karrotsishere Posted December 5, 2021 Share Posted December 5, 2021 1. You mentioned in earlier years you were right into Harness, could you tell us about it, was it as an owner, enthusiast, son of an enthusiast, a punter, trainer or other? What was it you liked? My Dad got me hooked on horse racing In England when I was 5 years old. When we came to NZ I was just interested in all racing. I think the first time I went to the trots was for the 1967 Auckland Cup won by Allakasam. 2. Now you are more into gallops what is your involvement in gallops? Apart from running this site I have a small share in a galloper. 3. How long have you been involved? 50+ years. 4. Obviously you are a part owner in this racing site, how long has the site been going, & how did you get involved? We’ve been running for over 2 years now. I got involved because Hesi was interested in starting his own site and I casually let slip in a post on BOAY that I’m a software developer by profession. 5. How many times have you watched a horse you own win on replay You Tube or via old video cassette? Never. 6. How much is the biggest amount you have won punting? Amount wise $3300 on a 10% pick six at Ruakaka. Significance wise it was actually a bet I had around 1980. My mate and I had booked on the Twin Cups Tour and I was short of money for it. I’d watched this horse called Without Fear at Alex Park. It kept galloping and then made up an enormous amount of ground with great speed. I figured I’d have a go next start. It drew 1 and led all the way at Claudelands next start paying $17. It paid for the trip to Christchurch. 7. Who is your favourite gallops horse? Really difficult to single one out but I loved Grey Way. I backed him when he won that unforgettable Easter Handicap. Over the sticks I loved Hunterville's 3 Great Northerns. 8. Did you watch the movie Phar Lap, if so how many times? No never saw it. 9. What is on of the saddest moments for you in racing? Any time one of these brave animals loses their life. Not ashamed to say I’ve shed a tear a few times. 10. Happy moments? My happy place used to be the infield at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and New Years Day. So many good memories. 11. What is a most vivid memory? Kotare Chief winning Auckland Cup. 12. What gallops racetrack do you rate best & why? Ellerslie in NZ - I've always loved it. Cheltenham in the UK – a superb jumping racecourse. 13. Recall you saying you have a small share in a gallops horse, what is the name of the horse, why did you chose horsey & how is he/she going? Her name is O’So Divine. I had a share in a previous horse called Super Girl with the Innes stable and took a small share in her when it was offered. She’s had 3 races and won her second at $31 which was a huge thrill. She’s running at Hastings on Wednesday so look out. 14. Whats something no one knows about you that your happy to share? I love cats. We once had 4 at the same time. 15. What is the running cost approx for the site annually? It’s costs around $70 a month. We run in the cloud unlike the other 2 sites. It’s very cost effective which means the site isn’t plastered with ads which I detest. 16. How much time monthly would you put into the site? Well I’m on here every day to make sure Hesi behaves himself. No, seriously it would be probably 10 hours a month maximum. 5 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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