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WED 28Th - AM
THE PROPOSED HRA stallion levy has certainly got many a breeder firing on all cylinders and how can you blame them if some comments made by leading studs personell are taken on board.
One off the cuff comment we have had from one of the big players in the stud game suggested stud fees could rise by up to 22%, sponsorship within Australia would be cut back, service fees donated for Clubs to tender as fund raisers could have a line put through them and semen transport costs will be tougher.
It’s certainly amazing that the word “Naive” is used in the HRA media announcement of the proposal - We know who’s “Naive” !!
WHAT AMAZES many is how HRA could even consider the proposal or be stupid enough to make their thoughts public.
As a NSW breeder commented this morning, their increased Import Fee was instigated and promoted by HRA at the time to boost breeders incentives and mares races but in his words that has “Turned out to be a lie.”
By the way, if you google “Naive” it comes up with “Showing lack of experience, wisdom and judgement.”
Doesn’t that say it all !!!
SPEAKING FURTHER of the breeding industry, the drop again in mares served in New Zealand this past season has to be a real concern.
There are some really worrying situations coming out of New Zealand - The handicapping system, Sires Stakes set up, Cost of having a horse trained, Breeding costs, The integrity unit, etc.
We’ve had another Canterbury based breeder / owner / trainer give us his last horse to sell in the past couple of days and he says he’s out completely - A man who’s had a licence since 1987.
Another well know trainer rung this morning, this one in the North Island, with a mare to sell after the fields come out for Cambridge this Thursday night.
His horse had the least number or points in the race and drew outside the front line, with all horses inside him having ratings of up to eight points higher than his pacer.
As he said he had no show and to make it worse it’s an eight hour return trip for him.
You will know where the horse will be on Thursday night …. At home !!!
HERE'S ONE that is really scary.
A near Christchurch trainer told us yesterday that he had two geldings on his property and after being given plenty of chances they just weren’t going to make racehorses.
He said apart from not being able to make racehorses, they weren’t the type of horses manners wise that you could confidently re-home as riding horses etc thus he had no other option for them.
When he phoned to organise the only option available to him, he was told it would be weeks before they could be picked up as they were so busy with other horses facing the same future.
Unfortunately, the comment was made that many he on his list to pick up were standardbreds as their owners in his words “Had a gutsful of the game.”
AT LAST SOME GOOD NEWS  - Congratulations to well respected and successful Menangle based couple Robert and Kerry Ann Morris on the birth of their daughter yesterday to now have the pigeon pair - A son and a daughter.
We trust Mum and the little one are doing fine and dandy.
HOW OFTEN do we see it happen ?
When it takes a pacer or a trotter a good number of starts to break their maiden win and then bang they win again next start.
Last Sunday at Rangiora the Greg and Nina Hope trained Dalness First did just that.
Owned by popular Ashburton based Dave and Heather King, the Changeover mare took twenty three starts to win her maiden on the grass at Methven a fortnight before and then came out and won at her next start on the all weather on Sunday.
A big well done to all concerned.
PUNTERS CORNER FOLLOWERS should have their pockets full to the brim after two of our three tipsters came up with winners from this past weekend’s racing.
The star was Chris' tip of Stoneyroyd at the Southland meeting held at Winton on Friday afternoon when the three year old son of Changeover romped home in race two at a the very juicy TAB odds of $10.90.
A big well done to Chris !!
Not to be outdone in the winning department, Mark's best bet for the weekend of Mach Daddy in race two at Forbes yesterday (Sunday), also ran a very easy winner but it was well expected as paid just $1.40 on the tote - But a winner is a winner !!
Unfortunately, after The Methven Magpie being all over Sonoma Tyron as his best bet of the week at Rangiora yesterday, the Patrick O’Reilly trained daughter of Andover Hall (USA) was on her worst behaviour and blew her chances at the start.
With Chris' nice winner on Friday, he now shares the lead with Mark in our 2021 Punters Corner Charity Tipping Competition, with each having $228.00 in the bank and The Magpie not too far behind with $164.00.
The guys tips will be coming through for next weekend’s racing from this Thursday afternoon onwards, so make certain you don’t miss them - They are in form !!
WE HEAD to Auckland this weekend for the NZB National Weanling Sale to be conducted on Monday.
We look forward to meeting up with many, which will our first trip back since Covid hit.
If you have a horse to sell, need a weanling purchase to be insured or need some flights organised etc just grab a hold of us or give us a call / SMS.
If phoning from NZ our contact number during the sales is 0061 447 311 200 or from Australia 0447 311 200
As always many thanks for your time and please keep safe and well.

Stuart and Marg Valentine



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