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  1. Insider

    Trentham Abandoned

    It's posters like you that kill debate or stop people posting on sites like this.
    23 points
  2. Berri

    Not cricket

    I don't know about you mob but Melody Belle has been an amasing mare. She's done everything asked of her, may not be as good as everyone in NZ thinks but she's been a truly good racehorse for years. She's retiring but started in the Hollindale as her swansong race. But seriously pissed me off when I found that her feet has been bogged up for the race and trainer said she was vulnerable because he was having problems with her feet. Fortunna, take a smack you greedy buggers. You are what is wrong with the industry, if you think it's smart, caring, intelligent and honorable, to try and squee
    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. Just found out Berri's Mum passed away...thoughts and prayers with you at this time Berri from all here at Racecafe...May she Rest In Peace.
    16 points
  8. This is our horse Precedence. Bred by Henrietta Bedford at Bloomsbury Stud. Raced by a group of us including Patrick, trained by Bart Cummings. Ran in 4 Melbourne Cups...should have won one of them, ran 5th in the last of them. Won $2m. Voted World champion Hunter Class last year. Competed last week. Check this out....al that after 7 years of race training...retired sound, no joint injections, no artificial help....
    16 points
  9. Littletramp

    Racism?

    Heninz, you have chosen to bring this topic onto this forum for god only knows what reason, so here is one man's opinion with a couple of ideas for you to consider. Firstly, if you are taking offense at overhearing a private conversation between two people you don't even know, who just happen to disagree with your political or philosophical views, that is entirely your problem not theirs. Secondly Whanau Ora seems to be an idea/policy being pushed/supported by the current government which is seen by many as favouring one sector of society over others, so you are going to get some pus
    14 points
  10. Jacob_

    Aalaalune not happy

    Interesting opinion, she had 6 starts as a 2yo, performed in all of them and all in black type. Usually with a week off in between runs and she never did any more than 3/4 pace in her work, was a good eater and never went shin sore, she did everything on natural ability building towards her last 2 runs for the season being the group 1s where she was beaten .1L and .9L Then as a 3yo and I was beginging to be dictated to where she should race. I was wrapped with her run at ruakaka, she was up a month earlier than I wanted her to be, over a distance and track that didn't suit her and
    14 points
  11. Even though Trackside has now become very predictable and boring, Emily Bosson did a fine job with her interviews. Excellent questions, great with her praise, no repeat questions, and kept the interviews at a reasonable length so very respectful.
    14 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Caroline

    Trentham Abandoned

    No surprises.weather is quite bad here. Had my table booked with friends all ready to go. Love the figure 8 steeplechase, horses changing legs in the approach just a bit more tactical in the running than other chases imo.
    13 points
  16. Baz (NZ)

    Congrats Cubes !

    Nice tough win by the Kevin & Pam Hughes trained Russian Fable for our very own cafe member Cube's in the first at Riccarton today ! русская басня
    13 points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Disillusioned

    Trentham Abandoned

    Sheesh, Pole. Let me guess, you are one of the folk who wants more 'colour' on TV broadcasts of Racing - more human interest stories etc. Caroline's post was delightful.
    12 points
  21. Congrats to the winner Paige Zim . Long time entrant and great supporter of Race Cafe. I didn't enter today . Paul ( Ponderosa ) you do a magic excell scoring week after week. I will nominate you for a NZ Racing Media contribution award. Promotion of any NZ racing event is paramount. Galloping being paramount. Here, on RaceCafe we do the promotional thing during the carnivals/. Paul and Scooby 301 your format and comps are terrific. Queensland Carnival erupts soon. Hopefully another comp there. Thank
    12 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Congratulations to Cambridge CEO , committee and workers who organised the first meeting on the new synthetic track today. Certain myths and doubts were dealt to on the opening day ! The 970m distances , predicted leaders bias , trainers doubt's were all thrown out as negatives but surely these were dispelled on opening day! The track performed brilliantly ,so soon after a power of trials and track work held and winners came from all over the track and the province ! Certainly the camber on the final bend a real plus. The width of the track seems adequate for fields of 12
    11 points
  26. Thoughts and prayers with all his family and friends at this time...RIP one of the great characters of New Zealand racing.
    11 points
  27. Good to see Chris' accomplishments are recognised via a nomination for Canterbury's Outstanding Sportsman of the Year. He is up against Codie Taylor and Paul Coll. We will find out on Friday night. Tough competition, but fingers crossed.
    11 points
  28. Varro

    J Waddell

    with respect, have you ever approached Jason on matters which can be confronting? and if so have you seen his reactions? and more so, his behaviour in recent times to those involved, i.e. te rapa? im not condoning ostracizing him or adding light to the situation, however you can only ever help someone as much as THEY are willing to help themselves.
    11 points
  29. High Sparrow

    Michael Walker

    Jockeys take their lives in their hands every day they go to work and I am always saddened if any of them get injured and there have a been a good many seriously so or worse over the years. That goes for track riders and stablehands too - anyone who works with horses is always in danger. The "grandstand jockeys" always talk through their pockets, people who've probably never ridden a horse at speed in their lives and have no appreciation of what it's like to be taking your chances with split second decisions that could have tragic consequences for you or someone else in a race. These are the p
    11 points
  30. Great to see Melody Belle get the Group 1 record today and we can all have our own opinions on generation to generation who the best mares are but a super effort to keep her at the top of her game for so long...Well done to all concerned and another game run from the runner up too.
    11 points
  31. Reality check. Many of us that have bred and raced horses for some time have long felt that the incapacity of the RIB and the TAB to sort NZ racing out is so great that we either sell or race in Australia. The nature of DIA involvement as such, (Department Of Internal Affairs), is so embarrassingly stupid and implausible that it is involved so heavily in the decision process that we are disillusioned and we change our ownership positions to suit. We either sell the horses, or most of, and race them in Australia, Why wouldn’t we, can still be a maiden and have returned stakes of $68k Aus, win a
    11 points
  32. Congratulations to Danielle Johnson on joining the 1,000 winners club... a great achievement for a hard working and very talented young lady...may the winners keep flowing for her.
    11 points
  33. Hi everyone Cubes has very kindly put up some funds for a comp this weekend the prize of $500 and this will be W/P bet on a SINGLE horse of the 3 place getters in the comps choosing. 1st place $300,2nd place $150,3rd place $50. Comp rules are simple too, pick a horse in each race at Te Rapa this Saturday and you will be awarded points as follows 5 for a 1st 3 for a 2nd 1 for a 3rd. You will get double points in the Group 2 races IF your horse wins, and triple in the Group 1 races IF your horse wins. Scratching after entries close will go onto the TAB Fav in that particular race.
    11 points
  34. 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.
    10 points
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. I think you'll find a normal New Zealander is vaccinated.
    10 points
  39. 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
  40. Polio Tetanus Flu Hepatitis A & B Rubella Whooping cough Measles Rotavirus Mumps Chickenpox Diptheria Pneumococcal disease Everyone of them effectively safely controlled by vaccination Meantime the uneducated fools out there, those who derive their disinformation from fellow internutters, those who claim Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca are dangerous, mRNA technology is so basic, it’s a single strand protein FFS ( note AZ is not mRNA, before a trainspotter pulls me up ) and while they’re boldly declaring they “wouldn’t
    10 points
  41. shaneMcAlister

    How about this?

    Thanks for this, the two points I take out are: We have now 1900 races against 3000 twelve years ago. We have 4200 starters now, 5800 then. Stakes now $48m, then $58 I wouldn’t mind if I believed in or had confidence in our current administrators to see this for what it is. Instead, we get Jacinda-like comforting reports on how well we are doing. Like the tooth fairy, we are fed similar platitudes. Like her, the stories seldom align with the facts.
    10 points
  42. Reece Jones (AUS) 25 year old & Barry Reese Jones (NZ) 101 year old are two different beasts serving their apprenticeships in two different century's . P.S One has more fingers on his hand than the other!
    10 points
  43. Dunno bout you guys but I really miss Mark McNamara, I loved his race calls specially those little quips he put in at the end of the race bloody magic Cheers Iraklis
    10 points
  44. bloke

    Tauherenikau Abandoned

    Tauherenkau has the biggest average attendance of any NZ racetrack. The New Years meet had a crowd of about 11 k which was well down on the previous year due to the weather forecast of Thunder Storms. The Waitangi Day meet has a crowd of approx 14k. The Club pays for the track, in fact the net profit for the Wairarapa Racing Club in the last financial year was $260k. If you look at the large tracks they are the drain. Have a look at Auckland for the Magic Millions day. NZTR puts in a fortune for a very poor return on investment.
    10 points
  45. Chris Wood

    SI Jumps

    I wasn’t oncourse Sunday, but I am picking the packed race days at Wairoa wouldn’t have been the same at Hastings on Sunday. Couldnt see many of the general public from Wairoa heading there. All their work on the track was voluntary, done by committee people. I maybe wrong, but if you don’t take racing to the people in these regions, the young ones will never know about it and the older generation are not going to be here forever! Just an observation!
    10 points
  46. Great to see Bobby and his wife gain their biggest success with Royal Performer... a horse returned from Hong Kong...great to see...they have had their ups and downs over the past couple of years but good on them to get a huge win today. As an aside hope Melody Belle pulled up all well as a side note...
    10 points
  47. Cubes

    Bad Flamingo

    So the trainer says the horse needs a name ….like NOW...and then Mrs. Cubes said something like we need a name for the horse and then Cubes didn't know what to do and then Coco the chocolate Lab brings in the toy stuffed Flamingo and Dodecahedron ….the eldest....says "Share the Flamingo"" and Coco the Lab doesn't and so Prism the middle child of two says "Share the Flamingo " but Coco is as thick as anything so doesn't so Mrs. Cubes says Bad Flamingo and that's how the thoroughbred got his name
    9 points
  48. Racecafe will donate a seat at the table for one lucky Racecafe regular....details to follow in the coming days.Happy to donate to a good cause and one lucky member will have a great day out.
    9 points
  49. Laurie Laxon Not only was Laurie a great trainer, here, Aussie and Singapore he was also a great bloke. I first met Laurie when he trained Noble Heights to win the 1000 Guineas and I have often thought of the chat we had and the advice he gave me. To his family, our sincere condolences, racing has lost one of its most respected and greatest characters a real achiever who never overlooked any one
    9 points
  50. Chris Wood

    Cambridge Track

    Expert on tracks DBtab are we? Nothing wrong with the track here at Cambridge, I ride it regularly, have ridden jumpouts on it and it will come into its own once winter comes along. I don’t use it for every horse every day, I still like our ploughs, and whilst they are in use, I am sure a lot of trainers think the same. They have been the back bone of our training tracks since I have been training here in Cambridge. The problem was that the number of horses trained here in Cambridge far exceeded the 200 horses the original set up was catering for. Limited grasses in the w
    9 points