WOODBINE

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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Dopey in Roaring lion withdrawn from service   
    What a shame I hope this magnificent horse makes a full recovery and is back next season 
    Great to see the stud and its management team react quickly 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Dopey in Roaring lion withdrawn from service   
    What a shame I hope this magnificent horse makes a full recovery and is back next season 
    Great to see the stud and its management team react quickly 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Dopey in Showcasing had his 13th 2 year old winner in Singapore   
    The departed stallion Showcasing had his 13th 2 year old winner this season when No Regrets won in Singapore. This performance must be close to a record for a NZ stallion. 
    He also has a number of trial performers who have yet to start so he may extend this number of winners before season end.
    I note that he has 8 weanlings for sale at next week’s.Karaka May Sale so they should attract attention.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Insider in Power To Queensland   
    With the banishment of Power to a small stud in Queensland (I can’t locate a website for their business) what type of opportunity is he going to get there..
    There is a lesson to be learned here and that is to be careful breeding to any shuttle stallion not partially owned or controlled by NZers
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from ADM in Australian sires that would not be out of place in NZ   
    There are two Aussie sires that I have bred to over the years that are reasonably priced and have achieved very good race results with their progeny namely Domesday and Shamus Award.
    They both have stood for A$10,000 and have enjoyed reasonable books. I suggested Shamus Award to one leading Waikato studmaster late last year and he said that he could not afford him. As a Cox Plate and Australian Guineas winner He would be among the best performed stallions to stand here.
    He is now standing in Victoria which is good news for that state.
    At the May weaning sale you will see the first crop of Telperions. The foals I have seen are outstanding 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from ADM in Australian sires that would not be out of place in NZ   
    There are two Aussie sires that I have bred to over the years that are reasonably priced and have achieved very good race results with their progeny namely Domesday and Shamus Award.
    They both have stood for A$10,000 and have enjoyed reasonable books. I suggested Shamus Award to one leading Waikato studmaster late last year and he said that he could not afford him. As a Cox Plate and Australian Guineas winner He would be among the best performed stallions to stand here.
    He is now standing in Victoria which is good news for that state.
    At the May weaning sale you will see the first crop of Telperions. The foals I have seen are outstanding 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in The Autumn Sun officially retired......   
    I believe that Brutal by O’Reilly would have been very competitive against the Autumn Sun over 1600m 
    Redoubtes Choice raced on as a 4 year old and it is disappointing that his son will not
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Newmarket RC in NZTR in state of “deep contemplation” for the last ten years   
    This is not the first opportunity that Racing Australia (formerly the Australian Racing Board - ARB) has welcomed the opportunity to assist / meet with NZTR on industry opportunities.
    In 2000 Australia brought in a GST tax regime. The ARB restructured the Australian Rules of Racing so that there was one central pool of stakes via the racing clubs which created three separate pools of prizemoney for owners (85%), jockeys (5%) and trainers (10%). As a result there was a quantified savings of GST for hobbyist owners of A$7 million in the 2000/2001 racing season.
    I was the ARB's principal GST advisor and I worked closely with Andrew Harding (ARB CEO) and Bob Charley (ARB Chair) on this opportunity etc. I brought this proposition back home, made contact with Alan Jones (then a NZTR Board member) and he presented my paper to a NZTR board meeting. The estimated GST savings for unregistered owners would have been over $500K in the 1999/2000 racing year. I subsequently gave presentations to NZTR/HRNZ management on the Australian GST regime and its implications for NZ and also strongly advocated for the prizemoney pool rule change.
    Andrew Harding was very willing to assist NZTR / HRNZ with this rule change but it fell upon deaf ears at both bodies. I regularly advocated for this rule change with a succession of NZTR Chairmen.
    In 2011 Malcom Holmes became NZTR CEO and as he was previously CEO of the Brisbane Turf Club he was familiar with the Australian prizemoney distribution pools and couldn't understand why NZ did not follow the same system. He made contact with me and resurrected the discussion which has resulted in new rules coming into effect in 2016. The industry owes Malcolm Holmes and subsequently director - Greg McCarthy a big thank you for following this through.
    The ARB leaders were ready and available to visit / meet with NZTR to advance this opportunity.
    In 2003 I attended the Australian Racing Hall of Fame event in Adelaide and subsequently was instrumental with Gerald Fell in setting up the very successful NZ Racing Hall of Fame organisation which has held some wonderful events. The ARB and Andrew Harding were very helpful in assisting us to set up NZRHF sharing their material etc. In fact Andrew Harding now CEO of the Asian racing Conference  invited the NZRHF to give a key note presentation to the 2014 Conference in Hong Kong. There are very few occasions when NZ racing is invited to give some presentations to such an international forum.
    So I applaud the NZTR / Racing Australia initiative but also wonder what might have been if the earlier invitations from the ARB had been taken up.
      
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Newmarket RC in NZTR in state of “deep contemplation” for the last ten years   
    This is not the first opportunity that Racing Australia (formerly the Australian Racing Board - ARB) has welcomed the opportunity to assist / meet with NZTR on industry opportunities.
    In 2000 Australia brought in a GST tax regime. The ARB restructured the Australian Rules of Racing so that there was one central pool of stakes via the racing clubs which created three separate pools of prizemoney for owners (85%), jockeys (5%) and trainers (10%). As a result there was a quantified savings of GST for hobbyist owners of A$7 million in the 2000/2001 racing season.
    I was the ARB's principal GST advisor and I worked closely with Andrew Harding (ARB CEO) and Bob Charley (ARB Chair) on this opportunity etc. I brought this proposition back home, made contact with Alan Jones (then a NZTR Board member) and he presented my paper to a NZTR board meeting. The estimated GST savings for unregistered owners would have been over $500K in the 1999/2000 racing year. I subsequently gave presentations to NZTR/HRNZ management on the Australian GST regime and its implications for NZ and also strongly advocated for the prizemoney pool rule change.
    Andrew Harding was very willing to assist NZTR / HRNZ with this rule change but it fell upon deaf ears at both bodies. I regularly advocated for this rule change with a succession of NZTR Chairmen.
    In 2011 Malcom Holmes became NZTR CEO and as he was previously CEO of the Brisbane Turf Club he was familiar with the Australian prizemoney distribution pools and couldn't understand why NZ did not follow the same system. He made contact with me and resurrected the discussion which has resulted in new rules coming into effect in 2016. The industry owes Malcolm Holmes and subsequently director - Greg McCarthy a big thank you for following this through.
    The ARB leaders were ready and available to visit / meet with NZTR to advance this opportunity.
    In 2003 I attended the Australian Racing Hall of Fame event in Adelaide and subsequently was instrumental with Gerald Fell in setting up the very successful NZ Racing Hall of Fame organisation which has held some wonderful events. The ARB and Andrew Harding were very helpful in assisting us to set up NZRHF sharing their material etc. In fact Andrew Harding now CEO of the Asian racing Conference  invited the NZRHF to give a key note presentation to the 2014 Conference in Hong Kong. There are very few occasions when NZ racing is invited to give some presentations to such an international forum.
    So I applaud the NZTR / Racing Australia initiative but also wonder what might have been if the earlier invitations from the ARB had been taken up.
      
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from CosmicBlackie in GST refunds imminent on stakes percentages   
    I have a good working knowledge of this issue as I was the GST advisor to the Australian Racing Board in 1999 and 2000. The division of prize money into three distinct pools was initially raised by myself with Andrew Harding - the then CEO of the ARB (now deputy CEO of Hong Kong Jockey Club). The ARB took up this opportunity and it estimated that in its first year it saved unregistered owners some A$7 million.
    This division of prize money was first raised by myself with the NZTR Board in 1999 after a similar change was made to the Rules of Racing in Australia. This opportunity fail on deaf ears with NZTR for 13 years despite regular efforts by myself to promote it This lost GST Refund opportunity for unregistered owners during this period would have been many millions of dollars. Again old style thinking.
    The opportunity was taken up by the NZTR CEO at that time Murray Holmes with great support from NZTR Board member Greg McCarthy and congratulations to both these forward thinking gentlemen.
    The GST Refunds yet to be received by unregistered owners will exceed $1 million which will be a welcome receipt 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from ADM in Chris Waller Larry Cassidy and Endless Drama   
    There is a good case for all three Racing clubs to merge and create one large and appropriate racetrack 
    As a long standing member and former director of the WRC I’m disappointed at my club’s yo-yo approach to this outstanding opportunity 
     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from ADM in Chris Waller Larry Cassidy and Endless Drama   
    There is a good case for all three Racing clubs to merge and create one large and appropriate racetrack 
    As a long standing member and former director of the WRC I’m disappointed at my club’s yo-yo approach to this outstanding opportunity 
     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Red Rum in Showcasing - Our best sire of 2 year olds   
    Former Haunui Farm stallion Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) is enjoying a break-out season in Europe in 2018.  Along with siring another G1 winner – Advertise - he has a further four stakes winning 2YO’s to his credit with three of those coming in the last seven days!

    Advertise landed the G1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh in August.  That was off the back of an impressive victory in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket having finished runner-up in the Coventry at Royal Ascot second up.  He ended his two-year-old season with a runner-up performance in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes in the middle of October and goes to the paddock one of the best colts in Europe at the present time.

    This past week however, has seen Showcasing’s 2YO’s prove formidable in stakes races around Europe, starting with the win of Showout in he Listed Prix Zeddan at Deauville on the 23rd of October.  Next came Mohaather on the 27th of October in the G3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and Devant topped things off yesterday in the G3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte.

    Weekend racing in New Zealand also saw two further 2 year old stakes performers for Showcasing with Last Sight and Appellant finishing second and third in the Listed Wellesley Stakes respectively.  Three other Showcasing fillies finished 4th, 5th and 6th in the same race.
    Last season’s stakes winning 2YO’s Xpression and Bit Lippy have kicked off their 3YO seasons in fine form with Xpression the current favourite for the G1 1000 Guineas whilst Bit Lippy is a leading contender in the 2000 Guineas.
    Showcasing did not return to Haunui Farm this season however, he will be well represented at Australasia's 2019 yearling sales whilst his current 2018 foals will be his last Southern Hemisphere crop.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Red Rum in Showcasing - Our best sire of 2 year olds   
    Former Haunui Farm stallion Showcasing (GB) (Oasis Dream) is enjoying a break-out season in Europe in 2018.  Along with siring another G1 winner – Advertise - he has a further four stakes winning 2YO’s to his credit with three of those coming in the last seven days!

    Advertise landed the G1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh in August.  That was off the back of an impressive victory in the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket having finished runner-up in the Coventry at Royal Ascot second up.  He ended his two-year-old season with a runner-up performance in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes in the middle of October and goes to the paddock one of the best colts in Europe at the present time.

    This past week however, has seen Showcasing’s 2YO’s prove formidable in stakes races around Europe, starting with the win of Showout in he Listed Prix Zeddan at Deauville on the 23rd of October.  Next came Mohaather on the 27th of October in the G3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and Devant topped things off yesterday in the G3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte.

    Weekend racing in New Zealand also saw two further 2 year old stakes performers for Showcasing with Last Sight and Appellant finishing second and third in the Listed Wellesley Stakes respectively.  Three other Showcasing fillies finished 4th, 5th and 6th in the same race.
    Last season’s stakes winning 2YO’s Xpression and Bit Lippy have kicked off their 3YO seasons in fine form with Xpression the current favourite for the G1 1000 Guineas whilst Bit Lippy is a leading contender in the 2000 Guineas.
    Showcasing did not return to Haunui Farm this season however, he will be well represented at Australasia's 2019 yearling sales whilst his current 2018 foals will be his last Southern Hemisphere crop.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from barryb in Another Issue of integrity!   
    Did you notice the impressive run of the winner "Loose Cannon" (by Tavistock) in this race.
    She is highly rated by the Marsh stable and should be a good contender in the 3 year filly races.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from drewandjo in Some ideas for improving the Racing codes   
    1                 The NZ Racing Act provisions be merged into the existing Gaming Act. This one Act would allow all gaming sources to be administered under one central Act which going forward would allow any inefficiencies in racing (and we know that there are many) to be measured and corrected against other gaming (casinos etc.). It is always easier to improve your position by legislation if you are combined with other gaming activities than having a standalone and isolated Racing Act

     

    2                  NZ racing has limited interest and connection with two NZ generations – my children and grandchildren.  This is a major matter that I believe must be addressed in your report. This interest has to be resurrected otherwise your work is in vain so racing should go to areas/activities where the younger generations go. My children and grandchildren are Lotto customers and Lotto shops are based in many mainstream shopping areas – supermarkets, book stores, country stores and standalone businesses. There is no reason why Lotto shops should not sell racing wagering products. When I was a young man the TAB was invited by the NZ Government of the time to operate Lotto systems. The TAB board in their wisdom decided that as Lotto was a gaming competitor to the TAB they would not get involved with Lotto. Some intelligent thinking at the time.


     
    3                 Going forward when your report is issued it requires quality implementation leadership. I believe that Sir Peter Vela (and perhaps John Messara himself) would be a good team to perhaps co-chair the Implementation of the required changes to structure etc.  


     
    4                 NZ horse breeding has lost its connection with NZ rural farmers. In NZ we have a farming representative body called Federated Farmers and last year I introduced their CEO to a group of Council members of NZTBA and there was a hope that there be a commercial association with Fed Farmers which has 23,000 farming members. Fed Farmers is keen for such an association and NZ breeding could market itself to fellow NZ dairy, sheep and cattle farmers. There is also a very active organization called Young Farmers and they could also be approached for an association.


     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from drewandjo in Some ideas for improving the Racing codes   
    1                 The NZ Racing Act provisions be merged into the existing Gaming Act. This one Act would allow all gaming sources to be administered under one central Act which going forward would allow any inefficiencies in racing (and we know that there are many) to be measured and corrected against other gaming (casinos etc.). It is always easier to improve your position by legislation if you are combined with other gaming activities than having a standalone and isolated Racing Act

     

    2                  NZ racing has limited interest and connection with two NZ generations – my children and grandchildren.  This is a major matter that I believe must be addressed in your report. This interest has to be resurrected otherwise your work is in vain so racing should go to areas/activities where the younger generations go. My children and grandchildren are Lotto customers and Lotto shops are based in many mainstream shopping areas – supermarkets, book stores, country stores and standalone businesses. There is no reason why Lotto shops should not sell racing wagering products. When I was a young man the TAB was invited by the NZ Government of the time to operate Lotto systems. The TAB board in their wisdom decided that as Lotto was a gaming competitor to the TAB they would not get involved with Lotto. Some intelligent thinking at the time.


     
    3                 Going forward when your report is issued it requires quality implementation leadership. I believe that Sir Peter Vela (and perhaps John Messara himself) would be a good team to perhaps co-chair the Implementation of the required changes to structure etc.  


     
    4                 NZ horse breeding has lost its connection with NZ rural farmers. In NZ we have a farming representative body called Federated Farmers and last year I introduced their CEO to a group of Council members of NZTBA and there was a hope that there be a commercial association with Fed Farmers which has 23,000 farming members. Fed Farmers is keen for such an association and NZ breeding could market itself to fellow NZ dairy, sheep and cattle farmers. There is also a very active organization called Young Farmers and they could also be approached for an association.


     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Breeder in Combined Breeding Farm for Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds   
    With NZ Bloodstock recently deciding to provide services to both codes it would seem logical to me that breeding farms could potentially stand both thoroughbred and standardbred stallions at the same location 
    i believe that such an operation could provide breeders with potential cost savings on foaling fees and agistment rates which is much needed in today’s hard economic times
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from La Zip in Lope de Vega and his sire Sharmadal   
    Lope de Vega is achieving great race results with his Australian crops from when he stood at the Pattanack Farm fiasco. He stands in Ireland for Euros 60,000 which is an outstanding stud fee.
    His best European son in Belardo stands at Haunui Farm and served just under 100 mares last season. His grand sire Sharmadal is regarded as one of the world’s leading stallions and his speedy 2 year old son Ghibellines who stands at White Robe Lodge in the Deep South has made a impression with his 5 yearlings selling strongly at the 2018 Karaka Yearling Sales.
    I would encourage breeders to consider Belardo and Sharmadal for their 2018 coverings.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Pam Robson in First Season Sire Predictions   
    We have selected Belado as a mate for our Pentire mare. His G1 race wins were impressive and he is quality individual 
    He is probably the best 1st season sire out of Europe to stand at stud in NZ
    Haunui Farm under Mark Chitty's leadership is a stud going places
     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Breeder in Power To Queensland   
    Another new stakes winner last night in Singapore- Mr Clint easy winner of Singapore Guineas G1
    This sire is leaving classic colts and fillies with 100+ foals on the ground going forward.
    Remember that he had the Cambridge Stud start.
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from scooby3051 in Congratulations Stephen Marsh   
    This young trainer is one of NZ’s finest. He operates a very good operation and his reporting/feedback to owners is outstanding 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from scooby3051 in Congratulations Stephen Marsh   
    This young trainer is one of NZ’s finest. He operates a very good operation and his reporting/feedback to owners is outstanding 
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Tauhei Notts in If Messara really is The Messiah   
    The 2018 budget has brought in a sensible tax rule change for new bloodstock investors who purchase well bred and valuable (yet to be defined) young stock with the intention to bred from these horses so that such investors are classified as "bloodstock Breeders" for tax purposes.
    This law change will in effect reverse the Court ruling in the Drummond case and will prevent the IRD from classing "new bloodstock investors" as "hobbyists" and not being in business (i.e. a possible contingent business) on the grounds that they are only intending to conduct a business some time in the future.
    This law change will also provide grounds for any existing new bloodstock investors who have been prevented from registering for GST by the IRD to challenge the department's position.
     
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    WOODBINE got a reaction from Fartoomuch in Well Done Chris Waller   
    Congratulations Chris.
    The NZ Racing Hall of Fame was delighted to induct you earlier this year and we vividly recall your fabulous induction interview with Steve Davis 
    Refer to the NZRHF website (www.racinghalloffame.co.nz) to view it