Houlahan's Dream

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    The ride of the day at Trentham

    Yeah, that was my post. The point of it was, how come you can bet in more interesting and varied ways in Australia, than here? No Duet, no exacta, no percentage quinella. It's not that $1 is too much, but if I'm boxing 5 that's $10 etc, which is probably too much for your low ball punter. They might attract more business with a wider range of products.
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    All Stars Mile

    One thing I don't understand is why they have exacta/duet/% quinella etc in Aus but NOT here? I rarely bet outside W/P as that suits my budget. I find raw quinellas ($6 box 4, $10 box 5) too expensive for my tastes (I am a cautious man). But I would take heaps of the things if I could percentage it....? And the Duet is a great bet. How many of us might look at say the Wellington Cup and fancy 2 or 3 runners. Yes you can put them in a trifecta of F four but let's be honest - very low hit rate. Easy to get wrong. Why aren't our betting products all aligned? They are remarkably lacking in innovation. That partly explains the empty racecourses. I just don't understand the general apathy and lack of urgency.
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    Raceday Attendances

    I have been going to the track for most of my fifty years. Ellerslie mostly. Was a member for 10years or so. The punter experience, compared to betting at home is pretty woeful. Unfriendly tote staff, more security than punters, constantly playing music, can't hear announcementls etc. I feel like the punters are treated as an irrelevance....best example is putting corporate tents that Block your view of the track? Like the horses, the spectacle, is unimportant? Whose fkn idea was that??!? People running TAB and racing just don't get it. A small example would be Mr Molloy (who I do not know) being unworried about people coming to HQ and having a brilliant experience, so good they become regular customers. Clearly successful businesses bust their humps trying to get you to spend, and return. You have to constantly be trying to get people to choose to spend their money with you. But that is not the sense you get, at a NZ racetrack.
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    Matamata today

    Agree BH. Might there be a middle way with all this consolidation? Keep the successful holiday venues (Rotorua etc) but only run there sparingly. Have Te Rapa or TA as the main Waikato track, but surely the only real advantage in closing is the $$$$ from Avondale. If they could realise the money locked up there that has got to go a long way to helping the industry. Something has surely got to give. One of our premier sprints is worth $200k (Railway) I believe while on the same day at Flemington their main sprint of the say, Standish, is for $160k AUS. There would have to be 30 Aus sprints worth more than that. If you had a half decent horse how could you afford to keep running it in NZ? The numbers just don't stack up.
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    Interesting thread. Went on Interdom's night. Perched up on yellow seats next to Epsom balconies. Got kicked out of there because we weren't dining or something - had no intention of pinching average nosh! Same as ARC, more security than punters. Those seats were empty all night. Apart from one drunk chap having a snooze. Went to infield and sat on bean bags. Acceptable but we left after pacing final. They do seem uninterested in attracting the casual race goer.
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    This is how NZ racing is now internationally rated

    I think the point RR is making is that you need a set of data to make decisions about ratings. I am a teacher, in charge of literacy at my school. When we try to find out if student X needs extra reading help we get as many data sets as possible, to see if they line up. Once we have 'franked the form', and confirmed our hunch, then we act. Something similar applies with these ratings which can be very useful.
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    What those picks miss in my view is the need for value, partly a function of selecting for every race. If you had say six bets on a Saturday and 50% come in then you need your win or place return to cover your costs once all bets are accounted for. So yes, MB to win livamol is a given but 1.80 returns won't get you into the black. But the second horse in that race paid I think 3 to place and that is your value if you can snag it. As someone else said....selecting and picking for the punt almost two different things.
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    Let's be honest, how many of us would bet in every race on a programme and hope to do well? Some of those rating 65 or early 3 yo maiden races are just.....impossible. And even with the exposed form something like Yearn comes out and pays $10. But I suppose the format of the job means you cannot say 'look, this race is a minefield, keep your money in your pocket!' Interesting discussion.
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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

    Four live chances for mine....humidor... Hartnell...fifty stars...MB.
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    One of the reasons racing is failing.....

    After a decade as a member I didn't renew one yr. No email. No phone call. Started going to public stand. Same shit disinterested service. But at least it's mostly free. Apart from new yrs or boxing day...always empty. And the horses look the same.....
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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

    Amazing what $10 EW will do. That is a bloody odd field to sort out to be honest. Harlem's got Flemington 10f history unless I'm mistaken. Out of form but could pop up. Humidor perhaps. Or the Belle - meets most of these 2kg better off. No overseas superstars here to steal the chocolates either.
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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

    See she is in the Mackinnon also, against Humidor, Hartnell, Gailo Chop etc. Interesting move. Must have come through last Saturday well.
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    Cross Counter/Prince of Arran Sound for last. Thanks. Great idea for a comp.
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    R1 – 2R2 – 1R3 – 1R4 – 6R5 – 9R6 – 6R7 – 8R8 – 4R9 – 6 Thanks for comp Trump and others. Happy Punting.