ATC EMAIL OF THE DAY‏

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The way I see it, racing is basically divided into 2 areas.

1. Racing, covering all things on the track, i.e. cost of training facilities, the actual track, etc. As I am no expert, I feel this should be left to the experts directly involved like the trainers and curators. However I will say, whilst trainers obviously have to pay for stables and track usage, government wants the punting dollar and so should contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of training facilities.

2. Members and racegoers and the races experience. This covers racecourse facilities, access, expectations and experience. Personally, my race day experience already diminishes before I even get onto the track – being made to line up like passengers waiting to board a full flight. Of course, like the airlines, the ATC would prefer you to pay for your preferred seat or to board first. So, that cheap ticket ( Membership ) you paid, doesn’t end up being all that cheap after all. But, like airline passengers, Members are being educated to pay, and then pay some more and even more, until eventually it becomes an accepted practice.

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JAMES MATHERS ON OBJECTIVES AND SOLUTIONS

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Dear Sir

I refer to a very sensible email from my friend Julia Ritchie in relation to my email to you of 30 September. I will provide your readers with my thoughts on solutions and initiatives for the ATC over the next few days.

In my view one of the critical objectives for the industry is to get people back to the races….. this is far more critical at this point than prize money..There are solutions however continuing as we are will result in further but gradual decline in the overall industry.

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JAMES MATHERS, THE ATC AND ROSEHILL GARDENS. THE LONG MARCH CONTINUES

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Dear Sir

ATC members would be well entitled to ask what has happened to the $24.2m grant for Rosehill Gardens promised at the time of the merger between the AJC and the STC.

Let me tell you what has happened:

· The grant which should now be about $30m with interest accrued has been expended to the extent of about $2.5m only (the centre field super screen).

· A further $2-$3m has been expended on training tracks…yes training tracks. RNSW deemed that the new training tracks at Rosehill Gardens had to be expended out of the $24.2m grant because the ATC had received $150m for the QEII Stand.

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JAMES MATHERS AND HIS BACKING FOR BRIAN FLETCHER, CEO, HAWKESBURY RACING CLUB

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Do you hear the people singing? It was always going to happen and bravo to Brian Fletcher, the well-respected CEO of Hawkesbury Racing Club. I understand Brian called it as it is at the 2014 Country and Provincial Racing Awards Night last Friday and received a standing ovation when presenting to a large gathering on the issues and problems confronting the industry and exacerbated by a bloody minded RNSW.

I further understand that the hierarchy of RNSW weren’t in attendance. I guess that means they’re not too interested in grass roots racing in NSW.

To Brian Fletcher, please accept my compliments. It takes courage to stand up to this lot of bullies, but, as we all know, bullies are, generally, cowards.

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ENCORE! ORGANISERS OF THE ARC PROVE THAT RACING CAN BE CREATIVE

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Just when you think that creativity in the marketing and promotion of racing will always feature some tired logos of horses seen thousands of times before to appeal to the lowest common denominator, or more “fashions on the field” and 30-second “adverts” with ADO effects from the disco days, along comes one piece of communication that stops you in your tracks and makes you go, “Yee Haw!”, “Fantastique!” and “Encore!”

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And so it is with this stunning work of art for today’s Le Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe which takes two pretty much tres ordinaire and predictable visuals, and marries them to create something unique, something exciting, and something which says France and horse racing and where one can smell the croissants and hear the thundering hooves.

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JAMES MATHERS, THE ATC NEW POLICY AND THE $200,000 QUESTION

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New policy at the ATC

Facts:

· Mr Crismale was elected Chairman of the ATC by the current board in February 2014.

· In September 2014 new policy was introduced by the Board which gave Mr Crismale life   membership of the Chairman’s Club at Royal Randwick presumably because he was      Chairman.

· The current value of that life membership would exceed $200,000.

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THE TALE OF TWO CITIES ISSUE

A TALE OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT CITIES.

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The weekend’s racing in Sydney and Melbourne told a very telling tale of two very, very, different cities. The contrasts went a long way towards explaining why racing in bleak city is able to capture the attention of a very crowded media of every shape size and form, and why it is able to resonate and appeal to the hearts and minds of the average punter out there in suburban land.

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These days. Melbourne racing’s DNA has an unmistakeably egalitarian base. It is not dominated by the elites. In political terms, Melbourne racing has a more proletarian feel about it. And that’s probably one of the strong underlying reasons why racing in bleak city has such a mainstream populist appeal which resonates through the populace. It probably also goes a long way towards explaining why racing in Sydney struggles to have a strong enough pulse in this larger and more vibrant city.

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MATHERS AND THE ATC AND (GOOD GAWD!) JOHN MESSARA‏

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At last Saturdays ATC members information forum a welcome assurance was given in respect of the future of Canterbury Park. In short the ATC intends to continue to race at Canterbury and develop surplus land for commercial purpose.

Why is this welcome news:

· I am told by many senior trainers that Canterbury is consistently the best racing track in Sydney. Why would you destroy such a valuable asset?

· No one has made a compelling argument for the sale of Canterbury other than to reduce costs to the industry and that it is very valuable real estate… the proceeds from sale could be used elsewhere.
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THE HKJC: MANAGING ITS TERRITORY

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Many long-time Hong Kong Belongers will tell you that the Hong Kong Jockey Club runs the city. Others will tell you that the HKJC is more powerful than the government. And today at Shatin on October 1, China’s National Day, the sun shone, thousands were on track, television hosts commented on the horses, racing fans busily made their decisions about their choices for each race whereas all news of protesters that has occupied social media and filled television screens and newspapers for the past few days seemed a thing of a distant past, or a bad dream that never ever happened.

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Yes, do anything you want- peacefully- block roads, hold sit-ins, play havoc with traffic routes, but, whatever you do, never mess with Hong Kong enjoying its favourite pastime- horse racing.

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BELLS, WHISTLES AND OCCUPYING NATIONAL DAY

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HE MIGHT BE “THE WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY”? REALLY???

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For an organisation that’s known as the International Federation of Horse Racing (IFHA), it remains a somewhat low key group that many might say is the Rodney Dangerfield of horse racing.

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