Taku Umanga

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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from JJ Flash in It's time to   
    Tim Hall - another good young horseman who had a great night - two starters for a win and place.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from JJ Flash in It's time to   
    Excellent
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    Taku Umanga reacted to lamour in clubs "bulk funding"   
    If you go for cheap you end up with a result  like ATC.   It’s about how much value a person brings to the roll.  If you pay them $1mil & they increase revenue by 10 mil, well that’s a good investment.    I have no idea if he would be interested or if his skills would be applicable to  our  industry.  Just making the point our leaders need to think outside the square on how to create the growth needed so the industry can look forward to a bright future.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Value Bell in Would it be fair   
    You've gotta have the right surname in this game.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Value Bell in Would it be fair   
    You've gotta have the right surname in this game.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Hunter the punter in Why   
    If you ask the handicapper he will say that it was the club's decision - if you ask the club they will say the handicapper has the final say ...... it all depends what your name is!
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from what a post in Gavel house   
    Unrealistic reserves are the killer (Tardina Stud had the right idea) and the same reason claiming races will never thrive here - people have unrealistic ideas about what their horses are worth.  
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from what a post in Gavel house   
    Unrealistic reserves are the killer (Tardina Stud had the right idea) and the same reason claiming races will never thrive here - people have unrealistic ideas about what their horses are worth.  
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from what a post in Gavel house   
    Unrealistic reserves are the killer (Tardina Stud had the right idea) and the same reason claiming races will never thrive here - people have unrealistic ideas about what their horses are worth.  
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from what a post in Gavel house   
    Unrealistic reserves are the killer (Tardina Stud had the right idea) and the same reason claiming races will never thrive here - people have unrealistic ideas about what their horses are worth.  
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from what a post in Gavel house   
    Unrealistic reserves are the killer (Tardina Stud had the right idea) and the same reason claiming races will never thrive here - people have unrealistic ideas about what their horses are worth.  
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    Taku Umanga reacted to Rusty in Craig the orange whale Thompson   
    I am not having a go here, but is there something wrong with my TV or has someone just got a bit carried away with the fake tan? 

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    Taku Umanga reacted to Blue in Breeding trotters   
    My brother works as an engineer on a  trawler in Iceland, should he be considered a ' frozen seaman"??
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    Taku Umanga reacted to Blue in Breeding trotters   
    He's in his mid 60s Lloyd so id say probably. Not a lot of speed but pretty sure hes ok right handed.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Rusty in How does   
    Race day time Sunday - especially during the Winter.
    I bet they'd still get the attendance for functions on a Friday night without the races .... on a Sunday they'd get racegoers and families.
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    Taku Umanga reacted to hsvman in How does   
    Build residential apartments on the side of the track so people have no choice but to watch  
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Rusty in How does   
    Race day time Sunday - especially during the Winter.
    I bet they'd still get the attendance for functions on a Friday night without the races .... on a Sunday they'd get racegoers and families.
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    Taku Umanga reacted to MICHAEL HOUSE in Inca the stinker   
    I’m back!!, what’s been happening
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Bruce J Hadley in Word on the streets is   
    Only 56 starters on Friday night - hard to comprehend how ATC can continue to function with that level of participation.  
    Some further thinking may need to be done outside the square ..... why not hold day time meetings every Sunday this time of year?
    Twas quite pleasant at Cambridge yesterday.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from Bruce J Hadley in Word on the streets is   
    Only 56 starters on Friday night - hard to comprehend how ATC can continue to function with that level of participation.  
    Some further thinking may need to be done outside the square ..... why not hold day time meetings every Sunday this time of year?
    Twas quite pleasant at Cambridge yesterday.
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from john legend in all trotting probs solved   
    PLUS - the Monte races have their own handicapping system meaning they are penalty free - a rating 40 trotter could win could win say 3 Monte races (nearly $10k) and still be rated a R40 trotter!  Why isn't this special treatment given to horses that compete in Junior Driver (only 1 penalty free win) or Amateur (no penalty free wins) races?
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from lamour in If u had to choose   
    Amateurs - no contest
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    Taku Umanga got a reaction from john legend in all trotting probs solved   
    PLUS - the Monte races have their own handicapping system meaning they are penalty free - a rating 40 trotter could win could win say 3 Monte races (nearly $10k) and still be rated a R40 trotter!  Why isn't this special treatment given to horses that compete in Junior Driver (only 1 penalty free win) or Amateur (no penalty free wins) races?
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    Taku Umanga reacted to Nelli in Names of horses within race results   
    I feel the new HRNZ website has also added frustration when wanting a quick look at race results.  I hate having to expand races and scroll through page after page on my phone. At least with the small fields at Auckland I won't get a wrist strain.
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    Taku Umanga reacted to what a post in Only   
    The ATC  chose the higher risk/higher return alternative did they not.
    Don't current realities indicate they got it badly wrong. They won't be judged on good intentions.
    Putting that to one side. 
    Why is it those running the ATC think increasing stakes would result in increased numbers?   
    For years they have been saying the same thing, and for years that has not happened,so why all of a sudden would a failed strategy work?.
    The ATC aims to cater for the higher quality horse.  So they would rather programme 8 races and have 6 or 7 in them, rather than programme 10 races with many having full fields.    Its all about the quality.
    Do  they  not realize how dumb that sounds, but that is how they think.    
    As I've asked before,does a full field rating 40-to 45 with a good but lesser stake return the club more or less $  from betting than a 6 horse high quality field,normally dominated by a favorite?  And what about the fuller fields contributing to more connections turning up to the races, and the long term positive effect success,at whatever level,will have on future participation.
    I actually think the atc has contributed to decreased participation with their high quality approach,and once those participants with horses lower in the ratings give up,,You won.t get them or their horses back.,and they don't get replacement horses...