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  1. 4 points
    scooby3051

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    KIWI CALLER HONG KONG BOUND July 20, 2018 New Zealand race caller Tom Wood has been called up to the big leagues and will join Hong Kong’s broadcast team in the new season. Currently Singapore Turf Club’s number one race caller, Wood has spent the last 18 months in the South East Asian racing jurisdiction, taking over his current role from Australian race caller Matt Jones earlier this year. “I was the number two here for the first 13 or 14 months behind Matt Jones and when he decided to go back to Victoria and go farming I was in a fortunate spot to be put into the number one role here,” Wood said. “This year I have ticked off a few good races like the (Singapore) Derby last weekend and then before that the Kranji Mile meeting. “But he gave me a whole stack of opportunities when I was number two to him. He really believed in giving the person under him something to want to stick around for and keep them interested. “I was fortunate, as he was number two for about five and a-half years when Craig Evans was here, so he had to wait a while and I didn’t have to wait too long.” Wood believes his time in Singapore helped his cause in attaining the race calling position with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. “It was just the right place at the right time and knowing the right people,” he said. “Being here in Asia helps your chances of getting a position like that because previous callers have come through Singapore to go to Hong Kong, like Brett Davis who is there now.” Wood is looking forward to moving to Hong Kong with his wife Stacey and the challenges his new job will present. “I’m looking forward to being part of a quality broadcasting team up there with quality racing,” he said. “Not many people know that the angle at Happy Valley is a real challenge. The commentary box at Happy Valley you are about 30 to 40m before the finish line, so it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment to try and get around and everything happens at Happy Valley so quickly. “So that will be something I am really looking forward to, calling at an iconic track like that. “I don’t think there has been any other Kiwi race callers up there, but I have had plenty of advice from Darren Flindell and David Raphael, they have all been good to talk to.” Wood hopes to make a fleeting visit home to visit family in New Zealand before venturing north next month if all goes according to plan. “It’s been a bit of a work in progress over a few months, but we finally got it across the line,” he said. “I am still negotiating with the Hong Kong Jockey Club regarding my start date, but I hope to be there by the start of the new season and possibly make it home for a few days before heading up there.” – NZ Racing Desk.
  2. 4 points
    GOM

    Not so Amazing chase

    I don't know if it is just me. Or more correctly I know it is not just me that thinks this debacle is not so Amazing A game for the rich boys and their toys springs to mind. OK anything that brings the sport some attention and turnover must be good, but overall is it. Where is the benefit for the 95% of the participants who stand looking at the manipulation of rules and unease created by a few well connected who are just trying the old mine is bigger than yours trick .I take an analogy where if it was motor cars and you wanted to boost the image of your countries products with an event where the fastest and reliable was decided, and you called for an event where all the Ferrari's, Porches, McLaren's and red Mustangs were entered is the result going to encourage anyone in the local industry. There is considerable money involved here and practically it will be only the flash Harry's who even participate. The average participant in the NZ industry has been hit with all sorts of levies and charges and restrictions that are making it harder work for the backbone of our industry while we go out of our way to provide incentive for the Aussie industry
  3. 3 points
    Emotive

    Not so Amazing chase

    I like the idea of racing giving to charity. I understand the need to offer something different, to generate interest. But really is this the best we can do? I agree so far the exercise has been farcical. The trials have been shambolic in my area, weather conditions have knocked a number of participants out. The playing field is far from level. Arguments around eligibility shouldn't be happening but due to the poor construction of the criteria, they are. Is this event value for money? Will it attract new blood to the industry, will it attract new sponsors, will it attract new punters? Will it improve any of the areas needing attention, will more dogs be rehomed, will audience numbers be increased, etc? My contempt isn't for the participants, not at all, the race was created and they have the right to enter under whatever the race criteria is interpreted to be. However, I can understand the "big dick" analogy. Where's the mainstream advertising? We already own the audience that will tune in on the night, so is the hour of exposure worth effort and the money taken from stakes?
  4. 2 points
    How far have we fallen?? I remember back when I was at Waikato Uni and was on course to see Valentine Girl beat the champion Rough Habit in the Foxbridge Plate. Good to see Winston having a crack ,trying to stop the rot with his all weather track proposal, but will NZ ever get back to the halcyon days of the 80's and 90's when people actually used to go to the races?? We can only but dream. Meanwhile in Australia racing continues to thrive getting stronger and stronger. I can smell Spring racing!
  5. 2 points
    La Zip

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    Another shame on NZ letting Tom go, someone pushing their own agenda surely as not only a great home grown talent [no disrespect to Macca as he's the best in NZ] but a beaut genuine bloke.......once the clean out is complete, maybe someone with sense will make Tom an offer, something he can't refuse.
  6. 2 points
    We didn't expect any other answer from you Michael.......
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    kdt

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    HK is a great gig to get. Go well Tom, all the best.
  8. 2 points
    Yeah, I certainly don't wish to be negative about what would be a huge plus....but just where is the question. Ashburton facilities [ tie ups, boxes ] are a disgrace and I don't see too many people bothering to go there. Hardly anyone goes now. No. Unless consistent trackwork is allowed on the surface [ no idea about that, someone may enlighten me ] installation at Riccarton would necessarily deprive trainers of a usable track. If the plough [ for example ] is taken up for installation and the corresponding trackwork is disallowed, a huge number of horses would be disadvantaged. In a typical dry Canterbury summer, the excellent plough is the only thing that many horses can fast work on. Contamination from horses from surrounding muddy areas also an issue I believe. My [ personal ] choice would be Rangiora. Handy to city, a considerable amount of new housing becoming established, population increasing dramatically in and around, and the place is neat, tidy and welcoming. The harness club however has a stake in proceedings and would have to be convinced.
  9. 2 points
    Red Rum

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    Top effort , never heard a bad word about him from circle of punters I know . I really like his style and he will be a winner in Hong Kong for sure. Looking forward to start of their new season .Wonder if any from here will fill the void in Singapore ?
  10. 2 points
    poundforpound

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    That’s amazing news, and well done Tom Wood. You sure are a home grown lad who did well Tom. I wonder what the NZRB crew who decided you were surplus to requirements in NZ are saying now......you know they won’t ever take responsibility though because their agenda seems to be to keep racing people, or should I say people who are a part of the working racing community, out of the media !!!
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  12. 1 point
    Fartoomuch

    Congrats to the Grays

    55th wedding anniversary today. Horses done and onto next project at CB Lodge.Another garden project perhaps??
  13. 1 point
    Baz (NZ)

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    A Top Caller let go by all the clowns running and associated with NZ Racing. We need to export these clowns to Hong Kong as well! Good Work Tom !
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    Nothing to do with suiting a "few larger stables" it's more to do with what suits the entire industry, owners trainers jockeys punters a consistent product on a course that can accomodate more trainers/horse numbers and race days An all weather track has to be viable throughout the year not just on race day
  15. 1 point
    Spikecity

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    Great news - who is leaving HK - I hope not Brett Davis - like his style
  16. 1 point
    Fartoomuch

    New arrival at team AS

    Usually they were the 4 legged variety until he found Bettors Delight
  17. 1 point
    john legend

    New arrival at team AS

    Mark always liked plenty of Cullens in his stable.!! lol.
  18. 1 point
    rdytdy

    Good Luck Tom Wood

    Yes. Well done Tom. Fantastic achievement.
  19. 1 point
    gubellini

    Don Grubb

    Ted yes Monastic won 8 races at Wanganui including the Wanganui Gold Cup on 13/2/71 ridden by Bill Skelton. He also won twice at Hawera and twice at Waverley including the 1969 Waverley Cup ridden by Bob Skelton. He also had wins at Foxton, Otaki and Trentham where he recorded his biggest win the 1970 Harcourt Stakes ridden by Maurice Campbell.
  20. 1 point
    gubellini

    Don Grubb

    Trump Monastic raced 77 times for 15 wins. He won his 2yo debut at Waverley on the 26/4/67 ridden by Ray Cleaver. He won his first four races in a row as a 6yo. 22/8/70 Foxton ridden by Herb Rauhihi he dead heated with Cantostan ridden by Noel Eastwood. 29/8/70 Wanganui ridden by Bruce Marsh 5/9/70 Wanganui ridden by Bruce Marsh. 26/9/70 Otaki ridden by Gary Phillips.
  21. 1 point
    rdytdy

    For what its worth....

    Let’s all be nice… by Christie Stuff has published this absurd little piece on free speech. As the writer, Glenn McConnell, is barely into his twenties, it is an interesting insight into how the mind of the millennial works – and it shows that they think the world is a lovely place, where no one wants to hurt anyone else and we all live in castles with rainbows. I will forgive him his rose-coloured view of the world because he is young. What I cannot forgive, however, is his complete stupidity and naivety, particularly as he is an aspiring journalist. Quote: Here is the first little dig. These guys are so wealthy that money doesn’t matter to them. Just so you know, young man, I donated to this cause, and I am a long way from being rich. I donated because I think it is a very important issue. Quote: I can understand his dislike for Don Brash, as his Orewa speech was grossly misunderstood, and therefore badly reported. However, Chris Trotter is a left-leaning political analyst who believes in free speech. It is insulting to describe him as “protecting racist speakers”. Quote: Kabam! You just stopped someone from exercising their right to speak. Even if it was boring, even if it was long winded, he still had the right to say it. Quote: No, it isn’t, buddy. Both parties in this exchange have equal rights to speak. You just think you have a greater right because you don’t like what you hear. You don’t. That is the essence of what the Coalition for Free Speech is all about. Quote: So, you have the right to say what you think but Leighton Smith doesn’t? Because you don’t like what he says about transgender people? The issue of transgender people is generally not the fact that they are transgender. Nobody particularly cares about that. It is the enormous fuss they make about toilets. Most of us simply can’t understand why they don’t just use a stall in whichever gender toilet they decide is appropriate. Why is this such an enormous issue? It really shouldn’t be. That is the reason these “demagogues” raise the matter. They feel there is something more sinister at play here. Quote: No. He is merely voicing his opinion, to which he is entitled, and you are voicing yours. You may not agree with him, but if you have any sense at all, you will defend to the death his right to say what he thinks because you are simply too young and too stupid to understand the consequences that the erosion of free speech brings with it. Glenn, judging by your photo, it was your great-grandparents’ generation that lived through the Second World War. For most “demagogues”, many of whom are baby boomers, it was our parents’ generation that did. We “demagogues” were brought up with the lessons that those times taught. We heard about the rise of Nazism, and the freedoms that were taken away. Our parents actually took part in the war and lived through horrors that you can never imagine. So, we know – not first hand, but by hearing the stories – how awful life can be if some of the things we take for granted are suddenly not there any more. The Nazis stopped free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of association. They burned books. They arbitrarily decided that some races were simply ‘sub-human’, so they embarked on a programme of mass extinction of Jews and Slavs. Hitler wanted a pure Aryan race, and was quite happy to murder people in order to achieve it. He did. 61 million people in all died during the war, and about 10 million of those were Slavs, six million were Jews and seven million were Russians. It is just about incomprehensible. To you, this is as much a part of history as the Hundred Years War but this all happened less than 100 years ago, and it happened because humans didn’t stop their fundamental human rights being eroded when they could have done more about it. Today the child-sex-slave grooming gangs in Britain are real, Glenn. These are British girls being taken as sex slaves by Muslim men. You can’t deny it. There have been prosecutions, although the authorities are not doing much about it. Why? Well, they don’t want to be seen as racist. It is just like Germany in the 1930s. They don’t like what is happening, but they turn a blind eye. A lot of people in Germany ‘held back’ in the 1930s. At first, they were concerned but said nothing and then it was too late, and they did not dare to speak. So, take away a person’s right to say what they think, even if you find it boring or long-winded, and you start down that slippery slope. Just like Phil Goff did when he decided that Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux were going to incite racial hatred. He did not know that. He just gave in to pressure from a group he did not wish to offend. There’s that slippery slope. If you accept that the mayor of Auckland can now decide who will be allowed to hire council venues, then you have to accept him deciding against someone whom you want to go to see. What if the next mayor of Auckland banned Barack Obama from speaking? How would you feel about free speech then? Quote: The Nazis brutalised people for no fault of their own, Glenn, and it wasn’t merely over toilets. Don’t, whatever you do, think it will never happen again. It has already started to happen again but, like in the 1930s, people like you won’t see it until it is too late. Only the demagogues, who recognise how all this starts, can save you. And it often starts with people who deny others the right to free speech. Just like you.
  22. 1 point
    AWT very much the low grade stuff back in UK , improving a bit with few listed races around the tracks like Lingfields Winter Derby and big easter all weather championship meeting . Plus Northumberland Plate at Newcastle . The surface at Chelmsford very well spoken of and the top Newmarket stables use it to kick off their top ones from time to time and Godolphin use it for private trial races.For most part though it's a if nothing else on I will have a punt on it but gets ignored on a Saturday by most punters. Kempton , Newcastle and Wolverhampton floodlit so caters for night out crowd. Southwell fibresand surface worse in my book, deep surface lowest quality horses , poor stuff. I suppose they will have to decide polytrack ,pro ride ,tapeta or hopefully not fibresand. Strathayr amazing way it races at Kranji, absolutely hoses down and still seems great surface that would be the ideal IMHO.
  23. 1 point
    Yes the chipping in part is going to be interesting , as a number of clubs have nothing to chip in! I hope they go the way of Strathayr track as the sand or whatever base the Pakenham or Geelong tracks are just don't interest me and aren't as aesthetically pleasing as the Strathayr surface, not to mention racing from these Geelong and Pakenhams looks like Greyhound racing to me and incredibly boring.
  24. 1 point
    Dopey

    First Season Sire Predictions

    The coming 2year olds for next season is the next list above that....plus atlante
  25. 1 point
    poundforpound

    Horse Physio -Workout-Winx

    Where are the hundreds and thousands, and the pixie dust ? That technique is about as genuine as Donald Trump’s hair She may as well have her leg pulled by Bernie Madoff.