Beaches, Sand, Sewerage Pits, Turbo, Another Jones Boy, and a Plodding Mare Who Has Suddenly Turned into Wonder Woman – The Only Thing We Can Believe About Harness Racing These Days is What’s Right

Kowhai Shadow is a Kiwi pacing mare that until a week ago had started 46 times over three seasons and only won twice, both on the grass. One of them was at downtown Amberley, the little town of 1800 famous for building a statue of war hero Charles Upham outside the council building, even though […]

No Tree Hill, Just a Cross For the Croon Era Cabal to Bear – the $700 Million Dollar Mortgage Over Alexandra Park

The Auckland Trotting Club (ATC) has sold the farm to fund its failed dreams of transforming itself from a racing association into a property developer. Every single blade of Alexandra Park, including the track, has been mortgaged. There are two mortgages held over AP. The ANZ bank holds one for $500 million. Westpac hold the […]

The Auckland Trotting Club is the Titanic – All That’s Left is the Slow, Sad Spectacle of Watching it Sink (First Published 14 July 2021)

Numbers don’t lie, and the graph you see above paints the picture as clear as day. The Auckland Trotting Club (ATC) is in more trouble than Flash Gordon, and in twice as much strife again. All those dreams of untold riches the club was going to derive by deviating from its core business of racing […]

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