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    hizzy reacted to Blue in Kapoor - A tragedy.   
    I don't think there are words to describe what the connections might be feeling. High hopes and disappointments are part of the racing game but the latter can run very deep sometimes.
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    hizzy reacted to Portfolio in Ellerslie track   
    Problem I have is frontrunners nowadays. Yesterday year, most set a genuine pace, even put plenty of space on the rest of the field. 
    Now, it’s a rush to the front, then pull up, it stuffs up the race. 
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    hizzy reacted to Insider in Ellerslie track   
    Poundforpound and other lovers of Ellerslie........
    When they do the lateral drainage, attend to the overall surface of the track, rest it, and then space the racing next year it will be excellent. 
    They need to drop some of the meetings between October and March (maybe 3, possibly 4) so that the Carnival/Group Races are run on the best surface possible. 
    I can be be done or will be possible if they don’t continue to be greedy trying to attract the yuppie (for want if a better word) crowd, and run too many minor twilight meetings. 
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    hizzy reacted to scooby3051 in Ellerslie track   
    Still good racing...big win by a nice 2yo,great all the way win in the Bonecrusher and a great finish in the Cup and well done to all the connections of all the winners.
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    hizzy reacted to scooby3051 in BS from AS?   
    Leave the guy alone he puts his thoughts and opinions out there if you don't like don't listen but please don't come in here rubbishing a decent hard working trainer...cheers.
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    hizzy got a reaction from weasel57 in Does Cindy Have A Home To Go To?   
    I think she be sleeping Weasel
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    hizzy reacted to Chestnut in Kawi v Start Wondering   
    Nothing wrong with having faith in a horse.   I think considering the way Kawi jumped and the way he ran on in that slow track, he did good, he was making ground on them in the last 50m .. he's got a lot of heart that horse and he just runs the best he can, always, despite what anyone says about him, and I will never knock him for that, in fact I think he's a beaut horse.
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    hizzy reacted to harewood in LAZ again. Wow!!   
    Well they dont come much better than Lazarus"s win in last nights Hunter Cup. The race had it all and was magnificent to watch unfold. A burn off the gate and Tiger Tara headed by Shadow Sax. TT immediately pushes off the fence forcing Laz 3 wide (very similar to what Purdon did on U Machete in Perth and he got a month) Laz gets the breeze and then Soho T charges around to get the breeze with Laz in the one one. Not content with that Purdon pulls Laz out out after 600 meters and sits parked with a lap and a half to go. Second last 400 down the back in 26.8 as TT pours it on. Thought Laz may have been struggling a bit  but like a true champ he grabbed the bit and was challenging hard at the turn when he hit the lead. Last half 400 in 28 so half in 54.8 and he is there to be run down but NOWAY. He holds them all at bay smashing the track MR by a full second. AND not forgetting Heaven Rocks who moved up 3 wide from the 600 and stormed home for 3rd.
    As Adam Hamilton, notable Aussie scribe said, Laz had no right to win the race what he had to  do and he believes it is his greatest winning performance. I would probably have to agree and it must put Laz amongst the very top elite of Australasian harness horses. And as a 5 year old he just seems to be getting better. 
    There was no walking or dictating from the breeze tonight. He did all the chasing and hard work and still lifted to win when needed. No flashy late sprints like Lord Module or Monkey King etc just pure  horsepower and a complete professional racehorse. A true Champ.
    Well done LAZ and M Purdon. A pleasure to watch. 
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    hizzy reacted to Tomjr in Michael Walker welcome back   
    A top jockey who has battled his demons.  One of the few that would admit when he buggered up a ride too.
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    hizzy reacted to Spikecity in joke thread   
    A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She reduced altitude and spotted a man below. She descended a bit more and shouted: "'Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don't know where I am". The man below replied "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude".
    "You must be a technician." said the balloonist. "I am" replied the man "how did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you have told me is probably technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip with your talk."
    The man below responded, "You must be in management". "I am" replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well," said the man "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fucking fault!
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    hizzy reacted to chelseacol in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    I think the sale of racehorses and who gets a cut and from whom and what the owners know or don't know is one of the great areas of mystery in the world...
    I know a few people who didn't know a horse was even sold, didn't get consulted, never knew the actual deal etc etc... Only a rort if you aren't in on it methinks
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    hizzy reacted to Double R in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    Agree Insider.
    I know when I had a horse with Te Akau, the 10% came out of the sale price. Also when you sign up to taking a share with them, there is clause that you sign agreeing to this.
    On the other side of ownership with Te Akau, and I have experienced this on more than one occasion, if the horse did not come up to their expectations, a credit was offered to a generous value of the horse at the time, on a future purchase of another horse with them.
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    hizzy got a reaction from tonkatime in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    Am in the same camp on that one 
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    hizzy reacted to Ohokaman in Winstons big announcement...   
    And pay for the benefits for the increase in pregnant unmarried mothers that will follow the leaders example....
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    hizzy reacted to crustyngrizzly in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    History is usually a good indicator of future behaviour.
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    hizzy reacted to tasman man 11 in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    Postings on here over the years would suggest many of us are a tad jealous of some of the people who win the decent races..........do you really want to see Tony J prancing around hugging all in Sundry , Karen F-E hugging and dancing with the strapper and the big syndicates hugging and kissing even tho they sometimes own a quarter of one-per cent.
    and aren't we jealous of the Eric Watsons the Owen Glenns ,the rich listers in general or the lucky buggers that own a herd of champions including Lazarus etc ?
    Oh , Sir Slicks owner....what a ? , and a host of other so and so's who change trainers or jockeys or sell their good horses to gain a few more $'s.
    Im unsure what we want.
    A start to experience the thrill of racing would be to return to the track.....see it live.......get out of the padded cell and away from the keyboard.
    Oh thats right......theres too much PC security ,the drinks are poor or too expensive , the sound system is crap , bird shit on the seats ,the musics too loud and you always get caught in the queue behind some old fool like me putting my 50 cents each way on at the wrong meeting....on a scratching.
    Despite the sarcasm , I think the sound systems can be improved greatly and horses should be asked to parade in front of the people and do a preliminary !
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    hizzy reacted to Littletramp in Avantage Syndicate & Veitch Share??   
    This guy Veitch is just plain Toxic on many levels and a poor choice of promo flagship for Te Akau, Racing and the yearing sales. How on earth did he push himself forward again. Must have a persistent agent!
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    hizzy reacted to La Zip in Just in passing.   
    He was an incredible horse.  Scotty McGee used to look after him. I see from Trackside coverage he now works for Mike Moroney.  Staff were a key factor in Lee Freedman’s success. However. Super was a freak. He was by Imposing, a son of Todman. They were invariably bad legged and rarely saw a full racing career. So the fact He raced until he was 8yo and rarely missed a prep shows you what a genuine freak he was. I walked with him the afternoon before he won the Cox Plate and he was in a magic mood, hence he carried my money the next day, even though an 8yo had never won the race.  Super memories of a wonderful horse.
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    hizzy got a reaction from Midget in Just in passing.   
    Shifnal Chief what a horse big and black Last saw him as a clerks horse at Alexandra Park  back in the day
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    hizzy got a reaction from THE TORCH in Best Racecaller in New Zealand   
    And what makes you think that Port
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    hizzy got a reaction from Insider in Aiden R   
    Bloody well said poundforpound and a good laugh as well . 
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    hizzy reacted to Insider in Aiden R   
    Tall poppy syndrome in this county prevails even at those still on the bottom steps, yet most of those criticizing wouldn't even get to the bottom of the first step. 
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    hizzy reacted to MrBigStuff in Aiden R   
    You have plenty to say on your first day. Just sort your spelling, grammer and break your sentences up...those commas make it awfully hard to read.
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    hizzy reacted to Trump in Best Racecaller in New Zealand   
    It's pointless comparing Callers from different era's. Same as it's pointless comparing Champions from different era's. (Eg, Sunline v Winx). You can only compare with what's around at the current time. If you're the best of your time so be it. In today's modern era, Peter Thompson probably wouldn't win a British Open Golf Title - but the record shows he won 5 - in his time. Same for Race Callers. Some are better than others, some get thru the fields more than others, some will be more eloquent. "One" of The best callers I have heard, was Bill Collins, "The Accurate One". He never relied on the camera to give a result. He always called it in the closest of finishes. He even called "Kingston Town can't win!" and was proven wrong - but that was his opinion during the running and I dare say most people watching agreed at the time - including me ! But there you go, nobody's infallible - not even me  Give the callers a break. 
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    hizzy reacted to Patiti in Best Racecaller in New Zealand   
    Tom Wood was heading to the top before he went to Singapore...............