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  1. 4 points

    Murray Baker tells it like it is....

    The main goal from the Commie Messara review ..is to close tracks under the guise that that'll save money when in fact that is a total misnomer. To observe this progression come to pass luminates how gutless our industry participants are to stand back and let this Treason come about without even a "booh" from anyone. Closing down tracks will accelerate the implosion of our industry..just what the Commies wanted..the Commies are the Globalists of the Big business realms. Win Peters and John Messara and other Globalists must piss themselves laughing at how 'simple' we are in our collective silences. Just a subservient compliance while watching Rome burn..not even a word against their machinations. New Zealand Racing industry..the biggest pushovers you'll ever witness.
  2. 3 points
    The purpose , One reason and one reason only , to shift the blame from Winston to anyone else , Messara will be to blame not Winston when racing continues to fail . It wouldn't make any difference what was in the report as long as there was a report that passed the buck . You have all been played for fools , just like the majority of those who voted for him .
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    Am I not always right though Heds ? I warned that the Messara report was a myth, just fantasy stuff, and I’ve repeatedly warned that this industry has been in an irreversible implosion for about 12 years now, and that soon that implosion will accelerate with the almost certain complete collapse of the racing component of the industry as we know it. I won’t touch on the appalling recruitment policy of NZTR today, nor the corrupt appointment process to the NZTR board, nor the woeful performance of successive CE’s and Chairpersons at NZTR..... Everything I said and predicted was correct and eventuated Heds...and my current prediction is that things are about to get a whole lot worse
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    I am not as anti Winston as most. At least he is trying to do something. No other minister of racing has made any effort to do anything at all. I was totally opposed to the stupid waste of money last time Winston was in. The five or six, million dollar plus races for three years achieved nothing, with no residual value. At least this time he has tried to source some "expert" advice, but sadly unsuccessfully. Australians of any ilk cannot come to NZ and tell us how to run our racing based on their experiences in Aussie. Our racing is totally different and our race-going public are totally different. Racing was always going to struggle in NZ in the modern world, but we have not helped ourselves with poor and incompetent management. Our only hope to salvage anything out of the current mess is to get some real racing people running things, people with a passion for the industry. Get rid of all those with no investment in Racing; send them back to NZ Post, or Australia. Bizarrely enough the basic materials are still there. There are plenty of horses, if they are utilized properly, there are plenty of racecourses, we even have jockeys, and good trainers. The basic infrastructure is there, it is just poorly utilized. We can afford some genuine non-racing "experts" in areas such as computer skills, but they need to be well proven and accountable. For too long Racing has been treated as a joke by people with no passion for the industry who are just happy to take a massive salary with no accountability.
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    M11 R5 #2 Libertini Thanks Toblerone
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    Murray Baker tells it like it is....

    The disgrace is that it's all by design..i've been harping on about this for nearly Twenty years..certainly as long as RaceCafe has been going. That 'city of suits' needs dismantling and restructured into a 'skeleton' of servitude..that would free up quite a few million and save untold in the rollover of time and season. Stop sniggering Winston! and all your comrades..it's time to empty the Trough of snouts.
  8. 2 points

    Boys Get Laid !

    The boys bounce back at Te Rapa today winning all 8 races.
  9. 2 points
    Sunset industry for sure. I was at Te Rapa today. Massive crowd! Unfortunately 95% were at the Book Sale upstairs and 5% there for the races. Desolate public stands are a sad sight.
  10. 1 point
    It’s back! After four years in purgatory, Racecafe’s most revered comp is back for another round. Welcome to Losers Get Laid 14, kindly sponsored by HQ and Poundforpound. Most will be familiar with the general rules which of course reward tipsters for picking favoured horses to get beaten. You can read the full and updated rules below and might I suggest it is best to re-familiarise yourself with them as there have been a few adaptions. Competition starts this Saturday (Great Northern Day, September 7) and finishes New Zealand Cup at Riccarton (November 16). That gives us a total of 11 Saturdays plus three extra dates – Melbourne Cup Day, New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and Coupland’s Mile Day. Importantly this year it is ONLY on Group, Listed and Prestige Jumping Races. It has been decreed that if you fall 250 points behind the tour leader, you will be eliminated. YOU MUST ENTER THIS WEEK NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED. 1/ The skinny. Each selector will post one "lay" each Saturday. This can be on any New Zealand, Victoria or New South Wales BLACK TYPE race thoroughbred race run that day. I will post a selection thread each week. The only exception to this will be NZ Trotting Cup Day when a harness selection must be made. 2/ Selection semantics. Selections must be posted by the declared cut off time each day, which will be half an hour before the jump of the first eligible race. Those who fail to post will be allocated the favourite in the day’s richest race on either side of the Tasman. Scratchings can be replaced up until close-off time. If your selection is late-scratched after close-off time, you get a pass for that week. Note you can only post a replacement pick if your original selection is scratched. 3/ Scoring. To formulate how many points your selection will earn, we simply divide $100 by it’s closing tote price with the NZ TAB. Ie a $2 will earn 50 points. You will be strongly incentized to go for the most prestigious races of the day as below. Group 1 – triple points Group 2 – double points Group 3, Listed and Prestige Jumping Races – single points 4/ Lifelines. Now, you get a life in this competition, but it will cost you 50 points. If and when you pick a second winner, you are goooone. 5/ Prizes are as follows. 1st - $500 Bar TAB at HQ (expires Jan 31, 2020) 2nd - $250 Bar TAB at HQ (expires Jan 31, 2020) 3rd – A warm fuzzy feeling and a hearty ‘well done’.
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    Murray Baker tells it like it is....

    Qld was heading the same way as NZ. There were only 2 interested Racing Ministers during the last 50 years. The best was Russ Hinze from the Lib/National Party and the other was Labour’s Bob Gibbs. I never met or knew Big Russ but had a few beers with Gibbs and he was an interested Racing Minister but not in same mould as Hinze. But other than that, since Gibbs went, the Racing Industry went backwards as Syd and Melb went ahead. It wasn’t until the Racing Industry participants themselves, the Owners, Trainers and even the Horse Studs, got off their collective arses about 2 years ago and “STRIKED”, that the Govt got into action. The slack arse current Labour Govt were about to burden the Industry with a large POC tax and not return any of the funds to the Industry! That was the catalyst for action and the Industry players got off their arses and took action. The situation then got attention and money was returned to the Industry. They have a “long” way to go and pressure has to be continually applied. It’s the very reason that the best talent is leaving South Australia in droves. The opportunities in other States are too inviting and eventually, NZ will be left with hobby trainers or setups like TeAkau who race in NZ mainly and if they think they have one good enough, cross the Tasman. But that model won’t last. Imho, until the NZ Industry gets involved in a similar way as Aust players have, it’s going to be stuffed around big time. The Messara Report is just that, a Report. You can acknowledge part or all of it however you want. It’s an opinion. But really, It’s up to the Industry as a whole to find the answers. Then there’s the action...
  12. 1 point
    Why stakes decrease's - why not salary decrease's at Petone?
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    Great article about O’Brien on Racing,com, and what he’s bringing down. He’s definitely taking this seriously now and contemplating bringing a different, and more appropriate, type of horse. O'Brien assembles Cup week arsenal | RACING.COMhttps://www.racing.com/news/2019-09-05/news-obrien-assembles-cup-week-arsenal
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    Hard to argue with Murray Baker

    This is a bit depressing but sadly it’s true... Baker bemoans NZ's bleak future | RACING.COMhttps://www.racing.com/news/2019-09-05/rsn-baker-bemoans-nzs-bleak-future
  16. 1 point
    WEEK 1 This week’s eligible races are below. CUT OFF TIME is 1.34pm. Please post picks in the following format: MEETING, RACE, HORSE NUMBER, HORSE NAME Ellerslie R6 $125,000 Great Northern Hurdle (Prestige Jumping) R8 $125,000 Great Northern Steeplechase (Prestige Jumping) Wanganui R4 $50,000 The O’Leary’s Fillies Stakes (Listed) R8 $50,000 HS Dyke Whanganui Guineas (Listed) Randwick R5 A$200,000 Furious Stakes (G2) R6 A$160,000 Concord Stakes (G3) R7 A$250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (G2) R8 A$200,000 Tramway Stakes (G2) The Valley R5 A$152,000 Atlantic Jewel Stakes (Listed) R6 A$152,000 Bendigo Bank Stakes (Listed) R7 A$217,000 McEwen Stakes (G2) R8 A$272,000 Feehan Stakes (G2)
  17. 1 point