Nelli

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  1. Nelli

    TAB account

    No local races till next season - the TAB has lost an online punter. Mind you, he' s lost a lot of enthusism for betting with the horses going, when he was a regular a couple of years ago. He says anything that looks exciting gets sold or saved for the group races next season.
  2. Nelli

    TAB account

    My husband has got so annoyed with TAB he's withdrawn most of his money from his account and will stick to betting at the track from now on. Our Skype camera on our pc wasn't ok for pictures and he could find no way to load image files. This am he went to the local pub TAB outlet but though they could let him withdraw his funds with his drivers licence as id, they didn't have the means validate his account. He understands the TAB wants to have everyone with photo ID but thinks it shouldn't be so hard to do. My offer to do it on my phone went down like a lead balloon - he thinks this is typical "Wellington think" and they are just disinfranchising the older punter.
  3. Nelli

    How does

    Great to see Stonewall Stud's full page colour ad for harness syndicates. While not for me nowadays, syndicates are a great way to get new people involved or enjoy ownership without much outlay. Decades ago when we had 2 mortgages and 3 little kids, we started our ownership adventure in one of Dave Philip's Redvale syndicates. The connections we made led to a partnership in a filly with fellow syndicatees, and while only a modest winner, she was the foundation broodmare for our partners, and they've had tremendous success. I had a dabble with one of the ATC syndicates when we were in a racing lull and found it a very positive experience.
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    Breeding trotters

    Might be a Pollyanna but what else are trotting breeders. Although not happy with with everything, there are positives. Least one can get a start (a problem back in the 80s), we do have a good choice of trotting stallions, if you breed anything half good on the track they are easy to sell when ratings get too tough, and for those in the northern NI, we've the opportunity to race for good stakes. Would like more mobiles for maiden trotters (we'd see plenty of galloping maiden pacers too if they had to do standing starts from day 1, especially with experienced horse off behind them) but clubs have to card fields to suit the pool of horses available.
  5. Nelli

    TAB and virtual races

    What do Racecafe patrons think about the TAB introducing virtual racing next year? I thought 4 horse gallops races from USA was cheap chaff for betting addicts but this seems bottom of the bin. Yes it is easy money for the TAB, but also sets it up as a justified target for the antigambling lobby. I would rather see the TAB aiming at quality coverage and increasing turnover on NZ races, which clearly supports local industry, than 100s of virtual races
  6. Nelli

    How does

    Even the faithful find the going tough now. Cup week lost lot of appeal for us as now an exercise in endurance. Before the earthquakes we regularly flew down for the week. But now staying home in front of the tv rather than sitting out in the elements for 12 races amongst those who are only slightly interested in the horses is gaining appeal. We've only gone the last few years as had a horse racing and have family in Chch. Wasn't that enjoyable as an owner, even when we won on Cup Day! Much more fun at local track where part of the community and locals share your ups and downs.
  7. Congrats to all the finalists and especially the winners. Great to see the next generation shining and a good representation of both young women and men.
  8. Nelli

    How does

    The challenge is our potential fan base is multidimensional. We need to foster those who go to the races regularly for an entertaining night out with friends punting. At the other end of the spectrum, we need to encorage those passionate about owning and breeding future champions who may never punt a $ or dine at the Top of the Park or Twiggers. And we need to attract each new generation so the effort should never cease.
  9. Nelli

    How does

    From what I can see up north both Auckland and Cambridge are able to get people to the track with enertainment packages and some have great attendance. But what we as an industry seem to be failing at is the next step - getting them interested in racing itself. One thing we could do is better promote the good aspects of racing to the public - everything from the care we take of our horses to the success of our heros (equine and people) here and overseas. And this is far from just HRNZ's and the few racing journalists' responsibility. Clubs must have this as part of their strstegic plans as they operate at community level. Perhaps even the bigger studs and trainers could have community open days.
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    Breeding trotters

    Back page of the 2019- 2020 Stdbred Stallion Register makes interesting reading. 36 pacing stallions of which 14 are homebreds compared with 30 trotting stallions of which only 3 NZ bred. Big change from when we were looking for a top stallion for our Chiola Hanover mare 30 years ago. With the good stakes and opportunities at Auckland, it has never been a better time to breed and race a quality trotter up North. The other plus for us who race our own stock is that it doesn't matter nearly so much with trotters whether we get a filly or colt, especially in age group racing. What puzzles me is the further south you go, the fewer trotters there seem to be. Any explanations?
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    Names of horses within race results

    I feel the new HRNZ website has also added frustration when wanting a quick look at race results. I hate having to expand races and scroll through page after page on my phone. At least with the small fields at Auckland I won't get a wrist strain.
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    It's finally

    What would a professional trainer recommend to an owner when there is a good offer on the table from a reputable Aussie stable for a horse that has had over 20 starts since its last win for just 3rds but lots of 4ths and 5ths so hardly moving in ratings? And what is best for the horse?
  13. Nelli

    It's finally

    What a Post. Our 3yo filly got an R59 rating. It was right at the beginning of the rating system and the Breeders Crown nontote wins were given full points. She was too immature to race every week and after a few starts, it was obvious we'd break her heart to keep going for the months necessary to get down to a competitive rating. We could have turned her out and bought her back a year or two later but had other more promising young ones. Thankfully the system is not so tough now around nontote wins but it was a real downer at the time.
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    It's finally

    See next season there are 5 back to back Waikato/Auckland meetings and a further 3 just 2 days apart (Wed/Fri or Fr/Sun). Let's hope on those occasions the clubs and programmers collaborate. When our industry is on the ropes, the last thing we need is clubs competing for the same horses.
  15. Nelli

    It's finally

    See next season there are 5 back to back Waikato/Auckland meetings and a further 3 just 2 days apart (Wed/Fri or Fr/Sun). Let's hope on those occasions the clubs and programmers collaborate. When our industry is on the ropes, the last thing we need is clubs competing for the same horses.