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  1. The Iffraj horse that ran 2nd to Cornflower Blue at the Te Teko trials on 18th August may be ok if this form holds up. It's unnamed at present. One to watch out for?
  2. Anyone else consider this ride on the eventual winner to be very similar to Hugh Bowman's reckless ride in Sydney (apart from no inside option available here)? If Trudy did not recognise the danger early and take a hold, this could have been carnage IMHO. I bet there are some choice words being said in the jockeys room right now. Just how I saw it.
  3. The TAB is suggesting that the next Phar Lap is having it's first start, today in race 1 at Rotorua. Could have got on yesterday at $1.80 but will watch with interest.
  4. How dumb are these Democrats in the US? In May this year, Trump appoints one of his mates to run the postal service and then succeeds in getting the media and democrats to start screaming out for a postal vote. He has them almost begging now to make it compulsory. Who do you think would benefit most from fixing a rigged game, the guys who run the Postal service or the guys with no control? They just keep falling for his "don't throw me in the briar patch" routine.
  5. Many a syndicate has been born based on a rosy looking spreadsheet dream, but life's just not like that. The reality is that for the racehorse owner, the "game" is a hobby that will cost you money. It is profitable for the support industries such as vets, farriers, Industry body admin staff, sales companies and the like and then a small number of jockeys, feed merchants, trainers, transport companies, saddlery merchants etc can eke out a living, with the odd one rising above the crowd. The breeding for sale game has it's own dynamics, and not many understand all the moving parts. Don't count on strolling in and coming out ahead financially there. If you have a considerable role in doing a major part of the hands on work yourself on your own property, you have a runners chance, but for most others (I would say all) it should be considered a hobby. If you can come in with the attitude that it will cost me $x, and I am happy to spend that to have some fun, you will be successful and have some fun.
  6. We all saw what Hugh Bowman did in race 1 and the stipes will no doubt deal with it, but man is their some brave, potty mouthed keyboard warriors on Twitter these days.
  7. What weighting is the Ihumatao settlement going to have in Labour Yes or Labour No decision Kiwis vote for at the next election?
  8. Questions I would ask in determining this election outcome - Will enough people who voted National last election (44.4%) change their vote to Labour (36.9%) this time for Labour to win? National won 12 more electoral seats than Labour last election, and after party votes held 10 more "total seats" after party votes (56 National vs 46 Labour). NZ First (many NZ First voters last election leaned National) won 9 total seats, so whichever party gets those votes this election should prove to be the winner. Does Labour think they are going to get those NZ First party votes & also steal some off National? Really? Will the cannabis referendum draw out enough Greens supporters to get them over the 5% threshold? Maybe/Maybe not. Will any deals be done with Greens or NZ First in electorate seats, to possibly guarantee support and victory by either of the major parties? Labour say no, but to me that is the only way they can win. Will the media offer anything even resembling a fair and balanced view of the campaigns, knowing if they appear to be against Labour or even fair during the campaign and Labour go on to win, they will be excommunicated in the next term? Will factual economic and employment info of any consequence be released before the election day, or will there be some unforeseen delay? We cannot ignore that Tourism is in the intensive care unit with no sign of the exit door at the moment. The odds on a National win look attractive to me. Just one man's unbiased opinion.
  9. Race 1 = 1, 8, 9, 12 Race 2 = 7,8,12,13 Race 3 = 1,4,11,13 Race 4 = 3,6,12,14 Race 5 = 2,4,7,10 Race 6 = 3,4,6,7 Race 7 = 4,9,11,14 Race 8 = 1,2,4,5 Race 9 = 5,8,10,14 Race 10 = 3,6,7,8 Race 11 = 2,3,7,11 Race 12 = 6,9,10,13 Thanks to organisers.
  10. For those interested, big momentum shifts this week in Trump land for anyone who is paying attention. !) The US public have had a good look at, and quickly grown tired of Antifa and the "Black Lives Matter movement" which has been exposed as a cleverly named, violence based, political activist group. The American people have had a taste of what defunding police means in the real world, in their own back yards, and don't like it. 2) The Weiner laptop is finally about to be brought into play via several matters including Clinton emails, Clinton Foundation, Muslim Brotherhood/Obama through Huma Abedin, Jeffrey Epstein etc. Note the exit today of Dana Boente and Berman from various stalling positions in FBI/DOJ. Barr is making his moves. 3) USMCA replaces NAFTA from 1st July 2020 and this will bring huge economic benefit to USA as the imported goods from China through Mexico/Canada ceases. HUGE! (This is how Mexico will pay for that wall by the way). Trump is proving that a businessman running a country can work (e.g John Key?) and he has surrounded himself with some of the smartest guys on the planet, who are daily going up against politicians - talk about they are bringing knives to a gunfight. Mnuchin, Kudlow, Ross, Lighthizer etc. 4) The true nature of Covid is being revealed with time and Trump is being proven right with many of the early calls that he was criticised for - China deception, Hydroxy treatments (the report saying it does not work has now been withdrawn), Remdisvir, use of masks, etc, etc. USA is proving that if testing goes up in large scale it reveals a very contagious virus, but death rates are plunging as predominantly only the old and vulnerable are the ones at risk of death. A huge amount of fraud by opportunistic local politicians and complicit media worldwide is being exposed as they have grabbed federal funds under the guise of Covid assistance. Even here in NZ we keep getting new cases reported which we all panic about, but our last actual fatality was a woman in her 90's back in mid May. We did not do much wrong with lockdown etc, , but what we thought back then is just not the case - that is not a crime but let's act sensibly going forward. 5) All attempts to pin something on Trump to get him out have turned out to be B/S, the latest being this military thing. Coming up 5 years now, the self touted powerful elite who have been ripping off the US taxpayers and the rest of the world for decades have tried using all their resources to get him and they have found nothing - what does that suggest? It looks like his team have been prepping for this role for a long time. My call is that time will show Trump, Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, Barr, Wray, Flynn to all be on the same team. They have known for years US is being rorted by crook politicians and they have moved to do something about it. 6) Trump is making headway into gaining the "black vote". The next interesting watch, is can Trump get voter I/D in place for the next election, or will his team in fact be the beneficiary of mail in voting. He has shown a propensity for the old Brer Rabbit trick "Don't throw me in the Briar Patch". In summary, remember there are 3 battles that Trump is fighting and we all stand on one side or the other. Globalism vs Nationalism. Socialism (big government) vs Capitalism (freedom of the individual) & Islam vs religious freedom. It's not hard to pick which side he's on, the question is which side are you on?
  11. This looks like typical Ardern type obfuscation. Is this saying the Minister will talk to all the "experts" then fully consider "community considerations" before attempting to simply steal their race course property? Some of the assumptions in the report are like restricting betting options on the platforms to $1 win bets only, and then analysing that the patrons are showing huge demand & support for the $1 win bet option. It's all self fulfilling prophecy. They should have a major concern, IMHO, as to where the domestic racehorse owners are going to come from in the next 2 years and how the trainers & jockeys are going to sustain themselves, particularly given the corner we have painted ourselves into regards overseas travel and the negative effect that will have down the road with regards to stakes.
  12. Read today with sadness, the passing of a Waikato rugby legend George Simpkin. He is an example of how truly great some individual Kiwi's lives have been, flying just under the radar of fame and glory. A life well lived.
  13. Realm of Flowers at 4.33.00 on that stream turned their day.
  14. The live stream was hilarious at times. Some examples go to 4.42.00 then 4.52.00 then 5.02 00. Quote of the day in the race where they backed 4 runners and missed - "Oh no - we backed the wrong roughie"!
  15. I loved the headline given the worlds current predicament "You picked a fine time to leave us Kenny"
  16. I'm telling ya, Comey is going to turn out to be an undercover "Trump" guy!
  17. I'm picking Amy Klobachar to be the one to face Trump. She is the nearest thing to a normal human being on offer with a chance, and as lesser candidates drop out their supporters will drift to Klobachar, especially Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard supporters. Bernie is old and crazy, Buttigieg is gay and has a military back story not yet told as he has not been challenged by republicans yet, Biden is just in it to cover his past wrongdoings and Bloomberg will quickly reveal himself to be an unlikeable arsehole. I see Klobachar who is quite normal and astute becoming obvious to mainstream Democrats. She will give Trump a run for his money face to face, so it will come down to whether or not the yanks start locking people up or just try and bury all the past crap. I think they are all (Republicans & Democrats) complicit so justice will get kicked down the road and if that happens, that may just get Trump beat. Looking to forward to seeing how it plays out.
  18. This senate show has the potential to go tits up in a big way for Trump. The problem Trump has, is that the Republican and Democrats are all complicit in the past and present corruption throughout the USA, so they decide the best way forward is to use this opportunity to put Trump on a short leash? The most powerful guy in the US politically is Mitch McConnell. On his thumbs down/instruction, Trump is stuffed. It's called leverage, and unfortunately for Trump to survive this he will have to agree to all sorts of horse trading deals with the Republicans. Kiss goodbye to any convictions for the Clinton camp as the politicians have Trump cornered and totally exposed. The upside is they now have the globalists, the socialists and the attempted Islam invasion beat.
  19. From what we are watching in the US now, Trump is definitely ahead of the game and should be home free from here. I can only imagine the deals that are being done in Washington now, as most of the prominent players are compromised in some way, either through the Ukraine corruption or via Jeffrey Epstein. Trump has now cut off almost all Democrat funding channels/rorts which is really pissing them off, and when they announce voter I/D for the next election to stop the vote rigging, the Dems will go mental to a new level as that is their only hope of getting him out. From what we are seeing in Iraq with him able to pick off the Islamic radicals with surgical precision and no leaks, he obviously has all CIA assets back on his side. Trump is telling/warning Iran via Twitter, that he knows for a fact they are hiding military/nuclear assets in or close to cultural sites, and if they move against the US he will take them out regardless. He is throwing the ball squarely back into Iran's court, and this time the powerful CIA assets and intel are working for USA national (pro Trump) interests. The corrupt US politicians that put these deals in place and are complicit up to their eyeballs, are wriggling like fish out of water as they are not getting prior intel and their network is being gutted (Ukraine crap is next). They have no idea what is happening (no inside knowledge) and only have the media outlets still helping them to try and talk their way out of trouble but the horse has bolted and no one believes the media now as too many reliable independent sources via Twitter and You Tube are spilling the beans. The ring leaders include Burr, Warner, Pelosi, Schiff, Brennan, Biden, Obama, Clinton and Valerie Jarrett. Those and others like McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio etc have been rorting the US taxpayer for years and the day of reckoning is close as their misdeeds are all known now. The Mueller probe, and the impeachment hearings simply let Trump know who the inside moles were, and they have been cleared out since to reduce the leaks. If indictments don't come in due course, we will know that Trump is also complicit, as he is holding enough info (we have seen it all through various sources) to put all these guys away. I can't wait for the movie, but it is unlikely to come out of Hollywood!
  20. Can anyone add any more context to this heartwarming story. Congratulations to the guy. A true racing dream that comes true.
  21. Vincent is very under rated and now starting to get entrusted with some good rides. He showed so much natural talent in his early days over here. That Moreira ride on Glory Vase was genius - what guts to go inside on the turn when he had to choose in or out. The result may have been the same either way I guess as the horse won that well.
  22. You might just find that Comey is not the "bad guy" you think. Without explaining the whole story line, time may reveal the following teams: Good guys include Trump, Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, Barr, Sessions. Bad guys include Obama, H Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe & Main Stream Media. Huge question marks over many key politicians of both sides who have all taken personal financial incentives from China We may never see how all this plays out as if they can cut out the bad fruit they probably just want to move on. Just suggest you don't assume Comey is in the same box as the other corrupt crooks. History may prove he was in a unique situation.
  23. Possibly why National has been holding off with replacing Simon Bridges. Luxon straight into Prime Minister and Nicola Willis can replace Paula Benefit as Deputy.