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    bazach got a reaction from Fartoomuch in Bicarb explained for us simple folk....   
    thanks for that Ohoka. I sometimes use it for indigestion, but didn't realize it gave me more stamina. I must tell my wife!
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    bazach got a reaction from Midget in Get the bugles out...he's going   
    The farmers have voted over the decades to become a mega co-op, so can't complain that they have lost personal contact and don't have much 'real' say in the company. Interesting that Tatua stayed small, ie just over 100 suppliers and consistently pays more to their suppliers than Fonterra.
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    bazach got a reaction from Midget in Get the bugles out...he's going   
    The farmers have voted over the decades to become a mega co-op, so can't complain that they have lost personal contact and don't have much 'real' say in the company. Interesting that Tatua stayed small, ie just over 100 suppliers and consistently pays more to their suppliers than Fonterra.
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    bazach got a reaction from .... in Mares covered 2018   
    It was Rick Williams from the Oaks stud who recently said that once you took out all the mares owned by the studs there were less than 1,000 left to be served by over 100 stallions. So all is not rosy on the NZ breeding front. Interesting to see in the current Gavelhouse auction both Waikato and Windsor Park offering mares in foal with foals at foot with no reserves. I agree with BruceL that moderately bred mares who are often Unraced or unplaced are going to be loss making for those breeding from them. It’s never been any different of course, but what has exacerbated the issue greatly is the cost benefit analysis, ie costs have risen far more sharply than returns.
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    bazach got a reaction from .... in Mares covered 2018   
    It was Rick Williams from the Oaks stud who recently said that once you took out all the mares owned by the studs there were less than 1,000 left to be served by over 100 stallions. So all is not rosy on the NZ breeding front. Interesting to see in the current Gavelhouse auction both Waikato and Windsor Park offering mares in foal with foals at foot with no reserves. I agree with BruceL that moderately bred mares who are often Unraced or unplaced are going to be loss making for those breeding from them. It’s never been any different of course, but what has exacerbated the issue greatly is the cost benefit analysis, ie costs have risen far more sharply than returns.
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    bazach got a reaction from Breeder in Sobering Figures   
    ...........So bureaucrats can be paid their generous salaries! it's the same fronting up to councils to get minor work done requiring a consent. eg, "Oh, that will be $2,000 if you want to build your garage closer to the boundary". It's a black hole!
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    bazach got a reaction from Breeder in Sobering Figures   
    ...........So bureaucrats can be paid their generous salaries! it's the same fronting up to councils to get minor work done requiring a consent. eg, "Oh, that will be $2,000 if you want to build your garage closer to the boundary". It's a black hole!
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    bazach reacted to rosie one in So much fun.... and havent galloped yet   
    Agree with alot of what you have written.
    Im lucky in that i can be very hands on working  with the trainer. 
    Alot of trainers are pressured to keep pressing forward with their horses even thou they would rather back off
    For example, a horse that comes into work and is not been well looked after in the spelling paddock and the trainer has to start from scratch to build the animal up from nothing...this takes extra valuable expensive weeks to do. Everthing is finally going good for the animal and then suddenly under pressure from gallops  and getting to the trials etc the poorly spelled/bugger all feet trimmed animal hit the wall and goes lame/sore.
    Working back in a big stable i take my hat off to the trainer for being able to deal with some of these animals.
    But this trainer also has to deal with the owners who are pushing to get to the races ... the poor trainer has to tell them its not going to happen this prep and keep his or her fingers crossed they don't lose the owner. Its a catch 22 in some cases.
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    bazach reacted to Shad in So much fun.... and havent galloped yet   
    Like your plan and way of thinking, far to many young horses pushed to their limits to make the 2yr olds,  when not mentally or physically developed, and usually end up lame or broken down, i wouldn't care if they never got to the races till their 4 or 5. Good luck with your charge, and stick to your plan.
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    bazach reacted to Insider in Karaka Millions Meeting.   
    The Three Year Old Mile (1 Million) is a step forward. 
    Personally I think that they should drop the two year old race and increase the Three Year Old one to 2 Million then watch the Aussies come over!
    The reason I would like the 2 Year Old one gone is that it is encouraging the inclusion of too many Australian Breed 2 Year Olds in the Sale and it’s not doing anything for the development of NZ breds trying to participate competitively. 
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    bazach reacted to ADM in Karaka Million 3yo   
    Nice timing as well for Brighthill and Dalghar, congratulations team
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    bazach reacted to Timon in Closing down NZ tracks   
    I think you're missing the point Sharrock is making. If you look at his stomping ground around the Rangitikei, Taranaki, Horowhenua, Manawatu area you've got (or had) race courses at Otaki, Levin, Foxton, Bulls, Marton, Wanganui, Woodville, Awapuni, Hawera, Waverley, New Plymouth and probably several other places I have missed. It's total nonsense. Put it this way if you didn't have any race courses in any of those towns would you now go a build one in each of those places, knowing it requires capital outlay for a large stand, stables, course, and other facilities? Of course not. You have to give up hankering for how ii was and create a vision for the future.
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    bazach reacted to Patiti in Woodville Gone Today   
    Clubs will end up like bowling clubs and be forced to amalgamate or die.
    Trentham sold a lot of their land and has that helped surrounding clubs or improved their facilities.
    I think not.
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    bazach reacted to Nasrullah in Sobering Figures   
    2015-2016
    Broodmares at pasture 6700
    Registered broodmares 5685
    Total mares served         5121
    Foals                                  3293
    It is important to remember that 3293 foals are produced from 5121 mares served which is 64% which is obviously misses, absorbed,slips etc.
    The key issue quite simply NZ prize money has not kept up with the increase in breeding and racing costs. Where as Australia has had a huge increase in prize money over the last 10 years and starting from a much higher base.
    If our prize money had increased accordingly then more racehorses would pay there way here and there would be more mares bred, more horses sold and more profit in breeding.
    Looking forward to Winston Peters announcement next week. Any little bit counts!
    Adding some optimism NZ does breed a very good product and they will pay great money for the right NZ bred horse. That doesn't mean the breeder needs to go to an expensive stallion. Some really good results at sales in the $5,000 to $8,000 service fee range.
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    bazach reacted to jess in Sobering Figures   
    Perhaps if I could balance that tale a little.  Another mare was at a different stud and the service in terms of communication was great - starting with a phone call from the broodmare manager to say she had arrived and had walked off the truck in great nick and he was just about to take her to her paddock.  As a hands-on owner who is actually pretty fond of her horses I appreciated that and it got us off to a great start! 
    Mare (a maiden) was not quickly in foal and I'll never know whether she was down the queue for the sire or really was "springy" for all those weeks - however plenty of mares are like this early in the season and I am inclined to take them at their word.  The stud kept in touch with how she was going (unlike those studs when you hear nothing and the only way you know what's happening with your broodmare is by deciphering the vet bills!).
    Mare was returned in foal and in fine condition.  I have no doubt the stud made a tidy profit from agisting  her for several months but there were no unnecessary items/treatments on the accounts and so I have no complaints there.
    I liked the way that comms were not just with an office manager who had never laid eyes on my mare (some comms were with her and she was perfectly nice and efficient) - but I'd get calls from time to time from the broodmare manager who was actually dealing with my mare.  I realise for owners who only see their TBs on raceday this might not be a big deal.  But I really appreciated it.     
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    bazach reacted to La Zip in Sobering Figures   
    Nailed it Jess...a small cartel here and its going to come round and bite them on the bum....the ancillary costs associated with breeding a mare cannot be justified.  I was charged $90 for a vacc (not including administering the vacc - that's additional)  that I can buy in Australia with delivery to my front door for $29 - exactly the same brand/product. And yet the workers here are paid way less than their contemporaries in Oz. I guess many of the studs are lucky there is an abundance of young Irish folk that are very happy to work here for the experience (not so much the work experience but life experience) as a great deal of skilled Kiwis have made the decision to move on or move away.
    I have a lovely young, well related mare by a stallion who is proving to be a wonderful broodmare sire.  She has produced 2 lovely fillies by respectable stallions, but she is not proven as yet.  I tried to negotiate a fee, which I thought was more than reasonable, for a 2nd tier stallion at a major Waikato Stud...the cross was perfect...but no, they wanted more $...as if the stallion would have had a full book.  I did emphasise I'm breeding to race....so I selected another stallion based at another leading stud, similar style of horse, cross is really interesting and the Stud offered a great deal for not only the fee, but for the agistment.  Couldn't fault anything, mare arrived home in lovely condition, good early service and what I was liked most, the Stud was extremely enthusiastic about the mating.  So there you go....2 leading studs, 2 different approaches. I know who I will be supporting in the future.
     
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    bazach got a reaction from Baz (NZ) in Choosing A Yearling   
    Thanks Tauhei, these are very interesting, but not surprizing results. I remember on Race Café some years ago, someone produced a similar table of race earning results for all the yearlings Te Akau had bought over the years, and it was sobering reading!
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    bazach reacted to tasman man 11 in Kumara   
    I think Coasters in general ,genuinely believe their weather is not "too bad" , and events over the years can go ahead regardless.
    i have followed this West Coast saga on here for a while and Tom from Greymouth/Reefton did his best to convince us that the WC weather had been good of late and forecasts were often wrong and the West Coast was a huge area.
    Has news not reached the WC that the NZMet Service actually gives specific forecasts for Reefton , Greymouth ,Hokitika,Westport and possibly other towns !
    The site also displays a brilliant Radar picture which clearly shows the rain about ! You can see it coming !
    The Tasman Sea is something like 6 degrees warmer at present , maybe Global warming ,and weather bombs are becoming more frequent and more brutal.
    Extreme weather is now the norm.
    These once a year race-tracks looked after by a diminishing band of volunteers are fun but in todays age of Compliance and Health and Safety they just don't cut the mustard any more.
    So we can squeal all we like on race cafe and put forward our expert opinions on turf,grass growing and racing administration but until the message finally gets through to those at the top ,little will change.
    As in most sports in NZ , there is little unity and collaboration in Racing so change will be slow.
    Its pathetic !
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    bazach got a reaction from napier in Hokitika Gone   
    Even Winny can't ignore the Worksafe Legislation. Health and Safety is important, but has gone overboard in my opinion, to the point where 'risk' is deemed a bad thing by the legislators. I guess it has been good for some businesses - have you seen the millions of road cones out these days!
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    bazach reacted to TOM(the other Molloy) in Hokitika Gone   
    Well there were very few but.....
    Of course Health and Safety was not such a focal point in those days
     
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    bazach got a reaction from napier in Top Kiwi trainer calls for action on NZ tracks   
    What has changed that has caused many more meetings to be cancelled than in previous decades, is (in my view), 'Worksafe' legislation, ie The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. In effect, even volunteer 'officers' of a racing club are potentially liable to be prosecuted following a death or serious injury. In previous decades (before Health and Safety legislation became such a big issue) was it not mainly jockeys who decided whether they would continue to ride or not?  Although H&S is very important, it's not difficult to see numerous examples of H&S going overboard and the 'nanny' state prevailing. It's not therefore surprizing to see race day officials having little option but to call off meetings at the first sign of a horse slipping.
    We can't change the legislation, so the big question is, how to make the tracks we are going to retain for the future, safer?
     
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    bazach reacted to jess in Choosing A Yearling   
    If you are going to start comparing strike-rates of the likes of David Ellis then to be fair you need to start correcting for purchase price - compare like with like if you will  ... because  obviously he spends a truckload of money and massive individual sums for many yearlings ..  if you command domination of the bench at the top end of the market it's a bit tough on the rest to start comparing the success of those horses (often royally bred) with the more modest types other buyers are spending much less on ....,
     
        
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    bazach got a reaction from napier in Top Kiwi trainer calls for action on NZ tracks   
    What has changed that has caused many more meetings to be cancelled than in previous decades, is (in my view), 'Worksafe' legislation, ie The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. In effect, even volunteer 'officers' of a racing club are potentially liable to be prosecuted following a death or serious injury. In previous decades (before Health and Safety legislation became such a big issue) was it not mainly jockeys who decided whether they would continue to ride or not?  Although H&S is very important, it's not difficult to see numerous examples of H&S going overboard and the 'nanny' state prevailing. It's not therefore surprizing to see race day officials having little option but to call off meetings at the first sign of a horse slipping.
    We can't change the legislation, so the big question is, how to make the tracks we are going to retain for the future, safer?
     
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    bazach reacted to Tauhei Notts in Choosing A Yearling   
    I am pleased this post has got so many views.  I have thought about it some more.
    If you hold the mare when the foal is conceived, then help at the birth of the foal, then teach the weanling how to lead, trim its hooves, spend hours grooming it, lunge it, plait its mane and tail, polish its hooves, shampoo it and take it into the ring, then you have fallen in love with it.  Love does silly things to you.  It blinds you to reality and you think that particular horse is a budding champion, because you have had so much to do with it.
    Then the knowledgeable people like Bruce Perry and Paul Moroney come along.  They are too polite to tell you that you are a dreamer.  The horse gets market value and you are exceedingly disappointed that your love is worth not much.  It is tough.  Been there.  Done that.
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    bazach reacted to Shad in Kumara   
    To be honest be good if they do stay on for reefton, nice track, close up to all the action, good facilities, always free to get in, and a great day out, only downside is the photo finish angle, harder to pick than a broken nose, was watching trots from home, thought my horse i backed had won by a half length, beaten by a head, certainly a trap for young players, its not really a downside, their isn't any, lets hope they get a good crowd and weather, country racing at its best, and lets hope it continues, the club and committee have done a great job over the years, when a couple of other clubs in the district have not survived. A true testament to dedication and hard work.