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    bazach reacted to scooby3051 in Well Done Team Pitman   
    Congrats to Team Pitman and what a great way to start 2019 after the year Michael has last year. Congrats from everyone here at Racecafe.
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    bazach got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in Hope you've upped the security Leo...   
    better entertainment than reality TV!!!
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    bazach reacted to Berri in racehorse rating for stallions   
    I'm of the belief that ratings are in two parts. The first is the official rating (Timeform or Racing Post will do). Then I look to see the best single performance because that is the rating that is their best performance unless the rater has got it wrong. The ratings I have provided are the latter. 
    The problem that I have is that even though a champion in New Zealand, many of our horses are inferior to those in other markets. Super Easy and Darci Brahma are two examples of those stallions. Due to franking their form, their official ratings are average in relation to what stallion material should be. The interesting thing is that their progeny are following the same path. Although stakes winners are plentiful of the breed in NZ, when they compete in a competitive market like Australia they get rolled. The "breed shaper" Darci Brahma's progeny couldn't get to the top over there. Neither could Volksraad, where he is a multiple champion stallion but in Aussie just OK.
    We're lucky to have Savabeel and Tavistock. They were proven in those racing markets and had good ratings. Gone are the days where a half brother to a champion make it as a stallion. The competition has moved on. That is why the likes of Almanzor need to be embraced. They rarely come here. When they do (Montjeu, High Chapparal etc) we do well. Note they are both stayers.
    Our breeders have lost their way but our administrators are at fault. We do not have a staying program. We have lost our edge because of it. If the NZRB and the NZTR don't get together and develop this program, they all need sacking.
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    bazach reacted to Trump in NBR headline   
    Yes. Instead of trips to the Arc, useless Conferences in China or some other irrelevant place (as far as NZ Racing is concerned). They should go to Sunshine Coast and have a look at the set up. It’s very very customer orientated. Forget Flemington, Moonee Valley and Caulfield. They have no relevance to NZ racing imho. As far as track and facility development goes, Sunshine Coast is a must visit. It may not completely suit NZ weather patterns, but it will show what can be done to make the race experience an enjoyable one for patrons. Below is a Birdseye map of the layout - for your interest. 

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    bazach reacted to Trump in NBR headline   
    They could do that at Foxton. There’s room to expand the track and the main benefits I’ve already explained. It’s only 20minutes drive from Palmerston North, 10min drive from Levin but more importantly, it’s a ready made base for good wet weather racing. A “sand belt” race track! Gives punters confidence. I think the biggest hurdle would be MRC Officials. The best racecourse built with thought that I’ve visited in a “country” area, is the Sunshine Coast Track at Caloundra (Qld, Australia). The track was purpose built from nothing, by the then Qld Govt under guidance and $ from Racing Minister Russ Hinze (Waverley Star) it is fantastic. A very wide track, it’s facilities have been built with the environment and climate in mind. It has a nice long run in and all horses get a chance. Stands and covered outdoor areas all face north capturing the winter sun. Breezes in summer are great and it’s protected from the summer sun. It’s great. No dilapidated wooden stand with wooden seats and birdshot everywhere. More importantly, all the public and Members viewing areas are on a mezzanine level and look down the track and also the Parade ring (mounting yard). You can venture to ground level if you wish to view from the track fence line. If anyone is ever in Qld, try to get to the races there. They race every Sun and also have summer twilight racing on Fridays. I could envisage a setup like that at Foxton.
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    bazach reacted to poundforpound in Some final thoughts from Rumpole   
    Sent by a friend ( from the service handout ) who went to see the old bugger farewelled......some nice thoughts here to reflect on 

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    bazach reacted to Red Rum in NBR headline   
    A trial winner will sell for 150k to 300k and a maiden winner is worth 250k to 500k. Right where do I quickly buy a horse.  Bullshit prices . Insert the words could/may/ might if you are lucky on a good day depending on number factors .A maiden winner at gaff track midweek in mud could be worth 10 bucks in some cases.  Huge generalisation that is rampant in non trade press. 
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    bazach got a reaction from We're Doomed in 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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    bazach reacted to Red Rum in J.Parkes suspension for excessive whip use   
    Last race overnight at  Southwell (UK) . Hands and Heels apprentice handicap (Racing Excellence Initiative). It's the way of the future ,  it's moving and has done for years. South Africa trailing no whips in some races , Norway gone that way .Watched a race from Greyville when I got up for work overnight, very light whip use, looked stylish and good . It's where the line is the experts need to come up with.A tough one for sure.
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    bazach reacted to nomates in J.Parkes suspension for excessive whip use   
    Known Johnathan since he was a skinny little apprentice at Grant Searle's , always been tough to beat in a tight finish because he can get an extra neck or so outa horse . But i agree not a good look in today's world . I'm picking whips will be gone in next 10 years . The one's i don't like are the poor rides and the horse is well beaten because of the ride but the jock is hammering all the way up the straight , stick should be used on rider .
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    bazach reacted to uneasy in Congrats Michael and Savvy Coup   
    Thanks for your POSITIVE  comment unfortunately the atmosphere got to SC 38,000 hyped up Aussies make a lot more noise than 5000 conservative Kiwis. Next time she will be paraded in removable hood, that will probably be 10th Nov in $300,000 Matriach Gp2 at Flemington 
    Only finished 11 lengths off the worlds best horse after racing very keenly and a lot handier than normal 
    She has come through the race very good and we will be out to add to the $300,000 she has already won this season
    Cheers Michael
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    bazach reacted to Berri in Benbatl - La Mer family lights up!   
    Not normally the way you express the close relation tie up. It universally means that through the dam there is a close relationship, not an inbreed to the stallion. 
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    bazach reacted to Nerula in Waikenae Stud?   
    Gubes you've surpassed yourself!!!!!!!!!
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    bazach reacted to puha in George Simon / Luke Radich. Weigh in   
    Seems to have a better grasp than anyone I’ve heard to be honest.Certainly made GS look like a possum in the headlights.
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    bazach reacted to morayfm in Foals - 2018   
    Vadamos/Aplomb filly three weeks old
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    bazach reacted to Gofta in There is only one disappointment John Allen...   
    PVL: The biggest challenge facing racing is to attract the next generation. There is now significantly more competition. We need to find ways to take on this competition and have the next generation engaged in racing. It’s not simple but we have to make every effort otherwise we may become an industry of the past.  Racing has to continue to evolve to remain relevant. 
    Finally someone speaking with clarity about the future of this sport,  The next generation, and how much more competition there is for their dollar.  To many on this site who want things to go back to the good ol days, that is what will extinguish this industry. we need fewer but better facilities, higher stakes, re-branding of the industry from a sport to an entertainment spectacle.  If your not on board, step back and let those with this shared vision take us forward
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    bazach reacted to scooby3051 in Messara report... Luv it!   
    So we just all let it die a natural death...pull up stumps and say well you can take anybody else club and race days but you aint touching mine...thats the self centered inflexible stuff that got us to hear...keep doing the same always gets the same result...nobody can guarantee what the report says will work...but what is guaranteed is the status quo will end in disaster. But as long as my club is not touched lets close someone else down, my patch of turf is not for negotiation..adapt or die people..adapt or die.
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    bazach reacted to Berri in Race Fields Amendment Bill withdrawn   
    I don't necessarily agree. The rural folk aren't supporting racing anymore. Their lives have become too busy, too much stress and the rural folk aren't the rural folk of old. I used to part own a bar in Parnell called the Windsor. Very successful in its day and I got out a long time ago. The reason I got out is that the school residential requirements changed. You had to live in an area to get into a specific school. So many of the people living in Parnel, Remuera, Newmarket etc are there to get their kids into school in those areas. Those people don't go out at night so no matter how good the bar was, parents don't like to look after kids with a hangover.
    The population of alcohol swillers moved to Ponsonby.
    The farming industry has changed. It's corporate farming with young underpaid and under acknowledged workers looking after the dollar now. Not the family that has passed the farm down after generations of toil. It's not machinery that needed people to operate, it's machinery that operates itself.....just look at the robotic milk sheds. It's not a horse  in the side paddock to race any more, its the motor boat or the trip offshore.
    We are a changing society and one thing that guys like Contentious doesn't get is that the model has to change. Gambling is now the internet or mobile phone. Gambling is not the rural folk who gamble, its some unanimous offshore parasite that trying to arbitrage the value of any bet, coupled with the odd dinasour coupled with a person that our leaders cannot identify because their systems are being created by people who don't know the game well enough.
    A race track is simply a piece of land big enough to cater for a group of horses to run against each other. The racing industry funded the amenities for a time that has since passed us by and we don't have the management and capex to change the monolithic phalanxes called race stands that were not paid for by the communities, but by the respective racing administrations. So all this hocus pocus about who paid for what and who owns what is a misnomer. If the community cared that much they wouldn't be in the shit they are currently in!!!
    This needs new thinking. There is a plan that probably needs a lot of tweeks. Who's gong to fight for the piece of pie? I for one will be making a submission.
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    bazach reacted to Berri in Race Fields Amendment Bill withdrawn   
    You're all still bitching about the concept of rationalizing racecourse assets to maximize racing's market share in the gaming/ entertainment industries. What about the rest of it? We need great surfaces to race on. Why haven't the clubs managed to do this to the extent that we don't have a disproportionate number of cancellations at a time of the year when we shouldn't be having any. Why haven't the clubs taken matters into their own hands to produce a viable business opportunity because currently racing is not that. 
    Get off the merry go round and start to think big picture. Small thinking has failed. In my humble opinion, the real mojo is held by the owners. They pay for the game
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    bazach reacted to scooby3051 in Race Fields Amendment Bill withdrawn   
    No but if nobody is prepared to move and do WHATS BEST FOR ALL, how can anyone ever make the industry work.??? 
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    bazach reacted to scooby3051 in Race Fields Amendment Bill withdrawn   
    But does that deserve it to stay I am sure there are plenty of clubs that are self sufficient but if racing is not rationalized we won't have much left soon. Just my opinion but something HAS to give.
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    bazach got a reaction from Catalano in Laytown   
    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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    bazach reacted to Nearco in Messara Racing Review Full Report and 17 Key points   
    I don't post very often, but I guess this is too important to ignore.
    I've bred and raced horses most of my adult life. In my seventies I still keep an active interest, although I no longer have land to raise my own horses. My latest 3yo might even pay her way. None of the 20+ horses I've bred and raced have so far.
    First, closing racetracks. Yes, we have too many, but closing some of the 'iconic' country tracks doesn't seem sensible, if they can survive with community support.
    We loved racing a horse at Kurow, for their once a year meeting, where the whole town played a part in a making it a great success. Horse won there the year before, came last this time, but we still loved the day. Woodville has always epitomised the country track where visitors are welcome, and it's always fun to participate. Can these tracks be sold and the proceeds go to support racing? Well, maybe, but if they're going to line the coffers of NZTR who will fritter it away, the answer must be a resounding NO! I do not trust our racing administrators.
    Some city tracks could definitely be sold for much-needed housing development, but I wonder how much money would be generated for the benefit of racing?
    Racing administration. Poor, and in need of thorough revision. Turkeys will never vote for Christmas, but we have more than our share of these birds as administrators, who no longer have a place in modern racing. I wouldn't advocate eating them at Christmas, but putting them out of their misery would be a good idea.
    I'd hate to see training centralised around a few 'big' training centres. Closing tracks all over the place might close down a lot of marginal trainers upon whom racing will always depend. Have the NZRB achieved anything?  By now John Allen must at least have a superficial knowledge, but at what cost? No more of these overpaid renegades from the Post Office, please.
    TAB. Would it be a disaster if it were sold to a foreign operator, as long as they were bound to run it for the benefit of we people who enjoy racing? Trackside should revert to free to air.  Our TV presenters should at least be able to emulate their Australian counterparts. Right now they're pretty cringeworthy.
    Breeder's contribution. As a breeder who has sold the odd one abroad, I wouldn't object to a (say) 10% levy on all horses sold abroad, whether they're from the yearling, RTR, broodmare or private sales. If that money were to go to stakes, that would help increase stake moneys. Time the breeders played their part.
    All weather tracks? Hmmm.. well I detest Awapuni, but then not as much as Trentham. I think Trentham is well past its use-by date. Sell it for real estate development, use the money for a decent (maybe all-weather track within fast commute from Wellington)  We need better tracks where horses can race fairly. Better tracks, better track management and a realisation that racing is part of the entertainment business is a must. If we can't encourage younger people to participate and enjoy racing as owners & punters, then the outlook is pretty bleak.
    Racing has been poorly managed from the top down. A new broom needs to sweep out the dreadful administration and make it a pleasant experience to watch horses racing.
    Winston, love him or hate him has delivered us an ultimatum of sorts. Rather than whinge and pick it to pieces, we need to get in behind and broadly support the initiative, ensuring that the bad bits are neutralised, and the broad thrust is supported.
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    bazach reacted to Michael Roustoby in Messara Racing Review Full Report and 17 Key points   
    Might be time for some of the clubs to give Dennis Denuto a call.
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    bazach got a reaction from scott_ in linwood park stud   
    Echoes of Heaven, Ekraar. I see it doesn't look like Tony Mudgway is the Manager there anymore.