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    Vale Max Matthews

    Farewell old mate, one of the good buggers who was just as comfortable talking to the Queen as a beggar on the street . He did both of those. Well known and respected in both Islands as a champion breeder and trainer who won most of the group races in NZ often more than once with his small team. He was a tireless worker for the Tokoroa club right from it's beginning and leaves a large legacy in the industry. I don't think I was ever with Max more than 5 minutes without both of us having a hearty laugh about something. He helped many within the industry especially newcomers RIP Max
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    I was thinking this morning JB that Australia are in trouble with making fields , there are many 4, 5 and six dog fields even at some of the bigger tracks. All the predictions are it is going to get worse. They have even shifted the boxes at one track to create a 259m sprint to try and fill the card. It is not hard to imagine the supply of anything other than nonnies being shipped over here . With the imports replacing the locally bred in NZ that would leave us in shit street with our own numbers. The NZ system is fraught with risk. Until we have a system that will be sustainable as a stand alone industry we are at huge risk.
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    Lochinvar Flash

    Mares the other dog. that may have been the problem , thought it was in season
  4. Anyone wondering if the NZGRA had the power to intervene earlier in the current issue concerning the future of our industry should take note of this information sent to one of my friends way back when the CD issue was just beginning, and signed by Greg Kerr. ( I have been given permission from the recipient to reproduce this). ""It is the decision of the NZGRA integrity unit that following the incident at Addington raceway on Friday 25th November 2016 that under the rules of greyhound racing you are warned off. As a warned off person you will not be permitted to enter or remain on any premise where a greyhound meeting or trial is being held. The warning off is effective from Wednesday 5th December 2016 and will remain in place until the JCA make a decision regarding the charges that the RIU have laid under the rules of greyhound racing" Greg Kerr "
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    Brendan Cole

    Bit tough Watsup, there are a lot of people that do not agree with the current situation that would not be willing to take part in your scheme and I would be one of them . That is lynch mob mentality
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    Brendan Cole

    GRNZ RULES; 21. Powers and DUTIES of the board. 21.2 The board shall have the following power and DUTY. d. Subject to rules 91 to 97, to suspend, deregister, disqualify or warn off as it deems necessary in the best interest of Greyhound racing or it's relative activities in NZ
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    Brendan Cole

    Flabber, you seem like a good person and usually think out your posts but they lack logic this time. The NZGRA and RIU have acted with alacrity in several cases to remove peoples licenses , warn them off and stop them dealing in anything to do with greyhounds on several occasions just in recent history and even acted outside the law to do this in at least one case. They have pursued people with unjust vigour and it would be fair to say 'hounded' them. In this case they have gone out of their way to avoid offending the accused. I have always been an advocate for everyone being innocent until proven guilty but this case goes beyond that. Brendon is acting as he allowed to. There has been no word from the governing bodies for him to do otherwise so why would he do anything different. The situation that we find ourselves in could have been minimized if the RIU and GRNZ had acted with their previous urgency
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    a good read

    You are probably right Gordy but if the NZGRA had listened to all the warnings for the last couple of years they could have got to the bottom of it and avoided the inevitable mess that we are now in. Cole's are entitled to a fair trial no matter how everyone wants to judge them without one but that fair trial should have happened years ago. Very poor decision making by the board they could fairly be charged for allowing the sport to be brought into disrepute
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    Black arm bands

    Two points about the wearing of black arm bands. Firstly, it would be a great assistance if the commentator at the meeting concerned could explain maybe a few times during the day why they are being worn. Nearly every time they are worn at a dog meeting I receive calls from people asking if I know why they are being worn. One yesterday from a long time greyhound participant who watched several races wondering who had died. Secondly, the same person that rang about not knowing the name asked why only some handlers were wearing the arm bands. I had already noticed that and it looked terrible and disrespectful. Either everyone wears the bands or no one. Looked a shamble Waikato, get your act together
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    $2000 Import Fee

    Em, I think that early on the imports definitely upgraded the NZ breed. However the recent influsx of non chasers and fighters (not ot mrention short distance) dogs has downgraded the NZ scene and it's fair to say that a great number of them fit that category. It's a no brainer, Aus has a severe shortage of dogs so the majority of the ones they export are unable to compete there for one reason or other. It was about the time we went for wall to wall coverage that things started the dowhill slide where we focused purely on quantity and not quality I have a good think about the whole deal and the soution now seems obvious. Reduce the amount of greyhound races in NZ. The trouble with our system is our poulation is too small for the amount greyhounds that reside here. There is much criticism of the amount of races the average NZ dog is asked to partake in each week but if they did not we would not fullfil our quota especially in the North. To a punter most greyhound meetings look boring. Stacked with short distance low grade dogs that appear every week, usually more than once. If you gave me last weeks racebook I could just about write out the next few weeks fields with about 90%accuracy. Take one meeting out of each area per week and you would have people jumping up and down that they can not get a start but it would quickly result in both locally bred and imports being reduced thus easing the burden on Gap and fix the overracing problem. The nay sayers wil lbe saying that would take away our income but that is what they said about petrol vouchers and they learned to do without them. If we are going to keep things going as at present, on a finacial basis then surely we should have a meeting everyday you can start in to maximise the potential. Silly you say, of couse it is but the present system is based on the same thinking
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    Black arm bands

    Quite expected from you pilli but have a good day
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    $2000 Import Fee

    What you are describing Em is the chicken or the egg scenario. The reason there are no pups for sale is because people realise it is not worth breeding because people are rushing off overseas buying ready to go dogs albeit ready to go where is the question. I don't think the tariff is going to stop that because a lot of people that were breeding stock have given up the practice I think we could all think of a dozen or so active breeders of the last decade or so that no longer participate in that activity anymore ( I must clarify here that I am talking about dogs not humans or we could all think of hundreds). Surely blind Freddy can see that our adoption facilities can not keep up with the retired dogs and it comes at great cost to the industry. Why should we subsidise the Aus system and take some of the load off their backs. The model we use in our industry is not sustainable. I don't know if that is able to be fixed but we are running out of time quickly. At the moment you could just call our industry a minor extension of the Aus industry, that is in turmoil itself. Restriction of trade or whatever is no help to remedy the situation. Take a leaf out of everyone other squealers' book and call it positive reinforcement or positive discrimination if you like but it has merit
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    Black arm bands

    Sent feckin flowers that's enough. Not even a message on the ticket that went with them. As you rightly said Betting Man , shame on you Auckland you small minded pricks
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    Black arm bands

    Doesn't surprise me about Auckland but it is still disgusting. I would like to point out to these people that if you look at the top trainer award for the Auckland and Waikato clubs for the last 20 years you will not find many years where the Schofield name does not appear, if you trace back through a lot of the pedigree's of successful bitch lines and some sirelines you will find the Schofields either trained or sourced many of them , if you look at the number of trainers who were introduced to greyhounds by the Schofield family you find many, if you look at the amount of people within our industry with short memories you will find many. To all my friends who chose not to wear an armband remember let him without sin cast the first stone.
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    Black arm bands

    What a load of cobblers. I have never ever been given the choice in the same circumstances and neither should I. It is not a matter of personal choice it is the club showing respect for the loss of one of its former members. This was disrespectful and unnecessary. Terrible look. You are right about one thing though .The way times are changing in this country. People with their own personal agenda's and fragile ego's putting themselves ahead of common sense and decency. I think I even saw Miss Waikato not wearing one.
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    Bet of the day

    Thjursday at Waikato R2 Mad Jack. By the Solve the Puzzle dog Paddy Flyin and what a great sire he has been in NZ with limited numbers, from a Female line that has left multiple group winners. Drawn bad but will be too good for this lot.
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    Bet of the day

    Bugger, he looked like a drunken sailor. Marmite on toast for me for the next week
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    $2000 Import Fee

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    Bet of the day

    Don't know zip about the dog other than it's breeding qualy performance and connections. We'll find out today, just hope they all get a clear run.
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    Bet of the day

    Zipping Sasha herself was a good dog that was only lightly raced, I think she is the money in 19 of her 21 starts. Her mother left Zipping Angus, Carter and Eastwood all G1 winners, Zipping Echo, scarlet and Sunny all G 2 or 3 winners and tlttermates of Sacha Zipping Comet, Harry, Pedro and Please which were all group or feature winners. Aall that aside the main reason why I think Jack will win is soley because of his 6 length qualy win in good time. I know that was over the sprint at Auckland but the breesing points to him getting the 457 and knowing Thayne and the Smith boys he is sure to have had a look at Cambridge. The biggest downside agains thim is the fact I picked him.
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    Brian Martin

    Two dog races. not likely to be much excitement.
  22. How bad is that? unbelievable , How did that system stay in place for so long/
  23. Holy Moly that is amazing every grade record over 520m under 30 seconds. I would not have thought that would ever happen but shows how comprehensive and competitive racing in the South is. Nowhere in the North is this likely to ever happen
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    GA Naming Joke

    I think a correspondent from Hamilton writing an article for Stuff this morning just about summed up the situation when he said " People write rules about any issue they can imagine. When these rules create bad outcomes they create more rules. 'Only following the rules' was the defense of many Nazi's. Remember there is a real person at the other end of the rule".
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    Sad news

    Gary, Henny would probably have been too modest to accept the mini title