IS MINI ME RUNNING THE OZ RACING INDUSTRY?

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FIELD SIZES: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL? LESS IS MORE?

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Our old mate and well-respected Sydney racing journo Max Presnell could not have summed up the woeful state of Sydney and NSW Racing better in his “Winners and Losers” column in the Sydney Morning Herald last Monday: “As Peter V’Landys, the Racing NSW Don Quixote tilting at windmills with a broken lance attacks the ramparts of State Government for more money, Sydney racing wallows in Saturday doldrums. Rosehill Gardens on Saturday (June 28), could only entice 66 starters, including three events with just seven runners, making the races unpalatable for each-way betting, despite a perfect winter surface and more prize money than Flemington’s eight races for 103 starters. Chris Waller carried the meeting with 21 starters for four winners—-“.

It was almost as if Lord V’Lundies, suffering from acute penis envy, has forced himself to believe that size doesn’t matter and that small is beautiful.

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If Maxy was aghast at last Saturday’s starter numbers and field sizes, he will be near apoplectic at acceptances for this Saturday’s Rosehill card compared with what the “Mexicans” across the border at Caulfield have come up with.

Rosehill Gardens’ eight race card has attracted 75 starters while Caulfield’s eight race programme has a whopping 127 paid up at acceptance time.

Perhaps the number crunchers and spin doctors at Druitt Street led by Raymondo Thomas, well-known parrot for The V’Lundies Man and aided and abetted by the Lost Fat Boy can point to a positive upward trend in a week by saying entries from 66 to 75 shows “positive growth”.

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Is it any wonder Maxy’s “Don Quixote” was quoted in last week’s Sportsman professing that “Victorians always irritate me. They seem to have this superior attitude no matter the racing code”.

Sorry Pete, or “Don” or “Duh”, or whatever, but can you really blame them for their “superior” attitude? As another political hack, former PM Kevin “Dud” Rudd once said “fair crack of the sauce bottle”.

The problem with NSW racing- and there are many problems- is that it is in complete denial- and we don’t mean the river in Egypt- and has been for a very, very long time- almost as long as Racing NSW has been the governing body, and dare we say it, the hierarchy that is part of the furniture.

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Until NSW racing faces up to the fact and admits that it DOES have a very serious problem with its structure, strategy and “decision” makers and “decision making”, it will continue to struggle for air beneath a very crowded surface.

From what we keep hearing from over the border, there is a strong appetite for a cooperative approach on all things racing, but, equally, a steely resolve to a last man standing mutha of all racing wars to prevent the “NSW Troika” from establishing a not so benevolent dictatorial regime to run Australian racing from its Dad’s Army headquarters in Druitt Street.

MINI ME 6

The field sizes issue on Saturdays – by far, the best wagering turnover day in Australia- has major negative implications for the racing industry.

It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to figure that field sizes under eight starters decimate place and exotic betting pools, and to a lesser, but still significant degree, win pools.

The NSW and Victorian wagering pools are critical to turnover all over Australia.

If NSW or Victoria catches the clap, the rest of the States go like the clappers. Simple as that.

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Trainers in NSW have for a very, very long time identified the problems, but have basically given up.

The handicapping, programming, state of the training and racing surfaces and infrastructure have been tinkered with at times- but that’s all. It’s basic corporate damage control bullshit to keep the natives from becoming too restless, and explains so much about NSW racing.

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Maxy Presnell aptly summarized NSW racing’s predicament: “ Alas, our enthusiastic but bedraggled knight, gives the impression he is crusading for a bigger, richer autumn and let the rest of the year wallow in mediocrity”.

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CAN TVN SURVIVE LIKE THAT AWFUL GLORIA GAYNOR SONG?

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The simple answer is NO- not in its present state of dysfunction and nor under the present structure.

Just two years ago when peace erupted between Racing NSW, on the one hand, and the Victorian Clubs and the ATC, on the other, and the “new” spirit of cooperation was hailed as a breakthrough, which would contagiously flow on into other areas of mutual back-slapping and wanking between the two state governing bodies, the “50,000” participants in NSW and their whatever number of counterparts in Victoria were promised the benefits of cash flows from the media and vision rights. This was meant to be a breakthrough of almost biblical proportions.

MINI ME 11

Two years on and the racing industry is still in limbo like a Jimmy Cliff song, mon: The NSW and Victorian media rights are still not aggregated. Sky Racing is yet to sign off on fees to TVN, and TVN itself is hopelessly factionalized on a State basis and within NSW itself.

MINI ME 12

NSW and Victorian racing are unquestionably Racing’s biggest losers – starved of the dollars that should be flowing into both States coffers.

Perhaps the only solution is to tear TVN apart and for the Victorian Clubs and the ATC to go it alone sans their two governing bodies?

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GET SHORTY AND HONG KONG’S WANG DANG DIM SUM DOODLES

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NO PUN INTENDED, BUT DO WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF JOCKEYS?

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Not that long ago, no one turned their back on riding or training in Hong Kong, or pulled up stumps and left- especially, when going well- but in recent months that’s what jockeys Tye Angland and Hugh Bowman have done.

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Yes, Tommy Berry can be added to that list, but his reasons for not staying in Hong Kong for the next season as planned has had to do with family and home and picking up the pieces of personal heartbreak after a year that would have brought the strongest among us to our knees.

Berry incorporated

But Tye Angland and Hughie Bowman leaving when they could have practically been given the keys to the city is an interesting one.

At Rosehill on Saturday, Angland rode four winners- winners for the all-conquering Chris Waller stable plus that of Jason Coyle.

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The young jockey who was riding just as well as Zac Purton- and Purton has ridden phenomenally well for the past two seasons- decided that he needed to return home where he would have the opportunity to ride in the big black-type races whereas in Hong Kong, his chances of getting on board the best the city has looked a forlorn hope as most were already taken, lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

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To those who thought Angland was making the wrong career move have been proven to be very wrong.

The jockey has hit the ground running so hard that in three short months, he has accomplished more than it takes very many riders to achieve in a lifetime.

With Tommy Berry, Hughie Bowman and Nash Rawiller riding outside of Oz, Angland has taken the bull by the horns and become Top Dawg while the Top Cats are away.

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A former rodeo rider, and a simple, country boy- and said a fellow jockey- “not very smart”, perhaps on a worldly level, Angland has proven to be extremely savvy when it comes to taking his god-given talents and having the single-minded focus to succeed- succeed in horse racing in a way that has rarely been seen before- anywhere- for a long time.

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Hong Kong racing losing Tye Angland to New South Wales has become the subject of much talk while Hugh Bowman, who came out to ride in Hong Kong for three months, and would have been happy to ride 3-4 winners during this stint, left on Saturday night after riding another double which took his tally to eleven winners.

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Bowman was extremely open speaking to Alan Aitken in the Sunday Morning Post about his time in Hong Kong- complimentary about the way racing is administered in the city, but, there were also a few comments and some “unsaids” that made interesting reading- especially that he was under no illusions about “the ebbs and flows” of riding in Hong Kong and there been no guarantees.

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Hughie Bowman is a laid-back character. He’s like Clint Eastwood in those Sergio Leone movies- quiet, wary, husband to Christine, a new father to Bambi, close to his parents, and seems focused on ensuring a solid base to his personal life while continuing work as the best jockey in Oz.

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Meanwhile in Hong Kong, there is the usual “jockey shortage” that now seems to happen with increasing regularity, especially towards the end of the season, but, this time, it seems, feels and looks different.

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Next season, Joao Moreira has decided to adopt a wait-and-see attitude about his future in Hong Kong by asking for- and receiving- only a six-month license.

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The brilliant Brazilian jockey arrived in Hong Kong last October after being hailed the Magic Man of Singapore racing and won over Hong Kong’s hardened and cynical racing fans in double-quick time by riding doubles, trebles and four-timers.

Everybody Loves Raymond and Everybody Loved Joao.

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He had it all- talent, charisma, that relentless passion to win and a viral media blitz never ever seen before for all the great Hong Kong racing success stories- not Tony Cruz, not Basil Marcus, not Dougie Whyte, not Zac Purton.

Joao Moreira was The People’s Choice and a marquee value name for the HKJC which glittered at Meydan and every local meeting. Even when he lost, he won. He was forgiven.

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A few months ago, one of Hong Kong’s better-known owners was explaining the Moreira Factor to me: “My trainers have told me, he can improve any horse he rides more than any other jockey plus Hong Kong racing needs a hero and he is it.”

What about Zac Purton, I asked- and Douglas Whyte?

“Whyte is popular again because of what he has achieved. I don’t like Purton’s face. He looks arrogant.”

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After Saturday’s races, my owner friend was not a happy camper. His face said it all. Playing catch-up by following Moreira in each and every race had him talking through his pockets. The magic had dissipated and there was a need for a new hero.

Yes, those “ebbs and flows” of Hong Kong racing Hughie Bowman had referred to is being seen again.

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Apart from prize money to encourage better purchases, Hong Kong racing has a basic problem: The jockey ranks- or, to be more precise, who’s going to make up these ranks with the quality it needs- and how much riding “quality” IS there in the world today, anyway?

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Only the most simple of simpletons will think that Zac Purton and Douglas Whyte are not weighing out options.

The success back home of Tye Angland must surely be playing in the back of Purton’s mind whereas Douglas Whyte has done it all as a jockey.

What’s next and where to next for him?

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Who else is there in Hong Kong right now? There are some good, solid riders, but there is no one with pizazz. And if dyslexic, no one with pizza.

There is no chance in the world of attracting Ryan Moore, or Christophe Soumillon. Or even a William Buick- surely not as good as some in the UK racing media prattle on about- and now, there is no Tommy Berry, Hughie Bowman or Tye Angland.

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Mosse is Mosse and will be back as usual to ride “zee goats” and was a great jockey- past tense- while Brett Prebble had an unremarkable 2013-14 and could be looking at “diversifying his business portfolio” with riding not being the sport that once made him a driven man.

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Winning’s great- but it’s not everything. Not these days, anyway, when more and more jockeys, having learnt the hard way about the brittleness of their jobs, like musicians, are looking at other business opportunities.

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Getting back to jockeys, Matthew Chadwick is Hong Kong’s best home-grown talent, but he’s no Tony Cruz, he’s no future champion, and how much further he can go by leading on horses, thanks to an appalling track bias, is a moot point.

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Meanwhile, Karis Teetan has been a revelation and a real success story while Neil Callan is a tough jockey who does the best he can with what he has as do Andy Suborics and Olivier Doleuze- and then, well, then, there’s a steep drop in riding talent.

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Next season, Hong Kong will see UK-based Italian jockey Andrea Azteni, below, and, possibly, Silvester De Sousa joining the jockey ranks along with Christian Reith who’s been granted a six-month license, and the return of Umberto Rispoli.

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Time will tell how much support these new boys will receive and if it will be as rabid as the huge surge to get Moreira up and running in Hong Kong in double-quick time, which, looking back, was way over-the-top.

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Will Jerry Green, as he did to ensure there was magic in the air, be despatched to bring good tidings and trainer support of “the Moreira kind” for these new riders- the same promotional push extended to Maxime Guyon, below, when he arrived in Hong Kong in a blaze of wunderkind hype only to self-implode less than two years later? Merde.

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The big questions many are asking is who will John Moore be turning to now that Tommy Berry won’t, as planned, be in Hong Kong for the new season?

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Yes, Moore can throw a bone here and there to Prebble, Whyte, Derek Leung, Neil Callan and, perhaps, Christian Reith, but, as history has proven, the trainer always relies on the “Made In Sydney” brand.

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Will this mean flying in Tommy Berry and/or Hughie Bowman for the big Group 1 races and what does this say about Hong Kong’s riding ranks?

Also, does this mean other trainers being allowed to do the same- fly in whoever they choose for the big races and create more crowding in the sky than we see around the Mercedes Bends around the tight Happy Valley track?

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What about John Size- and will he continue to rely on Joao Moreira?

With his six month riding license to think about, would Size’s owners be wanting something more permanent-like the partnership the trainer had with Douglas Whyte?

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It all promises to be a very intriguing and testing first part to the new season and a challenging one for the HKJC- but, let’s also open eyes and minds and think who the five best jockeys in the world are today.

Take away Ryan Moore and Hugh Bowman and who’s there?

There’s work-in-progress, but, honest-to-goodness great riding talent who owners and trainers would entrust to ride some of those truly brilliant gallopers seen at Ascot this year- the new benchmark for equine talent.

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The world is changing, industries are changing, cultures are changing, consumer tastes are changing, and, today, young jockeys like Tye Angland, Adam Hyeronimus, Bowman, Rawiller, even Tommy Berry, and those coming through the ranks like Luke Dittman, below, are physically taller, and, more to the point, they have other career options rather than wasting and putting in the hard yards like the generation before them and risking life and limb in the most dangerous sport in the world for- if not a marquee value name- chump change.

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In Australia, racing is part of the country’s culture where young girls grow up around horses, ride at a young age and seeing so many talented female hoops around today-more than ever before- Katelyn Mallyon, Kyla Nisbet, Jamie Kah, Tegan Harrison, the Schmidt sisters etc- and many more to come- is a sign of the times and where racing Down Under might be heading: Towards Girl Power.

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Where are the female jockeys in the UK, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Korea and the US?

There are practically none, or none at all and, again, shows how horse racing might be similar in one way, but also very different from country to country.

As for talk about a female jockey from Oz riding in Hong Kong, forget it. It will never happen.

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Hell, let’s try and find at least two male local jockeys who can actually ride instead of them just making up the numbers and, through inexperience and, possibly, not having the talent, getting in the way as their fine motor skills are just not there.

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So, while the HKJC’s Licensing Committee and Executive Director of Racing have their work cut out for them as bigger prize money to attract a better quality of equine talent means having the best riders to pilot these expensive purchases and add star power to all the big sponsored races, there is a much bigger question nagging at the future of the GLOBAL racing industry: A real shortage of quality jockeys.

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Years ago, Craig Williams was savvy enough to grasp with both hands the opportunities that exist in being a freelance globe-trotting jockey.

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It’s a business strategy where the best riders in the world- with the right manager like a Simon Fuller who manages Becks, Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray, and not just a bloke who gets rides- are now in a position through their partnerships with trainers and, especially, the rich, powerful owners around the world to stop the tail wagging the dog and become game changers in a very big way.

Formula One World Championship

2012 US Open Champion Andy Murray - New York City Trophy Tour

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All it requires is being able to think outside of the box, make the right connections, and ask themselves, If Craig Williams can do what he’s doing, why can’t I?

I’m willing to bet that Joao Moreira has asked himself that question- and answered it.

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THE FAST TRACKER PLANS TO OCCUPY SHATIN

Just when you think he’s run outta bullets, Caspar Fownes reloads that stable gun and spits out something like Mobile King, which led all the way in race one on Saturday.

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Though currently the leading trainer with Fownes, I wouldn’t say this has exactly been a stellar year for John Size, which sounds like a dumb thing to say when he’s most likely to be crowned champion trainer, but, compared to a few years ago when nearly every first starter from the stable was a winner, this season, the new flip flops have been way too many.

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Whereas Caspar Fownes has patched up horses, played a smart waiting game when picking and choosing their races, shuffling his jockey roster, taking a horses for courses approach and playing the handicapping game to ensure doing the best he can with what he’s got, the Size-Moreira partnership has blown hot and cold- and consistent in its inconsistency.

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Win or lose, Caspar Fownes is the winning trainer this season in these books and I hope he wins it for himself, and, especially, his dad- Lawrie Fownes.

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Elsewhere, Tye Angland is in Hong Kong riding today and next Sunday along with Dougie Whyte after a three-day suspension, and who, I think, will, ironically, win the trainers premiership for Size.

As for today’s races, let’s hope that they don’t suffer from the recent farcical track biases that have made all semblance of form go out the window.

There is a very healthy Six Up Jackpot up for grabs and which MANY bet prior to the running of the first race.

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The last thing anyone wants is to make their bets- especially today when I might be Occupying Central as it seems the thing to do- and then finding out that it’s eleven more greyhound races.

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Last Saturday if not on the inside and on the speed- like Heartwood, Global Fame, Mobile King and too many others to mention that bring back bad memories- there was no chance to win.

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It was like the meeting before when Matty Chadwick led and won- four times- and which is just not good enough nor fair on form students who don’t study boat races and processions.

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Earth to John Ridley, Earth to John Ridley, Is there anybody out there?

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Meanwhile, when at Shatin today, as the official press release screams out, you can have an “INSTANT photo with the Reunification Cheering Squad”.

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Who on earth at the HKJC comes up with this crap- and who APPROVES this childish, irrelevant, inappropriate goofiness???

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R1 GREAT SPEED (3) JUST ACE (5) JOYEUX(13) FRESH AND FRESH(1)

The last run of Great Speed as one of the shortest favorites of the season- and in a six-horse field- was just too bad to be true, despite Dougie Whyte losing his irons when the gates opened. Great Speed showed NO speed. But not knowing much about the first-starters except for Joyeux that is a very nice type, I’m just looking at this race as I do watching E!: Mindless fluff so I can go astral traveling.

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R2 COLUMBUS LINE(1) COSMO ONE(6) POSITIVE ENERGY(9)HAPPY GOAL (10)

It’s really the only horse I think has any upside in a Class 5 races made up of no-hopers. Owners who waste money buying this rubbish- and then paying for their upkeep- and hoping for even one win is something I just do not comprehend.

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R3 HIT A HOME RUN (5) ISLAND SPRING (1) SUPER CAGA (6)

It took a brilliant ride by Douglas Whyte to get Hit A Home Run to win and all credit to the David Hall-trained runner for showing a fighting spirit. Zac Purton takes over from the suspended Whyte and though it looks better than the other runners it faces, it’s a race that’s more of a watching brief for me.

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R4 SEA RUBY (7) LOVELY DELOVELY (5) MELLIFLUENT(4)SIR JOHN (14)

The John Moore first-starter Sea Ruby has been working very well and will probably start second favorite. If at 4s or over, I’d weigh into it on a win line and have a straight quinella with Lovely Delovely.

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R5 VARA PEARL (13) MY GOAL (2) PLAIN BLUE BANNER (14) CIRCUIT KINGDOM (1)

Vara Pearl was a shocking disappointment when sent out a 2 to 1 favorite at its last start, finished sixth and was beaten almost four lengths by- jeez- the very average Born To Win- after what racing writers describe as a “torrid run” where Moreira looked like the Cisco Kid caught up in Custer’s Last Stand. It was awful to watch.

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Moreira sticks with it, and though drawn barrier 13 over this 1400m race, yes, I shall go to the same well again and make it the banker in this first leg of the Triple Trio.

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In fact, I’ll be taking one Triple Trio using Moreira’s rides as bankers in all three legs- just as most of Hong Kong will be doing.

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R6 CONFUCIUS ELITE (10) GRAND PLUS (8) EL GRANDE (11) AMBITIOUS GLORY (2)

I really this is the boxed quinella- perhaps even the tierce.

R7 FASTER MORE(8) ONGOING VOLATILITY (4) GOOD FIT(13) ISLAND GARDEN (6)

Another winner for Moreira and with something that’s shown zero form coming in, placing at huge odds and wiping out triple trio bets.

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R8 SMART VOLATILITY (2) IMPERIAL CHAMPION (8) LORD SINCLAIR(1) SMART MAN (10)

Access Years might start favorite, especially if Moreira has banged in a few goooooooaaaals by the time of this race.

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Still, despite being the form horse, going up in the weights and with a wide barrier to contend with, I’ll be taking it on and giving Smart Volatility with Tye Angland a BIG chance and, perhaps, Imperial Champion and Lord Sinclair,some chances- but without much confidence.

Confidence concept.

R9 SUPREME FLIGHT (5) DIVINE DIYA (4) GALLANT TRIUMPH (1)

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R10 AMBITIOUS CHAMPION (7)ADMIRAL LORD(11) MALAYAN PEARL (13) LUCKY OMENS (9)

A tough race to figure out, especially without knowing the odds and refusing to believe those “overnight odds” which are so easy to manipulate.

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R11 TONYBOY(3) GOLDEN DEER (2) DYNAMIC VOYAGE(13) WINFULL PATROL (8)

There’s something ironic about Tony Cruz’s brother Derek Cruz training a horse named Tonyboy, but call it what you will, it’s getting close to a win and will definitely figure in the placings.

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Finding the winner is tough as there are a number of chances- the favorite probably being Golden Deer.

Though drawn barrier eleven, Zac Purton can have them positioned anywhere he wants and this could be another winner for the trainer he’s helped most in recent months other than Caspar Fownes- Benno Yung.

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Local celebrity and one-dimensional actor Aaron Kwok, pictured below, will have the snapparazzi busy as his Calling With Love is entered and has a chance with the value horse being Dynamic Voyage.

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As this is the second Quartet bet for the day, I’ll take 3 and 13 as multiple bankers with 1,2,4,6,8,12 as shapely Heidi Klum legs.

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BEST BET RACE 4 SEA RUBY (7)
NEXT BEST RACE 4 QUINELLA LOVELY DELOVELY (5) and SEA RUBY(7)
LONGSHOT RACE 11 DYNAMIC VOYAGE (13)

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SPOOKY SPORTING FACTS

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SARIKA’S OCCUPY CENTRAL SIX UP

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R6- 2,8,10
R7- 4,8
R8- 1,2
R9- 1,4
R10- 7,11
R11- 3,4,13

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 10, No. 11 Admiral Lord
Racing consistently and last two runs have been sound. Rate highly.

SECOND BEST
Race 11, No. 2 Golden Deer
Notched a determined win last outing. Can make it three in a row.

LONGSHOT
Race 8, No. 9 Our Folks
Hasn’t disgraced himself against the likes of Aerovelocity and Tour De Force. Could be thereabouts.

QUADDIE
1,2,3,8,9,10 / 1,4 / 4,5,11 / 1,2,6. $50 for 46.29%.

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Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend 1.7.14

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sun 1.7.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Mixed-Turf (“B+3″ Course/AWT)
Weather: Mainly cloudy with a few showers. Isolated thunderstorms at first. Hot during the day with a maximum temperature of around 32 degrees. Moderate south to southeasterly winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm
For a FULL set of Tips/Selections for Australia, Hong Kong & Singapore, see: http://www.ThirdDividend.com

Race 1: ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS PLATE, 01/07/2014, 12:30, Griffin Race, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Joyeux (13)
2 – So Cafee (8)
3 – Great Speed (3)
4 – Raging Bull (14)

Race 2: HONG KONG PEOPLE ADMINISTERING HONG KONG HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 13:00, Class 5, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Columbus Line (1)
2 – Cosmo One (6)
3 – Happy Goal (10)
4 – Flying Keeper (8)

Race 3: HIGH AUTONOMY HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 13:30, Class 5, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1400m,

Good
1 – Hit A Home Run (5)
2 – Island Spring (1)
3 – No Ties (2)
4 – Winning Advantage (10)

Race 4: THE CMA 80TH ANNIVERSARY CUP (HANDICAP), 01/07/2014, 14:00, Class 4, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1000m, Good
1 – Lovely Delovely (5)
2 – Mellifluent (4)
3 – Sea Ruby (7)
4 – Victory General (11)

Race 5: WINNING PARTNERSHIP HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 14:30, Class 4, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Circuit Fortune (1)
2 – All Times Lucky (11)
3 – Vara Pearl (10)
4 – My Goal (2)

Race 6: SPORTING EXCHANGE HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 15:00, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Grand Plus (8)
2 – Hurry Hurry Up (4)
3 – Confucious Elite (10)
4 – Silver Dragon (7)

Race 7: RACING GOES ON HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 15:30, Class 4, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1600m, Good
1 – Faster More (8)
2 – Island Garden (6)
3 – Ongoing Volatility (4)
4 – Demolkes (2)

Race 8 (Q1): THE HONG KONG REUNIFICATION CUP (HANDICAP), 01/07/2014, 16:05, Class 2, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Imperial Champion (8)
2 – Access Years (3)
3 – Lord Sinclair (1)
4 – Smart Volatility (2)

Race 9 (Q2): THE GUANGDONG-HONG KONG CUP (HANDICAP), 01/07/2014, 16:40, Class 3, Turf,

“A+3″ Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Gallant Triumph (1)
2 – Starting Over (3)
3 – Divine Diva (4)
4 – Supreme Flight (6)

Race 10 (Q3): A FORCE FOR GOOD HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 17:15, Class 3, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1800m, Good
1 – Admiral Lord (11)
2 – Holmes Legend (4)
3 – Malayan Pearl (13)
4 – Harbour Master (1)

Race 11 (Q4): SERVING THE COMMUNITY HANDICAP, 01/07/2014, 17:50, Class 3, Turf, “A+3″ Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Golden Deer (2)
2 – Tonyboy (3)
3 – Calling With Love (4)
4 – Master Sommelier (6)

BEST BET
Race 6: Grand Plus (8)

NEXT BEST
Race 10: Admiral Lord (11)

VALUE BET
Race 11: Golden Deer (2) – Currently, $7.00/$3.00

LONG SHOT
Race 5: Friends Of Yan Oi (13) – Currently, $24.00/$5.00

QUADDIE ($100 gets you 39%)
1.2.3.8
1.3.4.6
1.4.11.13
2.3.4.6

SIX UP
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PARTING SHOT

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Troy Walsh commented on WAR AND NO PEACE IN SIGHT

War on Jockeys is a interesting read that’s for sure.

It’s quite sad seeing some of the recent personal attacks against Australian jockeys and the AJA because the ATO may rule jockeys are enttlited to superanuation like most Australian workers. Some racing officials knew about this in the 90s and the ATO were aware. Why didn’t the powers to be do something then, what were they hiding and why ? The extreme and bizarre media rants over the past 12 months is really embarrassing for Australian Racing, people across the globe must think we are still convicts because jockeys are being treated this way and having a real laugh.

It’s really disturbing that some in a position of power publicaly put there personal views and agenda ahead of the interests of racing and are suppose to be representing a national board. Unfortunately it really shows a lack of professionalism and self control. Maybe it’s time for some to hang there boots up, slip away silently and let someone else take over for the good of racing so that if they did do anything good for racing it will be remembered for that not the crazy personal attacks against jockeys.

The AJA and the National JockeyTrust should be,and are by many across the globe be commended for helping those that are severely injured and the family’s of those riders that have passed away doing there job is fantastic and anything that supports the riders that put there life on the line. I am not sure why some don’t think jockeys should be supported or receive an entitlement that the federal government will rule on.

Maybe those that are so focused on the War on Jockeys ” actually realise that they haven’t been doing there job or putting the industry participants first and there own agendas have been exposed. Still a sad and embarrassing day for racing in Australia.

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HUNCHES, DUNCES AND TWERPS

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Yes? No? Maybe? Pull the other one?

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PETER V’LUNDIES AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE: WITH A MULLET

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NEW YOUNG GUN TO WATCH: CHRIS CASARTA

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18, brash, VERY talented, ultra-confident, black belt third dan in taekwondo, Victoria-based apprentice, and, say some, the new Frankie Dettori.

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WHY RACING CLUBS STILL CANNOT JUST DO IT.

How a Music Company Made Some of the Year’s Best Sports Ads Inside Beats by Dre’s Cesc Fàbregas spot By Tim Nudd – ADWEEK

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IDEA: People listen to music before playing sports to find rhythm, focus, inspiration. But elite athletes do so for more complicated reasons—not just to connect to positive influences, but to escape negative ones.

“As much as it’s about their favorite songs, it’s also about the noise they block out—from rival fans, other players, from the media,” said Beats by Dre evp-marketing Omar Johnson.

With that in mind, Beats by Dre has advertised its premium pair of noise-cancelling headphones, Beats Studio Wireless, in three darkly compelling ads starring U.S. athletes Kevin Garnett, Colin Kaepernick and Richard Sherman—who escape external pressures by just slipping on the headphones, entering a world of stylized serenity.

Now, the fourth spot heads to Spain and an even more intense sports culture: the El Clásico rivalry between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid. The ad, starring Barcelona’s Cesc Fàbregas, is a homecoming of sorts for the campaign (the original idea came from European soccer) and in some ways its riskiest spot yet.

“You see a lot of brands with an real insight, but they’re afraid of putting it out there,” said Johnson. “We’re not afraid of that risk, if the message is authentic.”

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COPYWRITING: Against an overhead view of Madrid at dusk, a Spanish radio voice, subtitled in English, talks of “the match that will decide Spanish glory.” Suddenly we’re at street level, seeing Madrid fans prowl the street.

Fàbregas leaves his hotel and boards a bus, under police escort, watching intently as the crowds swell, their chants grow louder, and the tension seems poised to become violent. Indeed, one fan throws a red flare at the bus. But Fàbregas calmly slips on his Beats, as Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” starts to play.

The spot shifts to slow motion, and the tension gives way to a heroic calm that carries the player all the way to the stadium, through a crowded tunnel and into a quiet locker room. The tagline, “Hear what you want” (a line Johnson said came directly from an athlete), appears on screen, followed by a product shot.

The ad’s feeling of menace is real: Athletes often do feel under threat. “The most intense stories are the ones where it gets really close, where it almost feels like physical danger,” Johnson said.

ART DIRECTION/FILMING: Director Max Malkin constructs a darkly chaotic vision. The whole campaign has been filmed with anamorphic lenses (which the brand can finally afford.) “It needed to be shot cinematically to bring you into the emotion of the athletes,” said Johnson.

Malkin told Fàbregas to just be himself, Johnson recalled, telling him, “Think about the rivalry, think about those fans, think about the venom they spit at you.”

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TALENT: Garnett, Kaepernick, Sherman and Fàbregas were all chosen for their key roles in a momentous rivalry. Fàbregas grew up near Barcelona, and thus was perfect. “He has experienced El Clásico not only as a player but as a fan,” Johnson explained.

SOUND: Johnson and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine usually consider five or six tracks for any spot. This time, there was no debate. Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” used on all four ads, “was the first and only song we ever played with the picture,” said Johnson. “The ads go to a dramatic place, and that song brings them back to the light.”

MEDIA: The Fàbregas ad broke March 23 to coincide with the latest El Clásico match. Barcelona’s president tried to get it banned, fearing it sent the wrong message about hooliganism, leading Beats to reply that the events in the ad are “purely fictional.”

THE SPOT:

PREVIOUS SPOTS IN THE SERIES:

CREDITS

Client: Beats by Dre
Evp of Marketing: Omar Johnson
Spot: “Beats by Dre x Cesc Fabregas: Hear What You Want”
Agency: R/GA, London and Los Angeles
Executive Creative Director: Rodrigo Sobral, R/GA London
Head of Film Production: Kat Friis, R/GA LA
Senior Producer: Diego de la Maza, R/GA LA
Associate Creative Director: Dan Maxwell, R/GA LA
Associate Creative Director: Stuart Parkinson, R/GA LA
Jr. Copywriter: Tyree Harris, R/GA LA
Jr. Art Director: James Beke, R/GA LA
Production Company: Prettybird
Director: Max Malkin

Ever seen an ad or a commercial or an outdoor poster, watched a television show or heard a radio programme, or- let’s really simplify things- a tweet from a racing club that has stood out as a shining piece of world class, Clio and Cannes Gold Lion Grand Prix standard creativity?

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I haven’t, and a major reason has to do with the quality of people working in the racing industry to promote this sport.

It’s they who keep the excitement of horse racing looking, feeling- and sounding- deadly dull to those millions outside of the inner circle of corporate navel gazing with a misplaced sense of “power” and riddled with fear to make a decision.

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Where, for example, is the creativity and impact in horse racing that we see in all those brilliant Super Bowl commercials, the advertising for Wimbledon, basketball, and almost every single piece of communications by Nike, Adidas or Reebok?

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Is the global racing world- and its sponsors- simply incapable to Just Do It as its internal systems are bogged down by too much talk, too little action and way too much time over-analyzing the obvious?

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“Relaxed Racing”- make that Lazy Racing Marketing- seems to permeate in many boardrooms of racing clubs where key objectives get buried amongst the copy and paste gobbledygook.

Instead, neatly packaged bullshit is allowed to flourish as the blind lead the nodding, wobble-heading blind with a great big waffle iron.

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Again, it reminds us of the time a very scared music industry tried to jump on the digital bandwagon to “re-connect” with music fans when realizing they had created their own DYI world- something that can very easily sneak up and bite racing clubs on their collective arses currently operating under the belief that they- and all who sail in them- are indispensable to race-goers. Think again.

Race-goers are people, people have choices, and they go for the best options available- especially those to still buy into The Horse Racing Tragics Fan Club.

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For music companies and this fan-based DIY world, that was a LOUD wake up call over a decade ago. It shows just how many lengths behind them racing clubs are today.

Trying so hard to be part of social media- but with no idea how today’s consumers think- and why, for example, Instagram is so popular and how this can be used in racing for greater immediacy- and why twitter often means 140 words or less tweeted to communicate with the usual suspects who were once part of traditional media- only show up an embarrassing lack of understanding of the potential new racing fan. Potential.

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Where do these half-arsed, unoriginal efforts lead other than going around in circles despite all those seemingly never-ending meetings with this and that expert, textpert and sexpert pontificating about “communicating with the new generation”.

This seldom leads anywhere NEW for the sole reason that these have been created by committee- dated thinking and corporate bollocks that fall on deaf and uninterested ears.

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A key problem with horse racing is the wrong people in key positions needed to move things forward instead of pseudo-intellectuals trying to over-complicate the obvious because, to put it bluntly, they don’t have the courage of their convictions- and are simply not good enough.

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The other problem facing the branding of the sport is not being able to attract good, strategic creative talent due to the very splintered and silo structures of most racing clubs- and an arrogance, perhaps accepted by the Yes People around them, but loathed by those business partners needed to make the product consumer-friendly, credible and relevant.

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What results is disorganized chaos, procrastination and with no one capable of moving the chess pieces because all the internal “warring factions” are moving in different directions and looking out for Number One.

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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

When there is more than one weak link, well, it all falls apart like a cheap suit and with consumers able to see this in the bland end product and saying, “Thanks, but no thanks. I have better things to do with my time”.

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THE FAST TRACKER WANTS TO PLAY A WAITING GAME.

As we plod towards the end of the season with nothing much to keep our interest level flying high other than, perhaps, whether Caspar Fownes can overtake John Size and win the Trainer Premiership- not exactly ball-busting exciting stuff- some have asked why there can’t be a Trainer Challenge or a “quinella” with the Jockey Challenge. Why not?

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Frankly- and let’s not be coy like those two-bit tipsters who claim to hand out their selections to help their fellow man- what I care about is winning and lining my own pockets.

Though it’s nice to watch mates in the jockeys and trainers ranks win, if their wins don’t help my bank balance, well, who really cares? Not me.

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As for today’s races- and while we hurtle towards July 1 and wonder what might happen in usually placid Hong Kong- it’s not an easy card and where winners look thin on the ground- tired horses going around, quick backups, new horses making late season debuts, the usual jockey merry-go- round, wondering why the regular jockey on a winning ride has gone walkies elsewhere, some bizarre riding tactics etc.

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Little wonder that former professional punter and astute businessman Andrew Harcourt has given up the punt, kicked back with the many millions he’s made over the years and is watching from the sidelines as things aren’t what they used to be when it comes down to the odds of winning.

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Frankly, I’d wait for the last meeting of the season when Douglas Whyte will be back in action, when Tye Angland will make a welcomed cameo appearance here and when John Size will come out with all guns blazing including his Luger.

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In the meantime, sure, have a flutter- but don’t get your wings clipped.

R1 POWER BLITZ(4)GOLD TARTINI(1) PUBLIC FIGURE(13) YUAN’S FORTUNE (6)

Gold Tartini will go off favourite, but is very beatable. It WILL place, and this looks like a race for a tierce bet or part of a quinella/place all-up taking 1×4,6,13- a very interesting Public Figure that used to go so well with Greg Cheyne.

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R2 GLOBAL FAME (4) SOLAR DRAGON(1)GOOD LUCK WIN(9)GOLDWEAVER (8)

A tough race and one which SCREAMS out VALUE!

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R3 SPITFIRE (4) PSYCHOLOGIST(1) JOLLY SPRING (6) FLYING RED(14)

A pretty even lot and though Flying Red will go off as favourite, I’ll rely on Hughie Bowman to have Spitfire run in the top three and another leg of a quinella/place all up.

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R4 BRILLIANT DREAM(2) WILD BOY (5)

In this, the first leg of the Triple Trio, these will be double bankers for many.

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Legs could be Sea Warrior (1), Tomodachi (3), Happy Champion (4), Bould Mover(8), Super Tornado (13) and Trendiful (9).

R5 TOP ACT(6) PEPPERMINT(5)GLACIER BLUE(4) RAZOR QUEST (3)

R6 ISHVARA (10) OSCAR MIRACLE (5) BEAUTY KING (3) REALLY THE BEST (7)

That first run by Ishvara where it rattled home for fourth over 1000m was an eye-catcher of Marty Feldman proportions and being bred to run out this distance, it’s real banker material for me.

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Oscar Miracle is back from a break and should run well fresh with Neil Callan aboard and who knows the horse well.

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Really The Best is not without a chance, but after his Mr Bean ride on Caspar Fownes’ I’m In Charge on Wednesday night- he sure wasn’t in charge- how can anyone follow anything apprentice Dickie Lui’s on?

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Sure, the kid’s learning- but for how much longer must punters- and trainers- suffer giving “Noddy” chances?

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R7 DISCIPLES TWELVE(13)SUGAR(12) PLEASANT KNIGHT(6)

I’d make these two my anchor in a 4×5 or 5×5 quinella place roll up.

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R8 MIGHTY K (10) ADDOLE(11) BERLINI(12) ARCHIPUSS(5)

Probably the toughest leg in the Six Up with nothing really standing out- all being pretty much the same: Average.

R9 KEY WITNESS(3)FABULOUS NOVEMBER (5) ALL THE BEST (11) PEARL WIN (13)

Key Witness was a past the post formality at its last start, but only managed a disappointing third with Douglas Whyte up and today, somewhat surprisingly, Tony Cruz has Neil Callan on it instead of in-form stable jockey Matthew Chadwick. I can only assume that owner Archie Da Silva just doesn’t want Chadwick riding it.

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Racing down a class and having a shocking draw to overcome, I’m hoping that the always dependable Callan can steer this one home or at least be in the top three placings so that an attack on the third Double Trio can be launched.

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R10 REDWOOD BABY(6) BOY OH BOY (1) BEST TANGO (4) SMART BALL (8)

Redwood Baby seemed to be running almost every week for a while, and now, after a break, it’s back reunited with Moreira with the 1600m and barrier eight looking perfect- BUT, after looking to be a very good horse in the making, the gloss seems to have come off and this will start under the odds.

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Boy Oh Boy, Best Tango, Why Not and Smart Ball all have strong chances whereas Derek Leung, currently going through a late season renaissance period, and on D’or Wongchoy looking a very good roughie.

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BEST BET 3×1 ALL UP WIN R4 BRILLIANT DREAM (3) R5 TOP ACT (6) R9 KEY WITNESS (3)
NEXT BEST QP R6 5×3,7,10
LONGSHOT R10 D’OR WONGCHOY(14)

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WRITE A GAI CAPTION FOR THIS AND WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

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SARIKA’S “GET RICH QUICK” SIX UP!

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R5- 6
R6- 3-5-7-10
R7- 12-13
R8- 5-10-11-12
R9- 3-11
R10- 4-8

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PARTING SHOT

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WAR AND NO PEACE IN SIGHT

ASCOT INTEREST SURGES

SIGHT 1

In what is clearly a welcome sign for UK racing, the recent Royal Ascot five day racing carnival has posted many positive and, in some instances, record results.

SIGHT 2

The most significant trend in racing, and which is clearly demonstrated by Royal Ascot, is the surge in interest spilling over to healthy and sometimes increased attendances confined exclusively to racing carnivals and racing events- with the exception of the Sydney Autumn racing carnival, aka The Championships.

Sorry, Mr Messiah. The Truth Shall Set Ye Free, bro.

SIGHT 3

The trend is indisputable. The community at large, and the racing community included, have voted convincingly with their feet to give weekday and weekend racing a big miss.

SIGHT 4

In this modern environment there is just no place for saturation racing in a society which is not only spoilt for choice with an enticing range of entertainment and leisure options, but which chooses to divide its loyalties and interest and strive for lifestyle balance.

SIGHT 5

The “too much of a good thing” principle these days has a very short life span.

For the non-racegoer, racing carnivals and special racing events provide the glamour, interest and social environment that gets them through the turnstiles. And as Royal Ascot and the Melbourne spring carnival have demonstrated in recent times, social media and technology have played a pivotal role in reviving interest in racing.

SIGHT 6

Royal Ascot’s Facebook page this year recorded over 5.5 million posts, check ins, “likes” and mentions – a staggering 100% increase on last year. Over 25,000 people signed on to Ascot’s free wifi and 30,00 tweets logged using the hashtag #RoyalAscot.

SIGHT 7

Significantly, and again conclusively, social media impacts much more positively on racing during racing carnivals and events.

It has a particularly potent impact on people on the fringe of racing and among those who attend race meetings, and in these instances, carnivals and special events for social reasons.

Among the Australian racing community, it is a different ball game with an incessant mix of meaningless and irrelevant chatter among an increasing number of “desperate and dateless” of both genders with a false sense of self-importance whose access and use of social media often dumbs down debate on just about every topic that surfaces in racing.

SIGHT 8

Nevertheless, the challenge for racing clubs and administrations is to drive their marketing campaigns- hmmm- around what entices people to attend racing carnivals and activate social media to step into the role that was once the domain of traditional media. Hmmm. But do they have or can they attract the right people- or is incompetence being rewarded and promoted?

SIGHT 9

The traditional media triumvirate – print, radio and television- has long lost its customer base of followers and clients, and with it, it’s potency and reach.

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Technology has accelerated the process, and in doing so, has made Social Media an easy to access and a more “sexy” medium of choice to a generation which has embraced it.

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WAR ABOUT TO BE DECLARED ON JOCKEYS!

SIGHT 12

If there is one single distinguishable feature about Australian racing, it is its capacity to engage in sectarian warfare – with States, racing clubs, stakeholder groups and just about any hapless sector that gets in the way of power brokers on their march to wielding ultimate power.

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Not surprisingly the state of NSW always seems to figure prominently as the venue of choice for battle – most of them bitter, almost all of them avoidable, and again, in most instances, leaving a legacy of mistrust and vindictiveness which rolls on and develops a life span of their own.

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As always the only winners are the barristers and silks and racing’s growing list of competitors. Racing has and always will be the loser.

SIGHT 15

Fast track to the most recent Australian Racing Board meeting, where the Board, for reasons beyond the comprehension of many in racing, decided to direct all Principal Racing Authorities in each State to stop collecting the $5 surcharge out of every riding fee to fund the Australian Jockeys Association (AJA).

Ironically the Australian Racing Board is housed in the same building as Racing NSW.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Board’s Chief Executive Peter “toffee tongue” McGauran has written to State Governing Bodies, suggesting they stop taking the fee: “The AJA is a national body and as such should collect its own fees instead of depending on someone”.

SIGHT 16

Quoting AJA sources, the Herald reported that the AJA believed the decision was a response to the jockeys superannuation claim, which, when handed down, is believed to include a retrospectivity payment, but which according to those close to NSW Jockeys Association believe is very much open to negotiation and compromise and may not even be pursued by the jockeys.

Like many- and not just in racing- the principle of retrospectivity should not be mandatory. No problem with that. It should be on the table and open to negotiation. So why pick a fight?

Surely, a person of “toffee’s” experience as a former Federal Cabinet Minister should be skilled in the art of navigating through issues and achieving workable and constructive solutions?

Isn’t that one of the reasons “toffee”- that sweet talking churning urn of funk- was appointed to this “prestigious” role in Australian racing?

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From what we are hearing, jockeys- and not just in NSW- are bewildered and angry at the Board decision.

The AJA ,we are told, is a tight knot organization, which commands the support and confidence of its jockey members.

Resource-wise, it is not bulging with manpower and very much dependent on Governing bodies for administrative support to collect the surcharge to fund its operations.

The role of the AJA has also been lauded and recognized in delivering better employment and financial conditions for jockeys in such key areas as insurance and workcover protection and safety for jockeys, who, for many decades have been the “forgotten” participant group in the Australian racing landscape.

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By the very nature of their profession- and the dangers they face on a daily basis- and often several times within each day when they are legged up aboard a powerful racehorse- jockeys command a great deal of public goodwill and sympathy.

While they are always exposed to finger pointing for their rides, there is also an increasing appreciation of their role in the racing industry.

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It is quite feasible that with tensions simmering and a belligerent and provocative position by the Australian Racing Board and any Governing Body which chooses to support the Board directive, industrial action could well be on the jockeys’ radar.

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It will be yet another blow for Australian racing- yet another dispute – another war, which the Australian racing industry does not need to have, and can unquestionably do without.

Is it any wonder that the community at large chooses to disengage itself from Australian racing?

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AND NOW TO THE BORDER WAR

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Last week’s Sportsman racing form guide newspaper included a ten question interview with Australian racing’s equivalent of a wannabe five star army general – Peter Vlundies, pictured below.

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The interview was conducted by reporter Neil Evans, a very unfamiliar name to many in NSW, and almost a “Neil who” in other States.

His last question to Emperor Vlundies, below, and his response were telling and encapsulates the core problem with the Australian racing industry.

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Evans: “Does it irritate you how Victorians think racing and its governance starts and finishes at the border, yet every Spring Sydney stables generally give them a flogging?

General Vlundies, below: “Victorians always irritate me, They seem to have this superiority attitude no matter the racing code. So I try to irritate them back. It will come to a point when I will not be allowed in Victoria!”

SIGHT 25

What hope does Australian racing have when these types of kindergarten inferiority complexes are allowed to drag the industry into its very own version of a Greek tragedy – putting Sophocles and Euripides to shame?

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HOW BIG A TIP SHOULD YOU LEAVE?

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We know a famous jockey who will never ever tip any of his horses, especially to his closest friends as he hates the pressure of mates, perhaps, taking his word as gospel, wading in big- and losing big.

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That’s one end of the horse racing tipping food chain while at the other end are the “usual suspects” aka tipsters who share their thoughts, which are often packaged with a nice bow and offered up as being based on very real and extensive research and expertise.

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What do they get out of it? We’re unsure. Maybe some advertising from the Corporates on their sites, a database of clients and, if lucky, some regulars who pay for their services and a few tips not made public. Maybe.

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Then there are those who have tipping sites where all the work they put into studying form, handicapping, barrier draws, track conditions, racing patterns, speed maps, and just about every imaginable variable in order to find winners means being paid for their services. And why not?

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Most of these tipsters, or form analysts as some would describe them, adopt a much more professional approach to their services and have gained reputations which directly relate to their success.

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As with most businesses, the market and market forces dictate whether they are in it for the long haul.

Like fund managers, investment bankers- many of whom are right wankers- and property agents, they are providing a service and it’s up to you to buy into it, or, walk away.

Once in a while a Bill Vlahos shows up with a ponzie scheme that works through the gift of the gab while feeding off the Greed Factor, reeling in those who bite- and every industry has been sucker-punched by one of these- and where one is left with the embarrassment of having been conned.

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While Racing Authorities and Government-based regulatory bodies armed with consumer protection legislation will do their best to protect “investors” from being taken for a ride, history shows that it is almost impossible to protect the gullible from the scourge of “Ponzi schemers”.

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As for horse racing tipping services that require payment to join what is a membership-driven business, it’s something we’re seen being formulated in various ways in Hong Kong- especially with co-mingling in mind- and seeing the huge wagering by the new Chinese punter on horse racing in different racing jurisdictions and where, through new initiatives to have them invest in various countries and specific areas of business- property, retail, the wine industry, the horse racing industry- in return for permanent residency for them and their families, Chinese Money is everywhere.

tip 10

So, looking at Australia first, which are the most successful online horse racing tipping clubs/services?

tip 11

Every day, it’s a question asked by cash-rich Chinese punters who wish to get their feet wet and satisfy their insatiable gambling appetite in a wagering environment that is very, very new to them, and which they would play as they would any stock market, or look at as an investment.

And as with any successful investor in the stock market would attest, the success of your investments are only as good as the quality of advice and information that would get from your broker or investment advisor.

tip 12

This is something few are understanding: Whether it’s the World Cup matches, the NBA, Wimbledon, Formula 1 or horse racing, the business is not only growing, but the new player is not a “punter”.

These are businessmen who play to win and are rapidly moving the goalposts to where THEY want them to be and where the RIGHT professional advice at the RIGHT price will deliver mutual benefits to both.

tip 13

Racingbitch will have a lot more to say on this subject in the days and weeks to come and when co-mingling opening the doors and window to opportunities like never before.

tip 14

In Hong Kong, the influential Chinese newspaper Apple Daily has started to publish a look at how they and other tipsters fared at the end of a race meeting. It’s complete transparency- and pretty brave.

tip 15

If we were to join various online tipping sites in Oz and pay to receive their work, see how they fare and, each Monday, publish our Top Ten Hit Tipsters Chart, who would make the list?

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Vince Aricardi?

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Marc Lambourne?

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Would The Punters Show feature?

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What about Mick Dittman Racing?

tip 20

Who is @thaylock that some swear by?

What about http://www.thetrialfiles.com?

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TIPS, TWEETS AND THE GREAT TIPSTERS TWEETER FEUD

(Courtesy of http://www.fasttrack.hk)

From the racing twitterverse

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THE FAST TRACKER BIDS ADIEU TO THIS SEASON’S LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEETING.

It seems a longer season than it’s been, and, apart from tired horses, there seem to be some equally pooped trainers and jockeys hanging in there for the next few meetings with some already firming up plans for next season.

TWEETER FEUD 2

On Sunday, the result of the much-touted Triple Trio Bonanza Jackpot was pretty much a fizzle- average races and a payout not as a big as expected- and a track where one had to lead to win which is what Matthew Chadwick had the smarts to while many others played daft waiting games and racked up his four winners.

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TWEETER FEUD 6

Apart from having to get stuck into his Peniaphobia, the other three wins were catch me if you can jobs- great for the jockey, boring to watch, especially if not having backed him.

TWEETER FEUD 7

As for tonight, it’s a very tough looking card with no jockey having a stronger book of rides than the others.

Dougie Whyte is suspended and will only return on the last day of the season, no doubt to just ride Luger.

TWEETER FEUD 8

The Zac Attack who has been riding better than any other jockey all season- and this consistency has been repaid- whereas the bubble seems to have burst with Magic Moreira.

TWEETER FEUD 9

Either the magic has- poof- disappeared- or he’s just going around for the sake of it while it’s well-known that though Tommy Berry is being the thorough professional that he is, after the year he’s had, he can’t wait to return home to his family.

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On a more positive note, apart from the success of Karis Teetan and those who haven’t seen him ride before, now understanding why Hugh Bowman, pictured winning on Kai Ying Kid on Sunday, is one of the best jockeys in Australia.

His strike rate during the few months he’s been in Hong Kong has been excellent.

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Let’s also not forget the performances this season of Neil Callan- very much underrated and often overlooked performances- whereas we have seen a rejuvenated Brett Prebble remind us of what a damn good jockey he can be when his confidence is at a high.

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R1 GOOD TIMES ROLL/GOLD PRECIOUS/SLEDGE HAMMER/DIAMOND START

Lady GaiGai is in town and Tommy Berry is sure to be going all out to impress his boss and keep Caspar Fownes in the running for the Trainers Premiership with a win on Good Times Roll.

TWEETER FEUD 15

R2 RISING POWER

Olivier Doleuze really makes his rivals eat dirt in these all-weather races and should be powering over the top of them here.

TWEETER FEUD 16

R3 MEDIC KINGDOM/EL GRANDE/APOLLO CAVALIER/MONEY CAFE

Gawd knows. Use a pin.

TWEETER FEUD 17

R4 WIN ALONG/GLORIOUS RYDER/OYSTER

Apart from Zac Purton and Hugh Bowman, no one’s riding better than Brett Prebble, and though up a class he should win again on Win Along.

TWEETER FEUD 18

R5 IMPERIAL CONCORDE

A number of chances, but Sean Woods will be on his knees praying Tommy Berry can win on this as he still needs a few more winners to have his trainer’s license renewed.

TWEETER FEUD 19

R6 CLEVER BEAVER/DOMINEER/GETAWAY GUY

The last time Domineer ran- it was at Happy Valley, on the turf and was the raging favorite with Zac Purton aboard- I was sitting with Dougie Whyte who was serving out another suspension and who told me he didn’t think the horse would run a place ‘cos of something like a “second up syndrome” despite a facile win at its start before.

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I didn’t listen and Domineer ran like Bumineer.

TWEETER FEUD 21

Tonight, Prebble is on it and not Purton, it tackles the all-weather track on which it has worked well and the tipsters are, again, tipping it.

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I’d love to share their confidence, but, alas, I can’t. I’ll include it in my Triple Trio and Six Up bets, but I’d rather look elsewhere for a winner and have always had a soft spot for a Clever Beaver.

TWEETER FEUD 23

R7 RHUMBA KING/I’M IN CHARGE

Rhumba King is one of my favorite all-weather horses- if there is such an animal- and seeing that Zac Purton has jumped on it gives me even more confidence that it’s ready to put its best hoof forward.

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Meanwhile, Caspar Fownes utilizes Dickie Lui’s seven pound allowance on I’m In Charge which will certainly go very close and might even lead to a Rhumba King’s in charge quinella.

R8 GUN PIT

Tommy Berry got Gun Pit home when Zac Purton was suspended who now gets back on his regular ride and really should take this out for Caspar Fownes who looks hell-bent on winning this season’s trainer premiership.

TWEETER FEUD 25

BEST BET (tweet sent earlier)
NEXT BEST R8 GUN PIT (4)
LONGSHOT R6 CLEVER BEAVER (8)

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BEST TIP OF THE DAY

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SARIKA’S LAST WEEKDAY SIX UP STAND

TWEETER FEUD 26

R3- 1-2-3-4-11
R4- 1-9
R5- 1-3-8-14
R6- 1
R7- 2-4
R8- 4

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Jockey Challenge, J Moreira
Nice book of rides with Gold Precious and Golden Addiction his best chances. Looks slightly over the odds at $3.75.

SECOND BEST
Race 6, No. 6 Great Sky
Speed influences drawn wide should ensure a solid tempo. Will be running on strongly late.

LONGSHOT
Race 7, No. 9 Green Easy
Kept on okay after being trapped wide last start. An improved showing wouldn’t surprise.

QUADDIE
1,3,6,8,10 / 1,5,6 / 1,4,6,9 / 3,4. $50 for 41.66%.

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Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Wed 25.6.14
Night Races
All Weather Track
Weather: Cloudy with showers. Showers will be heavy at times with a few thunderstorms at first. Sunny intervals in the afternoon. The maximum temperature will be about 31 degrees. Moderate southerly winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: URANUS HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 19:15, Class 5, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Sledge Hammer (2)
2 – Gold Precious (4)
3 – Good Times Roll (10)
4 – Gracytom (7)

Race 2: NEPTUNE HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 19:45, Class 5, All Weather Track, 1650m, Wet Slow
1 – Rising Power (1)
2 – Cruise Control (2)
3 – Mizzen Grey (8)
4 – Daily Double (11)

Race 3: MARS HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 20:15, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Medic Kingdom (1) *
2 – El Grande (11)
3 – Demon Demon (5)
4 – Yat Ding Win (3)

Race 4: JUPITER HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 20:45, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1650m, Wet Slow
1 – Win Along (9)
2 – Oyster (13)
3 – Forever Ahead (6)
4 – Dragon Glory (3)

Race 5 (Q1): SATURN HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 21:15, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1800m, Wet Slow
1 – Imperial Concorde (1)
2 – China Delight (8)
3 – Natural Champion (10)
4 – Spicy Siam (7)

Race 6 (Q2): MERCURY HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 21:45, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Domineer (1)
2 – Great Sky (6)
3 – Clever Beaver (8)
4 – Sight Believer (5)

Race 7 (Q3): MERCURY HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 22:15, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – I’m In Charge (4)
2 – Turion Pearl (1)
3 – London Walk (6)
4 – Rumba King (2)

Race 8 (Q4): VENUS HANDICAP, 25/06/2014, 22:50, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1650m, Wet Slow
1 – Gun Pit (4)
2 – Goldland Dancer (13)
3 – Golden Addiction (3)
4 – Ole Ole (7)

BEST BET
Race 6: Domineer (1)

NEXT BEST
Race 8: Gun Pit (4)

VALUE BET
Race 3: Medic Kingdom (1) – Currently, $5.80/$1.70

LONG SHOT
Race 2: Daily Double (11) – Currently, $24.00/$5.80

QUADDIE ($100 gets you 39%)
1.7.8.10
1.5.6.8
1.2.4.6
3.4.7.13

SIX UP
1.5.11
9
1
1
1.4.6
4

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PARTING SHOT

25-of-the-best-anti-jokes-ever

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THE HKJC AND WINNING FOR ALL OF HONG KONG

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The word “monopoly” is often used when mentioning the HKJC as it has a monopoly when it comes to accepting wagering on soccer and horse racing.

The HKJC also has a monopoly on content- especially, racing content- brilliant, rich, exclusive content of historic interest to a very wide demographic.

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I realized this when writing about legendary Hong Kong trainer Ng Chi-lam, below, who recently passed away and seeing the flurry of “views” and “likes” that appeared so quickly, and when going through everything available on the Club’s Hong Kong Racing Memories micro site.

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In an age where content is king and racing clubs are trying desperately to bring new players into the sport, Hong Kong Racing Memories can be part of an ongoing campaign to remind racing fans- in Hong Kong and overseas- of the city’s rich tapestry of history and its relevance to different generations- not only racing fans, but, “the others” because of the human interest stories involved.

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From a racing perspective, let’s not lose sight of the fact that today’s leading trainers like Caspar Fownes and Tony Cruz are “Hong Kong boys”.

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They went to school here, they grew up here, got married here, became parents here, and knew and worked with many of the greats who once made Hong Kong their home.

In many ways, John Moore is also a “Hong Kong boy”- and another to whom Hong Kong is home.

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There’s then Douglas Whyte whose young family is “Hong Kong made” and who speaks openly about the city’s Can Do spirit which saw him win thirteen consecutive Hong Kong Jockey Premierships- surely, one of the great Hong Kong success stories- and not only by racing standards.

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Local trainers like Dennis Yip, Manfred “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” Man, Danny Shum and Francis Lui rode in Hong Kong as jockeys against the greats- Michael Kinane, Kieren Fallon, Willie Carson, Steve Cauthen, Gary Stevens, Lester Piggott, Pat Eddery, Brent Thomson, Wayne Harris and many more.

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Imagine the stories they can share. Imagine the stories they CANNOT share.

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These memories can easily dovetail with the campaign to celebrate the HKJC’s 130th Anniversary later this year- a campaign being launched at a time of great change in Hong Kong- home to those in this city, home to those who have returned home, and always home to many now living elsewhere with memories of this fascinating city.

WINNING 8

Today’s Hong Kong with its spiraling rents, movements like Occupy Central, the ongoing problems faced by a leaderless MTR, a Them versus Us mentality between Hong Kong Belongers and the Mainland Chinese, offers the HKJC a huge opportunity to bring Hope to the city along with a sense of pride, inspiration and togetherness plus that Can Do spirit jockey Whyte refers to.

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A decade ago, mention the HKJC being the catalyst in making something like this happen, and you’d be laughed away to live in a funny farm and forced to leave the building with Elvis.

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After all, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has never been popular- a hark back to the days when Hong Kong was a colony and there was the ROYAL Hong Kong Jockey Club which was looked upon as arrogant and a necessary evil despite the charity angle and that baffling come-on that still exists today:”Racing For Charity”.

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Fluffy advertising lines apart, if not for the HKJC, Hong Kong will be a much poorer place than it is- and I seriously doubt 99.9% of the public truly understands nor appreciates this as it’s never been effectively- and credibly- communicated.

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Yes, I am a “racing man”, but I am much more a Hong Kong Belonger- a proud one who wishes to be part of positive change and a coming together of talent and people and thoughts and ideas to create a better Hong Kong- an ongoing re-branding and “product enhancing” exercise that won’t happen overnight.

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For the HKJC, here’s the opportunity to work with many of the organizations and initiatives it subsidizes TO create this better Hong Kong- young film makers and how they view their home; the people behind MAD- Make A Difference- who are not mad at all, but, instead, inspired to be MAD- and Make A Difference: young talent who can create and produce a Hong Kong musical that is more than another “City Of Broken Promises”.

WINNING 16

The HKJC might not have the means nor the people- internally- to create this new visual and musical postcard from Hong Kong, BUT, through its support and hand-picking of those that deserve this support, the Club has the best street-marketing team available- a team that can work by not walking on egg shells, nor being unshackled by red tape, or slowed down by charts and numbers, over-analyzing, over-intellectualizing and, instead, going with THEIR Hong Kong stories.

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This is how there will be credibility, relevance and a constant flow of consumer-generated ideas that don’t stay in someone’s corporate In tray or is taken half way and then left on the tracks to be squashed by that runaway train.

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This freedom to create without boundaries around one’s imagination is what will attract a brand like the VERY Hong Kong-proud g.o.d. to produce 130 Anniversary merchandising that is uber cool- and not pseudo-cool- to, for example, what I call the very international Happy Wednesday United Colors Of Benetton crowd.

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Hopefully, this ongoing campaign will grow through teamwork involving the Hong Kong music and entertainment industries, film directors like Wong kar-wai and Stephen Chao, below, the new entrepreneurs, those like Alan Zeman who were trail blazers, the positive thinkers and all those who know what building blocks are needed to create a better tomorrow.

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This 130 Anniversary campaign might not be as easy as 1,2,3 to turn into all the pictures in one’s mind. Nothing is.

But everything is possible because nothing is impossible when one’s heart is in the right place.

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For myself and friends, this place is Home- because, as they say, Home Is Where The Heart is.

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THE RISE AND FALL AND RISE OF MATTHEW CHADWICK

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Yesterday at Shatin, Matthew Chadwick, 24 next month, grew up in front of over 22,000 people on Members Day and gave Hong Kong racing the face of its future which, until then, had been sketchy at best.

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Those who noticed Chadwick as a very talented apprentice when riding in places like Beaudesert, Coffs Harbour and Lismore, where, on a five-race card, the then-17-year-old rode four winners- an exceptional feat- always expected great things from the young Hong Kong-born rider.

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On his return to Hong Kong and indentured to the stable of former champion jockey Tony Cruz, Matthew Chadwick quickly lived up to the hype.

With his ten pound apprentice allowance, he was in huge demand-and he delivered- time and time again- with that important allowance kept being reduced until he became a senior jockey in just over a year- the fastest time it took a Hong Kong apprentice to graduate.

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Talent is talent and Matthew Chadwick showed that he has what it takes to compete against the best riding in Hong Kong, then and now- Whyte, Purton, Prebble, Mosse, Guyon, Doleuze, Moreira, Berry, Bowman and Angland.

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With California Memory, he’s tasted the ups and downs and highs and lows of racing- and all credit to Tony Cruz who supported his stable jockey and, no doubt, saw something of himself in Chadwick.

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Success and fame came early for Cruz, which he took in stride and proved in front of thousands in Hong Kong and also the UK and Europe.

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The question always was whether Matty Chadwick had this same discipline- this same combination of natural talent mixed with determination and that all-important emotional toughness.

Whereas Tony Cruz had a strong family unit around him led by his dad- amateur jockey Johnny Cruz- Matthew Chadwick, born to extremely poor Chinese parents, and the adopted son of British school teachers, Jennifer and Chris Chadwick, has, rightly or wrongly, come across as a loner.

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Over the last few years, he has often appeared moody and has had to endure suspensions, injuries and throw in a few bouts of bizarre behaviour. He seemed an angry young man.

Through it all, Tony Cruz has been unswerving in his support and defense and mentoring of his “problem child.”

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A month ago, we were there when the jockey had a bad fall off his horse- a sickening fall right in front of us and which made us wonder if he’d ever come back from it- emotionally intact.

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Still, he returned to riding a few weeks ago and, watching some of his performances, we wondered if he might have lost his confidence. And if he had lost that will to take chances and ride to win.

He hasn’t- far from it.

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During these days where all the headlines have been shared by Joao Moreira, Zac Purton and Douglas Whyte, on Sunday, Matthew Chadwick almost did the impossible: He stole their thunder from right under their noses by riding four winners- three unexpected winners including a brilliant front-running ride in the last race of the day aboard 50 to 1 outsider Helene Super Star and where he outfoxed some of the best jockeys in the world.

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Watching the way he controlled the race, shook the reins and didn’t resort to the whip, but only his upper body strength, Matty Chadwick reminded us of the great Felix Coetzee.

We don’t pay compliments like that flippantly.

Coetzee and Cruz were Hong Kong’s greatest C Team in an A Grade Group 1 world known best for their successes with the great Silent Witness.

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At Shatin yesterday, we saw the new C Team- Matthew Chadwick and Tony Cruz. And while the racing world of Australia has young guns like Tommy Berry, James McDonald, Katelyn Mallyon, Jye McNeil, Josh Cartwright, Brendon Avdulla, Tye Angland and others and Europe has precocious young riding talent in Mikhael Barzalona, Maxime Guyon and Umberto Rispoli, not since Tony Cruz has Hong Kong had a home-grown racing idol.

Yesterday, Matthew Chadwick changed that. He gave Hong Kong racing fans a new Hong Kong success story to cheer on.

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With his first winner of the day being for Caspar Fownes in race one- the 20 to 1 Victory General- the other three were for Tony Cruz- Chancellor, favorite Peniaphobia when he out-rode an equally determined Joao Moreira, and, finally, running away with Helene Super Star.

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Since starting his riding career in Hong Kong in 2008, Matthew Chadwick has been a revelation, a hugely talented rider with the world at his feet and, at times, exasperating with almost a destructive streak and a mighty big chip on his shoulder- the Robert Downey Jr of racing.

Yesterday, the “good Matthew Chadwick” showed up. And watching his joy at winning his fourth winner of the day, Helene wasn’t the only Super Star going past that winning post and giving wind burn to others in that race.

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Matthew Chadwick separated the men from the boys- and in so doing, the Hong Kong boy looked the world class rider many tipped he would become after that other four-timer at Lismore.

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REMEMBERING “THE SILVER FOX”- NG CHI LAM

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He might not have been the most consistent trainers around, but no one could ignore the power wielded by Jerry Ng Chi-lam.

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Known as “The Silver Fox” for his full head of silver hair and the very smart betting coups his stable would successfully pull off, the Shanghainese trainer was best known for his association with the great Silver Lining, one of Hong Kong original legendary equine heroes, owned by Sanford Yung and ridden to many of his wins by American Hall Of Famer Bill Hartack.

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The combination of Ng and Hartack was impossible to follow as horses backed and tipped, somehow, almost always, flopped- but when at around 80s, they’d pop up.

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No one- not even the tough taking Tung Biu, whose distrust of ALL Aussie jockeys, but, especially, jockey Peter Miers aka “The Organiser”, was legendary and saw himself- and was- “The Voice Of The Punter”- turned a blind eye to Ng’s notorious betting coups.

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With fellow trainers Brian Kan and Wong Tang-pin, Tung Biu knew that Ng Chi-lam was trying to own a slice of that betting pie during those colonial days of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club- an arrogant club and loathed by many locals who saw it being a law unto itself- and when expat jockeys seemed to have Get Out Of Jail Free Club until the formation of the Independent Commission Against Corruption which resulted in The Shanghai Syndicate fallout- and brought down many sacred cows.

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Perhaps, this is why, no matter what he did with his runners- all those coups with owner Poon Wing-gai’s gallopers with names like Ampere and Ampersand and always ridden by that leprechaun Johnny Roe, below, the way, he would leg up the wily Ray Setches on Windy Sail who was, let’s say, a very “adept jockey”- no one said anything.

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What happened in Jerry Ng’s stable, stayed in Jerry Ng’s stable whereas no one could take away from what he achieved with his horses like the tough-to-train Tea For Two 11 to give him his first Hong Kong Derby in 1987 when ridden by Tony Cruz which won by a neck and survived a protest lodged by Bobby Vance on runner-up Flying Dancer.

Of course, there were the successes of Silver Lining, a HK$50,000 Subscription Griffin that was the three-time winner of the Champions And Chater Cup, was voted Horse Of The Year in 1978, 1979 and 1981, and the first horse to win the Shatin Trophy on the opening day of the Shatin racecourse- but when switched to the stable of George Moore and ridden by Peter Leyshan- a vastly underrated jockey for that time.

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Like many local trainers and jockeys who’d run their course in Hong Kong, “The Silver Fox” dabbled with training in Macau for a while, but when one has scaled the heights of Hong Kong racing, Macau racing is like a Bonnie Tyler song: Nothing but a heartache.

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I ran into Mr Ng about six months ago.

As always, at 6pm on a Wednesday, he was attending the races at Happy Wednesday- though in his Eighties, still looking fit, proud and with that grey mane intact- the one-time Lion King of, especially, the city track.

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We exchanged greetings and he opened his racing book, pointed to a horse and gave it the thumbs up. It won at 8s.

Jerry Ng Chi-lam passed away about almost two weeks ago- quietly and in a dignified manner.

Winfried Englbrecht-Bresges paid tribute to him in one of his recent CEO Blogs on the HKJC site, but, otherwise, there has been precious little written about this iconic trainer.

Ng Chi-lam deserved more.

At a time when racing has some bland people in the industry, real characters like “The Silver Fox” should be remembered- and respected- for becoming a local success in colonial Hong Kong when prejudices were rampant and what was then, the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club was not a popular landmark with much of the public.

Ng Chi-lam, who learnt his trade largely by watching Russian trainers like George Sofronoff and Nick Metrevelli who left Shanghai after the Cultural Revolution for Hong Kong, should also be remembered for the savvy ways he used those jockeys he trusted and managed to pull off some truly legendary betting coups.

Hans Ebert

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