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  1. I don't think I'd have any more or less in work whether or not stakes were double or half what they are now. Better regularly consistent track surfaces, a proper handicapping system and much better programming might make a difference though.
    4 points
  2. Have faith, L....the AWT at Awapuni will sort out all the problems.
    3 points
  3. Will be interesting if NZ can programme ANY true Goup 1 races in 2023.
    2 points
  4. With Aussie buying up promising filles and mares from the trials and off the race track the numbers problem can only get worse having a filly foal from your mare not the end of the world like it once was...... All comes down to the prize money on offer over the ditch
    2 points
  5. Avantage and Melody Belle papered over the cracks for last few seasons dominating our G 1 racing ......take them away.... leaves a large void
    2 points
  6. I don't think NZTR has anyone capable of organising programming. All they want to do is close down tracks, get rid of small trainers and discourage anyone from showing any innovation. On the brighter side though (I sometimes try to be positive) this weekend sees Southland's only 2yo race of the season. They have already had their two 3yo races for the season. Exciting times, who says there isn't a logical pattern to everything.
    2 points
  7. I did notice that myself. If all group races were assessed based on this year's fields we would hardly have a group one race next year. It is obvious that the problem isn't solely stakes. The stake is perfectly ok for this race. I notice a rating 74 for $50,000 at HB with only 8 noms, some of them multiple nominators. Bit of a bugger for this industry's esteemed leaders. They thought, sell off half the tracks, build some AWTs and increase stakes and everything would come right. Turns out that wasn't really the problem at all. Not sure if they have a plan B.
    2 points
  8. Ruakaka Race Two No 3 Financier 2c by Tavistock(NZ) ex Princess Snitzel(AUS) by Snitzel(AUS) 220k Odds:$4.00 $1.55. No 9 7 Diagon Alley 2f by Charm Spirit(IRE) ex Alleyrun(NZ) by Volksraad(GB) 300k Odds:$6.50 $2.20. Race Three No 5 Lucky Simon 3c by No Nay Never(USA) ex Lucky Morna(AUS) by Ferocity(AUS) 100k Odds:$3.30 $1.40. Race Six No 6 9 Jack Hammer 3g by Turn Me Loose(NZ) ex Tania(NZ)
    1 point
  9. Pure Steel

    The Race

    Are you 'Crusin' for a the Aussie 'bruisin' from the second row Rakman ? That'll ease the nerves lol....
    1 point
  10. Leggy

    Where are the Group 1 Mares?

    Organising programming? They couldn't organise a root in a brothel. There was an R74 1600 programmed for Otaki on Thursday which was deleted yesterday due to poor nominations. I nearly fell over this morning when I was told they didn't get a single nominations for that race. That's right, zero, zippo, nil, none How could you get the programming that wrong?
    1 point
  11. This story just doesn't make sense ??
    1 point
  12. Iraklis

    Heads Up....

    Well Idolmite, there's a cheery blurb for the day NOT! we all know it would be better havin them all here and racin but, they're not. So we get to still watch em racin in the US when the powers that be allow, and I for one am grateful for that.....Alex Park maybe a place of past glories, but oh what glories they were and by the by, at Yonkers today Nandolo ran a nice 2nd, RunRunjimmyDunn had a nice win, Funatthebeach and PatStanley 1st & 2nd respectively, JacksLegend a meritorious 2nd, Our Corelli 2nd, and PrinceMcardle 1st in race 11.....Howzat Cheers Iraklis
    1 point
  13. so....you filled out the bet slip incorrectly ?
    1 point
  14. While I'm chewing over Aintree, the Flat season kicks into gear with the three day Craven meeting starting tomorrow at Newmarket (along with the breeze up sale which starts each day at 5.30pm after racing). Tomorrow's racing features the Group 3 Earl of Sefton over 1800m for which MASTER OF THE SEAS is strong favourite at 11/10. He had a truncated campaign last year having won the Craven and finished runner up in the 2000 Guineas. The decent ground should suit but he faces a decent rival in Group 3 winner MEGALLAN representing the Gosden/Dettori combination. The first two in last aut
    1 point
  15. The first day of the Aintree Grand National meeting took place on a wet and blustery afternoon. Not a lot of rain fell - only 3 mm - but it was unpleasant for the spectators and enough to turn the ground Good to Soft on the hurdle, Mildmay and National courses alike. Four championship races kicked off the meeting. I can't find a replay of the Manifesto Novices Chase but MILLERS BANK, who had blundered his jockey away twice this season, seemed again to improve for the decent ground and was too good for WAR LORD who seemed to stay the 4000m well enough. PIC D'ORHY never looked happy ma
    1 point
  16. Sobeit

    RIP Stu McGrail

    RIP, ol' mate. I will always fondly remember our times in the judge's box at the Foxton trials - you as judge, me as timekeeper. We had a lot of fun. He also did some jewellery shopping for me in Asia during his time there. He was always willing to help people. Stu was a larger-than-life character who will be missed by many in the racing fraternity. Condolences to Stu's family
    1 point
  17. Roger Sugrue

    RIP Stu McGrail

    an absolute legend here in the Manawatu.........whether it be the newspaper world, racing or bowls - back in the 90's it seemed everyone knew him, everyone loved him.....a finer gentleman you would never meet....RIP Stu..
    1 point
  18. Easy? We haven't had easy as a descriptor since 2005. And the purpose of the recent change is to bring it back in alignment with Aus.
    1 point