eljay

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    eljay got a reaction from Hunter the punter in Can the Auckland Trotting Club survive?   
    Racing cannot move out of Auckland - if Alexandra Park goes, then harness goes simple as that.    Well, that is how I see it.     Just picture - a new "facility is built somewhere in the sticks, so what use would the Pokies be or the TAB be, or the dining/conference facilities be.    Move to an area of next to no population and that would be curtains for the activities that presently prop up the club, and race night attendance     No use selling Pukekohe as the monies obtained would be needed to replace that facility (training tracks, barns etc.) so sfa probably left over to service present woes.     Some members will remember the "disaster"  when the club sold very valuable land to the government and to this day the land lies vacant and only used for parking at the showgrounds next door.     The club here were lucky the government allowed them use of the land until the new school was built.    Oh yes, the money "they" obtained from this earlier sale has been well & truly spent so again is of no use to the present dilemma.     Oh well, once again I will be said to be "negative" but anyone who says this first sort out the facts from the dreams.      The first priority (again in my opinion only) is that the board must ensure they get value for the large amount of monies that are being disbursed both as salaries and consultancy fees.,  
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in UMC still at it   
    Not against the best of the best either, but hey, all you can do is to win against whatever is put up against you.
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in UMC still at it   
    Not against the best of the best either, but hey, all you can do is to win against whatever is put up against you.
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    eljay got a reaction from Hermione in It's finally   
    Unfortunately most owners just grin and bear it.      We know most trainers are doing okay (many overseas "holiday" trips annually attest to this)      I don't begrudge them such holidays, but some seem to cry poor one week and then are on the silver bird the next.     I think what the Industry needs right now is honesty starting from the top.      And we all know there have been a multitude of not so truths bandied around to the extent that you really don't know what to believe or not.
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    eljay got a reaction from tasman man 11 in It's finally   
    Tassie - the traffic should be no problem to you on your treadle pedal!      
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    eljay got a reaction from hedley in It's finally   
    Auckland just raised their stakes.     More horses just been sold overseas.    This tells me that there are  other factors involved too.      What are they.        Is not enough thought being put into trying to find the solution rather than the cause and why there is still a stampede of horses of all abilities queued up for the next plane out.     It's a bit like the Phil Twyford plan - build houses and then wonder why they cannot be sold/rented.    First thing I think they want is a monthly gathering of interested stakeholders to discuss the pros and cons of the month gone and what needs to be done or tried for future to improve the situation.      The meeting to be open to all who want to attend not just  a gathering of 'me and my mates".         Yes, there is a shortage of stock (due to past mis-management?) but regardless of this what is left cannot be altered and has to be utilised in the best possible manner, both for the immediate and also the long time future.         
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    eljay got a reaction from LongOwner in It's finally   
    Get rid of "handicappers discretion" for a start, and also make the clubs stick with the programme trainers nominate for - and not after noms closing time add conditions (usually adverse) to bolster field size which usually helps one or two and disadvantages the rest.
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    eljay reacted to rdytdy in Jacinda Ardern   
    The most gaffe-prone government in the history of NZ politics
        By John
    That well-known phrase, ‘the lunatics are running the asylum’, becomes more applicable to this government by the day. It’s one howler after another. This must be the most gaffe-prone government in the history of New Zealand politics.
    The problems emanate from the top where the leadership skills and acumen of the chief inmate, Jacinda Ardern, are totally lacking. They are desperately needed, as her ministers, with a couple of exceptions, are simply not up to the task. From the Labour youth camp debacle through to the Budget leak fiasco and failing to honour those who gave their lives in Normandy, it has been a shambolic eighteen months.
    The so-called “well being” budget that the whole world was supposedly waiting for with bated breath was a let down of epic proportions. Apart from the support given to Mental Health, it was pretty much a joke. In fact, the joke was on Grant Robertson before he got to open his mouth, with the embarrassing leak exposed by the Opposition. Who to blame? The ridiculous pretence continues as everyone involved runs for cover, dumping on each other as they go.
    It has become so lamentable that when things aren’t going well, we all now know to expect a feature article on the child. Neve is now wheeled out on such a regular basis one could be forgiven for suggesting it’s bordering on a form of child abuse. A couple of weeks ago she’d managed to poo all over her Mum and last week she was assisting in a boat launch at Devonport. Why the media think this is the type of gripping journalism that their readers are dying to read beggars belief. It can only be to divert attention from the poor performance of the mother.
    Jacinda’s ship is fast running aground. It has been without a captain, rudderless and wallowing in turbulent waters for months. The rocks are getting ever closer, and if the senior citizen who put her there can’t see it then maybe it’s time he paid a visit to the nearest Specsavers. These people need to realise that ideology and spin, borrow and spend won’t cut it. Career politicians are not the answer. Nigel Farage is well aware of that and has attracted entrepreneurs and businesspeople to stand for his party.
    This government has so far proved it has no answers to the so-called crises they were so vocal about when in opposition and failed to do any preparatory work to solve. As a result, they are like rabbits in headlights. Completely spooked. They can’t get houses built, they can’t get trees planted, but they are full of so-called well-being ideas, most of which centre on helping those who don’t want to work.
    One can only hope that this is a one-term government, because the leaky boat Jacinda is captaining is giving me, for one, a decidedly sinking feeling.
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in It's finally   
    Part of conditions for this week's meeting at Auckland
     
    Special Conditions
    RATINGS PROGRAMME This programme is ratings based. It is a likely indication of the programme that will be in place for this meeting. Where it is required changes will be made to the final programme after the close of withdrawals. Please Note: Ratings bands and other conditions shown only serve as an indication as to how races will likely be programmed. As nominations permit race conditions will be programmed to ensure horses can race in a competitive environment whilst also optimising field sizes and where possible ensuring as many horses as possible gain a start
     
    It just seems to be a case of "you provide the horses and we will tell you in which field you can race."      Really makes it hard for trainers to "plan ahead"
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    eljay got a reaction from Hunter the punter in Only   
    We (harness racing) are certainly Doomed, if was left for parochials like you to guide it's destimy!!
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in Seven sharp tonight   
    ??  RAIN  ??
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in jewels fields   
    Perhaps - close Addington and re-locate to Ashburton     
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in jewels fields   
    Perhaps - close Addington and re-locate to Ashburton     
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in jewels fields   
    Perhaps - close Addington and re-locate to Ashburton     
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in jewels fields   
    Will this be the first jewels with rain?       Weather gods saying something?     
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    eljay got a reaction from Iraklis in jewels fields   
    Go Dunny 
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in jewels fields   
    Will this be the first jewels with rain?       Weather gods saying something?     
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    eljay got a reaction from harewood in Couldn't happen here   
    Claimers, Junior Driver Races, Amateur Driver Races, Monte's - just to name a few.    When they introduced in NZ they are immediately pooh-pooh'd.    Kiwi barb wire mentality certainly doesn't come into harness racing.    Straight and narrow, tried and true, that's where we stand.     And I thought variety was the spice of life!
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in otaki just a memory now   
    Hawkes Bay a prime example
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    eljay got a reaction from tasman man 11 in jewels day   
    The difference between NZ & Aus - we will fall over backwards to get them here.    They will try every trick in the book to keep us away (Ask Steven Reid!)
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in the jewels back to Ashburton .yes   
    I'm a firm believer in  the adage "if it ain't broken then why fix it" and/or "if it is broken, ditch it completely"
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    eljay got a reaction from john legend in the jewels back to Ashburton .yes   
    I'm a firm believer in  the adage "if it ain't broken then why fix it" and/or "if it is broken, ditch it completely"
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    eljay got a reaction from LongOwner in J dunn   
    Here we go again - guilty by media, not facts.      You think they are evil without trial - wonder what they think of you.     
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    eljay got a reaction from Fartoomuch in HRNZ Web Update   
    Conspiracy theory - did the same mob who gave us the new, superb, super-duper TAB web site also design the  new, superb, super-duper web site for HRNZ?        Or are the similarities only a co-incidence?      I suppose we will never know - unless the Greyhounds suddenly appear with a new, superb, super-duper site in a couple of months!
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    eljay got a reaction from Fartoomuch in HRNZ Web Update   
    Conspiracy theory - did the same mob who gave us the new, superb, super-duper TAB web site also design the  new, superb, super-duper web site for HRNZ?        Or are the similarities only a co-incidence?      I suppose we will never know - unless the Greyhounds suddenly appear with a new, superb, super-duper site in a couple of months!