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Interesting to see/hear the comments of jockeys/trainers post races yesterday.After Race 2 the winning jockey said the inside 2 to 3 metres was "off" and horses would struggle with the kickback.Rail was out 11 metres so presumably new ground.One winning trainer compared it to a beach.Another said he put pacifiers on his horse to keep the sand out of its eyes.Big advantage to those that got handy early it seemed.I remember on the Group 1 day in February two senior riders making scathing comments on the surface then.One was interviewed next day on Trackside Radio and was vehement that the track was a disgrace.Presumably everything that can be done to fix it has been tried and has failed.

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Meantime if a trainer makes a small mistake and gives a vitamin dose raceday he gets years penalty......or David Walker has an illegal bet worth $500 to him, he gets 8 years disqualification......the gypsies cop it from Plod, with the RIU support,  over some banal discussions re race tactics, Kevin William Morton gets harassed by the RIU for telling the truth about a lying failure, and meantime Foskett gets an industry award for doing nothing useful.......

Such is racing.....the useless suits who’ve fucked the game are accountable to no one but the hard working toilers get abused at every opportunity.

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2 hours ago, poundforpound said:

Meantime if a trainer makes a small mistake and gives a vitamin dose raceday he gets years penalty......or David Walker has an illegal bet worth $500 to him, he gets 8 years disqualification......the gypsies cop it from Plod, with the RIU support,  over some banal discussions re race tactics, Kevin William Morton gets harassed by the RIU for telling the truth about a lying failure, and meantime Foskett gets an industry award for doing nothing useful.......

Such is racing.....the useless suits who’ve fucked the game are accountable to no one but the hard working toilers get abused at every opportunity.

 

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Sadly the wrong grade of sand was put on quite sometime ago. Previous short term caretaker and sand contractor to blame.

Bart Cowan, a very competent track man has inherited a lemon, and at some stage racing might have to stop to do major remedial work.

Hopefully the track and weather hold up for next Saturday!

 

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11 hours ago, Chris Wood said:

Sadly the wrong grade of sand was put on quite sometime ago. Previous short term caretaker and sand contractor to blame.

Bart Cowan, a very competent track man has inherited a lemon, and at some stage racing might have to stop to do major remedial work.

Hopefully the track and weather hold up for next Saturday!

 

Yes, feel for Bart...he was at Riccarton formerly and did a great job there.

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They are also not that easy to make, the sand requirement for them is not readily available or easily resourced in NZ. The  grade they use is hammered by Golf Clubs and Sports Turf  builders, demand well exceeds supply. Possibly would have to be shipped in from Australia if it’s even available there now.

Google World running out of sand, to see a looming crisis for this and the construction industry, NZ is not exempt.

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