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  1. 3 points
    No not at all but they cop so much and mostly unwarranted shit from you and others, so I happen to think they are bloody good for the NZ industry and I am entitled to my opinion as are you....it shows how jealous many are in here of their success... 70 views and only two people can bring themselves to say well done on a good win... each to their own and yes I do give them a plug when I want to...and no they don't have any connection to the site whatsoever.... but David and his team put a hell of a lot into the industry in NZ and good on them for getting results....its not easy to do...no matter what some in here think....
  2. 2 points
    GOM

    Erena Koroheke

    dWhat a lovely farewell in Cambridge for Erana yesterday, after a 15 year stint as Waikato and Auckland Lure driving. Possibly the best lure driver in New Zealand or the best woman lure driver in the world. If not certainly the most wonderful and beautiful person to do so. It was heart warming to hear the genuine tributes from Robert Death, John Roberts and Wayne Steele whose jobs were made so much easier by the fact they were able to relate the facts without having to embellish anything, making sure people understood not just Erana's lure driving skills but most of all how she so genuinely conducted herself and is loved and respected by so many..
  3. 2 points
    Cubes

    Dame Lowell Goddard

    Mrs Cubes went to Logan Park High School in Dunedin just in case any 'Cafers were wondering....
  4. 2 points
    Ohokaman

    O.P ..GIGERNUTS...shut da gate

    Bloody awful ride by Innes though Trumpy. He had no hope from back where he was. Bosson had Gingernuts ahead of midfield perfectly placed to make his move. SE made up a ton of ground and ended up 3.5l from the winner. Innes didn't have a very good day actually. If he had ridden SE like he did Chenille, might have been different.
  5. 2 points
    rdytdy

    Dame Lowell Goddard

    I went out with a posh girl for a while....instead of screaming "GOD....I'M COMING!!!! she would tap me on the shoulder and quietly say...."Excuse me, but I am about to arrive" .
  6. 2 points
    pete

    O.P ..GIGERNUTS...shut da gate

    Just reading all of this again I'm struggling to work out what Hesi actually said to press your buttons Leigh. The observation that they kept Gingernuts quiet after all the bluster about Xtravagant is a pertinent one. Nowhere did I see Hesi actually bag Te Akau for the win. You are always correct in saying that you own this site but honestly I think you overreacted to this one big time. No offence intended at all in this post.
  7. 2 points
    Nachos

    Good vs Bad trainers

    In my point of view, a top trainer is a top horseman. - someone who can take a crap horse and make it average, take an average horse and make it ok, and take an ok horse and make it 'good'. However, often the real horsemen never get the opportunity of having a 'great' horse, because their focus is on the animal - not the people. I feel that what often makes a trainer appear to be 'good' is, as TBL alluded to, the 'brand' of the trainer. In order to be a 'brand' they are generally fabulous talkers - basically salesmen, who are able to capture wealthy clients, who invest heavily in the horses. They therefore will often have a huge number of horses in work. In regards to actual 'training', they may sit at the track in the morning spinning yarns, but not actually dealing with the animal. These trainers also have a huge number of horses However, many of those in work never go to the races because they either: 1. break down 2. aren't good enough. As the trainer is basically running a 'sausage factory' operation, if one horse doesn't stand up, the wealthy owners have another horse waiting in line. As a result, their horses tend to be well bred and their winning stats will automatically be high because they have, essentially, the pick of the crop. It then turns into a cycle of what appears to be success. However, the horsemen isn't often a salesman, so doesn't get wealthy owners at their door. This isn't to say they are rude or poor communicators (often they are anything but), but they are not a really charismatic personality. Because they don't get the wealthy owners, they often have shares in the majority of horses they do have, and because they don't have the wealthy owners, often have to sell their better horses just to survive. As a result their appearance of 'success' (having really high strike rates, or winning group races) is less. And, like the salesman trainers cycle of success continues, the horsemen's cycle of average horses continues. If I was looking for a new trainer, I would approach jockeys and ask their opinion about which trainers they think are the best 'horsemen' and go with them - the jocks know who they are.
  8. 1 point
    Dead calm Raining all over me Too late Sense of mortality Dark skies Threaten to swallow me Down to the flame While my flesh and my bone melt away I defy you to stand on the crack in the ice With the power of your hand On the crack in the ice
  9. 1 point
    Mattski

    O.P ..GIGERNUTS...shut da gate

    Credit where its due - GNuts is a better horse than I thought. Very good win. Good decision by Ellis to get Steve Autridge back I reckon. Agree that VRC Derby is too far, too early for lots of 3 yr olds. Some of the below kicked on but what happened to the rest? 2016 - Prized Icon [9] 2015 - Tarzino [10] 2014 - Preferment [11] 2013 - Polanski [12] 2012 - Fiveandahalfstar [13] 2011 - Sangster [14] 2010 - Lion Tamer [15] 2009 - Monaco Consul [16] 2008 - Rebel Raider [17] 2007 - Kibbutz [18] 2006 - Efficient [19] 2005 - Benicio [20] 2004 - Plastered [21] 2003 - Elvstroem [22] 2002 - Helenus [23] 2001 - Amalfi [24] 2000 - Hit The Roof [25] 1999 - Blackfriars [26] 1998 - Arena [27] 1997 - Second Coming [28] 1996 - Portland Player [29]
  10. 1 point
    sir1galivant

    PUNTERS CLUB 14

    As u can see I cant stop grinning ....well done Al and Squirrel
  11. 1 point
    TOM(the other Molloy)

    CD race caller

    Don't be mischievous Ted. Tony Lee is in a position to throw his weight around(having well and truly earned the right) where Andy McCook is a young guy starting out and clearly has to toe the line. Whether he tips a winner or whether he does not his primary role is as a commentator and from the little I have heard of him he has started off very well. It's all very well to criticize but put yourself in his boots. You don't like it when people criticize the state of the Te Aroha track so cut this young guy some slack.
  12. 1 point
    pete

    O.P ..GIGERNUTS...shut da gate

    Jeez I can't see where there are any negatives here. I was one of those that thought the Avondale Guineas was a fluke but today's run was superior and the sheer acceleration the horse showed was exhilarating. How about we all just celebrate a good horse? If Te Akau own it well good on them.
  13. 1 point
    Berri

    Dame Lowell Goddard

    Don't worry about the QC. Midgie could get in and be out before she realises
  14. 1 point
    jasonmccook1

    PUNTERS CLUB 14

    $466 off quaddie so $610 ish for the weekend if maths is right well done team. Family BBQ so I better go help
  15. 1 point
    scooby3051

    O.P ..GIGERNUTS...shut da gate

    Hesi you are only dirty on it as you said it would not finish in the first half of the field. Good on them they got another nice horse. if they spruke them you give it to them for doing it, if they don't you give it to them for that too.... TA can't win either way.
  16. 1 point
    High Sparrow

    CD race caller

    Great to hear the dulcet tones of one T Lee back in action behind the microphone where he should be. Peter Kelly was still the greatest for mine but T Lee is a first-class caller and I'm glad to hear he's back. I remember when he was just a young fella, standing on the roof of Hutt Park (outside the judge's box - I was the assistant judge) and he had a tape deck and was commentating the races and recording them. He was practising in the hope of becoming commentator. Dedication!
  17. 1 point
    clarkie

    Erena Koroheke

    One of lifes true gems for sure, All the happiness in retirement girl Clarkie
  18. 1 point
    mckenzie

    Derby Day Question

    I think it's good to have it at $1 mill, we need a flagship race of some sort with the industry struggling as it is. Sure, I would prefer a race like the Kelt once was to be our richest, a 2000m WFA race, but it's up to the other clubs to do the work to achieve that.
  19. 1 point
    twirly berly

    Question on handlers

    so are you saying that an owner or worker whos favourite dog it is, is handling the dog. And because the trainer isnt busy and another trainer needs help, that the first trainer cant help? seems silly. I do not believe there is any such rule. I know ive handled dogs for other people while my partner has handled dogs under my name.
  20. 1 point
    gubellini

    NZRacing latest splash out

    My advice to fellow industry participants is to get involved in the political process this election year. I don't care who you vote for but if National are returned and Nathan Guy continues to be the Minister of Racing nothing will change. The NZRB will continue to have appointments based on political allegiances rather than merit and a knowledge of racing and gaming.
  21. 1 point
    Racing84

    NZRacing latest splash out

    I used to work at EY, and while on a salary of around $75,000 per year, was being charged out at $650 per hour. Partners were $1,000+ per hour. It doesn't matter how good you are, no one is that good. That organisation, and others like it, altered the strategic direction particularly for their "advisory services" business, to target the public sector (including organisations like NZRB) because it was viewed as easy money compared with trying to get work from privately-owned organisations (with greater scrutiny over spending). They will be adding very little value with the partners getting rich at the expense of the overall industry. All I can say is that I wouldn't be surprised by the amount of consultants fees, but I would still most likely be disgusted.
  22. 1 point
    barryb

    Good vs Bad trainers

    The best trainers are ones where you give them a horse & you can trust them enough leave them to it & where you feel like you are not getting shafted/bullshitted. They know more about horses/training than you do, so keep the heck out of the way & let them get on with the job, pay the bills on time and trust they will tell you if needed when its time to pull pin. Everything else is immaterial if the above can't happen.
  23. 1 point
    Hi all ...... I am back ,,,,, firstly apologies team for not getting a message to u but would have been diffulcult as i was delirious and rushed to hospital in the earliesh hours of saturday morning ..... got home an hour ago and bed rest for next month. Wed mar 1st. Good effort from you guys and thanks ray and steve for covering for me on saturday. I see we have drawn those snooty blues this week ..... i reckon they should be drug tested before they are allowed to start (ala ALI Williams) and prolly two for eggy PETE seems to have given us a bit of early lip . Finally congrats toooo hurricanes for last week ...... but remember stayers win when it counts
  24. 1 point
    Tool no. 1

    CD race caller

    Teaz is awful. He makes so many mistakes. Race 1 Otaki trots the other day he calls Commando One clearly in second place over Aunty Jan. Didn't even say it was close. Just awful inaccurate commentating.
  25. 1 point
    THE TORCH

    CD race caller

    Great days. Id have them back in an instant.