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Catalano last won the day on May 5 2019

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  1. Will we? I've been looking through the July racing announcement and news on the website, but can't find anything to confirm that. Seriously, they were drawing salaries over the lock-up and yet could not get on the phone to every trainer to get a guide on how many horses were looking to start in July? Seriously, Kermit ran a tighter outfit.
  2. I've got a rating 57, who has been in training since January - we've worked him out, he's run two very good trials and is ready to knock them dead - will we ever get a run? He's no where near a start at Te Rapa - Ellerslie next week? No chance - so when? Anybody have the contact details of someone in charge of this mess that I can have a rant to? This is an absolute clusterfxxk.
  3. We were ready to go to a 1000m heat, but they had so many entries they've canned a couple of the heats, so we're having to go to Ellerslie... There won't be enough races.
  4. Doh! Ignore me.The missus was giving me a haircut, and I raced out to watch the first, was a little stressed (her first ever hair-cut!)
  5. I see I have a scratching in the first - if not too late, can I sub n. 3
  6. Raelene Castle will be looking for a job soon...
  7. Race 1 1,2,3 R2 1,2,9 R3 2,10,12 R4 2,3,5 R5 1,4,9 R6 1,2,4 R7 4,7,10 R8 1,2,13 R9 2,13,17 R10 3,7,9 Good luck all, and thanks for the comp!
  8. You may be right (sorry, left) Stables.I do try to have both eyes open, and I did hope that this virus would make politics largely irrelevant, and we might come together - but it hasn't, it's worse. Look at the vitriol spouted at Boris Johnson, on what may be his deathbed - it's disgusting, but I ask myself if I'd any better if it was Pelosi, Hilary, or... Mallard (my anti-trifecta). Anyway, sorry for calling you an idiot, it's week six of working from home, and I'm going stir-crazy (plus I have a fit horse who won a trial at Matamata, costing a bloody fortune!)
  9. Seriously, if you see no difference between flouting your own rules as Health Minister, not once, but twice, and travelling to Wellington to do your job as leader of the opposition and hold these Muppets to account for their bumbling attempts at controlling this crisis, then you are someone incapable of independent thought, and quite frankly, an idiot. Just in my humble opinion.
  10. I actually texted my trainer and said it should suit our boy Racing authorities to trial riderless horse races amid coronavirus crisis Concerns around the coronavirus pandemic have prompted racing authorities to trial riderless horse races in a bid to minimise exposure among participants. With COVID-19 forcing the suspension of a number of racing jurisdictions around the world, Australian racing officials are exploring contingency plans to keep the industry afloat in the event that further restrictions are enforced by either the federal or state governments. Key among these is to trial races without jockeys in an attempt to work around tighter restrictions and minimise interaction among the riding fraternity. "Should we get to a point where jockey interactions become too problematic, senior figures are considering implementing a jockey-free race scenario", an industry insider told Punters.com.au. "Time and time again we've seen riderless horses continue on in a race after their jockey has been dislodged, so if all horses are in the same boat there would be no unfair advantage to any competitors. "We've seen it work in the greyhound code and are confident that it would hold up with thorougbreds. "It paves the way for a very fair playing field from both a wagering and integrity standpoint." Horses would still be saddled up and weighted according to the entry conditions of the given race. Competitors would then be led up and loaded into the barriers by a handler prior to the starter letting the field go. A section of the track will then be cordoned off 400m past the winning post, to corral competitors at the completion of the event. There has reportedly been some concern among the jockey ranks that this could lead to riders being made redundant once the pandemic is resolved, however authorities insist this is not seen as a permanent resolution. "It is acknowledged that jockeys are integral to a quality racing product and this measure is only being considered in the unique circumstances we face as a result of the global pandemic," said the insider. "In no way, shape or form are we looking to make this change permanent - we are simply exploring ways to keep the industry going in anticipation of tighter restrictions down the track." The first trials are set to be held behind closed doors as early as next Monday. If successful, it is expected that the green light will be given for the idea to be implemented nation-wide in the event that a participant returns a positive test to COVID-19.
  11. None of the Democrat front-runners can win. Have a listen to Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, I reckon she would definitely give Trump a run for his money, but they'll never let her get close to the nomination.
  12. A winter's night, racing under lights, wind whipping into the exposed grandstand from the west - you'd only go there once (although, I went there a few more times than that) It's a hole now and needs dozing (good racing surface notwithstanding).
  13. I was staying in a B&B in 2018 up in Northern Ireland, and the host talked about Tony McCoy, how he was raised around the corner, and how I must have heard of the man if I'm into racing, but I drew a blank, oh the look he gave me... and then he showed me a newspaper article about AP McCoy "Ahh you mean AP McCoy! Of course I've heard of him!' He went off for five minutes and came back with a manila folder full of everything he could print off to do with the legendary jockey and insisted I take it with me. Breakfast took until lunch-time!
  14. Not sure if this has been discussed before, but I saw this doco on Netflix last night - well worth a look, and gives you a great appreciation of the man, and how driven he was. ll