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  1. Just going back to Terribly Disappointed's comment which started this thread, I believe it was CWJ himself who nominated the horses named in the programme. I think Final Lot might be in his next round!
  2. I agree with everything Trump has written about Barry. We were co-directors on the TAB and I was very disappointed that Barry was not on the Racing Board that was formed following the disappearance of the TAB and the RIB. His racing knowledge, his commitment and his passion for the sport/industry could have done so much for the new RB. I well remember his excitement when the name of one of his latest horses was accepted - Auckland Blues. I believe he won over 100 races as an owner and I am sure that included one or two with the Mosgiel Andertons with whom he was good friends.
  3. Jape

    new govt

    Yes, Kieran was one of the "young ones" at Trackside working as a bookie for the greyhounds before he followed his dream of being a politician. He was a List Member and Junior Whip at Parliament before his recent, resounding win in the Wairarapa. Kieran is a very positive, personable and quite colourful character who comes across well on television. He ran an extraordinarily busy and ultimately very successful campaign.
  4. I managed to bring up this wonderful photo of Tony but someone else may be able to reproduce the article which came from the NZ Racing Desk and is well worth reading.
  5. Racing loses a gifted horseman. This is the heading to a very comprehensive article on the late Tony PrendergasTony Prendergast obituary.docxt whose passing will be very much mourned by all in the racing fraternity.
  6. He will be very much missed. It is a long time since that I first met him in the box at QEII in his Radio Pacific days. Still going strong today. Best wishes.
  7. I don't remember being able to have a one cent bet on the old site. Or a 10 cent multi. Or a Bonus Bet. Or a Double Up. Or watching the races on the laptop. Just saying. I had the usual problems when it was first introduced but it suits me now. (No, not the tiddlies. They're just for fun). It seems primarily to be set up for sports betting so we have to live with that. What concerns me most, like everyone else, is the cost, both present and future. "They" got caught out at the TAB when they went to upgrade the original system. I remember how we were told this could ha
  8. Going by the various comments on this topic it is very much a case of : To each his own. However, I am intrigued by the reference to VIP punters and I think you may well be wrong, Lights Out. How much influence should the VIP punters have? When something called Flexibet was first presented to the TAB management by the Board it was rejected because of the negative response from the VIP punters. The TAB Board members thought otherwise and persisted. The result was: the introduction of Percentage Betting as it came to be known.
  9. I am not at all sure where you get the "downhill in the early 90s" and "outsiders with no interest in racing or even betting" from. Check the Annual Report for 2003. Dedicated racing people with a passion for the industry. Record turnover. NZ still supplying great horses to take on, and beat the Aussies e.g. Ethereal and Sunline. Sadly, it was the dissolution of the RIB and the TAB and the formation of the RB that led to the features to which you refer.
  10. This awful drama has turned into The Theatre of the Absurd.
  11. Yes, a remarkable race, a stunning finish, probably Keith Haub's best-ever call at the line. To top it all off, there was, of course, only one LaZboy for the winning jockey so the two jockeys, Michelle and Wayne, hopped in together much to the delight of the crowd.
  12. I find it hard to believe that GOM has gone. That is so sad. To the family, my best wishes, my condolences. Rest in Peace.
  13. Jape

    I give up

    Excellent, chiknsmack, to see you are finding the Formguides so very useful, which they are. But do not dismiss so summarily the Comments Lines which are not produced by "some random stranger". Those comments are there to help people looking for information about a greyhound race field. The more experienced punter, like yourself, may not need such information as "Wide runner not suited to box 1" because you already know that. For so many others, though, that is an informed comment on which the reader can then make her/his own judgement.