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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. ..i'm still around..i just don't post anymore., Cheers Leo, Berri , Scooby and others.
    17 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Cooper

    Well Done Kumara

    Would just like to pass on a big Congratulations to the Kumara Racing Club for putting on a wonderful days racing and fun yesterday. I was watching on my TV at home and wished I was there. Great fields, amazing crowd, plenty of entertainment for the kids, great weather, everyone looked so happy and enjoying country racing at its best. Of course the icing on the cake was everyone’s favourite Overtheriver winning the Nuggets. The whole West Coast circuit can give themselves a pat on the backs for their great racing. I only hope the hierarchy can see how much we need days like these.
    12 points
  21. Mattski

    Jason Waddell

    I have watched a lot of races in the last 40 odd years and JW's ride on Jenny Eccles from gate 18 in the Oaks was one of the best. Pure genius. I think he jumped from the same gate we he won the Thorndon on Shadows Cast. IMHO he is in the top handful of jockey talents we have had in the last 30-40 years. In another life I ran a few half decent marathons and I thought I was skinny when I weighed 67kg. Some of these guys are average height men riding at 54/55! Sometimes I think we underestimate the impact of constantly living in a starved dehydrated state. I have no idea whether Jason
    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. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. napier

    Katie Hercock

    You are a total fuckwit
    10 points
  42. Dopey

    Lisa Joy Allpress

    OFFICERS (ONZM) Lisa Joy Allpress, Whanganui, for services to the racing industry. congrats to Lisa for this recognition in this year honours list.
    10 points
  43. Red Rum

    2021 Predictions

    In my Crystal Balls I can foresee an article a few weeks out from sales time with someone proclaiming " stakes will double " .
    10 points
  44. talk

    Leo Molloy - Hero

    We would just like add our support for standing up to the illogical name suppression law of the Grace Millane killer. Kia Kaha Leo
    10 points
  45. 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
  46. Tony

    Welfare Contribution

    I notice that NZTR continue to put GST on the 1% Welfare Contribution. The Welfare Contribution is neither a Goods or a Service and most owners would not be able to claim it back. I know that the Owners Federation has brought this up with NZTR but to no avail. Why NZTR just don't take the 1% out of the total stake to begin with like Australia do is beyond me. Instead they have gone for a very complicated and long winded approach that takes more money out of owners pockets. I guess that when the people setting up the system don't participate in Horse Ownership then they are not goin
    9 points
  47. 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
  48. chevy86

    Racism?

    A bit hard to follow your "grievance" logic here but I'm guessing you identify as Maori and are having trouble with the racist policy of dispensing healthcare on the basis of skin colour, rather than need, being something you would no doubt eschew in the interests of human equality??? "Short shorts and a cap"? Maybe Andy Capp! ( he was known to favour the punt)
    9 points
  49. Cooper

    Aalaalune not happy

    Couldn’t help but feeling sad watching Aalaalune going around again today at Ellerslie . Sure isn’t the same horse since it left Jacob McKays. I wish they would give it back to him to train where he gave it the TLC it obviously loved. Some horses just don’t like being in big training establishments.
    9 points
  50. Really...people bagging them...the industry will be much the poorer without them...just my humble opinion...anyone who bags them or slags them off is just sour grapes...MP is the consummate professional....and a bloody good judge of horseflesh from what I have been told.
    9 points