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« 2018-Oct-11, 04:26 PM Reply #25 »
$40m boost pledged for Victorian racing
Shane Anderson@Globalgallop   10:19am
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A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will commit $33 million towards Victorian thoroughbred prizemoney levels from 2019, supporting increases to minimum levels across the state.

Racing Victoria will add a further $7m, taking the package to in excess of $40m should the Government be returned in November's state election.

This has been designed to further drive continued local and international investment in Victorian thoroughbred racing and supporting jobs across the state.

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General, made the announcement at the launch of the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival on Wednesday night.

The increases will be spread across all levels of thoroughbred racing with an emphasis on grassroots competition, which Pakula said generates more than $3 billion annually for the Victorian economy and supports the equivalent of 25,000 full-time jobs.

Implemented from January 1, 2019, the package would boost minimum prizemoney levels for every racing category to the equal of anywhere in Australia.

This includes lifting minimum prizemoney levels at Victoria's 170 country race meetings to $35,000 per race and $50,000 minimum prizemoney per race for mid-week metropolitan race meetings.

Saturday metropolitan races for three-year-olds and staying races over 2000m or further will now be worth a minimum of $135,000, while there will be $125,000 minimum prizemoney per race for all other Saturday metropolitan races excluding pathway races.

"It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction," Pakula said.

RV Chairman Brian Kruger said that this commitment from the Andrews Labor Government was an outstanding result for the state.

"We welcome this strong commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to strengthen their support of Victorian thoroughbred racing and importantly the 92,000 people that actively participate within our industry," Kruger said.

"Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.

"A vibrant and successful thoroughbred racing industry is great for Victoria. Enhancing returns to our owners, trainers, jockeys and breeders, particularly at the grassroots, is crucial to that.

"Eighty per cent of our racing is conducted outside metropolitan Melbourne and this package would see minimum prizemoney increases at all country TAB meetings.

"This continues the support for grassroots racing with increases already implemented this season for country non-TAB meetings.

"Victoria is the home of the stayer, hosting 40 per cent of the nation's staying races including its most famous cups.

"Through this prizemoney package we want to ensure that Victoria remains the destination to race a stayer or a three-year-old."

The Victoria Racing Club welcomed the Labor Government's pledge, with Chairman Amanda Elliott saying the announcements continued a stunning few days for the Victorian racing industry, which was still buoyant after seeing Winx win a second-straight Turnbull Stakes on a day that produced record turnover of more than $81m.

"We acknowledge and welcome the Andrews Labor Government's significant support of the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry in announcing a $33 million increase to prizemoney over the next two years, if re-elected," Elliott said.

"We also recognise Racing Victoria's commitment to boost prizemoney, taking the package to more than $40 million.

"This has been an exceptional week for racing in Victoria, which began with last Saturday's TAB Turnbull Stakes Day where a record crowd of 24,807, a 22.3 per cent increase on last year, witnessed Winx's incredible victory and the raceday saw substantial wagering turnover of $81.4 million, up 17.7 per cent on 2017.

"The excitement of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival continues with spectacular Group 1 racing coming up at Caulfield and Moonee Valley. Then it is the VRC's Melbourne Cup Week – Australia's premier racing event.

"The 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival will be one for the ages, as the VRC officially opens its world-class Club Stand and Flemington stages Australia's biggest celebration of sport, fashion, food and entertainment."

Kruger will appear on After The Last on Racing.com free-to-air channels 78 and 68, Foxtel 529 and streamed on digital at 5:15pm AEDT on Thursday to discuss this announcement and other plans for the Victorian industry.

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2018-Oct-11, 05:26 PM Reply #26 »

ALAS NO MORE

What are these guys smoking?

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General  -- "It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction,"

RVL Chairman Brian Kruger said   -- "Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.



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« 2018-Oct-12, 08:08 PM Reply #27 »
MEDIA RELEASE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will cement Victoria’s position as Australia’s premier racing state with an increase in prize money for Victorian thoroughbred racing.
The thoroughbred racing industry contributes $3.2 billion to Victoria’s economy and supports more than 25,000 jobs across the state, many in regional areas.
A re-elected Labor Government will help grow the sport and support grass roots racing across Victoria with a $33 million boost to prizemoney over the next two years.
This will ensure Victoria can continue to host first class events and keep jobs, investment, trainers and horses in Victoria.
It will allow the Victorian racing industry to maintain the very best quality of thoroughbred horses and attract more investment from overseas and interstate for breeding, rearing and training.

This major investment will ensure racing in Victoria remains of the highest standard and returns more money to the hard working and dedicated participants, including owners, trainers, jockeys and stable-hands in both suburban and regional areas.

The Labor Government will announce funding support for the other racing codes in the coming days.

Only Labor will grow our thoroughbred racing industry and jobs, and ensure Victoria remains the number one racing state.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will ensure Victoria remains the premier racing state with a boost in prize money to ensure jobs and investment remain right here in Victoria and continue to grow.”

“Victorian racing is more than just the Spring Racing Carnival. This increase in prizemoney will help support Victorians working in thoroughbred racing in suburbs, regional cities and country towns right across the state.”

Quotes attributable to Racing Victoria Chairman Brian Kruger

“We welcome this strong commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to maintain their support of Victorian thoroughbred racing and importantly the thousands of hard working Victorians in our industry.”

“Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we will make sure it remains number one.”


Trots and dogs to get some extra cash as well.

Giddy Up :beer:




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« 2018-Oct-12, 08:13 PM Reply #28 »


Why would the same person repost the same nonsense?

Martin Pakula, Victoria's Minister for Racing and Attorney-General  -- "It is really important that Victoria maintains its pre-eminence as the number one racing jurisdiction,"

RVL Chairman Brian Kruger said   -- "Victoria has long been regarded as the premier racing state in Australia and like the Andrews Labor Government we are committed to maintaining that position of primacy.



That game is just so over.

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« 2018-Oct-19, 07:23 AM Reply #29 »
There would be no worst sight on a racecourse than the sight of a horse breaking down hopelessly.

Anybody watching race 4 at Caulfield on Wed. may have wondered what happened to Gustavus Vassa......I certainly did.
I accept that Mathew Hill could easily have missed it during the race although it did seem odd he didn't notice it at the end.
Jason Richardson couldn't even tone down his usual cheesiness as all the usual after race congratulatory stuff goes on.

Racing.com did not mention there was a horse still on the track being attended to at all before they crossed to SA.

If Racing Vic's policy on this is 'if we pretend that no-one saw it then maybe it didn't happen' is wrong.
I certainly don't want to watch it but putting the steward's vision on another race is certainly not the way to handle it........just a 'far too graphic to show' would be better.

Horses do breakdown on racecourses Racing Vic and having your head in the sand about it is a failure.

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« 2018-Oct-19, 07:33 AM Reply #30 »

Why would the same person repost the same nonsense?



That game is just so over.

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« 2018-Oct-19, 10:59 AM Reply #31 »
There would be no worst sight on a racecourse than the sight of a horse breaking down hopelessly.

Anybody watching race 4 at Caulfield on Wed. may have wondered what happened to Gustavus Vassa......I certainly did.
I accept that Mathew Hill could easily have missed it during the race although it did seem odd he didn't notice it at the end.
Jason Richardson couldn't even tone down his usual cheesiness as all the usual after race congratulatory stuff goes on.

Racing.com did not mention there was a horse still on the track being attended to at all before they crossed to SA.

If Racing Vic's policy on this is 'if we pretend that no-one saw it then maybe it didn't happen' is wrong.
I certainly don't want to watch it but putting the steward's vision on another race is certainly not the way to handle it........just a 'far too graphic to show' would be better.

Horses do breakdown on racecourses Racing Vic and having your head in the sand about it is a failure.

I was on track and had backed it, therefore I saw it all . The horse broke down around the 1000 metres mark and was quickly pulled up by Regan Bayliss the racecaller, Matt Hill, 
made no mention at the time nor after the race. After the race the horse ambulance went around the back of the course to attend the horse, but as I did not have a pair of binoculars I could not tell whether the horse was put down or loaded on to the ambulance 

Here is the stewards report:

Gustavus Vassa (GB) - near the 1000m was eased out of the race. The gelding sustained a catastrophic racing injury and was humanely euthanised. The incident will be referred to the Equine Welfare Department and the gelding has been transported to the Werribee Equine Hospital for an autopsy.

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« 2018-Oct-19, 03:34 PM Reply #32 »


Caulfield track 'aerated' and given 6 mm of irrigation

Can we have some more detail about who did what in the way od 'aeration' and why ahed of tomorrow, please?

I thought the goodie had been sent to help get the farm back on track in Qld.

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« 2018-Oct-19, 06:13 PM Reply #33 »

Caulfield track 'aerated' and given 6 mm of irrigation

Can we have some more detail about who did what in the way od 'aeration' and why ahed of tomorrow, please?

I thought the goodie had been sent to help get the farm back on track in Qld.


Where did you find that the track has been aerated?

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« 2018-Oct-20, 07:08 AM Reply #34 »
The reasons for the aeration of the track is a concession that racetracks can indeed get too firm.

The explanation from the track manager was the aeration is necessary to allow the irrigation to penetrate.


Anyway good 4 all day is certainly better for staying horses racing late in the day as far as I'm concerned.
I suspect the fact that international eyes will be watching as well has had a bearing

Hopefully a fair track with no bias.

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« 2018-Oct-20, 06:18 PM Reply #35 »


Good intentions pave the road to hell

..... and they did again................. the track was downgraded twice.

The need to aerate is a matter of judgment ............ all too often a matter of bad judgement at RVL.

Is no one in charge down there ?

DO NOT DO IT IN THE WEEK BEFORE A MAJOR RACE


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« 2018-Oct-20, 06:44 PM Reply #36 »
Who would have thought that rain causes downgrades.

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« 2018-Oct-21, 02:49 AM Reply #37 »
Best story all day to come out of Melbourne. The "flashy chestnut" looks a million dollars   emthup

Zschoke and Eduardo hit big time

Winning Group 2 races during the heart of the spring carnival is a feat usually reserved for the biggest of stables but 35 minutes after global outfit Godolphin first struck on Caulfield Cup Day came a victory against the odds.

Trainer Sarah Zschoke only prepares six horses from her stables at Cranbourne but those numbers are certain to grow following the success in the $200,000 Caulfield Sprint by a newcomer to the big time in five-year-old Eduardo.

His three-quarters-of-a-length victory as the $2.90 favourite was just Zschoke's 12th win as a trainer in a career that has seen her saddle just 70 runners.

"I can believe it but then again I can't believe it, it's just so wonderful," Zschoke said after the thrilling win. "I thought the horse was up to it because of his previous efforts. He's just a super horse.

"I liked the way he switched off during the run and Brian (Park) was able to give him that lovely ride. It was just brilliant, I'm really so happy.


https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-zschoke-and-eduardo-hit-big-time

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« 2018-Oct-21, 03:07 AM Reply #38 »
Gai Thinkin' about Cox Plate

There might be a three-year-old colt in next Saturday's Cox Plate after all following a dominant win in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic by the aptly-named colt Thinkin' Big.

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse said she would not rule out a Cox Plate start for the High Chaparral colt and neither would she dismiss such lofty goals as the Victoria Derby and even Melbourne Cup this spring.

"He's in them all and we'll let the dust settles before we make up our minds," Waterhouse said.

"The other day (third in the Spring Champion Stakes) he just got bogged down but he got a lovely skip away there.

"I just knew if he gets the rails that they wouldn't be able to catch him. I knew he was better than the opposition but you just didn't see it the other day.

"We brought him down for the Derby, but we'll have a think."

It looked as though the Caulfield Guineas winner The Autumn Sun was the only three-year-old capable of tackling Winx and co at The Valley next week but with that colt now spelling, Waterhouse is toying with the idea of stepping up her colt.


https://www.racing.com/news/2018-10-20/review-gai-thinkin-about-cox-plate

Thinkin' Big to "do a semi Poseidon"? Cox Plate. Derby. Cup.

Geez I thought Extra Brut was disappointing upon first look. But he beat Sikorsky by 1.25 lengths in the UCI and Sikorsky beat him by half a length yesterday so with the benefit of hindsight the UCI was a poor guide.

Aramayo, 2nd to Maid Of Heaven in the Spring Champion (Thinkin' Big third), is nommed for the Derby and maybe will run in the Vase next week?

No feature noms for Maid Of Heaven. Newnham not taking her to Melbourne? Owned by Arrowfield so maybe they are getting ready to have her served by The Autumn Sun   :lol:

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« 2018-Oct-21, 11:57 AM Reply #39 »


The disruptive consequences of 'aerating tracks' are compounded by rain unable to drain off an intact surface.

........ aerate as a routine process but not just before race day.

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« 2018-Oct-21, 06:04 PM Reply #40 »
Busuttin disappointed with scratching error
 
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Trent Busuttin is extremely disappointed by what he says was a ‘human error’ mix-up that led to the incorrect scratching of The Kroc from Race 4 at Cranbourne on Sunday.

The last-start winner was withdrawn by stewards acting on veterinary advice less than an hour before the race after it was deemed that he had a small injury to his hock following an inspection by vets shortly after arriving on course.

But Busuttin said that upon hearing the news he was certain it was incorrect, suggesting that the horse inspected by vets was a stablemate also set to run.

“I knew straight away that it was the wrong decision, The Kroc was fine, our horse on course who did have that small problem with a little bit of skin off his hock was Cosmic City, and somehow the two were confused, and the wrong horse was scratched," Busuttin said.

“It’s hugely disappointing, especially for our owners, who have been very supportive about the situation.
“Everyone makes mistakes, everyone’s human, but in this day and age this shouldn’t be happening, maybe the horse wasn’t scanned or something.
“It’s not like they look similar either, The Kroc is black and Cosmic City is grey."
 

Busuttin Racing@busuttin



Mixed emotions today , THE KROC got scratched due to mis identification from VET. ???
Should of been COSMIC CITY due to going down in float to the course .
Human error happens I guess , thank you for our owners being so understanding.
2:18 PM - Oct 21, 2018

Busuttin says he an training partner Natalie Young won’t be taking the situation any further, but hope that it doesn’t happen again for another stable in the future.

“We won’t be taking the matter any further but we do hope that measures are put in place to make sure that a situation like this isn’t repeated again," he said.

"We know it’s a unique situation, but it has been very disappointing for our stable and the horse’s owners."

The last five races on Sunday's Cranbourne card were abandoned after a serious fall in Race 4 which saw Brad Rawiller and Brian Higgins transported to hospital in a stable condition. ENDS

Nothing to add from the stewards report only that the Vet made a mistake you would think the horses attendants would have told him he inspected the wrong horse..as it turned out Cosmic City which had the injury was scratched by the stewards the race in which it was engaged was abandoned....the trainer is very understanding IMO RV should compensate the connections by refunding their costs of acceptance.


Giddy Up :beer: 



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« 2018-Oct-21, 06:32 PM Reply #41 »

Good intentions pave the road to hell

..... and they did again................. the track was downgraded twice.

The need to aerate is a matter of judgment ............ all too often a matter of bad judgement at RVL.

Is no one in charge down there ?

DO NOT DO IT IN THE WEEK BEFORE A MAJOR RACE




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Who would have thought that rain causes downgrades.

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« 2018-Oct-21, 06:35 PM Reply #42 »

The disruptive consequences of 'aerating tracks' are compounded by rain unable to drain off an intact surface.


........ aerate as a routine process but not just before race day.

You couldn't be more wrong  :bulb:

Hard tracks when they become wet through the day turn into skating rinks, horses will slip & slide when unable to get purchase. Absolute recipe for disaster.

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« 2018-Oct-21, 06:51 PM Reply #43 »
Oh well Mair
It appears that it's not only me telling you your wrong
I dont suppose the penny will drop in your arrogance riddled excuse for a brain

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« 2018-Oct-21, 07:37 PM Reply #44 »
Any person running down a slope that is a bog will find it far easier to hold their feet than running down a slope that has been dry then receives a sudden downpour, the water sits on top and becomes a skating rink,,,,,,the same applies to horses racing on bog tracks against racing on hard tracks that have have surface water sitting on top.

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« 2018-Oct-21, 09:23 PM Reply #45 »


The slow learners club has more members

.............. what part of 'do nothing' in the week before a major race meeting is not understood.

Cast your mind back to why some in-curators are no longer employed   -- aerating and mowing fast lanes and wrecking meetings.


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« 2018-Oct-22, 06:20 AM Reply #46 »
I asked you last week where you heard about the aerating but you didn’t answer

It is now clear why you didn’t

Start having  honest discussions Mair and you might get some respect  :bulb:

Or piss off , of course

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« 2018-Oct-22, 07:15 PM Reply #47 »

Do not do it

A very astute observer confirms the warning about 'aeration'

While I am normally very complimentary to the Caulfield track boss, Jason Kerr, but I was indeed perplexed why, for their premiere meeting, it was both irrigated (almost an inch) and the Verti-Drained Caulfield. Madness to me.

The Verti-Drain (a big machine that puts spokes into the turf to aerate it) is a great idea for three months later, but not the day before their showcase event. I have no doubt, the irrigation in conjunction with the Verti-Drain led to times for the day reflecting what I have classed as a heavy track.

I know readers might laugh at my track rating (for accuracy I marked the sprints a slow7, the balance a heavy 8) but apart from the irrigation, the Verti-drain, there was a 20k-head wind in the straight and 5 mils rain on the day.

The horses that were known handle heavy going tightened noticeably in betting all day; while those that were suspect on the going eased. Heavy in my book.

I note Mick Goodie (formerly track manager of Flemington) said today: “Having been there and done it, I feel for Jason Kerr. The worst thing I ever did was to water against everything I normally do and had a disastrous carnival in 2015. To prepare tracks with a lot of give is a ‘disaster waiting to happen. Tracks will deteriorate.” I hope the Caulfield Committee read his wise words.

As for the Verti-drain, ask any golfer what they think. They say the greens are dreadful for three months (but great after that).


[the wily one needs a radio]

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« 2018-Oct-22, 08:50 PM Reply #48 »
He did put out that he'd Verti Drained but did say he did the whole track. In the past Goodie had done only parts in an attempt to even out the track which would only cause more problems.

Personally I wouldn't do it the week of the meeting but no issues prior to that. I say that as normally they would use the larger size tynes.

Do not do it

A very astute observer confirms the warning about 'aeration'



As for the Verti-drain, ask any golfer what they think. They say the greens are dreadful for three months (but great after that).





Who ever wrote that has no idea what they are talking about.

Major renovations (historically spring & autumn) would see the greens back to perfect in around 5 weeks. The Verti Drain is a very adaptable machine, it can take various size tynes from 4mm solids (needles) right up to inch solid or hollow cores.

I would run the needles over the greens on Monday, followed by the groomers & dust, all before the monthly medal on Saturday, the golfers were none the wiser  :bulb:  ;) but hey, 3 months they say?   :lol:

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« 2018-Oct-23, 06:20 AM Reply #49 »
He did put out that he'd Verti Drained but did say he did the whole track. In the past Goodie had done only parts in an attempt to even out the track which would only cause more problems.


Exactly the point I was going to mention to peter if he had the guts to answer my question

Goodie was a flop. Kerr made it very clear in the interview I heard with him on the RADIO that he did the whole track :bulb:

A point Mair left off his first post on the subject. Hence my question.

So Mair, there you have the experts advice from Gintara, who’s field of work it is.

You, welll, you’ve got it wrong again in your self centred search to dump shit on the industry  :thumbsd:
« Last Edit: 2018-Oct-23, 06:23 AM by wily ole dog »


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