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3 hours ago, Addington said:

Looking forward to returning to Headquarters this Friday now that Coast and Top of the South have concluded. 

The summer racing period over Xmas  is great.

But looks like they have over extended themselves again with 3 meetings in 5 days with Oamaru 79 Addington 114 and methven 138. 

Little Green Jug 3 year old race only has 5 in it for 20 000 at Methven. Non winners at Addington are very low but the junior driver penalty free race has 18 which is very positive.

The mares race should be a good watch and also seeing the return of castelo vide on the grass after a long layoff.

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Oamaru is an 8 race card with 4 races of 7 starters. And one 8 horse and 9 horse field. Junior penalty free saves the day along with a big trot. 

This kind of day is unappealing to me, and I suspect, other punters, but maybe they like it. Who knows.

The race dates and programming in both the north and the south seem to be stretching horse numbers with a philosophy of quantity over quality. Personally, I would rather see 2 Canterbury meetings this week of full fields than 3 limited ones. Maybe the question to ask would the turnover stack up in both scenarios?

Maybe HRNZ need to decide what direction they want to follow, and quickly.

 

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35 minutes ago, Happy Sunrise said:

This kind of day is unappealing to me, and I suspect, other punters, but maybe they like it. Who knows.

Me too on the unappealing bit. No doubt Ludwig would disagree given he lives in the area.

 

36 minutes ago, Happy Sunrise said:

Personally, I would rather see 2 Canterbury meetings this week of full fields than 3 limited ones.

You cant expect the clowns at HRNZ to think like punters though. 

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3 hours ago, Addington said:

Me too on the unappealing bit. No doubt Ludwig would disagree given he lives in the area.

You cant expect the clowns at HRNZ to think like punters though. 

Little Ludwig still in town is here ha.

Anyway I keep posted something then deleting it. As its 2nd hand info. So want to be sure. But Im sure now. Its a fact. I wont write it again, but it was about ATC. For those that read the posts I did about it. 

Also those involved have been apparently told not to cause trouble. Which I find strange.  

I just thought it was quite interesting info & readers here might find it interesting.

Anyway whateva, all I can say is Im now 100% sure Alex P wont be there in 2 year. As they have no idea.

Apparently R Dunn is the only 1 that gets it, eg to get young people in. But I dont even think he knows about what I posted about. Sad that it prob wont reach him.

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45 minutes ago, karrotsishere said:

Also those involved have been apparently told not to cause trouble. Which I find strange.  

I just thought it was quite interesting info & readers here might find it interesting.

Anyway whateva, all I can say is Im now 100% sure Alex P wont be there in 2 year. As they have no idea.

Apparently R Dunn is the only 1 that gets it, eg to get young people in. But I dont even think he knows about what I posted about. Sad that it prob wont reach him.

And Im hearing K Blanchard was the manager that said YES. So she is clearly on-to-it. Smart woman. But the final decision didnt lay with her. Shame. 

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9 hours ago, Addington said:

A most enjoyable evening. Hard to do crowd figures as i spent night in Spectators bar

I didn't go into Spectators, but elsewhere the crowd turnout was very poor for a Friday night Addington meeting. 

Quite excitable in some parts however.

There was a big argument between a man and a lady in the bucket seat area. It was a bit embarrassing. The argument was all in Hindi, except for the words "fifty thousand" that were screamed out by the man several times, pointing to the stake money in the race book (for the Group race). Neither were backing down.

Lady was shaking her head furiously. Man was pointing at the race book and going off his chops. Sounded like a busy, and heated kitchen at the back of an Indian restaurant, but the odd "fifty thousand" was heard every few minutes. 

The lady ended up moving down to the other end of the grandstand. 

Got me thinking, Jesus, what would happen if they disagreed on driving tactics, or if they lost their money cold on a horse that galloped at the start of a race?!?! 

Perhaps we need a bit more passion at the track these days. Can be quite a dull, dead atmosphere at times. Never like seeing arguments oncourse, but I think sometimes it just needs a bit of spark, a bit of energy and a bit of passion. 

Horse racing in Nigeria looks interesting to say the least. 

 

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22 hours ago, Addington said:

Hard to do crowd figures as i spent night in Spectators bar

Did you not head outside? No room in the stand? 😂

12 hours ago, Rusty said:

There was a big argument between a man and a lady in the bucket seat area. It was a bit embarrassing. The argument was all in Hindi, except for the words "fifty thousand" that were screamed out by the man several times, pointing to the stake money in the race book (for the Group race). Neither were backing down.

Lady was shaking her head furiously. Man was pointing at the race book and going off his chops. Sounded like a busy, and heated kitchen at the back of an Indian restaurant, but the odd "fifty thousand" was heard every few minutes. 

The lady ended up moving down to the other end of the grandstand. 

That was my old mate Brodie in disguise and his female bookie. It was 50 000 rupees which is 950 NZ dollars but they were debating the exchange rate which may have taken it over the $1000 NZD anti laundering limit. Serious stuff. Eyes everywhere you know.

13 hours ago, Rusty said:

Perhaps we need a bit more passion at the track these days. Can be quite a dull, dead atmosphere at times. Never like seeing arguments oncourse, but I think sometimes it just needs a bit of spark, a bit of energy and a bit of passion. 

Trying to think of the last time I saw trouble at a race course between patrons but I can't. Not even back in the days of the old stand at Addington. It is usually between license holders these days lol. 

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5 hours ago, Addington said:

A beautiful table close to bar and food. Big screens and pod closeby. Heaven

Heaven used to be in the big stand, jugs on the leaner, head out the back for a pie or chips from the van, see countless people one knew on the way in the various parts of the stand or even coming out of the toilets. Then, out and up the concrete steps to watch the race with the horses running past well before the winning post. One always used to know if you were going to win halfway down the straight.

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13 hours ago, Happy Sunrise said:

Trying to think of the last time I saw trouble at a race course between patrons but I can't. Not even back in the days of the old stand at Addington. It is usually between license holders these days lol. 

Haha yeah some of the dumbarse Tassie license holders decided to have a gang family melee in the car=park after the harness awards dinner. some got warned off in the end out of the Ford, Hillier and Hodges families who were all from main Tassie stables . I was told it was something to do with a racing incident (or three) and not because who got an award and who didn't lol.... geeez... some people have such poor brainpower. fight in the carpark lol. 😆😂. must of been watching 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' shootout on tele or something 🤣

  here's an extract from the appeal. it is a laughathon reading the whole thing.

1. Around midnight on 18 October 2015 in the wake of the annual Harness Racing Awards dinner at Wrest Point Casino, Tyler Ford, a club official, assaulted Rohan Hillier by punching him to the head on the dance floor of the Onyx Bar.

2. The assault was unprovoked. The exact reasons for it remain unknown. Immediately after Rohan Hillier was struck, Grant Hodges, a friend and colleague of Mr Rohan Hillier, intervened and struck Tyler Ford to the head with a right clenched fist. A melee ensued with many other persons involved. Notably, Nathan Ford intervened by running into the melee only to be restrained by a Parish who grappled with Nathan Ford, placed him in a headlock, and, ultimately, wrestled him away from the scene.

3. Security from Wrest Point also intervened by restraining Tyler Ford and Nathan Ford and ejecting them and two other persons from the Casino. Shortly afterwards, Rohan Hillier and his brother Troy Hillier (who made his way down from his room at the Casino after being telephoned by one of his brother’s colleagues) and another two men assembled themselves in the Casino before going in search of the Fords in the car parks of the Casino.

4. The two groups of men found each other at the bottom car park of the Casino near the back of the Caltex Service Station on Sandy Bay Road. By this time, around 1.00am, the Police had been called and arrived to observe two groups of males on Drysdale P 

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