Scotch Thistle

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  1. The winner's time was posted as 1:15.97, so 1:16.00 for FTTM makes sense. 1:14.82 was the time posted for the race prior. Disclaimer/disclosure: Same as for Black Kirrama, except that I've never owned a grey pony or had a brother who trained.
  2. I see that the midweek fields for NZ gallops, in the new Best Bets format, are now being sent out from Petone in the name of Hugh Robinson, Betting Operations Manager, NZRB. They used to be sent from Stanley Street from Allan Caddy, Manager Racing Form Publication. I hope Allan hasn't been forced out only to be replaced by a suit paid 3 times as much. I've never met Allan, but in his emails with the fields he always had time to offer a brief greeting or best wishes on the punt. The new chap lacks the grace to add any such recognition that he is sending email to people, not automatons.
  3. Why indeed. Useless. The calendar on the NZTR website was extended on Friday to show meetings through to the end of NZ cup week.
  4. Not only that, but the % difference figures make no sense
  5. I'm not saying Winston Peters has pledged all this money for an all weather track. As far as I can see he hasn't pledged a cent. He warbled on at Karaka in January about a further priority for the government being an all weather track, subject to this year's government budget process. So what came out of the budget process as to an all weather track? Nothing!
  6. If it is an all weather track why wouldn't it be used year round?
  7. Strickland cops a lot of stick. Whether or not this is deserving I don't know. His job is to apply the handicapping policy which NZTR sets . If the policy is crap, and Strickland had a major say in it, he deserves stick on that account. Otherwise, so long as Strickland applies the policy diligently, surely he is no more to blame if the policy leads to absurd ratings, than he is deserving of credit if horses run to their ratings.
  8. Note the precision with which Luigi states what's to happen: “These changes mean that a new investor in the breeding industry will be able to claim tax deductions for the costs of a horse as if they had an existing breeding business. To qualify, the horse must be a standout yearling. “I expect the new rules will apply to yearlings acquired from next year’s premier bloodstock sales.”. What is a standout yearling? What are next year's premier bloodstock sales? Why are the tax deductions restricted to yearlings? Why are they restricted to yearlings going through the sales ring in 2019? Jacinda and Grant have patted Luigi on the head and sent him off with a few coins on a fool's errand.
  9. The connections made their bed by running her in an open 3yo race, ie above her rating as a maiden who had won a trial. Had she debuted in a maiden race she would have copped 6 or 7 points for running second, or 16 or 17 had she won. I'm not defending the system, just describing how (I think) it operates.
  10. Where do the people that buy them fit into his wisdom? If they paid $450,000 for Mongolian Beauty as a yearling, and sold her as a 3 year old for a sale-topping $180,000 after she won stakes of $26,200 they must be well up the fool scale? Perhaps the trainers will cough up 10% of the decrease in value? No way, they are wise men as they get gravy on the up and shrug shoulders on the down.
  11. A quick flick through the first day sales showed 15 yearlings or weanlings sold for $1,000 each, and 5 sold for $500 each. Ouch!!
  12. From what I hear the current project seems to be causing traumatic stress> The NZRB is said to be delaying payments to the codes because of the cash flow squeeze ensuing (suggests they are copping the excess costs, and that the terms of the contract are deficient from the industry's end). Will be interesting to find out sometime whether Winston has been alerted. He will say "NO", of course. Perhaps the game is that Messara will stumble on the mess, and "surprise" Winston with the shock/horror impact. Perhaps the government's contribution for an all-weather track will be diverted to fix the software blowouts? If the payouts to the codes are reduced (not just delayed) look for reduced stakes next season!
  13. I've heard there are 100 IT types living in the basement at Petone. Bottom dwellers indeed.
  14. Spends his mornings studying form for Horsetralian meetings and the afternoons having nibbles with Tabcorp or Betfair?
  15. The version of Best Bets dated Friday 13.4.18 has a new layout. My early impression is that it is better that the old layout on the swings, and not as good on the roundabouts. Owners who like to see their names in print, and especially et al, will spew over not being mentioned.
  16. I suppose the Red Badge common sense came from guessing you might damage a kneecap if you connected with a straight right, or threatened their jewels if you managed an upper cut? Since when has it been the RIU's brief to hand out passes to owners? They seem only too keen to meddle with easy stuff which is nothing to do with integrity.
  17. Dillon is pathetic. In reality, the alternatives are probably no-one or some sports writer thrown racing as an add on who knowing nothing about it.
  18. Indeed. The announcement promotes warm fuzzies, but exposure of the practical impacts is necessary for a rounded view. If my 8 year old gelding breaks down in a hurdle race, will I still be able to have him put down right away on course, rather than prolong his suffering getting carted off into the unknown in an ambulance? If my Group 1 winning mare (just dreaming) breaks down horrifically while pulling up after creaming Kawi and company, can I demand she gets ambulance service though the vets on course want to put her down immediately? We now and then have race meetings interrupted when the ambulance for humans has taken a jockey away to hospital, and have to wait until a replacement ambulance arrives before a meeting resumes. Will this apply also with horse ambulances? Are there any studs which currently have horse ambulances? The bigger ones have greater numbers of thoroughbreds on their properties than run at many race meetings. And, while in horse welfare terms it mightn't be relevant, the horses at stud have economic value many times that of the full cards at industry meetings.
  19. Agree. Also transparency for punters, who are less likely to "play" if there are doubts about the amount of rain affecting the going and the likelihood of late scratchings. The comments on this and other threads show a comprehensive lack of confidence that clubs give out information, good and bad, with timeliness and forthrightness.
  20. Ruakaka would have to downsize bigtime if a synthetic track in the Waikato was successful
  21. There are 101 questions. Who decides the venue/location? Using what criteria? Who stumps up the capital (in what proportions)? Who owns it, maintains it, underwrites its ultimate replacement? Is it to be available year round for meetings, trials, and trackwork (for resident trainers, or all-comers)? Will it cater for jumps racing? Will it be left handed, right handed, both? Will changes to the Racing Act be required to accommodate it? Etc etc. Bailey Rogerson might be the only current trainer to see it happen in their lifetime.
  22. I see a NZ Thoroughbred Racing news item referred to Sir Patrick as "the sales doyenne". No doubt intended as flattery, but entirely missed the mark, a doyenne being the most respected or prominent woman in a particular field.
  23. Seemed to me there were new elements of professionalism in the Trackside TV coverage of Trentham, for example Tony Lee throwing to Emily Bosson for her interviews with the winning jockeys (which usually were good, and thankfully without problems with communications). The production side of things is way better than the contributions from the on-air "experts" Rodley, Sweeney and Popplewell. In their defence, however, I would say that they have earnest enthusiasm for what they are doing, and seem to have good relations with the trainers, jockeys, etc they interview. I stumbled on dire content on the Trackside radio show with Peter Early after 11 am. Stipendiary stewards giving insipid renderings race by race of stuff from RIU reports and gear changes involving mind-numbing trivia (nose bands, nasal strips, shadow rolls, etc). It was a sorry experience after the upbeat sports programme it followed.
  24. Watch out, Insider, you'll be charged with bringing the industry into disrepute with forthright observations like this.