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  1. Tis the morning after the MX5 Pitstop Party the night before. (We all chipped in to shout the mechanics who did such a fine job on the dunger from the week before and turned it into ‘Greased Lightning’…cheers Danny, Kenickie and the boys...) Maxi’s big mug of coffee went down a treat and was all gone long before I got to the end of Howie’s speel (650 words, a world record for a losing summary….? Imagine if they’d won!) A mouthful of that java came spurting out when reading the phrase ‘precarious position’ on the points ladder'. Max must speak Truth to Power, so let me say: "Howie, you're very safe there, mate. No steps below you at all, at all, at all … a decent gap between the rungs and no Joker to play for a while, so just settle in down there and don’t get any fancy ideas! The name’s Piko, not Lazarus!" Right, less than 500 words to go, so Maxi had better cut to the chase and get on with the after-match formalities: · Thanks to the umpire, linesmen, ball boys .. and the ladies for the scones sorry, wrong speech. · Top job yesterday, Rob, Rex, Fox and Craig. All in fine form, but it’s a long road ahead. · Someone find a prize pack for the Roughnecks for stopping them dirty Lowdowns on their Joker play ..and give one to Moz for pipping Gordy in the last, or the Ruffies woulda got a fiver! (That match between Jen and Sharne was a cracker!) · Thanks PJ – great job on the commentary and updates as always. Max was at RuaCarCar where it pelted down most of the day (started a Dead5 and finished a Slow7). Kept in touch with score reports by mobile phone. I bet many others in the Comp do the same. · Thanks to Hesi and Pete who keep TRP ‘up and running’ for us to enjoy – without the misery that plagues other racing sites. Stay warm and keep cool, peeps. MX3 for MX5 PS: Max found something in the Prize Pack cabinet for Howie.
    8 points
  2. Congrats to all winners , Commiserations to all others , well done team Mx5 on team profit and a handy 3 points. A very special thankyou once again to PJ for all his scoring, information on race by race team analysis. CHEERS 🍺 PJ 😊
    8 points
  3. Thanks PIKO for the match, always a good one no matter what the name with the Blues Brothers 🙂 Fantastic today Pam, amazing total .. and Richie, 6 winners on a day when many struggled to find a couple, beaut stuff. Geoffrey 🙂 Love playing you.. seem to do it often with PJ's so called random selector thing .. dubious 🙂 .. as you said may the best man win 🙂 okay.. and I'll gift you the wo .. 🤗 until we meet again ☺️
    7 points
  4. Thanks for the match today Roland , thought we'd have a good battle but I was awful. Congrats my Teammates good scoring. Well done Maria and Team top effort. I'll stop now cos Maximus will have a more in depth reply after he get's back from the Far North. Thanks PJ for your efforts always appreciated.
    7 points
  5. Yay Hottys! 🙂 Fantastic team effort today on our BYE round 🙂 Excellent spotting with MM Punter Pete, and we've got 2 in the best scores, 3 in the most wins, 2 in the most quinellas .. 3 points and second on table ... there's only one thing for it..
    7 points
  6. Well done Lowdown.. and brilliant cat like pounce in the last Sharne 🙂 Hotty's ... fantastic effort all day - and our total overall is one to be reckoned with, in the meantime.. I'm well acquainted with where the best vintages and Pinot are in the cellar and I've stoked the pot belly ... let's celebrate Winter Solstice 😉 Cheers PJ 😉
    7 points
  7. Been out at the baptism of my grandson Ollie today here in Auckland, and in looking through the events race by race I see that MX5 fresh off a top win last Saturday had control of our matchup for much of today. But a great fightback from our Piko boys late in the day took the match right to the wire and earning a hard-earned valuable 2 competition points to match the points earned by the high-flying MX5. A good day all-round then. Top efforts by our Geoff, Tom and Hesi ...and in particular Richie with his outstanding Man-of-the-Match performance. Well done Maxi, Craig and team, comp leaders and an absolute force to be reckoned with this comp. Whether you can run away from the field like Incentivise does every start, well, the jury's out on that one 😄..suffice to say though that you're definitely the team in the zone. Well done to you too Wuffie Wob in our personal matchup today, many thought that youcoulddoosit...and you did ! 😄 Inspired selection by Wob in the bush race at Eagle Farm, even more so by Richie with his BB ! 🙂 Have I left space and time for Rees's observations on the day's proceedings ?? 🙂 Sorry Rees ..... your pre-allotted allocation has been diluted .....and in fact ...... has gone. Maybe next week, eh. 😉 Thanks for another great day's PJ Super Comp entertainment, PJ. Winter racing ain't easy .....but it's always fun to watch and be a part of. Best wishes to Sir Rex, hope he's ok, vital and particularly valued member of the PJ Comp community. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.
    7 points
  8. Take a twirl ladies! For dragging the Toddy's to the froth. Two hard earned points to keep the party going 🥳. Well down Howie for getting the head down on the post,in what can honestly be said as two poor efforts.My only solace being that I took one for the team in "stopping" Tom with my Van Giz selection😉.Looking forward to locking horns (1st time I think)with my old teammate PJ next week. Great commentary as per usual PJ
    6 points
  9. This is MX3 checking in after another big arvo where the surf meets the turf. The max for the MX is what Max wanted to see, so well done lads. A more fulsome report is on the cards tomorrer, so get your short novel in soon, Howie. Tks PJ...your work is always appreciated by us all. MX3 for MX5
    5 points
  10. Looks like the scorer is getting fired up to back some Waller winners tomorrow...
    5 points
  11. Dreadful day at the office today for us Piko .........completely white-washed on our Joker play by Roland's Roughnecks on a day when finding winners proved too difficult for our alumni. Congratulations to my Mighty Blues mates Roland and Gordy who starred for the Roughnecks, and Dino chiming in very nicely with his NZ BB early in the day paying very well. Even the 'Yeeha' fella got going late in the day 😁. This must just about see the Roughnecks in the lead, or 2nd at worst .....a very impressive turnaround. So where to from here for the Piko ? .... with Championship Winner honours now clearly beyond us. Well we're what ya call 'nuisance value' from here on in ..... looking to take down those teams at or near the top-of-the-leaderboard. I think we can pull off a surprise or two. 🙂 Hard luck today Richie, Tom, Geoff, & Hesi. Just one of those days. Many thanks for today's entertainment, PJ. With the MX5 quickly coming back to the field this comp is wide open. Joker plays crucial, as always, as we saw today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks. 🙂
    5 points
  12. Those magic words. MX5 can't win.
    5 points
  13. Forget about 'Teflon John' Key .......... this fella Geoff runs rings around him. Just about every Saturday ...on the wall of fame...... there he is ..... Lowest Winning Score .... Geoff Like clockwork. 😄 Wears it as a 'badge of honour'. 😊
    5 points
  14. Wow ...we Piko slid from 3rd down to 6th on the back of today's loss to the Usain Colt. A low-scoring affair today, where there were small margins in all 5 personal matchups. It was that closeness that created the interest for sure. Congrats to Ian and his Usain Colts, bouncing back to form nicely and getting in the decisive stride courtesy of Gerda at Hastings where all 5 of their alumni found the $3.80 favourite at a crucial time, with only the 2 Australian races to follow. The ray of light for the Piko is that there was serious consideration given to playing the Joker against the Usain Colt today .....and in hindsight I'm sure glad we didn't. So where to from here for the Piko ? Most likely Jokering up next Saturday for an all-out bid for glory against that ruffian roughnecks mob. That's right ...take on the self-anointed 'king' ...Gee. 😄 I'll put a case to our caucus. This comp is very, very close apart from the MX5 who have cleared out ...... any loss of form there and this comp remains open for any team to win this whole thing. Inspired Joker plays will be crucial, as always. Many thanks PJ for another good day's racing comp entertainment. Would have been a great day's entertainment .......only if we won. 😃 Some of us hope we never again in coming weeks see those fateful words from you in your prelude to the final race ........ ' Piko can't win'. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks. 😃 Rees...WAKE UP ! ..... you might be mssing something important. 😊
    5 points
  15. Unlucky today Toddys!Nearly a 4 pt swing, but we are on the board.Top BB in the last Sharne and well played Lowdowns.
    5 points
  16. Gutted by my nemesis and a beautiful lady. Well done Sharne.
    5 points
  17. Mmmm ...it's dark down here in the cellar ..... never been here before ..... dark and dingy and a world away from my desk in Piko's luxury pad in Downtown Auckland. Good news though ....we're gettin' out of this cellar soon ... word is that a new mob have signed the cellar tenancy agreement. That's right, Crazy Horseys ... Piko is looking at YOU ! 🙂 I do believe that Geoff's exact words were "imminently beatable !", and I can only but agree. Well we Piko got 'Hot Toddy'-ed ! 🤨 Hearty congratulations to Super Captain Maria, 12.00am Caller and the 'Hot Toddy' team ....you've got a nice little team there and a 'Top 3' placing at Comp's end is certainly well within your scope. I'll give you the Lowdown .....things go your way at the right time and you could well take this whole thing out, Hot Toddys. I didn't post last night cos I was called in to our Piko sponsor's tent at short notice for a "please explain" in respect to our precarious position on the points ladder. Sure I could have fallen on my sword, a principled Captain would have done that ...but at the time a better option seemed to be ..... throwing Geoff under the bus. I explained that Geoff was struggling with the nuances and intricacies of team vice-captaincy, and as he hopefully grows into the role a significantly improved Team Piko performance will be forthcoming. That should have bought me a bit of time ...... 🙂 Big 'ups' to our Piko man Richie today ...... 6 winners ! Legend !....... definite Vice-Captaincy potential ! 😃. Please post early next week Richie, so your team-mates can get in and 'copy and paste' ! 😊 To hang with the spirit of the game ... we're in the damn cellar ! We'll show those Lowdown what's what ! Many thanks for another good day's entertainment, PJ. You're always the No.1 Legend..... Richie No.2. Would have been a great day's entertainment ... but we didn't win ...... so I've had to downsize to good day's entertainment. Still with me, Rees ??.......... 🙂 Well done on your own impressive score today, Rees.
    4 points
  18. Thanks for a good game Ian - you pulled the Squirrels furry tail today! We must come right soon team Crazy - just a roughie or two away!
    4 points
  19. Mate, I'm in disgrace. Three zero,s from 4 outings. I'm now at the same shrink Gee was seeing.
    4 points
  20. Despite staying in third Lowdown looking good right now. Great work team. I was that close to playing our Joker today but probably paid our opponents too much respect.
    4 points
  21. i like this one better Howie should use it piko you had one job
    4 points
  22. It’s okay Howie, we got this covered….
    4 points
  23. All by Myself - Eric Carmen (and please no-one post the rubbishy Celine Dion version.. this song has far too much soul with the words sung naturally, and the piano solos, that make it what it is)
    4 points
  24. In another life I married Marilyn McCoo and we lived happily ever after 😍
    4 points
  25. Yeah, I know how you feel. I've got her next week. I have been at PJ to get that random name generator fixed , but I get her every time and lose every time. . One tough cookie to crack.
    4 points
  26. Well we mightn't have won our match ..but we certainly featured in despatches. 😃
    4 points
  27. And this is his best...
    4 points
  28. Because the Night - Patti Smith Group
    3 points
  29. Unbelievable.Backed Sydney Roosters to win and total points over 50.5.Got there with 4 seconds to go.Heart in 🍾overdrive
    3 points
  30. Crikey, always last picked in the Tipping Draft's and with a Score of $932.20 ... I still cannot get an invite for a drink at The Magnificent Seven Bar . THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN 1278.60 Rob (MX5) 1126.20 Maria (Hot Toddys) 1045.80 Rex (MX5) 1022.00 Ian (Usain Colt) 972.20 Graeme (MX5) 909.60 Max (MX5) 879.40 Gee (Roughnecks)
    3 points
  31. Jase the ace about to write another chapter....... Is Usain Colt's "Ray" of Hope up to it ?
    3 points
  32. and if Stevie wasn't scared enough already at the prospect of Saturday's battle .....
    3 points
  33. 3 points
  34. Tis the Sunday after the Nofunday the day before. Captain Max has confiscated the keys to the MX5, which sustained minor damage at the hands of the dirty Lowdowns. Like many crashes, it looked worse than it was. Most heinous was the fact that some villain had put a blimmin’ old Boz Scaggs CD in the slot (pic below take from the scene of the crime). MX3 reckons he knows the name of the guilty party, yer honour! So…well done, Pete, Sharne, Steve P, Moz and Robert .. thoroughly deserved with a decent total on a tough day ...just ask Tom, Hesi, Rees, ummm Max …. What can we salvage from that wreckage? · The only team above MX5 on the points table has already played its Joker (no asterisk there yet though, eh PJ !!) · The ever-dangerous PIKO have played theirs. · Max has a secret recipe for spiking Hot Toddys so they go cold very quickly. Heads-up, lads. We shall return to the fray with a remodelled MX5 vee-hicle. Vroom vroom! Thanks PJ MM aka MX3
    3 points
  35. 🙂 too funny.. you know that you had better win from now on.. or you know what video will be rolled out 🤣
    3 points
  36. I notice you studiously avoided mentioning my team Howie
    3 points
  37. Well done team Crazy Horse on an obviously tough day for some. Jason you are are welcome to use your daughter any week you see fit, in fact the captains position is vacant, as I have officially joined the Imperial Airforce along with a mechanical uppercut. . Any point is better than none , so well done .
    3 points
  38. thought I'd share the pic of the MX5 taking a few members of our fan club for a blast yesterday ..a bit of 'down time' was called for before taking on Lowdown ..you can clearly see The Foxy One in the middle... told em all to wear seatbelts but no-one listened as usual ... MM
    3 points
  39. Well 6 years ago, the TAB net profit was $144m. Compared to the TY budget of distributions of $138.7m, in a year where betting organisations have been delivering significant gains in revenue as a result of the covid situation. And they then write such bullshit comparing made up budget numbers. Set the budget to $50m and then go WOW, look what we've done. The racing industry itself in NZ has no relevance to the population anymore. In one year, I've reduced betting by about 80% on NZ racing - and I'm a long term punter. The comment above is spot on - you wouldn't know racing exists in this country. And the grand plan is just more of the same, make money from everywhere else, so that a few can carry on pretending anyone is interested. Pretty sad. If this was an area of business in a corporate world, it would be removed from the business, 100%. It is only going because no government has been prepared to deal with it properly. Probably in the hope that the continual mismanagement will ultimately lead to what has been happening anyway, self capitulation - which will make the decisions around continued government funding a lot easier some time in the future. Let's go back to 2006. Returns to the industry (based on the latest levy rates), would have been $130m (in 2006 money). Using the reserve bank calculator on CPI, that equates to $170m in todays money. Nearly all from racing, and the majority from NZ racing. And none of the $40m profit from pokies that they need now to get anywhere near that. Now we are in a lesser position (from a value of money perspective), and very little of that comes from NZ racing. Well done NZ TAB and code management. Give yourselves a pat on the back for such brilliance.
    3 points
  40. Premature something. Boy that CrazyHorse Captain is going to get a talking to, zero to hero and back again. You cant beat Sharne with zero you dickhead. Are you listening Rees?. Well done team to resurrect some dignity at the end.,and well done to the bye team crushing us both. Our turn to turn up the screws nxt week on two unsuspecting foes. Are you listening Rees?, wake up ,Howie has stopped talking, and you need to pick well nxt week.
    3 points
  41. Itchykoo Park - The Small Faces
    3 points
  42. Glen Campbell - Country Boy love him...
    3 points
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