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  1. On 11/8/2019 at 3:55 PM, Berri said:

    Went to Elerslie for the Cup with a bunch of Auckland women and a few men in the gaggle. Paid our $30 to get into the members bar on the 5th floor. So this is what we experienced:

    1. Couldn't buy proper champagne;

    2. Could only get Stella and Krona for pale and 1 draught beer;

    3. Had the choice of 1 gin;

    4. Had no chardonnay when we asked and it took 15 minutes for someone to get it. When it arrived it wasn't cold;

    5. Food available was pies, sausage rolls, a brisket, or ham sandwich with cold slaw;

    6. The top door didn't open so couldn't go outside from a normal exit. Told the lock had broken;

    7. Could only open two windows from 8 because all the latches either broken or the windows were painted shut;

    8. Air conditioning didn't work;

    9.  Television screens required guests to either block the view of others or use a set of binoculars to see image;

    10. Sound wasn't turned up enough to hear properly;

    11. Probably nice people but some of the staff had us thinking we were in a half way house.

    None of the guests present on Cup day will ever go back. We're in 2019.......

    Shouldn't we be embracing the CUP, going all out to get people at the track and into racing. This experience was absolutely appalling. Why don't they learn?


    Point 4: never drink a Chardonnay cold , it kills the complex aromas. 

    Point 10: really gets me as if you can’t hear what’s the point of being there, especially given point 9!


  2. I think The rules of racing in NSW prohibit the sale of ex racehorses at unregistered/ unregulated sales, and while not illegal also the destruction of horses in this way at a slaughter house. 

    The article quoted around 4000 a year being slaughtered- the NSW industry regulator - who appears to be not monitoring effectively - is quoting .4 of 1% from memory noting 14000 foal a year are bred in Australia. 

  3. There is a very powerful story about the destruction of thoroughbred racehorses in Australia after that are ‘unwanted’. It will be front page news tomorrow over here. It talks about the ‘industrial scale of distruction of ex racehorses... this is not painting the industry in a great light nor those of us who do not treat animals this way.

    someone might be able to attach a link but I’m watching it on replay on app ‘ABC iVIEW’ if that helps. This will be big news. 

  4. Great start but can he deliver.

    He’s got pedigree, speed, performance but a statistical hurdle to clime to be a good sire. Sire sons of Dubawi coming out. Backing in uk and in nz is good. No doubt mares he gets will be ok. He got a good one from me. 

  5. On 8/10/2019 at 11:34 AM, We're Doomed said:

    I tend to agree, it smacks of incompetence and arrogance all round. Very misleading too, luring people in on the big days, paying almost $40 I think, and when they get in the gates they find there are no facilities. I can't imagine something like this would be allowed to happen at Flemington if there was a similar calamity in Melbourne.

    To be fair that’s exactly what happened last meeting at Flemington - the new stand is made for non horsey people and the cafe facilities were grossly under manned. Had to go out of members just to get served. VRC are taking a pounding from members who are being asked to pay more - for less. 

  6. 10 hours ago, barryb said:

    The easiest and simplest way is to do it is via your home computer as I am doing from Cairns right now.

    Download a programme called Team Viewer onto your home PC before you leave (leave your PC turned on when you go) & downlaod the same programme onto you phone/Laptop or Tablet that you are taking with you.

    It take 5 secs to access your home PC and you can browse as like you are sitting at home. Its free, safe and secure.

    Does that mean if you turn your device off it resets to the local country. In particular I’d like to accesss on iPad and iPhone - so very interested in this 

  7. On 5/8/2014 at 9:03 PM, Henri Jooste said:

    NZ studmasters also turned down Mawingo, there is a discernible shift back towards middle distance and staying stallions taking place in Australia. There may come a time when we can neither be a source of stamina or speed for the Australian market. All of these staying Melbourne Cup and Championships imports will be looking for homes when their racing days are over, many will end up at stud in Australia.


    It has been announced that Mawingo will stand at Larneuk Stud in Victoria.

    Not sure we have ever been a source of speed, in fact my training mentor said in general don’t go to Australia under 1600m

  8. 5 hours ago, WOODBINE said:

    Former Haunui Farm stallion Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) is enjoying a break-out season in Europe in 2018.  Along with siring another G1 winner – Advertise - he has a further four stakes winning 2YO’s to his credit with three of those coming in the last seven days!

    Advertise landed the G1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh in August.  That was off the back of an impressive victory in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket having finished runner-up in the Coventry at Royal Ascot second up.  He ended his two-year-old season with a runner-up performance in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes in the middle of October and goes to the paddock one of the best colts in Europe at the present time.

    This past week however, has seen Showcasing’s 2YO’s prove formidable in stakes races around Europe, starting with the win of Showout in he Listed Prix Zeddan at Deauville on the 23rd of October.  Next came Mohaather on the 27th of October in the G3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and Devant topped things off yesterday in the G3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte.

    Weekend racing in New Zealand also saw two further 2 year old stakes performers for Showcasing with Last Sight and Appellant finishing second and third in the Listed Wellesley Stakes respectively.  Three other Showcasing fillies finished 4th, 5th and 6th in the same race.

     Last season’s stakes winning 2YO’s Xpression and Bit Lippy have kicked off their 3YO seasons in fine form with Xpression the current favourite for the G1 1000 Guineas whilst Bit Lippy is a leading contender in the 2000 Guineas.

    Showcasing did not return to Haunui Farm this season however, he will be well represented at Australasia's 2019 yearling sales whilst his current 2018 foals will be his last Southern Hemisphere crop.

    A very good sire woodbine 

  9. On 8/19/2018 at 7:54 PM, Red Rum said:

    Hamada part of  Godolphin 's possible Spring carnival team  won overnight at Newbury , looked very strong at line over 2600 metres. James Doyle got a holiday as a result of ride.   Walton Street another possible was decent third after cutting out the pace. Prix Kegorley overnight with Marmelo up against OTI owned Casterton twice a winner already at Deauville. Doesn't look a crash hot  field this year bar Marmelo.

    Big York festival kicks off Wednesday night and it looks a cracker first day. International Stakes could have 4 out of world's top ten rated horses in field , Cracksman, Poets Voice , Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow and Benbatl 2nd fav for Cox Plate. Throw in the three years olds Roaring Lion, Saxon Warrior and Lloyd William's Latrobe and I reckon go a long way to see a higher quality race.Great Voligeur that night also , a big Leger trial , Latrobe entered up in that also with the normal hordes of Ballydoyle entries. Cross Counter the one to watch as Melb Cup bound for Charlie Appleby. Later in week Stadivarius goes for final leg of million pound stayer bonus in Lonsdale (no Torcedor in field). Ebor on Saturday , won by likes of Nakeeta , Heartbreak City, Purple Moon and  All the Good last ten or so years so well worth a look for spring. A lot of placegetters seem to end up in Australia at some point.

    The Knavesmire in good old days had  regular public hangings at the course so original dual code venue really. If you like bit of history check out Racing Post You Tube channel Alistair Down guide to Knavesmire put up other day. Alistair Down has been around for years and is very good. It didn't end well for Dick Turpin on the Knavesmire.


    Always one of the highest rated races of the calendar the international 

  10. 1 hour ago, Breeder said:

    Good Galileo type to the eye

    good family (any stallions?)

    6 wins between 2000 and 2400m

    not sure about times and turn of foot.

    ok at a price I think for stayers but you will do your time making him