weasel57

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    Tony Pike strikes again.

    prob family reasons
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    Betting or Collecting $1,000... Info from TAB.

    How they handle Punter's Clubs will be interesting!
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    Philosophical Question

    Almost cost neutral at present ...that includes capital outlay from Karaka ((Festival sale)..the upside is that 'he' is a 'she' and connections still hopeful of winning a Group or Listed race! My point is that, unless you get one good enough to win multiple races, you are never going to make money out of thoroughbred racing in NZ ..it has to be treated as a cost like your (weekly?) golf/bowls.tramping/fishing whatever you do for fun.
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    Philosophical Question

    Someone I know has a slice of a smart sprinter turning 6 soon ..has won 5 and black-type placed ....all earnings have gone to trainer.jockeys, vets, NZTR etc ...after 2.5 seasons racing is nil....but how do you put a price/value on the fun along the way?
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    Name for my horse please.

    I will be doing likewise ...from the subtropical norf. Best wishes HS
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    Thatz David

    13-Thatz Daisy-Ronald Stam(47.6L)
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    How y’all looking now

    IMO the most sensible option is for Auckland and Avondale Clubs to merge..the new outfit would be our equivalent of Randwick (racing at Ellerslie) with Counties as the secondary or 'support' course for the greater Auckland area. The critical problem is that Avondale JC don't want to surrender their assets (understandably) and there is an historical 'class divide' or perception of one (as per today's newspaper article). NZ simply HAS to accept we don't have the population base to support tracks everywhere: can current (or imminent) leadership find a way to solve the Avondale problem?
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    Thatz David

    not to mention Milseain, stakes placed (incl NZ Oaks) and subsequent winner in NSW
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    Thatz David

    Hope he's by Tavistock..has already left a good hurdler called Gobstopper LOLOL
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    N.Z Racing

    you are a legend Gubes..
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    How y’all looking now

    SO IF THERE IS NO VIABLE CASE TO BUILD NEW FACILITIES, SELL THE COURSE LOCK STOCK AND BARREL AND ALLOW THE PRIMO LAND TO BE USED FOR BETTER PURPOSES IE HOUSING.
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    How y’all looking now

    I applaud the likes of Avondale for taking a stand , they have done nothing wrong ... REALLY? THE AJC HAVE SAT ON THEIR LAND/TRACK ASSET FOR DECADES AND FAILED TO INVEST IN THEIR FACILITIES, RETAINING THE BIGGEST EYESORE (IE GRANDSTAND) IN THE INDUSTRY. ..IT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS...I AGREE THAT THE CLUB CANNOT/SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR ASSET GRABBED OFF THEM, BUT WHY HAVE THEY ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN? THE SMALL PARCEL OF LAND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SELLING NOW COULD HAVE BEEN SOLD YEARS AGO TO FUND A NEW GRANDSTAND ...
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    How y’all looking now

    has anyone ever suggested you have anger management issues?
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    The good old days

    brilliant stuff BH
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    Thatz David

    do you remember the name of the horse? Or any other details? year? Trainer?
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    Thatz David

    I HOPE THE jCA OR WHOEVER HAVE THEIR EYES FIRMLY ON THAT JOCK TODAY. SHOULDA BEEN STOOD DOWN FOR THE DISGUSTING TREATMENT LAST TIME.
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    Chelsea Burdan (a4)

    dont be too hard on yourself Baz...the overall point re apprentices coming into their own over winter and the opportunities for young ones starting out with 4kg claims is well made...personally I always look for a horse/jock combo where a 3 or 4 kg claim and wet track and wide draw factors can produce some value ..eg Sarabande and Money Trail at Te Rapa last Saturday.
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    Record

    it's winter...you cant expect a 9 or 10 race card of flat races
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    My radical plan to fix NZ racing

    um ...because you've got credibility issues?
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    waimate

    Glenda was probably too busy packing her bags for a 30 June departure and/or negotiating her 'exit package' and holiday destination.
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    Felaar was ok

    The prolific poster pound4pound appears to have gone suspiciously quiet about a horse called Felaar. Touted as a potential Melbourne Cup hope not so long ago etc etc ... I note that he ran again yesterday at Flemington (contrary to p4p saying he was coming home for minor surgery). He finished a well beaten 6th... ...so come in p4p, let's hear the back story ...why the change of plan? What did the jock say after yesterday's run? Is surgery still scheduled? Still planning on another crack at the Ozzies and European horses in the Spring? For what it's worth, maybe the New Zealand Cup is a more achievable target.
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    Berri......what say you ?

    Great observations, Berri. Note also the French Derby winner's damsire is ...Galileo. I think a huge part of the problem here is that stakes are so poor (over the past 20 years or more, relative to Oz) that owners have little choice but to seek a quick return on their 'investment', So they tend to target the 2yo and 3yo classics and feature races, and possible sale to Oz/Asia if their horse is 'superior' or potentially so. Trouble is, you need 'speed' stallions and Australia have most of the best of them! Your point about the lack of incentive for our stayers is right on the money. We really do need to ramp up the Stakes offered for the big Cups that were iconic in yesteryear but tend to produce poor/average fields these days. Any half-decent stayer here simply has to go to Australia (eg Big Mike, a good but not great, horse. They wouldn't be going to Oz with him if there was a decent stayers programme and stakes in NZ). I fear we are being left so far behind in NZ that we may as well be a satellite province of Oz as far as racing is concerned ...and when the NZRB has no choice but to outsource the TAB to TABCORP we will be treated like .. Tasmania. NZ is a very small market, Our population/resource/broodmare/breeding base does not allow us the clout to be powerful. We are a minnow ...and without substantial central Govt investment we will decline further. As a complete aside ..and getting back to the French Derby ....do you think the French will be looking seriously at Melbourne spring carnival? They haven't done so yet, have they?
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    Bounding's half brother

    The pedigree of Sottsass below ...French Derby but still all that Galileo and Sadler's Wells blood in there. Impressive. https://www.pedigreequery.com/sottsass
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    Now the sh#t hits the fan

    can this industry pay a higher price than is already being paid? National did nothing significant to revitalise an ailing industry in nearly a decade of power. At least we are seeing real legislative action, led by Winston, delivering on his promise for the codes pre-2017 election; any imperfections in this Bill can be amended over time. ,National is farting into the wind arguing the toss over this 'rushed' Bill; it will be passed, so they may as well pick on another issue -preferably one that they haven't already lost credibility on.
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    Sign of the times but going to get worse

    is it cruel of me to hope that she outlives The Donald