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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:14 am

I echo your comments, Ray.
We can reflect on the good times and roll with the blows when things didn't go so well.
Hopefully good times lie ahead in his new activity.

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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:32 pm

The expected mediocre performance from Change today to finish 8th.
Enjoy your retirement Change and thanks for the memories of the 7 wins.
Hopefully he finds a caring environment to see out his days.
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Re: Major Change

Post by Conwell on Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:25 pm

ray the beancounter wrote: Why would you incur further training and transport costs unnecessarily?

Isn't that what we've already been doing with him over the past few months? clown

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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:07 am

Change is to make his swansong in a $6,000 amateur drivers race at Cambridge on Thursday evening and then be retired.
Ummm......why would you bother?? An amateur drivers race is a lottery at best, a fiasco at worst.
The proposed sale has fallen through and the chances of finding another purchaser is remote, so retirement seems imminent. Why would you incur further training and transport costs unnecessarily?
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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:34 pm

Des, I had not even caught up with the news that Hughie Green had been scratched and that it is now down to a 6 horse field. It will be a lottery between Belle and Ardens Choice. That would be a $1.60 quinella.

As to Major Change the sale resolution was passed with a unanimous 30-0 vote. But, and it is a very big but, the proposed Sydney purchaser has backed out as he is disputing the grading that Change will be handed in Australia. The broker is attempting to find a replacement buyer at the same price. Haha, good luck.......
If the sale does fall through which is looking likely then there are two options (1) retire immediately, or (2) race once more at Cambridge on 17th November with the prospect of retirement if he does no good. This is to be discussed with Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett. For me it is option (1).........
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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:31 pm

Des- the motion to sell was passed but the "buyer" has not signed a contract because he understands the horse would be rated C4 in Australia, rather than C2.

The rating system in Australia is a mystery to us Kiwis.

Rob Carr is continuing to talk to the Australian agent.

Further developments awaited.

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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:44 pm

Was Major Change sold and where will he do his future racing?
Little Rascal was a length fourth in very good company at Addington today so The Faithful can't be too far off that class.
Looking forward to a two island double on Friday with Hughie Green now scratched from Ideal Belle's race.

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:06 pm

Looks a good offer . Gives the horse a chance to be more competitive against non-metropolitan opposition.
Good work by manager and trainer to flush out a buyer.

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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:46 am

Agreed. Proxy form duly completed and emailed to Rob.
Given the better two-tiered handicapping system that they have in place in Australia he should recover his purchase and transport costs in a relatively short timeframe and will, with a bit of luck, provide some enjoyment and maybe even a small profit to the new owners - before he reaches his "mark" over there.
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Re: Major Change

Post by ShayneO on Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:05 am

Well I'm guessing the Special General Meeting decision is going to be a no-brainer! Hopefully the prospective purchasers will get a few wins out of him & we can all be relieved that we're not watching him go round in races he can't win.

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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:14 pm

Agreed. Enough is enough...
He only ran an average time of 2:44 with closing sectionals of 28.2 sec and 28.0 sec. His form says it all - he cannot cut it in his grade at Alexandra Park.
Let him have a happy retirement instead of running him into the ground and risking injury. He is a long way from covering his training costs.
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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:13 am

Easy run on the fence ... did nothing in the straight ... seen enough ... retire.

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:52 am

Trainer, Bernie Hackett, said he was quite happy with the performance and driver reported that the horse displayed improved steering and would have finished closer if he had held the fence longer.

Bernie said that a little more patience and he feels we will be rewarded.

Drops another point in the ratings and is a C2 under the Class system.

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Re: Major Change

Post by geejay on Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:21 am

Bad draw put paid to his chances in this race,looked to run on pretty well at the end,last mile time around the same as the winner.Worth persevering with him a bit longer I think.

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:15 pm

You are not alone, Conwell.  Some others voiced similar sentiments last night.
Personally I am quite happy to ride it out for a while yet , unless the trainer wants to quit him.

His times and some sectionals suggest there is enough there to improve on his formline when the opposition is weaker.

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Re: Major Change

Post by Conwell on Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:25 am

684476053646467787 ......the form line of Major Change.

That's right, he hasn't placed in his last 9 starts and has only placed once in his last 18 starts.

Why we are still persevering with him, I do not know. scratch

Sorry to have to be the one to say it.

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:38 pm

Very kind words there Des.
While there are differing opinions on the horse's immediate future, the driver confirmed that he did put in at the finish after losing momentum on the second last bend.  Trainer is  hoping another small gear change may assist.
Meanwhile, he should drop a few more points in the ratings .

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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:27 pm

Another 7th but I thought that Major Change was again quite tractable and ran home well in less than 56 for his last 800m and on the line was finishing the best. Check out a still shot of the field at the 800m and again at the finish to see the improvement that he made compared to the placegetters. I think that there may be a race for him but he will have to race closer to the front without working too hard to get there.

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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:09 pm

Good that the horse in barrier 1 has been scratched. Do we try to lead and then hand up or go for broke all the way in front. Interesting to see that a half brother to Major Change and Some Change is still in the New Zealand Cup entries i.e. Moonrock. He is the middle half brother who never knew his father and was taken away from his mother before the age of two. A tough start in life so we wish him and his breeder (Rob Carr) well.

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:37 pm

Dropping fast in the ratings- down 3 points to 67 so better placed in the handicaps now. Slightly easier field this week and Maurice McKendry sticks with him, suggesting that he feels there is something there. Junior driver, Ben Butcher, was reported to have said that the horse steered better last week.

Manager and trainer will be monitoring his performance no doubt , so short of a special meeting of members to (successfully) pull the plug as provided within the rules , some further racing can be expected.

It won't be costing much to race him at Alex Park as travel is not a big issue and the club pays appearance money.  Hopefully our patience will yet be rewarded.- eventually...

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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:19 pm

Major Change was not able to quicken when the others did. A lot more tractable this time so a bit disappointing. Who decides when to pull the pin on his racing career? Is this his last chance or are we heading back to the grass tracks?

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Re: Major Change

Post by ray the beancounter on Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:54 pm

I am not going to back track on my earlier “retirement” comments regarding Change, well not just yet anyway – to do so would make me a hypocrite. But I will be the first to admit that a change in trainer has revived and extended his racing career and he is racing with a different attitude.
Going right-handed around Alexandra Park does pose a few problems as he looks a bit like a hoon “drifting” sidewards around the corners. The addition of a boring pole and blinkers may help to straighten him up as his head hangs badly to the left whilst going around the right-hand corners. He hit the line well which was promising.
At this stage he certainly deserves the chance to have a few more opportunities at Alexandra Park in his current grade. Oh, yes and I would not be in favour of reverting back to the old trainer setup, not any time soon.
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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:06 pm

Driver reported he thought the horse did quite well despite having some awkward moments around the bends which saw him either run over or knock over a number of marker pegs. Finished off the race well in cramped quarters. Both driver and trainer were of the opinion that he will race competitively in similar class at Alex Park.

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Re: Major Change

Post by Des Carruthers on Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:07 pm

An interesting run. Ran sideways on most of the turns yet was not too far away at the end without getting much of a run down on the pegs. It seems that if they can straighten him up he may be quite competitive in this class. Does anyone have a trainer report after the race?

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Re: Major Change

Post by barryf on Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:11 pm

Major Change raced in a R71 and faster workout mobile pace over 2050 metres at Franklin Park today.  Current co- trainer, Bernie Hackett, settled him in the trail in what was quite a strong field and seemed to steer well right handed, keeping handy until late in the running where he ended up trailing Zach Maguire, Little Rascal, Miss Daisy and Strike the Gold. but not too far away. Margins 1l., 3/4 L., 1/2 L.  Time 2m37.7, M/R 2m03.7, 56.5., and 27.1.
Driver was reported to be quite happy  and there is a possibility of the horse racing in the immediate future.  Cambridge is scheduled to race next week so the class there is likely to be down a bit on what was seen today.

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