Ever seen a venue like this on a racecourse?

Hay Market.

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Now starring on race days at Shatin Racecourse, Grandstand 2.

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The only way to enjoy racing- in style, in comfort and with good company.

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Hay Market.
Making hay while the sun shines.

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TIPS, HEART AND SHANE-O’S CREEPY PRE-OCCUPATION WITH DOUGIE WHYTE

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THE BIG CHADWICK FAIL

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Waiting till Saturday to be told if Matty Chadwick would be fit to ride and, if not, who the replacement riders might be had us shaking our heads at The Ministry Of Silly Walks and wondering if there are those who seriously believe the lives of racing fans, especially on a weekend, are inter-twined with obtaining news from the HKJC website and listening for announcements in racing programs. Please.

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Oy, Einstein, if we have to wait until the day before the races to know this, do you SERIOUSLY think we’d back anything ridden by the young jockey?

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It looked like a horrific fall on Wednesday night and, thankfully, Matty is okay though he has not only been stood down for today’s races, but for TWO weeks!

Matty Chadwick should have NEVER been permitted to ride, no matter what, and this should have been decided on Wednesday.

Imagine if he rode, felt discomfort, pulled the plug after a few rides, and there was a mad scramble to find replacement riders?

End of story.

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GETTING TO THE HEART OF RACING

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Someone on the periphery of horse racing recently asked us where the heart is in the sport and how, if there is a heart, where is it?

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She wasn’t being combative or critical, but just trying to understand if there is life for many in racing beyond “the punt”, something far more prevalent in Australia with its daily race meetings, encyclopedia of tipsters, coven of bookmakers and with every second person one meets being either a “player” or wannabe “player” in a one-dimensional universe.

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Real men eat quiche and those most successful in the racing game don’t become Tarzan and bellow their successes to the tribe.

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All this simply stifles the sport. Or, perhaps, it’s starting to show up and separate the generations and creating  the new divide where, in racing jurisdictions in the UK, the US and Australia, the wheel is not only broke, it’s fallen off- and with any new lease of life dependent on truly understanding the power of the people- and the changes already in motion.

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In recent weeks, we have seen Tommy Berry wear his heart on his sleeve and show everyone how even one’s greatest loss and greatest sadness can inspire so many- in the racing world and outside.

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Frankly, without him even knowing it, this young jockey has done more to give racing a heart than any racing club and show that the sport can be more than a motley crew of one-dimensional racing tragics with dubious pasts, living beyond their means, flying on the seat of their pants and shamelessly jockeying for recognition in what is an extremely tiny pool of people who almost live in each others pockets.

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The world losing Nathan Berry and the great resolve shown by Tommy has made many of us look at our own lives, make life changes and decisions- and embrace the fact that there’s a whole other world out there other than horse racing.

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Racing had another wake-up call with the sudden passing of trainer Guy Walter, 59, this week of a heart attack. It took many, not only by surprise, but has left them shattered.

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We’ve met Guy Walter a few times and he was a gentleman through and through- polite, knowledgable, humble- and what always impressed us was the unswerving support system he was, especially, to jockey Blake Shinn through the rider’s ups, downs, sideways and back up again.

In the fickle world of horse racing, the Walter-Shinn partnership was something to admire- and two generations coming together for the good of the sport.

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In Hong Kong, the arrival of Joao Moreira has managed to transcend the usual trappings of horse racing and give local racing fans their first pinup jockey.

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Moreira first arrived on the scene in Singapore, but has really made his mark in the bigger racing arena that is Hong Kong at a time when racing is looking for a hero to give the sport a face lift and human face.

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With a new and younger generation of jockeys, owners and trainers making their presence felt, and seeing the connection they have in Hong Kong with Happy Wednesday night racing at Happy Valley and the peaceful and fun-loving melting pot of race-goers in the Beer Garden- this could never happen anywhere else- horse racing might even have what it hasn’t had to date: A social consciousness.

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On Wednesday, when Matthew Chadwick had his dramatic fall off Lord Dragon right in front of those at the Beer Garden, it made many there- many who, thankfully, had never seen a race fall- think about what jockeys go through and the need for great mental agility and resolve.

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We talked that night with those new to the sport- and far wiser than their years- who wondered what must go through a jockey’s mind when coming back after a fall, that feeling of being in the barriers on top of a thousand pound beast, and the split second decisions to be made when the race starts- and as the race continues- and always having to keep from harm’s ways.

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Watching Matty Chadwick lying motionless on the turf hit home as to what great athletes these riders are in what must be the most dangerous sport in the world.

At a time when a new generation is entering the sport and the concept of “going racing” is changing, especially in Hong Kong with new venues opening up and new technological breakthroughs adding to the role of the HKJC being a facilitator to customer demands plus social media making traditional media obsolete, the impotence of the “racing media” and its aging captive audience while hard questions about the value of racing “personalities” are being openly questioned along with the huge wastage of money by certain racing clubs on ill-conceived events, nothing can no longer be brushed under the carpet and hope problems just go away.

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Racing has a new broom and this broom is a super-sized vacuum cleaner that will suck up what’s not needed and finally provide the sport with that long overdue clean slate it needs to start a renaissance period and replace irrelevance with relevance  in today’s customer-driven world.

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“SHANE-O” DOES “THE DOUGIE” (AGAIN)

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It was interesting to hear Tye Angland being interviewed by our old chum  Shane “The Man Of The People” Anderson, the Anchorman of Australian racing, following the talented young rider’s decision to return home- and what a brilliant start he has made upon his return- to continue with his riding career after three very successful seasons in Hong Kong.

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As usual, out of nowhere, came that old “Shane-o” chestnut: So, Tye, what’s it like riding against Douglas Whyte- or words to that affect- and, What’s he like- Dougie Whyte?

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And, just as Zac Purton did with “Shane-o The Draino” a month ago,Tye Angland fell for it and talked about Hong Kong’s champion South African jockey for thirteen successive years being distant and how “he keeps to himself” whereas hanging with the Aussie boys was so much fun.

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Yes? And what’s this got to do with the price of fish and what’s Dougie Whyte meant to do?

Pull out a- no, no, not that- wobble board and treat everyone in the jockeys room to a rousing version of Three Little Boys while slapping the arses of fellow jockeys with a wet towel?

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Sorry, but this question on Repeat by “The Man Of The People” about Whyte would be funny if it weren’t so creepy, and coming across sounding like the parochial angst of a spurned bunny boiler lost amongst the tall poppies syndrome and clutching at straws for questions.

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Meanwhile, here’s hoping that when Zac Purton becomes the jockey to bring an end to The Champ’s thirteen-year reign, humility is shown along with graciousness with the backing chorus of Oy Oy Oys kept in check.

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With great power comes great responsibility and many will be watching how well the new champ wears the crown.

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Douglas Whyte is a very tough act to follow- even though, apparently, being an unfriendly, moody, loner who enjoys reading a book and focusing on that next ride.

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THE CAT IS BACK

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A special guest at today’s Champions and Chater Cup day will be The Cat- legendary jockey and champion bloke Felix Coetzee who created history with the great Silent Witness.

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Having hung up his boots and starting to play a role in his home country’s apprentice scheme, we couldn’t think of a better mentor for also Hong Kong’s young riders through an “exchange program” with first-hand experience riding in South Africa and the watchful eye of The Cat.

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MORE MOORES THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR, BOO BOO.

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With Tommy Berry confirming that he won’t be riding full-time in Hong Kong next season- a wise decision, and the right decision as family comes first- of course, talk is who will get the pick of John Moore’s arsenal of equine talent.

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Frankly, we have no idea the need to burn out the grey cells thinking about this: Dougie Whyte will get some rides, Neil Callan MIGHT get a few crumbs along with Brett Prebble, the door is shut on Zac Purton and which leaves the entire cupboard for Joao Moreira to pick and choose his rides and take out next season’s Jockey Premiership along with some International forays for Hong Kong’s Cups King.

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What will be very interesting to sit back and watch is the “exchange program” being thought about and to do with John Moore racing his horses in Australia with Brother Gary, below, who leaves Macau in August where he has been champion trainer to re-start his career in Sydney with stables at Rosehill being involved- even as a “facilitator”.

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What John Moore has openly discussed in the SCMP about his plans and that of David Boehm- owner of Dan Excel- makes sense.

Having said this, we remain skeptical how the HKJC will view Gary Moore being involved in the process.

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It will require the wisdom of Solomon to make this purr like a pussy in heat.

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BRETTISMS

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Amigo Darren: “There’s a huge £15 MILLION Quick Pick up for grabs tonight in the UK which will have those who don’t usually follow racing getting involved”.

Amigo Clint: “It’s great when that happens because it gets more new people involved in the sport.”

Amigo Brett: “Well, we have a HK$2m jackpot in the Triple Trio tomorrow (today).”

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THE FAST TRACKER HAS DESIGNS ON WINNING AT SHATIN

In the battle for the Jockeys Premiership, with 13 meetings to go, Zac Purton leads Joao Moreira by 13 winners with both riders hit by a typical end of season slowdown when there are so many tired horses going around.

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Are some of the new horses popping up any good or only looking better than they are because they’re running against competition that are longing for a roll in the hay? Time will tell.

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Before all race meetings take to the dirt, these next few race days should be the time to strike those exotic bets where there are always one or two standouts- and today, in your Six Up bets, why think twice about standing out Designs On Rome to take out the Champions And Chater Cup on a great card and a meeting that looks like being held on a sunny day.

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R1 GALLANT ROCK/STRATHMORE

Tony Millard has some VERY nice new  purchases and these two could run the quinella without surprising. Both have been working excellently with Strathmore looking better. Hard to split the pair. Below is another of Millie’s new purchases.

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R2 DISTRICT COMMANDER/PROSPERITY AETHON/JOLLY POSH

Brett Prebble should just win this on District Commander.

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R3 GOLDEN DEER/HIT THE BID/STAG KNIGHT/FAMILY INTERESTS

Depending on its odds, I must might make Hit The Bid the second leg of a Millard-Teetan first double. Gotta LOVE the photo below.

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R4 TONYBOY/SHARP HUNTER/BULLISH SMART

When Dougie Whyte gets down to a low weight to ride one, it usually means that it WILL be there though I think Tonyboy can beat it.

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R5 ACTIVISM/SURROUNDED/OCEAN POWER/MR MARFACH

With a $2m triple trio jackpot on offer, this first leg could wipe out many- a Class 4, 2200 meter race!

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With all the goings-on with feed and horse withdrawals on race day, it’s hard to back horses with David Hall which is the ONLY reservation I have about making Surrounded my banker in a tough race.

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R6 ROYALE ELEGANCE/FASTER MORE/JOLLY GOOD STAR/DEMOKLES

Faster More has been off the scene for a long time after returning sore at its last start in March. Trainer Ricky Yiu has taken his time getting the galloper ready for racing and has Moreira up. It will definitely place but I’d rather go with last-start winner Royale Elegance following its strong last start win for Tommy Berry over course and distance.

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R7 LET ME GO/WINNING INSTINCT/JAEGER BOMB/KEEN TACTICS

The day Club Life won for Umberto Rispoli on a softish track, Let Me Go, which was at 4.5 ended up a plodding fifth.

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They clash again today where I see Let It Go having conditions to suit with Keen Tactics being a value chance for a place.

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R8 DESIGNS ON ROME/DOMINANT

Seriously, how can any other runner beat Designs On Rome? It’s head and shoulders ahead of the rest with John Moore’s second stringer- Dominant- making it another Moore quinella.

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R9 BIG FOUR/BRILLIANT SHINE/GOOD CHOICE/GOLDEN HARVEST

Apart from Brilliant Shine, the other main chances are drawn out in the carpark and with everything looking like this race will have a very tight finish.

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For my money, Big Four is Whyte’s best ride of the day despite the barrier and worth taking as a banker in the first leg of the third Double Trio.

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R10 CHARLES THE GREAT/DIVINE TEN/BULLISH FRIEND

I’m unsure if Dougie Whyte has decided to stick with Divine Ten over Charles The Great or John Moore has given the ride to Tommy Berry?

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R11 ROMAN SOLDIERS/SEA DIAMOND

Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see Divine Ten tackle 1200 meters after being so dominant over the 1000m sprint and twelve pounds on his regular ride.

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For me, also keep the Tony Cruz-trained Bullish Friend where Andy Suborics takes over from Matty Chadwick.

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R11 ROMAN SOLDIER

BEST BET R2 DISTRICT COMMANDER
NEXT BEST R1 QUINELLA- GOLDEN ROCK/STRATHMORE
LONGSHOT R11 QUARTET BANKER MULTIPLE- 11 LEGS 4,5,7,8,9,12

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SARIKA’S CHAMPIONS AND CHATER CUP SIX UP

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R6: 2,4
R7: 4,6,8,11
R8: 1
R9: 4,7,9,10
R10: 1,5
R11: 4-7-8

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 10, No. 6 Aerovelocity
Promising gelding who has been freshened. Can go on with it.

SECOND BEST
Race 4, No. 4 Tonyboy
Luckless at his last two outings. Sure to be charging home late.

LONGSHOT
Race 9, No. 6 Green Manner
Honest effort behind Snitzel Kid last start. Both totes.

QUADDIE
1,3 / 4,6,9,10 / 1,6,13 / 4,8,11. $50 for 69.44%.

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Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sat 25.5.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“A” Course)
Weather: Mainly fine apart from isolated showers at first. Hot during the day with a maximum temperature of around 32 degrees in the urban areas, and one to two degrees higher in the New Territories. Moderate southerly winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: PRECISION PLATE, 25/05/2014, 12:30, Griffin Race, Turf, “A” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Manipulation (7)
2 – Gallant Rock (10)
3 – Exaggeration (1)
4 – Starthmore (12)

Race 2: CHEERS HONG KONG HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 13:00, Class 5, Turf, “A” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Distinct Commander (1)
2 – Prosperity Aethon (5)
3 – Happily Time (4)
4 – Jolly Posh (2)

Race 3: HOUSEMASTER HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 13:30, Class 4, Turf, “A” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Hit The Bid (3)
2 – Golden Deer (1)
3 – Master Sommelier (2)
4 – Stag Night (8)

Race 4: ORIENTAL EXPRESS HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 14:00, Class 3, Turf, “A” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Sharp Hunter (14)
2 – Tonyboy (4)
3 – Laugh Out Loud (12)
4 – Bullish Smart (9)

Race 5: SURVEY KING HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 14:30, Class 4, Turf, “A” Course, 2200m, Good
1 – Ocean Power (6)
2 – Dragon Bachelor (5)
3 – Activism (2)
4 – Surrounded (12)

Race 6: PACKING WINNER HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 15:00, Class 4, Turf, “A” Course, 1600m, Good
1 – Royale Elegance (2)
2 – Faster More (4)
3 – Demokles (9)
4 – Mark Two (7)

Race 7: PRIVILEGE HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 15:30, Class 3, Turf, “A” Course, 1600m, Good
1 – Club Life (5)
2 – Let Me Go (6)
3 – Jaeger Bomb (8)
4 – Winning Instinct (4)

Race 8 (Q1): THE STANDARD CHARTERED CHAMPIONS & CHATER CUP, 25/05/2014, 16:00, Hong Kong Group One, Turf, “A” Course, 2400m, Good
1 – Designs On Rome (1)
2 – Domminant (3)
3 – Bubbble Chic (7)
4 – Dibayani (5)

Race 9 (Q2): MAKARPURA STAR HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 16:35, Class 3, Turf, “A” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Brilliant Shine (9)
2 – Big Four (4)
3 – Great Sky (7)
4 – Sichuan Exec (2)

Race 10 (Q3): THE SHA TIN VASE (HANDICAP), 25/05/2014, 17:10, Hong Kong Group Three, Turf, “A” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Charles The Great (1)
2 – Divine Ten (5)
3 – Bullish Friend (4)
4 – Aerovelocity (6)

Race 11 (Q4): NDIGENOUS HANDICAP, 25/05/2014, 17:45, Class 2, Turf, “A” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Sea Diamond (8)
2 – Roman Soldier (11)
3 – Victory Master (4)
4 – Fabulous November (12)

BEST BET
Race 6: Royale Elegance (2)

NEXT BEST
Race 2: Distinct Commander (1)

VALUE BET
Race 7: Club Life (5)

LONG SHOT
Race 10: Golden harvest (13) – Currently, $15.00/$4.31

SPECIAL
Race 8: Designs On Rome (1)

QUADDIE ($100 get you 208%)

SIX UP
2.4.9
4.5.6.8
1
4.9
1.4.5
8

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PARTING SHOT

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THE CHUMPS AND “THE CHUMPIONSHIPS”

HAS THE PREMIER SUNK “THE CHAMPIONSHIPS”?

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“BAIRD’S TURF WAR”, thundered the front page headline in Tuesday’s News Limited rag – the Daily Telegraph referring, of course, to a black week for NSW Racing with Premier Mike Baird refusing to commit to and guarantee $10million in funding to underwrite the 2015 Championships.

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Doubling as Racing NSW’s equivalent of Pravda in the dark old days of the old Soviet Union, The Daily Telegraph took it on as its own “cause celebre”. Better look that one up, Christian Nikahippotamus, gossip reporter extraordinaire.

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It says heaps about Uncle Rupert’s Sydney incarnation of News of the World that right in the middle of the unprecedented fallout from the most controversial, politically and financially Federal Budget in Australia’s recent history that Sydney’s highest circulating daily rag would use, not only it’s front page, but also its editorial- that’s right its fucking editorial- to carry the can for a predicament for NSW racing that is almost exclusively of its own making.

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And coming through the flanks with his own inimitable spin and tired old clichés with his bass soto voice was Racing NSW’s own version of yesterday’s hero and bubblehead in Peter Vlundies, Da People’s Mon.

Altogether now; What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man…

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It was a media blitz that the pollies and their political machines would have been proud of. But, as with most spin campaigns- and loud and incoherent and, largely, faux ramblings of outrage, disadvantage, and the usual heart tugging calls for a level playing field- it’s raised and left a trail of unanswered questions which strike at the very heart of the Championship model and its funding.

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Did the Championships EVER have a properly constructed business case, and was it EVER presented to the now defunct O’Farrell Government?

Interestingly, “Pravda” chose to take the sledgehammer to Mike Baird for his Government ”refusing to stump up another $10 million grant” to make the Championships happen in 2015.

The “smelly’s” editor-at-large – whatever that means- John Lehmann- reported that “he (Baird) is refusing to continue the $10 million grant that underwrote this year’s The Championships, instead offering the funding as a loan” – which we learnt from Lehmann’s story was for four years and was “firmly rejected” by Racing NSW.

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Bad strategy, large editor. You and your editor don’t seriously believe that Mike Baird is a politically naïve and politically illiterate fool, do you?

Not only has Baird had $80 billion – that’s right $80 billion- ripped from his State’s education and health funding from the Federal Budget’s sledgehammer to anything bar the air we breathe, but Baird, whose Government is barely a six weeks old, faces a State election early next year.

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Just imagine the outcry if Baird was the stupid and dumb pollie that he has been clearly assumed to be by some in racing, and puts the fate of his Government, the well-being of the NSW economy, and the delivery of health, education and infrastructure services on the line to “stump up” NSW racing.

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No, Baird has shown himself to be quite the opposite- a successful Treasurer who has managed to get the NSW state economy back on track by cleaning up the financial basket case that he inherited from his predecessors on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

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Baird himself and his Government might just have seen through the confused strategy of the hapless section of the NSW racing industry and their media allies whose initial ranting and raving was about threats to funding for the Championships- and which- very quickly and subtly-shifted to the indignant thundering outrage about the un-level playing field stacked against the NSW racing industry by the NSW State Government take out of $3,22 for every $100 wagered on the NSW Tab compared with the $1.28 take out by the Victorian State Government from every $100 wagered on the Victorian Tab.

Vlundies was at his whingeing and whining best. It was vintage Vlundies.

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All the usual clichés were dusted off the shelves of his executive suite in Druitt Street: “We just want an end to the Government taking an unfair share of revenue from racing”, the “Smellygraph” editorial quoted him as saying.

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And then, “All we are asking for is a level playing field”, he pleaded in John Lehmann’s story on the same day.

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Putting aside the one-sided cheer squad/type editorial, the “us against them” tactic- effectively used by Vlundies against the corporate bookies in the product fee dispute and on other occasions- has been given plenty of airings in the weaponry of war against enemy Baird and his State Government.

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Even Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s name was invoked in Lehmann’s story: “Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered his support to the bold venture by making a rare trip to Randwick on Easter Saturday to watch the running of The Championships’ signature event- the Queen Elizabeth Stakes- the richest 2000m weight for age race in the world. The Queen also sent one of her best horses- Carlton House- which finished third”.

Bad strategy.

Invoking Tony Abbott’s name in support of The Championships is just a very B-a-a-ad tactic.

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Abbott is on the nose in just about every poll and would give the community even more potent reasons to oppose any change to the funding arrangements for racing.

Besides, since when has attending a feature race meeting demonstrated support for “such a bold venture” or for racing itself?

If we recall rightly, Abbott attended the meeting with his elderly father, who, like many of us, like a punt on the nags. And as for the Queen sending Carlton House out for the Championships, Carlton House was sent to Gai Waterhouse after he competed at the Hong Kong International races in December 2012- and long before the QE stakes became the centrepiece of the Championships, which, at that point in time, was a thought bubble basing itself around Chairman Messiah’s version of an Australian “Breeders. Quite a very, very long bow to draw and suggest “the Queen sent out one of her best horses” to run in the race. Puhleeeeeeeze.

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But it did not end there. Our mate Christian Nickawhatever, the Jimmy Olsen of the racing media-and Lehmann- kept up the pressure the next day.

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By this time, the story had slid way down the order of unimportance to Page 15, where readers were greeted by a “Running second to Melbourne painful” headline which started out, “Sydney’s biggest racing stars are devastated that NSW Premier Mike Baird is thwarting efforts to build a world class carnival to rival the Melbourne Cup”.

In the words of Oz racing’s Jimmy Olsen, well, boo hoo.

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These biggest “racing stars” numbered jockeys Tommy Berry and Jimmy Cassidy, owner Nick Moraitis and Australian Chief Henry Plumptre.

The responses were a mix of the predictable and an observation that “Gee, we didn’t know some of these guys were so thoughtful, lucid and literate”.

Nicka whatever did add a much needed balance to the commentary quoting Gai Waterhouse and Mick Price in a separate piece titled, “Autumn of discontent”: “However, leading trainers Gai Waterhouse and Mick Price, who won three majors between them during the two Saturdays of The Championships, said while it would be a huge blow if the big stakes weren’t up for grabs again, the government had an obligation to the taxpayer, not the punter”. And then quoting Waterhouse, who as always, put things very firmly in perspective: “Of course it’s a great shame if the money isn’t going to be there, but the government has to make it so the taxpayers don’t pay more taxes”.

Could anyone have put it any better or any clearer?

Apparently one other did: Enter the NSW State Treasurer Andrew Constance, who on Friday, was quoted by the “Smelly’s” State Political Reporter Andrew Clennell as having ruled out concessions to the racing industry saying the State did not have $85 million lying around “to lower the tax taken from punters in NSW”.

Constance went further according to Clennell stating that any change required a national approach because NSW would need to get the money from elsewhere, and the issue of wagering tax should be on the federal agenda.

Invoking the mercy rule, the State Treasurer had delivered the knockout punch to Vlundies and his “smellygraph” mates.

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What should set the alarms bells ringing loud and clear to Racing NSW- and the NSW racing industry- is the fatally flawed strategy and complete futility in picking a public brawl with an elected Government – a brawl, which, over history, has demonstrated that City Hall always is the victor – the last man standing.

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Making political enemies of State Governments, Premiers and their close and influential allies is akin to committing hari kari.

And those who naively believe that- if and when the crunch comes and Rupert and his News Limited boardroom support the agendas of Racing NSW over their favoured political shade of conservative blue- then they are delusional, if not mentally impaired.

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THE SAD LOSS OF GUY WALTER

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They say bad luck comes in threes – and so we have it in racing over the past two months or so having lost three of racing’s very finest- Nathan Berry, Bob Hoysted, and now, Guy Walter is no longer with us.

Nathan, Bob and Guy shared a common character trait and attribute: They were three very decent and honourable human beings who enjoyed and were passionate about their professions, and were rewarded with the success they so richly deserved.

The news of Guy Walter’s sudden and devastating fatal heart attack cut very deep on Thursday morning.

Just last Saturday, Guy had added the 36th Group One win to his training CV with his wonderful mare Streama- ridden by stable jockey Blake Shinn- taking out the Doomben Cup.

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The racing world- almost to a man and woman- remember Guy as a thorough gentleman and a “horseman’s horseman”.

Guy was a “young” 59 years old and had a stack of Group Ones ahead of him.

Racing has been robbed of another of its good guys.

Sadly for racing and for the world that number is dwindling rapidly.

Rest In Peace, Guy.

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TIPS, TANTRUMS AND TIARAS

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

TIARAS 1

We’re constantly bombarded by both racing and football fans asking if the HKJC might turn to super-popular Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira for any of the Club’s promotional and marketing activities during the World Cup which kicks off- where else?- in Brazil next month- and which is not such a silly question.

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The ways to bring even a morsel of the huge football betting contingent to horse racing can mean a sizable increase in wagering- and IF cleverly thought through, could have a strong USP to compete with illegal bookmakers with the marketing of the Magic Man during the World Cup being perfect timing.

Of course, the usual red card we see about to be produced is whether after leading those usual horses to water, they have the ability to make this happen.

TIARAS 2

Still with GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL, though this season’s remaining race meetings after the June 5 races at Happy Valley take place in Shatin while the city track undergoes enhancements until re-opening on October 28, there will still be Happy Wednesday nights- not in the Beer Garden- for those who come to the Valley track to cross-bet.

OFF COURSE 1

A Brazilian carnivale-type Happy Wednesday World Cup night with dancers, samba samba samba and, well, scoring with some Ole Ole girls? Could be a great way to blow the whistles and bring World Cup Magic 2014 to Hong Kong.

TIARAS 3

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THE JOHN MOORE X FACTOR

TIARAS 4

After Singapore Airline’s International Day at Kranji racecourse, and still groggy from listening to Cliff Richard being just so slap-happy with that 40-year-old track called Congratulations, some of us started talking about the win of Dan Excel, and wondered what Hong Kong racing would be without John Moore- and if we could see anyone coming through the trainers ranks who might be able to step in.

In a word, No.

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As we have now written many times in the 8-9 years we’ve been here with these FREE posts- being the number two son of the great George Moore, who trained horses for us, and cast a long shadow across racecourses at a time when younger brother Gary Moore was the golden boy of Hong Kong racing, John had to work doubly hard to win his father’s approval to get to where he is today.

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After all, he was always “the former lanky jockey” who had enjoyed very moderate success except when riding Harrington and Carrington for owner Herbert Kees.

TIARAS 8

If, as some say, he’s an “untouchable”, with the HKJC having one set of rules for him and another set of rules for other trainers, not to mention his reputation for having mangled relationships with his jockeys, nothing can take away from the champion trainer’s incredible run of success and a stable that this season includes Group 1 winners Sterling City, Military Attack and, after its win at Kranji racecourse on Sunday, Dan Excel.

TIARAS 9

Add to this, Designs On Rome which can easily be one of the best gallopers in the world whereas in a starring role is Able Friend with strong co-stars in Rewarding Hero, Frederick Engels, Secret Sham and Charles The Great.

TIARAS 10

Take these horses away from Hong Kong racing, and what’s left? Not much.

TIARAS 11

Love him or leave him- and with all the prize money he’s earned so far this season, does he really care what people think?- “Diamond” John “Jim Dandy” Moore is Dominant and with a vintage Collection of Xtensions and Viva Pataca equine talent.

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All those years working under George Moore have served him well and made him his own man and the head of the Moore Dynasty.

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In fact, he might even be better than his legendary father when it comes to the powers of persuasion.

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His ability to convince owners to purchase only the best equine talent money can buy- and which he and his team pick and choose with military precision and a definite strategy aimed at winning Hong Kong’s biggest races- is something many now almost take for granted.

Do, as some trainers say, Moore’s owners, “pay too much?”- different to “over-paying”- well, no one’s twisting their arms to buy something they don’t want.

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John Moore’s client list includes some of the biggest names in big business who play to win and so buy to win and buy that priceless commodity called Face in the process.

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It’s supply and demand and John Moore delivers this supply- quality supply, especially from the UK.

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What many forget, however is the “maintenance program” required to keep these high-powered and often demanding owners happy as Larry and continuing to purchase quality equine talent like a long-time owner like Dr Cornel Li, below, who’s owned all those very “Able” horses over the years- and owners who don’t seem to mind their horses competing with each other in, often, the same race.

TIARAS 20

In all of this Moore talk, let’s not forget what our long-time mate Caspar Fownes has accomplished after, for a while, looking as if he wouldn’t even be granted a trainer’s license in Hong Kong.

TIARAS 21

Though the son of the now-retired trainer in the popular Lawrie Fownes, one of the most dapperly dressed gentlemen of the turf, Fownes The Younger certainly wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a shoe-in to be granted a trainer’s license. Nothing was ever taken for granted.

It still isn’t which is what drives Cas- sometimes bloody mad.

TIARAS 22

Don’t let his boyish charm and schoolboy sense of humor fool you.

Apart from practically owning Happy Valley races with a remarkable strike rate, and his ability to speak fluent Cantonese and Punjabi, there’s his ongoing mission to keep the now rising seven-year-old ticking every time one thinks this incredible galloper’s number’s up.

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This is when Cas goes to work, patches it up, makes it realize that age is only a number and then, as on Sunday at Kranji, let Lucky Nine to do what it does best: Win and here’s hoping this continues when the big-hearted galloper competes next in The Sprinters Stake at Nakayama on October 5.

TIARAS 24

There are similarities between John Moore and Caspar Fownes and just as many differences.

The bottom line, however, is that both are good for racing, they are their own men and very good and successful world-class trainers and a marquee-value double act that is a marketers dream team.

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WHY HKJC SIMULCASTS OFTEN MAKE US FEEL LIKE THIS…

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…AND THIS…

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AND THIS!

TIARAS 28

No, no, please don’t mention that the simultaneous broadcast on Sunday was shown in its entirety on “ATV HD” as we’re willing to bet that 99.9% of Hong Kong- and many at the HKJC Mothership- are clueless as to where it is and that this channel even exists.

JoJo? Amigos? Friends? Romans? Countrymen? Fred?

TIARAS 29

Let’s just stick to local terrestrial channel ATV World where, at 5.55pm, viewers watched a race which Zac Purton won before hosts JoJo and Amigo Clint bade viewers a temporary Adieu.

TIARAS 30

After news breaks, commercial breaks including a depressing anti-gambling PSA, and the program Newsline, viewers were finally back at Kranji at- doh- 8.05pm- and, in time, to see the jubilant carrying-on AFTER the win of Lucky Nine.

TIARAS 31

What about the various all-ups etc bet on earlier in the day thinking we’d be watching six races from Kranji- without interruptions? No idea.

And we invited friends over and ordered in satay, curries and noodles for our Singapore La La SPG Party for THIS???

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THE FAST TRACKER FEARS THE WRATH OF THOR AS THE WEATHER GODS GO CRAZY IN HONG KONG!!!

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R1 GOLD TARTINI/MOBILE KING/STARLIT WARRIOR/TIPPERARY DAVOR

Who knows after the Morning Of The Heavy Rains today what the track conditions will be like, but I reckon Gold Tartini will be a very hot favorite, and despite the excellent strike rate of David Hall and Joao Moreira, it won’t win this.

TIARAS 34

R2 REAL FIT/CHINA POWER/EXCEL ONESELF/NAZAKAT’S LAD/

Though Dougie Whyte might have chosen Excel Oneself- a beaten favorite at its last start- over Nazakat’s Lad, which he rode at its last start, I’d still keep my eye on the “discard” despite Derek Leung, below, getting the ride and having to overcome a wide draw.

TIARAS 35

Much was expected of Nazakat’s Kid at its last start with long-time Hong Kong owner HT Barma even coming to the track for the winning photograph, and even giving me TWO thumbs up-or the finger-but the horse was very disappointing. Maybe the Kid was waiting for today. Maybe.

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R3 GOLDEN ADDICTION/GALAXY PRANCER/GRAND ELITE/SPEEDY WINNER

Golden Addiction with Moreira up will be at short odds, but I have doubts about it as it’s really not much good. Then again, none of the other eight runners are any good either, so the best of a mediocre lot could take this race and I should stop over-thinking this it to death.

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R4 LORD DRAGON/NEW PET/SPITFIRE/NATURAL TEAM

An even race and a tough first leg of the Triple Trio where there are around eight winning chances.

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R5 TWIN TURBO/ROBUST MOMENTUM/CHERYL’S KISS/PLAIN RED BANNER

The first of two Quartet races for the night and for value, I’d suggest this:

6 (multiple banker) x2,3,5,7,12.

R6 LONDON WALK/FUN ‘N GAMES/SIGHT BELIEVER/ROMAN LEGEND

R7 TABLEAUX/WINNIE’S HORSE/FLYING ELITE/JOLLY VICTOR

Huge things were expected of Tableaux at its last start in Shatin when it came up against a softish track. Brett Prebble takes over from the suspended Olivier Doleuze who has been going through a flat spot, and this jockey change and the city track might mean payback time to those who had their fingers burnt at Tableaux’s last start.

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R8 ALL WIN BOY/SUNNY FAY/NORDIC ONE/CHEERS JOY

Douglas Whyte has a happy knack of jumping on Nordic One at exactly the right time.

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NO Best Bets etc though we’re tipping at least one Longshot saluting.

BIO-EINSTEIN-TONGUE

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SARIKA’S SOGGY SIX UP

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R3- 1,5,6,9
R4- 9,10
R5- 5,6
R6- 2,3
R7- 8
R8- 2,4,10

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 3, No. 6 Golden Addiction
Drawn well and should get an ideal run just behind the speed. The one to beat.

SECOND BEST
Race 6, No. 3 Sight Believer
Consistent type who is hard to knock. Go close.

LONGSHOT
Race 5, No. 9 Let’s Goal
Strong to the line last start. Well rated and could surprise at odds.

QUADDIE
2,5,6,7,9 / 2,3 / 2,6,12 / 2,4,10. $50 for 55.55%.

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Selections for Happy Valley from Third Dividend 21.5.14‏

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Happy Valley (HKG)
Wed 21.5.14
#HValley Night Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“C+3″ Course-Worked Back)
Weather: Cloudy with showers and a few squally thunderstorms. The maximum temperature will be around 29 degrees. Moderate south to southwesterly winds, fresh at times.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: FRANCE GALOP OWNERS DEPARTMENT HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 19:15, Class 5, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1800m, Good to Yielding
1 – Mobile King (4)
2 – Starlit Warrior (8)
3 – Dark Secret (3)
4 – Humongus (7)

Race 2: DEAUVILLE AUGUST YEARLING SALES HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 19:45, Class 4, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1000m, Good to Yielding
1 – Excel Oneself (11)
2 – Real Fit (3)
3 – Monte Castello (2)
4 – Brilliant Proposal (1)

Race 3: LONGCHAMP RACECOURSE HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 20:15, Class 3, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1650m, Good to Yielding
1 – Golden Addiction (6)
2 – Galaxy Prancer (1)
3 – Real Generous (2)
4 – Forgive And Forget (3)

Race 4: EQUIDIA RACING CHANNEL HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 20:45, Class 4 (Special Condition), Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1200m, Good to Yielding
1 – Jade Pippo (9)
2 – Lord Dragon (10)
3 – Demon Demon (3)
4 – Natural Team (11)

Race 5 (Q1): FRENCH RACING & BREEDING COMMITTEE HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 21:15, Class 4, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1650m, Good to Yielding
1 – Robust Momentum (5)
2 – Southern Springs (10)
3 – Twin Turbo (2)
4 – Joyful Mission (11)

Race 6 (Q2): LE FRENCH MAY TROPHY (HANDICAP), 21/05/2014, 21:45, Class 3, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1000m, Good to Yielding
1 – Sight Believer (3)
2 – Fun N’ Games (1)
3 – London Walk (2)
4 – Roman Legend (5)

Race 7 (Q3): THE FRANCE GALOP CUP (HANDICAP), 21/05/2014, 22:15, Class 2, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1800m, Good to Yielding
1 – Flying Elite (6)
2 – Formula One (11)
3 – Approve (1)
4 – Willie Invictus (5)

Race 8 (Q4): ARC DE TRIOMPHE CHAMPIONSHIPS HANDICAP, 21/05/2014, 22:50, Class 3, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1200m, Good to Yielding
1 – All Win Boy (2)
2 – Nordic One (10)
3 – Silly Buddies (1)
4 – Super Abundante (8)

BEST BET
Race 3: Golden Addiction (6)

NEXT BEST
Race 8: All Win Boy (2)

VALUE BET
Race 4: Jade Pippo (9) – Currently, $6.20/$2.30

LONG SHOT
Race 6: Roman Legend (5) – Currently, $10.00/$3.50

QUADDIE ($100 get you 39%)
2.5.10.11
1.2.3.5
1.5.6.11
1.2.8.10

SIX UP
6
9.10
5.10
1.2.3
6
2.10

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PARTING SHOT

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WINNING IN SINGAPORE AND THE TOMMY BERRY X FACTOR

It was great to see Hong Kong’s Lucky Nine win in Singapore last night with jockey Brett Prebble- overcome with emotion- talking about this gallant galloper that trainer Caspar Fownes treats like one of his kids.

X FACTOR 1

Just when you think Lucky Nine has simply given everything he’s got, Cas patches his kid up, experiments with gear changes and ockey and trainer prove the naysayers wrong.

X FACTOR 2

And so it was with Lucky Nine during Singapore Airlines International Day last night as it turned back the clock- again- at- again- its happy hunting grounds.

X FACTOR 3

There was Corey Brown, who left Sydney racing to become a citizen of the world, riding a brilliant treble.

There was Danny Beasley, another brilliant Aussie jockey who turned his back on Oz racing to move and live in Singapore, riding a double whereas Zac Purton and Joao Moreira, for whom Singapore was home for so many years, chipped in with a winner apiece.

There was Danny Beasley, another brilliant Aussie jockey who turned his back on Oz racing to move and live in Singapore, riding a double whereas Zac Purton and Joao Moreira, for whom Singapore was home for so many years, chipped in with a winner apiece.

X FACTOR 4

When Berry, fighting back the tears, talked about how Singapore was where twin brother Nathan rode his last race, and the story of a butterfly that followed him from the paddock to behind the barriers and that angel on his shoulder riding with him, THIS was the highlight of the night.

X FACTOR 5

This is what racing is often missing: Raw emotion that cuts through tiresome Oy Oy Oy twittering from oldsters who just don’t, or refuse to understand that We Are The World.

It cuts through parochial bollocks, cuts through “Hong Kong dominance” lead stories, cuts through the impor ts to the heart of the matter.

Simply put, the way Tommy Berry continues to conduct himself and wear his heart on his sleeve forces us to be better people.

It goes beyond racing and is the inspiration many of us need in our lives to keep going- to never lose sight of life’s priorities.

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For this, we should be eternally grateful to the young jockey while hoping those running racing clubs understand the very human side of racing and how this can be translated into changing the perception of racing being only about winning and losing and damn that middle ground about caring for our fellow man- and the role each of us “common folk” plays to keep the sport alive.

Thanks, Tommy.

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Singapore Airlines Singapore Cup Day on the twitterverse

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THE SELLING OF RACING TO THE NEXT GENERATION

NEXT GENERATION 1

It’s not only become a mantra, but it’s also seen as a second lease of life to some in that small pool of hardcore racing media people.

NEXT GENERATION 2

They can see the writing on the traditional newspaper wall and need to find some new cause celebre de racing before The Fat Lady bursts into song.

NEXT GENERATION 3

Whet happens next is going into overdrive to be seen as being able to communicate with the new and next generation of relatively young racing fans- two very different customer groups with the former being pretty much clueless/uninterested in the sport while the latter group are already part of the racing community, but still checking out its pros and cons, weighing out the buffet of other choices available to them, and yet to take that big dive into horse racing and get more than their feet wet.

NEXT GENERATION 4

Of course, to go with all this is that still-to-be understood term called “social media”- the basics of marketing dressed in spanking new swaddling clothes and buzz words- which is far more than stringing together less than 140 words on twitter.

NEXT GENERATION 5

It’s here where many from Ye Olde School see an opportunity to shine and position themselves as the sport’s renaissance men.

Repo men might be more accurate.

NEXT GENERATION 6

Marketing is marketing and without understanding its basics and how to work to a written strategy to engage those new to the sport, many go half-cocked with their tweets without understanding that what’s needed is the CONTENT, which is only then “despatched” to the various new media platforms that have sprung up- platforms that leave us wondering how these business models which are available free become revenue generators.

That’s another story for another day.

NEXT GENERATION 7

As for those new to racing, many say that “edutaining” them about the win/place bet is the first baby step in having them join the horse racing party.

We don’t buy it.

NEXT GENERATION 8

The newbie punter hates to lose and, what’s worse is when the initial elation of winning on a Win/Place bet ends up with only a placing and the “profits” not even covering one’s outlay.

NEXT GENERATION 9

Suffering a disappointment like this, and those baby steps end up having the novice punter taking their ball, leaving, and looking elsewhere to invest their dollars.

NEXT GENERATION 10

In Hong Kong, the Jockeys Challenge- why this still isn’t sponsored and becomes more than a simple add on to wagering is baffling- is far more entertaining- it’s even sexy- than anywhere else, as here, the top jockeys are celebrities and treated like Rock stars.

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Joao Moreira, Douglas Whyte, Tommy Berry, Zac Purton- and watch out for Karis Teetan next season- are, yes, key drivers in turnover and affecting the odds of the runners they’re on, but they can also be key drivers in winning over the newbie punter.

NEXT GENERATION 12

At Happy Valley Racecourse and those Happy Wednesday nights, these “celebrity jockeys” can be seen up-close and personal in the paddock area and at the Beer Garden when they gallop by to the starting barriers.

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Even a wink, or a smile at racing fans while they’re in the paddock area plays a huge role in creating connectivity with racing fans whereas hi-fives and happy-slapping the hands of the winning jockeys as they canter their horses past by those lined up along the edges of the Beer Garden gives newbies that “touched” effect and sense of “belonging”.

NEXT GENERATION 16

Whyte and Moreira- we have never ever seen the adulation and adoration heaped on this Brazilian superstar of the turf by Hong Kong’s fickle racing fans- have all this “connectivity” with racing fans down pat. They really are the best at it.

NEXT GENERATION 17

A couple of meetings ago on a Wednesday night, we remember Dougie throwing a pair of his goggles our way after winning a race- but which were caught by someone else- a female newbie to racing standing next to us.

NEXT GENERATION 18

This small gesture led to her and her friends- and her friends’ friends- pooling their resources and buying any of Dougie’s rides paying between 1.50-2.20 to place- and, with four races left that night, winning. And her “system” continues today.

NEXT GENERATION 19

Don’t ever think these newbies are slow learners. If they like what they see, they’ll stay and play.

NEXT GENERATION 20

The female newbies, especially, quickly fine-tune their own “betting systems”- they dislike being force-fed tips or anything remotely “hardcore” as it suggests becoming another “desperate gambler”- and can teach experienced punters new ways to tackle tierce, quartet, and treble bets.

NEXT GENERATION 21

It’s those second-guessing the different customer segments WITHIN this one particular customer segment and who don’t engage with these people- face to face- are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to finding ways to involve these newbies in this game of chance.

NEXT GENERATION 22

What’s more, when these newbies win, they use social media- mainly instagram, but also twitter, weibo and WeChat and even dating app Tinder- to spread the world in a language and “tone of communication” that’s far more relevant to their peers than any hardcore corporate-type tweets.

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As for The Jockey Challenge, it’s more than another bet.

It’s the most simple edutainment tool to those who wouldn’t know a Six Up from a 7Up and Zac Purton from Zac Efron and Douglas Whyte from Jack Black.

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NEXT GENERATION 26

These Jockey Challenges have a human face and those “starring” in them should, we believe, be taken off-course and promoted wherever new racing fans congregate and can meet these leading riders in person.

NEXT GENERATION 27

Each of these personalities are very different with their own unique stories to tell.

Getting it right so that the younger customer can meet them in a relaxed environment- something like a far more chilled version of Speed Dating- and a party atmosphere with ‘live’ music and guests from other sports like even Becks or Sharapova or Lewis Hamilton, where one type of horse power can meet another type of horse power, can accomplish much very quickly.

NEXT GENERATION 28

Invite one of sponsor Longines’ brand ambassadors- Kate Winslet or Simon Baker- along with other local racing favorites such as Tony Cruz and Caspar Fownes and some of Hong Kong’s younger and newer owners.

NEXT GENERATION 29

Jockeys are people, too- many, like new generation race-goers, are new generation riders- and not one-dimensional athletes who ride horses.

NEXT GENERATION 30

NEXT GENERATION 31

They laugh, they cry, they listen to music, they watch movies, they keep up with trends, they’re on social media, and being in an industry where weasels slither in, they can read people very well.

NEXT GENERATION 32

Yet, these athletes- the stars of the show called horse racing- are rarely promoted and marketed to become anything more than names relegated to the racing pages of that thing called a newspaper.

NEXT GENERATION 33

The new generation or Gen C or the New Millennials have stopped watching television, let alone reading newspapers- especially the racing pages. That’s saved for kitty litter.

NEXT GENERATION 34

So, here we are fast-approaching the end of 2014 and jockeys remain the only athletes without or not allowed to be sponsored and kept in their little boxes.

NEXT GENERATION 35

In Australia, young guns like Harry Coffey, below, who is one helluva promising jockey despite fighting cystic fibrosis, Chad Schofield, Jamie Kah who mixes it with the big boys, Jye McNeil and James McDonald have strong sponsorship appeal along with human interest stories to tell that big, wide world beyond horse racing and its one-dimensional end games.

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NEXT GENERATION 37

In Hong Kong, Joao Moreira, Douglas Whyte etc- also with sponsorship appeal- really should be marketed outside of appearing on racing programs with talking wobble heads waffling on to an audience of less than a few thousand people.

NEXT GENERATION 38

The irony is that despite all this talk about customers and connectivity with the next generation of racing, there is very little thought about the need to become a recognized player in the much bigger world of sports entertainment- key in creating interest in a sport still dismissed by many as being a “mug’s game”.

Perception is everything and the image of racing must change as the HKJC has managed to accomplish with its Happy Wednesday brand which keeps evolving.

NEXT GENERATION 39

This new and next generation of race-goer are very familiar with a sporting world which they see as entertainment.

NEXT GENERATION 40

They follow Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

They read about the on-again-off-again relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzingher, and what’s happening with Andy Murray and his girlfriend.

They follow the exploits of Nadal and Federer, the love match between Rory McIlroy and the delectable Caroline Wozniacki and, of course, cannot ignore Brand Beckham through coverage in all aspects of mass media and via the marketing support of sponsors.

NEXT GENERATION 41

Hamilton hopes for Nicole reunion

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

The truth is that the future of horse racing is being stunted through tunnel vision by the very people who can take the sport into a brave new world.

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Perhaps they know they won’t be around when this new day arrives, and so, couldn’t give a rat’s arse about changing anything other than ensuring that they feather their own nests.

NEXT GENERATION 45

What constantly nags at us is knowing the inability of way too many senior racing executives whose only strengths are shaking hands for photo opps and talking about what they once did while all the time hoping no one sees how useless they are when push comes to shove. Oh, but, they do…We see everything.

NEXT GENERATION 46

Paul Bittar and, of course, the HKJC’s Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges are exceptions to the rule that quickly come to mind and who understand the need to push that creative envelope to stop the rot setting in and changing rigid mind sets.

NEXT GENERATION 47

The problem is getting this envelope pushed past the armies of Yes People who, simply put, are too far down Highway 61 to change and who hire others in their likeness.

The times, they aren’t changing fast enough, Bob.

NEXT GENERATION 48

It’s why racing club-organized gala dinners are the cold, boring, “mandatory” affairs that they are and to which many in the racing fraternity need to have their arms twisted to attend.

NEXT GENERATION 49

It’s also why the sponsorship of race meetings are the tedious affairs they are- all those naff presentation ceremonies no one watches- and which those who bring racing to life on racetracks know about only to well, but bear with it waiting for someone else to shake off this corporate lethargy.

NEXT GENERATION 50

The “good news” is that every industry in the world is littered by those with huge packages to go with their huge titles, but whose entire job ethic is to survive with that Gloria Gaynor song going on in their heads.

NEXT GENERATION 51

Again, we come to the new and next generation of racing fans.

When they are far more “traveled” and knowledgable about the buffet of entertainment choices available to them, know what communications they wish to absorb, and know exactly what they want and how and when they want it, racing clubs better wake up to this and also realize that their captive market requires attention.

NEXT GENERATION 52

On the sponsorship front, brands like Adidas, Nike, Red Bull, Ferrari etc who use great creativity and brand popularity to ensure the sports they back keep evolving and being relevant, don’t even have racing on their radars.

NEXT GENERATION 53

Why?

Poor marketing and presentation of the racing product, weak creativity and the wrong people in the wrong jobs incapable of selling the sport to a tough market- people who reached their level of incompetence a decade ago yet still keep being promoted.

NEXT GENERATION 54

Today’s customers are ahead of the game and no amount of talking and presentations by those on the periphery will change things.

NEXT GENERATION 55

Only through actually engaging consumers in horse racing through a simple learning curve like The Jockey Challenge- these people can easily become a racing club’s street marketing and social media teams- can there be tangible results and real Change which can be seen and felt for the long haul- and not as a pit stop.

NEXT GENERATION 56

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TIPS, THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY AND THE VARIETY CLUB SYNDROME

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

When it rains, it pours and all the news from Hong Kong racing’s Information Highway over the past few days- it almost seemed like making up for lost time- nearly made us get stuff in Hendrix’s Crosstown Traffic.

SYNDROME 1

There was information about the reasons why The Zac Attack almost had his name changed to “Spike” Purton by Hong Kong’s voracious Chinese media when checking into hospital to ensure all was hunky John Dory after a night on the town with some of the other boys and their wives.

SYNDROME 2

Our mate Caspar Fownes scaled such dizzying heights with high blood pressure on Wednesday night that he had to be hospitalized and missed out on seeing the his Domineer spank its rivals.

SYNDROME 3

Thankfully, he text us to say he was “nearly fine”.

SYNDROME 4

Meanwhile, the HKJC FINALLY confirmed what many had known for almost two weeks- that Tye Angland would not be returning to Hong Kong- whereas three horses from the stables of David Hall and Peter Ho were withdrawn on Wednesday after found to have prohibited substances in their system- but nothing sinister in this.

It was something like man-eating plant in The Little Shop Of Horrors bellowing, FEED ME, and being fed junk food.

SYNDROME 5

Now, if someone can tell us why the HKJC continues to throw money away by using that horribly over-the-top American voice-over person on wallpaper “badvertising” of its simultaneous broadcasts- amongst its other racing content- and just how abrasive he sounds in a VERY Ted Knight cornball way.

SYNDROME 6

Hong Kong aside and while we sit and watch Macau’s Lost Vegas casino industry come apart at the seams, the drums have been becoming increasingly Niki Lauda about Mainland Chinese investments surging in South Africa led by a multi-billion dollar investment in a project in the Modderfontein area of Johannesburg by Shanghai Zendai Property and Perfect (China), which, last year, made the first Chinese investment in the country’s wine industry with its acquisition of the 25 hectare of the Val de Vie estate.

SYNDROME 7

What’s any of this to do with horse racing?

Possibly plenty as the aggressive Perfect (China) is rumored to have recently been checking and cross-checking South Africa’s breeding industry and the country’s racecourses in what we call The Variety Club Syndrome.

As they say, Stay Tuned.

SYNDROME 8

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THE FAST TRACKER WONDERS WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN.

SYNDROME 9

After what seems an eternity, Joao Moreira returns to action today- probably a tired Magic Man who was despatched by John Moore to Singapore to give Military Attack its final piece of work ahead of taking its place on Sunday in the SIA Singapore Cup had to then turnaround and return here for today’s meeting before leaving tonight for Singapore, riding in his former home base and then back in Hong Kong the next day.

SYNDROME 10

As for today’s ATV Cup Day meeting, which will mean the usual wolf whistles and the chorus of diiiiiiiiiiiiius when the station trots out its cavalcade of stars and starlets, it’s another of those mixed up meetings of all-bother and turf races- there are a number of first-starters and some of the best young sprinters seen this season whereas it looks as if John Size might kick ahead-gently- in the Trainers Premiership though John Moore, already in Singapore sleeping with his horses, won’t be letting him get too far.

SYNDROME 11

Dougie Whyte rides two of the best young sprinters in Do You Get It for Size and Rad for David Hall though has a total of a measly six rides in the ten-race card.

No wonder he was looking so chilled at Thursday’s special dinner for a small group of owners and friends along with Richard Gibson, Chris So and Hugh Bowman at the new fine dining restaurant called The Chalk at Happy Valley Racecourse.

SYNDROME 12

With the weather continuing to be unsettled with a pissed off Thor waking Hong Kong up at 4am with a huge clap of thunder, I’ll just assume that the track conditions will be the same as that of last week when horses drawn the inside in those all-bother races had a distinct advantage.

SYNDROME 13

*R1 RIGHTEOUS/EVER SHINY/RIBOT LEGACY/BRILLIANT DREAM

Either The Magic Man or The Zac Attack should get off to a winning start with the latter on first starter Righteous from the Benno Yung yard.

SYNDROME 14

R2 AMAZING GIFT/INFINITE COURAGE/STREET CAT/OPTIMIZATION STAR

One of those watching briefs in a race too confusing to bother about when there are far better races where the odds of making a profit are high.

SYNDROME 15

R3 CONFUCIUS ELITE/BOULD MOVER/CITY POWER/HELLO KIMBERLEY/

An extremely tough race made even more difficult by it being an all-dirt race and with the weather gods holding the key. A good outsider could be Bould Mover and knowing how keen Tony Cruz is to give Alvin Ng a few winners, this could lead at very good odds and gas the rest of the runners.

SYNDROME 16

R4 WINNER’S DELIGHT/GOLDLAND DANCER/VERDANE/KING HARADASUN/CRIMSON HEART

The way Winner’s Delight and Goldland Dancer won their last starts on the all-weather track, I guess one cannot leave them out though I worry about the latter carrying topweight.

SYNDROME 17

SYNDROME 18

Many will be trying to snag the HUGE Triple Trio jackpot up for grabs- well over $10 MILLION- but, if even one of the two horses mentioned doesn’t run into the top three placings, many would have been eliminated in the first leg of the bet.

SYNDROME 19

R5 HARBOUR MASTER/OLE OLE/CHAMPAGNE DAYS/ALWAYS SOMETHING

Harbour Master with Moreira up for Moore should take this out though some real roughies could fill the minor placings in the first Quartet race of the world and the middle pin in the Triple Trio.

*R6 TOP ACT/DO YOU GET IT/LUCKY SCEPTER/MEGA CHAMPION

A betting race and where Do You Get It and Lucky Scepter clash again.

When they last met, Dougie Whyte outrode apprentice Dickie Lui on an extremely unlucky Lucky Scepter.

SYNDROME 20

Lui retains the ride and it will be interesting to see if the galloper’s last run was a fluke or if it is really up to the quality of Do You Get It.

SYNDROME 21

I doubt it and feel that the Tony Millard-trained Top Act with the popular Karis Teetan aboard is the horse to beat.

SYNDROME 22

*R7 EYE ON YOU/SELKIRK STAR/KING OF HOUSEHOLD/MR GINGER

John Size debuts former Queensland galloper Eye On You and looks the one to win with Joao Moreira up, but don’t discard Selkirk Star, which Neil Callan has done all the work on, and King Of Household that has worked extremely well.

SYNDROME 23

*R8 REWARDING HERO/SECRET SHAM/PLEASURE GAINS/SUPER LIFELINE

It’s the ATV Cup and if a Cup race, well, it means John Moore entering his usual army of runners- five here- with Secret Sham (Moreira) and Rewarding Hero (Berry) looking the stable elects and both very capable of running the quinella- with Pleasure Gains being the fly in the ointment.

SYNDROME 24

R9 RAD/PENIAPHOBIA

Both horses are racing up a class after their last-start wins, but look like heading higher with Dougie Whyte on David Hall’s exciting Rad and Neil Callan- the favorite jockey of Chief Steward Kim Kelly- is, rather surprisingly, aboard the Tony Cruz-trained Peniaphobia- which the Durban Demon rode at its last start.

One can only assume that the connections of Peniaphobia- said to mean, “happiness index” in Chinese-don’t want Matthew Chadwick on their horse?

SYNDROME 25

SYNDROME 26

Being the first leg of the third Double Trio, I’ll be taking these as double bankers and throw in a few roughies as legs where Charity Spirit must be included.

*R10 WONDERFUL MOMENTS/SUN PINS/OWNERS PRIDE/I’M IN CHARGE

The wide barrier draw of Wonderful Moments puts me off having it on a win line with Sun Pins and Brett Prebble up looking the one to beat.

SYNDROME 27

Prebble has been flying under the radar for the past two seasons and not exactly in huge demand- baffling when one thinks of his years of intense rivalry with Dougie Whyte and the most in-demand jockey in town.

SYNDROME 28

Having said this, the jockey known for his strength in a finish, might make a late comeback this season as proven by his win on Wednesday aboard Victory Hero for long-time supporter Caspar Fownes and a pretty decent looking book of rides today.

SYNDROME 29

Meanwhile, Hard Ball Get will be backed by many in Western Australia where it raced before being sold to connections in Hong Kong.

SYNDROME 30

Personally, I don’t think the horse is -anywhere good enough to win this, but could run into a placing with Hughie Bowman on it for the first time.

SYNDROME 31

Other place chances include Owner’s Pride, Principal and, possibly, Real Supreme.

* Betting races

BEST BET R9 RAD
NEXT BEST R6 TOP ACT
LONGSHOT R8 PLEASURE GAINS
QUADDIE R7-3 R8- 5,9 R9- 7,8. R10- 4,6,7,10

$16 for 100%

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SASSY SARIKA’S SIX UP

SYNDROME 32

R5- 1,3,4,5,10
R6- 8
R7- 3
R8- 5,9,10
R9- 7
R10- 4,6,7,9

Total: $600 for 100%

Six Up (2)
R5-1
R6-5,8
R7-1,3
R8- 5-9
R9- 7
R10- 6,7

Total: $160 for 100%

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Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend 17.5.14‏

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sat 17.5.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Mixed-Turf (“C+3″ Course/AWT)
Weather: Mainly cloudy with showers. A few squally thunderstorms at first. Hot with sunny intervals in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of around 31 degrees. Moderate southerly winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: TING KOK HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 13:00, Class 4, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1200m, Good to Yielding
1 – Ribot Legacy (2)
2 – Righteous (7)
3 – Perfect Hedge (6)
4 – Brilliant Dream (3)

Race 2: YUEN SHIN HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 13:30, Class 5, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1600m, Good to Yielding
1 – Triumphant Dragon (13)
2 – Follow The Wind (7)
3 – Infinite Courage (14)
4 – Cool Pal (6)

Race 3: DAI WAH HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 14:00, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1200m, Wet Slow
1 – Hello Kimberley (4)
2 – Ambitous Glory (3)
3 – Startling Power (8)
4 – Grand Plus (10)

Race 4: DAI WANG HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 14:30, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1650m, Wet Slow
1 – Verdane (3)
2 – Winner’s Delight (4)
3 – Goldland Dancer (1)
4 – Prince Of Sunshine (13)

Race 5: NAM WAN HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 15:00, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1800m, Wet Slow
1 – Harbour Master (1)
2 – Champagne Days (5)
3 – Cartoon Fay Fay (10)
4 – Ole Ole (4)

Race 6: DAI HEI HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 15:35, Class 4, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1400m, Good to Yielding
1 – Do You Get It (5)
2 – Top Act (8)
3 – Amazing Always (10)
4 – Lucky Scepter (2)

Race 7 (Q1): YUEN CHAU TSAI HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 16:05, Class 3, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1200m, Good to Yielding
1 – Eye On You (3)
2 – Star Of Bond (7)
3 – Berlinski (4)
4 – Selkirk Star (1)

Race 8 (Q2): THE ATV CUP (HANDICAP), 17/05/2014, 16:35, Class 1, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1600m, Good to Yielding
1 – Rewarding Hero (9)
2 – Secret Sham (5)
3 – Flash Knight (6)
4 – Packing Whiz (3)

Race 9 (Q3): DAI SHING HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 17:10, Class 2, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1000m, Good to Yielding
1 – Rad (7)
2 – Peniaphobia (8)
3 – Charity Joy (11)
4 – Ensemble (3)

Race 10 (Q4): KWONG FUK HANDICAP, 17/05/2014, 17:45, Class 3, Turf, “C+3″ Course, 1400m, Good to Yielding
1 – Wonderful Moments (6)
2 – Sun Pins (7)
3 – Fantastic Kaka (9)
4 – Owners’ Pride (12)

BEST BET
Race 6: Do You Get It (5)

NEXT BEST
Race 9: Rad (7)

VALUE BET
Race 4: Verdane (3) – Currently, $4.60

LONG SHOT
Race 10: Owners’ Pride (12) – Currently, $11.00

QUADDIE ($100 get you 39%)
1.3.4.7
3.5.6.9
3.7.8.11
6.7.9.12

SIX UP
1.5
5
3
5.9
7.8
6

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 10, No. 6 Wonderful Moments
Battled away steadily last time. Looks value in a race of little depth.

SECOND BEST
Race 9, No. 8 Peniaphobia
Progressive gelding who excels down the straight. Rate highly.

LONGSHOT
Race 5, No. 11 Axiom
Well rated and has the benefit of a good draw. Chance.

QUADDIE
3 / 3,5,6,9 / 7,8 / 6,7,9. $50 for 208.33%.

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PARTING SHOT

SYNDROME 33

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STRUTTING, BREEDING AND FRETTING

VICTORIAN RACING STRUTS ITS STUFF AGAIN

FRETTING 1

Victorian racing’s best friend – Premier Denis Napthine- wears his racing heart on his sleeve and never fails to grasp every opportunity to promote the sport that he is so passionate about.

FRETTING 2

He did it again this week, releasing a comprehensive study jointly commissioned by the State Government in conjunction with the three codes of racing – thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds.

The study convincingly identifies the economic and social importance of racing in Victoria, which almost certainly should be mirrored in other States if some weren’t so busy wearing blinkers and huffing and puffing and trying to blow other houses down.

FRETTING 3

A $2.8 billion economic benefit activity to the State was recorded in 2013 – a figure which should effectively result in the mute button being turned on detractors of racing.

FRETTING 4

Tellingly, the results of the study shine a very bright light on the huge economic benefit that the spring racing carnival delivers to Victoria which must make our dear friends and leaders at Druitt Street in downtown Sydney reach for their anti-depressants.

FRETTING 5

Not only do the “50,000” or more participants in that “rogue” State across the border have a Premier and Racing Minister as their “bestie”, but racing in “bleak city” still has bragging rights as the best racing State in the nation – enough to make some choke on their V’Lundies.

FRETTING 6

You have to feel genuine sympathy for the NSW racing industry: The Championships can undoubtedly be a huge success- but the short to medium term blueprint is wrong and can prematurely euthanase it.

The indecent prize money offered in its initial year is completely unsustainable without the NSW State Government writing cheques each year for a minimum $10 million for the near term. And the prospect of that largesse continuing has been dealt four fatal blows; the first by the demise of Premier Barry O’Farrell and racing Minister George Souris; the second by the release last Tuesday of the most austere Federal Budget in recent political history; the third the NSW state election next year and the challenge for new Premier Mike Baird and his colleagues to find money to fund the NSW health, education systems and infrastructure; and finally the failure of the Championships to attract more than 25,000 punters through the turnstiles on both Saturdays.

FRETTING 7

Did we hear anyone mention economic benefits to NSW from the $10 million gifted to stage the Championships by the O’Farrell Government in 2014?

Heaven knows what the pathetic “D” grade advertising and marketing campaign cost.

Did we hear a bid of $2 million?

FRETTING 8

The ad agency and media buying house are still popping the champagne corks for a campaign that could have been written and produced in a backyard in Redfern.

Still, there is no turning back for the Championships as wounded pride and ego are a powerful combination and will ensure that the grossly excessive prize money levels be sustained in 2015.

And yes, boys and girls, Canterbury racecourse will have to be sold. You can bet anything you like on that.

FRETTING 9

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THE QUIRKS OF BREEDING

FRETTING 10

The vagaries of thoroughbred breeding have been again demonstrated over recent times both in Australia and Hong Kong.

In Australia, the AJC and SA Derbies – the staying tests for 3yo’s- have both been won by sons of outstanding sprinters – Sebring siring Criterion who took out two classic Group Ones in Sydney during the Autumn- both the Rosehill Guineas over 2000 metres and the AJC Derby over 2400 metres.

Sebring is also the sire of the oddly named three year old filly Scratchy Bottom (named after a pub in the UK), who was beaten by the narrowest of margins in another Group One – the South Australian Derby by Kushadasi who, coincidentally, is a son of Choisir.

Sebring, a son of the highly successful American-bred More Than Ready, was a dazzling winner of Australia’s richest classic two year old race- the Golden Slipper and a was a powerhouse sprinter.

FRETTING 11

Choisir, a son of Danehill Dancer, put Australian-bred sprinters on the world map with his trail blazing win at the world famous Royal Ascot carnival when trained by Newcastle’s Paul Perry, a precedent that has been successfully followed by the likes of Takeover Target, Scenic Blast, Miss Andretti and of course the great Black Caviar.

FRETTING 12

On a similar path, it is often said in racing circles that every stallion sires at least one good horse.

We don’t pretend to have the statistics and evidence to prove or disprove this, but, interestingly, results in Hong Kong over this season have thrown up two interesting pieces of evidence supporting the theory.

Super Lifeline, trained by Tony Millard, has been most impressive at his few starts since winning at odds of over 100/1 at his debut and is racing competitively against the best.

FRETTING 13

He is by Churchill Downs, a high class, expensive son of Danehill, successful at black type level in Australia, but a flop at the stud in Australia with respect to siring top quality horses.

FRETTING 14

He has been banished to the Middle East – to either Lebanon or Syria- likewise Full Talent, the son of little known Australian stallion Court of Jewels, another very well bred son of Danehill whose whereabouts these days is unknown to us.

FRETTING 15

Full Talent has won three from a handful of starts for Richard Gibson and looks like he is going places- fast.

Purchased through the watchful eye of our good mate Brent “The Babe” Thomson- Brett Davies, please note- out of the Melbourne trials, Full Talent is yet another good example of horses being purchased cheaply- and not with gold plated pedigrees- making the grade at the top level.

FRETTING 16

Whilst the purists may not like to hear it, breeding has never been and will never be an exact science.

FRETTING 17

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COULD NSW CORRUPTION PROBE SNARE RACING CONNECTIONS?

FRETTING 18

The mail floating around racing circles in Sydney suggest that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption ICAC) investigations into political influence and donations and corruption, which, have to date, produced some explosive allegations against both political parties and the scalps of some very prominent state politicians and business figures including former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, may soon have one or two prominent movers and shakers in NSW racing on the witness stand.

FRETTING 19

And if the ICAC track record is any guide, the team of forensic and rotweiller-type legal team have managed a strike rate that would be the envy of any Royal Commission or Commission of Inquiry against Corruption anywhere in the world.

If the mail is correct and not idle racetrack gossip of which there is plenty, then there will be some very nervous and stressed individuals with more than their faux reputations on the line and- suddenly- lying low and not carrying that big stick.

FRETTING 20

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TVN WOES (YAWN) CONTINUE…

FRETTING 21

If Kenny Callander is right- and again the mail in racing circles points his way- the debacle over the resolution of the costs and aggregation of racing vision between TVN and Sky remains unresolved despite the continuing woeful spin that a resolution is “imminent” – a line that was first trotted out just on two years ago.

That’s right two fucking long years ago.

FRETTING 22

Imagine a major business being conducted that way- but this just would not happen- but, yet it does in racing.

FRETTING 23

The pathetically fragmented, polarised industry tolerates this type of commercial behaviour with dysfunctional boards gregariously motivated by self-interest and self- serving agendas.

Perhaps the ONLY solution is to torch TVN and let the States of Victoria and NSW go their own separate ways. And we all know how that will end up: Our mates from NSW listening to the cash tills ringing with broad smiles on their faces.

FRETTING 24

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ADRENALINE AT HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE IS…

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People meeting people.

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The space to look at racing in a new way.

And in your own time.

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It’s

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and

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Plus

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It’s

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and

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and not

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Adrenaline is like a private Club, but open to everyone.

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It’s your leisurely way to take it all in.

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Adrenaline is

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Adrenaline is whatever you want it to be…

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