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    bazach reacted to Kingshill in In running comments   
    Hahaha.... I remember Dad reading that formline comment out from the Friday flash when I was a kid..... Still remember it😂🤣
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    bazach reacted to Ponderosa8 in How did that name get through   
    So they obviously didnt try and re-register as Pharr Cough then...
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    bazach reacted to Red Rum in How did that name get through   
    Done a bit of digging , Pharr Canal , out of mare called  La Fontaine . La Fontaine (La Fonteine)  is a  County in Louisiana , in that County is a township called New Iberia where in 1872 Henry Newton Pharr was born . You've guessed it Henry Newton Pharr grew up to head the Louisiana -Rio Grande Canal Company . He built a canal near  New Iberia called Pharr Canal where now it's pretty good for fishing by all accounts . Straight up legit name in honour of Mr Pharr .
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    bazach reacted to Baz (NZ) in How did that name get through   
    Pharr Canal I stayed up for nothing! 🙈 🤣
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    bazach got a reaction from fermoy in In running comments   
    Or an old favourite of mine”led into straight...stopped as if shot”
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    bazach reacted to Huey in Race Club Assets   
    I agree,  but when you have people in positions of influence paying silly money at yearling sales they have to justify these actions in some way and the main focus point is stakes. Unfortunately none of them really care about the general health of the industry, they do however care about their own.
    The pie has never really been. the problem as I see it, it's always been the slicing up of the pie that's the issue,of course now the industry wants the small guys knife, fork & napkin to sell to get a temporary bigger pie. The industry will find a sustainable place if participants are willing to accept reality and leaders stop selling them a BS narrative,  that however won't happen and it will continue down the gurgler. 
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    bazach got a reaction from Huey in Race Club Assets   
    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.
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    bazach got a reaction from Pam Robson in Race Club Assets   
    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.
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    bazach reacted to rdytdy in Tough Way To Go Out Michael   
    It appears that Michael Coleman will be missing from the future jockey ranks following an accident at the Rotorua trials yesterday in what seems a career ending incident.
    Unfortunately a horse reared and came down on top of him fracturing his femur in three places and causing damage to his pelvis.
    Tough way to go out Mickey but all the best with your recovery.
     
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    bazach got a reaction from Black Kirrama in A story to be told...and embraced for the sake of the horse   
    Thanks Red Rum. Stories like this keep me interested in breeding again. Maybe I’m just a dreamer😂
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    bazach got a reaction from Memphis2 in A story to be told...and embraced for the sake of the horse   
    Thanks Red Rum. Stories like this keep me interested in breeding again. Maybe I’m just a dreamer😂
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    bazach got a reaction from nomates in A story to be told...and embraced for the sake of the horse   
    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.
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    bazach reacted to nomates in A story to be told...and embraced for the sake of the horse   
    Every owners dream , It's stories like this that challenge my resolve about not getting into another horse while things are the way they are .
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    bazach reacted to Trump in Victoria Racing   
    You are correct. Sunshine Coast has a crown about 6 horses off the fence. FLEMINGTON has a similar scenario. The problem when you get to Doomben is when the rail is out - sometimes up to 9 metres! It’s a narrow track and when the rail is out, horses need to be in the first 2 or 3 pairs. The pace is dictated to suit them. I like Sandown as a track. Backmarkers can win there - and do often. But it gets down to the “pace” of the race at a lot of venues. At the moment, Eagle Farms new track is like concrete about 3 inches below the surface. They get their toes in and cut the surface but the firmness underneath is causing problems for horses - a lot of jarring up. I played golf with one of the top Vets servicing leading Stables and he’s getting a lot of concern from Eagle Farm due to the firmness. The best track in SE Qld at the moment is Caloundra. Wide track with a long straight. Kind to horses. 
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    bazach got a reaction from Memphis2 in Fantastic innovation   
    Shades of the New Zealand film Came A Hot Friday! Ronald Hugh Morrieson would be elated😀
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    bazach reacted to Mikie in Fantastic innovation   
    Does this apply to a 330m dog race?
    That would be awesome
    Mikie
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    bazach got a reaction from napier in So Avondale still has its July 18th meeting ?   
    “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!
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    bazach got a reaction from Huey in So Avondale still has its July 18th meeting ?   
    “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!
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    bazach reacted to We're Doomed in So Avondale still has its July 18th meeting ?   
    I find it 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 so people can attend and watch the races. Basically the entire supporting structure for race-meetings is having to be developed from scratch.
    Meanwhile Avondale has a track that everyone seems to acknowledge provides a good racing surface, and their main problem (apart from perhaps a dysfunctional committee) is an old dunger of a public grandstand.
    I haven't been to Avondale since the days (nights) of night racing. In those days the members grandstand was reasonably flash. Surely a reasonable solution would be the knock down the public grandstand and replace it with a bit of an embankment or a multi-purpose facility that sports teams and others could use on non race-days (which is most of the time really). It should be an easier stand to bowl over than Riccarton.
    All of the debate about Avondale doesn't seem to include anything constructive like tidying the place up dramatically. It all seems to focus around the fact that they have been there for years and despite the fact they are poorly run and the place looks like a tip they should be allowed to continue wasting a valuable resource.
    There are a lot of race tracks around the country that are very run down. The industry has hardly spent any money on facilities since the early 90s. The best thing rita could do would be to buy a fleet of bulldozers and send them around the country. Ironically the most recent racecourse developments in the whole country are probably at Waimate.
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    bazach got a reaction from Huey in New Stallion for Valachi Downs   
    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.
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    bazach got a reaction from chevy86 in New Stallion for Valachi Downs   
    Gee, where are all the mares going to come from!?
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    bazach reacted to stodge in News from the North(ern) Hemisphere   
    Evening all
    Not much to add tonight. My fancy for tomorrow's Irish 2000 Guineas is ARMORY for whom I think the quick ground will be a big help.
    The supporting Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes over 2050m for the older horses has nine runners. Top rated is SEARCH FOR A SONG who won the Galtres and looked very good in the Irish St Leger dishing out a beating to KEW GARDENS. I rate her as an Arc candidate and this trip is probably short of her optimum and I'm also sure she will come on for the run.
    FLEETING mixed it with the very best last year. She was third in the English Oaks and runner up in the Irish Oaks. She as beaten four times by STAR CATCHER but that's no disgrace as the latter is very good. This trip may be more to her liking and she has a big chance.
    LATROBE won the Irish Derby once but will be better known to the reader as the runner up in the 2018 Mackinnon. He was last seen finishing well down the field in the Melbourne Cup and I'm not convinced about him first time up. 
    On Saturday there's not much quality in Britain which is not surprising this close to Royal Ascot. In Ireland it's 1000 Guineas day and 15 have been declared. It doesn't look a strong race which may be due to the proximity of both the English version and the Coronation Stakes at Ascot. ALBIGNA is favourite and clear top rated. She was two and a half lengths behind LOVE in last year's Moyglare which would have got her the runner up spot at Newmarket last Sunday. From there ALBIGNA won the Marcel Boussac before running a close fourth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. That all looks strong form and her opponents are all coming off maiden or Listed race form and will need to have improved a lot over the winter.
    The supporting Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes is named after the farm in Newmarket owned by breeder Kirsten Rausing. Derby winner Sir Percy is one of the four standing stallions. Clear top rated is another Irish raider known to the Australians and New Zealanders and that's MAGIC WAND who has travelled the world in her short career.
    As a 3-y-o in 2018, she won the Ribblesdale at Ascot before disappointing in both the Irish Oaks and the Yorkshire Oaks. She then returned to form with second placings in both the Vermeille and the Opera before a fine fourth in the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf. After a short break, she returned to America in January 2019 and ran second in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational but then disappointed in the Sheema Classic at Meydan. Back to America she went for a third place in the Man O'War before returning to Europe to chase home ADDEYBB in the Wolferton at Ascot and IRIDESSA in the Pretty Polly (both the winners went on to much better things - the former in Australia while IRIDESSA won at the  Breeders Cup).
    MAGIC WAND flopped when wearing first time cheek-pieces in the King George at Ascot but returned to form with a second in the Arlington Million (getting closer to BRICKS 'N' MORTAR than she had at Gulfstream in January) and then second again in the Irish Champion. From there it was off to Australia where she was fourth in the Cox Plate and tenth in the Melbourne Cup before beating MELODY BELLE in the Mackinnon. From there to Hong Kong where she ran second in the Hong Kong Cup before another second in the 2020 version of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Her last run was on Dirt in the Saudi Cup where she was well behind MAXIMUM SECURITY.
    She has amassed £3.7 million in win and mostly place money. She's a remarkable mare and should pick this lot up and carry them if anywhere near fit.
    Sunday's best races are in France with the re-arranged Ganay and Saint-Alary at Chantilly.
    The Ganay is run over 2050m for the older horses and Waldgeist won it last year on his way to the Arc. The first four from the Harcourt on the first day of French racing resuming after lockdown re-oppose. SOTTSASS, last year's Jockey Club winner and Arc third was disappointing in fourth but is sure to have come on for the race. WAY TO PARIS was second but followed up with an impressive win in the Grand Prix de Chantilly over 2450m two weeks ago. He's a middle distance type and I just think in this company he'll be tapped for speed. 
    SHAMAN won the Harcourt and as a 3-y-o was runner up in both the Poulains and the Marois. He could very well confirm the places in what looks a fascinating race.
    The Saint-Alary is over 2000m for the 3-y-o fillies. 7 have been entered - Andre Fabre has two, the useful juvenile SAVARIN but I quite like the stable companion SOLSTICIA who did it nicely in a maiden the other day. It's a big jump up of course but it's a weak field.
    Next week is Ascot which will be a surreal experience to say the least.
     
     
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    bazach reacted to stodge in News from the North(ern) Hemisphere   
    I used to post my drivel over on another forum but I've joined Racecafe now so if anyone's interested in what's going on in gallop racing in the UK, Ireland and other places oop north I'll try to keep you informed.
    Racing in the UK resumed on June 1st behind closed doors and Ireland re-started today. France has been going since May 11th but the Paris tracks are closed.
    All three jurisdictions have had to re-shuffle the Pattern calendar so everything is running about a month behind schedule.
    This past weekend should have been Derby and Oaks weekend but instead we've had the first two classics of the British season - the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas - along with the Coronation Cup as the Group 1 highlights of a four day Newmarket Guineas meeting.
    The ground at Newmarket was Good to Firm with a strong tailwind which meant record-breaking times and it was very hard to come from off the pace.
    GHAIYYATH made every yard to win the Coronation Cup over 2400m. He's won Group 1 races in Germany and Dubai and was third to the subsequent Arc winner WALDGEIST in the 2019 Ganay. He loves quick ground and an unchallenged lead and basically galloped his rivals into the ground. The 2019 Derby winner ANTHONY VAN DYCK ran on well for second - the history of Derby winners as 4-y-o isn't inspiring and while ANTONY VAN DYCK was an average Derby winner at best, he has clearly retained some ability. The winner might drop back to 2000m for the Prince of Wales at Ascot or the Eclipse but in the latter he will have to face ENABLE.
    The 2000 Guineas went to KAMEKO - he's a son of Kitten's Joy out of a Rock of Gibraltar mare - who beat WICHITA and hot favourite PINATUBO. The last named had looked a little keen going to the start and never looked happy on the quick ground and in the end the stamina gave out at 1500m and while there was post race talk of the St James's Palace, I'd love him to go back to 1200m and run in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot.
    WICHITA was well backed in the morning and ran a huge race and he might be the one to take to Ascot for the St James's Palace. KAMEKO had won the Vertem Futurity last autumn and didn't enjoy the smoothest of passages, nor did I feel he has wholly happy on the ground but he did it well. Post race talk was of the Derby but on breeding I have my doubts - 2000m might be hs trip.
    Yesterday;s 1000 Guineas went to the Aidan O'Brien trained LOVE who was a convincing four and a quarter length victor. She's by Galileo out of a Pivotal mare and the drop of overnight rain must have been a big help. She heads for the Oaks which this year will be on Saturday July 4th.
    This coming weekend has the Irish Guineas meeting at The Curragh. Friday's 2000 Guineas has 15 entries of which 7 are from the Aidan O'Brien stable. Favourite is the unbeaten SISKIN who won the Phoenix Stakes on his final outing last August. He's never gone beyond 1200m but on breeding he should get the 1600m. Saturday sees the 1000 Guineas for which Jessie Harrington's ALBIGNA is favourite. 
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    bazach reacted to High Sparrow in A Salute To Our Commentators   
    Some great names is there but for my two cents worth Peter Kelly was the doyen of them all - but that's probably because he was the voice that was so familiar to me on 2ZB back in the day. He was an astute judge of a horse (bloodstock auctioneer), had a great patter and rhythm to his calls and was a professional in every sense of the word. He raced several good gallopers including Fun On The Run, Greene Street and Meralini.  Here's a trip down memory lane for those old enough to remember. His last words in the video ring so true...unfortunately he didn't get his wish.
     
     
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    bazach reacted to Stables in Oh dear   
    I think they are beginning to find out that the way to make a fortune in racing is to start with an even bigger fortune