THE TORCH

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  1. Im very surprised no one has mentioned the fracas at Ellesrlie last Saturday that involved the security guard and a northern trainer. The guard seemed to take his highly important role of gate supervisor to the extreme when clutching the trainer by the throat when he insisted he enter the birdcage to collect his horse. A few of his training colleagues jumped in to help as he was literally on a hiding to nothing. Where are, is, were, the RIU with this incident? Surely it cant be a good look for the game, especially on Auckland Cup day!
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    Trentham presenting

    The biggest waste of money that clubs have "invested" into in the last ten years. The guy adds nothing but noise pollution. How he has lasted this long says a lot about our administrators, not our punters. Please get rid of him!
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    Craig Rail.

    Apparently he was "filling in" which wasnt announced when he was appointed. He did a very good job however. I think guys like him, Teaz, and Evans get a pretty rough deal. Teaz is outstanding and I prefer him over anyone in NZ. Knows his stuff, knows the real industry participants, and calls a great race. We need to look after guys like him. Evans will be the next caller for the CD if those "in the know" actually know anything at all. There's a few callers who get the royal treatment and some have been red carpeted to their prominent roles - God knows how. We should also spare a thought for a guy like Tom Wood who could have given up completely after the way he was treated. He's having the last laugh now though.
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    Absolutely utterly appalling

    And there's the evidence.
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    Riccarton fields

    So much sense here. Careful or the "leaders" in Wellington might believe in it.
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    Absolutely utterly appalling

    Like everything today - history, tradition, and heritage all go out the window for the new 5 minute wonders. Racing is sharply being overtaken by it.
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    McNabs Riding

    Oh yes! Abide had to grind thru the Cameron handbrake. Bit like Natuzzi with Coleman aboard.
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    McNabs Riding

    Very interesting. Dont mind backing him though. Malcolm Johnston had the same problem yet today hes a legend.
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    Kumara

    Was a great circuit all round. Where are the baggers?? Probably praying theyll be right next year
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    Reefton

    Brilliant racing!!! Well done to Paul Harris collecting two races in impressive style. Omoto Saturday!!! Big tick.
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    Kumara

    Who cares? Theyre moving to Omoto so just enjoy that!!! Theyll out do Trentham in some way so just bloody enjoy good old fashioned grassroots racing. If you look hard enough you’ll find things to nit pick in any country with their industry. Get off your ass and get to the actual races instead of waiting for the next thing to mope about. Honestly.
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    Kumara

    Nothing like fragmented clubs on the Coast eh.
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    Kumara

    So its back to Omoto...brilliant news! Will be an awesome sight watching the Nuggets field go around there. Might be first in first served with the stalls though!
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    Omoto

    Great days racing! Best place to watch races in nz
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    Omoto

    No stalls again?
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    Omoto

    You still avoiding Omoto uneasy??
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    BANKS PENINSULA RACES

    Good on them! You sound like a “David Ellis band wagonner”. All winners can only come from the Karaka sales and meeting will be programmed to suit them too. Give me strength
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    Melody Belle / J. Richards

    That rich coming from George. Whenever he has a runner everyone is told about it - repeatedly! Hes well past his use by date.
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    Hawera

    Opunake? Thats that fickle lot who shot the gap north eh?! Mmmm. And where will they go if NP is sold? Te Awamutu is the next stop.
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    Hawera

    Hilarious tripe. Karl had the place immaculate. Id say his years at Te Ngutu would be a slight advantage over your knowledge (remember your an unknown hiding behind a username so we wouldnt have a clue what your credentials are). Ive been at three of the last 6 spring meetings and the track has been great. You’re not from NP by any chance? Sorted out that council issue?? Fancy sitting on tender hooks over a pointless name change. Oh well image over substance is the way now. Lol.
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    Hawera

    Back to its best?? Jeez what have you been watching. Last year it was a firm track again and brilliantly presented. The new caretaker has carried on the great work of Karl Stratton (the previous caretaker, now President) who had the place looking like Augusta. But it doesnt matter now eh. The "2 minute wonders" have got what they want from Mr Messaras drive thru assessment of NZ racing and will think that closing down the likes of Hawera (who actually own their land - it is NOT the councils!) is the best thing for our industry. What I look forward to are those clubs who survive (for now) and the pressures they will be under. They will have NO EXCUSES for poor turnover or small crowds. None at all. But the formula will bring prosperity (Tui ad). When they do not come up trumps thats when things get really interesting. Who goes next?? New Plymouth? Pukekohe? Otaki? All second tier courses who are 4th tier achievers. Its going to be an amusing decade ahead. Who will be the first to admit they were wrong to get rid of our better clubs of today?
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    Hawera

    Yep. They usually utilise the lower bar in the public stand for the young ones on this particular race day. One year however the President forgot to get the permit in on time and they all ended up in the members and it was a shambles apparently. A few stories that cant be repeated on here! I know quite a few of these young ones do like a punt but the majority have no idea and are nine tenths hammered when entering the course. Anyone who was in the "blue" bar at last years meeting will never forget the antics of two sloshed heffers trying to get over the wire fence at around 1pm. The laughter could be heard in Eltham. Funniest thing Ive seen on a race course.
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    Hawera

    But hang on - isnt that the new strategy the city clubs are adopting?? Champers galore and corporates networking away. No thought about the actual racing.
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    Hawera

    How can you trust todays figures when the new format keeps glitching and punters cant get their bets on???!!! Big fields tells you that the owners and trainers want to go there. Year after year this meeting shows up a lot of North Island clubs. Right on the back of the over rated Hastings carnival too! Watch some of the finishes from Saturday - poor T Lee was in need of a few Rothmans after every race.
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    Hawera

    Quality racing at the best track in the CD. Notice how horses were winning from anywhere. Most interesting was how horses who go well in the mud were the equal of firm track performers (Red Sierra a case in point). And the track is on its last days. Give me strength.