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  1. Thanks Trump, kind words. Very proud of Tom, as his mother Colleen is to, and he has worked hard to get where he is, like most people in NZ Racing. He has had his critics, and he has coped well with all of this, especially the anonymous ones who feel they know more about the caper than he does. He is only going to get better as time goes on, and I know that he leaves these shores on good terms with his former employer. There are plenty of people to thank, and I would like to single out Reon Murtha, who took a personal interest in Tom a few years ago, and has had quite a hand in
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  2. Midget

    Purcell WTF

    I learned today that our CEO is off on 3 weeks leave as of tomorrow back on the 9th January. Well Greg it is past the time of being nice to you,in my opinion you are without QUESTION the worse CEO our industry has the pain to endure. There is a funeral on Friday at Gore TO FAREWELL Rebecca Black. I will be completely gutted if you cannot fly down to Gore and represent NZTR at the funeral.You can fly Internationally to Paris,Australia,Mongolia and Hong Kong AT OUR COST and yet i am advised that you will be on 3 weeks holiday from tomorrow,so I believe that this is bullshit,you s
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  3. Firstly can I say we are gutted by what has happened to Rogan. As Trainers you feel like it is your fault when this happens. Like everyone else our first reaction was to blame the horse . Having now contacted Rogan and some of barrier attendants it appears it was a freak accident. Rogan's stirrup iron got stuck on a part of the starting gates as she was loading. The weight of the horse going forward caused the injuries. Rogan and the barrier attendants said it could have happened with any horse. The person that started this tread has had a crack about the horse previously so I want to set the
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  4. Insider

    Trentham Abandoned

    It's posters like you that kill debate or stop people posting on sites like this.
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  5. JTeaz

    Hilton Donaldson incoming

    I have no problem with racecafe as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.however,it needs to be known that i pay for my own flights up and down the country to cover the meets im rostered for. Attack me all you like but i pay my own way.you are quite welcome to check my bank account as it will prove it.
    23 points
  6. Jape

    John Parsons injured

    I had heard earlier in the week that John had been knocked over by a horse and that was confirmed today. Quite severe rib damage, I gather, but it could so easily have been worse. I am sure all Cafers would like to wish him well and trust that he has a speedy recovery.
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  7. I was in a Supermarket queue one day and an 80yo (approx) lady in front of me had a discount loaf of bread and a couple of other items and I could hear her saying to the checkout how life was tough and that she hadn't eaten fish or meat for months etc. I felt guilty so followed her out and offered to help her to her $1 Taxi ride. Started chatting and ended up giving her a lift home (not far). Got her to her house and noticed her little bungalow had leaking (read holes in gutters etc) spouting and I asked her if she had any family. To cut a long story short, she lived alone and had no family cl
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  8. Midget

    Addictive Habit

    It's a bit of a perfect storm that's causing this disappearance of males. They've been harshly treated with this ludicrous and irrational pro female policy NZTR introduced, that's certainly true, but the real hidden killer for males is the diminished return to owners ( in other words cost of racing a horse ) combined with the inexplicable reluctance to shift male horses down in the handicap. That means horses like Swiper The Fox have to be retired because whilst they are still well and truly capable of winning one and maybe two races per season, they'd be the $25,000 races so the own
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  9. 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
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  10. scooby3051

    Maija Vance

    Thanks for the update, wish yourself, Maija and all your family well during this tough period from everyone here at Racecafe....hope she makes a full and speedy recovery...everyone here at Racecafe would love nothing better.
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  11. Chris Wood

    Last day tomorrow!

    Thomas Wood fronts up tomorrow for his last days calling at Awapuni. It has been a pleasure to see you ply your trade, the steps you have made and the way you have handled yourself is enough for any parent to be very proud. Thanks to the people who have helped you along the way, especially Graeme Hansen who saw the potential in you and Reon Murtha who took a personal interest in your chosen career. Good luck tomorrow chap, you have one proud family behind you!
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  12. mmmyb

    Putting an end to rumours

    Actually Greg, I was informed yesterday afternoon from the Riu that the kibble had returned positive to morphine and that they where scratching my dogs from today. I don't see why our dogs should be scratched when we are not the only ones that feed this kibble. The positives date back over 2 months now, all the trainers involved with the positives have been swabbed since with no more positive results. I can not see the justification in penalising us again. I have been using the product for at least a couple of years. I feel your inference of some other contamination in light of this result is
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  13. Boss Hogg

    The good old days

    Remember the good old days about six months ago when on a Saturday morning you sprung out of bed and skipped down the hall to the kitchen giving the missus a cuddle and a kiss .Sitting down at the table opening your laptop and spending a couple of hours going thru all the fields . You get your bacon and eggs while you put your bets together ew bets done multis done doubles done pick6 done ahh life was easy.Outside the kitchen window the birds are cherping in your favorite bottle brush tree boy they sound great .Giving the missus a little kiss goodbye you wonder down to the pub to compare
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  14. TurnipOrange

    Maija Vance

    Surgery to stabilize her spine went very well so the surgeon said. He has protected the spinal cord form any more damage. Bit early for a result, but we are hoping for some more improvements in her movement
    20 points
  15. I have never met one of those Commentators who is not a great bloke. From Jack O'Donnell to Reon to Tom Wood and T Lee, Jason Teaz and now the new crop Mark McNamara and Matthew Cross. every single one a personable easy going good fella. A couple of incidences involving my kids in the last ten days illustrated this so well. At Greymouth last week a mutual friend took the two of them (21 and 16) along with two or three others to meet Matt who was doing TV work that day. He spent at least 15 minutes with them discussing all manner of topics including TV, little Irish jockeys, the way th
    20 points
  16. If you've never had the pleasure this is what it's all about. His name will be something like Montgomery Forbes-Hamilton ( just call me Monty ) and she'll be his secretary and part time shag, Penelope Cavendish. They'll have arrived in a Range Rover Sport, from his place in the Cotswolds. He went to Oxford, drank claret, rowed a bit, drove an E type, studied 17th century art, with a double major in Geography, all paid for by Daddy, who made his money in India, importing spices, while shagging 12 year olds, and he knows David Cameron from the Bullingdon Club. Penelope went t
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  17. A family had three little boys, not just boys, but triplets. Having a sense of humour the old man called his boys Rugby, Racing & Beer. The boys grew up to be strong, with big muscles, and they ruled the town, every party involved them, and no social event passed by without one or more of the boys being involved. All the boys were good at school until they finished secondary. At 16 years of age Beer said I'm going international, I want more from life, I know that what I've always done isn't my best so I'm going to head offshore, find a friend, educate myself, develop so
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  18. 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)
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  19. If this is the best Dean McKenzie can come up with then he clearly is the wrong man for the job. The Trackside coalface people at Radio and TV are knowledgeable with a genuine passion for the industry doing their best to promote and attract people to racing and create turnover. Barry Lichter makes mention of Mark Claydon losing his job. There would be very few with more knowledge and passion for than industry than Mark. It is people such as Mark that are asset to racing yet now surplus to requirements according to Rita. The elephant in the room is the wasteful extravagance and f*#kup
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  20. Dear Racecafe Community, I want to say thank you to everyone who is participating here in the forums and the competitions. We have had over 100 new members sign up in the past two months and some are already posting and contributing to the discussion in the forums, and enjoying the competitions. I really want this to continue to be a place for everyone to enjoy. I have been told that some of the moderation by me in the past has upset a few, and may have been a bit tough. I never meant to offend anyone. I believe there has to be some moderation but to offend has never been my i
    19 points
  21. puha

    Well done Puha

    Cheers mate was extra special with the loss of a good friend on Sunday due to the effects of depression . Racing has a way of dealing cards your way when you need them .
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  22. The anger and frustration of people with a lifetime of background in or around the racing industry is what shows through most in this thread. As someone who grew up and spent the first half of my adult life in provincial NZ I understand and share the memories that some have evoked on here. For the past decade I have had the privilege of working alongside one of the true geniuses of global racing in John Messara who has driven a wind of change through the Australian industry in the past 8 years that has made it arguably the best in the world with the exception of HK and JP. The most
    19 points
  23. Midget

    Baker & Forsman

    Be remiss not to give these two a nod today, what a year, and every year for that matter, always with different horses. They've carried the Kiwi flag single handedly and that deserves a hearty well done.
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  24. Berri

    Shocking Coverage

    Andy Kydd would seem to be the GENERAL MANAGER of BROADCASTING. This is a call out to you. So yesterday I was watching Sam Weatherley ride his first winner. This is a big deal.....or it should be produced to be a big deal. He wins this race - his first ever winner - and instantly the bloody Trackside editor cuts to dogs. Not a dog race but of a dog having a shit on the track. Then it cuts to the owner who is so emotional he's chocking up because his horse has won (not common occurrence for him) but also because he's just given the kid his first winning ride. But before you can really get
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  25. 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
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  26. Kelly Myers posted this update online: "For everyone asking about Rosie.. She is not conscious yet but moving around a bit more. Once she can follow a simple command such as squeeze a hand and let go they can hopefully take tubes out and she will have surgery on her face. Is very much a waiting game and we will keep you updated on any progress. All your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated. We all know that what Rosie lacks in size she makes up for in determination she got thisxx"
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  27. Rusty

    Hard Luck Stories

    My mate (mafia lad) in Melbourne lost a betting voucher worth $4700 at Crown one night, at one one of those self serve machines. He stormed after this fella that he reckons took his ticket from the machine. Beat him to a pulp, but couldn't find the ticket on him. He got 3 years in the big house for his efforts. To this day, big Mario is still hell bent on finding the missing ticket and the guy that took it.
    18 points
  28. tim vince

    A legend retiring.

    I hear Richard brosnan last runners Friday. A man of high integrity who never took a backward step.on a personal note a man who stood by me in tough times and I have never forgotten.who could forget no response and bonnies chance. I hope all in the industry recognize hs achievements.I know he don't want a fuss but I hope the atc has plans to recognize his career.
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  29. scooby3051

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to everyone from us all here at Racecafe, hope you all have a great Christmas and a very happy and prosperous 2017.
    18 points
  30. A huge thumbs up to Dave McDonald yesterday. His call on the White Robe was nothing short of outstanding and his comments through the day regarding this tragic week were perfectly put. That WAS the highlight of this years racing people. You cant beat theatre like that - ever! Awesome ride, dominant display by The Diamond One, and a call that hours of rehearsals could not match. Well done Dave and a great result for the Anderton family.
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  31. ..i'm still around..i just don't post anymore., Cheers Leo, Berri , Scooby and others.
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  32. puha

    Midweek racing /Radio

    Over the last few years I’ve enjoyed putting on the Bluetooth headphones and listening to radio Trackside as I work . Coppins, Peter Early, trainers insights to the day’s and weekends racing, CD track spies reports ,Kneebones northern tips.Des Coppins Sunday show and Monday Reviews all gone . Feels like they’ve removed part of the sole of this great sport .As a result of the crude changes I don’t bet during the week now and don’t listen to anything racing apart from Saturday’s .Not the only one I bet .
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  33. To all our loyal members and guests wishing you and your loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year for 2020... Thanks for everyones support this past year as we have continued to grow and be recognised as the voice of the industry... we will continue to strive to keep updating the site and the features of it for everyones enjoyment and participation... be safe and be happy...Leigh
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  34. I never caught the Weigh In programme and I probably should not comment as no doubt I am going to piss a few people off. However I think there are a few things that are never mentioned regarding the state of the industry. All I hear is that the stakes are too low and it is driving owners out of the game. That is true but not the entire story . Owners are getting stuffed up the chutney left right and centre ( to quote my good mate Leo!) Not all of it from the powers that be. Some of these so called" top trainers" are charging anywhere from 85/day to 100/day, clipping their tickets on chiro
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  35. Dear Chestnut, , Mardy , Ohokaman , PJ and scooby3051. With the Flemington Thoroughbred Carnival coming to an end this Saturday. Seriously , what fun has it been to enter all the Race Cafe Tipping Competitions this Melbourne Cup Carnival year. It is a wonderful time of the year in Thoroughbred Racing which has produced so many Thoroughbred Racing Tipping highlight's. My personal 2018 VRC Carnival Racing highlight was the run of 150/1 runner Miner's Miss. Gee , so close :). Congratulation's Paddy and Michelle. Once again , Chestnut, , Mardy , Ohokaman , PJ
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  36. puha

    Riccarton Results

    At a time when many people are talking about closing small tracks and centres wasn’t it great to see the small guys stand up yesterday with horses that would have long been discarded in the horse factories that are proposed . Waiuku , hunterville, Waipukurau and Opaki all take a bow .Yesterday showcased the beauty and diversity of NZ racing. Let’s not follow the Aussies and have most races dominated by a couple of stables . The people in this great industry are just as important as the majestic horse.
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  37. Chris Wood

    WOODSY

    Thanks Guys. Two nice horses and both ridden very well. Viktoria has a real affinity with Pacorus, obviously mutual! A nice ride from Hairi saw the Edge get home late to get up! Thanks to my staff who do a fantastic job and to my loyal owners, another great day and the team is ticking over nicely!
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  38. Look... Here are the facts about Cuboid.... Johnny come lately , Hooray Henry , blah blah blah... But in our time in Thoroughbred Racing we have come across few , if any , with the passion ( Not to mention the track record !!!) , of the Pitman clan.. Always under-rated and under appreciated , Cubemeister can think of no more magnanimous a trainer than Michael when it comes to the industry . All here at Cube Central are saddened .
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  39. What a fantastic day for Tony Pike and his team. Three starters in G1 races at Eagle farm today for two super impressive wins by Sacred Elixir in the J.J.Atkins and Provocative in the Queensland Oaks with a very good fifth by Sacred Star in the Stradbroke. Well planned and executed by Tony and highlighted a fantastic 2015/2016 season for his stable. Congratulations and bloody well done Tony, may there be plenty more to come.
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  40. 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....
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  41. Today we lost one of the good guys with the passing of RJ Dick Bothwell,who died peacefully surrounded by friends and family. I was proud to call him a friend, one of best trainers or horsemen I ever worked for, he taught me so much about riding ,training and later owning horses. I never saw him in the 30 odd years I knew him ever lose his temper in any situation.Most of the success I had as an owner was with the Bothwell stable training some of my best horses to win many group races... which we always celebrated long into the night the way it should be done. Dick was never one to ch
    16 points
  42. Last Friday I ventured to Alexandra Park for a night at the trots. The facilities were outstanding, the catering was super and the all round experience was good in all facets. Bar prices were not over the top, a lovely buffet dinner was $17.50, great value. The Park has got the mix right in my mind, open your eyes Racing Clubs!
    16 points
  43. Jumps racing is one of those things that exists to appease the people in racing who want it to continue (of which I am one), I am sure given half a chance those in charge would pull the plug on it. My perception is that it doesn't have wide public appeal among'st regular race goers & least of all the general public. Its destined to be around for a while yet, as I think with like you frequently point out Midget the staying ranks are dumbing down and for older geldings this is the perfect lease on life many of them can have. I think a few things need to be tried to enhance the image of
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  44. A bit of fun from Country Racing Victoria:
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  45. Yes I have crunched those numbers and they are not that bad. But here is another real issue. i am just so pissed off with our administration at both NZRB and NZTA level I just cant be bothered supporting their product anymore. Year after year we just hear the same tripe and the only direction we have is backwards. I have no faith or trust in any of the management. For several years I have invested, I have owned in excess of 20 thoroughbreds over the last 12 years, all 100%. At the beginning of this year I had 9 (no not 90 - just 9), I have 5 left. One of those is a broodmare who is
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  46. Midget

    CWJ

    Settle nutters. He's been tested something like 27 times in the last xxx years, I'm told more than any other jockey in NZ, and he's never failed on drug or alcohol until this occasion. As for missing a plane, I understand it was a "one off" although I'm sure he's had other situations that've prevented him riding at short notice, and one of you train spotters will no doubt fill in the gaps there. His THC reading was in the 40s, that's only just over the positive threshold, it's BELOW the legal threshold for driving a car, and within a couple of days his levels didn't register on
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  47. Los Lobos

    David Walker

    He is in fact being stopped from earning a living in his chosen field and in many industries this is not allowed. If this is the worst they can find to challenge it makes for very poor judgement especially when the industry is in such disarray. The energy that was put into this investigation would have been better served explaining how other enquiry decisions were made. Just adds fuel to an already burning lack of confidence.
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  48. hedley

    Lance O'Sullivan

    i choose silence over expressing my opinion on this matter's creedence, but it seems that Suffire drank not quite half the trough water that Quintastic did..and that Sound Proposition wasn't quite as thirsty as Quintastic.
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  49. Midget

    Morton Case

    Firstly,Thank you everybody for the emails and phone calls of support pre and post of this hearing I must point out that Mr Neal was never the target,it was just in my view that he didn't handle the Touche incident as well as he could have.I do respect him and never wanted to infer that he was incompetent in his overall performance as a Steward. I,like the majority of Cafers and fellow racing participants of our Industry just want it to flourish,so I believe it is time to move on and turn the page behind this. I will do so by renewing my licence,which i had let lapse until this was
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