Talking points from weekend of racing
It was a big weekend of racing on both sides of the Tasman with plenty to talk about.
One: New Zealand racing needs more people like Blair Alexander
Sure he works in advertising and marketing for a living, but what the passionate owner has done to promote racing through the Gingernuts and Hasselhoof syndicates has had more of an impact than what some who are paid to promote racing have achieved.
Gingernuts did not win the Australian Derby on Saturday, but the bright and bubbly syndicate of 42 owners, with their bright orange ‘‘G Nuts’’ caps, were easily the most visible bunch of owners on course at Randwick. Everybody at Randwick saw them and saw what a great a time they were having. Alexander put the majority of the syndicate together. Having a good time and promoting racing in a fun and humble way makes racing horses seem like a winner for everyone. With 42 owners and a purchase price of $42,500, syndicates like the Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate, show that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a lot of fun. The industry should be celebrating the initiative of people like Alexander and doing everything they can to find more of them.
Two: Thank goodness for people like Michael McNab
Michael McNab has had his ups and downs and Melody Belle’s victory in Saturday’s Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes was his finest hour to date.
But McNab was fined $400 for celebrating his first Group I victory prior to passing the winning post. Had he waited a few extra seconds, there would not have been an issue.
McNab wears his heart on his sleeve and speaks from the heart. Why would anybody want to transform people like that into conservative robots? As long as they are not dangerous, celebrations like McNab’s should be supported. They create atmosphere and how many people have taken the time to look at the images of McNab’s salute on social media that would normally not even look at a racing image? Sporting theatre is about passion and emotion and that is what McNab showed. Stewards and the Judicial Control Authority have a job to do but surely common sense could have taken over and resulted in a warning for McNab. If everyone who cares about growing racings profile sends McNab a gold coin, the fine will be sorted in no time.
Blair Alexander leads Gingernuts in following his New Zealand Derby victory.