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  1. 13 points
    shaneMcAlister

    The Informant Chutneyed

    Funny how this was announced today as I read a very bullish update from John Allen saying how great everything is..... Would the industry be better if John Allen's salary was funnelled into the Informant rather than John Allen.
  2. 12 points
    Midget

    The Informant Chutneyed

    NZRB and the TAB hold your heads in shame.Heard Dennis Ryan on Trackside and he rightfully didn't hold back The board of NZRB in my opinion should be sacked forthwith. The Informant had zero financial assistance from NZTR and yet they produced the fields every week and wrote supporting articles to assist turnover,beggars belief how this has unfolded
  3. 10 points
    We're Doomed

    The Informant Chutneyed

    The suddenness of this does make me wonder one thing. We think of the Racing Industry as being in steady decline, partly because of changing times and partly because of gross mismanagement, but just like the Informant once it starts to go the industry could collapse quite quickly. It only needs 5 or 6 key trainers to give up/retire and things could happen quite fast. The closing of numerous tracks will inevitably destroy the hard core heartland support base and precipitate quite a major collapse. I know this has nothing to do with the subject of this thread, but it is worth considering how all the little things quickly add up and how quickly things can happen.
  4. 9 points
    Insider

    The Informant Chutneyed

    Quite simply the NZ Racing Board should immediately go into damage control. Instantly reveiw where their print spend is, including the Best Bets, the useless daily newspapers, take some customer advice and then redirect the money to where it’s most effective. I not for propping up inefficient businesses, but where it can be identified as the most cost efficient, then that’s where the money should be spent and spent before it’s too late. It’s my guess that The Informant would come out on top. If they don’t immediately respond whatever the outcome, I will crusade more than ever for change starting with John Allen and the farking useless Board. Liz
  5. 8 points
    The entire industry needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up. Not in any particular order but ; Clubs have to be rationalised but on their terms, and that’ll mean creating completely new entities. We desperately need R&D, IP development and education facilities for the collective industry. We need a welfare protocol to protect the interests of licensees throughout their careers and arguably afterwards. Administrative bodies need to be reorganised, appointment processes reconfigured, NZTR has to go or be radically overhauled, as does the TA and the corrupt Members Council Licencees must be given a voice. The current handicapping model must be done away with and a new relevant model introduced, with a focus on keeping horses racing as long as is reasonably possible, particularly older males.. The RIU has to be restructured, get rid of the thugs / ex cops ( not all are if that persuasion if that matters ) and get racing people back running that entity, at half the price with twice the empathy. NZRB should be emasculated, in particular the media and gambling divisions, and the power therein should be delegated to the industry so that they always act in the industries interests. Now there’s a good agenda, and twenty years works, let’s get started ........
  6. 8 points
    poundforpound

    Consensus! You Darling!

    We’re knee deep in champagne !!!!! This is about as good as it gets
  7. 7 points
    lad27

    Brian Martin

    Just watched the reply of the first two races from yesterday as I was working last night. Magic stuff, was like a breath of fresh air hearing Brian again. The passion in his voice for a job he is bloody good at!
  8. 7 points
    I have a spare car in Matamata that Eddie could use how can I ring you Scooby as I'm in Aust o I can give you details.
  9. 6 points
    Hawke's Bay Lad

    jnj'shorty' healey

    So sorry to hear this. Shorty gave me my introduction to racing. Many many years ago I was a horse loving kid going to Waimea College in Richmond, got a job with Shorts one Xmas holidays as I wanted to earn some money to buy a double bridle for my show pony. Xmas came and went and so did the pony!!!! – I was hooked. I remember having my first ever gallop on a horse named after JNJ called Short Legs. He also had a pretty handy galloper at the time that was also appropriately named – Mr Richmond. Lots of great times and memories have come from the opportunity Shorty gave to me, which I will be ever thankful for. RIP JNJ and love to the Healey family. John McGifford
  10. 6 points
    poundforpound

    Go The Midget !!!

    The mighty Midget won a race at HQ with Morris Lass. Go you champion, you’re an inspiration to us all ( and you Karen / aka Mother Teresa, we know you do all the work ) ,
  11. 6 points
    Thank you breeder and ruby I agree with the sentiments of the family. Exquisite Jewel foaled a beauty little brown colt who is going and growing strong. She is my 'dream' mare and that big step to racing. Yes i did look for the family and I hope I have found one in Grand Prospect tracing back on her family. To say I am a little bit excited in his half siblings performance is an understatement. We can only try and try again.
  12. 6 points
    poundforpound

    Consensus! You Darling!

    You arrange a decent track and we’ll do the rest Tommo. Bear in mind that last year when we went to Sydney the cheating bastards doctored the track for Winx, every start, regardless of the weather forecast ( heavy nine in the Ranvet and they’d had SFA rain that week ), and Waller has more influence than we do (that’s a joke if you read this Chris) Anyway watch out you sheep shagging, ball tampering, under arm, jigger using cobalt junkies ......we’re coming and we want ya’ money and ya’ blood, and plenty of it.......
  13. 6 points
    Red Rum

    Consensus! You Darling!

    Always good to see someone with a true passion for racing win a big one .
  14. 6 points
    Memphis... the comp is supposed to be fun...we put these on for everyone, some like this format some like the other formats we use...but at the end of the day it costs nobody except myself and Chestnut anything, and its for the fun of everyone on the site...so lets just play if you want and enjoy the great days racing..I myself will be studying hard cant believe how bad my form has been recently..ashamed of myself....cheers.
  15. 5 points
    puha

    The Informant Chutneyed

    Dont worry guys we will still get the warm fuzzy rubbish online from Love Racing whomonly seem to have an interest in the top few trainers and syndicatiors. Plus Peter Early will also just interview the same 3 trainers every Saturday morning . Wasn’t long ago he would interview a smaller participant in the industry who had a leading chance on the day but I guess he’s been told to stop that buman interest .aspect .More state owned tripe about to be served .
  16. 5 points
    gubellini

    jnj'shorty' healey

    John trained The Yapper from 3 to 6 racing him 25 times for 4 wins. His first win was at Nelson on the 8/5/87 ridden by Ron McCann. From 7 he was trained by Robyn Todd at Opaki. He ran third in the 1992 Wellington Cup for her ridden by Brent Phillips. Castletown was first and Schnapps second.
  17. 5 points
    WRP will use his leverage over the Labour Party to extract funding for at least two AW tracks, maybe three tracks largely from Shane Jones RDF......but that’ll solve nothing because the need for AW tracks is but a small part of our problems. Meantime the NZF Labour coalition will break down ( it always does with WRP ) because NZF In unelectable if it’s perceived to be committed to Labour.....then the ever strengthening Labour Green axis will prevail at the next elections next November, and they won’t need NZF ( presuming NZF even reach the MMP threshold ) and so we’ll be left on our own again, then when the Nats get back in, they always do, we’ll be even more marginalised as an industry. You'll have your AW tracks, but you’ll be fucked because you have no leadership, no vision, no functioning plans....and a system of administration that’s so corrupted and inept that it couldn't and won’t work under any circumstance Here’s your very appropriate analogy. The industry is an alcoholic. NZTR is a brewery. The regional clubs are home brewers Winston is a bottle of whiskey. The Trainers Association is a bottle of very low alcohol beer, and a box of donuts Enjoy the gutter and sleeping under a bridge in a wet sleeping bag racing industry..........and guess what......sadly the worst is yet to come Yes I’m being a bit dramatic but that’s how it looks to me and I’m usually correct
  18. 5 points
    Toblerone

    Large Debt, What to Do???

    If you own a horse, and lease part of it to a trainer, why would you even charge grazing on the horse when it is sent home either permanently or with the intention of going back to the trainer. Seems very tight-assed.
  19. 5 points
    Pam Robson

    Large Debt, What to Do???

    I can't believe the tosser had the stupidity to bring the matter to a public forum and then attempt such an action. Obviously he couldn't care less about his horse, what a bloody shame she will have to return to his ownership eventually. No doubt the RIU are being their normal pro-active selves.
  20. 5 points
    hands down

    Canterbury Starter

    starter lamb down in Canterbury seems to have lost his way starting races , ive been over the starts on the coast , he was yelling and abusing drivers, and now hes a stipe also, hes the all round man , think its time he is one or another , or go back to being the darfield cop
  21. 4 points
    My thoughts.....it’s his business and a private arrangement. How are you paid and what do you spend yours on ?
  22. 4 points
    nathanleslie

    jnj'shorty' healey

    I used to ride work for Shorty before School .Karen Coleman and Vicki Askew where Apprenticed to him when I worked there .Great Times. RIP SHORTY
  23. 4 points
    gubellini

    jnj'shorty' healey

    John trained his first winner in rather bizarre circumstances. At the Nelson meeting on the 4/5/68 his horse Centaur ridden by Bill Beck won by a nose from Heffs ridden by Midge Didham. Following an inquiry Centaur was relegated to second for interference. At a later inquiry he was re- instated as the winner.
  24. 4 points
    Pegasus 9

    Zed

    The best thing to happen to Very Elegant was going to Chris Waller and having J Mac as her jockey.
  25. 4 points
    tim vince

    new training partnership

    Champion bloke.he has huge experience hope he not lost to the industry.i don't think I have ever talked to Alan when he ain't got a smile on his face.