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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

    Getting back to Melody Belle - she has won 9 Gr. 1 races but doe she excite you like Sunline (13) did? Fruiterers might comment.
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    Stephen McKee 327K Lighter

    Did many years in O.S.H. but won't comment on the circumstances of this case other than to say that the outcome of an incident can be purely random. In 9 times of 10, tripping over your own feet will cause a few bruises but one time there could be serious injury. H.A.S.E. law is supposed to be about PREVENTABLE accidents.
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    Are races getting faster?

    Agree and I've posted on this matter previously. Many of the national records, if you can find them, were set 30 years ago. As suggested, tracks are not allowed to get 'Hard and fast' these days but horses often raced much more in past decades. Grey Way had 151 starts and it was common to see horses surpassing 80 starts, so rather counter-intuitive to hard tracks hurting horses? Still, if a horse can win without excessive speed, why would the connections risk it? Plus, with a closed shop of genetics, Frankel could be rated a 'Super' horse but his times don't look impressive. Track topography and conditions probably had a large effect on them and little changes in English racing. Also, there is no international standard for timing races - believe that races in U.S.A. start about 25 yards behind the official distance so the times are from a flying start. Still not much improvement over years. Personally, I loved to watch Hero scorch tracks and saw him win at Otaki where he ran the others off their feet. Did similar in Mudgway Stakes (when it was Gr. 2) but ran too fast into the first turn there, in the 2,000 metres race of the Spring treble, and ran off the course! Looked last week and couldn't find a videotape of his wins but he caused some excitement at the races.
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    Tradition for its own sake is rather pointless. There has been no Gr. 1, w.f.a. race over 1,200 metres in N.Z. for ever? Many years ago, 2 y.o. and 3 y.o. horses would compete in w.f.a. races, such as the N.I. Challenge Stakes. Also consider that 'the home of stayers' doesn't have a race over 2,400 metres, at w.f.a., similar to Le Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as in other countries. Is w.f.a. racing fair or does our obsession with handicap races promote mediocrity?
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    Take a Bow NZ Breeding

    fitzy - Agree with you generally but this is a continuing anomaly. Her sire is Lonhro, who carries (Aus) tag but his dam is from an established N.Z. family, which includes Grosvenor among its descendants. More reason that he should be tagged (N.Z.), whereas his sire, Octagonal, is but is purely imported blood. Zabeel was foaled here but read the label on food packages - "Made from local and imported products". You might claim that the grass that they grazed was local. While it was a great price, I wonder how much value was placed on Bounding's race record. Catalyst, winner of the Listed race, at Hastings has Shadea, dam of Lonhro, as his 3rd dam. Was a pedigree worth retaining for breeding but he was cut. Berri - look at the pedigree of Winx and wonder about a lost opportunity.
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    Just something interesting

    Breeding as stated by Jeepers. Traces back to Citoyenne, who was also the dam of Citril. Citril was ancestress of Oman, Ruve, Sobeit ?, Catalan, Timon ? and other winners. Relying on memory so not guaranteed and family not so prominent in recent years. If you stick with a good family long enough, you should get results.
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    Couch TV Presenters, here’s your chance

    I don't speak Corporatese but was amused by this in the job description; "a truly diverse business". It covers the fields (pun intended) of betting, gambling, investing, punting and wagering. Enough said?
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    Janet and The Sultan of Brunei.......

    Deja bloody vu! One of my ancestors once lived in London, where the King of England did. Top that! So much dropped here that it will take a bloody big shovel to shift it.
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    Any factor to give a result is quite arbitrary. Why not wickets taken or maiden overs, as they are all equally relevant or equally irrelevant. Soccer's 'away goals' rule would suit us.
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    Guptill's career average for O.D.I. is 42.6, whereas Munro's is 24.9. As both are aged 32, one would ask who is likely to perform or improve? As he has been unsuccessful, apart from the first game, I would like Guptill to go full blast from ball 1 in the final, rather than noodling through overs and still getting out. What does he have to lose? 'Death or Glory" with a personal preference for the latter..
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    Turkeys vote to support early Christmas

    Has anyone heard the expression; 'Stating the bleeding obvious'? "transformational change". Is this like "strategic plan"? Taken from that book, 'Synonyms for Dummies'?
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    Name for my horse please.

    A great name for a racehorse, but is too long to be accepted by The Powers That Might/Could/Should/Used To/Aunt Be. 'I've Started, So I'll Finish' - from Mastermind.
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    Changing Pedigrees to reflect new data

    Will all the by 'AAAA or BBBB' sires in pedigrees be eliminated now? Hope that the traditionalists don't retain their bewilderment, because it's traditional'. Can the 'mystery' of Northern Dancer, as proposed by Harold Hampton, be solved now?
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    Book on great nz broodmares

    The Bostonian worthy of inclusion now - traces to Volifox (2).
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    The good old days

    When I skipped down the hall to the kitchen, I didn't see your missus. Perhaps the T.A.B. plans to eliminate actual horses and replace them with virtual racing within 20 years. Perhaps virtual punters will bet on their races.