Talk­ing points from week­end of rac­ing

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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.

TR­ISH DUNELL

Blair Alexander leads Ginger­nuts in fol­low­ing his New Zealand Derby vic­tory.

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