L.J.Shannon

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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Chris Wood in A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, TONY PIKE   
    It’s definitely not Bernards fault. I find him to be a likeable, open guy that is trying to do the best with the cards that have been dealt to him. 
    Rita has to be the ones we are answering question of....
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to uneasy in A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, TONY PIKE   
    Bernard Saundry is the CEO of NZ Racing  (40 employees) they are not the problem I don’t believe they should be accused of overspending RITA  (595) and RIU (92) are a different beast
    Do you understand the difference between all three? As many don’t
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to d.burrow in A MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL PRESIDENT, TONY PIKE   
    That bright spark was Garry Chittick and his Board. 
    I remember very clearly trying to tell Garry that it was the wrong decision to proceed. (For the record the discussion took place at the Sydney Easter Sales) 
    My reasoning was that the Racing Authority of which he was the Chairman oversaw the whole Industry including the TAB therefore held all the power. 
    His response is that the TAB want to go in different directions which we are having trouble with, so it’s best that we merge the TAB and the Racing Authority and create the Racing Industry Board (RIB) and from there it’s all been downhill let by a continuous line of CEO’s 
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to alan1234 in Rosehill and Flemington comp - Results here   
    Man that was cool my first time entering had some good winners was fun to watch thanks for the go
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Chris Wood in Bryce Stanaway   
    They get paid to line up in Australia, that obviously keeps the wolf from the door, well done BS, always been a bloke that has stood up and been counted!
     
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Tony in NZTR update   
    Mick Guerin is a Harness man. Would he have much idea about what was happening in Thoroughbreds. From my indications there are plenty of horses ticking over for the horses own welfare. Just because a couple of big stables throw all their horses out the media thinks everyone else will follow suit. These horses that are ticking over would be ready to race again a month after the Lock down ends especially if races are at shorter distances. 
    Most of these horses that have been put out will be summer horses and would not have been competing in June and July anyway.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Red Rum in Bryce Stanaway   
    Stanaway still battling away , two in first today Geelong , 125 runs between them no wins , won't change today as Yulong Wall should hose home .He has lots of entries next few days so winner must be soon,he has an  ex Te Akau called  Faltonius in , he must be OK as he has been shipped over after two average runs here late last year . 
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to uneasy in BEWARE THE PUNTERS GRAVEYARD   
    I think I'm learned enough
    WINNERS
    R1Trld, out, chased, led 100 too strong 1.37.04 last 600 33.98
    R2 Trld, out Cnr led kept finding 1.09.89 last 600 33.00
    R3 Led early dictated, kicked well strong 2.44.97 600 34.77
    R4 4th of 8 outer, out 400 chl 200 too strong 1.24.69 600 32.89
    R5 Wrkd, led kicked 400 strong 1.37.40 600 34.67
    R6  3 back inner, angled out at 200 led, held 1.22.92 600 34.22
    R7 3rd and 3 wide kept lifting 1.08.21 600 32.96
    R8 drew 18, 5 back inner too good 2.30.74  600 36.28 
    R9 Crw, slow 10th very wide flew 1.24.39 600 34.10 
    So what is your perceived track bias, I don't believe there was any winners coming from in front, trailing, 3/5 back the fence, 3 wide on speed, last in running and very wide turning in.
    Don't make it up watch the films look at the results, bad day on the punt?
    Track was great and presented well for all horses.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to gubellini in Roger That   
    Antony Fuller is a very good trainer. He can really turn around jaded older horses with plenty of slow hill and beach work. Some horses sour going round and round a track every day! His previously best horse was the durable John Gray. Raced 113 times for 14 wins.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to We're Doomed in Hawkes Bay fields   
    Very true. Someone made a comment on another thread that Messara's ideas should work here as what works in Aussie should work here. What people fail to realise is that the metropolitan clubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane lead the way, our major clubs show no leadership at all and invariably attract small fields even for big stakes; just look at Trentham and Riccarton last weekend. Taranaki only had six noms for their group 3 race this weekend.
    NZ racing can best be compared to South Australia, which is struggling like us with no Govt support. We should be modelling ourselves on Queensland which is going ahead in leaps and bounds these days and has a similar population to NZ.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Huey in Hawkes Bay fields   
    Exactly WD , what a waste of a meeting today, no reason why it couldn't have been held at a venue that has had racing taken off it. It defies belief the appalling decision making, but no one listens to any common sense as they have their own version of it. As an aside how boring is racing becoming with these poorly supported meetings at favoured tracks , it isn't good for turnover or general interest in the sport.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to We're Doomed in Hawkes Bay fields   
    One nine horse field, the biggest field of the day.  Four  races with less than 8 starters.
    They continue to run North Island meetings with tiny fields, often for big stakes, while South Island horses can't get a start and are balloted and eliminated every week, even in $10,000 races.. We saw a desperate maiden start in an open race at Riccarton  last week as there is only one maiden race in Canterbury for seven weeks.
    As racing these days is almost exclusively an off course betting option, why are the races not run where the horses are? And it is cheaper to provide product in the South.
    And has anyone noticed that the small fields are almost invariably at the favoured tracks. The better fields are usually at those "unnecessary" tracks earmarked for closure as quickly as possible.
    And this is all managed by NZTR who expect people to take notice of their rita submission listed elsewhere.
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to 100 1 in At this time of the year?   
    So why were all the horses racing on the rail disadvantaged?
    Hardly fair? 
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We also had well maintained tracks that weren't over-raced and with good soild soil structures sustained. Also racing was scheduled so that it was mostly conducted on tracks suited to climatic conditions for the time of year. Irrigation systems have been around for half a century and I don't recall any issues attributed to them in the earlier part of that time.
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon got a reaction from Leggy in At this time of the year?   
    We did for decades when we had no irrigation no problems!! 
    now in the last 10-15 years all we do is listen to overcharging suits (Turf Consultants) who have to justify their salaries by coming up with stupid ideas and miracle machines that cost thousands , most of these suits wouldn't even mow their own lawns 
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to High Sparrow in He's a Gold Digger   
    Imagine the work it took to get down from 85 kilograms to 52 kilograms! Now that's real dedication to a cause. Well done Malcolm. I wish him every success in the future - he deserves it.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Huey in Omoto   
    Exactly the distribution is just crazy, all of those races would have been no different if they prizemoney was $5-10k less.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to We're Doomed in Omoto   
    Nine races at Omoto and only one two divi race. Compare that with Awapuni yesterday: eight races; two with six starters and one with seven. Two of those worth $30,000 and one worth $40,000. So $100,000 of industry funding for three races with a total of 19 horses. The entire nice race Omoto card receives $108,000 of industry funding. It wouldn't surprise me if the on course turnover at Omoto will be higher than Awapuni as well.
    We perhaps need to rethink just where the inefficiencies and the waste is in this industry, and just who the parasites really are.
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    L.J.Shannon reacted to Trump in HQ Restaurant stars   
    A mate of mine spent NY in Auckland and asked if I could recommend a restaurant. He’s not a racing person but I told him that he should try HQ, adding that the food is good and service excellent. I saw him today on his return and he advised that he and his wife considered that HQ provided their “best dining experience” during their Auckland stay. “Food was delicious”. Well done Leo, you’ve done yourself proud and you can expect a few more visitors when my mate tells his friends - on their way to Kauri Cliffs!