THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GOOFY MATT RUDOLPH

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THE ADELAIDE FACTOR LIFTS COX PLATE PROFILE.

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After the Cox Plate’s position and profile as Australasia’s premier weight for age championship took a hit last year when Shamus Award’s victory created history for the wrong reason – a Maiden winning this prestigious Group One for the first time- the memorable win in the 2014 edition last Saturday by Adelaide, owned by the international racing and breeding giant Coolmore, quickly restored the reputation of one of Australia’s most iconic weight for age contests.

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Adelaide’s win created its own piece of history – the first time an “international” horse had etched its name on the famous silverware. And in doing so, Adelaide has done what Vintage Crop did for the Melbourne Cup back in 1983, in this instance, internationalizing the Cox Plate 31 years later in 2014.

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HONG KONG WONTONS, DING DONGS, THEN SOMES AND DIM SUMS

GET BACK JOAO JOAO TO WHERE YOU BELONG: THE WINNERS CIRCLE

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Coming to the last race at Shatin on Sunday, punters and the fanatical Joao Moreira Fan Club piled their last gasp money onto Khaya hoping that “Thor” would get his magical mojo back and ride, at least, one winner on the eleven race card.

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Alas, the moment the gates opened, it was adios, amigos and Khaya became Aiiiyaaa when, unlike its last start, below, where Moreira bustled the John Size-trained galloper out of a wide draw, and drove it to the front, got it to the inside rail, and, first past the winning post, this time it suffered from one of those unfortunate things that appear in the Stipes Report as the horse “getting away to a slow start”. Yawn.

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JAMES MATHERS ON RACING IN SYDNEY NEEDING AN INFUSION OF FUN

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Dear Sir

I refer to your article posted on 26 October in relation to Happy Wednesday.

What fabulous and exciting events you seem to be hosting in Hong Kong.

Racing must be fun, fun for all the stakeholders otherwise we would all go and find other things to do (lots are in Sydney). Your product of the beer garden, people, music, lights, dancing and jockeys, for all, is the way to go. It is a product that can be targeted tastefully to all age groups. Older people are allowed to have fun! Further your product would not be difficult to replicate in Sydney. We have the facilities in place but not the leadership.

I wonder if you would mind consulting to the ATC…. they desperately need help.

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PURTON STEALS THE SHOW…AND NOW, ROLL ON DECEMBER AND THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF

The rabid racing fans who follow the sport around the world and mesmerised by the amazing win of Adelaide in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley the night before might have been wondering how the races at Shatin were going to compete with that for excitement, drama and everything in-between.

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But, oh, it did- in spades- and with Zac Purton being the ace in the hole and the joker in the pack.

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It would be churlish for anyone not to acknowledge the fact that right here and now, there is no one in the world- Ryan Moore included- riding better than Zac Purton.

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY, BEN SEMMENS AND THAT ADRENALINE RUSH

What few people see are the background stories that add to the HKJC’s Happy Wednesday nights experience where one of these is the friendship singer-songwriter Ben Semmens has developed with many of the boys riding those big horses and executives with the HKJC.

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When Dougie, Zac, Neil, Karis, Ollie, Nash, Joao etc gallop towards the barriers and pass by the backstage area of the Beer Garden where Ben and the band are setting up with the usual all-female cheering squad around them, there are always the smiles and shake of the heads as if to say, “Gawd, wish we were with all of you mad hatters!” And after winning a race, they try to gallop towards that area of the Beer Garden for a friendly fist pump.

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THE BUFFET ISSUE

ARE JAPANESE RACEHORSES OVER RATED?

Some of the post race commentary following Admire Rakti’s blistering win in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup has yet again proven how reactionary and knee jerk Australian racing is in their analysis of race track performances, which are out of the ordinary.

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The sheer class and race track performances of Japanese bred and trained racehorses are not in dispute. Their deeds speak loud enough, particularly at home where a very economically viable and elitist industry thrives.

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Unlike many comparable racing jurisdictions which also have as their foundation stone – a high quality and elite breeding industry- Japanese racing is still very protective of its racing industry.

Whilst in recent times, Japanese owners, trainers and their racehorses have reversed their reluctance to travel and compete against the world’s best racehorses in the world’s best Group One races, their industry is still, in today’s globalized world, more than a tad Howard Hughes-type reclusive.

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ZAC PURTON AND FINE-TUNING THAT ZAC ATTACK

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What many are wondering is what, where and when was the turning point that had Zac Purton go from being a good jockey to a global trotting superstar rider taking all before him whenever the opportunities have presented themselves.

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Before coming to Hong Kong in 2007, Zac Purton was a work in progress- a young jockey with enormous untapped potential, who, said those who claimed to know, someone who had more time for riding the surf than riding horses.

Speak to Purton about this supposed rabid passion to ride the waves- and, apparently with “good mate” Damien Oliver-and he’ll laugh.

“I was never a surfer as I hate being cold, so I’m not sure why this one keeps popping up,” he says in that matter-of-fact voice that one has by now come to expect. It’s all water off a duck’s back to a bloke who is so nonchalant, it might come across as arrogance.

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HONG KONG WONTONS, DING DONGS, THEN SOMES AND DIM SUMS

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THE ZAC ATTACK TURNS ON THE MAGIC: WINS THE CAULFIELD CUP FOR JAPAN!

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The Zac Attack juggernaut continued yesterday when- no, not Gai Waterhouse, not Chris Waller, not Aiden O’Brien, not John Moore, not Darren Weir- but the Tomouki Omada-trained Admire Rakti, again underlying the quality of the horses from Japan, defied carrying topweight to beat off all Australian challengers and ran away with the Group 1 Caulfield Cup- a truly International win that says much about the “spread” of the players involved in the sport today.

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JAMES MATHERS RETURNS WITH A- WHOAH- CALCULATOR!

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Firstly I thank RNSW for responding to the call from the industry for information surrounding the issue of monies collected under the Racefields fee scheme.

As I understand, the scheme really falls into two parts: the first part being the $98m collected by RNSW during the time it defended the challenges to the legislation and the second part which relates to the ongoing collection of race fields fees going forward.

In respect of the first part I find some of the statements or inferences totally misleading and indeed questionable.

The commentary infers that $98m has been collected and expended save for a $20m reserve i.e. $78 m actually expended .This is misleading. I ask have all the monies on the list been expended? I ask has the $10m for outside broadcast infrastructure been properly expended and has the $8m for the equine quarantine station been expended.

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THE TINGLING AND CO-MINGLING ISSUE

SHALL WE DANCE? CAN WE CO-MINGLE?

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The folks down there in bleak city have done it again. Yes, it’s very early days when baby steps are being taken, but they’ve trumped NSW in the potentially lucrative arrangement to co-mingle the Victorian Tabcorp pools with Hong Kong, which commenced this week with the Shatin night meeting on Wednesday.

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It’s a familiar theme: Rome burns while Nero fiddles. This time there are two excuses offered up by Emperor Nero The Zero and his merry court of constipated Yes men and women from Druitt Street. Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle…

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The first, again a familiar one, is that Hong Kong is not offering what Emperor Zero believes to be a fair return for co-mingling to Racing NSW.

It’s one of the more hollow and comical reasons considering the pathetically small fields that RNSW offers up to punters at every Saturday and mid-week metropolitan race meeting in Sydney.

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If, as some conspiracy theorists have suggested, it’s all part of a 2014 re-run of the “Munce War” instigated by Racing NSW and its arch adversary- the Hong Kong Jockey Club- to undermine co-mingling, we disagree: If Sydney field sizes remain so pathetically small, it would be a significant DISINCENTIVE for Hong Kong punters to trash their money on the poor quality racing that Sydney coughs up every bloody week.

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