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  1. At HQ we do a bit of fundraising for charity The racing community always support us, David Ellis, Brendan and Jo Lindsay, Sir Peter Vela and his family, to name but a few .. but this time I want to acknowledge two superstars of racing ... Chris Waller & James McDonald We sold a lunch or dinner date with them for $17,500 a month ago, that’s right, $17,500, with three determined underbidders, the Velas, Mark & Celia Wyborn and another very high profile racing person who wants to remain private Having done so well we thanked CJW and J Mac and threw out the idea that we c
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  2. 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
    19 points
  3. 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"
    18 points
  4. 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 .
    17 points
  5. 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
  6. UPDATE ON ROSIE !
    16 points
  7. I can take it, hiding behind a nom de plume and throwing stones, I love it! So we wait for a death of another horse or a jockey, constructive criticism I think you will find it is called! Love to meet you Blossom, voice your concerns face to face, I look forward to it! Have a great day!
    15 points
  8. We are now using the exact same script with the A/W tracks , too few making the decisions with very little input from industry participants . The main point for me is that NZ racing isn't big enough for 3 A/W's , circa $39mil for 3 tracks is money that could be spent in a much more sustainable way , that is before factoring maintenance costs . These will become bigger white elephants for NZ racing than the FOB debacle . In 10 years i believe they will either be sitting redundant because of a lack funds to repair or upgrade , or because of a lack of use due to participants having lost faith in
    15 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. https://www.lincolnfarms.co.nz/stories/what-happened-to-the-tabs-halcyon-days-an-a-to-z-of-what-brought-racing-to-its-knees/
    14 points
  12. NO PRIZE MONEY JUST THE SATISFACTION THAT YOU CAN PICK MORE WINNERS THAN BZ , RICOH , CAMPO , YOU WILL KNOW HOW YOUR DOING AS THE DAY PROCEEDS... POINTS 10 WIN 4 SECOND 2 THIRD AT THE END OF THE DAY THOSE THAT HAVE DONE ANYTHING OF NOTE JUST POST IT. JUST PICK ONE HORSE PER RACE AT RANDWICK AND FLEMINGTON USING THE FOLLOWING FORMAT ; RANDWICK RACE 1 RACE 2 RACE 3 RACE 4 RACE 5 RACE 6 RACE 7 RACE 8 RACE 9 FLEMINGTON RACE 1 RACE 2 RACE 3 RACE 4 RACE 5 RACE 6 RACE 7 RACE 8 R
    14 points
  13. Along similar lines....Talking about tracks/Merging etc........Here in the Mighty Manawatu, has anyone thought about selling off both Awapuni and the Trotting/Greyhound course as both surrounded by housing and on the fringe of the city - Then start with a clean sheet at Foxton? Plenty of room to strech out at Foxton - Think Mega training centre with top notch facilities - Gallops/Trots?/Greyhounds. Awapuni function centre could still be kept as offices/Function centre. Foxton only 20 odd minutes away from Palmerston North. Could even lobby to get the train line re-instated
    14 points
  14. Nobody wants the AW tracks its another dinosaur...you wait till horses start breaking down left right and centre...and they will I have seen first hand what happens on these BS tracks....They should have gone with Strathayr and had world class tracks that punters love...but no they went the dumb way as normal.
    14 points
  15. It makes me bloody wild. It’s all back to front. They are destroying what’s good about the TAB, Trackside, Radio Trackside and the little people and keeping the Fat Cats, who made the mistakes, their ridiculous salaries, the crap platform, rebates, bonus bets etc. If ever there was a time to get back to basics, this is it. Wall to wall racing! Get lost to that idea, is my opinion Sorry Dean and the Board, Vella etc you have failed me let alone all the good hard working staff, who created none of this.
    14 points
  16. No Radio Trackside, ridiculous, they have made a right royal job this mob of fucking NZ Racing.....
    14 points
  17. I know many of you count Pater and Sherrin as friends so you might want to spare a thought for Peter He’s going through a very rough time health wise at the moment Peter has been a great supporter of racing, a real trooper, famous for many good horses like for example Tycoon Lil We wish you, Sherrin, and your family all the best Peter ... be strong big guy & may you ride this out in the best possible fashion
    13 points
  18. While we put the All Blacks and league players as tough/hard or whatever we must acknowledge just how jockeys probably beat the lot for courage putting themselves at risk day after day,week after week,I personally reckon a lot want gold medals for their efforts that in many cases aren't acknowledge by the general population.
    13 points
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  20. I don't quite follow your logic. How is closing down three or four country tracks that are maintained by the locals with a lot of voluntary work and local sponsorship and moving their meetings to a central track, which then has to conduct say ten extra meetings, going to save the industry money in maintenance costs? I don't imagine Riccarton has the committee get out and paint the seats and mow the grass. They can't even get rid of their eyesore old stand. If a country track had an old stand like that a local farmer would turn up one day with his bulldozer. Compare Riccarton with Waimate. If I
    13 points
  21. With racing about to resume NZTR have put protocols in place in case there are to many nominations at time of acceptance. The excess horses will be Balloted or eliminated and would hopefully get a start the following week. I think that Owners that don't owe any Nomination, Acceptance, scratching fees etc should be the first horses in. With this huge outstanding debt of 1.7 million for nomination and acceptance fees of which 750K belongs to Trainers why should the owners who have been paying all along have their horses eliminated before these non payers. I know that the CD Branch of the Own
    13 points
  22. And here was me thinking my car radio had thrown a tizzy - because it could get all the other stations and not 711 a.m. any more. Just shot on straight past it no matter how hard I tried. Then a few days later I discovered the truth. Has no one in management got the faintest clue how to offer the customer some service any more? Let's not have any betting operators at tracks, form guides for the punters (the lifeblood of racing then) and now we won't let you listen to the races you are supposedly being "enticed" to bet on either. I didn't think it could get worse but somehow they've managed i
    13 points
  23. Came across this on their website . Often in the news for the wrong reasons have certainly turned the corner with the following decision. LOVE FOR OWNERS AND TRAINERS AT STRATFORD RACING CLUB Stratford Racing Club President Graeme Aldridge and Vice President Vaughan Keegan announced Wednesday morning that all track fees ,stable rental and jumpouts for locally trained horses will be free from April through until the beginning of the new season. It's primarily due to what has happened around COVID19 and the realisation that the industry is really struggling, so we really want to g
    13 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. tasman man 11

    Rogerson

    Graeme Rogerson ......certainly one of the true characters and achievers in Racing , not only in NZ ! Could call him competitive as it is a very small list of NZ trainers who have their names on honours board for Melbourne Cup ,Cox Plate , Golden Slipper [ 2003 from memory] and various Derby and Group races ! Dunno what inspired you to deliver this Sunday morning offering.......maybe you lost 2 Bucks on one of his horses ? Of course he also active in Harness as well.....often supports the underdog...people and clubs....as he never forgets his start in industry ! I think he
    12 points
  28. 90% are impaired because they’re fasting and compromising their natural strength. As for CWJ drinking early in the day.....untrue....he had a few the night before, but he was wasting so didn’t eat dinner, or breakfast..... Facts are good, you should try using them
    12 points
  29. MisterEd

    TAB costs

    Website = Fail Fixed odds Platform = Fail Betting restrictions and losing elite punters = Fail Free to air racing gone = Fail ---------------------------------------------------------------------- AND RECENTLY Losing financially stable tracks = Fail Losing form guides and Radio = Fail Have this lot ever done anything right? Not sacking managers responsible for the above failures = Biggest Fail of all
    12 points
  30. poundforpound

    Symptoms & causes

    I can’t help thinking this bailout is focused on the problematic symptoms ....shouldn’t we be trying to fix the cause of our problems ? Otherwise, in a few years time, we’ll just end up back in the same situation again. I fear we’re wasting this crisis ...it should’ve been a time for significant change shouldn’t it ?
    12 points
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Spikecity

    Lamb gone

    Addington have terminated Mr Lamb's services forthwith Press Release coming Shame on you stipes - this should have been done by you - stop sleeping with each other
    11 points
  36. Kellys last update a few days ago "An update on Rosie.. Not conscious yet but making some progress. Doctors took her breathing tube out yesterday afternoon which is good. Her breathing became extremely difficult, was touch and go re having to put it back in. Was hard to watch and I wouldn’t have thought anyone could sustain that sort of effort.. super stoked to get a text from Will first thing to say she’d made it through night unassisted and was much more comfortable#Legend She’s got this, toughest little person I know"
    11 points
  37. Rosie is in the Intensive care Unit at Wellington Hospital in an induced coma. Has some fractures to her face. Wishing for the best possible outcome for Rosie.
    11 points
  38. von Smallhaussen

    It annoys me

    Watching the horses in parade ring or prelims on Trackside 1 and scrolling across the bottom of screen are numbers and names of horses from Santa Anita screening on Trackside 2. ffS if we wanted to see those names we would switch to Trackside 2 when watching NZ races on Trackside 1 we want to see the names and numbers of the horses that are on screen !
    11 points
  39. Excellent article. People in the industry need to take note of this and do something about it before it is all too late. I would also like to respond to members who were asking about my background as New Conservative's spokesperson for racing. My background includes working as a stableman for 18 months for Henry Skinner in Southland. Obtaining my own private trainer's and open horseman's licence and training a couple of horses before or after work. Serving on the committee of the Roxburgh Trotting Club as well as being an active member of the Central Otago Owners, Trainers and Breeders Assn.
    11 points
  40. Berri

    No one is listening

    Greg....you might be right but don't put the boot in quite yet. You may be part of RITA and I won't hold that against you unless you think that Saville, Hendry or Kydd have done a good job. All of them should fall on their swords and go... Yes I have made sure that the bureaucrats know what I am proposing because to not do so would seem to be inappropriate.... Yes I have talked with Dean, Sir Peter and Bernard because that is the appropriate thing to do... Not sure who the bigwigs are, but if you mean the main protagonists in charge of racing, then yes I know and have talked to
    11 points
  41. Des was always the ultimate company man , never asked the hard questions . As disappointed as he is still not really stepping on his old bosses toes . It's because of people in the industry such as Des who have a voice and a profile but never stood up and questioned what was going on that racing has continued it's downward spiral . I am not singling Des out and no agenda against Des , just trying to point out that if more people who have a voice within racing had spoke out more and often maybe the situation might not be so dire .
    11 points
  42. It also never tested the system thoroughly with those who had to use it to actually deliver the product before it went live. Instead a small selection of people were hand picked for a minimal number of "test runs". Unsurprisingly those who were chosen were known to not rock the boat. Anyone, even with vast experience, who expressed doubts or concerns and options for solutions was ignored or removed entirely from the mainstream team. As a result the huge team that was brought in to develop the product had extremely minimal knowledge of how the existing system functioned for a start. Additional
    11 points
  43. Anyone else think we lost a rare gem when the industry let Barry Lichter go ? This series of articles he’s producing make great reading RITA should maybe bring him “inside the tent” and get him to help him articulate the vision, the strategy for our future, presuming we actually have a future
    11 points
  44. In my opinion these AWT’s will be the same noose around the neck of the clubs down the track, that the ‘new’ betting platform is to the TAB (RITA).
    11 points
  45. Madness. The clean out should start at the top and work out from there not the other way around. A further retrenching of racing away from the public. Instead of promoting racing and trying to attract people this action will only lead to further alienation of the customers that are left and further erosion of turnover (the opposite of what is needed).
    11 points
  46. What a bunch of FUCKIN MORONS! Run by suits on hundreds of thousands of dollars who keep their jobs the useless greedy C##TS! Wall To Wall Racing is the last thing the Industry needs! LESS IS MORE YOU MUPPET'S ! They obviously don't regard us as a sport but believe we all have gambling addictions instead. Two flies up a wall anyone??? I am pissed off at this approach to say the least! NZ RACING run by Non racing Suits with no idea! F###WITS!
    11 points
  47. napier

    Katie Hercock

    You are a total fuckwit
    10 points
  48. 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
  49. If racing is to thrive it really needs the TAB to have its own voice. A radio station. My car is locked in Radio 4TAB in Qld. I’m listening to interviews, previews, racing - all the time. I can’t imagine a business like the TAB not having its own broadcasting/news/outlet.
    10 points