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  1. Will be a great day. Usually see at least one Tigers game every year, so disappointing we can’t make it this year.
  2. Nice article on Hazel on TV three news this evening. She’s a very well spoken young lady. I just hope she can keep her weight under control.
  3. 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.
  4. Or an old favourite of mine”led into straight...stopped as if shot”
  5. 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.
  6. Full article about Michael in the Herald today
  7. Thanks Red Rum. Stories like this keep me interested in breeding again. Maybe I’m just a dreamer
  8. 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.
  9. 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)?
  10. Shades of the New Zealand film Came A Hot Friday! Ronald Hugh Morrieson would be elated
  11. “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!
  12. 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.
  13. Gee, where are all the mares going to come from!?
  14. 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.
  15. Interesting that the total number of mares served has gone from over 60,000 in 2007, to under 30,000.
  16. It’s good that Cambridge Stud guarantee a live foal as well or a free return. Good on them.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. This sire keeps turning out more stakes performing horses, but some are of the opinion he is a sire just of wet trackers and isn’t ‘commercial’. What do others think?
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. Oops.... beam me up Scotty!
  24. She (Tessa Gillian), was also the dam of successful NZ stallion Test Case, so her blood will be seen in many of our thoroughbreds.
  25. Gee he was a lovely horse, raced until he was 16 if my memory is correct.