughed my lilywhite nono off. Ko tautoko te korero IMHO. Shaun would be 1 of the least "race ist" tane in Aotearoa & us Maareez should & do joke about ourselves & anyone else for that matter. Sad state of affairs for those with no sense of humour. Mostly only racing people who watch Trackside IF they happen to & one can hear far worse oncourse. A warning should suffice, after all watch TV & far worse is said &
    8 points
  9. He is a Maori himself and just having a bit of a laugh. God help me if Bill T James was still trying to make a career in comedy in today's world.
    8 points
  10. A very big tree fell in the forest. Thank you all. It had to happen some day but she succeeded in bringing my six brothers and sisters and me closer together than ever before. Hopefully I'll be able to do the same when it's my turn.
    8 points
  11. So the hill is going, and I know it's progress, but I don't have to be happy about it. Why doesn't the club give the hill one last hurrah and program a summer (depends when they start demolishing I guess) flat race two times over the hill - 4500m, flag start, highweight. I reckon it'd be a great spectacle - and yes, the field would be full of slugs and jumpers, but it'd be a great betting race!
    7 points
  12. Guess I'm just not as precious as some people and can have a laugh at most things.
    7 points
  13. JJ Flash

    Only 2 Drives?

    Job done . Number 3000 for the one and only R T May Congrats to him on a wonderful achievement
    7 points
  14. Leggy

    Go Leo

    https://omny.fm/shows/magic-mornings-with-peter-williams-catchup/playlists/podcast/embed?style=cover From about 2:36 here if you missed it.
    6 points
  15. Champion trainer Laurie Laxon pictured in Singapore In 2008 Photo: Bruno Cannatelli Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon passes away NZ Racing Desk 16 July 2021 Hall of Fame trainer Laurie Laxon, whose list of achievements included a Melbourne Cup victory and multiple Singapore training premierships, has passed away. Laxon had lived in retirement in the Coromandel seaside town of Whitianga since returning from Singapore in 2017, the year after his induction to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.
    6 points
  16. Hufkissen

    Bryce Stanaway

    Red Rum - were you on?
    6 points
  17. Huey

    Prize money annoucement

    While that's all very good ... for getting you a nice table on KM night, the fact of the matter is the KM fields would be no different, the party would be no different, the amount of posers out in force would be no different, the hyperbole and hoopla would be no different and probably even the prices paid at the sales would be no different if both of those races were run for $500k! As for your claims regarding race days and clubs inputs you show a complete misunderstanding for how it all actually works, this KM day is gifted to the ARC by those that run NZracing , NZTR in its wisdom seldo
    6 points
  18. If Cubes goes along all 'Cafers should meet up for a cold one... And it is cold down here in the Mainland Joke Time Q.How do you know it is cold ? A.When a Socialist has their hands in their own pockets Joke Time over Ashburton catering good ( great whitebait fritters ) and friendly locals and tote staff Probably be a Good 3 so should help on speed runners Lucky saddlecloths 1 , 3 , 7 Probably back those who get a weight claim and Senior hoops Lucky barrier draws 1 , 3 , 7 Only gonna punt on Win , Place , E/W , Quinnies , Trifectas , Firs
    6 points
  19. Pam Robson

    Wingatui

    Yeah. And just to endorse shove comments, Southland used to end racing after the Riverton Easter meeting. Dunedin's Queen's Birthday meeting ( 3 days from memory) finished that Club's involvement. Rex Cochrane would move his racing team to Waimate as racing moved up the island heading towards the National meeting. The management knew, in those days, how cold and wet and difficult it was to conduct racing at that time of the year. Now we have random days all over the place, no strategic plans and little to structure race preparations on.
    6 points
  20. It will have to have a new name like the AOTEAROA CUP. I will Czech with the Far Now
    6 points
  21. It is probably the last straw for me. Just getting interested this year in racing one or two again after 7 or 8 years and they can't now produce a programme for August until at least mid-July? Surely the programming could be done and any additional amendments to stakes as a result of the distribution sorted later? I just keep getting the same old message that they couldn't organise a root in a brothel.
    6 points
  22. I'm surprised no-one made mention of this on Trackside. Yesterday at New Plymouth there were 3 starters from the same family: Run Like Boo - out of Sequel (O'Reilly/Freequent) who is a full sister to Freequence Just Ask Me - out of Often (O'Reilly/Freequent) who is a full sister to Freequence Miss Dixie - out of Phoebe Snow (No Excuse Needed/Freequence) All 3 starters were winners Of course Freequence is the dam of I Do and Iggy Pop
    5 points
  23. Breeder

    Go Leo

    “Controversial Auckland businessman Leo Molloy has announced his intention to run for Auckland Mayor in 2022 – and has already outlined his plans to clear out the council and crack down on “woke pretentious white whinging wankers”. I hope this real / fact.
    5 points
  24. scooby3051

    Go Leo

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-government/125830733/leo-molloys-auckland-mayoral-bid-end-light-rail-park-climate-change-plan
    5 points
  25. JJ Flash

    Not Again

    Not really the point . The facts are that harness participants give them all the ammo they need to write damming articles about the industry. Soft leadership is coming home to roost and i'm gonna stick my neck out here and say Woodham is letting the side down badly on these matters.
    5 points
  26. weasel57

    Ellerslie Sale Plans

    There's a lot of emotive nonsense in these posts. Yes, the famous Ellerslie Hill has history on its side ...but the future of NZ racing depends on a viable, sustainable model in Auckland for the 21st century - and that means realising the asset value of underproductive land. Avondale, take note, Swallow yer pride, sell the land and invest in the greater good while taking a seat or three at the table for the next 100 years, instead of moaning about injustices of the past. That grandstand at Avondale is in itself a huge indictment on your previous and current leaders/management strategy, what an
    5 points
  27. My goodness! that is severe and not sure how that will help anything . How are they supposed to improve without any experience?. Won't get any better just sitting on the sidelines. The young drivers need as many drives as possible , as each race they get just adds to improvement. Jim O'Sullivan's young son Sean, in Victoria , drove an incompetent race early in year when he first gained licence, so the stewards instead of banning/suspending him, sentenced him to 10 official trials , that he had to check off before resuming race driving. So there was no defined time limit on that.
    5 points
  28. Tauhei Notts

    Go Leo

    Leo will need to very cleverly use social media in his campaign. He has repeatedly shown the main stream media to be an outfit run by fleas. They dislike honest men like Leo, as their truthfulness is something we all doubt a bit. This is 2021 and social media is big. I hope I don't bore you with a story. I live in a provincial town with a population of about 7500. Last year they had a kickboxing evening. No, I am not a fan. But they sold the place out with 900 attendees. Neither radio nor newspaper advertising. It was all social media advertising. The impact of social media adve
    5 points
  29. Insider

    Opinions Please

    I haven’t seen the race but with what the esteemed two posters have said it doesn’t surprise me that they are at odds with officialdom. It seems to me (after a lifetime of involvement in the game - at every level) all those in a paid position should take stock of their position, look elsewhere for employment and let real people with skin in the game take control again. Liz
    5 points
  30. You can drive with no Rego and no Wof and only be find $200.00 on each. Who ever fined this jock is a wanker with no sense.
    5 points
  31. Baz, thank you for quoting the seemingly offensive comments word for word. I read the comments out to my wife. She was born in Greece and has been a bit pissed off with Kiwis who ask her ;How do they separate the men from the boys in Greece. The cryptic answer is,..."with crowbars". She had lived in Greece in the 1967-74 period when the grossly offensive fascist Papadopoulos regime, ably backed up by fleas such as Henry Kissinger, reigned supreme. A repugnant regime that sent the likes of Mikis Theodorakis into exile. She tells me that not even that contemptible regime would ha
    5 points
  32. History made: the formation of a new Auckland super racing club becomes reality after Auckland Racing Club members vote almost unanimously to merge with Counties. Just like that Auckland Thorougbred Racing Inc is formed, coming to life on August 1. A great day for NZ racing.
    5 points
  33. bloke

    Prize money annoucement

    Agreed WD and also the $500k handout from NZTR to the Karaka Millions needs to cease. This scheme is run by a private company headed by one of NZ's richest. He fully deserves to be in The Racing Hall Of Fame as he has heavily supported NZ Racing and done well out it. However, as a private enterprise scheme it should stand on its own feet and not be propped up to the tune of $500k when the industry is struggling.
    5 points
  34. We're Doomed

    Wingatui

    This is probably the second time in 100 odd years that Wingatui has raced in July. It gets wet down there at this time of year. They got away with it last year because people were desperate for a start after lockdown, and from memory the weather was better than usual. Years of experience showed that if you must race in Otago during the middle of winter then Oamaru was the only viable option. But the half wits currently running NZ racing don't like to encourage the smaller clubs, they want to close them all down and centralise everything, so they pour all the resources into Wingatui.
    5 points
  35. chevy86

    NZ Winter Weather

    Yes Gruff, starting with April10th, 1968--"One of the worst storms in NZ's recorded history" which claimed the Wahine. Mind you, none of these young alarmist pups masquerading as journalists would know anything about that due to their diluted education and besides doesn't fit the global warming narrative.
    5 points
  36. Pure Steel

    Other site

    Thats not so Flash JJ , as I can count 10 persons, just on the 'AWT discussion' alone, including your good self. you do seem inaccurate at times? maybe Pitman should man up and answer the critics instead of being so uneasy about it all.? I have no idea what uneasy is on about unfortunately , but seems some South Island tracks are better/safer/ faster/slower than others from the discussion.
    4 points
  37. Singapore Tribute for LKL....
    4 points
  38. shodsie

    Trump written off

    only a matter of time before the truth comes out one way or another.........
    4 points
  39. Key prizemoney increases between 28 August – 2 April are: Industry meeting minimum stakes will increase from $10,000 to $12,000. Iconic meeting minimum prizemoney increases from $40,000 to $50,000. Premier meeting minimum prizemoney increases from $30,000 to $40,000 per race, excluding maiden races. Feature meeting minimum prizemoney increases will apply across various levels including Maiden minimums moving from $10,000 to $15,000, and Open minimums from $32,500 to $40,000. Group and Listed minimum stakes will see the following changes – Listed Races move from $50,0
    4 points
  40. Shaun Phelan himself agrees the comments he made were totally inappropriate on National TV , so he is at odds with those on here that say they were fine . Again , iam no woke warrior at all , I enjoy having the piss taken out of me , I enjoy taking the piss . But my point has always been in 2021 that cannot be said on National TV and not expect to get a sanction , all sports are the same , look at the crazy overreaction to that England cricketer the other week, then they tried to slur other guys inc a NZ cricketer for a tweet he made years back that were very mild imho . I hear
    4 points
  41. chevy86

    Prize money annoucement

    All true T Man, but the salient point is that all these races are "Open" to all horses. Unlike the Karaka Millions races which are open only to those that have enriched NZB.
    4 points
  42. You will note Tas, that I am not one of those who is always advocating for the nice to have things, and massive stakes increases. I seem to be one of the few who looks at turnover figures (or tries to) and thinks how the hell can we even afford what we already have? I do though think the industry is poorly run and our resources aren't used in the most efficient fashion. I also think some people have done really well out of the current situation. There are horses getting group1 placings in $200,000 races who would never be competitive in Group 1s in Aussie, or even in $200,000 races;
    4 points
  43. i'm more upset that i didn't back the horse that won on Saturday named after one of my old girlfriends. A cute arse
    4 points
  44. The world is fucked when no one can have a sense of humour any more. Certainly didn't upset me.
    4 points
  45. I know what he said and the fine is joke, maybe a warning and told to just watch what he says in future.
    4 points
  46. I have just been reading the latest TAB News Release about how great the TAB is going at the moment. I'm not an accountant but this part does worry me "Next year, the three racing codes - New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) and Greyhound Racing New Zealand (GRNZ) - are projected to receive $23 million more in fixed distributions compared to that budgeted for the current financial year, at a total of $140m. This increase equates to a 20 percent rise in growth year-on year (see Table 1 below)." All the comparisons are against "budget" and nothing is com
    4 points
  47. I should be commenting on this, but what can you say and what's the point? You would be laughing if you weren't crying.
    4 points
  48. I would not waste money on refurbishing tracks as they won’t need them if they don’t increase stake money. TAB have given them increased funding, they need to distribute to those that provide the product or there is no product. fertiliser is better for the land than a new tractor.
    4 points
  49. I have a sneaking feeling that any - if any - stakes increase will go to the middle / upper end. Which, if I am right, shows how utterly out of touch this mob are.
    4 points