Phar Lap Race Scratchings
R1: 2,7
R2: 3,15
R3: 2
R4: 1,2,5,11,16,18,19
R5: 8,12
R6: 7

TAB Meeting #6 with the first of 10 races starting at 11:57am
Doubles: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10
Trebles: 1-2-3, 4-5-6, 8-9-10
Quaddies: 2-3-4-5, 7-8-9-10
Pick 6: Starts on race 5 with a $25,000 Guaranteed Pool

Track conditions: Dead 4                   
Weather: Fine                                       
Rail: True                                         
Track: Left hand 1800m                       
Length of straight: 400m

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Todays $50 Betting Strategy
RACE 7: $29 Quaddie / 1-3-5-7-9-14 / 1-2-4-5 / 3-5-6-7 / 5-8-9 / = 10%
RACE 8: #5 SURE IS $10 Win (paying $10.00  NZ TAB FOB)
RACE 10: #9 THAILAND $5 Win (paying $8.50 NZ TAB FOB) & $2 Box Quinella 5 x 8 x 9 (Cost $6)
Sundays meeting $50 spend returned = $50.00 loss
Betting Strategy running total spent $6,200 to return $4,851.10 = $1,348.90 loss

RACE 1: Final Field Win Option #144 & Final Field Place Option #629. Best bet CAILIN was beaten by the draw first up in the South Island, she gets a superior draw and with the handy 2KG claim will improve quickly, hard to beat. MIDSUMMER MAGIC needed her fresh up run at Riccarton, she has been back to the trials where she showed a lot of courage to dig in down the straight to win by a nose, she will be suited by this track and will look the winner at some stage down the straight. RECOMMENDED FLIGHT finished runner up in that same trial as the above mare, she has improved over the Summer spell and from her handy draw looks to be an each way hope in an open affair. RAFF and FEEL THE BREEZE have both been in solid form and even though they are drawn wide should still be included in all multiples.

RACE 2: Final Field Win Option #143 & Final Field Place Option #635. Best bet HIGHLAND LADY has been given plenty of time to mature, she found her best form towards the end of her last campaign and was given another good spell, she looked forward when 2nd at a recent trial, goes close from the handy draw. WANDERIN OVER finished 2nd at her last run back in the Spring, she was then spelled before the tracks got too hard, she returned at a recent trial, finishing 2nd and while she will prefer more distance later on she should still be sharp enough to be competitive here. EXCLAIM went some nice races early in the season, she struck trouble in her last outing at Kurow and was then sent for a break, she comes into this without a trial but on past form should be thereabouts in this, her stable is running red hot at the moment, watch closely. VIVA LABLUES last raced at Avondale near the end of January, her form up North was good enough for her to be respected in this line up, wide draw no help, watch for her late.

RACE 3: Final Field Win Option #140 & Final Field Place Option #316. Best bet CLARA was an impressive R65 winner two starts back then went down fighting at her first run in this grade last start, she has the draw to be hard to beat again. TATTERS fresh up and having her first run in the South Island, she usually improves with racing but with blinkers on she is capable on past performances of taking this out without it being a big surprise, taking notes. BENEFICIAL won 2 races in a row prior to taking on Group 3 company in the Breeders Stakes at Riccarton during the Spring time, where she finished well back but was feeling the effects of the hard track, put aside since then she was back winning a recent trial, she is a leading chance even with her big weight of 59.5 KGs. For longer odds consider VICE MARSHALLhe has hinted at his recent runs that a return to some worthwhile form isn’t too far away, he will be hoping for a wet track as he has the fitness edge of most of his more favoured rivals, if he can find the front on his home track he could take a lot of running down.

RACE 4: Final Field Win Option #138 & Final Field Place Option #317. Best bet SEDUTTORE showed a lot of courage to lead all the way to win at his South Island debut, he would only have improved with that run under his belt and from the good draw will likely try to adopt similar tactics, stays in the same grade for this,  go again. FRANKIE THE FOX wasn’t on his best behaviour last start and finished well back, his fresh up effort said he wasn’t too far away from his best form, on a softer track he should be given another chance, follow your money. SAVELLE might have gone a touch too keenly in front last start over the 1000 metres, she was an impressive all the way winner fresh up and that effort is a better guide to her chances in this, include in all multiples. FUNNY FACE has been in solid form, unfortunately drawn the extreme outside barrier but should still be included in all multiples.

RACE 5: Final Field Win Option #136 & Final Field Place Option #319. Best bet TOO FERLAXED roared home for 3rd on debut and with any luck probably should have won, she has a wide draw to overcome but gets an extra 200 metres in distance for this assignment, she looks a very progressive type who can win here and go on with it. SENTITO built up her form nicely during the Sprint before being put aside over Summer, she has had 2 runs back in strong 3 year old company and will appreciate being back to maiden company for this, expect a sharp form reversal especially from the good draw. LLOVIZNA went around at big odds last start and didn’t go too badly, she had to work too hard from the wide draw, knocking up late in the piece, she gets a better draw here, with a handy 2KG claim she could take some catching around this track. FINE AND DANDEE had her first start in the South Island and immediately found form when finishing a strong 2nd at Riccarton, she wouldn’t have to improve much to win here, she will win a race at short notice.

RACE 6: Final Field Win Option #135 & Final Field Place Option #322. Best bet PINUP COUP will probably be on her last chance with many punters, she should be suited by a likely strong pace and with some easing in the track conditions, the mile after 6 weeks between runs is ideal, watch for an improved effort here. Stablemate GLOSS will also be suited by the mile, she has been below her best at her last couple of runs but will appreciate some easing in track conditions, with the 3KG claim she looks hard to beat.WELCOME was back in the winners circle last start, capping off some solid placed form, she rises in class though this is not the strongest R72 field that she will ever strike, but she does go straight to the top of the handicap, another solid effort can be expected, each way.

RACE 7: Final Field Win Option #124 & Final Field Place Option #324. A maiden mile starts the quaddie, best bet LIVELY INTEREST she was put into the race early over the mile last start and stuck on well to finish 2nd in her first ever show of form, she gets a good draw to go one better here. RELIABLE GLOW did well to finish 3rd over the mile 2 starts back at Riccarton, she then followed that up with an unlucky run at Ashburton, though she was well beaten she didn’t help herself with a slow start and achequered runin the straight, back up to the mile with a 3KG claim she should be thereabouts at the finish. KING OF THE DANCE is fresh up to the South Island, he showed some promise as a stayer when tried in the North, with the blinkers added he should be sharp enough to be an each way chance in this after nearly 8 weeks between races, one to follow. RIVALDO finished runner up at long odds 2nd up and has been well supported in 2 subsequent runs, on both occasions he has not had all the luck in the running, he is better that that, allow another chance. SUCCOSO SEGRETO was adequate when 9th last start, she raced wide then battled strongly to the line, all of her career runs have suggested that she should be at her best over more ground, she gets out to the mile for the first time in this and from the good draw with the blinkers added she is quite capable of causing a minor upset. RIPINHET is an interesting runner, he is fresh up and having his first run in the South Island, he showed promise as a 3 year old but for whatever reason didn’t come up this season, he is first up at the mile which usually means that they have been in work for some time, he should be respected from the ace draw, follow any positive market leads.LIVELY INTEREST besten a 1/2 neck last start at Riccarton by the $3.90 2nd favourite EL CAMPEADOR

RACE 8: Final Field Win Option #121 & Final Field Place Option #326. Best bet SEBRING’S DELIGHT won her maiden over ground 2 starts back then fought strongly for 4th next up ,she has had a freshen up and should be hard to beat returning at the mile, good draw also helps. SURE IS has really mixed her form this season, she looked good winning her maiden at Kurow then battled at her next couple before producing a bottler 3 starts back when runner up at Riccarton, she again went off the boil but her astute trainers have played around with her gear, she is worth another chance, each way. SPLENDIOR found the Group 3 company too rich last start where she faded out after over racing during the running, she will appreciate the drop back in class for this and must be given an each way chance. MOWENNA won her maiden well at Wingatui 2 starts back then raced there again for a 9th in quite a strong R65 contest, this field does look easier and with a month between runs she should be spot on for a big effort, include in all multiples. For longer odds consider TANTELLA she is devoid of any recent form but does save her best for this track and distance, from the good draw with C Johnson engaged she can turn her form right around in what is a not very strong field.SURE IS finishing 2nd at Riccarton three starts ago & at $10.00 & $2.70 on the NZ TAB Fixed Odds today we think she is worth an each-way ticket.

RACE 9: Final Field Win Option #114 & Final Field Place Option #328. Best bet GRANT didn’t have much luck in his first run in the South Island last start, he showed glimpses of ability over ground in the North and should strip a lot fitter for this assignment, Chris Johnson takes over the reins, a bold effort is expected. TACKTHEFLAG has improved at his recent starts and is knocking on the door for his maiden win, he is looking for a rain affected track and his chances soar if he finds those conditions here, watch closely. HARD BUT FAIR has the best exposed form of any in this, she has finished 2nd and 3rd in similar fields at her latest runs, on both occasions she has found the line with purpose, a win can’t be far away. BANNOCK didn’t appear to be trying too hard when well beaten last start, his form prior would give him a better than each way chance in a field like this so with the blinkers added he should be allowed one more chance. CINTO BAY went the race of an improver 2 starts back then went even better at her next run at her first attempt at a middle distance, she must be respected on that run alone, goes close. LATASSO was much better last start when finishing 4th off a wide draw, she can keep on improving and with a 4KG claim does look well placed to be thereabouts at the finish, include in all multiples.GRANT #4 finishing 7th at Ashburton last start. Stipe Comment: Improved wide and raced forward from the 1300 metres, lay inwards passing the 300 metres and had to be straightened, placed in restricted room and checked passing the 200 metres.

RACE 10: Final Field Win Option #111 & Final Field Place Option #329. Best bet BABAN he disappointed last start when finishing at the rear of the field, he was up in class but according to his rider he failed to handle the slow track conditions, his effort prior was that of an improver and with C Johnson taking over the reins he should be given another chance, follow your money. ADVENTURESS won her maiden 2 starts back at Riccarton she then only battled at her next run, she gets a good draw to work with here and with an inform 2KG claimer on board she should be able to reverse that last effort, each way. SITARIST gives the powerful Parsons team a strong hand in this race, she should have finished closer at her last start, she got held up on more than one occasion in a field that was stronger than the one she faces here, the extra 200 metres is also ideal, goes close. THAILAND didn’t offer much when well supported in the same race as the above mare, her effort prior says she is better than that and she can turn that form right around in this, follow your money. PRODUCER broke through for his long awaited maiden win 2 starts back he then followed that with a good 3rd at R72 level, he is racing as well as ever and is always an each way hope. FRIDAY KNIGHT has been racing in higher grades and hasn’t been beaten far, he will appreciate dropping back a rating band here, he can race handy from the good draw which is an advantage around this track, include in all multiples.BABAN #6 last of 6 runners last start at Wingatui but expect a better performance today.  Stipe Comment: When asked to comment on the performance today the rider reported the gelding had failed to handle today’s track conditions (Slow 7 – today Dead 4)


Joe Taylor horse owner and punter who gave Aussie bookies a run for their money in the 50s & 60s

A generous man, Joe Taylor gave away thousands to his fellow punters on several occasions, and ended up losing the rest on bets. As the owner of gambling dens and nightclubs, Taylor was one of the most popular figures in Sydney.

One of the true legends of the Australian turf is Joseph Patrick Taylor. Nicknamed ‘The Boss. Joe Taylor was a regular in the betting ring at Sydney’s racetracks, feared by bookies.

Born in November 1908 to a hotel cellar man, Joe Taylor took up boxing and Rugby League football, later moving on to manage League teams and boxers. Gambling was Joe Taylor’s passion, with most of his money spent on betting on racehorses. He operated an illegal gambling casino, Thommos, in the back alley of Surrey Hills.

Joe Taylor Race horse owner and punter

He also operated several baccarat schools while moving on to become the owner of the Celebrity Club, a famous night club on York Street, which was a major attraction in the 1950s and 60s amongst the racing fraternity.

Joe Taylor never hesitated to import the best entertainers from America including Diana Barrymore and heavyweight boxing champion Rosenbloom, who was a regular at Thommos as well.

Joe Taylor was known to bet only in cash through his agents who were all employed at his gambling and night club establishments.

His success with his own horses made bookies fear him the most, taking many bookies to the cleaners. Bookies always opened a Joe Taylor horse at a shorter quote.

However, this did not stop him from getting his agents into action to cover every bookie at a specific time, from whom he made a cool profit. Among his major trainers were Reg Ferris Sr. and his son Reg Ferris Jr., followed by Albert Woods and then Kevin Hayes.

Joe Taylor was known to be a generous man on the tracks, giving away thousands to all his fellow punters on the track. According to Bill Waterhouse Taylor didn’t give a damn about money.

As a horse owner, Joe Taylor owned mostly handy racehorses, his best horse though was Birthday Card, winner of the 1962 Golden Slipper Stakes, ridden by senior jockey Roy Greenwood whom Taylor had great faith in. Another one of Joe’s horses was High Row. This horse had won a few Welter races during its time but nothing more. On Golden Slipper Day, Joe thought High Row was a certainty and backed it by placing all his Golden Slipper winnings on him only to see High Row not only lose the race but it came in last. Legend states he had to borrow taxi money to get himself home, this was reported as fact my Max Presnell.

When it came to buying horses, Taylor always made his selection based on his own opinion. Joe Taylor continued to punt until the day he died.

Joe Taylor opened his second nightclub in 1954, the Carlisle Club in Kellett Street, Kings Cross with many illegal casino games like baccarat. He also served on the committee of City Tattersall’s Club for more than a decade.

Joe Taylor was known to many people including well known radio personality Jack Davey, newspaper publisher Ezra Norton, and Sir Robert Askin, the State Premier.

Among his other illegal gambling associates were Perce Galea, Len McPherson, and Fredrick Anderson.

For many reasons, Joe Taylor’s illegal gambling dens seemed to have plenty of backing despite raids by the police, who most people suspect were staged events.

Joe Taylor married a 46-year-old divorcee and secretary, Patricia Moffit in September 1971.

He suffered a heart attack on 17 August 1976 and died at Sydney Hospital.

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