Nelli

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  1. Nelli

    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    Quite agree - as I wrote yesterday, it is all academic now. Just raised it after blogs on other sites and thought this a more considered site to discuss it. Went out and saw my Love You yearling work this morning for the last time and our racehorses all now spelling. It will be a long autumn but hopefully spring will see everyone back in action. Good wishes and stay in good health everyone.
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    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    Absolutely no problem with trainers with own tracks - in fact they will be essential if we are going to have any horses ready to race when restrictions are lifted. But just like pictures of cows in mud damage the public image of all dairy farmers, the public can draw completely wrong conclusions about racing from what they see on TV. We all should be aware of this.
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    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    Facts don't come into it. I'm all for getting photos and it was great to see the interviews on Facebook. But given the conditions, it didn't matter how legitimate it was for those sponsors to be at the Park: appearing on Trackside was bound to engender bad feelings amongst those who could not. A little discretion could have been used.
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    corona

    This will be a tough time for all. Our own racehorses will have to be tipped out so not racing till next season and the cost of full preps ahead of us. Possibly our trainer may be able to educate our young ones but he won't be able to have staff. The best positioned when racing resumes will be the small owner/trainers with their own tracks, especially if their whole family drives.
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    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    All I said was it wasn't a good look, exactly because of the assumptions/speculations people make. Its all academic now with racing canned for months.
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    corona

    I saw 2 other races at the Park where the TV featured men with their winning horses. None looked like trainers. It was not a good look.
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    Alex Park even caters for the Ghosts

    On Trackside last night twice I saw people posing with winning horses at Alexandra Park. They didn't appear to be trainers or stablehands. It was not a good look with current protocols in place to keep our industry going through these tough times.
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    corona

    I'm an owner of two horses racing Fri at Auckland, and yes disappointed not to be at the course, but totally back the move. Not only do we want to protect the vulnerable and the pressure on the health service, we want to keep the racing industry going through this crisis. Good protocols around race meetings will help protect trainers, drivers, etc. If horses can keep racing, they and their owners can stay in the game and perhaps harness racing may benefit by filling the voids resulting from losses of other sports covered by the TAB/ sports media. My concern is what is going to happen with the Jewels which has been our aim for our whole season and we're in the top 10 with all going beautifully. I can't see the fans being able to come but can we have horses coming north?
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    Friday Nom's

    If I recall correctly from my spell on the Cambridge committee, the club has very little control over dates. The club would have very much liked more rational dates instead of the rush of meetings in the new year, weeks of no racing at other times and back to back meetings with Auckland all too frequently.
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    Friday Nom's

    Surely racing could continue at this stage even if no spectators were permitted. Should be possible for the industry to put out guidelines to keep trainers, drivers, track staff etc safe (including sending horses with someone else if stable poses risk). And the host club and caterers needs to do their bit too around hygeine (e.g. soap and handtowel dispensers full, hand sanitiser, disinfecting surfaces).
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    Peter Lamb Fucking nill

    Re-watched start several times and the only fault directly attributable to Lamb was missing seeing horse drawn one had backed out (which was pretty bad!). The outside events all appeared to be caused by misbehaving horses once race started. It was a big field with a quite a few horses playing up. Lamb is not my favorite starter but surely that field would be challenging for most.
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    Auckland noms Friday

    As owners it was great for us coming up from Cambridge with 1st race after 7. We had an easy run all the way and missed the worst of Friday rush hr traffic. Had horses in 1st and last race and already half way home. Our trainerneeded more time of course but still wouldn't have had the traffic issues that a 6 pm start involves.
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    Auckland noms Friday

    I've 2 trotters at Auckland tomorrow and happy with mile for 1 as just back from a break. But the other, a novice trotter, starting from a stand over a mile, is likely to find it tough. But at least no trouble getting a start and for a change, only maidens in field. We trotting owners are in a slightly better position than pacing owners as hcp starts are the norm. Pacers at the park must draw well, and be both fast off the gate and have good sprint at end, else they are just filling the field. But both gaits can end up on ratings and hcps that make retirement or one way trip to Aussie the economic necessity.
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    GOOOO! The Dream!

    Always great to watch a race when high performing horses are at the top of their game and the competition is all on. I'm a trotting girl myself so my biggest kick for the night was You Really Got Me trotting all the way! He's still got a long way to go yet to live up to the hype about him.
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    GOOOO! The Dream!

    The stipes report explains quite a bit and $400 for the deliberate push out was probably worth every penny.