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« 2008-Nov-30, 10:48 PM Reply #25 »
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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/01/2008 9:25 AM
coins, just a caution on those Ipswich times....  The rail was way out.  I'm not sure if split distances are accurate and/or sectionals are electronic.
 
Peter Howard reports in today's C-M that former shuttle stallion Monashee Mountain will now be a permanent resident in Qld at Racetree Stud.
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameSpudda028 Sent: 25/01/2008 12:23 PM
DD, would you mind looking at the run of Curtain at Eagle Farm on the 11th Jan ( if you still have it ) where it ran third with Byrne on board.
 
Is that the race where it got well back and ran on? Or if anybody else has a replay appreciate your input.
 
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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 25/01/2008 12:26 PM
Point taken dubbledee - apparently there was a class record set there on Wednesday (Wyreema) - will take it with a grain of salt.

I realise Qld racing gets their info up pretty quickly and good on 'em for that - wouldn't mind waiting a little longer to ensure it is always or as close as can be to 100% accurate.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/01/2008 3:58 PM
Spudda
 
Curtain's run was very good.  She was one of the last out, but Byrne got her close to the rails ahead of a few after they'd gone 200.  She was pretty cramped till the 700 when Byrne brought her out and she was close to the widest runner on straightening.  She made a quick run at them and looked a winning chance till she died the last 50.  That wasn't surprising given the run she'd made. (The Sunshine Man's run was good too.)
 
I think she'll handle a mile or so.  Is she in somewhere over the weekend?

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From: NineMSN NicknameSpudda028 Sent: 25/01/2008 4:37 PM
Thanks DD I knew you would be able to help out with those replays. Yes Curtain is in on the Coast in Race 2 over 1400m tomorrow. No jock nominated as yet but I might have a close look at it tomorrow.
 
Thanks again.

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From: NineMSN NicknameBundynVain Sent: 25/01/2008 4:42 PM
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From: arakaan Sent: 26/01/2008 3:09 PM
After paing atention to a ride of one L.Dittman at the coast today, one wonders if the milkman or postman jumped the fence. Couldn't believe how weak he looked in the straight trying to ride one out. Has a long long way to go imo.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/01/2008 3:27 PM
He has his moments , but I have'nt had any luck with his rides yet.
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/01/2008 4:21 PM
Willie Pearson gets a double at the GC
 
I was on the first one but not the 2nd

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 26/01/2008 4:35 PM
Quickfire interstate double for the broodmare She's A Meanie, with She's Meaner saluting at Randwick and Gatakers Bay at Eagle Farm.

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From: arakaan Sent: 26/01/2008 4:40 PM
Grats, Willie's first Winner was the good thing of the day and won like it. the $4.80 on Betfair was beautiful. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/01/2008 4:45 PM
Yes , it only paid $3.50 on Unitab.
 
I took the field in the first leg of Brissy quadie so Gatakers Bay was a good result for me.
 
BTW I think Gatakers Bay is up at Hervey Bay area.

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From: arakaan Sent: 26/01/2008 4:46 PM
what you got in the other legs grats.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/01/2008 4:49 PM
I posted this on the Bris Selection thread.  I get confused where to post sometimes
 
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From: <NOBR>MSN Nicknamegratlog1</NOBR> Sent: 1/26/2008 11:29 AM
I'll try the quadie with the field in the first leg with Pay Me/Rash Promise/Main Vein

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From: arakaan Sent: 26/01/2008 5:10 PM
From: arakaan Sent: 29/12/2007 6:40 PM
 
someone bump that thread that says Sharee Drake is the worst rider in Aus.
 
Her ride on Dell Amby in the last at the Coast was nothing more than incompetant.
 
Had the horse sitting outside the fav 1/1 and the 2nd fav(Sir Teles)3 wide after 300-400m, then for reasons only a woman could understand she eases back 2 lengths for no reason whatsoever to leave a massive gap for it to get in.
 
Sir Teles gets the perfect run and goes on to win, Dell Amby spends the length of the straight going sideways looking for runs instead of getting the perfect run.
 
 
But completely my fault for backing her in the first place. 
 
 
 
I love the Gold Coast. The trainers wake up quick smart. It's next start today with Sheree long gone.
 

GOLD COAST

QR 6

PAYING
26 Jan 2008 ADAM PRESS TRIBUTE CLASS 3 HANDICAP
RADIO TAB 7-1-2-3 Late Mail 2 1400M OVERCAST GOOD
7   DELL AMBY 9.50 2.50  
6   SIGNAL 2.00  
9   LEGALLY HOT 5.10  
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Sub Fav
 
go you good thing. 

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« 2008-Nov-30, 10:49 PM Reply #26 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 26/01/2008 11:07 PM
Sheree looked home for all money on forum fave Earla Margaret at Toowoomba this evening only to be nailed in the last stride by Daffy who came with a giant finish.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 26/01/2008 11:09 PM
Yeah, haven't seen the race yet. The horse needs longer.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/01/2008 10:28 PM
One of Australia's greatest-ever riders sent around a smart youngster at Eagle Farm today.
 
Anabaa colt Formula One Racer looked just every bit a stayer of the future in winning his Maiden on debut for Mick Dittman.  The books were well primed to the horse's ability and the $2 wasn't on offer for long.
 
Desley Forster might pursue a Derby path.  Out of a Zabeel mare, that doesn't look too ambitious right now.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 30/01/2008 10:35 PM
 
Promrose Sands was not bad.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4 Sent: 30/01/2008 10:37 PM
Curious DD what made you think he was a stayer of the future? From what I saw he looked a sprinter on type, by a fresh /sprinter stallion and only just beat an ordinary field. Yes out of a very good race mare by Zabeel who was a 2000m horse at tops. Not trying to be a pest , just curious. I know nothing about him other than what I saw today

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/01/2008 10:43 PM
Why? Because the even tempo he ran today, doing all that was needed to hold the rest at bay.  He's been patiently handled and has perfect conformation.  He'll run a lot further than 1200 m. How fast, we'll find out later in the year.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4 Sent: 30/01/2008 10:52 PM
This may sound stupid but what do you mean "the even tempo he ran today, doing all that was needed to hold the rest at bay".
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 1/02/2008 2:52 PM
One of the more interesting runners at Doomben tomorrow is injury prone Romantic Journey which is in Race 6 on the card.

A former Victorian, this horse appears to have good credentials holding a decision of G1 winner Rubiscent albeit in a Class 2 at Mornington in November 2006.

It hasn't raced since. Now a 5yo with the Guy stable he is up against a reasonable field including Easy Rocker. Tough to come back from such a long lay-off and who knows if he is still the same horse.

I note the horse is out of Glenview.

I wonder if that is the same Glenview that Bart Cummings trained quite a long while ago which from memory won a black type F&M race.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/02/2008 3:06 PM
Coin, I see it is riden by Ric McMahon. Seems a good kid.
 
I knew his Dad when he was a flying winger for North's Rugby league side. A nicer bloke you would never meet.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 2/02/2008 6:16 PM
From: MSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 11/12/2007 13:22
"Up and running finally.

3 I have noticed from the Doomben meetings, probably fairly obvious:

FOOLISH from 1 December - got home very well but not the most tractable conveyance with a worrying tendency to miss the kick. If things go his way though he is very classy.

EASY ROCKER - started very short the other day over an unsuitable distance but hit the line hard.

MYNDOS - has had plenty of chances before EI but got home pretty well.

All Toowoomba based I think and they could all clash next start I suppose. Dunno what I would do then!

Will be digging deeper into replays from SC and Toowoomba in due course."

Think you'd be in front on these predictions mainly courtesy of Myndos - won twice placed once (at fair odds) - though Easy Rocker has won since he has also gone under a couple of times. Foolish raced once since I think and was never in it.

Will look to update more regularly.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/02/2008 4:09 PM
From today's The Courier-Mail:
 
Queensland Racing boss says country cuts necessary
by Chris Bassani
 
QUEENSLAND Racing Limited chairman Bob Bentley says he is "comfortable" with the proposed 2008-09 race date cuts which have angered and united country racing associations.
Country tracks are to lose 46 dates while the Caloundra cushion track will gain 17 TAB meetings on Fridays.

The QRL appeasement offered is a $1000 prizemoney increase for all races and free racing for horses which finish fourth and back at a cost of $350,000.

Bentley said the QRL was happy to view CRA submissions, due on February 15, if they "improve the racing schedule, have better ideas or can produce better results, but not submissions that pose what is best for their club and area rather than what is in the best interest of racing in Queensland.

"Cuts are made around sufficient horse populations or those clubs who don't perform or fit the pattern of racing we are trying to achieve," he said.

Asked if a CRA united front against the proposals would be dismissed, Bentley said: "No, we will continue to make decisions in the best interests of racing."

QR will ultimately make the decision but will do it in consultation with the country racing council (QCRC)

"Under the proposal more money goes to the country, it will be more competitive and people will just have to travel," Bentley said.

Asked if there will be any further cuts, he said: "No further plans but it is balanced to the number of horses available in a particular area . . . but professional racing is professional and non-TAB is hobby racing isn't it?

"We pay out an extra six per cent on top of the legislated seven per cent, we have it well balanced at the moment."

Five years ago the QR(L) slashed 200 country race dates.

All eight CRAs believe their fight to retain dates will be tough, not because of their conviction of their own product but because of their relationship with QRL

Angela Unsworth, from North West QRA, has gathered more than 500 signatures on a petition she will present to Racing Minister Andrew Fraser.

"In 2004 they set up CRAs so we could make decisions on dates, prizemoney and programs. It doesn't happen. We get dictated to and when you ring them (QRL) they either don't return your call or just laugh," Unsworth said."

Michael Kelly, of Eastern Downs RA said: "We have become merely social organisers, they control everything. We make proposals and never get an answer.

"We have to make $50,000 a year profit for the year for Dalby to break even but they keep cutting dates. Clubs are never given anything, the QRL just keep taking away.

"QRL's charter is to look after racing in Queensland not just in one area."

Central West RA's Gary Peoples said "Since the 2003 race date cuts, prizemoney in town has skyrocketed while the country has stayed the same. Why should we lose more dates to get some more money?"

"Bentley says he is doing it in the best interest of racing in Queensland. It is the best interest of the southeast corner and his own agenda. He cuts meetings, we lose horses, trainers, jockeys from the area and end up with less. Then he cuts again because we haven't enough horses. It's a joke."

The North West QRA, South East QRA, Eastern Downs RA, Capricornia RA and Central West RA have a submission voicing no date cuts.

Leichardt RA and Far North QRA will hold meetings this week, the latter indicating opposition.

Downs RA Peter Flynn says his association has missed any cuts in the proposal.

"I would support clubs in whatever way possible to retain dates. But some clubs have sat pat and not value added, they are their own worst enemy," he said.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 4/02/2008 6:55 PM
A few from the weekend:

Doomben:

Phebetay - good second to Black Minx

One Eyed - racing well. Close second to Heart of the Citi and beat the others easily.

Craiglea Charm - first up and another second placegetter this time behind Imajoker in fast time. Suspect it will be a good form race and saw Sir Sensible sneaking up right at the end - he could also be in for a good campaign as could Romantic Journey if he stays together as his run wasn't bad either.

Sir Coup - good run behind Bearcountry which shows he is in form following his excellent second to Dance Girl Dance in a very strong C3 at Ipswich recently.

Gold Coast

Malesia - won a 2yo maiden over 1000m running faster time than the C3. Showed a nice turn of speed at the end.

Perilous Princess - close second to Tootsie Zynsky. Time was good (maybe a class rec?) and they gapped the others.

Lady Red - this horse is from Victoria I think and is better known over more ground. However excellent run first up - three wide the trip and only went down narrowly to the in form Sir Teles.

Toowoomba

Form is dodgy at that track as there seems to be a clear fast lane on the fence and if you are not in the first 2 or 3 turning for home mostly you won't figure.

One horse that ran home well against the bias was Urban Lass in Race 1 behind the in form Sedan (which was well ridden by Kai as made use of it to get the lead and booted on the turn).

Sunshine Coast

Very heavy track and small fields the order of the day. Not much caught the eye.

Sharing The Magic got home nicely in race 3.

Tune Up Tuesday in race 5 ran a good third and never looked comfortable in the going.

Kinjirock seemed to baulk or at least never get clear room to stretch out in race 6.

Botero held on well in the small field behind Rapid Reason. Rapid Reason ran a good race in town the previous week.

But overall these are ordinary horses and will require astute placement if we are to make a dollar.

From the previous SC meeting I thought Key To Happiness hit the line nicely in Race 4 on the wrong part of the track.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 8/02/2008 7:37 AM
Apprentice Mandy Radecker's suspension following her ride on Classic Force at EF on 11 January has been reduced from 6 to 4 weeks on appeal to QR Stewards.  Radecker will now appeal to the Racing Appeals Tribunal.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 9/02/2008 8:56 AM
Rockem's full brother Rocklet goes around for the first time today. He is in the second at Clifford Park.

Will be interesting to see if he turns out to be as good as Tellem or Rockem.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 10/02/2008 10:56 AM
Rocklet got the choccies, coins.  Hope you got some of them.  Nice odds.
 
Tony Meany reports in today's The Sunday-Mail that training partnerships will be permitted in Queensland beginning the new racing year.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 10:50 PM Reply #27 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 10/02/2008 12:01 PM
No dubbledee - just wanted to have a look at him. Right about the odds and was probably worth the gamble.

Nice win and didn't shirk at any stage even when under siege. Could be more in store for him down the track.

Having watched quite a few races closely from there now, that Toowoomba track seems to be a two lane highway.

Horses that have performed well in town like Shale Shaker and Ms Marju struggled last night because they are backmarkers and could not secure runs in the better going one or two off the rail.

Form to and from there must be treated with abundant caution unfortunately.

Separately, was there a leader bias at Doomben yesterday? Except for the 2yo race, it seems you had to be up there.

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From: NineMSN NicknameDont_Mukkaround Sent: 11/02/2008 5:09 PM
Just in case it hasnt been mentioned, but Adrian Coome will be leaving shortly for Sydney to join the Gary Portelli stable.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 11/02/2008 5:16 PM
Has he been out injured?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 15/02/2008 8:37 PM
Yes, gratlog, I believe Coome has been on the sidelines due to injury.
 
10yo sprinter FOXMORE is going for his 10th win at Eagle Farm tomorrow.
 
On his day he's up with best short-course gallopers in the State.  I'd say he's the best-performer I've seen with 10yo beside his name.
 
Any takers for a better one?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 15/02/2008 8:52 PM
No not at 10, but 13 year old Karasi goes ok over the jumps.
Another warm up race for him tomorrow at the Valley

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 15/02/2008 8:55 PM
By the way dd , do you know if the chef at E/F has been cooking any Birthday cakes this week?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 15/02/2008 9:01 PM
Mono
 
Sure, there are jumpers who race into their 2nd decade, but I'm referring to races ya bet on.
 
Re birthday cakes, I believe extra kitchen staff were hired, and all the candles in Ascot precinct have been bought out.
 
Gawd, there'll be chaos in the hospitality room after Race 8 if a certain neddy gets the chocolates.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 15/02/2008 9:06 PM
That would be a good finish to the day ,but you might need extra refreshments on hand just in case it happens.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4 Sent: 19/02/2008 8:19 AM
Bomber Bill was a pretty handy 10 yo, won a couple of stakes races

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From: dubbledee Sent: 20/02/2008 12:02 PM
Bomber Bill sure was a handy 10yo.  Somewhat better than Foxmore.
 
Friday's EF races have horses in their names.  Anyone know the common link?
 
Excitable Lady
Mayne Hall
Gayaneh
Star Acclaim
Lady Lustre
Pacific Prince
 
Second trivia question:  Which of them carries the same colours as a smart Brisbane horse of today - who's recently ventured interstate.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 20/02/2008 12:06 PM
The RSB website now includes handicapper's ratings for the main Brisbane races, e.g.
 
No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Handicapper
Rating
1 CERTIORI Liam Birchley Chris McIver (a3) 9 58 66
2 EARLA MARGARET Greg Cornish Sheree Drake (a3) 6 57.5 68
3 OUR LUKAS (NZ) Robert Heathcote Michael Palmer (a3) 12 57.5 65
4 MR MOJITO Brett Dodson Scott Seamer 4 56.5 63
5 BEKLIM Robert Heathcote Andrew Spinks 2 56 62
6 SHOOTING SCENE Lawrie Mayfield-Smith Nathan Day 16 56 62
7 SIGNAL Bevan Laming Lacey Morrison 13 56 62
8 CRESCENDO Laurie Richardson 5 55 60
9 TRUE CROSS John Morrisey Stathi Katsidis 8 55 63
10 AQUA PROFONDEUX David Lawlor Donald Barron 7 54.5 62
11 EQUAL SIGN (NZ) Tony Malseed Kevin Forrester 10 54.5 59
12 GALIUP Shaun Dwyer Jason Taylor 14 54.5 64
13 MUZZIO Bryan Guy Jim Byrne 3 54.5 59
14 BON COUP FILLE Ron Macrae 18 53 60
15e ELECTRIC LASS Ron Macrae Todd Pannell 15 53 59
16e BEARHART CHIC (NZ) Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 1 53 58
17e KING XAVIER Pat Duff Brad Pengelly 11 54 58
18e IMABALLERINA Shaun Dwyer 17 53 58

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/02/2008 10:18 AM
Sad news that long-time Brisbane racing identity Danny Best died during the week.
 
Dan has been in failing health for some months, but derived great joy in seeing October Grey, which he bred and raced, win several races.
 
RIP Dan.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 23/02/2008 11:59 AM
I know the rail was out 12m but was the inside off at Eagle Farm yesterday?

Most of the winners seemed to end up away from the fence even those that led.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/02/2008 5:32 PM
DD, I remember you telling us something good about Formula One Racer
 
It is in on Wed at Doomben

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« 2008-Nov-30, 10:51 PM Reply #28 »
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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/02/2008 5:39 PM
Yes, gratlog.  He's the well-bred fellow that Mick Dittman manages for the SE Asian guy.  Looks a real stayer.  He's found a fair field.  Our Lukas is ready to win, IMO.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 26/02/2008 3:32 PM
Round up the girls, book your tickets, then organise your outfit to this Saturday's Rosemount Girls' Day Out at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

This is your last chance to grab your tickets to The Tote Lounge - For the young, and young at heart, The Tote Lounge is the only place to be on Rosemount Girls' Day Out. Don't battle the crowds or queues - enjoy all the raceday activity in this very stylish and exclusive bar!

Inclusions:

  • Racecourse admission
  • Entry to The Tote Lounge" held in The Tote
  • Hospitality package*
  • Sumptuous stand-up buffet lunch*
  • Direct access to the track to view races (The Tote is not situated trackside, viewing areas along the main straight are located within short walk)
  • Plasma screens and tote facilities will ensure you don't miss a minute of the unbeatable racing action
  • Live DJ
  • Smart dress code applies including collared shirt (men), no denim, no joggers
  • Event runs from 12pm to 5pm

Tickets: $115

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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/02/2008 11:33 AM
Disappointing news that smart mare Nova Star is out of the Winter Carnival following a bleeding incident on the track yesterday.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 29/02/2008 10:22 PM
On the jockey front:
 
The Racing Appeals Tribunal upheld the appeal by Mandy Radecker against her 4-week suspension arising from her ride on $2.60 fav Classic Force at EF on January 11.
 
Ryan Wiggins was suspended for 1 month following the fall at Doomben when riders Ric McMahon and Shannon Apthorpe were injured, and Chippy's Pick and Joe Dirt were killed.
 
No action was taken against Sheree Drake for her ride on Daunting Lad last week, although she was warned that similar "mistakes" would see a likely downgrade of her city licence.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 3/03/2008 7:56 AM
Today from the Courier Mail

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From: dubbledee Sent: 6/03/2008 10:16 AM
Wily Kiwi Brian Smith hurried back from the NZ Hall of Fame function to see his smart mare Brief Me run a good 2nd in the last at Doomben yesterday.
 
Smith's champ of the past, Balmerino, was inducted into the NZ Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
 
Asked Brian about current champ Bikkie Tin Blues (rising 10): "He's better than ever!".

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From: dubbledee Sent: 7/03/2008 11:53 AM
Tony Meany reports in today's C-M that apprentice Manabu Kai remains in spinal unit and will be there for some weeks.  Progress is slow.
 
Let's hope the lad gets through all this with no permanent problems.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 7/03/2008 10:41 PM
Yep - his suspension is totally academic now.

I don't agree with those who defended his ride on Doug's Mate as it showed a complete lack of judgment. Still, staying or middle distance races can be tricky and not just for apprentices especially on backmarkers.

He has ridden some excellent winners round the provincials and in town and IMHO is a promising young rider. I hope he recovers well and comes back better than ever continuing to ride in SEQ.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/03/2008 8:08 AM
The Sunday Mail  had a decent shot at Eagle farm today.
 

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From: red Sent: 10/03/2008 7:50 AM

Mitanni will pass the $1m mark if he runs at least 2nd. I'd guess the GCTC would be a little disappointed with the nominations for this 100k race, nothing from over the border.

 

GOLD COAST Weights on Wednesday 12th March, 2008

TAB MEETING : 2 metres

1- CARLTON DRAUGHT GOLD COAST STAKES (1200 METRES)

Of $100000. 1st $64000, 2nd $20000, 3rd $10000, 4th $4000, 5th $2000.

Quality.

No Allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 16 + 5 EM

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Handicapper
Rating
1 MITANNI John Wallace 1 61 111
2 BLACK INK Les Kelly 2 58 107
3 ATAPI Shaun Dwyer 3 55.5 103
4 PICARDI RUN Trevor Whittington 4 54 100.5
5 BABINDA HALF Robert Bradshaw 5 53 94
6 COCKTAIL SUPREME Pat Duff 6 53 92
7 MASTER DENIS Alan Bailey 7 53 91
8 TOUR GUIDE Gillian Heinrich 8 53 88
9 FOXMORE Roger Milne 9 53 87
10 GO SEQUALO Barry Baldwin 10 53 83
11 MASHUDU Mark Sims 11 53 79
12 NESSUNO Liam Birchley 12 53 84

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From: dubbledee Sent: 16/03/2008 12:01 PM
Have just seen the race, and I'd have to say that anyone who's not looking at Atapi as a genuine Stradbroke hope should move to another gambling venture.  It was a win and half, matched only by Byrne's ride.
 
Brave effort by classy sprinting mare Devil Inside to go down in the last bit to Tornado Alley.  They ran a course record.  I guess she's got limited opportunities these days and it would have been fitting for her to have the record in her resume.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 16/03/2008 12:50 PM
Probably right dd...Atapi was the biggest street corner tip when he saluted 2 starts ago.
400 and Eagle Farm will suit him down to the ground.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 17/03/2008 10:38 PM
Weekend media reports indicated that Rob Heathcote's handy 5yo Guerrouj is off to the retirement paddock.
 
The horse has won over $100,000 in 37 starts (4-9-4).
 
Guerrouj was a horse who needed to be handy in his races and I found it remarkable that he frequently found good draws.
 
In his 37 starts, the average field size was just under 12.  The average of the barriers drawn by Guerrouj was 4.4.
 
He drew inside 5 in 20 of his 37 races including:
 
Box 1 ... 6 times
Box 2 ... 3 times
Box 3 ... 4 times
Box 4 ... 7 times
 
Truly amazing stats, and I doubt any other horse can match them.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/03/2008 10:24 AM
Top-line Brisbane performer Daunting Lad has arrived in Newcastle en route to a run in the Chipping Norton on Saturday.
 
Good luck to the Bill Naoum camp.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/03/2008 10:29 PM
Ya gotta feel for Liam Birchley, looking at the barrier draws for Monday's MM meeting:
 
R4: Charmana Star (4 out of 8)
 
R5: Nasrullah's Girl (5 out of  11)
 
R6: My Man Murphy (20 out 21) and Pepperwood (16 out of 21)
 
R8: Pandemonia (20 out of 21)
 
R9: Jive Bandit (17 out of 19) and Atomic Huss (12 out of 19)
 
Not a day when Lady Luck smiled.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 22/03/2008 9:32 AM
Good to hear that Brisbane will be soon joining the others in using the number system to rate the tracks.

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/03/2008 9:53 AM
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Some people have far too much time on their hands.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/03/2008 12:36 PM
Geoff, you'd have said Galileo was wasting his time plotting the movements of the planets, too.
 
We've got a new 3kg-claimer to contend with.  Campbell McCallum is riding Babinda Half at SC today.  Maybe from Scotland?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 23/03/2008 12:39 PM
I tried to guess the country of origin of the young Asian rider last week and got it wrong, but this week I reckon I'm on the money.
 
Campbell McCallum sounds Italian to me

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/03/2008 12:44 PM
That was my first thought, too, gratlog.
 
BTW, your burglar mate still not out of the slammer.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 23/03/2008 12:55 PM
I think Burglar is on a world trip on the Queen Victoria with all the money he won over the years.

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/03/2008 12:59 PM
 
Gratlog
Sounds like a great name for a Jock.
The nationality you mention is more apt to the other in post 441

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From: dubbledee Sent: 26/03/2008 1:04 PM
Very pleasing to see former star 2yo Miss Watagan give a glimpse of a return to form at Doomben last week.  She got no favours in the run but stuck to her task and was beaten for 3rd near the post.
 
Here's hoping she'll soon be winning in town again.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 28/03/2008 8:01 PM
Haven't noticed this before, but at Doomben tomorrow,in every race there are trainers with multiple runners .Noel Doyle has 4 in the first ,while D.Murphy has 3 in the fourth. 
M.Thexton R1, B.McLachlan R2, R.HeathcoteR3 ,B.Laming R4 anR6 ,
R.Maund R5, L.Birchley R7 & L.Ross R8 each have two runners in those races
How will they go ?Laming looks to be one of the better chances with Eskimo Dan and Sir Coup in race 6 with not much between them in early markets.According to the trainer Lacey Morrison had the pick and chose Eskimo Dan while  Laming told Bart Sinclair that he thinks Eskimo is the best horse but Sir Coup is the fittest and is outstanding in wet ground.Doomben will be rain affected, slow, a strong possibility based on weather forecasts.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 1/04/2008 12:41 AM
From today's The Courier-Mail:
 
Ben Looker is driven to succeed
 
by Bart Sinclair

HE carries an L plate but is a good "driver". Apprentice Ben Looker, 17, is steering a course up a sharp incline on the track but his progress is slow.

Grafton-based Looker has to travel to a lot of race meetings but as the holder of a restricted "L" licence he has to travel with an experienced driver.

Fortunately his parents Michael and Debbie are on call for most of the travel days.

"I was eligible to get a full licence last September but things have been so hectic I haven't got round to going for the test," Looker said at Doomben on Saturday after his success on Nuclear Medicine.

The victory was his 66th since he began race riding in late 2006.

It has been a remarkable run for Looker, who had never ridden a horse before he joined the stable of John Shelton three years ago.

"My father knew John growing up in Glencoe just out of Glen Innes and when I decided to give racing a try he took me to John," Looker said.

Nuclear Medicine's wily trainer Gordon Yorke is a big Looker fan.

"He's a terrific kid. I can see the enthusiasm in his eye. You can tell he wants to be successful and loves doing what he's doing," Yorke said.


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From: dubbledee Sent: 1/04/2008 12:44 AM
It certainly has been a sudden rise to prominence by young Looker.
 
I think he had one of his first rides in Brisbane at a recent Doomben mid-week on Our Lukas for Robert Heathcote.  Looker showed initiative in the early stages and took the horse to the front after being trapped wide.  Our Lukas won the race.
 
On Saturday Looker had rides in each race at Doomben.  Quite an achievement for a 17yo.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 1/04/2008 12:57 AM
Also got On The Fridge home narrowly in the last at the Sunny Coast on Sunday, gawd bless 'im. His claim made the difference.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 3/04/2008 4:14 PM
BTC Vice-Chairman Kevin Dixon must be wondering when his luck will change with heartbreak maiden Unintentional.  The horse ran a great a race on MM day from barrier 16. 
 
He's found 10 in a field of 18 at GC tomorrow.  On Sunday on the Cushion he's got 16 of 17 in a Class 1.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 3/04/2008 5:06 PM
And the Baldwin camp will be disappointed in speedster Bythemountain's marbles:
 
21 of 22 at EF on Saturday.
 
19 of 19 at SC on Sunday.

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 3/04/2008 6:22 PM
I'll have a whinge about my rather limited mare Forever Autumn's luck with marbles recently, all over short courses where a decent barrier can make a considerable difference.
 
10/10, 7/9, 7/8 and 10/10.
 
She's drawn 9/9 over 900m at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 3/04/2008 6:26 PM
 
Sorry,. I know it's not funny but that is incredible.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 3/04/2008 6:40 PM
jrb...all you need to do is get them to roll the track for you 9 horses out from the fence.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/04/2008 1:07 PM
j.r.b.
 
Yes, remarkable, but we gotta look at her overall career.  In 26 starts she's been inside half on 12 occasions, and once dead centre. She hasn't been all that badly off.
 
Also - and here I am being a pest again for the second time in 2 days - she did WIN two of those four starts you list above.  I bet ya grateful for the inflated odds you got as a result.
 
Also, in the other two runs, did the barrier make a difference?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 7/04/2008 2:22 PM
From yesterday's Sunday Mail:
 
Bruce Mclachlan hosts South African jockey Sean Cormack
by Bart Sinclair

BRUCE McLachlan will continue with an international search for a stable jockey when he hosts South African Sean Cormack on a fact-finding trip this week.

Cormack is highly regarded in his home country and comes well recommended by former colleague Glyn Schofield, now making a big splash in Sydney. Schofield rode successfully for McLachlan for a season before he took up a Hong Kong offer a few years ago.

"Glyn knows the Queensland set-up and how my stable operates and he thinks Shaun would be a perfect fit," McLachlan said.

"He's had a terrific run in the past couple of months, which will make it a bit harder to convince him to move to Australia. Once he sees the Sunshine Coast and the opportunities he could have here I think he will be at least prepared to give the offer a lot of thought."

McLachlan has been at his best when he has had the backing of a top-flight jockey. Over the years he had great success when Gavan Duffy, Brian York, Schofield and Grant Cooksley were doing the bulk of the stable riding.


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From: dubbledee Sent: 8/04/2008 5:54 PM
j.r.b. musta put plenty in the plate on Sunday.
 
He hasn't been in to complain about Forever Autumn's red box tomorra.

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 8/04/2008 6:23 PM
Apparently it wasn't quite enough, dd.
 
Rain about and she's worse than hopeless if anyone so much as spits on the track.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 9/04/2008 9:44 AM
Occasional showers over the coast, j.r.b.  It's pretty fine right now, and I dunno if any has gone as far as Ipswich.
 
Let's hope it's forever a fine autumn, and good luck today.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/04/2008 10:14 AM
Light showers over this way

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 9/04/2008 10:22 AM
Thanks for that dd and gratlog.
 
I see we are running, despite my preference to wait for another day.
 
 

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From: specialweek Sent: 9/04/2008 4:18 PM
track upgrade j.r.b.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/04/2008 4:41 PM
Good ride
 
Good on ya JRB.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 9/04/2008 4:43 PM
Looks a good thing you were over ruled JRB, lol. Congrats.

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 9/04/2008 4:52 PM
Barrier 1.
 
Overruled about scratching her.
 
Track upgrade just before the race. 
 
You might say everything fell into place today.
 
 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 9/04/2008 7:41 PM
Great result, j.r.b.  Never in doubt.  
 
All those practices she had at SC are now coming to fruition.
 
I reckon the Cushion Track is what she's been waiting for.

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 9/04/2008 7:46 PM
Thanks dd.
 
I got excited when I saw the time - 45.10 seconds for the 800m (last 600m 31.96 seconds), which I thought was low level flying.
 
That is until I saw that the 2yo in the preceding race went even quicker!

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From: NineMSN Nickname_Umrum_ Sent: 9/04/2008 8:01 PM
Tour Guide has been very ordinary last couple.
Anything in the stewerds report?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 11/04/2008 6:31 PM
umrum
 
Dunno what the stewards have said but I thought Tour Guide looked well above himself at GC.  There was plenty of money for him at EF last week but didn't finish off again.  I'd think he could be given another try.
 
Pleasing to see former top sprinter Starlactic back at Doomben tomorra.  He's been off the scene since March last year.  Let's hope he can return to his best.

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From: NineMSN Nickname_Umrum_ Sent: 11/04/2008 6:45 PM
Might be right DD.
He was beaten at the turn but only got beat probably 2 1/2 lengths.
 
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From: raceratepro Sent: 11/04/2008 6:55 PM
Stewards ordered a vet check after the first up run at the GC, no abnormalities found. I backed him at EF last week as did plenty of others, very disappointing. Some good horse's don't come back the same after a spell, I wonder if he got EI? He'd want to win another one well before I back him again.

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From: the-kid Sent: 11/04/2008 9:25 PM
He is racing like his stablemate Rassmussen


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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 11/04/2008 10:02 PM
Courier Mail guide has omitted two runs for Qualo Star in R 5 He was 5th at EF on 1/3 and won at SC on 23/3 beating My Son Day neither are in the guide.Although 11th last run he had no luck and could be a place chance tomorrow,If Xaardante turns up it  I thought it should win..Nericon King faces its' test in R3 with at least 5 good chances of beating him home Amex Gold looks good to me and Easily Done looks a good roughie in the last, forget its' last couple.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 11/04/2008 10:24 PM
rrp
 
I don't think any of the GC horses contracted EI.
 
Rasmussen failed at EF on March 1 because of the track - according to the trainer.  Just like every other horse who got beaten on March 1 at EF.  You know, Chinchilla Rose, Daedalus, all them.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4 Sent: 11/04/2008 10:30 PM
I recall the jock one day saying he believed Tour Guide sounded like he had a wind prob. He did win one race after that however.
As for Rasmussen, if you have watched him parade you would not be surprised by the way he has performed

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From: Ascot Sent: 13/04/2008 6:41 PM
T'was a big day out last Thursday for some Brissie Forum luminaries.  DD had to pull plenty of strings to be admitted to the inner sanctum, and the TTC still wonder what hit them.  He harassed this bloke mercilessly to get in a photo.  So who is the bloke with DD?   He had a few good tales to tell.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 13/04/2008 6:58 PM
The boy from Cunnamulla.
 
Has anybody else riden three Straddies?

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From: the-kid Sent: 13/04/2008 7:56 PM
Two of the true legends of Australian Racing.


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From: dubbledee Sent: 13/04/2008 9:17 PM
LOL, Ascot.  If you keep roaming around racetracks with your camera and writing bull$#@& stories you're well on the way to starting up your own website.  How about something like onlyracing.com.au?
 
TK....don't you have a  on your reply box?
 
Seriously, it was very pleasing to catch up with Darby again.  He's in fine fettle, and now working as an advocate for local indigenous people dealing with the justice system.   I can remember just like yesterday Darby's first city winner in 1957.  I was milking cows during my school holidays and an "unknown Aboriginal apprentice from Cunnamulla" won the last at Doomben on Rio Sand by a big margin.  The track was heavy.  Darby reminded me that he was 14, but gave me all the background to Rio Sand.  He was a "bleeder", etc, etc.  Amazing, when we realise that was 50 years ago and consider the many tumultuous - but sometimes controversial and troublesome - episodes for which Darby is remembered.  We also talked about my first-ever day at Randwick in 1969 when he won the Epsom on Broker's Tip and the Derby on Divide and Rule.  His stories about his "preparation" of D&R for the Derby win are classics.  Darby didn't let connections in on his high opinion of D&R for fear that they would give the Derby ride to one George Moore.  We talked for an hour or so, had a drink - Darby on the soft stuff - and will likely meet up again at the Stradbroke.  As gratlog has mentioned he won 3 Straddies.  From memory they were Mullala, Cele's Image and Castanea.  I saw them all.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 13/04/2008 9:33 PM
This fellow might yet be racing over 2400 at EF in June.
 
From: dubbledee Sent: 30/01/2008 8:28 PM
One of Australia's greatest-ever riders sent around a smart youngster at Eagle Farm today.
 
Anabaa colt Formula One Racer looked just every bit a stayer of the future in winning his Maiden on debut for Mick Dittman.  The books were well primed to the horse's ability and the $2 wasn't on offer for long.
 
Desley Forster might pursue a Derby path.  Out of a Zabeel mare, that doesn't look too ambitious right now.
From: <NOBR>NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31</NOBR> Sent: 30/01/2008 8:35 PM
 
Promrose Sands was not bad.
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4</NOBR> Sent: 30/01/2008 8:37 PM
Curious DD what made you think he was a stayer of the future? From what I saw he looked a sprinter on type, by a fresh /sprinter stallion and only just beat an ordinary field. Yes out of a very good race mare by Zabeel who was a 2000m horse at tops. Not trying to be a pest , just curious. I know nothing about him other than what I saw today
From: dubbledee Sent: 30/01/2008 8:43 PM
Why? Because the even tempo he ran today, doing all that was needed to hold the rest at bay.  He's been patiently handled and has perfect conformation.  He'll run a lot further than 1200 m. How fast, we'll find out later in the year.
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamefourtyfour4</NOBR> Sent: 30/01/2008 8:52 PM
This may sound stupid but what do you mean "the even tempo he ran today, doing all that was needed to hold the rest at bay".

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From: Ascot Sent: 13/04/2008 10:11 PM
Geez, I reckon DD is looking old.  Would explain why he went to sleep on the way back in the bus.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/04/2008 2:13 PM
You reckon I'm looking old, Ascot?
 
TTC have put out an APB asking for info on this guy who was caught wandering around the enclosure last Thursday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Best I could come up with that he looked a bit like this fellow (with a bit of age on).
 
  

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/04/2008 2:18 PM
Long-term QTC committeeman Bill Stanley has died after a short illness.  Bill and his wife Evelyn were well known in the 60s and 70s for the many good horses they raced in eastern Australia.  Many were from NZ, and included Cyron, Rajah Sahib, Mr Cromwell, High Sail, etc.
 
Bill and Evelyn were regular racegoers until a few months back.
 
Bill's funeral will be held at New Farm this Thursday.
 
R.I.P, Bill.  Condolences to Evelyn, family and friends.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 20/04/2008 3:39 PM
There were a couple of dozen happy owners after Nuclear Medicine demolished the Power field yesterday at EF.
 
The majority didn't know one another until they met through a racing forum. 
 
I enquired which forum, and I thinnnnnnnnnnnnnk they said "oh it's a private one, All Sports".  Maybe I got the name wrong, but I got the distinct impression that they didn't want me in there.

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From: NineMSN NicknameSpudda028 Sent: 21/04/2008 11:16 AM
Well if thats the case DD maybe we don't want them in here?????
 
Anyhow, just a quick thanks and hello to the forumites I caught up with at the track on SAt. Good to see the folks again. Pity we picked such a tough day at the track. Even with Valedictum saluting in the last in Syd I still finished on the wrong side of the ledger, but managed to make it to the GABBA to see a ripper game of football. Then had it topped off to hear the mighty North Melb boys beat the pies. Top day all round and thanks for your hospitality.  

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/04/2008 1:23 PM
Oh, don't worry, I didn't mention this forum.  There are more than enough pests in here as it is.
 
Good you enjoyed the day, Spudda.  You weren't the only one that lost.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 21/04/2008 6:50 PM
I notice forum fave RAINCOAT is in Race 7 at Doomben on Wed over the 1350m first up.

His fresh record is nothing flash but he could do something late.

Aside from Ben's The Boss and maybe Acceleration (on its last run), it looks a pretty even field.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 21/04/2008 6:53 PM
Maybe Sozzani?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 21/04/2008 6:55 PM
Also see Prince Cochise is in on Wed at Doomben.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/04/2008 7:01 PM
Yeah, saw them in.  Raincoat's race is tough. What about Acceleration, Catchit and Straddi?  R will be aiming for longer of course, but he's a smart galloper.
 
Might be able to shorten up the last with Bythemountain and Courtyard Circle.  Gratlog will be on the latter.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 21/04/2008 7:04 PM
I went down to the track 1 week to early

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/04/2008 7:06 PM
But ya had Robyn with you, right?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 21/04/2008 7:06 PM
Yep Stradd is handy (eligible for C1) as is Catchit.

Master Hugh is also drawn to run well in the last.

Some decent races on the program - hope the weather is fine?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 21/04/2008 10:04 PM
Yeah good to catch up again Spudda......Sorry I mentioned that trifecta again but I just can't help myself. lol
Hope you get the chance to drop in more often....always a seat there at the table providing you don't mind getting into a shout that can go on forever.

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From the results of a GC trial below we can safely assume Bareena will not run tomorrow. I would be interested to know what if anything has happened to Woody'N'Buzz which failed to finish.

Race 6. 900M Handicap (return to top)
HORSE Rider Fin SP

BAREENA DEAN TANTI 1st
OMNITRADER MATTHEW CHADWICK 2nd
OUR MAVOURNEEN(NZ) MATTHEW PAGET 3rd
MI JUBILEE(NZ) BRAD PENGELLY 4th
BORSHA'S MARK SHOHEI SHIRAHAMA 5th
WOODY 'N' BUZZ GLEN COLLESS Failed to Finish
MITANNI Scratched
MY FIRST AFFAIR Scratched

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From: NineMSN NicknameSpudda028 Sent: 22/04/2008 8:19 PM
Lol Mono, no worries about the tri, makes for a good story. Just imagine how many times we would have told it had we have landed the thing.... 
 
Might just have to keep trying at it!
 
Might make it a little more regularly now I don't have a class lunchtime Sat anymore. And will leave the car at home in future so I can continue on in that shout!
 
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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/04/2008 9:53 PM
Shame we won't be seeing Bareena at Doomben tomorrow.  With the chance of a soft track I was getting excited.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/04/2008 2:16 PM
Closest is probably on the street right outside the railway station in McGill Ave.  Enter from Kitchener Road.  But I'd get there before mid-day.
 
Alternatively there's parking in Lancaster Road.  Coming off Nudgee Road, look around before you get to Racecourse Road. There are off-street car parks on your right there as well.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 28/04/2008 2:55 PM
"Retiree" Stathi Katsidis is booked to resume riding at GC on Saturday.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 29/04/2008 1:48 PM
Tony Meany reports in today's C-M that Katsidis has bookings for 7 rides at GC on Saturday.
 
So much for retirement....

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 29/04/2008 1:52 PM
Did'nt someone that knew someone that knew someone else and was from Ipswich tell us that this bloke was definately retired?
 
Anyway I'm happy to see Stathi back but will he turn up at Royal Ipswich tomorrow?
 
He can ride, that is for sure.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/04/2008 9:14 PM
Yes, gratlog.  We were told that.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/04/2008 9:17 PM
From today's The Courier-Mail:
 
 
Jockey Willie Pearson out for three years
 
by Tony Meany
 
GOLD Coast jockey Willie Pearson has been disqualified for three years for taking cocaine and methamphetamine to the races.

Stewards charged him with improper conduct and alleged he took the illegal drugs to the Gold Coast races on March 29.

Pearson was disqualified for another year for failing to provide a urine sample on the day and stewards ordered the penalties to be served concurrently.

"I'm gutted but I plan to see my solicitor to appeal," Pearson said.

Apprentice Dan Peisley was disqualified for a year for failing to provide a urine sample.

Both riders picked up appeal forms when leaving the QR Deagon office.

Chief steward Reid Sanders said both jockeys seemed to be devastated when they heard the penalties.

Pearson, 22, was arrested at the Gold Coast races after stewards called police and asked them to investigate suspicious activities.

Stewards said they noticed "unusual behaviour", and a search of belongings in the jockeys' change room uncovered the cocaine and methamphetamine in a gear bag.

Pearson and Peisley attracted attention when they behaved in an unusual manner near the toilets in the change room.

Peisley, 21, hurriedly left the track after being asked to provide a urine sample for testing.

Stewards stood both riders down from riding in races and trackwork.

The penalties took effect from the March 29 meeting.

Pearson was subsequently bailed in Southport Magistrate's Court on charges of possession and is required to re-appear on June 4.

He is a former glamour Sydney apprentice.


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Also on the Brisbane jockey front, the highly-talented Brad Stewart has completed his short jail term following traffic offences, and is hopeful of returning to race riding very soon.
 
Racing can ill-afford to be without this guy.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 30/04/2008 10:05 PM
Not the first time Pearson has copped a long suspension - he got one riding in Sydney for not allowing a horse to run on its merits.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMullerbeck Sent: 1/05/2008 10:58 AM
Does anyone know how many bookies field in Ipswich?
 
Yesterday I was in Randwick and was keeping an eye on other states odds. In Randwick, the TV, which display bookies fluctuations also display total field % and the tote odds next to it.
 
I was incredulous to notice that the bookies regular field percentage was around 164% - 166%. The best percentage all day I noticed was 158%. In most races, your were lucky if one or two horses were better with bookies than on tote.
 
What the hell are they thinking? Are Queensland punters that dumb that they still bet with them, despite the crap odds? Surely they will not make any money fielding on races, considering staff wages and other costs. Why would you even bother? My mind boggles.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/05/2008 1:02 PM
MB, There were three there last time I visited.
 
Surely any serious punter would'nt bet with them, but the other week at Doomben I donated $5 a race to Haydn Flynn and Lindsay Gallagher.    To say the least they were'nt being rushed of their feet.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:02 PM Reply #34 »
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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 1/05/2008 2:01 PM
Stathi gets his chance first ride back Friday Indiana Storm
 
 
Barry Baldwin doesn't blame  Shane Scriven for the Mittani/La Montagna punch up legging him up on Simplest Friday
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/05/2008 2:34 PM
Stathi had a ride in the first at Ippy yesterday. He rode Barako

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 1/05/2008 2:47 PM
Gratlog ,I'm on medication takes 48 hours to catch up  

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 2/05/2008 2:26 PM
As I type this , Mick Pelling is on 4BC talking about drugs in the racing game.
 
What brought it up is the heap (7) of riders penalised for drug abuse this last couple of weeks. That includes some trackwork riders.
 
Kim Mothershaw is the compere today between 12 and 4 so he is sticking up for the racing game. Kim is going for his trainers licence soon so good luck to him.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 3/05/2008 11:01 PM
Just in case anyone missed it, I think Sky Channel said that there would be no replays tonight due to their overseas coverage. Todays races will be on tomorrow night.
 
Don't take that as gospel but I think it is right.

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From: NineMSN NicknameLittleMissy512 Sent: 3/05/2008 11:03 PM
Muggins - you gotta forgive if you hated every single jockey for every single thing they've done the horses would be ridden by monkeys

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From: dubbledee Sent: 3/05/2008 11:03 PM
Correct as stated, gratlog.  We'll just need more space on our HDs Sunday night-Monday morning.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 5/05/2008 4:16 PM
Good story by Bart Sinclair on the racing life of Brett Cavanough in today's C-M.
 
Cavanough hails from Charleville and was a gun shearer in earlier days.  He rode trackwork at Eagle Farm for legendary trainer H.F. (Fred) Best.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 6/05/2008 11:44 PM
Haven't heard much about the offspring of one of racing's blue-bloods, Don Eduardo.
 
Rob Heathcote has 3yo SPANISH ARMADA having its 2nd run at SC tomorrow.

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 7/05/2008 5:18 AM
Any of you 'old' fellas remember a quality Qld sprinter called Innisfree?
It's namesake ran at Kelso in the UK tonight in a 3m4f (5600m) steeplechase and ran 2nd @ 55/1

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From: wenona Sent: 7/05/2008 9:32 AM
I remember him very well, won a Straddie,
 
Geez, Larsy, what do you mean old?
 
That was only thirty years ago.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 7/05/2008 11:26 AM
Yes, he was a nice horse, Innisfree.  Was black from memory, but wouldn't bet on that.
 
I think he started at 33/1 and was ridden by Greg Hall for his father, Ron.
 
Interest stat for the mare Winmara, who's running at SC today.  She's run 3rd at her last FIVE starts.  All have been in reasonably-sized fields, 12, 13, 14.
 
I wonder what the longest sequence of placing recorded by a galloper?  I know some have had lengthy runs of 2nds.  Five in a row is a fair record.

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Don Eduardo
 

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From: specialweek Sent: 7/05/2008 4:02 PM
Is today R. McMahon's first day back after his fall?

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:04 PM Reply #35 »
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I believe so, SW.
 
Last I saw of him he was enjoying a juicy pie at the Weetwood.

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From: specialweek Sent: 7/05/2008 4:20 PM
Thanks DD, I thought so, and also believe he may be a chance at ew odds on Guy horse R7.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 8/05/2008 9:28 PM
9yo marvel Bikkie Tin Blues resumes on Saturday at Doomben over 1350 handicapped at 59.5 kg.  Brian Smith has engaged young Michael Hellyer to ride.
 
A couple of months back I asked BJ how the old champ was going and he said  "Better than ever".

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 8/05/2008 10:28 PM
Nice to see M.Rodd back in the winners circle yesterday at Moonee Valley aboard Mrs Waters.
Hopefully he is well and truely over his medical problems and he can get back to riding at his top again
Fate can be cruel because Rodd would have been the rider of Apache Cat during the winter carnival.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 8/05/2008 10:57 PM
Not often we see a horse an acceptor for Brisbane and Melbourne. Well, Railings is on Saturday.
 
If he's got any taste he'll jump on a plane and be at Doomben.

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From: Ascot Sent: 9/05/2008 12:39 AM
Jockey's fundraiser at the Pineapple Hotel today was a top function.  Shane Scriven & Jim Byrne very generous with their time and gave some remarkable insights into their trade.   Tony Noonan whispered a tip for one of his runners at Caulfield on Sat.  John Baker, foreman for Greg Eurell told me Apache Cat is spot on, despite being unsettled by a polo match in the paddock next door at Canungra last weekend.  Swiss Ace connections pretty happy with theirs.  Don't believe any rumours about being under a fitness cloud. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/05/2008 9:34 AM
DD, I see that Railings is still in Melbourne due to transport problems.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 9/05/2008 10:09 AM
That's a shame, gratlog.  Hope he can get up here.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/05/2008 11:06 AM
I know the paper prices are silly most days but they have Railings at $31 in the first in Melbourne tomorrow.

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 9/05/2008 11:09 AM
Why would it be a shame if Railings can't go to Brisbane?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/05/2008 11:13 AM
Just some plane problems with getting him here I think .
 
BTW I see the Tenterfield Saddler is sponsoring the 5th race tomorrow.  If you ever have reason to drive through that way , call in and say G'Day.   They also have a good mail order service.
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 9/05/2008 12:51 PM
Come on Ascot.....if your going to name drop then at least pass the tip on.
By the way I was fortunate enough to attend a similar type function down by the bay and Shane Scriven ,amongst other jockeys was well received by the audience. He relayed a few stories which brought the house down . Not too sure if the stewards would have been happy , but I'd expect all of the old time jockeys and trainers who had to bet to supplement their training to survive would have similar stories.
Another thing Ascot...you can find a racing function.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 9/05/2008 1:00 PM
I see where Shane Dye has decided to try his luck at Doomben.
At time of print he is listed for 2 rides. His ride in Race 8 Mynewbestfriend seems to be his best chance.
I can remeber years ago when Dye would have the pick of the Freedman horses during the winter but Freedman seems to bypass Brisbane carnival now...

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From: NineMSN NicknameSeal155 Sent: 9/05/2008 5:25 PM
Another brisbane carnival - always a great carnival but gives me the poops that i can't access replays on the net unlike bris and syd through TVN/ bigpond sport- as pay television unavailable here - how can i get sat replays- even sent on dvd through week? anyone know? 

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:06 PM Reply #36 »
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From: dubbledee Sent: 12/05/2008 3:58 PM
I think we've got an Apache Cat look-alike in the shape of Twba 3yo SPRING MAMBO
 
Haven't seen him in the flesh but on the video he's a chestnut with four white feet and a face to match.  So far, that's where all comparisons to The Cat end.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 12/05/2008 4:16 PM
I see in Obi's column this morning that Our Jangles from the Trevor Miller yard is also a look alike of Apache Cat with a few people taking his photo on Saturday by mistake.

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From: NineMSN NicknameSeal155 Sent: 14/05/2008 7:31 PM
will  be looking at fixed odds as they open - can we be pretty confident of good rating for saturday or is there some moisture around up there? 

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From: MagiC** Sent: 14/05/2008 7:36 PM
It's Queensland .... beautiful one day, perfect the next 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 14/05/2008 8:05 PM
Seal, there is a rough chance of some showers.
 
Certain parts of the northside of Brisbane had some showers yesterday and we had some on the southside today.  Not much but enough to settle the dust

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From: NineMSN NicknameSeal155 Sent: 15/05/2008 6:56 PM
thx
 
best bet for the brisbane winter carnival !!!!- have opened bareena at $9 and $3p for this sat - tab fixed - drawn 6 compared with well outside last start - huge run , as super impresive start previous - get on before the price goes

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 15/05/2008 7:37 PM
Thanks for the tip.How did your horse go the other day.You're entitled to blow the trumpet for a winner ya know.

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 15/05/2008 8:10 PM
Which race is Bareena in? I can't see it in any fixed odds markets on TAB

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 15/05/2008 8:50 PM
OL still got stars in yore eyes fatherhood Congratulations! Check the Glenlogan Park Stakes but watch out for Chinchilla Rose

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 15/05/2008 9:01 PM
Thanks Muggins, I sorted out which race it is but NSW TAB not betting on that race

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From: NineMSN NicknameSeal155 Sent: 15/05/2008 11:02 PM
no winner yet- thx for asking - but hoping this horse should supply my first - 4th - wide throughout and bit green -

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From: vintage Sent: 15/05/2008 11:37 PM
Reported in the Courier Mail today that former jockey and trainer Jim Parr, 52, died in Brisbane on Tuesday night. 
 
A true racing character who had a dip at most aspects of the industry with a good story to tell about them all.
 
From memory he first moved to Brisbane to be foreman for the Brian Mayfieldsmith satelite stable.
 
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 16/05/2008 8:57 PM
Another funeral of  note  former Brisbane strapper/trainer? Trevor Boland son of late George Boland early 60's died in Adelaide RIP

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From: dubbledee Sent: 16/05/2008 10:41 PM
From today's The Courier-Mail:
 
Jockey Stathi Katsidis sidelined after drug positive

by Bart SinclairSTATHI Katsidis's career was again in limbo last night after stewards stood him down indefinitely following a positive drug test.

Katsidis declined to comment after stewards ordered him to forego six rides at the rich Doomben Cup meeting tomorrow. He will have to face an inquiry after further tests on a routine urine sample.

Chief steward Reid Sanders said he could not make further comment until the inquiry into the report was held.

It is understood the sample was taken at an Ipswich meeting on April 30, the first day Katsidis resumed riding after a self-imposed exile to sort out his private life.

In February, Katsidis was charged with driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.163 while driving from Brisbane to Toowoomba. He was fined $1000 and disqualified from riding for six months.

In the same incident police charged Katsidis with possession of an illicit drug.

He faces a prolonged stint on the sidelines. Already his career battle with weight has severely tested his relationship with stewards and trainers who often have been left to find last-minute replacements for well-fancied mounts.

His rides tomorrow included New Zealand three-year-old Mission Critical in the $500,000 XXXX Gold Cup.


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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:08 PM Reply #37 »
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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 17/05/2008 11:43 AM
The Rough Habit Plate is that now a set weights race, with NO penalties ?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/05/2008 10:23 AM
Just a human interest story from yesterdays Courier Mail
 

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From: red Sent: 18/05/2008 10:28 AM
That's a good read gratlog. The average joe doesn't know how much goes on behind the scenes.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/05/2008 11:23 AM
Handy Brisbane mare, Sunday Adieu, has gone to Melbourne in the care of Peter Moody.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/05/2008 10:01 PM
Good news that Michael Cahill is set to resume riding this week after a serious trackwork fall last June.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 20/05/2008 10:02 PM
Another handy rider to boost our riding ranks. I read where young Michael has been doing some globe trotting of late.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 20/05/2008 10:34 PM
Yep and let's hope Stubby doesn't go overseas.

Saw Johnny Powell in the jockey line up before the big race from Singapore the other night - it'd be good if he came back too.

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From: the-kid Sent: 21/05/2008 1:20 AM
 
 
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I've heard Shannan was involved in a nasty fall at trackwork Monday Morning. It was touch and go there for a while but fingers crossed she should be ok.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/05/2008 1:38 AM
Bad news for another Brisbane rider.  Andrew Spinks broke a leg at trackwork.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/05/2008 8:43 AM
The heavy shower that hit the racecourses late Saturday afternoon delivered some much-needed water to Eagle Farm.  There's now about 6 weeks' supply in the original in-field dam.

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 22/05/2008 9:01 AM
Sniper's Bullet would love some more water at the Farm thanks

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 24/05/2008 8:18 PM
What is happening with the handicapping of races in Brisbane these days?
 
In R3 the weighting of Equates is a bit strange comparing it with others runners it raced against last time
 
On the 10th May R3 was a C6 race where you had
Moglich 1st allotted 56kgs
Ulladulla 2nd allotted 54kgs
Equates 5th allotted 53kgs
 
So if there was any change to the weights next time you would expect Equates would be better off versus the first two home but that was not the case today
 
Today R3 was a C6 race where you had
Moglich allotted 57.5kgs
Ulladulla allotted 53kgs (it was scratched and did not run)
Equates allotted 56kgs
 
So Equates was clearly worse off at the weights for being beaten by Moglich and Ulladulla
 
Now I notice on the RSB site it says today's race was a set weights race.  So I assume the May 10th race was a handicap and that explains the difference in the weights.  But it still seems a fairly silly system.  I can understand level weight, set weights or weight for age racing for high class horses but not sure it is a great idea for C6 horses.  All C6 races should be the same.  If not they should be designated as something else

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/05/2008 1:40 PM
7th race at Rocky on Tuesday should be OK
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/05/2008 2:33 PM
This might be of interest to Brisbane fans who don't get the Courier Mail.
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 31/05/2008 4:59 PM
The Doomben group 1s have certainly recieved a boost today with horses beaten along way in those dropping back in grade (good grade) and winning well.
 
 Luvuleo a Galileo superstar was beaten 9 lengths in the Doomben Cup by the champion right way of racing gelding Sarrera and came out and won the WJ Mckell cup instyle.
 
Tan Tat De Lago beaten a similar margin in the 10,000 pulverised her 3yo opposition in listed 1400m sprint.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/06/2008 12:20 PM
DD, much damage to the track yesterday in your opinion?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 1/06/2008 12:57 PM
gratlog
 
I didn't walk the track after the last, but as you'd have seen on the TV, the track is in great condition.  The depth of grass meant there weren't a lot of clods thrown up so the damage would have been minimal.  Obviously the most wear occurs before the home turn where horses are racing close to the rails.
 
The track would have been rolled last night and filled this morning.
 
We dunno what's gonna happen the next couple of days, but I guess we have to be prepared for rain.  Given 3 or 4 fine days leading into Saturday and the track will be perfect.
 
I'd expect the rail would go out a couple of metres.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/06/2008 1:00 PM
Probably around 100 horses would have run over it yesterday so let 's hope we get some decent weather from at least Wed onwards.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 1/06/2008 1:14 PM
Not sure if I heard correctly but Scott Seamer stated the worse part of the track was at the 600 mtr crossing ....hasn't that been removed?

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From: NineMSN NicknamePHILtheoriginal Sent: 13/06/2008 4:55 PM
CMC receives allegation of relationship between Beattie and Merri Rose

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:

The Queensland Opposition has referred to the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission serious allegations relating to attempts to conceal a relationship between then-Premier Peter Beattie and his Tourism and Racing Minister Merri Rose.

In May 2007, Rose was sentenced to eighteen months gaol for attempting to blackmail Beattie. She was released after three months. There was considerable speculation at the time about the nature of Rose’s blackmail threat.

Yesterday, Nationals frontbencher Rob Messenger wrote to the Crime and Misconduct Commission with allegations from a former Rose staff member that Rose forced staff "to shred official documents, sign off on invalid overseas and intrastate trips, schedule unofficial business and official business and process false parliamentary leave requests to conceal a relationship between former Premier Peter Beattie and Merri Rose."

Read the full letter here.

The allegations were made by Ms Barbara Daddo, Rose’s former personal secretary, who died in May 2006. Daddo prepared an extensive statement relating to the activities she was required to undertake for Rose, which Crikey has seen, along with Messenger’s letter. Daddo’s statement alleges extensive bullying and offensive behaviour by Rose, as well as repeated requirements to falsify documents facilitating and concealing meetings between Beattie and Rose.

The material does not suggest that Beattie ordered any illegal or inappropriate activities or even knew of efforts to conceal the relationship. However, efforts to bring Rose’s behaviour toward staff and others to the attention of the Premier’s office and Beattie’s chief of staff, Rob Whiddon, were unsuccessful.

Crikey understands that the material was brought to Messenger’s attention by another former Rose staff member in the context of a Parliamentary debate over the right of public servants to speak to MPs.

Ms Daddo’s statement indicates that her role in assisting Rose to conceal the relationship, as well as Rose’s behaviour, placed enormous pressure on her. The stress is considered by a former colleague to have directly contributed to her death.

The statement said in part: "Many times in the lead up to my breakdown I told the Minister I was finding it difficult to handle the demands of the workplace and the additional work that I had to carry out as a result of being ‘the only person’ who could manage her relationship with the Premier and other liaisons. I also realised that I had been instrumental in many illegal and corrupt activities.

"I had to shred documents, sign off on invalid overseas, inter/intrastate trips, scheduled unofficial business as official business, process false parliamentary leave requests so that she could meet with the Premier on Parliamentary evenings. He also filled in parliamentary leave forms for fictitious functions for her to represent him so that they could meet on Parliamentary evenings.. I found it offensive, immoral and unethical that so many people in public office were so unaware that staff such as myself were being imposed on."

Rose was appointed Emergency Services minister in 1998-99, Minister for Tourism and Racing from 1999 to 2001, and later Minister for Tourism, Racing and Fair Trading. There were repeated allegations that Rose bullied staff, and two successful compensation claims against her. She lost her seat of Currumbin in the 2004 election, after which she demanded that Beattie provide her with a high-paying public sector position.

The statements seen by Crikey paint a sad picture of a woman wholly out of her depth and incapable of managing her staff or her life. This dysfunctional minister’s office inflicted a massive toll on Daddo, as well as another staff member who has since died. The real story here is how a Premier could decide that a women like Rose was capable of performing effectively as a Minister – or whether her appointment reflected other motivations on the part of Beattie.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 13/06/2008 9:35 PM
Crikey! How could he? And shouldn't this be somewhere else?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 13/06/2008 9:37 PM
Believe it or not but I think we do have a thread on this topic somewhere .

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/06/2008 12:03 PM
I have to admit I've never heard of apprentice J Grylls.  He's attracted the attention of Brisbane trainers who gave him 5 rides at Ipswich today.
 
I'm assuming he's a rel of the well-known Kiwi rider, Grylls.
 
Anyone know anything about him?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 14/06/2008 12:15 PM
I had just sent this to a mate in NZ who was interested.
 
Bart did this story in todays Courier Mail
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 14/06/2008 12:20 PM
He is the son of Gary Grylls, a former top Kiwi Jockey.
Young Craig is on loan to Shawn Dwyer while his boss is in the UK supervising his horse Seachange.
The apprentice also has his pilots' licence and intends to become a commercial pilot when his riding days are over.
A jockey that can think.. ....this kid might be one to follow

dd ,Grats or someone else may be able to scan this story from today's Courier mail

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 14/06/2008 12:21 PM
Beat me to it...Thanks grats.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 14/06/2008 12:21 PM
Done

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From: Delta Sent: 14/06/2008 12:24 PM
According to The NZ Racing Site DD, Craig Grylls is 18 years of age. has had 1642 rides and 127 winners. Has outridden his allowance.
 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/06/2008 1:05 PM
Thanks, heaps, all.  Will be interesting to see how he fares today.  BB has put him on The Big Easy, so must have some sort of opinion of him.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:10 PM Reply #39 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 14/06/2008 4:46 PM
That fall looked terrible.

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From: NineMSN Nicknameatlast2 Sent: 14/06/2008 4:48 PM
The jockeys seemed to roll of ok.  Too many runners!! around a dog track
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 14/06/2008 5:26 PM
How many falls on Ipswich Cup day the last few years?  There was at least one other a few years back.  Too many runners per race for that track?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/06/2008 9:02 PM
Looked a terrible fall in the Waterhouse.  Let's hope Lacey Morrison and Tony Patillo come through with no serious injuries.
 
A News report tonight suggested that the first horse to fall "broke down".  Not sure how that would be determined, but if it's true, it would seem to exonerate the track and field size.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 14/06/2008 9:12 PM
Looked to be in blue colours - Centinelle?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/06/2008 9:44 PM
Could have been, coins.  Haven't looked at the film again.
 
Young Grylls on My Kirra knocked me out of a good place bet on Bingil Bay.  The latter ran a very good race and is worth following.  It's her first campaign so she might be off for a spell.  She might fly the flag for Ombra Della Sera next campaign.

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From: NineMSN Nickname_imaufo_ Sent: 15/06/2008 12:29 AM
It looked to me that the horse broke its hind leg...seemed to be swinging uselessly after it got up... just what people want to go and see..

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From: Ascot Sent: 15/06/2008 12:44 AM
DD
I was 20m from it and watched it unfold.  It was horrifying.  Stella Joy was midfield and snapped a leg, dropped quickly and Lacey went over its head.  She hit the turf OK but then copped a pummeling from the traffic behind.  Those following sprayed in all directions with three others falling in the wake.   Then the poor girl was rolled on by Stella Joy. 
 
First reactions were that she is badly injured.  Good news is that she seemed to get some protection from the vest and did not appear to have head injuries. 
 
All happened in a flash and I have not seen the video, but it looked a total accident.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 15/06/2008 11:26 AM
Yes, looked terrible, on the film.  Hoping they're all OK.
 
Sad to lose Stella Joy.  Centinelle's had her share of bad luck already.

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From: NineMSN NicknameAntitab Sent: 15/06/2008 12:07 PM
It is interesting that they race at Ipswich 30 or 40 times a year and my guess is the number of falls is no greater that at any other track in the country.
 
However invariably there is trouble on Ipswich Cup day. I suspect it is a result of bigger fields and bigger prizemoney which creates more urgency for the jockeys who might push a little harder than in the $12000 maidens the ITC usually host.
 
Its not a fair track for good quality horses. The last 10 years results on Eye Liner day is perfect proof. Time to take the stand alone Saturday meeting away and allow the best horses in the state to race at the best tracks.
 
They realised it in Sydney and took away the Canterbury Guineas meeting, its time Brisbane follow suit and then we can work on the Victorians moving the last meeting in October away from that crappy saucer to a decent venue.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 15/06/2008 12:26 PM
Once again, we gotta remember that one swallow does not a summer make.
 
The fall in the Ipswich Cup some years back when 6 fell was due a horse breaking down.  Current thoughts are that the Waterhouse fall was also due to a breakdown.
 
Stewards are smart enough to look at statistics, rather than one-off incidents.  I venture to say there are no more falls - to a statistically significant degree - in the "large" fields at Royal Ipswich than there are in small fields at other tracks.

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From: Geoff Sent: 15/06/2008 6:12 PM
Ex-Qlder Striking Point having first start for 20 months in the last at Warrnambool today.

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From: NineMSN Nicknameatlast2 Sent: 16/06/2008 6:07 AM
If we could take a look at the probability of a fall at a track taking into account the the shape, size and field size then maybe the stewards are smart enough to beleive that there is an increased danger at Royal Ipswich than other roomier tracks?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 16/06/2008 12:21 PM
Bart Sinclair reports that Bruce McLachlan has recruited South African hoop Sean Cormack to ride for his stable.
 
First ride at Doomben on Wed.

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From: NineMSN NicknameRad55555 Sent: 17/06/2008 3:37 PM
I'm just back in Victoria after a week and a half in Queensland. Here are a few 'bits and pieces' from a visitor:
 
 
I was busy on Brisbane Cup Monday and didn't hear or see the race. I watched 3 news bulletins in the early evening and none showed the race or even discussed any racing. I have to say that that is fairly disappointing for the industry ... surely the Brissie Cup warrants a mention, particularly when the Cups King, Bart Cummings, trains the winner.
 
It was even more disappointing when all bulletins covered racing on Ipswich Cup day ... to cover the fall and the Mokbel / jockey relationship. It seems like the local media loves putting the boot in or covering the sensational rather than simply reporting on an important race and race day. I guess the Queensland media are not the only media that take this line. A good piece of film makes the news.
 
Whatever the reasoning of the media, the lack of general interest in the Cup is a bit sad .. overall the racing looks strong, gets good coverage in the Courier-Mail and has got over EI well.
 
 
I loved the changes at Eagle Farm to tart up the place and also to improve the day in the Members' enclosure. The extra space helped make the Straddie day much more enjoyable. I was amazed though that the Club expected that this day was worth another $125 for a visitor ... still, the revenue wouldn't hurt and a little less crowding doesn't hurt. It was a good day and it was great to see so many friends.
 
I loved the $2.70 bus trip down from near Central Station right to the Eagle Farm front gate and also the help I received from the Info Desk in Queen St in working out what I had to do to get there.
 
 
This isn't a unique issue, but I found it near enough to impossible to follow the racing while I was in Noosa. The place that I stayed at in Hastings St had an inadequate broadband solution, the phone provided a terribly slow / near useless dial up connection, the radio couldn't reach a racing station, the TV didn't have Sky or TVN and there didn't appear to be a TAB within a reasonable walk ... thank god the sun was out, the seafood was sensational and the drinks were cold.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:15 PM Reply #40 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 17/06/2008 3:54 PM
Rad, it was good to meet you while you were up here.
 
Also good to hear your opinions of what you thought of the place.
 
Re Noosa. I had a mate that lived up that way and I always made sure that I visited midweek as there was terrible coverage of the races on the radio.  The yuppies up there must'nt gamble  4TAB never covered that area much at all. 
  Maybe these days with the computers it might be better but without a decent connection to broadband it would still be crook.
Noosa is a nice enough area but still over rated imo. Maybe we just want to remember it as it was back 40 or 50 years ago when we used to be able to camp in a tent up there with plenty of room.  Some of those surfing spots around near the national park were fantastic.
 
Hope to catch up again one day Rad. Maybe down your way as my eldest boy moves to Albury  in a few weeks and when we visit him we will be popping down to Melbourne to catch up with some friends.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 17/06/2008 10:50 PM
When trotting first started in Brissie it was rare to get a MR of 2 mins.  Something this arve rated 1:53 or thereabouts.
 
Better tracks now, lighter and more aerodynamic sulkies, but...where will it end?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 12:08 AM
Rad
 
Good to see you back in Sunny Qld - well it was sunny for part of the time.  LOL.
 
I'll pass your comments on EF to the QTC.  On the point of the cost for the Members' Bar ticket, I gather you think $125 is too much?  (Just BTW, VRC won't let non-members into the Members' Bar at any price, I understand.)
 
What would you think is a fair thing to ask from people who aren't members of QTC yet want to use the Members' Bar? 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 11:37 AM
777 and Spudda...
 
You guys enjoyed the hospitality of the Members' Bar on Stradbroke Day.  What price would you put on it?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 11:43 AM
I fail to see why you would pay extra to go into member's area.
 
Just does not interest me . 
 
To each their own.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 11:55 AM
Exactly...it's optional.  But some wanna go in there and are more than happy to pay. 
 
There'd be no racecourse if it weren't for members, and they contribute a very large amount of the operational cost year in year out.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 12:02 PM
I agree with that and I would apply for membership if I went to the track on a regular basis.   Then again I would probably still just wander around the whole area.
   Maybe if I was a drinker it would be different.
 
BTW DD, when is the next midweek meeting at EF?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 12:20 PM
Midweek at EF on 25 June and 9 July.
 
And all the new facilities in the members reserve are open to the public.

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From: NineMSN NicknameRad55555 Sent: 18/06/2008 12:49 PM
The cost of a guest pass is certainly an interesting issue, with lots of issues. My immediate gut feeling is that I'd have paid $50 or $60 without a thought, but would think twice beyond $100.
 
If you set the figure too low, many wouldn't bother to become members. If you set the number too high, then members would be more reluctant to bring guests (something I assume many enjoy doing).
 
If you set the figure too low, then the club is undervaluing the best day's racing of the year. If you set it too high, then you risk not exposing the day to prospective members.
 
If you set the number too low, then the club might run the risk of unwanted 'riff-raff' entering the inner sanctum and the enclosure becoming too crowded, reducing the enjoyment of the members. If you set the number too high, then bar sales will drop.
 
In fact, if you set the figure too low, then the club may lose important revenue. If you set the number too high, then the club may lose some important revenue. There are both long term and short run issues.
 
I remember one year when Moonee Valley set the Cox Plate daily visitor ticket price higher than the cost of buying a yearly guest badge. I guess that they were thinking about their 'elite' day and the potential for overcrowding when thinking about the Cox Plate pricing, but thinking about encouraging support and memberships during the quieter times during the year when considering the cost of the yearly guest badge.
 
You know, the more I think about it, I feel the club wasn't too far out ... maybe $100 would be a good number.

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From: NineMSN NicknameSpudda028 Sent: 18/06/2008 1:04 PM
Yess DD I certainly enjoyed the hospitality of the members area on Stradbroke Handicap day. The facilties are excellent, the staff are experienced and the lamb cutlets are to die for- .
 
However, if the tickets are purchased for a racegoer who has paid membership at another track, interstate, I would expect the reciprocal rights arrangement to be invoked and maybe a minimal entry fee if any would be applicable. But not being aware of all the details regarding Rad's payment it is difficult for me to comment. Is that on top of the $25 entry fee or is that included with a racebook or anything else? Compared to some of the marquee prices on offer for the day it is poor value as they can include food and drinks etc but there was plenty of space, lots of monitors and relatively ample tote facilites. A far cry from my last years public experience I have to say!
 
But if their is no reciprocval rights avail and they don't allow members form other raceclubs access at any price, then I guess $125 may not be so bad after all..... at least you get in!
 
On another matter, I still think that the $25 entry fee to the course is steep and may deter some people away from the track and dip into others punting money, particularly the non regular punters which always seem to flock to these days.
 
Coming back to the question at hand, I would have thought $75 including track entry more reasonable a fee for what was provided, but must say a thank you here to those that have provided tickets and access to members area in the past.
 
I will get around to joining as a member this coming financial year as I enjoy the facilities available and should be able to attend the track on a more regualr basis now that I do not have a course scheduled for Saturdays.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 1:30 PM
Thanks for taking the time to comment, guys.  Will get back later on a couple of things.

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From: Geoff Sent: 18/06/2008 1:57 PM
I've always that it counterintuitive that racegoers are charged for the opportuniy to spend money
on food and drink and lose on the punt.
But of course race clubs need cash to provide facilities.
So how about this as a thought starter?
A racegoer is given to option of buying a ticket to the Course (say $25) or $50 worth of betting vouchers.
$25 of the $50 goes to the Club and $25 to the tote or bookies depending on where the betting tickets 
are redeemed. 
Additional vouchers could entitle those, who are invited, to rub shoulders with their betters in the Members.
I'm sure the majority of racegoers, even the one-off ones, wouldn't begrudge the voucher options. 
As an ideas man I'm not sure of the mechanics of how it would work however I'd suggest that given the 
right financial inducemennt Wenona could come up with a speadsheet to get cover all eventualities. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 2:18 PM
Don't get me wrong here as I don't mind paying $10 to get in on a midweek meeting , but they have it on the QTC site that pensioners get in for free but that is only for old age. Disability pensioners have to pay the $10.  Or this is what the young lady told me on the phone.
 
Fair enough and $10 is not a fortune but wonder why people discriminate against Disability Pensioners.
 
Cost me $3 last time I went to Doomben.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 3:10 PM
Will get back on that, gratlog.
 
Pleasing to see Andrew Spinks back riding after his trackwork fall a few weeks ago.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 3:32 PM
No it's OK DD.
 
BTW that Sirena Ligera looked OK   Might pay to remember it.
 
Funny thing is a mate rang to say he was backing one of Scriven's today but all I wrote down was Horse 9.  What do I do? I look at race two and see SS on Rowland Commander (H9) and backed that.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:17 PM Reply #41 »
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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 5:11 PM
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I accept that you're not complaining about your personal situation (i.e. having to pay $10 to get into EF) but drawing attention to the different arrangements at Doomben, and questioning the "discrimination" against disability pensioners.
 
The definition of "pensioner" has changed over the years.  Traditionally it referred to an aged person who had limited assets and income to the extent that governments made regular grants for the necessities of life.  There are now various sub-categories, disability support, service pensions, etc.  Some who received allocated pensions from their super funds might also consider themselves as "pensioners", too.  
I understand major sporting venues, such as Suncorp, offer some sort of discount to pensioners and students.  This is usually 5-10 bucks off the normal price.  Race clubs are, on the face of it, more generous in granting free entry, or significant reduction in price. 
 
Regardless, the overall intention is to susbsidise a day at the races for those who have limited income (and I'd suggest, assets).  The challenge is to capture that group in a fair manner.  The Club would also not want to "put the person through the third degree" when they turn up at the turnstiles.  So the simpler the guidelines, the better, and that's probably the basis for the "aged pensioner" rule.
 
To my knowledge, "part pensioners", whether aged, or on disability support, etc, can have incomes up to $1500 a fortnight and remain eligble.  That's a reasonable amount, and would be much more than many younger people - who pay full fare at the gate - would take home from a paid job.
 
QTC should perhaps be more specific in their wording of admission arrangements to their course.  Would also be worth looking at applying similar "rules" at both courses in the short-term.  There certainly will be uniform arrangements when the merger occurs.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 5:16 PM
Fair enough.
Thanks for the explanation .
 
 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 5:34 PM
From: Geoff Sent: 18/06/2008 11:57 AM
I've always that it counterintuitive that racegoers are charged for the opportuniy to spend money
on food and drink and lose on the punt.
Geoff
 
With all due respect, I think you're off the beam in suggesting that racecourse attendees are there because they want to bet.  A significant portion - particularly on the "big" days - are there because they want to see a live horse race.  There are not a lot of places where ya can do that these days.
 
Many people go to the races and don't bet - or bet very little, having had bets before they get to the course.  There's also no compulsion to spend money on food and drink.  Free water is supplied.
 
Someone else commented on the size of the admission charge ($15-$25).  Well, in the 50s the Paddock admission was 12/6.  I'd work every day of the week on a milk-run or picking water melons or collecting debts for a newsagent, etc, for less than that.  In today's money 12/6 would be around $100.  Furthermore, race clubs in the past made money from betting.  Today they don't.  Finally, the costs of running a meeting today are much greater than is appreciated (by most).  Security, licence fees, RSA staff, insurance, etc....it never ends.  I think admission costs are reasonable.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/06/2008 5:45 PM
I don't think you would get many more at the track even if you charged $5.
 
With me it would cost $20 in fuel costs plus tollways of at least $10. Add $20 to get in and around $20 for tucker. That's $70 before I start losing on the punt
 
In saying that I still might get down to the track midweek in the future.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 5:52 PM
On the point of the Members' Bar costs...
 
I believe QTC's were $95 on the big days.  But if you paid entry, there's another $25.
 
We shouldn't forget that clubs such as AJC and VRC don't provide any Members' Bar entry to non-members on their signature days.  On the other hand, QTC provides a complimentary Members' Bar ticket to AJC and VRC members.
 
I think QTC would not see revenue from guest tickets as a key source of income.  However, it would believe that members should have an opportunity to bring guests into the Members' Bar (at a price).  The trick is: what to charge.  QTC members pay $220 a year in subs, and many would attend just a few times, perhaps even on the big days, only.  So the guest ticket has to be priced with that in mind, otherwise why would ya join?
 
It's impossible for me to put a "value" on a Straddy day in the Members' because I've been there for most of my life.  But given the facilities, proximity to horses, and quality of the forum company, I'd think $100 is about right.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 5:59 PM
gratlog
 
The Clubs pay lots to marketing firms to do surveys.  I think around 1000 people were polled on Straddy Day - just for participating ya got the chance to win a plasma TV.
 
Anyway...cost of entry is not a concern for the majority.  But, then again, if it was, they wouldn't be there.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 18/06/2008 8:54 PM
Well, in the 50s the Paddock admission was 12/6
 
Remember it well,3 bob was it  in the leger and 1 bob or 1/6 in the flat.
Of the 12/6 2/6 was entertainment tax When that was removed I think the entry was 10/-or $1.00 in decimal.
Intersting that members fees are only $220pa and you get two extra badges I pay just over $1000 golf club mship plus comp fees ave $10
.I think EF should be commended for giving free entry to pensioners Ascot should bring Doomben into line once the social rounds are over and he comes out of recovery.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/06/2008 9:52 PM
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1/- it was (10 c in decimal), and the minimum bet on the tote was 2/6 - which was really quite a large bet!  Bookies would take 2/-, if they could reach down to get it off me.  I clearly recall one day at the Creek having 4 pounds to 2/- Silver Wood.  The track was wet (penetrometer 8.54).  It walked in, and for the rest of the day I was petrified I'd lose the 4 quid.  I hid it in my sock.  I'm surprised I evn had socks to wear, but with the broken glasses around at those times, I think it was probably de rigeur.
 
I was reading through some old press clippings the other day, and there was an item on the planned closure of the Flat.  I think it was early 70s.  Anyway the QTC responded to the concern that there wouldn't be enough room in the Leger (when all the Flatites migrated across) by saying they'd build a mound in front of the Leger stand.  LOL.  Oh to have such problems today.
 
Re the Paddock admission post 1965....I don't recall it ever dropping below $1.25, but would not bet on it.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 18/06/2008 10:27 PM
One of my mates father  was a flat bookie he used to hump his port with all his gear up from Montague Rd to Hardgrave Rd and catch the tram to the city and another tram from there to the track.I went to the flat a few times but mainly to the leger before graduating to the paddock.You could be right when the tax went off they probably did keep the same price .The only problem with the leger was you were too far from the finish to be sure of what won and the crowds were so big their noise drowned out the broadcast.Those were the days when we were young.

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From: Ascot Sent: 19/06/2008 8:07 AM
The Flat was the best.  At EF you could see the finish from the post, and at the Creek you could not get any loser to the action.  Doomben was the worst as you were stuck at the 400m, but that just added to the suspense.  We always had the trannie radio to get the call of the last 100m. 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/06/2008 12:47 PM
We always had the trannie radio to get the call of the last 100m. 
 
Did we, Ascot?  I'm wondering when the ban on trannies was lifted.  I recall seeing you in the Flat at AP in the early 60s with an Astor hanging around ya neck.  Even back then ya looked like ya had a future in racing.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/06/2008 5:30 PM
From all reports the broodmare sale at GC last week was a bit of a fizzer.
 
Golden Whistler was offered and passed in at $8000.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/06/2008 7:34 PM
No word on jockey PT Holmes of late.  Have we lost him?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 19/06/2008 7:59 PM
I have'nt heard of the young fellow for some time.
 
A bit of useless info.
 
Tomorrow at Royal Ipswich there are over 40 riders being used while at Cessnock there are only around 24 or so. Bendigo there would be about 30.
 
Don't ask me what this means but it just struck me that there was a lot of different riders at Royal Ipswich.
 
I know I'm probably going a bit crazier as I get older.

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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:19 PM Reply #42 »
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From: Ascot Sent: 21/06/2008 1:16 PM
Keith Hillier tells this tale on 927.
 
Dishlickers at Gold Coast during the week.  Lead dog looking good, when a duck attacks the lure mid race.  The dog snaps at the duck best it can through the muzzle.  Loses ground but still runs the place.
 
Stewards disqualify the dishlicker from the placings.
 
This is the first known happening of a greyhound dismissed for a duck in sport. 

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From: vorogue Sent: 21/06/2008 5:13 PM
and a LAME duck to boot

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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/06/2008 1:18 PM
Veteran Randwick trainer Les Bridge has escaped the Randwick debacle by moving north.  He has two runners at SC today.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/06/2008 10:21 PM
We were discussing the "value" of entry into the Members' Bar at a racetrack.  Financially-troubled builder Larry King apparently puts a high price on  it:
 
"I own the horses. I have created a syndicate and put his name on it as a friend so that he can get a ticket into the members' enclosure if he goes to the races," Mr McConville said. "He has got nothing. I am pretty sure the only thing he could own is a couple of trotters."

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegallopers Sent: 23/06/2008 7:28 PM
dd,
      Patrick Holmes is back in Sydney riding work at Rosehill.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 23/06/2008 9:17 PM
Still on your books Gallopers or  Under new management?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/06/2008 9:28 PM
That's good, gallopers.  Hope he goes well.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/06/2008 10:06 PM
Good news that Brett Cavanough is setting up a stable in Brissie.  He has a couple of runners at EF on Wednesday.
 
Will be good to get back to the Farm mid-weekers again.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/06/2008 9:50 PM

Stewards Report – Joshua Jones

Stewards today concluded the inquiry opened into the handling of LASSIE MACTAVISH by Apprentice Joshua Jones in Race 8 at the Brisbane Turf Club on 18 June 2008.

After taking further evidence from Apprentice Jones, his master Stephen Lee and the trainer of LASSIE MACTAVISH, Kelso Wood, Stewards found Apprentice Jones guilty of the contravention of AR135(b) and (c) which reads:

“The rider of every horse shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse is given full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field.”

Stewards found that Apprentice Jones failed in his obligation under the rule by not maintaining, as instructed by the trainer, the position, directly behind the leader LOOSE UNIT between the 1300 metre and 600 metre section of the race.

After considering submissions put forward by and on behalf of Apprentice Jones, his licence to ride in races was suspended for one (1) month commencing midnight 29 June 2008 and to expire at midnight 29 July 2008.


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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/06/2008 1:34 PM
Golden Whistler has given us plenty to talk about over the years.  She's been sold (for stud I presume).
 
She's a half-sister to Bareena.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/06/2008 8:50 PM
Tony Meany reports in today's C-M that Joshua Jones will be appealing against the decision mentioned above.
 
Also, Damien Oliver, who swapped a suspension for a $20,000 fine to allow him to ride Casino Prince and Viewed at EF over Stradbroke weekend is now going to appeal (to the body agreed on the deal) against the size of the fine.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 29/06/2008 4:32 PM
Oliver reportedly was successful in having the $20k fine reduced to $5k.
 
A new trainer-jockey team on the local scene are the Schmetzers.  Trainer Tammy and jockey Michael.
 
Anyone have any info on them?  They came from Riverina, I understand.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 29/06/2008 4:50 PM
 
 
Yes , I would rather be up here than where they have come from

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/06/2008 11:37 AM
Good roll-up at Eagle Farm yesterday for the RACQ Motorfest.  Congratulations to all concerned.
 
It's a great venue for stuff like this.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/06/2008 5:31 PM
Wakil has tested the patience of a few of us in Brisbane.  I notice he's turned up in Melbourne.  Hope he's not down there for a hurdling career.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/07/2008 9:40 AM
Mark Oberhardt just said on the radio that there was going to be a announcement re Brisbane racing today.
      Any guesses as to what it will be?
 
Maybe introducing the penotrometer to Eagle Farm

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 1/07/2008 11:04 AM
GoKarts

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From: dubbledee Sent: 1/07/2008 11:19 AM
gratlog
 
It's more likely that Muggins and just racing have finally said "yes" to pleas from the Racing Minister to take over running of Queensland Racing Limited - and the Brisbane Racing Club in their spare time.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 1/07/2008 12:26 PM

HA Ha  Must tell Phil


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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 1/07/2008 12:27 PM
Novelty event on wet days MUD WRESTLING

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From: dubbledee Sent: 9/07/2008 10:27 PM
Plenty were wondering about "unknown" jockey Laura Herne who won the 7th on Awase Ougi at EF today.
 
Laura is the new wife of owner Brad Herne.  She was previously Laura Abbott.
 
It was Laura's first win at EF.  Nice wedding present.

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From: pin Sent: 10/07/2008 2:30 PM
What price will Rumba Jack be?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 10/07/2008 2:41 PM
Good race.  Shame that Burdekin Blues and Pride of Power are both drawn out.
 
Gorgeous days in Brisbane right now, but I'd be thinking Doomben would be dead on Saturday.
 
I'd be pricing Rumba around $2.8 right now.

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From: pin Sent: 10/07/2008 4:21 PM
I'll be happy with evens with that weight after the claim and barrier.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 11/07/2008 6:05 PM
Northern Man has just franked the Rumba form with a good win at Ippy, after being wide. Liked the $3.80 on BF the drum.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 12/07/2008 11:44 PM
I thought Rumba Jack ran a good race. It was a pretty good field and he should be more seasoned next time.

However, Burdekin Blues was the run of the race for mine without taking anything away from Abirra, who snuck under the guard of most people including me.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 13/07/2008 9:22 AM
Wonder if Amy T will keep the ride on Rumba Jack next time.
 
She's a great little rider but Nolan just might try someone else next time.
 
Good to see Scott Seamer back in form.   I don't think he ever went real bad but just could'nt get the good rides.  I reckon if you stick with these better jocks, they do come good.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 13/07/2008 4:05 PM
Anyone who "knocks" Rumba on yesterday's run is a fool.  He's a wild-looking 3yo who can only improve with racing, IMO.
 
Was having a drink with a mate yesterday at Doomben when a well-known forumite turned up (uninvited).  "We'll get you a drink" my mate said.  "Yes, OK" was the reply, "but I won't be able to return the shout."  "No problems" said my mate.  Drinks ordered  all around.  WKF enjoys drink.  WKF then comments "I'll need to find an ATM, and then I'll buy you guys a drink."  "I can lend ya some" said I.  "Yeah, OK" says WKF.  I lent WKF $50.  WKF ducks off and isn't seen for 10 mins or so.  WKF then returns and produces two tote tickets:
 
Ticket 1: Syd R7 $10 Boxed Any2 of 1, 3, 6.  Cost $30. (They ran 1st, 2nd and 3rd.)
 
Ticket 2: Bris R7 $20 Any2 of 4, 8.  Cost $20. (They ran 1st and 2nd.)
 
WKF then heads to Tote, collects $248, pays me back the $50, and bought us all a drink.
 
Fair dinkum.....

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 13/07/2008 9:23 PM
I know how you feel dd. We had a well known forumite who was busy doing his best to drum up some business ,but did manage to throw his $50 for our usual boxed trifectas.
Came back later in the day to see we still had some $'s floating around on the table and decided to talk us into taking a banker trifecta with 3 other selections to run the place. Against better judgement (ours) we told him in no uncertain terms that we would continue to box them the same way we had been doing all day. Just as I wandered over to put our boxed trifecta on he threw me $20.00 and asked me to put his bet on which included all our numbers, only difference was he was standing one out. For his $20.00 he was given back a trifecta ticket which he had 333% of. Not only did this get up and line his pockets he still collected on our syndicate boxed trifecta as well.
Some people are just born Arsey. lol

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 13/07/2008 9:34 PM
lol, you blokes sound like some well known newspaper reporter when he reports something like
"Who was the well known trainer who got intimate with a young stablehand?"

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 13/07/2008 9:52 PM
lol @ gratlog......I think he moved to Victoria.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 14/07/2008 7:57 PM
Some good horses engaged at Doomben Wednesday. Looks a good program - will we be back to a good track I wonder?

Also some horses that raced in SEQ recently heading to the Jacaranda capital of NSW for the Ramornie meeting, with the likes of Blue Jupiter, Double Or Nothin', Borsha's Warrior for starters.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/07/2008 10:41 PM
Yes, coins.  Some handy steeds accepted for Doomben.
 
Desdemona, Crystal Sentinel, and  Hawk Eyed to name a few.
 
Track might still be soft.  Humidity remains very high and showers in the offing.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 15/07/2008 9:20 AM
Heavy fog over here this morning with showers forecast.
 
Maybe these have a chance tomorrow
 
MY KIRRA
DOOMBEN Race 1 No 4 at 12:23
 
and
 
MR HORNBLOWER
GRAFTON Race 6 No 6 at 15:28


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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 15/07/2008 6:56 PM
The Squire's sister, Miss Courtly has also accepted.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/07/2008 12:30 PM
Good news that Jim Byrne is recovering well from "torn" abdominal muscles and will be back riding at EF on Wednesday.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/07/2008 1:16 PM
Bart Sinclair reports in today's C-M that Queensland Racing Limited is seeking approval from industry representatives for a change to the QRL Constitution to give the current board of directors a 6-year term-of-office without challenge from other candidates.
 
Sinclair goes on "Then, if the State Government as expected, grants QRL a further 6 years' tenure as racing's control body, the present five-man board could easily remain in power until 2018".
 
It is also worth noting that some of the current QRL directors were part of the "predecessor" of QRL in 2002.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 21/07/2008 1:46 PM
Half hoping to make it to EF on Wed but as usual I never know till the day comes.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/07/2008 12:59 PM
I can think of worse ways to spend a Wednesday, gratlog.  Hope the weather holds off.
 
Some interest snippets on Brisbane racing were posted by The Ear in yesterday's C-M:
 
The first race meeting in Brisbane was at Coorparoo in 1843, although he says the first "reported" meeting was at New Farm in 1846.
 
The first EF meeting was on 14 August, 1856.  (I didn't attend because I was too young.)
 
The first Tatt's meeting was at EF on 10 December, 1884.  (I missed that one too due to Boy Scouts.)
 
The first Qld horse to win a southern classic was Wheatear in the 1881 AJC Derby.  Ben Bolt won the Caulfield Cup in 1884.
 
The first report of bookies at a meeting was Ipswich in 1854.
 
The first tote was at Ipswich in 1878.
 
Ambulances have been used at Qld tracks since 1885.
 
The photo finish was used for the first time at EF on 9 October 1948. (Missed that because my Mum had no clean nappies for me.)

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 22/07/2008 6:30 PM
A little more information on  the proposed change to QRL  Constitution
From QRL 2007 Annual Report.
 
QUEENSLAND RACING LIMITED

This financial year saw the Queensland

Thoroughbred Racing Board cease as the

continuing control body for thoroughbred

racing, and Queensland Racing Limited (QRL)

commence.

This new structure ensures the racing industry

with a strong future, and also provides new

opportunities for thoroughbred racing in

Queensland, while continuing to ensure

probity, integrity and public confidence in the

industry.

The Constitution of QRL provides for 2 classes

of Members, these being:

• Class A Members, and

• Class B Members

Class A Members consist of:

• Metropolitan TAB Clubs

• Other Tab Clubs

• The Queensland Country Racing Committee

• The Australian Trainers’ Association

(Queensland Branch)

• The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of

Queensland

• The Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners’

Association of Queensland

• The Queensland Jockeys’ Association Inc

• The Queensland Bookmakers’ Association

The above listed Class A Members have the

right to appoint Member representatives – in

total there are 13 Member representatives. The

Class A Member representatives a

• Mr Tony Williams

• Mr Graham Milligan

• Mr Bill Millican

• Mr Justin Doyle

• Mr Michael Paramor

• Mr Neville Stewart

• Mr Tony Fitzgerald

• Mr Gary Peoples

• Mr Pat Duff

• Mr Bob Frappell

• Mr Wayne Millner

• Mr Richard Pratt

• Mr Bob McHarg

The Board of QRL consists of 5 Directors,

these being the Class B Members. In essence,

there is no change between the Board

members of the Queensland Thoroughbred

Racing Board and the Board of Directors of

QRL.

The Directors a

• Mr Robert Bentley, Chairman

• Mr Anthony Hanmer, Deputy Chairman

• Mr Michael Lambert

• Mr William Andrews

• Mr William Ludwig

The Constitution of QRL is based on best

corporate governance principles and has been

tailored to suit the Queensland thoroughbred

racing industry. The Constitution complies

with the requirements of the Act and the

Corporations Act 2001.

There is a previous thread on this somewhere with comment on the desirability or otherwise of  approving the extensions being sought.From memory Bart Sinclair's writings didn't favour the change. I think he referred to Chairman Benley's colleagues as "a compliant Board"


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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 22/07/2008 6:32 PM
Question
Which of the above named represents rank and file racegoers or punters?

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From: dubbledee Sent: 22/07/2008 7:26 PM
Muggins
 
You will find there have been some changes to the make-up of the Class A reps due to new members on race club boards, etc.
 
It could be that punters are well represented.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 22/07/2008 8:09 PM
Thanks for that how about listing them so know who they are.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 23/07/2008 9:01 AM
I'm sure QRL can provide you with such info, Muggins.
 
All I know is that they've recruited a new guy on the basis of a glowing CV that was submitted.  He's gonna look after:
 
Track maintenance
Raceday facilities
Food and Beverage
Stewards
Sectional Times
Jockeys
Veterinary Services
 
and as a bonus, all Board members will be given some super-dooper tips.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 24/07/2008 10:50 AM
As soon as La Marianne won her Maiden at EF yesterday, SC trainer Bill Gavin announced that he was retiring from training.  La Marianne will be taken over by owner Alan Jones.
 
LM's grand-dam is La Neige who won an Epsom beating Tiger Town.  She's a close relative to De Gaulle Lane.
 
Her initials alone suggest she's headed for a stellar career.

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 24/07/2008 10:58 AM
Sunday's Caloundra meeting has been transferred to the cushion track.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/07/2008 9:39 AM
 

WIDELY-travelled John Cameron is expected to win the hotly contested position as chief executive of Gold Coast Turf Club.

Cameron, 46, until recently was the chief executive of Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Before the MVRC position Cameron was chief executive of Thoroughbred Racing South Australia until he resigned to take on the Moonee Valley role in August, 2004.

He has a background in the industry in his native New Zealand where he was a jumps rider.

Cameron is expected to take up duties early next month.

The GCTC board was rushed with more than 30 applications including several highly experienced administrators when current CEO Grant Sheather's role at the club was advertised nationally.


Jockey Luke Nolen yesterday received the perfect spring carnival tonic when he was given the all-clear to resume riding trackwork.

Nolen seemed certain to be sidelined for the spring after horrific injuries in a race fall from Antidotes at Doomben on May 17.

"The neurosurgeon gave me the all-clear today to start riding trackwork," he said.

Nolen, 27, required facial surgery after an injury to his mouth palate and received anterior cruciate knee ligament damage in a fall from Antidotes in the BTC Sprint.

Nolen, who scored a career best win on El Segundo in last year's Cox Plate, said he would start riding work this morning but put no timetable on his return to race riding.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 25/07/2008 11:09 AM
Very interesting 3yo race tomorrow at Doomben. Some promising horses engaged not least of which are the toppie, Rumba Jack and Charming Rogue. Pride and Power has finally drawn in but it is questionable if that will be of any benefit.

I just hope the track is not too bad. Burdekin Blues will have his work cut out from the draw (which may be nullified to some extent by track condition) but more so the weight on a rain affected track.

BTW can anyone let me know why no GC meeting tomorrow?

Thanks in advance.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/07/2008 1:22 PM
Coin, there is a good meeting in Townsville tomorrow so GC is getting a break,
 
Re race 5 tomorrow. I don't mind Swirling Moss from Rob Heathcotes yard. It is up in class but has Ryan Wiggins on top and gee I reckon he works hard and I hope he gets his just rewards for that.
 
Maybe another roughie in that race might be Jad from Brian Guy's yard
 
In the last race I've a slight leaning to Nepro

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From: dubbledee Sent: 25/07/2008 10:36 PM
Good news that smart rider Lacey Morrison is finally on the road to recovery after the horror fall in the Eye Liner.  Her injuries (severe concussion) turned out to be far worse than anticipated.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 26/07/2008 12:14 AM

READER'S REPLY TO CM ARTICLE  post 679 from Dubbles

What your Gold Coast Turf Club article didn't mention today was the fact that the current Gold Coast Turf Club CEO Grant Sheather did not and has not resigned. He has been shafted by the new Board for inappropriate and unprofessional reasons (dare I suggest they have a hidden Agenda??)although they do cite a technicality in his appointment as their reason. Humbug!!!! Grant has been employed by the Gold Coast Turf Club for 20 years ............the last two in the CEO position. He is very well liked by the Membership and has performed his CEO duties admirably and without fault. He was invited to submit his application for this newly advertised position which clearly, he quite rightly felt was inappropriate considering he already held the position...This is a blight on the current Board who have shown a complete lack of integrity in this matter. This recent unnecessary appointment of another CEO is most inappropriate. The Members will register their lack of confidence in this Board in due course. Carole Devine......Member GCTC

Posted by: carole devine 11:43am July 24, 2008

Crikey! Looks like dirty work at the crossroadsGo Carol


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 27/07/2008 9:37 AM
Good to see Garry Legg on the ball with what jockey was on Bear Valley.
 
17   BEAR VALLEY 11.7 14.2 3.9   S CORMACK
 
From the SM today.
 
 

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From: j.r.b. Sent: 27/07/2008 2:59 PM
Just chatting to a Gold Coast trainer who tells me that he and a number of other trainers have pretty much boycotted the cushion track at Caloundra.
 
He also tells me that a number of the better riders will only be going to Caloundra when they race on the grass.
 
Apparently the track is terribly inconsistent from one day to the next.
 
What he says appears to be borne out by the the number of runners on today's programme.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 27/07/2008 3:03 PM
I see a lot of the good riders are there today, such as Byrne,Cahill, Holder and Drake

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 27/07/2008 3:06 PM
Townsville Cup won yesterday by Dini Who  beating Majestic Sight second and Stage Shaker third .Watched replay today on Retro, winner won by 2 lens or so. SM reported result as Dini Who,close photo from Majestic Sight while Sky didn't like the right result apparently and reversed the placegetters .Last week Tony Meany had Stathi in jail when he wasn't and still no correction.Who can you believe these days.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 27/07/2008 3:54 PM
Some of the good riders might be there grats but the fields are very ordinary.

The more I see of the Cushion Track, the less I like it.

I rarely bet there.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/07/2008 4:18 PM
Yes, the fields are ordinary in the extreme.
 
Let's hope Polar Wolf does the right thing when he returns to his old abode.  I'm interested in Court Adjourned and Leica Launch in the trifecta.  The race looks way too short for LL, but he can run a race fresh.  I'll be looking at the place odds for all three.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 27/07/2008 4:30 PM
2nd 2 KIRO DENIRO GRANDE 6.33

place

I liked this one today.

 

Val Osiris just ran 3rd so come on Quill in the last.


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« 2008-Nov-30, 11:28 PM Reply #46 »
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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/07/2008 4:37 PM
My only bets so far, gratlog.  Nice ride by Hughes, and I think we can thank him.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 28/07/2008 3:22 PM
The qoute from the Courier Mail this morning.
 
"He was sent over from NZ to find good tracks"
 
Trainer Pat Duff after Victory Code , who was based in NZ earlier this year, won the main sprint at Doomben on Saturday at his third Brisbane start, all on slow tracks

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From: dubbledee Sent: 28/07/2008 4:11 PM
I think the message is:  just wait till he gets on a FIRM track.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 28/07/2008 10:14 PM
Barry Baldwin must be going through some trauma waiting for a decent alley for smart 3yo Burdekin Blues.  He's found 8 of 9 at EF on Wednesday.  Even so, it should be only a matter of turning up.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 29/07/2008 8:36 PM
The checks in Race 4 is a VERY interesting runner at EF tomorrow.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 29/07/2008 10:25 PM
Yeah, coins.  It had flashing lights over it in Vic last year.  They don't mind engaging good jockeys.  M Rodd, N Hall, B Pengelly.  Shame about the alley.

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From: Geoff Sent: 29/07/2008 10:41 PM
Isn't M Cahill riding "the checks"?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamescorch1111 Sent: 29/07/2008 10:46 PM
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22x
Latrobe  3G
WT/BP 56.0/13 DIST p1400 - p1500
WPS 0-2-2 12m 0-0-0
Wet 0-0-0 RTC/Km FU/0.0km
T: Allan Doyle  [2.0] 0%-0%-0
GOLAN (IRE)-REBELLIOUS ANGEL (NZ) J: B Pengelly   [7.6H] 0-0-0
FU / 417days
Car
0-2-2
12m
0-0-0
Crs
0-0-0
C-D
0-0-0
F
0-0-0
G-D
0-0-0
S-H
0-0-0
G1
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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/07/2008 10:48 AM
Plenty of interest in today's EF meeting with regard to the Brisbane jockeys' premiership.
 
Byrne starts with a 1-win lead over Colless.  Byrne has 5 rides, Colless 4.
 
Looks a good contest.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/07/2008 9:43 PM
Byrne sewed up the title with a couple more winners today.
 
Well done, Jimmy.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/07/2008 9:49 PM
End of an era.  From today's C-M:
 
  

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From: dubbledee Sent: 30/07/2008 10:12 PM
Pleasing to see handy mare Kanpeki has returned from a lengthy stint in Sydney.  She's back at her original home at Sunshine Coast.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 31/07/2008 3:49 PM
Ms Cheshire is in for a busy afternoon, Saturday.  She's booked for Tuscon Rain in the 1:52 at GC and then Noreil in the 4:03 at Doomben.  Hope the Gateway stays clear.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 31/07/2008 8:14 PM
We spoke last week about Rob Heathcote's poor relationship with the gate gods.
 
I can see he has 3 in at Doomben on Saturday:
 
Race 2 Benallen 13 of 13.
 
Race 4 Brilliantes 21 of 21.
 
Race 8 Beklim 17 of 19.
 
Must have been a mistake with the last one.

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From: Delta Sent: 31/07/2008 8:43 PM
Notice there are races at 2 places I am not familiar with, Middlemount and Prairie.
Where?

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From: NineMSN NicknameOLD_LARSY Sent: 31/07/2008 9:12 PM
Here ya go Delta
 
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 2/08/2008 12:59 PM
My wife always takes 1-3-4 in the Brisbane Saturday treble so I added a couple to give her a better chance.
 
Last time 1-3-4 won was with Harvey Lad winning the last leg with the French jockey on top.   Must have been ten years or more back
 
10:53:30 BR DD    $1.00 - 3 4/4 6 @ $0.25
10:52:59 BR TT    $1.00 - 1/3 4/4 6 @ $0.25

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 2/08/2008 1:10 PM
Nice long straight at Middlemont track
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 2/08/2008 8:14 PM
Race 4 Brilliantes 21 of 21.

Great run by this one. Had it drawn a gate it would have won easily.
Official S/P was $12.00 but paid $6.30 the place.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/08/2008 10:22 PM
Trainer Rob Heathcote must have reached some sort of settlement with the gate gods.
 
A couple of his runners at Doomben on Wed have drawn single figures.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 7/08/2008 9:26 PM
 The Robert Heathcote barrier report for EF on Satdy:
 
Lodging 13 of 14
 
Spirito Volante 8 of 8
 
On the Up 6 of 10
 
My Limit 7 of 10
 
Some relatively good results there for Rob this week.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 7/08/2008 9:31 PM
My Limit 7 of 10


Gee this one looks a good thing...Thrown in .

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 7/08/2008 9:36 PM
On The Up's last run was okay to my eye - distance will suit it at this stage of its prep.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 7/08/2008 9:38 PM
Yes, My Limit gets in well in the Plate.  Good race, just the same.
 
Pat Duff is keen to give Rebounded a try at 1800.  Wonder who'll take him on this week.  I agree On the Up is a great chance.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/08/2008 1:21 PM
Trainer Robert Heathcote has yet to appease the Gate Gods.  His scorecard for the weekend:
 
Ipswich
 
Le Mirage 16 of 20
Solar Bound 17 of 20
 
Mean Machine 13 of 16
 
Dell Amby 11 of 14
 
Doomben
 
Brilliantes 10 of 11
Woorim 4 of 11
 
Beklim 15 of 16
 
Notre Amour 10 of 15
 
Dell Amby 14 of 20
 
Gold Coast
 
Huntalion 11 of 14
 
Running Bear 12 of 13
 
I suspect prayer would be the only solution.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/08/2008 5:34 PM
Just as a side-note...
 
Dell Amby who's drawn poorly at Ips and Dbn was scratched yesterday from EF when it drew 17 of 18.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 14/08/2008 7:03 PM
LE MIRAGE Ipswich Race 2 - No. 7 SCRATCHED
SOLAR BOUND Ipswich Race 2 - No. 15 SCRATCHED
MEAN MACHINE (NZ) Ipswich Race 3 - No. 3 SCRATCHED

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From: NineMSN NicknameMonologue9 Sent: 14/08/2008 10:14 PM
LE MIRAGE Ipswich Race 2 - No. 7 SCRATCHED
SOLAR BOUND Ipswich Race 2 - No. 15 SCRATCHED
MEAN MACHINE (NZ) Ipswich Race 3 - No. 3 SCRATCHED
NOTRE AMOUR Doomben Race 6 - No. 13 SCRATCHED

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/08/2008 10:23 PM
Missed out one of Rob's:
 
 
Trainer Robert Heathcote has yet to appease the Gate Gods.  His scorecard for the weekend:
 
Ipswich
 
Le Mirage 16 of 20
Solar Bound 17 of 20
 
Mean Machine 13 of 16
 
Stresso 10 of 14
Dell Amby 11 of 14
 
Doomben
 
Brilliantes 10 of 11
Woorim 4 of 11
 
Beklim 15 of 16
 
Notre Amour 10 of 15
 
Dell Amby 14 of 20
 
Gold Coast
 
Huntalion 11 of 14
 
Running Bear 12 of 13
 
I suspect prayer would be the only solution.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 14/08/2008 10:55 PM
On Saturday and again yesterday there seemed to be some uneven starts at EF Whether it was horses beginning slowly or a fault in the starting stalls I couldn't say but you have to believe what you see and that's what I saw.Maybe there's a new starter who has a different procedure .Didn't see any reference to this in the Stewards report . 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 14/08/2008 11:02 PM
All looked fine to me.
 
Jockeys would be first to complain if the believed they were "denied a fair start".

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From: NineMSN NicknameMuggins136 Sent: 15/08/2008 11:14 AM
On checking the stewards report there were numerous incidents of horses beginning slowly or inconveniencing others on Wed. Nothing wrong with the stalls, just bad barrier behaviour.
Replays might give a different perspective from anyone on course seeing it live as the opening frame on video is not level with the stalls.Dillinger in the last was flattened after jumping away reasonably while AT called it as missing the start  He's become an expensive and  unlucky conveyance.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 17/08/2008 10:10 PM
In my posting of Robert Heathcote's weekend runners I omitted one.  That was ASHMA'S GOLD in the first at the GC.  It was relatively well drawn in 7 out of 10.  It also was Heathcote's only winner, paying $23+.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 18/08/2008 11:04 PM
Robert Heathcote's barrier draws for Wednesday at Doomben:
 
Race 2
Marquitas 9 of 17
 
Race 3
Mean Machine 10 of 16
You're on Merv 2 of 16
 
Race 5
Notre Amour 13 of 13
 
Race 6
Spirito Volante10 of 13
 
Race 7
Ersilia 7 of 12

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From: MagiC** Sent: 18/08/2008 11:14 PM
From: dubbledee Sent: 17/08/2008 8:10 PM
In my posting of Robert Heathcote's weekend runners I omitted one.  That was ASHMA'S GOLD in the first at the GC.  It was relatively well drawn in 7 out of 10.  It also was Heathcote's only winner, paying $23+.
 
 

M. Paget.

Also had a 3rd that paid $8 something.


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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/08/2008 5:03 PM
Rob Heathcote's horror run might finally be coming to an end. 
 
Here's his card for Royal Ipswich, Thursday.
 
Race 3
Crackinghorseluck 2 of 18
 
Race 5
Castle Howard 1 of 9
Madame Chanel 3 of 9
 
Race 7
Falling Star 4 of 15
 
Race 8
Swirling Moss 16 of 17

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From: dubbledee Sent: 19/08/2008 5:05 PM
Tony Meany reports in today's C-M that the talented but troubled Brad Stewart is riding work in Sydney for Gerald Ryan and is a possible pilot for Hard To Catch if/when he ventures south.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 21/08/2008 9:13 PM
Rob Heathcote would be reasonably happy with his barriers for the weekend.
 
Sadly, there's no joy (again x3) for the Notre Amour camp.
 
Looking forward to seeing Kanpeki back in the Brisbane metro area.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/08/2008 10:21 AM
Smart mare Sweet As is headed to Melbourne to run in the Let's Elope at Flemington on September 6.
 
Sweet As is part-owned by BTC Director Troy Harry.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 27/08/2008 9:47 PM
Big things planned for Royal Ipswich:
 

26 August 2008

Ipswich Turf Club Looks to the Future

The Ipswich Turf Club announced plans to redevelop a small parcel of their land at Tuesday‘s 2008 Annual General Meeting. 

Chairman Wayne Patch made the announcement yesterday with the full support of the Ipswich Turf Club Board and Queensland Racing Ld.  The decision is part of the Club’s strategy to overcome the financial challenges facing many sporting clubs, particularly those in the Racing industry.   

Mr. Patch said “This decision was taken very seriously.  The Board has been looking for a new source of revenue since about 2000.  Our objective has always been to act responsibly and in the best interests of the Club and the community”. 

The Ipswich Turf Club is one of Queensland’s most popular and successful racing venues, and hosts one of Ipswich’s largest events, the annual Ipswich Cup. 

Mr. Patch said “this is a significant decision for a Club with a 120 year history, but times have changed and we’re acting now to secure the Club’s future for next 120 years”.   

Mr. Patch said changes in technology had affected the traditional sources of income, wagering and race attendance, over the past thirty years. 

“Today people can watch the races on Sky Channel TV from the comfort of their lounge rooms, they can place bets over the phone so fewer people are coming to the track.   Our traditional sources of income have been seriously eroded”. 

The redevelopment proposal was led by local developer Stephen Williams, a Director of Wingate Babcock, and includes the redevelopment of approximately 3Ha of land fronting Brisbane Road.  The development outcome has not been finalised although it is expected to include relocation of the stables to make way for the development and also upgrades to existing facilities. 

In addition to the redevelopment, Wingate Babcock will also work with the Ipswich Turf Club and their stakeholders to master plan an outcome for the inside of the track. 

The proposal still requires the full approval and support of Ipswich City Council. 


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From: dubbledee Sent: 29/08/2008 3:21 PM
Local Stewards are maintaining their campaign on substance use/abuse among track-work riders.
 
From this week:
 
Stewards today questioned stablehand Mr K. Colgan regarding his failure to provide a urine sample as directed by stewards on Monday, 25 August 2008. After considering the evidence, K. Colgan was found guilty of a charge contravention of AR81A(b)(2), in that he failed to provide a urine sample. K. Colgan's licence to ride trackwork was suspended for a period of 4 months from midnight, 25 August and to expire at midnight, 24 December 2008. AR81A(b)(2).

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 31/08/2008 11:00 AM
Winning Post must have their race venues buggered up as this is what they have for the next two months.   Not right is it?
 
Eagle Farm-2 weds and 2 Saturdays
Doomben--6 weds and 6 Saturdays

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From: dubbledee Sent: 31/08/2008 4:34 PM
A team of gypsies dropped in to Eagle Farm recently.
 
 

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From: dubbledee Sent: 1/09/2008 2:21 PM
Bart Sinclair reports in today's C-M:
 
Ken Pope resumed track-work last week - he had a serious fall while working a horse on the Cushion back in June.
 
Lacey Morrison is awaiting a clearance from her neurosurgeon.  Lacey has been doing it tough since a fall at Ipswich on Cup Day.
 
Skye Bogenhuber is progressing OK after a horror accident after a barrier trial at Gatton last month.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 2/09/2008 9:29 AM
The bad luck continues for the black and yellow colours in the Heathcote stable.
 
At Doomben tomorrow Sharing the Magic has drawn 12 of 12.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 2/09/2008 11:51 AM
We should acknowledge the fact that C2 mare Ginkgo Gold ran a TRACK RECORD at SC on Sunday last when resuming.  She was having just her 10th start and put the 1000 m behind in 56.67.  The previous record was credited to Maintained Wealth about 20 years ago from memory.
 
GG is trained by the very capable Kelly/Gary Doughty team at GC.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/09/2008 10:58 AM
Shane Scriven could have ridden first-starter Arctic Echo in the opener at Doomben yesterday, but opted for the more experienced Rama Kaho.
 
Trainer Baldwin was less than excited when Rama Kaho ranged alongside Artic Echo at the 150 and looked likely to win.
 
Was a nice ride by Andrew Spinks to get the Monashee Mountain filly home.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/09/2008 12:57 PM
Kiwi Patrick Holmes had but a short stint in Australia.  I notice he's back riding in NZ today.
 
I thought he had some hope of making it over here.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/09/2008 2:29 PM
Can't recall too many Argentinian steeds racing in Brisbane.  Scenica is due to line up on Saturday at EF in the F&M Quality.
 
Perfect Feeling has accepted, and this has put 13 of the 15 runners on the minimum.
 
Kanpeki has drawn 15 of 15, but the way the weather is that could be a plus.

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From: dubbledee Sent: 4/09/2008 2:31 PM

Aerial shot of one of the best racetracks in the world:

 


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From: j.r.b. Sent: 4/09/2008 3:57 PM
From: dubbledee Sent: 9/4/2008 12:29 PM
Kanpeki has drawn 15 of 15, but the way the weather is that could be a plus.
 
Let's hope so, dd, but for the moment... 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 5/09/2008 7:15 PM
I'm reading a book written by Arthur Lister's wife about Arthur.
 
Not sure if it is all true but still good fun.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 14/09/2008 12:39 PM
Note the runs of MY LIMIT and FRAMOUS yesterday.

Both were victims of pilot error at their previous starts. My Limit ran up backsides under Adrian Coome and Eddie Wilkinson on Framous took an inside path where the going was inferior compared with out wide,

Yesterday both were ridden perfectly, even though Framous went under narrowly.

The difference? Jason Holder.

My point? Watch for horses where he takes over from another Brisbane or Qld based rider, regardless of who it is. It will in all likelihood be ridden better and therefore perform better than at its previous start. His ride on My Limit showed all the hallmarks of a typical Stubby ride where an inferior rider could have been in all sorts of trouble in the straight.

Colless is the only one consistently at his level in Queensland IMHO.


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