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  1. 4 minutes ago, Nerula said:

    Take Levin as an example of a non racing outfit hugely used for jump outs. Its fine for that but not Racing as it  would need untold on facilities.

    New Plymouth would be best for racing motorbikes and the futures not it. ideally get rid of all the 'Naki tracks and put a greenfields in at inglewood area. 

    Pull together not apart you clowns! Show some vision.

    Leave Waverley as it is a sand track and the good old cockies pull their fingers out.

    Agree, a greenfields track is what Taranaki needs to replace all tracks, but Inglewood is in the rain belt so choosing a suitable site would be problematic.

  2. A different scenario below, but similar in that the national scouting body ran roughshod over the local community of Waiau after the scout hall was earthquake damaged and the scout group went into recess

    “The group had applied for all the funds that will be generated from the property sale and had hoped to at least secure half the proceeds to benefit local youth.

    “We have been battling to retain some of these funds for the youth of our community, but it is Scouting NZ policy that all property proceeds are retained by the national association (as legal owner),” the group says in the latest eCitizen, the town’s local paper.

    “We have consulted with a solicitor who advises, legally, we don’t have too many rights here. It is disheartening that the hard work put in by the community to have the land gifted, build the den and keep it going for all these years, can so easily be lost to the ‘legal’ owner on paper. Scouting NZ told the group it was willing to consider a modest investment of about $10,000 in the community, based on a process of a business case detailing how the money would be used to benefit the youth in the community. We are now putting together our business case to try to receive this reduced payout as we wish to retain some funds for our community.

    “We have worked hard over the past 18 months to come to the best agreement and are disappointed with this outcome, but do not wish to sacrifice it all with a legal stoush we cannot afford”, the group says. “There is no morality. Nothing in it for the community who had worked to build the den from community fundraising,” she says.

    The land was originally gifted by D.C. Macfarlane and J.L. Macfarlane to “The Boy Scout County of Canterbury Trust Board” in 1956. It was subsequently transferred to “The Boy Scouts Association of NZ” in 1964.

  3. 6 hours ago, meomy said:

    All the best for a successful recovery Mickey.

     I'm sure you have the courage & strength to get there with the help of your family & friends.

    Article about this incident appeared online last night in mainstream media.

    We need our paper publications back for those who miss reading about racing related news that comes about via "Bush Telegraph".

    Full article about Michael in the Herald today

  4. 3 hours ago, Red Rum said:

    Dream Alliance , they sent it to top trainer so must have given them good vibes early  . The other horses out the mare I could have beaten , carrying a decent pack over the fences including the water jump , they couldn't run out sight on dark night . The sire doubt be worth more that a price pint of Tetley now .Dream Alliance one out the box , living in retirement luxury now .

    Thanks Red Rum. Stories like this keep me interested in breeding again. Maybe I’m just a dreamer😂

  5. Great story. Watched a similar story on either Netflix or YouTube a couple of years ago about a group of Welsh people who decided at their local that they were going to breed and race a horse. They got given a mare and went to a 3k stallion - the area they live was quite depressed. Anyway, the horse won, from memory about 150k. Anyone see this and remember the name of it, as I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

  6. 3 hours ago, chevy86 said:

    Might be interesting to survey breeders intentions for this breeding season in light of economic conditions, race scheduling uncertainty, stakes levels, governance vacuum and general justified malaise following recent national decision-making. 

    I personally was going to breed 2 mares to 2 mid-range priced stallions (8K-15K) but not prepared to take the risk as I think there is a chance the industry may well evaporate "post-Winston". ( and believe me I am no fan of his but he has kept the industry on a ventilator, temporarily) There will be no support from a disastrous Labour/Greens  and in fact they will probably welcome our demise.


    P.S. Still have a few to try which might help dispose of some of my "wealth" before the mongrel Greens come after it.

    As you say Chevy, Racing has just had a huge “top up”. Irrespective of who is in power after September,  surely you don’t expect another one (top up)? 

  7. “interesting that Cambridge is spending something like $16m on their track, which has never been an actual racecourse, and Winston is now encouraging them to spend more money on a flash entrance and a grandstand”

    Shows you Winny has absolutely no vision whatsoever, along with most politicians. Grandstands per se are an anachronism. Go to Caloundra Winny and take note!

  8. 39 minutes ago, Huey said:

    Another impressive addition to their roster, I really liked US Navy Flag in particular.

    But geez how anyone can justify $20k stud fees for unproven stallions when we will be lucky to be racing for $10k is beyond me.

    That is the conundrum we face Huey. Although we will be entering maybe a ‘no inflation’ economic environment, have you ever known the general cost of things to come down? Mare owning breeders are at the bottom of the food chain so to speak, ie all stud, agistment, transport, vet, feed costs etc are all fed down to the owner. Unless you have a K1 mare, or are one of the very few who have incredible luck, eg the buyer of Tarzinos and Gingernuts dams,  you are on a hiding to nothing.

  9. 45 minutes ago, arjay said:

    Indeed, it seemed a valid thought, Close Te Rapa, move out of the city, make people drive to the course rather than float horses. All weather tracks for racing and training, just huge a facility. Harness as well possibly. CJC and Addington could move South, West, or North of the city likewise.  thoughts?

    Of course, this green fields Waikato idea should happen. Travelling distances to anywhere in the Waikato from Waikato central are less than 60 minutes. Too much parochialism ahead of a long term visionary approach. 

  10. Yes, you couldn’t get a better pedigree anywhere on the planet. To be fair, she has had foals to the “best” stallions in Oz, ie Danehill Dancer, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, and Lonhro, and (as yet) has produced nothing of note. Studs don’t offload mares with this amazing pedigree for no reason, but definitely worth taking a punt on.

  11. Plenty of Standardbreds still maidens with more than 50 starts. I guess if you are the owner, trainer, and driver and it’s a hobby, it’s no big deal. TB Goldchi a 52 start 9 year old maiden still trying for that elusive win. Gee Bob McCosh is a blast from the past with his cowboy hat. He certainly raced his horses very regularly!

  12. No argument about farming still being our “backbone”, but generally speaking farmers have no interest in horses these days. The generation after WWll - through to the 1970s were only a generation removed from where horses were being used to work farms, hence they had a love for, and affinity with, horses. They also had small one man band farms allowing them the flexibility to pursue their horse passion. 

  13. 18 hours ago, slam dunk said:

    Firstly make it a crime funding organisations that spout anti climate change  disinformation. Also spouting in a public forum fake experts, fake research or illogical assumptions just as defamation laws apply today. Trumps antics have set back climate action by several years just means more suffering to millions in years to come. Attracting climate change activists on racecourses may sound unusual but  after all what has racing got to lose. Better some people there than none.

    Slam Dunk, it IS a free country so making climate change denial illegal is crazy. However, what amazes me on this post - and I wasn't initially going to react, are the comments from ill informed people suggesting that human induced climate change is not happening. Not being a scientist myself, I am not going to get into a debate over what changes are currently happening and will happen, but suffice to say, 97% of the world's climate change scientists who are qualified to make informed comment on the issues are in no doubt of what is happening.

    The main political parties in New Zealand have also recently agreed on the Zero Carbon Amendment Act. I would therefore respectfully suggest that those who are trying to align climate change with one side of the political spectrum, put that thought aside.

    I won't be making any more comments on this issue as if  you are an ostrich with your head in the sand over this critical issue, then it is unlikely I will be able to get it out of the sand! 

  14. On 7/31/2019 at 6:20 AM, John Clydesdale said:

    I have two mares from this family, whilst not black type horses, they have left plenty of winners. Blancpain, the best of them and all hers to race have won. 

    It was witnessing Il Tempo winning the Cups that prompted me to get in the family, backed up of course by Show Gate and her wonderful deeds. I just need to breed one with a bit of the class of those two horses and I would be happy.




    The Eulogy family, from memory Bruce Lowe No22 was prolific and produced many great horses. All the best to you John, persistence will eventually be rewarded!

  15. On 11/5/2019 at 7:49 PM, Breeder said:

    I was pleasantly surprised to find today's Melbourne Cup winner , Vow and Declare, descends directly from Tessa Gillian ( and further back to Mumtaz Begum  and Lady Josephine etc.).  so this is the family of Eight Carat, Octagonal, Very Ellegant and scores of other great race horses and producers.

    It goes to show if you are entering into the breeding and can buy a mare directly descended from one of theses great females families, your odds of breeding a good one can be vastly improved.

    She (Tessa Gillian), was also the dam of successful NZ stallion Test Case, so her blood will be seen in many of our thoroughbreds.

  16. 1 hour ago, Pam Robson said:

    Nope, not to my knowledge.  Plenty of do-gooders wanting to 'rescue' old or neglected horses to rehome,  but, well-meaning though they may be,  the fate of these old horses at their 'new' homes is often worse than the alternative.

    I remember Freda White telling me about Teak's euthanasia,  she groomed him until he was gleaming,  she said, oiled his feet, put on his black-and-white dress rug and walked him down to the end of her property where the deed was done.  The old chap thought he was off to a show.

    Would be great if everyone treated their loyal workmates in that fashion,  but will never happen.

    Gee he was a lovely horse, raced until he was 16 if my memory is correct.