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  1. Berri

    RIP Toby Autridge

    33 years ago today, an east coast bred horse called Tumblin Down won the Great Northern Steeplechase ridden by Toby Autridge. The story behind this magnificent steed is one that movies are made of. The baldy white faced horse, being now more than 16hh, was bred on the east coast and was by a horse called Dodger (by the great jumping sire Kurdistan). Interestingly Dodger traced back to one of the first boat load of mares that were imported in the 1860's to NZ. Tumblin Down was a chestnut out of Maria Dallas (the singer had a hit song called Tumblin Down...hence the name). He was destined
    21 points
  2. poundforpound

    Billy Pinn

    Kind hands and they just run for him, he’s a huge asset to racing That was a great G1 win The RIB and JCA should be ashamed of the way they’ve bullied and abused the kid Thank god NZTR didn’t cave in to the RIB’s ludicrous demands they take his licence away permanently It’s high time the RIB offered some resignations over the ongoing abuse of this kid
    21 points
  3. Berri

    Yet again....

    Firstly I've got to declare a conflict of interest and a bias in respect of this post...I part own Bermadez I am absolutely and thoroughly sick and tired of the pathetically useless management of the racing presentation in this country on Trackside. How many times has there been a major racing event, having just been completed, when the essence of the race, the celebrations and aftermath, is ruthlessly chopped off due to some sort of non descript event being displayed? Bermadez won in a thrilling finish yesterday (a Rating 80 race worth $500,000!!!). He is NZ owned, NZ bred (by Tavistock)
    19 points
  4. garryb

    This site

    I have followed this site since it started and watch it deteriorate from an interesting and generally humourous place to seeing a litany of rubbish spewing out from many mouths who think they are tough NZ males. I don’t agree much with pound for pound but at least he fronts up. For 60 years I have watched the industry slowly decline to the sick state it is in now. If it was not for lady jockeys and Asian apprentices there would be one meeting a week. Continually criticising Labour at present does not explain the decline over the last 50 years when National was in power for the majority of tho
    18 points
  5. Scares me as well. As a small player who does do things on a low cost model because I do everything but ride them myself I guess I'd be gone. I keep costs down a bit because I crush own oats and cut my own chaff, all to make it affordable to some owners who would have no chance of affording a horse in a bigger stable. I'd say 95 percent of the people I have got involved in ownership through syndicates would not be involved at all if I hadn't have chased them,cricket and rugby mates etc, yeah some are only small percent owners but from these guys who knows who might win lotto or
    17 points
  6. ..i'm still around..i just don't post anymore., Cheers Leo, Berri , Scooby and others.
    17 points
  7. scooby3051

    RIP TAIKI

    Sad to hear of the passing of this fine young man way before his time after a fall last week at Cambridge.... Fly high Tiger gone way too soon thank you for the memories...Thoughts and prayers go out to his his Mum and sister here with him and to his manager and close friend Ted...and the greater racing industry family who are all no doubt hurting........RIP young man...soar with the angels.
    16 points
  8. scooby3051

    RIP Stu McGrail

    Sad to hear of the passing of one of the good guys Stu McGrail...he was a top guy and a good friend to me and many others and always good for a story or a laugh...condolences to his family and may the good bugga rest forever in peace.....
    16 points
  9. Ohokaman

    RIP TAIKI

    Lovely service for Taiki…well done to everyone involved. RIP Tiger…..
    15 points
  10. Berri

    Precedence

    Winner of $2,000,000....ran in 4 Melbourne Cups....now one of Australia's best show horses...
    14 points
  11. Welcome to the first comp of 2022 - an individual comp but with similar rules/scoring to last year's teams comp. Paul (Ponderosa) is flat out with work at the moment so I'm stepping into his big shoes for now. Prize: Scooby has kindly put up a $300 bet (win and/or place) to the winner - the winner will keep half of any collect from the bet with the other half recycled into future comps. The format is pretty simple - pick two horses in each of the races and nominate two of the races as Best Bet races. You will get $10 each way on both picks and a $2 quinella. Double $$$ for your Be
    14 points
  12. Dont think now is the time for that...Taiki is fighting for his life on a knifes edge...we should all be wishing and praying for him and his family...whatever happens Sam will have to carry that with him...there are no winners in this situation..its just so bloody sad for all involved.
    13 points
  13. Kingsbeer, one of our regular contestants, has very generously donated $300 to sponsor a one-day "LONGSHOT" comp. An entry thread will go up this evening but here is how it will work. The objective is to pick longshots, ie. horses paying $10 or more to Win (based on closing NZ TAB tote price). You have to pick 12 horses across 5 specified meetings (per entry thread). Provided the horse is paying $10 or more when the Win tote closes, you will have $10 each way on the horse. If the horse closes paying less than $10 on the Win tote then your selection will be invalid - you will earn
    13 points
  14. Gisborne and Wairoa were two bad decisions in my mind, the locals supported those meetings to the hilt, and do you think any family from either region is going to drive to Hastings to the races. Both courses run and managed by the respective committee’s, at bugger all cost to the industry. A set of people that will never experience horse racing in their lives, sad really!
    13 points
  15. An awesome crowd turned up for the Woodville-Pahiatua races yesterday(Post Covid lets get out again crowd) , Great to see the carpark was full (Video attached) , Some reasonably good times were run 1.09s for 1200m 1.23 for 1400m 1.35 for a couple of the 1600m races on a good 3 track that seem to give everybody a chance . Seemed to be lots of young children running around everywhere having a good time , that was great to see Was 1 slight issue about midway through programme as the beer supply started to run low, but a couple committee cars down to local bottle stores replenished suppl
    13 points
  16. Agree Aaron. Real pity that our new CEO of NZTR has announced that he is going to lead the selling of assets and closure of tracks. The strength of racing over the ditch is built on every tin pot town across the country having their own racecourse and their big day in the sun, something that is gradually disappearing on our side of the ditch. Closure of tracks in not the big issue over there, on the contrary, country racing is being encouraged. Pity our leaders can't see this.
    13 points
  17. Chris Wood

    New Plymouth Races

    Let’s set a few things right here guys. I left this morning from Cambridge at 8.00am with 3 horses onboard. Rusavy and Side Eye to race, another taken down for an owner of mine to pick up from the track as she has been retired. I checked the NZTR website, a Dead 4, perfect. By the time I got to the outskirts of NP, I could see there had been a few showers, nothing of much consequence. I unloaded my horses and put them in the yards over by the 1600m mark, didn’t need to cover my horses as it was quite warm, and they were happy. Another couple of light showers occurred o
    13 points
  18. Eastwood Jaunty

    Sam Wynne

    I apologise for what I have created. I only meant to inquire as to whether Sam Wynne would be returning to riding soon.
    13 points
  19. I should have added that to my previous rant. Where is the logic that says you are putting those who have had the jab at risk by being with people that haven't had the jab, where the narrative is that having the jab will protect you? If you've had the jab you should be protected. If you haven't, you may not be as protected as those who have had the jab. In that instance, trying to persuade those who haven't had the jab, to have the jab, may save lives and costs to all of us as a result of hospitalisation. But why are jabbed people becoming fearful of those who haven't had the jab if
    13 points
  20. It is generally known that Cubes is an absolutely useless punter and basically just about always loses money at the track And The Cubemeister was generally useless in the recent Spring Comp and let the team ...Black Caviar down.....Sorry Team Cubes thinks he got 1 quinella in a 10 week quinella tipping comp And The Cubinator did not really want to go on Wednesday @ Riccarton and was put in some bubble by the birdcage and everyone at the table beside Cubes had a mask but they were the only people and we were about 1 foot away so no-one seems to know what social distancing is and
    13 points
  21. Congrats to the winners Team Sunline and Mr Gee...super efforts. Once again thanks to everyone else for all their effort..Ponderosa was as always outstanding and Say No more thank you for filling in as you did. Most of all thanks to everyone for the input and continued participation in the comp right till the end...you guys are what make the comps the fun they are so thank you so much for making it the fun it was.
    13 points
  22. What a great way to sign off as a winner, thanks for the memories you have given everyone over the past few years and from me and everyone at RaceCafe I want to tale this opportunity to wish you well in your new and daunting venture In Hong Kong. I am sure you will chart a course to success and continue to fly the NZ flag high up there with plenty of winners in the coming years. May I wish you and Danielle every success with your future happiness together and all the success in the world that will come with the hard work and dedication you will no doubt continue to display in the next chapter
    12 points
  23. Thanks again Pondy and thanks to so many for sticking it out until the end...been a super comp and a close one for the individual comp going into the last day...everyone who has entered has made the comp what it is many thanks to everyone and of course the Pondy and Say No more for the scoring through...great team effort.
    12 points
  24. the trouble is that we can all sound like stuck records. Similar people making similar comments to the same people. Unfortunately there is no case to be made that anything said on this site will have any effect on any matter. Only the stupid think that doing the same thing will instigate change. That is what has been happening. I watched the Great Northern Hurdles and Steeple Chase today. What a third rate, mediocre, lacking in class presentation of what should be fantastic. And we should have been celebrating the winners...but what happens....we cut to greyhounds. And the betting dribbl
    12 points
  25. For fans of 70s and 80s racing who loved Grey Way I have put up a new video of some of his races. Some races have not appeared anywhere else. Sorry but quality not great as it was a vhs to digital conversion. Enjoy.
    12 points
  26. scooby3051

    Matt Cross

    Guys either leave the personal insults out or get lost..I have tried for a long time to rid the site of this if you dont follow MY guidelines then please feel free to post elsewhere where I guess you must be welcome...but not here...cheers I won't let a few ruin it for many....your choices.
    11 points
  27. Thanks Cubes. Very nice. Lovely ride.
    11 points
  28. I am just guessing here, but think they cannot find enough staff in todays tight employment market to count all the money made through racing horses in NZ.
    11 points
  29. I don't really want to get involved with this, but I just wanted to say Scooby is doing a great job providing us with this forum. It takes a bit of effort and expense and he doesn't get a lot of thanks. No one is forced to join up with Te Akau, but lots of people seem to want to. Its a business like any other, and much of what they do is marketing, which they do pretty well. Its like buying a car, or any other product, you are paying a certain amount purely for the brand. I look at some of these 2yo races with ten starters, four of them Te Akau: others think it is boring with one st
    11 points
  30. They have found the final person now all can be returned home and rest peacefully....thoughts and prayers to all from RaceCafe...such a sad sad time.
    11 points
  31. The main thing here is Sarah, I hope she is doing ok. Is there any news ? For what it's worth both jockeys involved were on the track when Sarah was being attended to, and both were visibly shaken. Mistakes happen, but like I say the only thing that really matters at this stage is Sarah.
    11 points
  32. Midget

    TAB

    Just an update, Thanks to P4P who made a phone call to E Rendell, who in turn passed it on to some lady ,very pleasant she was, The issue was my phone ID was so similar in facial features with Brad Pitt, that the technology was not able to separate the images.
    11 points
  33. The kid is a potential superstar We’re lucky to have him, and bloody lucky NZTR stood by him when the deranged and vituperative RIB tried recently to rub him out
    11 points
  34. MissJools

    Shoot the presenter

    If you guys who are criticizing the Trackside presenter and the way she talks, why don't you put your money where your mouth is, and apply for a job there, and see if you can do a better job. If you haven't got anything nice to say, please don't say anything at all!!!
    11 points
  35. High Sparrow

    CWJ 2500 club

    My brother was an apprentice with CWJ in Canterbury. I have long thought of Chris Johnson as the Lester Piggott of NZ racing - such great balance on a horse. I was sitting in the jockeys' room with him at Trentham one day and asked him what he thought his best ride of the day was and he said: "Yes Prime Minister". I wasn't Prime Minister at the time so I had a search through the race book and found it and it started at 15-to-one. No one else could have got it home. It looked beaten at the top of the straight after leading and got headed by a couple out wider but Chris just kept on nursing it h
    11 points
  36. Berri

    Sam Wynne

    Hang on a minute...you're advocating that no-one has a personal choice or right. If the jab protects those with the jab, why are you worried about those who choose not to have the jab? It's their life not yours.
    11 points
  37. I agree with crustyngrizzly. I'm sure it's a great day out with atmosphere and some nice horses going around but overall the races are a borefest. Don't have much interest in watching a bunch of restricted races. Rather go for one decent Group 1, or an iconic open handicap. Pales in comparison to the old Jan1/2 meetings there with multiple unrestricted Group races which I rarely missed.
    11 points
  38. To be fair to them some of the shit racing they have to present make it pretty hard for them. The wall to wall racing from overseas where they have no interest in it must be pretty hard to get excited about doing the form and research for. My only problem I have with trackside is the lack of on course presenters, Northern day and no one getting the after race emotions etc really pissed me off.
    11 points
  39. Thanks everyone a great day today...Ponderosa thanks for an amazing days scoring please pick a horse for next weekend you have earned a $100 each way bet for all the effort...let me know what you want to use it on.
    11 points
  40. There will be another prize too,,,a W/P bet for Ponderosa for all the work he does scoring...he is the best.
    11 points
  41. "nothing to aspire to".............very interesting We're Doomed cos I've been giving that subject some thought in the last couple of days and now that Leggy has , quite correctly, told us numerous times that Synthetics are no place for mudders and that I've modified my views that Synthetics were for D and E Grade summer horses but I now include some C graders in that too then there needs to be some sort of a Grand Final series.....something which showcases the Synthetics because next season there will be 3 tracks in action probably for about 18 weeks and I'm thinking that durin
    10 points
  42. Cubes

    Property for sale

    Cubity through various things in Chch has met Mr Hickman on a few occasions and can say he has never met a more humble and modest gentleman And he has done a huge amount for NZ racing Didn't he race Silent Achiever ? And on the QT he has given mountains of coin to charity
    10 points
  43. I have a small share in Amalfi Prince. Super excited to win my first group race. Cheers
    10 points
  44. By choice? Or because they had to to keep their jobs, go out for a meal, or go to the races?
    10 points
  45. scooby3051

    CWJ 2500 club

    What legend he is...one of the good guys through all his trials and tribulations one of the great riders of his time...no question....may there be many more winners to come.
    10 points
  46. scooby3051

    Sam Wynne

    95% of people follow the rules why should 5% get to dictate...rules are rules...just get vaxxed then no need to be an outcast...JMO.
    10 points
  47. scooby3051

    New TABNZ CEO

    Great another non racing muppet in a suit...just what the industry needs. it does not say anywhere in there he has a passion for racing or even an interest in any sports...great.No wonder the industry is Donald Ducked.
    10 points
  48. We can make some very basic changes that don’t cost a lot of money, but will add huge value and incentivize betting ….which in turn leads to increased revenue 1. make some savings across the RIB / JCA / NZ Racing Lab…..14 Million and climbing per annum is too much to pay for what the three deliver, or don’t deliver actually Invest those savings into enhanced media technology 2.Give us some stats and data to make a point of difference Eg give us the weight of each horse as it enters the birdcage with a plus or minus on the “rolling average” of what weight it has been run
    10 points
  49. Here are my thoughts, for what they are worth. This public beatdown on everyone is horrendous, the system is broken. If you are deemed ok to transfer yourself form MIQ to home isolation in Waiheke then I can see why he felt OK to go out (especially after repeat negative tests). I have spent December experiencing first hand the home isolation and it is a shambles. My wife (double vaccinated) and my two daughters (too young to vaccinate) both tested positive to Covid this month. I was at work when my wife was told, so I (fully vaccinated but do not give a fcuk whether people are or not.
    10 points
  50. TEAM GREY WAY GEAR CHANGES AND NOTIFIABLE TRAINING ROUTINE CHANGES for Round two Black Kirrama : Tongue tie on ( first time ) . One eyed blinkers replaced with ear muffs prior to start. Poor effort last week after being fractious and colty in birdcage. Stewards issued second warning. Houlahan's Dream: found to be dehydrated on pulling up last week. spent 3 days with Alan Sharrock and 1 day with John Wheeler. 2 litres of Ribena per day to replace
    10 points