TVN AND THE BEHIND THE SCENES ISSUE

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WHAT FATE AWAITS TVN?

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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.

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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.

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WHEN A RACING CLUB BECOMES MORE THAN A RACING CLUB

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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.

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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.

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LONGINES HKIR DAY: HONG KONG’S EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO THE WORLD

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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.

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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.

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AND NOW FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF

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It was like a cross between delving into Second Life, a question of so near yet so far and a reworking of Sliding Doors.

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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.

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It really was a celebration- a party where everyone was invited and no one was turned away at the door.

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WHY YOU SHOULD BE UP FOR A HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND TONIGHT’S HONG KONG IJC CHALLENGE.

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THINGS TO DO AT TONIGHT’S BUDDA-BING-BUDDA-BANG RACE MEETING…

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*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.

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COUNTDOWN TO HK INTERNATIONAL RACING WEEK! LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

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HONG KONG AND THE UNITED NATIONS OF RACING

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There maybe the usual soap operas going on in the world of horse racing, but, in Hong Kong, the main attraction is the horse opera starring Brazilian Joao Moreira, Aussie Zac Purton and South African Douglas Whyte.

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The three lead the Jockeys Premiership and though The Magic Man might look to have the championship in the bag- even if he decides to renew his six month license- never count out the Zac Attack and The Durban Demon. There are shades of “Gunfight At OK Coral” and “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” about it all with fierce competition between that new kid in town (Moreira), the twitchy, unpredictable gunslinger who laughs in the face of danger (Purton) and the Lee Van Cleef or, depending on how you view it, the Gary Cooper and Clint Eastwood in this fascinating horse opera that is Whyte, that most fiercest of competitors who digs in and finds that inner resolve just when the “He’s past it” mantra starts up.

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JAMES MATHERS HAS NOT SURRENDERED. FAR FROM IT.

JAMES MATHERS

Dear Sir

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.

RNSW

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”.

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NORM SNOWDEN ON THE AFTERMATH OF THE ATC AGM

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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.

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

NEIL CALLAN IS NO DONKEY

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He’s a bit like a combination of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro, but the emergence of Neil Callan to be one of the top riders in Hong Kong has surprised many- but, one doubts, it has caught the Irishman unawares.

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Today, Callan sits third- or, as he pronounces it, “turd”- on the Jockeys leaderboard after a double at the Valley on Wednesday where he also took out the Jockey Challenge.

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As Hunter S Thompson would have written, What a strange, weird trip it’s been for Neil “Paddy” Callan aka “Donkey” who first came out to Hong Kong on the recommendation of that loveable rogue- fellow Irish jockey Johnny Egan- to test the waters four years ago. He then deputised for an indisposed rider in a HK International Jockey Challenge that led him to stay on a bit longer, a nine month stint last season, plus, of course, his first full season this year.

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THE TOTALLY WARPED AND UNSTRATEGIC RACING ISSUE

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A VERY UNSTRATEGIC RACING NSW STRATEGIC PLAN

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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.

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