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  1. My Two Cents

    An Open Letter To Mauro, Sean and the Board.

    So was this rule amended after the Huntly trainers case?
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    An Open Letter To Mauro, Sean and the Board.

    So he’s “warned off” I presume, therefore also not allowed on the same property as the dog’s?
  3. Easier to list the 5 people you shouldn’t go near!!! My tip would be to seek as much advice as possible from trusted people and sift through it to devise your own methods. Once your training and winning (!) don’t change your ways and beware of two things, firstly, people wanting you to train dogs for them on deals, there’s a reason they no longer want to do it, and secondly that when your winning no one will like you! I’m certain I’ve read an article where the great master Ray Adcock mentioned being only to happy to help new comers out, his advice would be invaluable to you. Goodluck with your endeavours and be warned that once you start it’s very hard to “shake” the greyhound racing bug....it’s more addictive than energy drinks!!
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    An Open Letter To Mauro, Sean and the Board.

    Him and his mate tell them what to do, not the other way around.
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    Brendan Cole

    I believe the fundamental point your missing is that Brendon, through his own doing and for reasons unknown is only realistically titled as a kennel hand in relation to any employment governing regulations and likely no more than a owner/handler and registered Lp within the greyhound racing associations documents, he’s clearly not registered as a trainer? Tell me how many “kennel hands” or handlers would be allowed to continue to participate whilst under investigation for such serious charges? The SPCA investigation has taken almost 2yrs, you can’t tell me they don’t have a rock solid case after that long. GRNZ are under no illusions now or previously as to who the actual trainer is and are clearly playing the nice guy cards by not revoking his handlers license and Lp status knowing full well that their rules would then prevent him from “being directly involved with day to day operations” and from being on the property where the training facility is.
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    Open Letter To Craig Rendle

    Sorry to burst the “I’m withholding judgment until proven guilty” bubble but this owner would of been well aware of the goings on in that kennel. We are talking about a couple of massive punters here, $10k + bets, these are bets that they share investment and return in, god forbid what other goings on happen to “limit liability” of such bets. I can remember many years ago, 12+ at a guess, it was not long after Craig started showing interest in greyhound racing, I was invited to a race meeting for a big group race night, the table I was at was next to him and his group of “hangers on” and the trainer under investigation. I distinctly remember one of that group returning to the table and telling the “followers” about what he had just witnessed in the trainers car park involving “exciting and enticing” their dog just prior to it being kennelled. It became clear to me that this practice was obviously frowned upon due to hearing the guy saying “[email protected] don’t say a word about that”. There 2 peas in a pod, brothers to different mothers, sworn to oath amongst themselves and undeniably loyal to each other, but what will be most remember able of all in years to come will be how between them they completely totalled the greyhound racing industry in NZ.
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    Open Letter To Craig Rendle

    I feel sorry for only one affected party in this debacle, the dogs. What is going to happen to all of those dogs? I doubt if they were dispersed amongst every other trainer in NZ that there would be enough spare kennels to accomodate such big numbers. I also doubt that above mentioned owner, even with all his wealth could afford to even pay trainers fees for the staggering amount of dogs he owns, this begs the question, how did GRNZ allow this to happen. Going off what the GRNZ and the RIU stated when this first came to light, which was that they would be awaiting the findings of the SPCA investigation then proceeding with their case immediately after the report was aired, this would mean that the trainer can no longer race his dogs from yesterday onwards until the RIU have concluded their investigation. No dogs should be allowed to leave that property during this time in my opinion and these greedy individuals should be paying to feed all the dogs as normal and with no income from racing them, this way the error’s of their ways will bleed them of the very thing that motivated them to become so “bigtime”.......money.
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    Class Records at Addington over 520m

    I’m picking there’s a typo with the time you stated, 29.83 maybe? 20.83 over 520 would see the lure burst into a ball of flames halfway down the back straight!
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    Class Records at Addington over 520m

    Thanks for that link. Geez Overtime was obviously something very special, won by 17 lengths!! Hardcase to scroll through those results and see many trainers names that are still on track today. I recall being told that racing greyhounds is like an addiction and once your hooked it’s all over, so very true. One would suggest that Overtime and Winsome Ashley ran basically identical times when the distance error is taken into account.
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    Class Records at Addington over 520m

    Out of curiosity, do you no what the track record time was when Winsome Ashley broke it?
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    Class Records at Addington over 520m

    I doubt that any greyhound will come close to Winsome Ashley’s track record at Akl, not only broke 30 seconds but smashed it, 29.80 odd from memory! And it wasn’t a timing error or fluke because I’ve been told she did the exact time 2 weeks in a row! What a dog was.
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    Brian Martin

    Awesome, hopefully this means he maybe making a return permanently. Best greyhound race caller in this country hands down. Let bygones be bygones and move forward. All the best Brian and hope to hear your calls again very soon.
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    Rules

    CORRECTION Apologies required, the rules have not been broken, close but not. It’s times like this one wishes there was a delete feature! Tip for the day : Always use a calculator for adding as finger counting can backfire!
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    Rules

    Appears the rule book has been discarded for certain nominations at Cambridge this week. Hope it doesn’t create issues after the race has run. One would think after all the discussion and debate over improving welfare standards that this rule would of been adhered to, especially given it’s a recently amended rule under the new welfare policy.
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    A LACERATED TOE?

    I don’t no the true facts behind this story nor the accurate details of the exact injury described but my gut feeling would suspect that the stipe report regarding the injury is “cleansed” A simple “open wound/cut to the toe” as implied in the report would not, in my uneducated opinion, make a dog falter and finish a long margin last? I’m picking the injury involved one snapped bone at least that then created the “open wound”....be interesting to no the true story however.