Scotia, when last have you checked what a litre of diesel\unleaded cost at the pumps? To transport horses too and fro, at times a 200 mile round trip, costs a fortune. Not many trainers have yards near Newcastle. Southwell will have a lot of entries as it’s in Nottinghamshire so it’s pretty central
On another note OZ Harness trainer Dean Braun and Harness driver Chris Alford raided on Sunday past from Victoria, OZ, to Hobart, Tasmania with one runner only. A distance of over 800 kms.
The odds on pop won easily returning 1.30 on the Tote, A lot better than the 1 rand money back on the Crawford runner on Queens Plate day.
The Ozzie raider's trip involved a ferry across the Bass Straits to Devonport.
I have seen the multitude of pleas to re-open the groot gat and agree with Dave this will not happen. There is more chance of the Vaal sand re-opening I mean at least the track is owned by the operator - Kimberley got sold and from what I have been told, it is being used for other horsey activities. The NHA were conspicuous by their absence in policing Kimberley and that is the major reason that we had all the doping and abuse of horses. The old Kimberley trainers can cry me a river, facts are facts. That center had a shameful record in that regard.
Keep it closed it is not needed.
Couldn't agree more - and it's actually quite disturbing to see so many calls for the venue to be re-instated. I see Futura posted a link to a previously reported guilty finding of what is tantamount to extreme horse abuse. How ironic that that particular individual then had the stones to attack a poster on Sporting Post yesterday :
Please do not generalise all from flamingo park as being villians. Have your facts right and name the people . Unfortunately you do get bad appels in a bag at times. Kimberley has a definate place in racing. Yes i would return tomorrow and so would all owners previously involved.
There are 2 other incidents involving other trainers that come to mind immediately - one for doping and another for blatant animal cruelty.
This is not a venue that puts the horse first - never has never will ........
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