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  1. That may be true. Though, I would much prefer to bet into a multi-million dollar pool (HK), than a $3-5K pool (OZ/NZ racing) here in the US. However, my initial post was not directed towards the punter, though, in the end, they benefit as well.. My post was addressing Aaron's concern about driviing up turnover to increase purses. Simple formula really. Highter turnover = Higher purses = greater ownership involvement/sustainablility = more horses bred/bought/sold = more horses running in races = equals better betting opportunities for the punter.; and repeat. It really is a no lo
  2. Apologies for the triplicate post. Moderater, please remove two of them.
  3. The co-mingling of international pools. Imagine if the Chinese were able to bet into NZ tote pools. Would result in record turnover. I'm sure the technology exist, just not the will to work out the appropriate interational agreements. In the US, I am able to bet into the HK pools. Makes for some excellent betting opportunities. And then, there are those like me that would love the opportunity to bet into the NZ pools, but cannot. Our wagers here on NZ and OZ racing go into a central hub (I believe located at Woodbine racecourse in Toronto, but I could be wrong). In any event, the
  4. The co-mingling of international pools. Imagine if the Chinese were able to bet into NZ tote pools. Would result in record turnover. I'm sure the technology exist, just not the will to work out the appropriate interational agreements. In the US, I am able to bet into the HK pools. Makes for some excellent betting opportunities. And then, there are those like me that would love the opportunity to bet into the NZ pools, but cannot. Our wagers here on NZ and OZ racing go into a central hub (I believe located at Woodbine racecourse in Toronto, but I could be wrong). In any event, the
  5. The co-mingling of international pools. Imagine if the Chinese were able to bet into NZ tote pools. Would result in record turnover. I'm sure the technology exist, just not the will to work out the appropriate interational agreements. In the US, I am able to bet into the HK pools. Makes for some excellent betting opportunities. And then, there are those like me that would love the opportunity to bet into the NZ pools, but cannot. Our wagers here on NZ and OZ racing go into a central hub (I believe located at Woodbine racecourse in Toronto, but I could be wrong). In any event, the
  6. Agree. Today (8/17), at Fairmount Park (Fanduel Horse Racing) has 2 races with 4 horses and 2 races with 5 horses. There is a horse shortage in the US and to make it worse, too many tracks are running.
  7. I was at the 2011 race when Tiumen completed his hat-trick. Getting back to Aintree and the English Grand National. I attended the 1984 race (winner Hallo Dandy). I was living in Scotland at the time and on a whim, drove down to Liverpool that morning to attend the race. Back then you could walk the course (at least the area in front of the stands) prior to racing. Got to see "The Chair" up close, wish I had pictures of it. Yeah, the fences were much different back then, much stiffer. And the core of the fence at Beachers Brook was diabolical. Quite a crowd that day, we were packed
  8. I've been to Pardubice for the Velka Pardubika. The 4th obstacle, the Taxis, is a beast. Good thing they only jump it once and early in the race. It always claims a couple of horses. I walked the course a couple of days after the race and stood in the ditch on the landing side of the Taxis fence. I felt like a dwarf. I've attached the photo, by the way, I've 5'10" (178 centimeters).
  9. RR - You got me curious about this, so I had to look it up. The Yarmouth "Tart" was bred in the France, trained by James Fanshawe, returning 15/8. The Sandown "Tart" was bred in the UK, trained by R F Johnson Houghton, returning 11/2. Both were 3 year olds.
  10. Check out this video from Sandow Park (UK). Guess the grounds crew miss that one. The video is halfway down in the article: https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2016/09/09/golf-ball-interrupts-horse-race-hits-jockey-in-helmet/ .
  11. That's good news for the track. I realize that racing under the lights at Avondale didn't work out, but it has at Cranbourne, Moonee Valley, and Pakenham. When the time comes, perhaps they can model after those racecourses who have had success with evening racing.
  12. Yeah to echo Red Rum, Geelong's last race on their synthetic track (ThoroughTrack) was in September of 2018. This from an article in the Herald Sun - Geelong Racing Club chief executive Daniel Salter said it was a disappointing result but he was hoping that they will be able to hold four to six meetings a year on a new inner grass track, which would replace the synthetic track. From what I gather, they had trouble with the base/drainage (sounds like the same problem they had a Santa Anita).
  13. Classic case supporting the need for an alternative, synthetic surface. Geelong also abandoned due to the state of the track (Wangaratta the same yesterday). They must has received a lot of rain in Victoria. With Pakenham having lights, they had time to transfer the meeting. Hopefully, the powers that be will have the presence of mind to add lights to Cambridge. Wondering if that is in the works.
  14. Very well said Liz. Sounds like you were never going to get a proper answer. As for Polytrack being based in Australia, there is limited evidence of that. The corporate office for Polytrack is in the UK, where it was developed. They have an office in the US and I guess now in Australia. As for Australian tracks using Polytrack, only two have it as a racing surface. Pakenham (installed 2015) and they were having trouble with it as early as 2019; and Ballarat (installed 2019). Perhaps, it has widespread use as a training surface, but I could only find it being used at Randwick and Caulfi
  15. Wonder why they went with Polytrack instead of Tapeta. Much of what I read and my experience owning a Tapeta specialist, leads to the conclusion that Tapeta is best of all the synthetic surfaces. Woodbine (Canada) and Wolverhampton (UK) have switched and Turfway Park (USA) is switching from Polytrack to Tapeta. The latest synthetic track built in the UK, Newcastle, has also opted for Tapeta. Devonport in Tasmania also has a Tapeta surface. Polytrack is adequate, but is inferior to Tapeta. Doesn't make sense to me. If NZ Racing is going to experiement with a synthetic surface, why not pu