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  1. Oops John, you're right. My apologies to the delightful Taranaki trainer. He once trained a horse I bred, but is was useless, not his fault. he also trained Rough Habit, who still has legendary status in Oz.
  2. Nice win in the SA Derby yesterday. 3yo to NH time, with Sadlers Wells top & bottom, and backup lines of Dalmary via Ahonoora and Nureyev. And none other than J R Wheeler in the ownership
  3. R1) 1,2,6,10 R2) 3,6,7,10 R3) 5,7,8,9 R4)2,7,8,10 R5)5,14,15,16 R6) 2,3,10,11 R7) 4,6,8,9 R8) 1,2,3,8 R9)4,11,13,14 Brilliant comp, thanks heaps
  4. Sorry, Subs for two races R2 2,7,9 R7 1,4,5 Thanks for what must be an enormous effort. We appreciate it.
  5. 1) 1,2,3 2) 2,4,5 3) 1,3,9 4) 2,3,5 5) 1,4,12 6) 1,7,12 7) 1,4,13 8) 2,4,12 9) 2,14,17 10) 3,6,,9 Thanks for a great comp, from my solitary cell....!
  6. A nice bit of linebreeding. 'Giving the sire' his dam line is one of the 'guaranteed to work' ideas in breeding. You will note that Zed's third dam is Cotehele House, and is also the third dam of Opulence, by Danroad. Cotehele House is out of the great Eight Carat, who has played a part in many famous winners of late. To add strength to the mating, we see two lines of Special, via Nureyev and Sadlers Wells. That's enough to set the pedigree alight. Whether Danroad contributes much, I'll leave others to judge Nearco
  7. Why oh why is racing not on free to air TV? I hate Sky with a passion, only reason I have it is for racing. Please, please someone get it back to free to air. And Proisir? Well what about the 2nd and 3rd in the Oaks. (speaking through my pocket, but Vancooga's run from second last was heart attack stuff) Proisir could be the next really good sire.
  8. Thanks Gubellini Your historical stuff is greatly appreciated by us all. Having bred a number of (slow) Yaminan Vitals, I'm kicking myself that I didn't take the time to review the pedigree. he won in a good time, which validates the result.
  9. Nearco

    Kurow

    Great meeting. Once a year, track well maintained by local cockies. The whole town and environs are there and it's a great day out, and a great day's racing. We raced there a couple of years back and managed a win. Closing this track would be a shame. There's no reason to do so: it's an iconic part of South Island holiday festivities.
  10. R1–3 R2– 5 R3– 5 R4– 8 R5– 2 R6– 6 R7– 3 R8– 8 R9–11 Cheers
  11. Oops, yes, Sunday Silence's (slowish) time should have been 2.05. Bad proofreading on my part. Visually, you can see that for the past 70 years, the trend line is flattish, Ie race times only improving by 1.7%. Median time for all statistics is 2.03.0 and the average over the past 70 years is 2.02.3.
  12. An academic who thinks I'm a bit obsessed with thoroughbreds has posed an interesting question: 'The Kenyan breaking the 2 hour marathon reminded me that recently someone I know said they had gone back and looked at the winning times of the Kentucky Derby and it appeared that there had been no increase in horses speed in 50 years (or so) perhaps even longer. Is this true in general. I would think that improvements in nutritional knowledge and training regimes would have led to an increase in horses just as it has in humans?' I found the times for the Kentucky Derby online, and produc
  13. OOps, I didn't see the scratchings. Here's my revised selections: 1. Ruakaka R5 Starts 2:19pm 4,10 2. Rosehill R2 Starts 2:45pm 2,5 3. Rosehill R3 Starts 3:20pm 2,10 BB 4. Rosehill R4 Starts 3:55pm 8,2 5. Hastings R9 Starts 4:20pm 1,12 6. Caulfield R5 Starts 4.50pm 4,5 7. Rosehill R6 Starts 5:10pm 5,7 8. Caulfield R6 Starts 5.30pm 1,8 BB 9. Caulfield R7 Starts 6.10pm 13,5 10. Caulfield R8 Starts 6.50pm 11,8 cheers
  14. 1. Ruakaka R5 Starts 2:19pm 4,5 2. Rosehill R2 Starts 2:45pm 1,4 3. Rosehill R3 Starts 3:20pm 6,10 BB 4. Rosehill R4 Starts 3:55pm 8,2 5. Hastings R9 Starts 4:20pm 1,12 6. Caulfield R5 Starts 4.50pm 4,5 7. Rosehill R6 Starts 5:10pm 5,7 8. Caulfield R6 Starts 5.30pm 1,8 BB 9. Caulfield R7 Starts 6.10pm 13,5 10. Caulfield R8 Starts 6.50pm 11,8 cheers, great comp!
  15. In 2012 I wrote: "One of the world's great pedigree researchers, Clive Harper died today aged 80. A retired university lecturer, Clive was known as the 'interpreter' of Harold Hampton, a far-sighted Cockney who, without a computer proposed many theories of 'linebreeding' that still hold good today. Clive Harper was a gentleman with a wicked sense of humour. The author of three books on thoroughbred breeding, he was the first to apply rigorous principles of research to the breeding of thoroughbreds. Over twenty years ago, in an article in NZ Bloodhorse, Clive presented the results