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SUMMER SUPER DRAFT COMP entry thread - please enter by Jan 10


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Yes, we are less than two weeks away from kicking off the Summer Draft Super Comp. This will be starting Saturday week (Jan 15). The comp will run for just 9 weeks if we can get 10 teams of 5 competitors per team.

Same Super Comp Rules we are all familiar with although I'm going to drop the Black Adder. We would love to welcome some new faces aboard so please join us !

So we need two types of entrant:

Draft - means you go into the pool and will get drafted (selected) to play for a particular team.

Captain - not only will you be the team leader but you will be responsible for selecting the team of your own choosing.

The draft will happen the evening of Tuesday January 11 and will require just an hour of your time. If we end up with an odd number of teams there will be no actual byes. The team which would have had the bye that week will get to be the third leg of the head-to-head team clash of their choosing !

The most recent Draft Comp (winter version) saw victory go to Roland's Roughnecks - Roland, Jee, Gee, Gordy & Dino with The Piko franchise of Tom, Richie, Hesi, Geoff and of course Howie, as runners-up. We hope all of these great competitors will return for another crack this time.

So please enter on this thread clearly stating whether you will be a Captain or just in the draft.

Any questions - please ask.

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2 hours ago, TooFast said:

Happy to go in as a Captain again, PJ.
Team Yahabeebee, if that name is acceptable.


twould be even more acceptable, Howie, if you spelt it the same way as the great sprinter Yahabeebe

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Yahabeebe had a catchy name but her rivals invariably found her hard to catch.

The flying filly, who raced in the late 1950s, was trained at Ellerslie and excelled on her home track.

Yahabeebe won nine feature races at Ellerslie including successive wins in the Railway Handicap, the premier open sprint staged on the course.

She usually set the pace and earned a big following among the racing public while recording 13 wins and six seconds from 22 starts in New Zealand.

Her other major wins at Ellerslie came in the Foal Stakes, Champagne Stakes and Royal Stakes as a two-year-old, and two wins apiece in the King’s Plate and the now discontinued Great Northern Challenge Stakes.

The Royal Stakes is now a 2000m race for three-year-old fillies but in Yahabeebe’s era was open to two and three-year-olds and run over 1200m.

Yahabeebe was first aimed at the Railway as a three-year-old but had to bypass the meeting through illness. She made amends by winning the Railway in the next two seasons, setting the pace both times.

She broke the 1200m track record at Ellerslie when winning the 1957 Railway in 1:10.2 and a year later had to carry the equivalent of 60.5kg, from an outside barrier. Even her regular rider, Grenville Hughes, doubted that she could win and switched to another mount.

Bill Smith replaced Hughes on the topweight and Yahabeebe quickly established a sizeable lead and was still a length and a half clear at the finish. It is one of the biggest weights carried to victory in the Railway and Yahabeebe was giving the runner-up 13.5kg.

The top horses in that era were often set testing tasks and Yahabeebe, who had been freshened after a Sydney campaign in the spring, had three starts at the 1958-59 Christmas meeting, spread over just seven days.

Three days after her Railway triumph, she stepped up to 2000m in the Clifford Plate. The task proved too much, and she was unplaced, though she had still started favourite.

However, she bounced back in spectacular fashion over 1600m on New Year’s Day, beating the high-class three-year-olds Fountainhead and Up And Coming to record her second win in the weight-for-age King’s Plate.

She had had her first start at 1600m in the King’s Plate a year earlier, winning by seven lengths in 1.25.

She set a New Zealand record when winning the 1400m (seven furlong) North Island Challenge Stakes at Trentham and lowered the record again when recording her second win in the Great Northern Challenge Stakes. That record was still intact when New Zealand racing changed to metric distances in 1973.

Yahabeebe made three trips to Australia but pined for home and never displayed her best across the Tasman. However, she still won an open sprint in Sydney, with 60.5kg, and was runner-up, under 57kg, in the 1958 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane and was placed in a Craven Plate.

A daughter of the Epsom Derby winner Mid-day Sun, who stood in New Zealand late in his career, Yahabeebe was trained by Merv Ritchie and raced by Auckland businessman Lou Fisher, a brother of Ra Ora Stud founder Sir Woolf Fisher

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