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    Waikato Weanling Tour

    what sires offspring impressed?
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    Big news right here

    The key outcome of track rationalisation should surely be to revitalise the industry to encourage the younger generation(s) to get involved. Racing clubs aren’t the only ones suffering from too few members and participants. Ask your nearest golf club, Lions club or bowling club how they are managing, it won’t likely be good news. As referred to earlier, it’s mostly grey haired people you see at the races. To at least try and redress the many reasons racing has declined (farmers now too far removed from horses being used on farms so most not interested, computers, TV, couples spending more time working to make ends meet, social media making it easy to spread the perception horse ing is cruel etc etc), we do need far better facilities than those provided at most courses, so I am in favour of whatever courses are closed which help the better good of the industry
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    NZB Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale

    Probably a combination of the Gavelhouse two weekly sales, and the vicious circle which has been affecting the racing industry - to a greater or lesser extent, for thirty years, ie stakes poor (and costs always increasing!), meaning less people interested in breeding or owning, meaning less horses racing, meaning less money being punted, meaning less money to improve stakes and on and on it goes. It does seem a huge drop though, as although the Gavelhouse fees are cheap, being able to see a range of your prospective purchases in the flesh at one time would ensure better prices (in my view) for well conformed animals. It would be interesting to know who buys on Gavelhouse sight unseen??
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    2019 new stallions

    Interesting to see 25 broodmares in the Gavelhouse auction this week, and a good number over the last while. Although the studs like Waikato are putting a few on this site, many have notations such as "owner getting out of breeding", or "owner downsizing", or "owner has too many...." etc etc. Just another sign of the many issues surrounding racing which have been slowly accumulating for the last 30 years plus.
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    Gorky Park

    Just wondering why this stallion, Gorbachovs sire, who was twice group one placed in Oz, won over $800k, is by Montjeu, and from a tidy female line, hasn’t served even 20 mares a season since he has been at stud. Is it solely that he isn’t at a recognised stud, or does he have fertility, temperament, or conformation issues? Interested in others thoughts.
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    Gorky Park

    Yes, a great little article. No reason why he (GP), can't sire more group performing horses. Like most stallions, their patronage (outside the stud owned mares) is often based on who provides the glossiest brochure and the biggest bull....t story about the wonderful ability of their sire, - forgetting of course all the races where they and their close relatives finished down the track. Aside from Tavistock, Gallant Guru now seems to be the only other son of Montjeu at stud here. I don't know what has happened to Guillotine, but he is bred on the same Montjeu - Defensive Play cross as GP, and had good opportunity to succeed at Windsor Park. His racing record was okay, although he won only half as much (400k) as Gorky Park.
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    Gorky Park

    Interesting line breeding Gubes. I see Gorky Park finished second a good to Efficient in the VRC Derby, having been one off the fence the whole way (Efficient stuck to the rails the whole way except for the last 200 metres), and also finished third in the Group 1 BMW, so had ability. He looks a big strong animal as well. I see he is at stud in "your" area. Do you know the place etc?
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    Hope you've upped the security Leo...

    better entertainment than reality TV!!!
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    NBR headline

    Good work Trump. Hopefully there will be a taking up of the facilities layout concept when the new tracks go ahead (if and when that is!). I also think a facility near Foxton to replace Awapuni and Levin would be logical, and I do retain some optimism (maybe misplaced) that this could happen, along with a similar new central track to cater for Waikato racing into the future.
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    NBR headline

    Grandstands, unless they are going to be well used - which most now aren't, are an anachronism. A really nice race-course set up with terracing, shade sails etc, but no grandstand as such is Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Aside from this, poorly maintained grandstands which are past their use by date, are one of the many "turn-offs" for people thinking of taking in a day at the races.
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    RIP John Costello

    sorry to hear this. Galloping Greats was one of my first introductions to NZ thoroughbreds back in the 1970s, and a great read it was.
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    Benbatl - La Mer family lights up!

    Distantly related. Ribot's sire Tenerani was out of Tofanella. La Mer's 5th dam was Tofanella. La Mer's sire Copenhagen spent his whole time at Wynthorpe stud just outside New Plymouth as far as I can remember. He was a champion sire and had some good sire premiership "battles" with Pakistan. Probably fair to say that being a bit isolated in the "naki, he didn't initially get top mares.
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    Brand ID

    yes, likely to be Brian O'Shea of Poplar Lodge, as he uses the shamrock brand.
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    Foals - 2018

    thanks for the pics! If only it wasn't financially crippling to breed I would still be involved.
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    Zabeel and Sir Tristram blood

    and temperament??
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    Hi Catalano, looks like a great trip you are having. Blackball Salami Co. Ltd make great black and white puddings. We buy their brand through Wholly Cow butchery in Grey Street Hamilton, and they are also in Cambridge. Cheers.
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    Date For The Messara Report Release

    Thanks Ohoka. I would love to see these figures as it 50,000 seems over the top to me, even including volunteers. Who exactly are "participants". Does this also include punters etc. Not saying the figures are lies, but would like to see substantiation of them. I wonder if anyone has access to them?
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    Date For The Messara Report Release

    I listened to this on National Radio this morning, and thought it a well balanced and positive broadcast, except for the National Party spokesperson, whose party have been totally absent in making little positive contribution for nine years. In respect of Bernard Saundry's comments when he says "I don't see racing as a rich man's sport. It's a sport that employs directly and indirectly more than 50,000 people", I do question this extraordinary number of people he quotes as being "directly and indirectly" involved in the industry. 50,000 is the entire population of cities like New Plymouth, and more people than live in Wanganui etc. Interested to hear cafers' comments on this supposed number of people involved in the industry.
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    Vale Patrick MYERS

    Okaiawa Primary School, then (probably) Hawera Intermediate, then onto Hawera High school Trump.
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    Vale Patrick MYERS

    Sorry to hear this. Played rep schoolboy rugby with Patrick. Condolences to all his immediate family and the wider Myers family.
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    Saundry on AW tracks

    I can understand fully from a trainers view point why Cambridge would be the preferred option. If, however, the money is coming from the tax payer funded regional development fund, then Cambridge is NOT a town that needs regional development assistance. It probably has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country. There are a number of towns in the Waikato which have declined under successive governments in the last 30 years which would benefit more, eg Paeroa, Otorohanga, Te Aroha, - in my opinion. Ok, the horse trainers are choking on their weetbix, but the purpose of the fund is regional development isn't it? In the central districts Woodville looks ideal, ie another town which has died in the last 30 years. You could also put Foxton in the same category. As for Rangiora,- along with Rolleston, this place has "boomed" since the earthquakes, so again, does it need regional development assistance supplied by the taxpayer?
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    Dark Horse - The story of Dream Alliance

    Just watched this and really enjoyed it. Shows anyone can still live the dream, you just need a hell of a lot of luck!
  23. In my opinion it was a good article. Let’s face it, if he had been a perfect child the article wouldn’t have been written. The media need a ‘story’ and this is a good one with a sensible message about needing to knuckle down to turn your life around.
  24. Dam Myers is a very astute person and a dedicated horseman, so it's good to see him supporting the sale with all his weanlings being sold. He is also one of the few bigger breeders with no stallion, and his broodmare band is of reasonably good quality, so I thought it would be interesting to make up a table of his sales and compare just the service fees of the applicable stallions in 2016: Lot number Sale price Sire Service fee 2016 (app) 79 14,000 Por Moi 17,500 89 85,000 Press Statement 16,500 110 2,000 Power 8,000 145 14,000 Sweynesse 6,000 155 3,000 Power 8,000 190 170,000 Written Tycoon 49,500 196 7,000 Reliable Man 17,500 204 1,000 Sacred Falls 30,000 210 2,000 Jimmy Choux 5,000 225 1,000 Dalghar 8,000 230 22,000 Ocean Park 30,000 231 5,000 Showcasing 15,000 239 2,000 Proisir 7,000 279 45,000 Mongolian Khan 10,000 281 10,000 Sacred Falls 30,000 296 8,000 Iffraaj 17,500 304 54,000 So You Think 49,500 316 1,500 Contributer 12,500 332 14,000 Zacinto 10,000 19 lots sold Total= $460,500 Total = $347,500 The question I'm asking is, is the amount of the 113k 'surplus' enough to cover all other expenses and make him want to continue down the line of selling all his stock as weanlings? He did very well with lot 190, ie made more than the 113k on this one lot, - and also with lot 89, but in total thirteen of the lots sold for LESS than their service fee, and only six sold for more than their service fee.
  25. This month's Gavelhouse auction is for mares not in foal, but the notes made against the mares indicate they will be selling all - maybe not all through Gavelhouse, ie "This is the 1st of 6 broodmares not in foal that we offer as part of our complete dispersal sale". This notation looks like it means all are being sold. Will be interesting to see. In any event, it is sad to see this happening to our industry.