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Offline omnitrader

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O.P. « 2010-Nov-11, 06:17 PM »
Hello from me, It took awhile for me to work out if and how I would open a blog. i have decided to do one but make it personal and allow others that have got to know me via this forum and those from here that have supported me thru sickness( Chuggers), to get to know me. I have decided to be open with my life so far going thru my ups and downs in my ride of life so far. It is going to take awhile and no doubt many questions for me to catch anyone that bores themselves reading this to get up to date. So I shall give a breif and start from there,

Ok lets go back, Well I was born in Ashburton NZ(south island). My real mother went to hospital when I was 2 with MS and never returned. From then until age 6/7 I was in foster homes( many differant ones). Myself and my 2 sisters had time together here and there but never kept together. I have vivid memories of that time but they where not great. I think at age late 7s my father re married and got us all back together. I did not like my new mother or step sister and whent feral. I then spent time on the streets and in the end boys homes(with a rather big police file/cabinet). I got out of boy's home's when I was 14 and went straight into racing ( I loved horses and it was get a job or go to jail). I knew SFA about racing only what I had seen from my grand parents owning race horses. I then became an apprentice  and rode race day. i knew nothing about what a jockey should be but just rode as I loved it. From then to now has been a ride, the highest ups and the lowest of lows that near cost me my life. Will wait and see if there is any interest in my life story before I go on. Happy to reply to questions and invite others to join in if i get on something they can relate to. Its been a ride and this is nothing so far. To the mod's of this site...I am happy to put this out there as when time goes on and I explain more maybe some young members may learn how bad things like drugs are( theres not many i have not done, and no I am not proud of that).If there is interest I will continue, if not we will scrap this blog.

I am not the be all and end all of life but I am someone that hass pulled himself out of the grips of darkness and become someone. For me, my song....DMX, Ain't No Sunshine...you all work it out.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 06:46 PM Reply #1 »
I have always been interested in your nick, as a horse by that name knocked off another i had running for a small fortune.
I for one will look forward to your blogs
  emthup

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« 2010-Nov-11, 06:48 PM Reply #2 »
loved the horse as a betting medium....he was good value. :clap2:

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:06 PM Reply #3 »
I worked for Maryanne many years ago and Omnitrader was one of the first we broke in when she decided to buy her own instead of patching up other trainers horses. We also had Cybernetic, Warrior Trader, Algorythm. When we first came to oz we won with our first 4 horses and omni was the first to start. Landed in Sydney on a wednsday, floated to the coast on the thursday and started him on the saturday at the gold coast. drew the outside gate with the rail out 11m.  I told Pup Cowie go forward and lead, he looked at me and said WTF. He did and won easy. Was a gem to break in but bolted one day with mez on his back and from that day on he had his own mind. Algorythem near killed me, if mez did not step in he would have. Cybernetic, we never saw the best of him as he had bad tendons, ran 13th in the TJ, 2 lentghs from the winner(Jar Jar Binks I think) with his head in the air and nowhere to go on the fence, B York rode.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:15 PM Reply #4 »
You are one of the missing links on this forum and in the "racing story" in general IMO
I have spent many years  in the industry,so I  understand a lot of what yoy say Omni.
Please tell us more.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:36 PM Reply #5 »
it is hard to talk abvout the past as so much has gone under the bridge. I think the best way is to put things to me and i will reply from there. I have worked in NZ, Japan, USA and here OZ( Vic, NSW and QLD). Forgot to say...I got married 3 weeks ago. Until what happend with my last visit to hospital i had no care for life nor anyone, anything that went with it. in america i got smashed by a bull playing a game at the local rodeo, in japan i drove a bulldozer(the keys where in it,i was drunk and well what do you expcet would happen). Drugs??(I am 3 years clean and it took 5/6 tries). Do I miss them sometimes? Yep. I had to make a choice, her or them....I went her and we got back together again in Scone(those that have read my posts know when that was). Honest and open I am happy to be. i would like to make this blog differant to the others, one where i can at last be honest and face the past. Anyone that reads this please post...What song would best describe you??.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:41 PM Reply #6 »
Omni.

Well done, son, keep on keeping on.  emthup


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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:43 PM Reply #7 »
Oops.

Maybe that should be "Keep on keeping off", but yer know what I mean.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:43 PM Reply #8 »
my favourite song of all time and it is not meant to be a reaction to your posts,it is for real....have even said as much on my now defunct radio show....Blue Oyster Cults "Don't Fear The Reaper".
chin up omni....life has a habit of serving up surprises when you least expect them. :beer:
btw,this is the only blog i am following at the moment.....stupid idea of the forum if you ask me quietly. :whistle:  :biggrin:

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« 2010-Nov-11, 07:45 PM Reply #9 »
I'm kind of embaressed to admit the song that best describes me, but what do I care.
It would be FEEL by Robbie Williams. A lot of the lyrics resonate with me.
Can I ask for starters, how old are you?

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« 2010-Nov-11, 08:04 PM Reply #10 »
I'm kind of embaressed to admit the song that best describes me, but what do I care.
It would be FEEL by Robbie Williams. A lot of the lyrics resonate with me.
Can I ask for starters, how old are you?

I am 40 years old. Nearly 27 of them have been in the racing industry. Sorry if this blog is boreing but I would like to get alot of things off my chest while I can and before it becomes my time(we are all going to meet our time). I have had an amazing innings and can maybe here let others know just what I ahve done and where it happened. BTW when I got nailed by the bull i ripped all the cartlidge on the left side of my ribs and cracked the 3 lowest ribs , same side. I had a client at the time that was a vet and she gave me some wonderfull drugs that I had to have with milk, I never missed a horse i was breaking at the time but was on cloud 10,000. Stories...OMG do I have some, Regrets??yep there are a lot. Geez there is alot I want to say but not enough hours in the day for me to say them all. Let the blog start and please ask as i am now happy to reply. Funny thing is, in my nearly 27 years in the racing industry I was never drug tested but would have failed all...why??

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« 2010-Nov-11, 08:07 PM Reply #11 »
Omni, keep it going mate  emthup

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« 2010-Nov-11, 08:24 PM Reply #12 »
...What song would best describe you??.
Ommi
Excellent blog and good on you for putting it out there, many wouldn't.  Probably many a song over the years would describe me just haven't decided on one yet.  First one to come to my mind for you as was "I Did it My Way' though will be many that could fit you, just don't pay any attention to the first line and now the end is near look forward to reading the many pages I'm sure will follow  8-)

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« 2010-Nov-11, 08:40 PM Reply #13 »
Omni, keep it going mate   emthup  

Cheers Grats. I want to make this blog someting away from the others. Have I had the hard street upbringing that most have not? yep. Do I think I am someone differant ?, No. Can I help the young one's we have? Maybe. I can give you a life that was shot and going nowhere( I was stopped with a rope around my neck( this is my blog so I can be Honest) ). Have I worked hard and learnt how to overcome this disease I have...hell yeah. How open am I going to make my blog?? Well you just read it.I will try to get my wife to post here and let you know what it was like living my hell with her. I know nun of you but have become mates with many of you from this site. I started this blog so I can get things out there and maybe let some understand what it is like to live every day as a battle from a young age. What it is like to go thru drugs and being put down by others.  I am not the be all and end all of life but I am someone that hass pulled himself out of the grips of darkness and become someone. For me, my song....DMX, Ain't No Sunshine...you all work it out.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 09:03 PM Reply #14 »
well omni all i can say is the past is gone ,just live for the future mate and good luck with it.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 09:33 PM Reply #15 »
well omni all i can say is the past is gone ,just live for the future mate and good luck with it.

yeah Richo it is the past but try and take that away from your memory. I would like to keep this thread going but lets see what happens and who asks what questions. I am but a servant to this racing industry, wanna walk a mile in my  shoes, here's your chance. Some on this site may class me as a nobody as I do not have a name, but without the like's of me the somebodies would also be nobodies.

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« 2010-Nov-11, 09:55 PM Reply #16 »
I am but a servant to this racing industry, wanna walk a mile in my  shoes
I hear another song

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Some on this site may class me as a nobody
Ommi
I 'm sure that is not what forum members think.

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« 2010-Nov-12, 08:46 AM Reply #17 »
We are all nobodies on this forum and in life Omni,

Life is your own, and you only have to please, and be happy in yourself, to have succeeded  ;)

The end of the day, if I have had a great family life, my kids grow up to be strong and healthy mentally, and physically, and have a good outlook on life, than I have succeeded  :yes:

That's all that counts to me     emthup   

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Also, I would rather do something I enjoy, and be poor, then do something I hate, and be rich, especially if it interfered with my family life
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« 2010-Nov-12, 01:16 PM Reply #18 »
Omni

You might appreciate some of the philosophy of George Bernard Shaw.  One of my favourites is:

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap."

Another goes something like...

You know you have been successful in your life when you can return to whence you began and cannot recognise the place. 

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« 2010-Nov-12, 01:47 PM Reply #19 »
Sorry if this blog is boreing

You're kidding, right?  Loving your work mate, keep it up   emthup

Song that best describes me?  Well, as someone with bipolar and having had severe issues with insomnia, I'm torn between The Style Council's "Everchanging Moods", & Pucini's "Nessun Dorma" (English - none shall sleep).


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« 2010-Nov-12, 05:30 PM Reply #20 »
Ha ha....seems you mean more to others than just your immediate family omni. :clap2: 8-)
that is one of the things i like about this forum...people are there for you....you just need to ask. ;) :)

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« 2010-Nov-12, 06:58 PM Reply #21 »
Will head on back and try to fill a few bits in that i know. When my mother went into hospital my father asked the local church he went to if they had anyone to foster the 3 of us( i have 2 birth sisters) and keep us together. They said they did and somewhere along the line we where split up. I dont remember much of that time its all abit blank to me. Dad met my step mother and got us back together again but with all the moving around when i was young I found it hard to rely on anyone, dad included. We then moved to the north island. Us kids an dad flew back south one weekend to visit mum in hospital(unbeknown to us kids they had rung dad). We stayed in the accomidation at the hospital and i will never forget waking up about 5/6 in the morning and a nurse was in the room waking dad. :tears: I asked what was wrong but was told all was good. Mum was dead before dad got back to her ward. We never went to the funeral as, and he was probably right, dad said it would have been to much for us at a young age. I never accepted my new mother but then again I not have accepted anyone. was having a giggle today thinking about the car we had back then, a Morris Minor with the intercators that popped out the side when you turned them on. Geez it done some miles that little car. Will leave it there for now and continue later.

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« 2010-Nov-12, 09:59 PM Reply #22 »
hey omni , i had a horse trained by gerald ryan at the gc about 10 yrs ago . he was  a chestnut with white blaze abd spots all on his rump . name was essworr , stable name was nappy rash .

he won at the gc one day and we ended up at taking the strapper out for a feed . we ended up with his other strapper mates at a nightclub ( cant remember name - rosies ?) until about 4am .

any horse i have been in that has won has always copped $100 or $200 for their input  . great job that you all do and generally underappreciated .

top reading mate

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« 2010-Nov-12, 10:10 PM Reply #23 »
You obviously weren't in Al Mansour Grosvenor?

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« 2010-Nov-12, 10:22 PM Reply #24 »
i wish mate , best as an owner so far is 3 horses who each started in a gr3 for a 5th and 2 6th's .

if i was in a gr1 winner then the strapper would be very well looked after  :beer:
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