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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This awful drama has turned into The Theatre of the Absurd.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Randwick r1 -- 2 r2 -- 12 r3 -- 5 r4 -- 13 r5 -- 5 r6 -- 3 r7 -- 12 r8 -- 9 r9 -- 17 Flemington r1 -- 10 r2 -- 5 r3 -- 11 r4 -- 8 r5 -- 10 r6 -- 11 r7 -- 15 r8 -- 2 r9 -- 6
  14. Jape

    I give up

    I hope you caught up with the FormGuides for both Cambridge and Addington today. They are severely abbreviated but every dog is covered and once you get the hang of it, you can follow it quite well. There is a huge amount of info there. Btw, I presume you people check out the Punters Lounge each day to find out what is available. If not, you should. I hope you have been taking note of the Comments Lines for all meetings except Addington. As well, there have been very good interviews. One with Marcie Flipp very good. Also Mark and Philippa going through the fields providing more informatio
  15. Jape

    I give up

    Don't give up yet, Everton et al. There have been Comments Lines at the northern and Central meetings. Palmy again today and Wanganui tomorrow Then Cambridge on Thursday. Sadly, no Addington.
  16. Check the Annual Report 2003. Record turnover. Percentage betting came in then. Yes, there had been 50pence/cents doubles previously but nothing like the breadth of % betting as it developed. I am sure many on here remember being at Addington and holding a double ticket on the first-leg winner and ready to exchange. Out would come an employee and we would watch as he manipulated the divs according to the influx of betting. Oh, number 6 has come in. Number 8 is going out. Quite exciting it was and occasionally, very occasionally, we would make the right choices. As I have s
  17. Excellent to see the Comments Lines back for the dogs at Wanganui on Friday and I see they are there for Manukau tomorrow. For those people looking to have a bet on the greyhounds they are very worthwhile. Dare I say it - essential!
  18. I was on the NZGRA Executive when the Racing Bill was formed and discussed so was not really privy to the what, the why and the whatever. I had to relinquish that position when I was appointed to the TAB and at that point it was assumed that the Bill would become the Act within weeks or at most a couple of months. Things can take their time in Parliament and Racing is rarely a high priority. (It never ceases to amaze me that the politicians are so unaware of the amount of money that racing puts into the Government's coffers, for very little input, as well as boosting the pay packets of s
  19. Sorry, I can recall some of those people on the RIB but not all. This is partly because of an erratic memory these days but also because we TAB directors never really had that much contact with those on the RIB. As for the TAB: Rick Bettle was the Chairman of both Boards and Tom Jamison, was also on both Boards. Along with Barry Neville-White, Peter Vela, Richard Sissons, Bill Kermode after Richard resigned and myself. The late Jim Leach became the transition General Manager until the Act came into force. I was the GRNZ rep after Mary Mountier resigned and was there for most of the last
  20. Percentage betting in its previous form which is what you refer to was very limited and, funnily enough, was not considered as "percentage betting", nor referred to as such. "Flexibet" was the term used when this form of betting was first introduced to the NZ TAB and after some to-ing and fro-ing came to be known as 'percentage betting' with a much wider scale of operation that the 5-bob double and the like.
  21. I have aired my views on the other forum. That is the Barry Lichter News Stories and the A to Z of NZ Racing and its demise. I would just add that my main point is that what was lost or disposed of, to be quite blunt, when the Racing Act came into being in 2003 were the people who were PASSIONATE about RACING. They have never been properly replaced.
  22. Barry Lichter's summation of the situation is - sadly - very much "on the money". One point I would like to make, though, is that he makes no reference to the Directors of the TAB Board leading into the Racing Act of 2003. Prior to the Act there were two organisations responsible for the administration and ultimate success of Racing NZ. The Racing Industry Board and the TAB were separate units although the Chairman and one person were on both Boards. It would be difficult to find a more responsive and responsible group than those who comprised the TAB. Yes, you may consider I am bia
  23. Ha ha. Once again, though, I was very pleased with my final result at 13th and over $3K in the bin. BUT you are so right about the tardy beginnings. I grew up with the likes of Highland Fling and Lord Module and Thunder and Shorty Bijou. They often gave their opponents a good start before unleashing in the last lap - or even last furlong.. On the other hand, in my days as an athlete, I was a sprinter and long jumper and anything further than 220 yards was a challenge. Fast out of the blocks then try to hang on! Stamina was not in my genes. Those comps are great fun an