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    100k maiden Naki challenge

    Agree Col - why not try it? Unfortunately unlikely to have a contender to have a crack. But when I have gone up there with one in the past - the place was crowded - hard to get a seat etc - but friendly club and lovely people in the room after. So from this owner they got my tick ....
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    Registration of Colours

    Hi Puha - you have to chase them up. Well I did anyway. Mine kept turning up as blank in the racebooks etc until I emailed and asked them. Actually the whole thing turned into quite a protracted mission. And I couldn't help wondering if the likes of Fortuna had quite the same hassle I experienced when they launched their variation on the Te Akau colors (which were a lot more complex in design than mine I might add.....) However I have come to expect third rate treatment given I am nothing but a third-rate contributer - merely a small and lowly (bordering on insignificant? nay - even nuisance?) participant with at most a wee handful racing at a time .... At least they'll know your name when you contact them so that might be a help ... Good luck. You'll get there eventually, I'm sure ...
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    Kawi v Start Wondering

    Given he missed the kick (which I think most would agree is more down to the horse than the hoop) - I agree with Zip - it worked out pretty well in that he tacked on quite soon and without having do do any panic-riding as the field wasn't breaking any speed records at the time. As for the rest - I'd say again the outcome was more down to the horse (and the track?) than any poor riding - albeit I've only seen the race once on TV so may have missed some of the finer points .... Does anyone know what AS had to say about the ride? - I didn't watch the all the aftermath ....
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    Kawi v Start Wondering

    From my observations over time, AS's conduct has at times lacked grace - as a winner and as a loser. But we all have different characters and it's up to him how he conducts himself. This is only my opinion and it would be a boring world if we were all the same. Looking at it from the point of view of Trackside/TAB - they will seek him out for an interview every time - and were probably rapt when JKB took the same bullish line when interviewed by Emily Bosson after his win on Dijon Bleu (comments like Kawi was the best horse in the race, he'd ride him like the best horse in the race adn he'd win). People like AS not only polarise people and get them talking - their audacious, super confident interviews doubtless spark signficant betting activity (far more than the understated types who tell us their horse is very good, and is well but will need luck and anything can happen on the day etc etc). And I think we'd be naive to think that Trackside is just an entertainment programme with no other purpose/motivation.
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    Kawi v Start Wondering

    A very good horse indeed. It's my dteam to breed one even half that good!! Not sure anyone here is knocking the horse ....
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    Kawi v Start Wondering

    Maybe been spending too much time wth the trainer?
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    Kawi v Start Wondering

    Yes Blue I don't know what George's angle is up there and the field was across teh track a bit at that stage but he never looked in front (or particularly close) to me at any stage ...
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    TE RAPA

    Given what I saw on Trackside you could have a good case at appeal if that was to occur today ...
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    TE RAPA

    Same...
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    TE RAPA

    Glass half full 2A2 - they cut away from showing Pops to showing the duck in the muddy drain. I agree seeing the horses would be my top pick but ........
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    TE RAPA

    Just watching Trackside and hearing the reports about reassessing of the track. There's to be no down-grade yet - the jockeys are apparently happy to leave off downgrading for another race. But the word from the stipe was it was looking more like a Slow 9 now. So for Race 2 we carry on on a Slow7 rated track. I'm confused! Who decides what the track is rated - the jockeys or the officials?
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    TE RAPA

    Don't know but have often wondered how much it would cost to maintain webcams at the major tracks ... there are also people who run their own weather stations with "live" feeds to the net ... so these may even be an option .. That combo might help foster an air of transparency for trainers / owners leading up to raceday? ....
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    TE RAPA

    Perfect! Thx Pondy .... looks grim ....
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    TE RAPA

    Any webcams in the general area we could check out?
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    Tough going

    Greetings fitzy ... yes perhaps you are missing something ... such as the fact that sometimes that which costs the most does not turn out to be best! Along the lines of all the glisters not being gold ... LaZip can speak for himself but I thought at least part of his point was - that to sell something for big money at the yearling sales is success of itself to some. Regardless whether that horse turns out to be a success on the racetrack. To others the greater measure of success is producing (or buying) a successful racehorse. And to some, success is to be named/famed as the person at the sales who spent the most or bought the highest price yearling. To others - it would be to buy the most successful racehorses per dollar expended - bang for your buck if you like. I'm sure there is room for each of these operators - and we can all choose who to support - or to emulate. Kind wishes Jealous, pathetic, moronic Jess.
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    Tough going

    .. ah yes ..... and do you reckon also that some buyers just want their name in lights for their extravagant bidding? Or maybe there's a third option. That there's a lil arrangement btwn the two ..... and everyone goes away happy and with egos suitably inflated ....
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    EAGLE MOUNTAIN MARE

    Needless to say - I don't have an Eagle Mountain mare but have nevertheless enjoyed reading the breeding buffs' opinions. I see Nas' point re not "over-mating" your mare - it is a valid point of view because it's easy not to see your money back if you sell as a weanling/yearling and your mare is not stellar bred/performed. However the other side of that coin could be that early in a mare's breeding career (if you are to remain invested in it) that you choose the best horse you can afford - to give you the best chance of establishing that mare as a successful producer as early as possible. Get a really good one on the ground early on and the rest will be easier (and hopefully more profitable). Would be great if you let us know what you decide and how it turns out dbtab. Eagle Mountain was an interesting horse and your mare is quite a rare creature for sure! The breeding forum is my favorite and I just wish there was more activity and more photos of horses posted! Thanks to those who do contribute - enjoy the opinions / observations / expertise. All the best to you dbtab Cheers, J
  18. Kathryn Ryan has someone on about the topic this morning - not sure what time but her show starts after the 9am news (when she givs a run-down of what's on at what times ...). Could be worth a listen if you're near a radio / smart-phone ... Cheers, J
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    Well done Puha

    Hermione - yes I hear you. Loud and clear. There is no blame or question as tough as those you impose on yourself. I wish anyone in this position peace - and enough release, in time, to be able to reflect with a smile and memories of the joy that was. I realise this is only words but I wish all the best to anyone who battles the demons which accompany these circumstances .... there but for the grace go many others ... J.
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    Well done Puha

    All the best to you Puha and Kirsty - and most of all - to your friend. I know today was a just a small ray of sunshine in very dim days for her and those close who are affected ... but along with your support - it adds to all that will help them through these tough times. The racing fraternity is no stranger to the black dog - it pervades all parts of society. My humble 2 cents worth - there should be no guilt or second guessing from those who remain. Look back and treasure what you shared and what was good. Look forward and look after one another. It's the best we can do. Kindest regards, J
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    Well done Puha

    Well done Kirsty too ....
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    Sales

    Thanks for responses .. have only seen some of the first two books and in real estate they actually use the words vendor and vendor's bid - obviously it's a wee bit more subtle in the ring at Karaka. Cheers guys. The sales are a spectacle and I've enjoyed being there when I've gone - but in my book as far as transparency, equality (in terms of treatment of vendors) and a true picture of value - I don't award very high marks. Boils down to buyer (and seller) beware.
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    Sales

    Obviously need to turn my hearing aid up or pay more attention .... have never heard that said at Karaka ... or is that what they mean when they say "the bid's with me" ?
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    Sales

    Hi Breeder ... yep I've refrained from commenting on the possible reason for the phenomenon because I simply don't know. But it did seem to be a pattern. Not sure re Power? Be interested to hear views of others. But my goodness there were a lot of Tavistocks - must've been 90-100 entered at Karaka alone! Just amazing how many mares these studs can seem to manage by natural service ...
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    Sales

    Yep. When I first noticed it I thought nahhhhh.... not Cambridge Stud, surely! I watched quite a bit more though and reached the conclusion that it wasn't my imagination ...