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  1. Probably the most appalling and racially disruptive things I have ever seen...
  2. Who are the people classed in the document known as NZ Racing?
  3. Just to take this topic further...and this would form the basis of my argument of genetic relevance. Take the recent Cox Plate winner. Here's his pedigree for reference...NZ$120,000 cost Sire was a Champion sprinter in 2 hemispheres. Sire of dam a champion US stallion. Grand dam was by Champion European Miler Zilzal (by Champion sire Nureyev. Third dam is champion US filly. There are a lot of 120+ rated horses in this pedigree. Unfortunately, nowadays, we don't see many of this sort of pedigree in NZ winners anymore up close in the pedigree.....and although genetically g
  4. We stopped the repeated process of renaming horses with names that were those of group winners of not that long ago. Melody Belle by Taipan, trained by Ray Verner was seriously good. Then there was Melody Belle by Commands. Today I notice that the favourite of the 2000 Gns is Noverre. Noverre only just died, was a very good race horse and a half brother to Arazi. Why do we do this/ I don't get the logic
  5. Callsign Nav ran to his 109 rating. Bye Bye NZ group one racing at Hastings in the spring. Wasn't a good Cox Plate. Winning form is 120 at best.
  6. Suggested to the NZTR that they do this. Two weather stations were implemented, then nothing followed up. Couldn't get the NZTR to re-engage under Bernard
  7. I knew Arthur quite well and had a number of conversations with him about imported mares. As with everything you're only as good as your weakest link. He was trying to buy quite well related mares from the US for buttons. The result was that the mares he was buying were pedigrees without performance nor conformation. Two missing links. US form is very different. If you go to the early 1990's NZ studs had a love affair with American stallions. They came here in their droves....Crested Wave, Racing is Fun, Spectacular Love, Pompeii Court, Mi Preferido, Indian Ore and Defensive Play are a few tha
  8. Prior to Sunday Silence being sent to Japan, a long list of UK Derby winners and broodmares were exported to Japan. In one single year, Japanese owners purchased 46 broodmares from the Keenland sales followed by another 81 the following year. 19 of them were group winners with three being the best of the best. From memory one cost approx $5m. But the others who weren't group winners were seriously related. Then they went to both Ireland and France to raid their coffers. Both Northern Farms and Shadai have been at it. Their aim is to win the Arc with a Japanese horse. Now on to the Japanes
  9. That's not really the central issue although it is a very compelling argument. Stakes are pathetic in the UK but the breeding industry and sales are booming. The rest of the World is sourcing horses from there because they have a defined pattern of racing (good handicapping and staging), two rating systems that keep each other and the industry honest, and the best bloodstock in the World. A bloke like P4P may disagree because we always debate this, but sprinters aside, there is a valid argument that through franking the form and the UK pattern identifies a bench marked validation process that
  10. I think he will support a rise to 17,500
  11. It isn't just about the racing stakes, although that has a longer term effect in reinvestment in stock due to disinterest in the sport. It also isn't about the bad racing surfaces, although that may well be a determining influence to some who find racing nice horses on bad tracks unacceptable. Where we've fallen over badly is the replenishment of our breeding stock. Time and time again I will remind people that over the last 100 or so years NZ has imported bloodstock that it could afford. I recently bought an old stallion publication and went through the stallions that were standing. Hone
  12. Now we'll see how the NZ form franks against the Aussie form. Callsign Mav is the lead