WOODBINE

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    Politicians

    Red Rum John Key did not come from a privileged background (please read his bio) and he had to work very hard for his subsequent success. John’s background is typical of many successful NZers they come from humble backgrounds and don’t have chips on their shoulders. I first came across John when he worked for the accounting firm Touché Ross in Christchurch shortly after graduation i was a partner in Touche Ross and he attended a TR Conference for new graduates that I was a presenter at. He impressed me as a quality young professional who would be an exceptional achiever in whatever profession is choose to be in. I also remember being at a Governance Institute of Australia annual dinner several years ago ( I represented Governance NZ) the guest speaker Peter Fitzsimmons was publicly championing John Key as the Australian Prime Minster to a dinner table of quality Australians. I was very proud to be a NZ er that night. At a community function where John was guest speaker shortly before National came to power I was asked to give the vote of thanks to John I said to him “I want to thank you for coming home to NZ to make a difference....” He spoke to me later saying that he had never received such words and I stand by them today. John and Jacinda are both outstanding NZers and leaders who have been noted offshore for their qualities and activism. In respect of our racing industry problems I believe that NZRB and the codes have needed leaders with a bullying / critical style to get things done. Peter V’landys of Racing NSW appears to have such a style and in NZ Michael Stiassny would have been a very effective CEO of NZRB rather than its Chairman
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    Politicians

    We all tend to forget that John Key did not take a salary during his time as Prime Minister This was a large sacrifice also practiced by Donald J Trump.
  3. I was pleased that NZB decided to offer such a sale but I was very interested in the terms and conditions of this sale and I must say they will be costing vendors particularly with the increased Gavelhouse commission rate from 5 percent to 8.5 percent. An online sale is just that an online sale and the Gavelhouse Plus upgrade does not add outstanding value to any vendor at present My suggestion is that this Gavelhouse Plus sale should not be compared to the existing May sale as they are very different. Eg no offering fee on passed in lots has ever been a condition of previous May sales so even to raise it is misleading Accordingly the sale should be offered on the normal terms and conditions of a normal Gavelhouse fortnightly sale such as entry fee $500 plus GST, and sales commission of 5% The requirement for X-rays is in order but any comments about an extended buying bench works in NZB’s favour Because as the selling agent they should be maximising the number of potential buyers. Finally there is no need for a major printing run for a May catalogue with a major cost saving to NZB. Any comments.?
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    Opie Departing

    Opie Bosson has been our best rider for some years. In my opinion he is followed by Jason Waddell. Jason is a big race rider and he would also be a top performer in Australia if he decides to head that way. Good luck to both of them
  5. I grew up listening to Radio Sport and its link to cricket and rugby in particular. Before Trackside Radio started the TAB took a shareholding interest in Radio Hauraki in order to ensure the continued radio coverage of races. Why not think outside the square RITA and look at a play for Radio Sport?
  6. I grew up listening to Radio Sport and its link to cricket and rugby in particular. Before Trackside Radio started the TAB took a shareholding interest in Radio Hauraki in order to ensure the continued radio coverage of races. Why not think outside the square RITA and look at a play for Radio Sport?
  7. Message:Message: Looking ahead there may be major problems with the importation of shuttle stallions into Australia and New Zealand for the 2020 breeding season. The COVID-19 virus will be with us for a significant period of time so I believe it would be an appropriate opportunity to consider alternative stallion servicing such as AI. AI is used successfully for both the standardbred and sports horse industries. Many equine vets are familiar with AI servicing and it’s protocals and it would enable the Thoroughbred breeding industry to continue without major disruption
  8. Over the years I have purchased three mares - two via Gavelhouse and one at Karaka May Sale that were chronic wind suckers. In all three cases the fact that the mares were wind suckers was not disclosed and were subsequently based at outside agistment properties that were had electric fencing. When I moved these mares home I immediately noted that they were windsucking as I had one paddock with a small section of post and rail fencing that was not electrified. My most recent purchase was on Gavelhouse on 2nd March which included a foal at foot. When I noted the windsucking I contacted Gavelhouse and was informed that I had to provide a video of the mare wind sucking and also a vet certificate thereon. I made direct contact with the previous owner who admitted that he had seen this mare windsuck but that she didn’t do it very often. I requested him to take back the mare at no cost but no offer was forthcoming. This lack of accountability bugs me as all the responsibility is being placed on the purchaser by the selling agent to prove that the horse is a wind sucker within 7 days of sale. The vendor is deliberately misrepresenting the horse when a wind sucker is not being declared with ultimate limited responsibility. This is a matter that the NZTBA should take up with Gavelhouse etc so that vendors are made directly accountable for their deceit. A 7 day period is to short and should be extended to 30 days. Another suggestion that such deceitful vendors are named and shamed in much the same way as NZTR do with non payers of fines etc. FYI I paid reasonable prices for two of these mares and incurred major losses in both cases. Are there any other stories that could be told?
  9. How can you complete such investigations when the horse is being sold at an online auction.? We need a major horse sale like Hasaholo or similar transaction sum which involves an undisclosed windsucker to give this issue some major publicity I am not a lawyer but understand commercial law issues and believe that vendors have an obligation to answer all questions correctly and completely on the sales entry process for Gavelhouse. There appears to be a common trend for vendors to deliberately ignore to not disclose windsuckers when there is a sales entry requirement for them to do so. This is deceptive and has been swept under the counter by our industry for too long. There has to be accountability and today a 7 day rule is not practical as demonstrated by Gavelhouse’s requirement for the purchaser to video the wind sucking and engage an expensive vet to observe and then report on this behaviour Perhaps Brian De Lore could write an article on this unacceptable behaviour
  10. Thanks for these posts Imagine if the Group 1 winner Hasaholo was an undisclosed windsucker and was sold on Gavelhouse without this disclosure ? I spoke with this mare’s previous trainer from Melbourne who advised me that she was a wind sucker. The other mare I purchased on Gavelhouse had been listed twice, and it was only when I read her first listing where it had been disclosed that she was a wind sucker that I raised the issue. When I purchased this mare she was sent to an outside agistment farm which had paddocks that were fully electrified so my point is the 7 day period must be extended to at least 30 days.
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    Oh what a mess we're in

    These are the registered broodmares How many were actually served and are in foal.
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    Showcasing

    What an impact this departed stallion is having with his present crop of 2 year olds.? He has only three lots in the upcoming NZB Book 1 sale but a good representation in Book 2.
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    Showcasing

    Another new 2 year old Showcasing winner at Te Aroha today - Laced with Gold The bandwagon continues
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    Showcasing

    The Showcasing 2 year old performances continue with new Te Rapa winner On Display winning well today Good luck to the purchasers of the last NZ Showcasing yearlings at Karaka 2020. They are by NZ’s best performing 2 year old sire but appeared to have been overlooked by most of the syndicators
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    SUPER EFFORT BY TEAM TE AKAU

    Te Akau should consider setting up an Australian stable so that many of their expensive yearlings can compete for proper prize money I note that Go Racing is expanding its Australian horse numbers
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    Dean McKenzie road show

    LJohn Messara should be approached for his comments on the proposed legislation as it appears to completely ignore his report recommendations. As he completed his work without charge and Minister Peters endorsed Messara’s findings for implementation at the Claudelands report release John deserves an explanation from our Racing Minister My thoughts are that DIA boffins and their proxies have drafted this bill without any reference to the Messara Report in completing their work and that Cabinet predominantly Labour have approved this draft bill. Prime Minister Arden should be requested to comment on the unexplained variations from the bill and the Messara Report findings
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    Are the Whip rules working

    Whipping behind the saddle should be banned now. The winning jockeys who copped $1000 fines should also be stood down for say a minimum 2 week period. The severe whipping of horses is a blight on the industry and is tantamount to the canning of students at schools years ago.
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    Showcasing

    Showcasing has three 2 year old fillies in the Karaka Million 2 year race out of 13 starters. Play that Song deserves to be race favourite but Taroni is my predicted winner. I understand that she is flying in training gallops This stallion has never hit the high times at the yearling sales. Perhaps after Saturday’s race buyers will look at the Showcasing yearlings with greater interest. He certainly deserves better recognition
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    Steve Davis - Auctioneer extraordinaire.

    One major point of difference between Steve Davis and his predecessors is that he is a recognised international auctioneer working at major sales in South Africa, Australia and NZ.
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    Showcasing

    Another quality 2 year old filly winner today at Trentham with Opalesence Is she entered for Karaka Million.?
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    Unique Treble For Jason Waddell

    Jason is one of the few NZ jockeys that could compete competitively internationally. Along with Opie Bosson NZ is lucky to have some very good jockeys that have remained here.
  22. In three days the Melbourne Cup will be run. The Melbourne Cup is probably the only race that businesses run a sweepstake on a horse race. For some years I have been an advocate for the TAB to develop a gaming product with Lotto to run on the Melbourne Cup. This would bring racing into the Lotto community and also give the sweepstakers an opportunity to win a major prize. I have raised this suggestion at several John Allen sessions only for it to be brushed off with the line we will consider it. NZ Racing is devoid of any growth ideas and strategies and it now may be too late to turn it around. Sadly we are now a sunset industry.
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    Melbourne Cup and Lotto

    In three days the Melbourne Cup will be run. The Melbourne Cup is probably the only race that businesses run a sweepstake on a horse race. For some years I have been an advocate for the TAB to develop a gaming product with Lotto to run on the Melbourne Cup. This would bring racing into the Lotto community and also give the sweepstakers an opportunity to win a major prize. I have raised this suggestion at several John Allen sessions only for it to be brushed off with the line we will consider it. NZ Racing is devoid of any growth ideas and strategies and it now may be too late to turn it around. Sadly we are now a sunset industry.
  24. One for the statistics Kolding’s win in the Golden Eagle race won his connections a $4 million stake. This is the highest stake ever won in one race by a NZ bred racehorse Lets give this achievement some publicity
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    Melbourne Cup and Lotto

    Berri My suggestion is different to the Race O concept