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No, the interdominions are slowly turning into just another race/carnival unfortunately.

It's a real shame and was an end of an error them being moved out of NZ.  Not good for the longevity of the sport, harness racing has a bigger following in NZ per capita than it does in Australia so this is was a really disappointing announcement IMHO. 

The decision was made with a short term outlook as with so many decisions these days.

 

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6 minutes ago, Iraklis said:

Id love to see em back at The Park, best series I saw there was Elsu kickin ass

What are you talking about Iraklis??? . The very last series run was at Alex Park and Nat was doing the kickin' Butt with Ultimate Sniper in 2019. Mark won the trot. The Ozzies got zip.

Usually in history, you had to wait 8 years to get it back to the same venue. So Alex Park (if still open) should apply for the 2027 series possibly?

 

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Pure mate , you got me wrong I said the 'best' series I saw there, not it was the last series run there 😀 I loved that series place was packed to the rafters there had been awesome media coverage, featuring a huge picture of Elsu breathin smoke an fire on the front of the racin liftout, ahhh them were the days......

 

Cheers Iraklis

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I still think back to that series when Our SIr Vancelot won. 

By memory Christian Cullen looked a good thing and pulled out injured after the first heat, then Agua Caliente looked unbeatable and the same happened then we had to give it up to the champion Aussie in the final where he led them a merry dance.  Classic series.

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19 minutes ago, Iraklis said:

Pure mate , you got me wrong I said the 'best' series I saw there, not it was the last series run there 😀 I loved that series place was packed to the rafters

Yes Auckland has had a terrific lot race there in Interdominions. The actual Last one (Interdominion) I went to was the year after ELSU won, down In Tassie where BLACKS A FAKE started off his incredible streak of wins , (Blackie did have a 2nd placing at Auckland too in a Grand Final some years later) .

The Tassie Grand Fiinal was worth $1,500,000 (900k for winner) as was sponsored by Wrest Point Casino that has been 'kindly' collecting the pensions of the elderly Tassie folk each fortnight for near 50 years now lol , and un-surprisingly the Casino still going strong lol. Is a shame the harness racing has faded a bit. 

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PureS, I remeber seein Elsu down the stables he just looked awesome like a solid bulldog standin in his stall, you could see he was ready to rock....saw Blackie and Nat down the stables the year that Mighty Quin was promted to first, he was awesome lookin horse and Nat was very personable willing to talk about her star.....

 

Cheers Iraklis

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Was only a child at the time but the 83 series sticks in my mind.

I was more interested in running around and badgering grandad for a chocolate bar from the tuck shop behind the main stand roughly somewhere around where the admin offices now are.

I remember the horses' names vividly and have rewatched the series videos in more recent years.

Pacers: Popular alm,  armalight, gamalight, hands down, bonnies chance.  A series dominated by the aussies but Delightful Lady got a third placing in the final.

Trotters:  Scotch Notch, Jenner, Basil Dean, Stormy Morn

 

Two distance / start anomolies:   I think the 83 series above had a round of standing start mile races

In more recent times there was a 3200m mobile final. 

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The Industries obsession with Aussie racing these days has taken a lot of the glamour out of many races.      ID's now very ho hum to most Kiwis.     Auckland Cup shifted back to the cold winter to suit the Aussies - remember last time they did that, didn't last long and a crowd that was disgraceful.    But of course they dont appear to have learnt from that.      I wonder if the subject will be raised at the ATC AGM next month?      

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1983 with Popular Alm and Gammalite was the best series I can remember. 

For some reason Australasia just doesn't have enough good horses these days to run such a series. Look at the names of the top 3 in each final over the last 10 years, then look at the top 3 in the years before 2011. No comparison. There are few horses in this year's series that'd be capable of putting any bums on seats outside of immediate family. The pacing series looks over before the first heat has been raced. Even ten years ago every heat was stronger than what this year's final would be. The series isn't worth resuscitating without talent, and for some reason we don't have enough of it anymore. As mentioned above, Gammalite, Popular Alm, Armalight, Hands down, Delightful Lady, Bonnies Chance - we don't even see one that good in a series now, let alone six.  

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On 11/26/2021 at 12:26 PM, Iraklis said:

PureS, I remeber seein Elsu down the stables he just looked awesome like a solid bulldog standin in his stall, you could see he was ready to rock....saw Blackie and Nat down the stables the year that Mighty Quin was promted to first, he was awesome lookin horse and Nat was very personable willing to talk about her star.....

 

Cheers Iraklis

Nz results pretty solid last night with Alta Orlando (2nd )and Triple Eight (4th) Majestic Man (1st)  for Nz owners in opening round.

Think 'Blacks A Fake' with his 4 grand Final wins was the best winner I saw. hard to believe his 3 starts in NZ didn't gain a win in his career. 

See the horse IRAKLIS was a good second at Auckland GrandFinal too . behind 'Our Sir Vancelot' (Brian Hancock) 1999 .

wouldn't you of enjoyed that race more than 'Elsu' winning even ?

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Pure mate LOL yeh I did alright shoulda won it but got the stitch cos I had too many beers the night before 😀 nah Elsu was too bloody flash winnin all his heats and then the Final, even I had to cheer him for that.....hey MajesticMan needed that last night, and RobynsPlayboy was gunna be in it if he didn't break looked like he may have struck the sulky in front, it was a late watch but I enjoyed it, I mean it's the Inters man we so gotta get em back here....

 

Cheers Iraklis

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