A DAY AT THE HK RACES WITH FAST TRACK

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GROUP 1 WINNING RIDE BY HONG KONG’S ZAC ATTACK.

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On a day in Australia when many punters were shaken, stirred, Spillwayed and Oliver Twisted, Zac Purton made sure his trip Down Under wasn’t for nothing by taking out the Group One George Main Stakes aboard the Chris Waller-trained- isn’t every horse racing in Sydney trained by Chris Waller?- Sacred Falls.

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E-MAIL OF THE DAY

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Dear Sir

I don’t normally reply to the media however in this instance I feel compelled and hope that your article and my reply will start a massive groundswell and a lot of noise within the industry and elsewhere !.

The industry in NSW can’t continue as is !! Something must be done as a matter of urgency to move a few people on and to make some real changes.

I agree 100% with your comments in respect of the ATC board elections and RNSW.

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THE D DAY ISSUE

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ATC ELECTION: NSW RACING’S D DAY

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The upcoming ATC election, and more importantly, its outcome, is shaping up as potentially one of the most defining events in recent times that could determine the future of NSW racing.

There’s a lot at stake in the election for the ATC Board.

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THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF RETURNS!

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When Brett Prebble drove the Derek Cruz-trained Double Dragon to the front and won the first race of the new racing season, the sun shone, birds chirped and Hong Kong got its priorities right: The dark clouds of protest movements and naive politics of Occupy Central were left behind as a mighty army of 74,000, starved of their favourite pastime for three months, came out to enjoy The Greatest Show On Turf.

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Did these thousands care if this first race was a lowly Class 5 race won by a ten-year-old?

Did Brett Prebble care he wasn’t riding Nostradamus for Team Hawkes- surely, it needs longer?-as he had done the day before at Randwick?

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THE FAST TRACKER MAKES TRACKS TO RAISE THE CURTAIN ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW HK RACING SEASON AT SHATIN

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What we’re watching:

“The Americans” and totally in lust with Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings- sexy, ruthless, mother lover and spy.

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What we’re working on and who we’re working with.

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Who we’re listening to.

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THE HKJC AND ITS DIFFERENT WAYS OF TAKING THE HIGH ROAD

The new horse racing season gets underway at Shatin tomorrow, which will give thousands in the city a break from the constant barrage of news about what is looking more and more like a Monty Python skit- the Occupy Central sit-in or bed-in, or whatever it’s meant to be, which is set to bring the business district to a standstill on October 1 for the sake of “universal suffrage”.

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Excuse me while I stifle a yawn thinking of the genius behind this movement- Benny Tai- who, after thinking about it and, probably having flashbacks of tanks, armies and Tianamen Square, made an overnight u-turn and now won’t be sitting in at his own sit-in.

He was last seen having his head shaved with other supporters of “universal suffrage” as a more passive type of protest and a new effort as grandstanding and self-promotion.

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THE SERIAL LEAKER, GAI, ZAC,NASH AND JAPANESE TOUR GROUPS

THE JAPANESE ARE COMING!

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It has long been recognized and acknowledged that the elite Japanese racehorses are just that – Elite.

They have convincingly demonstrated their world class credentials in recent years by their successes on the International stage – in Hong Kong, Australia and Dubai and domestically in their high quality and high rating International Group Ones.

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But there is one coveted International Group One and one global racing stage that has eluded the elite Japanese thoroughbred, their owners and trainers.

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HORSE RACING, CREATIVITY AND A LEGO HAPPY VALLEY HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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Horse racing has it all- a wonderful palette of colour, action, some of the most beautiful animals in the world- and yet, as we hurtle towards another new year, none of this has truly been captured in a creative way, and presented to, not only fans of the sport, but those who are standing on the periphery saying, “Go ahead, convince me” before dipping their toe in.

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The music industry, where one expects crackling creativity in how it presents itself, because of its association with some incredibly cutting edge artists- Pharrell, Damon Albarn, Bowie, Ben Folds Five etc- stopped being creative decades ago thinking, perhaps, Who bother?

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THE CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES ISSUE

RACING MINISTER FLEXES HIS MUSCLES.

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NSW Racing Minister Troy Grant, below, should be commended for ensuring that the Provincial and Country sectors of NSW racing will not continue to be forgotten in the indecently hasty scramble to make the Championships an exclusively metropolitan and Sydney-centric carnival.

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The Provincial and Country Championships Series where selected provincial and regional racing venues will host $100,000 races eligible only to horses trained at those particular centres or regions and culminating in two $300,000 Finals – one for the Provincial and one for the Country during the Championships next Autumn has the personal fingerprints of the Racing Minister all over them.

Importantly, the prize money will come out of the State Government funding for the Championships – very important in that it would, probably, otherwise have made an even greater obscenity of the prize money for the feature races during the carnival.

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WHY HORSE RACING CAN’T KEEP STANDING STILL

“Ideas are the natural born enemy of the way things are”. General Electric

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The good god of horse racing must be finding it tough to swim against the current, which probably explains why there are no signs as to how he’s helping guide and provide direction to where the sport is heading.

Not just that, but he also doesn’t seem to have the balls to smash those irrelevant ten tablets, and start afresh with a different type of tablet more aligned with today’s technology-driven world.

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Listening the other day to a couple of earnest racing pundits provide their post mortem on a weekend race meeting, one had to wonder what a stranger in a strange land who’d just landed on planet earth would have made of it all, or, for that matter, a novice to racing who thinks a Moody Dissident is Kim Dae-jung.

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Despite all the soundbites about attracting “the next generation of race-goers”, the marketing of horse racing to this customer segment continues to plod along the same path, and speak to that same captive audience that’s getting smaller every day.

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Sure, in Australia, come every Spring Carnival, many get excited about how it’s attracted this “new generation”- but this is like premature ejaculation as there is no sustainability- no lasting power.

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