By no means is that a dig, racing needs their contribution, I think they're all great representatives of racing in NZ, along with Matt Cross. But bring on cup day, after the year we've had I think it's going to be bigger and better than ever.
The mess they have made of the calendar isn't helping , they have what they call ICONIC meetings i e , Karaka Millions , and that is all well and good but in reality they have decimated the true ICONIC meetings , Auck and Wgtn cup meetings , the Auckland Easter weekend , the Great Northern Queens birthday meeting as examples , the Levin classic day as well , and there are others . They have then tried to reinvent new Iconic meetings but the damage is done . Holding onto history isn't always a bad thing , you can put a modern twist on things without losing the DNA of what they are .
They are not alone in the blame for this shambles , the clubs involved in the ones i have mentioned are complicit in the destruction of these great days , either by helping to promote these changes or in allowing themselves to be bullied into the current changes .
I have attended all of these meetings , more than once , and in the case of the Wgtn cup meeting and the Bayer/levin classic day these were legendary and must attend days at the races , a must not miss . For myself and many others i know they have become non events .
As for the Covid lockdown it was an opportunity to start completely recalibrate the industry , the only reason they didn't and don't is that they simply don't know where to start . The changes made are simply a plan to keep us in a holding pattern . It's never too late but the longer we take to start initiating serious change the harder it will become .
Sadly, it has pretty much been amateur hour for many years now as far as race dates and programming is concerned, and it is only getting worse. I often wonder what NZTR was busy doing during lock down; they had so much time to sit down and think about how to improve the whole pattern of racing, but pretty obviously they just aren't up to it. I can't think of a single creative idea they have come up with so far this season.
Guerin, The Whale and Greg have 30 years each on Cookson but the game needs someone young who cares. He knows all the participants and the form, that's a gem in this age when most trainers and drivers couldn't talk their own kids to be interested in racing.
Interesting. It certainly is quite clear now that the Racing Act under which the Rules of Racing are made and effected cannot override any other Act, so I don't think it is possible that the disqualification of a person could be applied to another person whether that be a spouse or family member or whomever. I'd be interested to know from Blossom Lady some more detail about what raised the initial question?
There was a case many years ago , 25sh maybe , a person in Levin was disqualified , an owner if i remember . Anyway along with himself the rules at the time meant his wife also became disqualified , not a happy camper , so took the racing authorities to court , not sure under what , Human Rights or unfair discrimination , anyway she won and the rule was changed . Vaguely think they might have even been separated but not divorced .
Don't quote me on any of it , memory not being what it was but i think that was the gist of it .
I had a few bets on Ascot Park , as i like a challange , then went out , but no one else that i know had a punt . I didn't even look at Ashvegas as i know very little about harness outside of the cup week meeting , seen the mile races , never even heard of Copy That . My point being , there would be very few significant cross code punters , big ask to know the form in both codes and as i said very few punters north of Taupo would probably even know where Invercargill is . Joke ! Partly .
Things have changed , used to be Te Rapa and Trentham's 2nd day along with a southern meeting on Labour Monday . But a northern districts meeting should have been programmed to cater for the northern galloping punters . 12 races at Te Aroha on Wed so plenty of horses about . There was revenue dollars to be made , being a public holiday .
I watched races all afternoon from Ascot and Ashvegas. The latter's the 2nd best harness racing day of the season IMHO
Betting wide with TABCORP the Southland gallops were by far the better patronized on pari mutual. It goes to show that harness appeal is dwindling in both Oz and here as Ascot fields were ordinary at best.
A NZ metro meeting would have made a killing yesterday even though Oz gallops were abandoned
Field out & not 40, but up to 35 points & a whopping 25 points above the next highest rated. Is this a one off, or is this now the norm? Surely the best thing for NZ racing is to keep the rating bands as narrow as possible. IMHO this will lead to more intermediate grade horses being sold & heading offshore!!!
Or you could just read the rules.
104(1)A person who is disqualified in accordance with this Part XI, or whose name appears in the list of disqualifications of Another Racing Authority shall not during the period of that disqualification:
(a)enter or run any horse for any Race, either in his own name or in that of any other person and subject to Rule 525(7), every entry theretofore made by him or of a horse in which he has any interest for a Race to be run shall be void as from the date of disqualification; [Amended 1 September 2020]
(b)train any horse or ride any horse in a Race or be employed in any capacity in connection with the training or racing of horses;and/or
(c)enter or go upon any Racecourse or any Training Facilityor other place owned or controlled by any Club or by any consortium or other entity of which a Club is a member or in which it is a participant; and/or
(d)have an interest in any horse as Owner or lessee or act as Racing Manager of a horse. [Amended 1 September 2020]
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