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  1. 17 points
    poundforpound

    Vale Trevor McKee.....

    Trev was a humble and modest man, without peer as a horseman and human being. Despite his enormous success he never lost his sense of decency and kindness. He had time for everyone, and he listened more than he spoke, but when he spoke we all listened. Throughout his long illness Trev showed remarkable bravery, he suffered without complaint and worked until his frail body finally cried enough and refused to function. In the tapestry of NZ Racing Trev was a golden thread, and whilst he may be gone his light will shine forever through his enormous achievements, not the least of which was the mighty Sunline. Last week we got lucky at The Valley with our McKee trained horse in the Sunline Stakes. I couldn’t help but think afterwards that Trev helped us get her there, and steer her around. To Noelene, Stephen an the girls, we offer our sincere condolences. You must be so proud of what your husband and father did and the example he set for you. His giant shadow will be cast over you and give you comfort forever. Rest easy now Trev, you’ve worked bloody hard, go have a long rest...and do me one last favour, ride Consensus in spirit for us next week and I’ll genuflect to you afterwards Love you Trev.
  2. 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.
  3. 12 points
    Ohokaman

    Vale Trevor McKee.....

    Really sad news to hear of Trevor's passing at the age of 81 after a long illness. A real gentleman. What a career....from Proud Chief to Sunline and everything in between. Condolences to Noeline and Stephen and family. RIP.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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 ........
  8. 7 points
    LightsOut

    This TAB website...

    is that slow to operate it's no surprise what Organisation it belongs to. Still no race stakes listed for each race but unbelievably on the results page it tells you. I want to know the stake amount prior to the result not after. You couldn't make this outfit up as to how incompetent and clueless they are. Industry is going backwards and this outfit wants to speed that up %^&* me. Found an overseas site that is quicker and has the basic info punters want so bye bye NZ TAB you have finally lost me. I stuck with them as own interests in a couple of horses but enough is enough. Just a hopeless unmotivated and uneducated organisation.
  9. 7 points
    gubellini

    Update April. John Allen

    Yesterday at Pukekohe we had R65 horses running around for $10,000 and R72 horses racing for $11,000. Sobering to realise that John Allen is paid this amount every week regardless of performance. If he was a horse his form summary would read- Racing well below par and hard to see a form reversal here.
  10. 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!
  11. 6 points
    Phantom

    Update April. John Allen

    He is so full of shit. On $660K+ a year, been there five years and achieved absolutely nothing, spent $50m+ that the industry doesn't have on the worst betting platform you could imagine. And as for blaming the absence of Race Fields Legislation for falling turner is spin that Mitch McConnell would be proud of. Time to put the shot putter and return Postman Pat to sender, the board that appointed these clowns should be ashamed to show their faces in public.
  12. 6 points
    scooby3051

    Vale Trevor McKee.....

    One of racings true gentlemen ,I remember I always called him Mr McKee until forever then one day he said to me long after my apprenticeship finished, Leigh no need for the Mr anymore Trevor is fine...a nicer bloke you would never meet and a true horseman and a damn good trainer...condolences to Steve and all the rest of the Mckee family....RIP Mr Mckee.
  13. 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
  14. 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 ) ,
  15. 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.
  16. 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.......
  17. 5 points
    crustyngrizzly

    All Weather track Waikato

    Don't need an All Weather track in the Waikato,already got one. Te Rapa. Its crap when its heavy Its crap when its slow Its crap when its dead Its crap when its firm. All weather track.
  18. 5 points
    Insider

    Update April. John Allen

    I couldn’t agree more. How their performances over the last 5 years can be supported by anyone is totally beyond me. The success or failure of any business is measured in it’s profitability and balance sheet. Look at theirs and the flow on effect which Is in free fall for all participants.
  19. 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 .
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 4 points
    Iraklis

    Mighty Have Faith

    Guys just noticed the mighty Have Faith In Me won in 1.50.2 at Pocono Downs over the weekend he looked just his ol self, ran away from them, was so great to see Alot Better joined in and with Gingras doin the drivin kicked ass at The Big M..... Cheers Iraklis
  25. 4 points
    Insider

    FORMER PM A WINNER?

    Well Scooby I will tell you who I support, with as much as I possibly can. It’s certainly not within a bull’s roar of what John Key gives to charity, but as a % of my little wealth, it’s probably OK. Anyway, I invite anyone and everyone to check out the ‘Nelson Ark’ and the fantastic job they do for youth and dogs, it’s absolutely amazing. Liz P.S. Simply google them please.