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    Wiremu Pinn

    Sad to see a young fellow who was showing so much promise bail out....Could well come back depending on his weight. How would he go with Graeme Rogerson - Rogie has had a pretty good record with apprentices and certainly gives them plenty of chances. Bit closer to this lad's home territory....
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    Down Memory Lane

    Great stories here but mainly relating to Mainlanders- I recall when Te Aroha was busy training centre - What has happened to it now...Recall the likes of Nudger Lipsey, Dave Arnott, Fred Beuguely(?), Bill Hennessy, Frank Cobb, Jimmy Whitten (owner/trainer)...I think the O'Sullivan family were there for short time...Only one left appears to be John Revell who I think started out as apprentice to Dave Arnott along with Gary Gladwell.. Wonderful memories of those old timers and their struggles and their happy days.. As an aside I think John Revell now holds the colours of Jimmy Whitten...
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    Operation Inca - Part 2

    Will be interesting to see if any of those charged 'break ranks' and do a plea deal then give evidence against others charged... Not an uncommon outcome when there are multiple offences and offenders.. It would appear that the police (and probably RIU) have reviewed the evidence - probably with Crown Solicitors - and sorted out the charges....I think I would prefer to be outside the tent at this stage - could be some interesting results, possibly a few guilty pleas...
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    Dexter Dunn.

    Any indication of when Dexter Dunn is returning - appreciate there could be some suggestion there are matters outstanding but would be good to see him back in action in NZ.
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    Cox Plate field...

    Sad to see only 8 starters - sure Winx would have scared plenty off but the prize money is pretty good - $100000 for running last in an 8 horse field....Any thoughts?
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    Waikato Trials

    How did the jockeys find this new trial track - looking at videos it seems to have been a bit tight even with only six horse in each heat.....Been a long time since this track was built so hope they get plenty of use out of it.
  7. One has to remember that if one track is to be used week in week out - What is the effect on the local economy - You can only suck so much money out of locals - Hard enough to get locals to support meetings now without overloading them. Also do at what stage do they decide to transfer a meeting onto the all weather -You need a few days notice to get organised. Good idea but the logistics of getting they system up and running need a lot of thought.
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    Weather Update For Ellerslie

    Look at the weather forecast for Thames on Thursday - what chance of that meeting going ahead? Hope not because it is such a great atmosphere.
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    Pirongia Boxing Day

    Thanks for that - no I was not aware of that Harness Code had taken on the full book. Good idea and lets hope it continues to be the happy picnic atmosphere this day is renowned.
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    Pirongia Boxing Day

    What chance of very popular Pirongia Day races being doomed - Forecast for rain in morning with showers. Grass uncambered track around the golf course with no irrigation. Don't want to be a spoilt sport but if the weather forecast is accurate I don't like prospects of the meeting going ahead. Lets hope the weather man is hopeless - great meeting with a great crowd.
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    Starter G Phillips

    Looking at the video it would appear the race start had been effected so race was underway - touch and go - but no different if the field jumps from starting gates and interference takes place. I could be wrong but this is how I see it. Certainly the horse seems a bit crazy.
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    DALGETY FINED $32,000

    If one reads the JCA report by Prof G.Hall it gives a fair and reasoned outline of the whole case. While Cran Dalgety may be annoyed, upset and even bewildered by the end result, the Judgement sets the case out in a reasoned and, I consider, a fair manner. I would think Cran Dalgety will suck it up and let the matter drift off to be forgotten about as soon as possible.
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    Counties Fields

    Interesting to see the number of starters in some fields for Counties Sunday. 2 year olds limited to 8 starters with plenty of ballots. Maiden 1200 has 12 and ballots. Any obvious reason?
  14. It would appear that once there is the slightest sniff of danger in any workplace, the Heath $ Safety Act comes into play and adminstrators, employers and all and sundry become liable. No wonder Stipes, Club officials and others run for cover. Peter Cullen, an employment lawyer wrote a concise opinion piece on the Stuff website covering the responsibilites of employers and others - it is worth a read.(It relates to Solid Energy/Pike River but is still relevant to any workplace)
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    Poor Tom

    Good comment - Tom Wood is certainly a breath of fresh air in the commentators box. George Simon has done a sterling job for many years but doesn't add anything new to the calls - pretty predictable and tendency to be a bit stale.