Scotch Thistle

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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Grego in Absolute rubbish coverage   
    Agreed.
    The best NZ Trackside performer, for mine, was the "amateur", Jason Waddell.   
    Most of the rest were cringeworthy. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Grego in Absolute rubbish coverage   
    Agreed.
    The best NZ Trackside performer, for mine, was the "amateur", Jason Waddell.   
    Most of the rest were cringeworthy. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Grego in Absolute rubbish coverage   
    Agreed.
    The best NZ Trackside performer, for mine, was the "amateur", Jason Waddell.   
    Most of the rest were cringeworthy. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Grego in Absolute rubbish coverage   
    Agreed.
    The best NZ Trackside performer, for mine, was the "amateur", Jason Waddell.   
    Most of the rest were cringeworthy. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from THE TORCH in Crashed again   
    John Allen must resign.  
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from GOM in Sophia Malthus   
    The report says
    Experts consulted by WorkSafe found Malthus was not competent to have been put in charge of a racehorse at the Alfriston training track in July 2016, having been given no formal training, being not riding fit and having only ridden quiet horses and never at a gallop.
    I don't know that it will profit us taking this discussion further, best to allow the hearings to reach their conclusion on a fully-informed basis. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from GOM in Sophia Malthus   
    The report says
    Experts consulted by WorkSafe found Malthus was not competent to have been put in charge of a racehorse at the Alfriston training track in July 2016, having been given no formal training, being not riding fit and having only ridden quiet horses and never at a gallop.
    I don't know that it will profit us taking this discussion further, best to allow the hearings to reach their conclusion on a fully-informed basis. 
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in There is only one disappointment John Allen...   
    If Allen has any self-respect he will quit after the contempt shown him by Peters.  
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to premixer in Hastings Coverage   
    The coverage we had at Hastings today for 3 or 4 races after Riccarton was abandoned, and before Aussie kicked off, was the coverage we should be getting of our premier meetings every Saturday.
    Was brilliant, 15 mins before the race, crossing live into the mounting yard, getting to watch the horses parade, good build up, and good after race coverage with interviews and so on.
     
    Why cant Trackside 1 be used like this more often, especially when its only the early races at Randwick/Flemington, put those onto Trackside 2.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from THE TORCH in Hawkes Bay Punter Of The Year Competition 2018   
    For all the publicity I've seen, the competition seems to be treated like a dirty secret.
    It is on my bucket list to be a starter, some year.  For the hell of it rather than in hope of the $20 grand first prize.
    Each year Trackside disappoints with feeble coverage, especially when Aussie racing kicks in.
     
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in There is only one disappointment John Allen...   
    If Allen has any self-respect he will quit after the contempt shown him by Peters.  
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to scooby3051 in Weigh In today....   
    Good to see Sheldon and Bruce involved both good additions to Trackside.
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to Huey in Messara Racing Review Full Report and 17 Key points   
    Youre kidding right?
    That's been done to death and if racing fully subscribes to that mantra its dead and buried in this country.
    Ever raced a horse with some of these 18-40yos ? they have they staying power/patience of an Aus breed stayer in the MC , when do they get involved and how at club level cause thats still an integral part of racing in this country.  That's why most of them are suited to those big stable syndicates that stroke their ego,engage in extreme hype,have a handbook of excuses and brush their brow when they enviably realise that not every horse is fast and that they don't win all the time. Yep they'll defintely save the industry .. but I digress.
     
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to Aaron Bidlake in Messara Racing Review Full Report and 17 Key points   
    I thought it all looks pretty good and what I had thought would be in it. 
    Apart from the tracks part but if that is what it takes to keep the industry going then so be it. I would love to see on course bookies back and let these tracks that are on the cut list to have stand alone on course meeting, similar to a Bush circuit in Aus. 
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to Berri in "You're Fired Stakes"   
    How ever the final complete story ends out, racing's administration must fire those responsible for the Te Rapa debacle.
    As I understand it, this is the situation. As Elerslie was under reconstruction, some of the iconic races were to be run at Te Rapa. In an attempt to improve the Te Rapa track surface, advice was given to apply sand to the track. This begs the question as to who was involved in that consultation process because this is actually where the responsibility chain starts. My understanding is that there was an attempt to improve the track surface not that long ago so why was this latest action necessary?
    The decision was to sand slit. This is where slits are cut into the track and sand would be placed into the slits. The theory of this technique is that the sand in the slits drains the water through the slits much quicker as theoretically the water drains through the soil profile and into the nova flow drainage under the track. What of course they don't understand is if you don't do analysis of the soil type and grass types with the rooting profile, the slitting may in fact destroy the stability of the surface and the kick back can be like a Sahara sand storm.
    But when you've got mediocre management, from the top down, the best thing you could do to prove your mediocraty is have no one at the track to see the sand arrive, which means no-one was there to check the quality and type of sand (dimensions), and the sand was dumped at a spot that wasn't specified. The sand was spread. It was of poor quality. It's specifications weren't checked, it was spread incorrectly.
    The outcome.....all the drains got blocked, a sink hole appeared in the track and a lake that is the next "Noosa" of the Waikato formed that has got the ducks changing their winter plans.
    I have been told that the track may not be used for the next 6 months.What the cost to the industry/ jobs/ contracts/ sponsorship's?  Put this together with the debacle of 6 months ago during summer, when on a major race day, the food and beverage ran out (which was substandard in the first place) and that the track has been progressively degraded during the reign of both the current chairman and CEO (who hides in his office during race days) and you've got the targets for the "You're Fired Stakes".
    If any member of the NZTR were involved in this debacle, then they should also be in the noms for the same race. Grow some balls leaders. This is simply not acceptable in terms of incompetence and mis management. 
    Heads must Roll
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to Jackman in Sky TV Losses   
    I see Sky TV annouces the loss of another 57000 customers this past 12 months, so this  will no doubt be another big chunk  of viewers not viewing trackside. Maybe it is tme the racing board/Tab took it back over again and while doing so go back to the  old format or at least have one channel soley for NZ races. I certainly dont watch it as much as I used to as I am not particularly interested in aussie racing and cannot abide the cutting short of NZ coverage to watch some obscure race in the back blocks of never never land.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Leggy in Te Rapa Track...Is it worth the money they spent on it???   
    Having listened through the interview, I'm encouraged by Rutherford's recognition and admission of the mess Te Rapa is in and the earnest response needed to get things back in order.  This response seems to include flicking off two industry meetings in September to other tracks, and undersewing grass, but meantime having plenty of hooves help to force that sand from the surface into the ground.
    A question Coppins (useless interviewer) didn't ask Rutherford is why the club didn't have anyone competent overseeing the work done in February.  Rutherford said the contractor did a "very shoddy job", being supposed to spread 4-6 mm depth of sand across the course, but actually putting on up to 2 inches (i.e. 50mm) in places in a central strip of the track.   50mm is 8 to 12 times the depth of sand supposed to have been laid, so it was indeed a shoddy job.   Clearly the club was incompetent in not noticing and intervening whilst the contractor's shoddy work was in progress.
    Follow-up questions Coppins might have asked are whether Te Rapa paid the contractor, is seeking compensation, and has warned other clubs off using the shoddy outfit.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Fartoomuch in Apprentice caught Punting   
    I reckon you'll find out how he was potted if you read the article you've quoted.  Read it carefully, top to bottom and left to right, and you might surprise yourself as to how clever you are
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from scooby3051 in Saundry on AW tracks   
    There might be no mention of AWT/synthetic tracks in the NZF racing policy, but what matters more is what was signed up to post-election by the 3 coalition partners. And what has been wrangled since.
    At Karaka in January Peters said ..." Abandoned races result in millions of dollars lost to the racing industry each year.  A further priority for this government is investment in an all-weather race track. This will be subject to this year’s government budget process.  The objective is clear. Such a track would be an important step in helping certainty and consistency of racing."
    Although Peters referred to "an" and "a" (i.e.one) all-weather track, within days John Allen was referring to synthetic tracks and calling for 2 synthetic tracks, each costing $6-10 million, to be located at Cambridge and in Canterbury.
    Whether or not things add up depends on what items are being summed, and by whom?  The way Peters operates I guess he is delighted that people are thrashing around in confusion, and I doubt that either of the other coalition partners cares at all (any more than the last government did).
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in Saundry on AW tracks   
    I can't see it happening either, not successfully anyway.  Talk is cheap.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in Saundry on AW tracks   
    I can't see it happening either, not successfully anyway.  Talk is cheap.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from scooby3051 in Saundry on AW tracks   
    There might be no mention of AWT/synthetic tracks in the NZF racing policy, but what matters more is what was signed up to post-election by the 3 coalition partners. And what has been wrangled since.
    At Karaka in January Peters said ..." Abandoned races result in millions of dollars lost to the racing industry each year.  A further priority for this government is investment in an all-weather race track. This will be subject to this year’s government budget process.  The objective is clear. Such a track would be an important step in helping certainty and consistency of racing."
    Although Peters referred to "an" and "a" (i.e.one) all-weather track, within days John Allen was referring to synthetic tracks and calling for 2 synthetic tracks, each costing $6-10 million, to be located at Cambridge and in Canterbury.
    Whether or not things add up depends on what items are being summed, and by whom?  The way Peters operates I guess he is delighted that people are thrashing around in confusion, and I doubt that either of the other coalition partners cares at all (any more than the last government did).
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from scooby3051 in Saundry on AW tracks   
    There might be no mention of AWT/synthetic tracks in the NZF racing policy, but what matters more is what was signed up to post-election by the 3 coalition partners. And what has been wrangled since.
    At Karaka in January Peters said ..." Abandoned races result in millions of dollars lost to the racing industry each year.  A further priority for this government is investment in an all-weather race track. This will be subject to this year’s government budget process.  The objective is clear. Such a track would be an important step in helping certainty and consistency of racing."
    Although Peters referred to "an" and "a" (i.e.one) all-weather track, within days John Allen was referring to synthetic tracks and calling for 2 synthetic tracks, each costing $6-10 million, to be located at Cambridge and in Canterbury.
    Whether or not things add up depends on what items are being summed, and by whom?  The way Peters operates I guess he is delighted that people are thrashing around in confusion, and I doubt that either of the other coalition partners cares at all (any more than the last government did).
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    Scotch Thistle reacted to Littletramp in NZRB statement of intent released   
    The following is taken from a blog named Farnham Street - the highlight in the middle section is mine to demonstrate the key point. It discusses the difference between people who know what they are talking about and those who do plenty of talking but are full of B/S. A situation very common in many fields notably in local body and national politics (love the comments on journalism) and is so obvious once you read and absorbed the thoughts discussed below. Cue the engagement of John Messara for the NZ racing industry to move past this systemic problem.
    Charlie Munger, the billionaire business partner of Warren Buffett, frequently tells the story below to illustrate how to distinguish real knowledge from pretend knowledge.
    At the 2007 Commencement to the USC Law School, Munger explained it this way:
    The point of the story is not the quick-wittedness of the protagonist, but rather — to echo Richard Feynman — it’s about making a distinction between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
    Two Types of Knowledge
    Real knowledge comes when people do the work. This is so important that Elon Musk tries to tease it out in interviews.
    On the other hand, we have the people who don’t do the work — they pretend. While they’ve learned to put on a good show, they lack understanding. They can’t answer questions that don’t rely on memorization. They can’t explain things without using jargon or vague terms. They have no idea how things interact. They can’t predict consequences.
    The problem is that it’s difficult to separate the two.
    One way to tease out the difference between Planck and chauffeur knowledge is to ask them why.
    In The Art of Thinking Clearly, Rolf Dobelli offers some commentary on distinguishing fake from real knowledge:
    One way to guard against this is to understand your circle of competence.
    Dobelli concludes with some advice worth taking to heart.
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    Scotch Thistle got a reaction from bloke in Well Done Hawkes Bay Racing   
    The Hawkes Bay Racing website tells us:
    Presumably blind eyes will be turned if a flask or two of brandy or rum are brought along.  Or a keg of whisky if the Minister of Racing turns up with his friends and family in tow.