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    bestbets got a reaction from rdytdy in BGP ....sure is a BGP !   
    All I can say is I wish I could bottle that days racing up an bring it out every day I attended. What a fantastic day 
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    bestbets got a reaction from rdytdy in BGP ....sure is a BGP !   
    All I can say is I wish I could bottle that days racing up an bring it out every day I attended. What a fantastic day 
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    bestbets got a reaction from rdytdy in BGP ....sure is a BGP !   
    All I can say is I wish I could bottle that days racing up an bring it out every day I attended. What a fantastic day 
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    bestbets reacted to scooby3051 in SUPER EFFORT BY TEAM TE AKAU   
    What a super effort by Team Te Akau 4 Karaka Millions in a row and the first horse to win the 2yo and 3yo version with Probabeel..which they bought and sold to the Lindsays.
    One things for sure NZ racing would be much the poorer without their involvement .... I think Probabeel will hold her own in the Autumn in OZ... top class filly.
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    bestbets got a reaction from rdytdy in BGP ....sure is a BGP !   
    All I can say is I wish I could bottle that days racing up an bring it out every day I attended. What a fantastic day 
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    bestbets reacted to The Wulf in All Stars Mile   
    The common denominator to all successful racing jurisdictions is robust betting turnover.
    NZ's racing for many months of the year is a poor betting product.
    And what good racing we do have has been poorly marketed internationally.
    NZRB failed miserably in taking advantage of the biggest market, and biggest growth market, in Australia - NZ TAB website banned in Australia, and that includes access to form, and prices. How did they miss that legislation? And then they reputedly spent close to $100mill on an upgrade to a website, which their biggest market cannot access. The failing at NZRB level are nearly criminal.
    There has to be a reality check by participants - If you are putting on a show no one wants to bet on, then you have to accept you are going to running sack of kumara's. Wake-up people!
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    bestbets got a reaction from hedley in Today's Best Bets...dated Friday 27.9.19   
    Along with with the rova app giving me a geo block message that I couldn't listen to trackside. The website been a lemon an now bestbets. Its worst than Fontara yearly result. You wonder if someone behind the scenes is deliberately trying to ruin racing.
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    bestbets reacted to Phillipe in Ellerslie - Great Northern Day   
    I’m not sure that argument has merit.
    The upcoming RWC will prove a point. Humans are creatures that like to congregate with other similar humans. There will be the homebodies but there will be large numbers who will attend a pub to watch each match. Essentially enjoying a togetherness, for want of a better word.
    Racing is the same, without a place to gather, humans will drift to another place. The fact that the numbers are already dropping indicate that there are no new people being drawn to racing. At least not on a regular basis.
    New young people have as much interest in watching trackside as watching the grass grow, they only want the live interactive event, a few times a year. Not enough to maintain the infrastructure or horse base we presently have.
    Racing has had its day in NZ, in its current format. The radical change needed to maintain the current base of interested people, is not something that the present management would ever try as they lack the mandate and fortitude.
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    bestbets reacted to High Sparrow in Name for my horse please.   
    Thanks for your kind words to all those who offered congratulations.  Yes I'm in the north but at the bottom end - Wellington.  Will certainly be looking forward to seeing him run in the flesh at some stage if I can get a weekend off from watching my own runners (human runners that is - I've been a volunteer athletics coach for 41 years). If he wins any money I intend to donate some of it on each occasion to the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington where I worked as a volunteer for 12 years and then did two years on the permanent staff. So hopefully Voltaire's Secret can do some good in that way too.   
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    bestbets reacted to poundforpound in Angriest Man In Aucklands Viaduct.   
    Thank you all for your kind words.
    I’ll be happy to measure my life on the basis of “have I made a significant difference ?”
    I’m comfortable knowing I did, on many fronts, but in particular I made a huge difference in Auckland, particularly in the Viaduct area.
     
     
     
     
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    bestbets reacted to tasman man 11 in How y’all looking now   
    A general comment to Berri.
    Berri ,I have been reading race cafe and making the odd comment for around 15 years.....a bit after Brew.
    You have been coming up with many excellent suggestions and some IMHO not so bright.
    Still you persist even though interest in horse racing in NZ has gone backwards at the rate of knots. Kiwis now simply are not interested in punting on horses.
    yes they love a meat raffle , Lotto and a gamble on something, especially sport which is  only growing sector in NZ punting....and property speculation !
    But interest in horses is shrinking , and tho many will go annually on a 'special' occasion......Boxing day or Melbourne Cup day ....most young people and immigrants don't give a damn.
    Owning horses is too expensive for kiwis and stakes are miserable.....we still run $10,000k races [many] and our population is too small for a dramatic turn around.Aussie has over 4 x times our population plus have not lost their racing DNA.
    Add in the TAB....they don't want winning punters ,they turn down the business of big punters.Big punters aren't offered generous odds or huge Hong Kong type pools like Lotto ! The TAB has to make money and has a lotto of staff and infrastructure to pay.
    So the few big punters around are likely to be winners so the NZ TAB bans them.
    How can the Industry survive in NZ ?
    NZ 's past had a time when a high % of people punted on horses...on the TAB ,and attended race meetings cos FA else to do.Money was scarce ,wants were minimal , little entertainment around and you certainly couldn't spend overseas.Most loved a flutter on horses.Your interest grew in that era.
    NZ's racing product is poor...a good breeding ground and place to grow but no good to race and no good to bet.
    Work the future and any of your ideas around that reality.
    I am a positive person.....on most things , but not Horse racing and punting !
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    bestbets reacted to Mr Spyro in How y’all looking now   
    The way I look at it, the facilities, service,  would be  equally poor summer or winter.  There has to be a reason why they got bigger crowds / higher turnover's  / than  the day's in summer . then crashed in winter.    I'm surprised that  too many  were paying for drinks in the early years, my memory might be hazy, but I'm sure when the The Quakker was running things, just about every  yuppie / businessman  in town was up in President's Room getting pissed on free drink all night ,  that  led to infamous night of power being turned off  during a race.   Thinking about it , more than anything it was the 1987 stock market crash that really  put the nail in the coffin and led to likes of above and many breeder's  no longer being involved  in  the industry.
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    bestbets reacted to Boss Hogg in The good old days   
    Remember the good old days about six months ago when on a Saturday morning you sprung out of bed and skipped down the hall to the kitchen giving the missus a cuddle and a kiss .Sitting down at the table opening your laptop and spending a couple of hours going thru all the fields .
    You get your bacon and eggs while you put your bets together ew bets done multis done doubles done pick6 done ahh life was easy.Outside the kitchen window the birds are cherping in your favorite bottle brush tree boy they sound great .Giving the missus a little kiss goodbye you wonder down to the pub to compare and discuss your bets with your mates .Happy hour is on so a nice jug of Speights and a few bets life it doesnt get much better for an old digger.
    Fast forward six months Saturday morning you wake up knowing you have a mission you look down the hall it seems longer and narrower you finally reach the kitchen giving the missus a knowing nod. You circle the table and open laptop to tab,yeap click on buffering click buffering scratching click scroll,scroll on to feilds ,network down please click to restart.Click buffering scroll on and on .
    Breakfast arrives, it is muesli, seems that recently my blood pressure has risen sharply and wife says its good for me I can hear those f##*en birds squawking in the bottle brush tree must get the chainsaw out and chop that tree down.Not sure what bets I"ve on decide to watch an episode of Chernobyl to put me into a happier frame of mind to go to pub.
    Walking into pub which has changed hands two nice young chaps who have turned it into a craft beer bar,the tab is gone as takings were down and a Kiosk was put in which doesnt work because of technical problems, Im no technician but I think the axe sticking out of the screen after Bluey couldnt get his money out might be the problem.I walk over to the boys table with my handle that looks like horse piss and whiskey chaser.No one is saying much just mumbling about dont think their bets are on ,network down click on and try again .Its not good seeing grown men crying so decide to go home to watch big races from Wellington..Wife is watching boxset of Married and the First one in the sack on the big tv so watch on small tv in kitchen the big race was so close but no photo finish what were the numbers ?Waiting for judges call ,noooo Sweeeeenys burbling on no call Ahhhhh were did it all go wrong I sit with my head in my hands. Thats all I've got to say about that.
     
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    bestbets got a reaction from Insider in Damn TAB app.   
    The biggest fuck up of an industry you ever did see. Reminds me of the movie titanic we all watching the ship sinking an we are all helpless
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    bestbets got a reaction from Insider in Damn TAB app.   
    The biggest fuck up of an industry you ever did see. Reminds me of the movie titanic we all watching the ship sinking an we are all helpless
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    bestbets got a reaction from Black Kirrama in LEE SOMERVELL aka TRAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE   
    I rode trackwork some years ago for Lee and he was a wonderful person. His brother at the time was doing the video for the trails and he was a top bloke as well.
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    bestbets reacted to Phillipe in hong kong   
    Tim has said the simplest of things that are totally correct.
    My argument about having unknowns (trainers and jockeys) at premier meetings makes them unattractive to punt on. No punting, leads to no attendance, no food sales and therefore no profits. 
    There is absolutely NO point in constructing all weather tracks without first having a plan of what to race on them.
    Millions of $$ of Synthetic tracks will not fix the problems of this industry. Even on a good day at Ellerslie, with a perfect track, the crowds don’t show up. Why??
    Poor food and facilities.. Silks has had the same name and food for 30years!! Show me a restaurant that has managed to survive and grow with that backward thinking. The chairs and tables are as old as me. A/c and TV’s old and useless. Etc etc.
    Use the same percentages that HK use..
    HK 7.3 million - 2 great tracks
    NZ 4 million - should be one track but I will agree to three. No more needed, just a change of thinking by the industry to accommodate themselves to the action.
    Be ruthless, stop listening to management idiots and idiots with personal geographic desires on this forum. You cannot grow the betting base, the world is changing. Maximise what you have with your turnover, and consolidate your facilities. 
    Waste money on tracks that won’t change the product to punters and keep heading South.
    A horse doesn’t give a hoot where it races.. just requires a reasonable track. The punter cares where he sits and what he eats when he (she) is both winning and loosing.. 
    If I’m wrong then why do horses still turn up at race meeting and punters don’t?
     
     
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    bestbets reacted to poundforpound in Winstons big announcement...   
    I listened to his speech yesterday, and it was underwhelming, it was just “trust me, I’ve got this”, and of course the promise to beat up on the IRD over their interpretation of the tax write offs on breeding stock ( that was just a warm fuzzy thank you for the breeders ).
    However, in his defense, WP and or Labour owe Racing nothing other than to make the code knock itself into shape, so we should’ve had low expectations.
    We have the real estate assets, we have cash at the club level, collectively we can change this code if we want to, but the problem is we don’t have a strategy plan to do it.
    Someone needs to gather twenty key players for a weekend, identify where we want to go, what shape we want to be in in ten years, write a seminal document, set some goals, and give the industry some targets, something we can aspire to to make Racing better.
     
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    bestbets got a reaction from TOM(the other Molloy) in Commentators - genuinely good blokes   
    What a lovely story, in life, it is all about the next generation and sharing the knowledge is what it is all about. I have played snooker for most of my life and I am only to happy to share my knowledge and show players what they are doing wrong etc. It gives me great satisfaction to see players improve and also the delight they get from trying new shots etc and every sport needs the next generation coming through. I take my hat off to all those that give of their time.
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    bestbets got a reaction from TOM(the other Molloy) in Commentators - genuinely good blokes   
    What a lovely story, in life, it is all about the next generation and sharing the knowledge is what it is all about. I have played snooker for most of my life and I am only to happy to share my knowledge and show players what they are doing wrong etc. It gives me great satisfaction to see players improve and also the delight they get from trying new shots etc and every sport needs the next generation coming through. I take my hat off to all those that give of their time.
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    bestbets got a reaction from TOM(the other Molloy) in Commentators - genuinely good blokes   
    What a lovely story, in life, it is all about the next generation and sharing the knowledge is what it is all about. I have played snooker for most of my life and I am only to happy to share my knowledge and show players what they are doing wrong etc. It gives me great satisfaction to see players improve and also the delight they get from trying new shots etc and every sport needs the next generation coming through. I take my hat off to all those that give of their time.
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    bestbets reacted to Insider in MOE races today   
    Without a doubt.
    It’s the only way Ellerslie will be ever be able to successfully hold the number of race meetings that the industry needs them to. 
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    bestbets reacted to Berri in MOE races today   
    Elerslie should be a Strathayr Track
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    bestbets reacted to Trump in MOE races today   
    Have a look at the MOE country races today and the track. A few years back they lost their Cup Day due to inclement weather. They decided to close the track an rip it up, subsequently laying a Strathayr Track similar to Moonee Valley. It's a G4 today, beautiful and green and they proudly boast that they will never have to cancel a meeting ever again due to track conditions!! A country track in competition with today's Caulfield meeting and look at the Stakes on offer. Every race offering $40k. Bussuttin and Young must be chuckling quietly to themselves. They would have been at Arawak Park today - racing for what? 
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    bestbets reacted to Chris Wood in Commentators - genuinely good blokes   
    I lost Thomas on Brisbane Cup day at Eagle Farm in 2001, had Kaapstad Way in.
    Colleen and I couldnt locate him, but he had made his way up to the commentary box to see Wayne Wilson and spent the day with him.
    He was made most welcome, and through those beginnings, he has forged his career.