Red Rum

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    Glorious Goodwood

    Thanks for the links, a few good old names there. Sovereign Debt still racing trained by Ruth Carr who is David Chapman's granddaughter, a good horse so old Dandy kind of paid it forward with that horse. Always wondered where the Dandy nickname came from now I know. Iam all fired up now ready to solve the 30 runner Stewards Cup riddle on Saturday night.Had Rotherfield Grey's one year but apart from that been pretty shabby with my punting on it, done money cold early on many occasions with horses on wrong side.Always frustrating thinking going well but 10 in front of it stands side or vice versa.
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    Glorious Goodwood

    Looks like GG on trackside 2 tonight , excellent stuff trackside. 9s FF Idaho in Cup if favorite runs flat might have a squeak. Fav had small scare after Ascot so for me worth a throw at stumps old Idaho. 5th in last year's Japan Cup so no slouch.
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    Glorious Goodwood

    On the money there SP, 6 furlongs that's it tank empty. She went on to finish 2nd in the next year's July Cup to Habibti . Day after the Stewards i persuaded my nan to let me roll up my winnings on Wiki Wiki Wheels , with his brother Miki Miki Motor my all time favorite racehorse names .It won and I was hooked and forever in love with Goodwood. Soba' s trainer David Chapman and jockey Dandy Nicholls both sadly passed on, the old march of time .Chapman was a master of beating the handicapper with the sprinters, Chaplins Club in the 80s won 9 races in season twice (when uk flat season ran March to Nov) including an unreal 7 wins in 19 days one year. He also won 9 in a year with Glencroft , the horse had been tubed so bit disconcerting seeing him walk round paddock. Basically Chapman got hold big players cheap cast offs and problems and worked the oracle. A true punters friend. Right going to nab telly before family watch build a house show and relive Soba 1982 on you tube. Good days.
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    Dark Horse - The story of Dream Alliance

    Thanks for heads up OM will try on demand . Reminded me of the the sad postscript I read late last year.The breeders brought a Shadwell cast off trained for one win by Marcus Tregonning .Called Juriweya she was by Nayef. In 2015 she had a foal called Impossible Dream. The stable or should I say allotment shed name was Rodders. A great name , after the character in all time classic comedy Only Fools and Horses. The mare went back into training in 2016 after 1919 days off , won hurdle at Stratford and was retired again after injury. Well in late 2017 some utter evil w##kers decided to burn the stable/shed down killing Rodders and burning quite badly Juriweya but to my knowledge she survived. A sad finish to a great story.What goes on in some people's heads? Old Dream Alliance had a few more days out at the festival and finished up last racing in the Cheltenham cross country chase a race that bamboozles me just watching , the jockeys need a sat nav to sort it out.
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    Saratoga. Freedman

    Decent race on trackside tomorrow morning at 940am from Saratoga. Bowling Green Handicap . Richard Freedman sends over Sarasin from OZ . It's had a sighter at Belmont in an allowance a few weeks back. Looks an outsider but be interesting to see how he gets on. Decent field for a Yank middle distance turf, HI Happy ex top class Argentine horse who won the top South American race in past , and Glorious Empire ex UK HK winner. I like Money Multiplier always seems to be there or there abouts in these type races. Good on Richard Freedman doing something different , hope it wins.
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    Saratoga. Freedman

    Sarassin ran last , ground soft but got bit of form on it in past in Europe. I read the plan was this then 1 mill buck Sword Dancer on 25th August. Looked like he had decent run of race after pulling early , just not good enough . Quite a few these types races over there leading into BC in Nov, some seem to come up little weak so he might find something.
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    Saundry on AW tracks

    Golden Gate still Tapeta , plus it's been put in at Newcastle and on re laid Wolverhampton in UK. Michael Dickenson must have been good to work with, to bring back Da Hoss for a second BC mile after all that time off and to train first five in Cheltenham Gold Cup a pretty diverse set of achievements for a CV.
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    Saundry on AW tracks

    Kranji website has a full breakdown of all tracks on their course. I was there in Jan this year and Tom Wood mentioned AW track had had a major overhaul in one of his excellent race previews. The Wax breaks down in heat and that's the binding agent preventing large kickback problem. As an example of maintainance of polytrack 3000 tons was reported to have been laid as a top up on Kranji track in 2014 . NZ has so many professionals up there that's a lot of intellectual property to tap into. I can see the need for them but lot of taxpayer dollars so needs to be done right. Balls it up and the purse of goverment will snap close quicker that a hungry crocodile in future. Due dillengence is a must as us workers are paying for this . There are no excuses as the info is freely available.
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    Saundry on AW tracks

    Yeah is Michael Dickinson's . Meydan tore up Tapeta . Turns black over the years in heat as well , would that be the Wax in it causing that ? . Looks very different colour at Wolverhampton and Newcastle.compared to old Meydan track and GG.Think there was a bit of getting the Yanks back over to Dubai World Cup as another reason for removing it as some American trainers thought it gave Euros a leg up. I think it's only Turfway Park and Preque isles on polytrack and GG on tapeta left out of the tracks that went AW from Dirt in US , Keeneland among others reverted back few years back.
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    Saundry on AW tracks

    Golden Gate Fields still tapeta on main track, I would assume the California Horse Racing Board could provide NZTR full figures of injury rates , comparing GG main track to Santa Anita's old pro ride track they tore up . Weather conditions would be broadly the same I would guess, maybe San Francisco slightly milder than LA.
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    Godolphin Melb Spring

    Charlie Appleby has given the Racing Post an insight to his Melbourne team. Hamada who Ohokaman flagged up in earlier thread was not missed by the handicapper either having been raised a whopping 11lbs for his Newmarket effort. He misses Ebor now and goes to Newbury for Geoffrey Freer Stakes a good WFA race over the years then Melb Cup is the plan. He has got Emotionless a one time gun 2 year old back, now 5 years old and gelded he cruised home last week and Appleby said heads straight to Caulfield Cup , he will be among top weights if he gets there. The one I find most interesting is Walton Street , high level of form in only 7 starts , by Cape Cross but dam line all Australia and NZ. I am not aware of the merits of Sir Godfrey as a sire as past Encosta De Lago that horses dam line is a mystery to me as an import myself. Seems to be a changing of guard in Charlie Appleby 's squad. I know Qewy was retired and Francis of Assisi injured and probably retired. Folkswood and Rare Rhythm got no entries at moment. Benbatl from Saeed Bin Suroors yard heading for the Cox Plate entered in Sussex Stakes next week. He would be a good place bet behind Winx as high class horse. Cannot seeing it getting close to the Champion round the Valley though.
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    Can't be better than this

    OK cheers Scooby , however still a tough gig the triple crown, followed the yank stuff for donkeys years from days of Ferdinand and Alysheba battles in early 80s , a lot of horses don't see light of day after triple crown races or end up boxing round in 5k claimes at likes of Finger Lakes , but totally agree with you it's a fact horses get injured anytime any place . Some bounce through it like American Pharaoh and go on with it. No way at all I was trying to have dig connections and only view of minority owners opinion reported in Post that Justify won't race again
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    Can't be better than this

    According to a Racing Post report a minority owner of Justify says he looks like he's finished on the track. Not confirmed by Bob Baffert or organisations with larger stake in him. Tough gig those three quick races on dirt .
  14. Not denying NZ having a tough time on racing front at the moment , however from Rough Habit to Seachange is quite a few years so must be a few not so good winners in between. Surely the Foxbridge Plate is like most pattern races , good renewals and bad renewals. Same as good crop 3 year old colts produces top line Derby winner , some years colts crop not so good and producers a Derby winner who is found to be below the par . Group 2s group 3s and listed races early season would always be vulnerable to the odd poor field depending on a number of factors . Maybe a top liner that year is better fresh up into a big Group 1 race and misses this lead up , poor weather has made it difficult to get fit and early August comes too soon or ground at that time year not suitable. The pattern committee moves races up and down if not up to scratch or performing at higher level for number years , not sure on Foxbridge Plate history re group level or if it's on a warning of downgrade.
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    Chautauqua....has he had enough....???

    Mad Moose did the reverse about five years back. Was handy two mile chaser but decided had enough , tapes went up he stood still. Did this about 5 times at top meetings . Trainer changed plans , entered him in Doncaster maiden to debut on level at 9 years old . Dismissed by punters for many valid reasons , he flew out the stalls like a Golden Slipper runner having never been in them before on raceday and won paying 28s. Beat blue blooded runners trained by Newmarkets best. Ran 3 more times on flat running second to Mount Athos in group race but refused to come out on another occasion.Think connections thought probably best not outstay welcome and get out while ahead before punters put the hit squad on them. Now retired with his own twitter page.
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    Chautauqua....has he had enough....???

    I was lucky enough to be at Flemington when Chautauqua won the Gilgai Stakes in 2014 .I thought he is obviously classy but didn't realise at time I'd been lucky enough to see a dead set champion. If he were mine no decision he would have been retired second time he refused. First time I reckon off day , second time that be it 8.8 mill in bank , get best people in to prepare him for life outside racing and make damn sure he's happy, safe and healthy.He has taken them international and won big. I suppose if you have a hard nosed business approach and they are just cash tills it's harder to give up on a champ (not saying connections see it like this but just could be seen like this). Weighing the plus and minus of it no emotion why with 8.8 mill banked , having brought your slot in Everest would you risk turning up on big day dressed to the nines with family and friends howng into the owners free feed and booze would you risk the embarrassment of champ standing dead still in stalls .Or worse jumping then although unlikely breaking down. The press won't make it easy , questions would be asked.Day ruined and people wont forget it.Purely business surely better give the family a great day out cheering on an entrant I'd negotiated a stake in for race . I think most people who follow racing for few years realise theres plenty of gunna be a champ but very very few Champions, he's one.
  17. Great work TDC, I read one of your posts on the harness site and it was a work of art , it was a cracker. You've got me Dice man my cloak can come off , I have a small polytrack in my backyard here in the mainland , tight cambered bend circuit of 10 metres , short straight and i am the nz rep, I've been undercover waiting to pop out for 18 years. Now finally the moment arrives and I would have got away with it without you pesky dice man. My kids guinea pigs go well on my mini polytrack , but think the cat will go better on tapeta .
  18. Earlier this year the weather was so bad the advice from UK government was that the weather was so cold and snow that bad that people were advised to stay home. Even premier league darts was canned for one event as organisers decided it was unsafe for people to be out (boozed up darts fans keeling over and freezing solid outside Exeter events centre not a good look,) However Southwell or as LZ quite correctly pronounced it " Suth-All" still raced ( Some criticised decision to race), fibresand was completely fine. Cannot recall a time AWT off over there from rain, odd occasion I think was the general surrounding area being deemed too dangerous to travel through snow drifts and the like.They turn very top layer over during the night on nights temperature goes way below , that's my understanding to stop it freezing into clumps.
  19. Looking at surfaces, Newcastle latest to go AW in UK went to master trainer Micheal Dickenson's invention Tapeta , Woodbine and Wolverhampton both ripped up Polytrack and went to Tapeta. Meydan ripped up Tapeta and went back to dirt but think that was to get the Yanks back over to compete as they seem to have gone back to good old dirt in the main after experimenting with AW at Santa Anita. It gave the Euros too much advantage in their Breeders Cup Classic.Must be versatile surface when it's used in Canada's winter and been used in the desert for few years. Devonport uses it as well. Myriad of choices for industry and obviously all companies reckon they have the best.
  20. LZ , Hahaha yeah bloody cold days at races back in old country. As shift worker I always found it a real treat, wife off to work on a cold winter Monday , id be on rest day,prior to kids , I'd fire up the 1 litre muscle car Rover Metro , take my chances round the M25 and over QE2 bridge and into leafy Lingfield for day of all weather. Good thing with it is form seems to play out. Just find the old gelding that's gravitated down to its right mark in the handicap and unload hoping it runs it's race. Same horses year in year out. I loved Rapporteur at Lingfield and Tempering at Southwell. Late 80s early 90s both won around 20 races on their favorite tracks. Fibresand Southwell totally different to polytrack Lingfield .Most go on one or other but not many go well on both it seems.
  21. Awapuni Chief Executive is quoted in one report that he hopes final decision June 2019 , then if alls in place sign off , bridging finance to kick off prior to funding coming through. So even best case it won't be up and running prior to 2020. Time drainage pipes , different layers are put down , then finally test races. I would assume industry leaders will tour the world to find best practice and surface for NZ prior to all that. May I humbly suggest mid January Monday meeting at Southwell or Lingfield Park UK , take a warm hat, gloves and scarf , a warm beer goes down well on those days of minus degrees plus windchill in early afternoon. Would all three be built same time as that could push it out at Riccarton quite some years. Overall though I'd be happy to have a share in bread butter all weather performer trained on track. It must keep costs down training wise re travel and regular starts on track in town does appeal to me.
  22. Riccarton does not race in July , minimal in June and bar GN carnival I think only once in late August. As AWTs started obviously to be all weather to cover frost, snow , rain issues these are our worst months on the mainland therefore it follows other clubs must lose dates in these months to Riccarton to make it pay. Would then Riccarton have to give some dates in return from spring summer or these clubs would wither and die. Across the country this will be replicated so the whole calender will need a total regig. Theres 23 meetings a year at Riccarton but take off 6 at least for GN and Cup carnivals that leaves 17 on AWT at most at moment.Does not seem many for 10 mill outlay plus 100k a year to run . On a nice summer Saturday not best to go out to track and watch them run around middle on the sand separated from them by width of turf track . Been many a time to tracks like that and it isn't great so doubt it will be used much during summer.
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    Good Luck Tom Wood

    Top effort , never heard a bad word about him from circle of punters I know . I really like his style and he will be a winner in Hong Kong for sure. Looking forward to start of their new season .Wonder if any from here will fill the void in Singapore ?
  24. OM , Ashburton makes sense , cuts out probably 3 hours travel in total for likes of Anderton and Tyler stables who I'd guess they would like on board for filling fields , lot of savings in gas and wages that would be . Only thing with Ashburton is trots club as well. Iam guessing turf would come up and sand go down but construction may cause disruption with trots so that's more groups coming to party , it never ends does it.Riccarton would be inside main track.Cannot get my head around investment verses usage though , it must be used regularly so who's going to give way. Want to be positive like I said but so many ifs and buts. Iam not tied into industry financially but have had few decent shares in past and my plans for when kids are set up and work can take the back seat are regular racedays and racing shares in the odd horse again so in this respect I really hope it works out .
  25. AWT very much the low grade stuff back in UK , improving a bit with few listed races around the tracks like Lingfields Winter Derby and big easter all weather championship meeting . Plus Northumberland Plate at Newcastle . The surface at Chelmsford very well spoken of and the top Newmarket stables use it to kick off their top ones from time to time and Godolphin use it for private trial races.For most part though it's a if nothing else on I will have a punt on it but gets ignored on a Saturday by most punters. Kempton , Newcastle and Wolverhampton floodlit so caters for night out crowd. Southwell fibresand surface worse in my book, deep surface lowest quality horses , poor stuff. I suppose they will have to decide polytrack ,pro ride ,tapeta or hopefully not fibresand. Strathayr amazing way it races at Kranji, absolutely hoses down and still seems great surface that would be the ideal IMHO.