WHAT FATE AWAITS TVN?
There was always a sense of inevitability about the outcome of the Mexican standoff between TVN and Sky Channel over the value of NSW and Victorian racing vision – a standoff which has become an all too defining feature of Australian racing.
When the wedding bells started ringing out of the hallowed residences of Racing NSW and Racing Victoria over two and half years ago proclaiming the newly discovered spirit of cooperation over TVN, a new Board and a solemn matrimonial vow to take each other for “better or for worse”, we weren’t fooled.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, CHRIS WALLER, Racing NSW, The horse racing industry, Victorian Racing Club
Tagged ATC, CHRIS WALLER, RNSW, Sky Racing, Tabcorp, TVN, Victorian racing
One has to wonder how many visitors to the Hong Kong International Races last week realised they were here at one of the most important moments in the city’s history since The Handover in 1997.
When on Thursday, December 11, the “tenants” of Occupy Central gave up their lopsided fight for democracy and Hong Kong roads and Hong Kong public life returned to normality, it was one of those “And YOU Were There” Moments- something to tell the grand kids about.
The fact that this “surrender” of sorts- and all the events before it- was taking place in a city as small as Hong Kong showed just how important horse racing has been and still is to the public.
Posted in casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, richard gibson, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged 1 Sports Road, Able Friend, DIBAYANI, Douglas Whyte, happy valley, happy wednesday, Hay Market, HKJC, HKJC 130 Anniversary, Hong Kong International Races, Joao Moreira, John Moore, Mizani, Occupy Central, RICHARD GIBSON, The Greatest Show On Turf, THOR THE GREATEST, Umbrella Movement
Let’s first get those “boring numbers” out of the way: 74,000 people on course and a turnover of HK$1.465 billion. On top of this, add another HK$65 million from commingling.
Financially, Sunday’s LONGINES International Races at Shatin was another huge success for the HKJC. But all this is what in television land they call “interesting back stories” to the main plot and the main characters.
Posted in DOUGLAS WHYTE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, richard gibson, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged Able Friend, Aerovelocity, Designs On Rome, Douglas Whyte, Flintshire, Giant Treasure, HKJC, Hong Kong Mile, Joao Moreira, John Moore, Lankan Rupee, LONGINES HKIR, Longines International Races, Lord Kanaloa, military attack, Packing Pins, PAN SUTONG, RICHARD GIBSON, Shatin racecourse, Star Track, the Hong Kong Cup
It was like a cross between delving into Second Life, a question of so near yet so far and a reworking of Sliding Doors.
On Wednesday night while the Occupy Central protesters at Admiralty were digging in for their own version of the Long March, a hop, skip and a jump away, a very different group of thousands in Hong Kong were at Happy Valley Racecourse celebrating their own idea of democracy and freedom of expression.
It really was a celebration- a party where everyone was invited and no one was turned away at the door.
THINGS TO DO AT TONIGHT’S BUDDA-BING-BUDDA-BANG RACE MEETING…
*Get to the races early. Traffic is usually hell between 4-6pm when taxis are sparse, cars and vans and snails crawl up to through Causeway Bay to Sports Road, and remember that Race 1 is at 6.30pm with entertainment at the Beer Garden starting at 6pm.
Posted in casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, JOHN SIZE, the guru, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged Adrenaline, Anna, Beer Garden, Ben Semmens, Captain’s Bar, Caspar Fownes, Champagne Bar, guru, happy wednesday, IJC, Jay, Marcus, Restoration, Shimika, Six Up jackpot, THE BLUE BAR, United Nations Of Racing
The ATC board elections have come and gone and I lost. While that in itself was personally disappointing be assured I am not distraught and be assured I do not intend to disappear under a rock. At times it was a very hard fought election but that is a positive for our sport and industry as opposed to a negative. I will comment further towards the end of this memo.
I refer to your posting dated 28 November 2014 entitled “The totally warped and un-strategic racing issue” which dealt with RNSW 2014 strategic plan . I have said before this plan was nothing but a dream. How can you truly have a plan which at the time of release is unfunded. So RNSW really don’t have a plan and as Chairman, John Messara has stated publicly since “the racing industry in NSW is in decline”. RNSW continue to talk about the pressing need for tax parity with Victoria and with other states. I agree with your comment that “tax parity is, apparently, the panacea for everything that is wrong with NSW racing. It is the genie in the bottle – the one golden wish that, with the flick of state governments magic wand held by Premier Baird and his Deputy and Racing Minister Mr Troy Grant, can deliver what RNSW cheerleader and racing editor Ray Thomas has described as a golden era for New South Wales racing”.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing, JOHN MESSARA, Peter V'landys, The horse racing industry
Tagged ATC, James Mathers, John Messara, Julia Ritchie, Peter V'landys, RNSW, TAB
Well, the ATC AGM has come and gone and the Director election done and dusted. But the great tradition of Australian apathy came to the fore when less than 2000 Members voted, out of 15,500+ and only 2 or 3 hundred turned up and not all Members.
Julia Ritchie arrived, armed with an unassailable quota of proxies, no doubt claimed from the old school network of her days on the AJC Committee and giving her a mandate for her ideas and plans for the ATC.
I wonder if a certain senior member of Management might welcome an ally in Ms Ritchie as rumours persist about a push, albeit I was assured by Michael Crismale that no such push existed and that it was more the case of better utilizing the person’s best skills.
A VERY UNSTRATEGIC RACING NSW STRATEGIC PLAN
The very latest incarnation of Racing NSW’s long list of Strategic Plans – the 2014 version released late last week by “you know who”, and given saturation print coverage including the obligatory editorial in last Friday’s edition by Druitt Street’s brother and sister in arms – Daddy Rupert’s Daily “Smellygraph”- has been clearly designed to hold a gun at the head of the NSW State Government.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, CHRIS WALLER, Horse Racing, Racing NSW
Tagged ATC, CHRIS WALLER, Druitt Street, Graham Begg, Julian Sullivan, Michael Burn, NSW Tab, PAUL BITTAR, Racing Editor Ray Thomas, Racing NSW, Randwick, Rowan Craigie, Tim Poole, Troy Grant