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  1. Great news for Dunedinites. I've just got an email from FPTC announcing they will be racing ten times next season. These re the changes announced today FROM HRNZ Forbury Park Forbury will hold 10 meetings, nine at Forbury and one at Wingatui. Timaru Harness Racing Club Timaru will hold three daylight meetings. Southland Harness Racing Clubs Wyndham – There will be no racing at the Wyndham Racecourse, with the meetings being reallocated. The club retains its summer meeting on 6 January at Cromwell. Gore - Gore Harness Racing Club will race on December 27th on the grass at Gore. All other dates are reallocated. Roxburgh - Roxburgh TC will retain its meeting at the Roxburgh Racecourse on January 4. Westport and Reefton Trotting Clubs Westport TC (12 March twilight) and Reefton TC (14 March day) will retain their meetings. Nelson and Marlborough Harness Racing Clubs Marlborough HRC will retain its summer meetings on the 15 January twilight and 17 January day meetings while the June Winter dates for the Nelson HRC have not been reinstated but the summer dates of January 8 and 10 will continue.
  2. Bruce M

    NZ Cup

    You're sort of right. Every now and then they were the same day I recall at least twice being on course when it happened...once was when Tawriffic won the Melbourne Cup in 1989 and the other 1995 when Doriemus won the MC. Both times the races were on the 7th November...for some reason the Melbourne Cup wasn't on the 1st It was a real pain for the TAB when it happened so I think they changed the definition of when the NZ Cup was run to avoid any future clash.
  3. CSC was certainly a harness school in those days. I was a student there from 1969-1973 and there always seemed to be outbreaks of illness whenever there was a midweek race meeting. John Cox and Dave McDonald were literally raised at Winton racecourse.Others you never mentioned included Gavan Hamilton of Trevira fame,various Skinners and Dave McHugh. Of course,in those days many farmers had a couple of's much less common today
  4. He was certainly a good trotter who ran some good races at Addington as well which the McIntyre pair could never do. Believe it or not I just realised I had later a share in a horse which ran fourth in that race
  5. Very different times I know but what a great old horse.Altogether he started from 100m or more twenty times and another twelve times off 90 or 95m. This was his longest handicap of his sixteen wins. His older sister Airdrie also routinely started from massive handicaps although she only won seven races.Once horses got to open company there was no relief and they started off long handicaps forever in Southland classes. Thank goodness there's a lot more flexibilty in todays' handicapping. About the same period the pacer Joy Boy's last five wins were off handicaps ranging from 50m to 90m (in a Hawera Cup)
  6. Bruce M

    John Dunn

    We all know that if a trainer has a runner in a race then they can't drive any other horse in that race.In most cases it's a perfectly understandable rule.For that reason most of our top drivers aren't trainers.....Orange,Dexter,May...although they may be strongly attached to a particular stable. However because John Dunn isn't officially a trainer he can drive against his own stable runners as he did in Race 2 today..I don't think any of us doubt that he really trains the South island team.I know it's legal but it feels wrong. Should he be declared the official trainer of the South Island Dunn team.
  7. It certainly beat my expectations.Look at the winning draws 9-12-8-5-12-4-8-3-6-8......who'd have thunk the most winning draw would be the outside of the front line followed by twelve. How many won from the lead or passing lane?
  8. I'm not sure what to think about tonight's mile night at Alexandra Park. It's something different but why not 1700m? Horses could still get a terrific mile rate without the difficulties of the mile starting point. It'll be interesting to see where the winners come from...will it be lead at all costs or swoopers making the most of a fast pace?
  9. Only forty seven going round in eight races today...I don't think I've ever seen such small numbers. I find it weird that Sydney race meetings often have very small fields.You can't blame the stakes....$32,000 for maidens.The maiden races have attracted fields of 5,3,6 and 7 and no race on the card will pay three dividends. Why is this a Sydney issue and nowhere near as common in Melbourne?
  10. Have you seen the size of the Forbury fields tonight? Eleven races and most of them had emergencies.Normally these days anyone who wants a start gets one. It used to be so different...I remember owning a maiden in the early '90s when you were very lucky to get a start anywhere unless you either had a raceday placing in your last four4 starts or you had won a trial.The trials normally had at least ten starters. I guess we're luckier in Southland/Otago and Canterbury that we have the horse numbers but even so sometimes the fields can be small. But not tonight!!!
  11. Back to the topic at hand. We are lucky in Otago that the ODT has at least one and usually two local racing articles each day thanks to Matt Smith previously and Jonny Turner now. From today's ODT: "There were six win bets of $10,000 on yesterday's racing and three from $5000 to $9000. All the investments were down the drain except a $10,000 bet on Franco June,the winner of Race 4. The TAB could not confirm whether the big bets were from the same punter or different bettors or where the bets were placed. A spokesman from the TAB confirmed the bets were placed on a TAB account rather than at the track" Apart from that there were several $1000 bets on horses paying $30 or more..... all on a bog grass track Any betting agency in the world is going to encourage a bettor like that On a completely different note the ODT this morning told us that Sarah Palin is in foal to Bacardi she's a half sister to Dark Horse that foal will have some value.I suspect we might see it racing for the Griffin Syndicate? And on yet another completely different note I loved Jason's seagull commemts.Waikouaiti iracecourse s a haven for them. I was there ten years or so ago when the massed flocks were soaring overhead...I looked up (slightly mouth open as it turned out) and the most almighty deposit dropped right into my mouth.Needless to say those with me thought it was hilarious but I was less amused.
  12. It seems that in virtually every race at Waikouaiti this weekend someone has had a $5000 to $10,000 bet.Some of them have been on horses which are quite unused to carrying such responsibility eg Dying to Meet You and Holdontoyaspurs. There has to be a story here...these are not normal and rational bets.
  13. My understanding is that if the dividend is going to be less than a certain amount (60 cents?) then the shortfall is taken from the other dividends which is an absolute ripoff. Because of the huge amount of money on the hot favourite it means a very large deduction in the other dividends.
  14. Many,many years ago (1974 or 1975) I had a student holiday job at the fruit and vege wholesale market in Invercargill.Many of the retailers were punters like me and one day someone said that he had a tip for a horse starting at Greymouth the following week. It was called Parilla and trained by an unknown new trainer called Michael Pitman...someone suggested we hire a plane and pilot and fly up for the day.Next thing four of us are flying over Fiordland and up the West Coast to Greymouth.I think Parilla ran third but we had a great day and then flew home. To this day I've NEVER hired asnother plane to get to a race meeting but we somehow must have known we were witnessing the beginning of a great career As an aside that night at one of the retailers homes I was introduced to what was for me high-stake euchre.....scary stuff for an eighteen year old