TIPS, SHATIN AND THE MOREIRA FACTOR

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FACTOR 1

The news that Joao Moreira was adoping a wait-and-see approach, and only taking out- or offered- a six month contract with the HKJC for next season has tongues wagging- no, no, he’s not been wooed back by Nathan Tinkler for The Pie Man’s nick, knack Patinak return from the wilderness to horse racing- about his possible next move or, more importantly, what it would take to keep the rider being the Master Sommelier of Hong Kong racing.

FACTOR 2

Moreira, the Magic Man, is no fool and could also be Sade’s Smooth Operator who, this week, gave the racing media a politically correct and erudite explanation about him leaving all options open- for himself, he was clear to point out, and the Club- to see if both can continue to make sweet music together.

FACTOR 3

Is Moreira weighing out an offer from Godolphin to step in for Silvestre de Souza, below- or could it even be the precocious talents of Mikhael Barzalona who’s had an annus horribilis with Godolphin and its ever-changing roster of riders for its runners?

FACTOR 4

We might be wrong, but we can’t see this happening for too many reasons to get into now- though we can see Souza riding in Hong Kong as we know he’s been putting out some LOUD feelers about riding here.

FACTOR 5

Getting back to Moreira, could there be an offer on the table to tempt him to leave for Japan?

FACTOR 6

There are two offers we have heard about- rumors, of course- but surely, if this did take place, it would only be a two-month contract unless The Magic Man can do a Mandrake and pluck some fluent Japanese outta thin air which is needed to stay there for the long run?

FACTOR 7

Then again, with his wife and kids in Australia, wouldn’t Racing NSW or Racing Victoria do cartwheels across the floor to lure the Magic Man Down Under and roll out the red carpet for this real family man?

FACTOR 8

Of course, Moreira has poured cold water on the Godolphin rumours, but we think there’s something niggling at the brilliant Brazilian- definitely, the People’s Choice as Hong Kong’s Champion Jockey- with the signals sent out being mixed on the surface, but, we think, pretty cut and dry when dug a little deeper.

FACTOR 9

To us, Joao Moreira is sending a very clear message to the Chief Stipe and the HKJC’s Director of Racing: Give me the same type of stress and grief that I took on the chin- and to my wallet this season- almost ten suspensions- next season and which puts a dent in me winning the Jockeys Premiership, and, well, if you see me getting smaller, I’m leaving.

FACTOR 10

In other words, Joao Moreira is no one’s muppet. He knows his options and strengths – on and off the course- he has the support of every trainer and has powerful owners grovelling at his feet for him to ride their horses- something to bear in mind on a very different level with the increase in prize money and better Private Purchases in mind- and seems to have thrown down the gauntlet- with a smile.

FACTOR 11

How this gauntlet is picked up- and by whom- and the ways in which a “sure thing” can be negotiated to ease his mind about suspensions-a-go-go in an industry where there are no “sure things”- while other leading riders watch to see how this is played out-and how it might impact them- will require the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon and the negotiating skills of Henry Kissinger.

FACTOR 12

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THE FAST TRACKER EYES THE HUMUNGOUS TRIPLE TRIPLE JACKPOT!

With Zac Purton taking his two day suspension, many will be looking at the horses the Zac Attack might have ridden if here- and which appear to have gone to Tommy Berry who has a very good chance of winning the Jockey Challenge at good odds- as does Brett Prebble.

FACTOR 13

As usual Joao Moreira has his usual book of good rides and Dougie Whyte has twelve points already in the can when he wins race 1- but, to me, the latter cannot win the JC and, unless putting down $500,000, betting on the Magic Man is not worth the time.

FACTOR 14

Far better to use this type of financial layout to try and get the Triple Trio jackpot which is expected to reach $100m.

FACTOR 15

It sure would be money more wisely spent than betting on anything in Oz where the quality of most of the horses running these days are very average 87 rated horses- at best- the condition of tracks are dire, and the boat race that took place at Rosehill in the last yesterday had many shaking their heads- and venting their fury at the ride of the favorite- the “surest thing” since a one horse race.

FACTOR 16

R1 GREAT SPEED/MANIPULATION

Tony Cruz feels he doesn’t have enough bullets to be in this season’s trainers premiership, but a stable quinella with these two from his stable, could add to his stake earnings.

FACTOR 17

R2 GENUINE CHAMPION/NATURAL TEAM/HIT THE BID/OCEAN ROAR

Tommy Berry and Dennis Yip are making a formidable combination with Douglas Whyte looking at being the big loser when it comes to rides for the stable, and here, the new team should go close with Genuine Champion.

FACTOR 18

R3 JOYFUL LUCK/WINE LOVERS/DIAMOND START/NINE DRAGONS

A quick back-up for Wine Lovers and Dragon Start and with, possibly, Joyful Luck the one who to split them and Nine Dragons, racing down a class and at good opens being the party crasher.

FACTOR 19

R4 INCREDIBLE FELLOW/SPITFIRE/GOLDEN BAUHINIA/JOLLY SPRING

As Gerard Mosse would say with a perplexed expression, “Sacre bleu, mon ami, you want moi to ride zeez goats?” The horses in this race are truly merde.

FACTOR 20

R5 ORIENTAL FANTASIA/LIFE OF BEAUTY/BAMBOO DANCE/REAL GENERAL

The first leg of the multi million dollar Triple Trio jackpot to be won, and, going on what’s happened over the last few weeks, this first hurdle has seen horses without names filling the top three places and any semblance of form going out the window.

FACTOR 21

This race looks so fraught with danger, I’d take a horse at 20s as a banker and wheel it onto six legs and go with double bankers onto five legs in the next two legs.

FACTOR 22

R6 CELESTIAL SMILE/SPARKLING SWORD/FAMILY INTEREST/MONEY CAFE

Celestial Smile really should have won a race by now and can take this out with Sparkling Sword and Family Interests running into placings.

R7 TERRIFIC MASTER/INDUSTRIAL WAY/ROYALE ELEGANCE/WIN IT

Terrific Master was as green as envy but still impressed when winning its last start for Zac Purton.

FACTOR 23

With Purton taking his two meeting suspension, Matthew Chadwick jumps aboard the Tony Cruz-trained runner and this improving should run into the placings. But who will win? How long’s a ball of string?

FACTOR 24

Topweight Industrial Way copped a bad check at its last start and should have gone closer while it’s foolish to ignore that forgotten man of Hong Kong racing- Brett Prebble.

FACTOR 25

Prebble might not be making headlines, but, I reckon wins on average conveyances like- yes, I’ll keep on repeating it- Distinct Commander- to me, THE most interesting race of the season even when it came to the quinella- and the jockey’s determined ride and Melbourne Cup winning whoop when it won said to me that the jockey is very happy to be flying under the radar, being chillaxed, and delivering when it counts.

FACTOR 26

R8 ROMAN LEGEND/FANTASTICO/SPEEDY SANDY/PURE FORCE

Tony Cruz once told me that, as a local boy, he will do everything possible to give struggling apprentice- Alvin Ng- who was moved from the stable of Dennis Yip to whom he was originally indentured to Cruz for better mentoring- some winners.

FACTOR 27

Well, it’s been a long wait and today, Ng has some pretty good rides for his new boss.

The problem is this: Is he good enough to deliver?

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R9 SUN PINS/CANNY FRANCO/BEST TANGO/BULLISH SMART

I have no idea what Sun Pins are, but have read much too much on General Franco and how to better my tango skills for the parade of cougars and milfs on the prowl every Wednesday night at Post 97.

FACTOR 29

R10 WONDERFUL MOMENTS/VICTORY MASTER

Moreira should take this out for John Size while doing handstands on the saddle with only Hugh Bowman to worry about on Victory Master in case over-confidence comes into play.

FACTOR 30

R11 SMART BALL/FANTASTIC KAKA/VICTORY HERO/LET ME GO

If the Six Up is to pay more than chump change, this- and an upset in race nine- is probably the race that will provide the value and where eight horses can take this out and me throwing caution and any semblance of good sense out the window and believing that Alvin Ng on Smart Ball might be one of these eight.

FACTOR 31

BEST BET: R7 QUINELLA PLACE- 1,7.
NEXT BEST R10 QUINELLA PLACE- WONDERFUL MOMENTS/VICTORY MASTER
LONGSHOT R9 CANNY FRANCO (8)
LAY- JUST MISTERE/COOL PAL/DRAGON

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SARIKA’S FATHER’S DAY SIX UP

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R6- 1-3
R7- 1-7
R8- 1-8-10-12
R9- 2-6-7-8
R10-12
R11- 1-4-6-9-13

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TIPS FROM THE THIRD DIVIDEND FOR TODAY AT SHATIN

FACTOR 32

SHA TIN (HKG)
Sun 15.6.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“C” Course)
Weather: The Standby Signal, No. 1 is in force.
This means that a tropical cyclone now centred within about 800 kilometres of Hong Kong. At 8 a.m., Tropical Storm Hagibis was estimated to be about 260 kilometres east of Hong Kong (near 22.1 degrees north 116.7 degrees east) and is forecast to move north or north-northwest at about 10 kilometres per hour in the general direction of the coastal areas of eastern Guangdong.

In the past few hours, Hagibis moved northwards steadily towards the coast of Guangdong. According to the present forecast track, Hagibis will skirt about 250 kilometres to the east of Hong Kong, and make landfall over the coast of eastern Guangdong later today. Winds will not strengthen significantly in Hong Kong generally. However, the outer rainbands of Hagibis will affect Hong Kong and there will be swells. Unless Hagibis takes on a more westerly track, the chance of issuing the Strong Wind Signal, No.3 is not high.

Race 1: HKU FACULTY OF SCIENCE PLATE, 15/06/2014, 12:30, Griffin Race, Turf, “C” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Great Speed (3)
2 – Manipulation (6)
3 – Exaggeration (1)
4 – Just Ace (5)

Race 2: HKU FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 13:00, Class 4, Turf, “C” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Hit The Bid (3)
2 – Natural Team (6)
3 – Just Mistere (12)
4 – Genuine Champion (2)

Race 3: HKU SPACE HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 13:30, Class 5, Turf, “C” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Joyful Luck (1)
2 – Wine Lovers (7)
3 – Diamond Start (12)
4 – Flying Keeper (8)

Race 4: UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 14:00, Class 4, Turf, “C” Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Incredible Fellow (1)
2 – Spitfire (2)
3 – Forever Accurate (6)
4 – Jolly Spring (4)

Race 5: HKU FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 14:30, Class 5, Turf, “C” Course, 1600m, Good
1 – Life Of Beauty (4)
2 – Super Horse (5)
3 – Oriental Fantasia (11)
4 – Win Along (3)

Race 6: UNIVERSITY HALL HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 15:00, Class 4, Turf, “C” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Family Interests (3)
2 – Celestial Style (1)
3 – Sparkling Sword (11)
4 – Thanksgiving (9)

Race 7: HKU FACULTY OF EDUCATION HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 15:35, Class 4, Turf, “C” Course, 1800m, Good
1 – Royale Elegance (7)
2 – Industrialist Way (1)
3 – Ocean Power (3)
4 – Dragon (13)

Race 8 (Q1): THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE CUP(HANDICAP), 15/06/2014, 16:05, Class 3, Turf, “C” Course, 1000m, Good
1 – Fantastico (10)
2 – Roman Legend (1)
3 – Pure Force (6)
4 – Hong Kong Dancer (8)

Race 9 (Q2): HKU FACULTY OF MEDICINE HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 16:35, Class 3, Turf, “C” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Sun Pins (7)
2 – Bullish Smart (10)
3 – Ovett (2)
4 – Canny Franco (8)

Race 10 (Q3): HKU FACULTY OF ARTS HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 17:10, Class 2, Turf, “C” Course, 1400m, Good
1 – Wonderful Moments (12)
2 – Victory Master (2)
3 – Sichuan Vigor (4)
4 – Sea Diamond (9)

Race 11 (Q4): HKU FACULTY OF ENGINEERING HANDICAP, 15/06/2014, 17:45, Class 3, Turf, “C” Course, 1600m, Good
1 – Winning Instinct (4)
2 – Asia Rising (10)
3 – Let Me Go (1)
4 – Victory Hero (6)

BEST BET
Race 6: Family Interests (3)

NEXT BEST
Race 3: Joyful Luck (1)

VALUE BET
Race 7: Royale Elegance (7) – Currently, $6.40/$2.20

LONG SHOT
Race 9: Canny Franco (8) – Currently, $35.00/$9.00

QUADDIE ($100 gets you 39%)
1.6.8.10
2.7.8.10
2.4.9.12
1.4.6.10

SIX UP
1.3.11
1.3.7
1.10
7.8.10
12
4.10

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 9, No. 7 Sun Pins
Kept on well after missing the start. Deserves another chance.

SECOND BEST
Race 10, No. 12 Wonderful Moments
Won with authority last time out. Gets down in the weights and can win again.

LONGSHOT
Race 8, No. 4 Fun ‘N’ Games
Tackles Sha Tin for the first time but he is drawn well and should be competitive.

QUADDIE
1,4,6,10,12 / 1,7,10 / 1,12 / 1,4,6,10. $50 for 41.66%.

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PARTING SHOT

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PENIS ENVY AND ROOTING OUT THE PROBLEM

ANOTHER WAR ERUPTS IN AUSTRALIAN RACING!

PROBLEM 1

Buried away on Page 51 of the Sydney Morning Herald last Saturday, was a piece by Chris Roots titled, “Racing NSW in lawsuit against Victoria”.

PROBLEM 2

“Not another war” was the exasperated response from a prominent racing identity we spoke to as to whether April Fool’s Day had been reprised for a second time this year.

PROBLEM 3

According to “The Rooter’s” story- and we have no idea if he is or isn’t- “Racing NSW is suing fellow regulator Racing Victoria for more than $600,000 after allegedly being overcharged for product fees in 2008”. Unbelievable, but there’s more.

PROBLEM 4

“The Rooter” tells us that the “wrangle (over the fees), has been going on for more than five years and ended up in the Supreme Court last month”.

PROBLEM 5

Surely, this can’t be true: A dispute between so-called State racing regulators which has been unresolved for Five fucking years?

PROBLEM 6

Is this what the relationship between the regulators in the two premier states of Victoria and NSW has degenerated to? And they expect their stakeholders to behave differently?

PROBLEM 7

Does it not expose the deliberate lie that is continually put out there about the “new spirit of cooperation” between NSW and Victoria on all matters racing?

PROBLEM 8

Is it surprising that the regulators and their administrators have lost just about any semblance of respect among their own race clubs, owners, trainers, jockeys, staff, punters and anyone who has anything to do with racing?

PROBLEM 9

Is it any wonder that Australian racing is in such a dysfunctional state, which has made it- increasingly- the laughing stock of the global racing world?

PROBLEM 10

Australian racing these days is all about disputes – legal or otherwise- about wars between Racing NSW and whoever it can find to do battle with, whether it be Race Clubs, State Governments, Corporate Bookmakers, Veterinarians, its own staff, its own shadow, and now, Interstate fellow regulators.

PROBLEM 11

Surely, for something so obvious as a pair of dog’s gonads, doesn’t someone- anyone- ask the very obvious questions as to why NSW is always the battleground of choice for such wars and disputations?

PROBLEM 12

While Racing NSW continues to cry that it’s poor, it appears to be quite prepared to fatten the bank balances of its legal eagles through costly and often unnecessary litigation where mediation and good faith could resolve many of these debilitating and destabilizing disputes.

The Supreme Court action, yet again, demonstrates that those who still mistakenly believe that cooperation between NSW and Victoria on anything to do with racing is possible, are plainly and totally delusional.

PROBLEM 13

The battle lines were drawn some time ago between the States and it’s racing’s very own version of a giant dose of penis envy. Or Small Dick syndrome.

PROBLEM 14

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WILL MIKE BAIRD ROLL OVER TO RACING NSW DEMANDS?

PROBLEM 15

If you read Rupert’s rag – the Daily “Smellygraph”- and listen to some of the race track whispers, the relentless “hatchet” job on the NSW State Government to roll over and fund the Championships may be resonating with some of the rural MP’s.

The change in the “spin” strategy to turn attention to the plight of NSW country racing and prize money, infrastructure, and the creation of a new class of “rural poor” among rural NSW’s very own “50,000 participants” constituency, is a deliberate and calculated throw of the dice to wedge the Mike Baird State Government in the lead up to the election – it needs to hold on to the clutch of marginal seats – and compensate for the backlash that it would face if it were to throw money at the Championships.

We even read in the ”smelly” that another of Racing NSW’s Boys Glee Club– the Trainers Association- has bought into the fracas, pointing out that country trainers were “eating the paint off the walls” to survive.

True, NSW country racing is fucked, big time. But fellas, girlie men, Romans, it has been fucked for many moons, Tonto – almost as long as Racing NSW was established as the NSW racing’s governing body.

PROBLEM 16

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were regaled with reports – through Rupert’s glad rags and handbags, of course – of a grand tour of country NSW regional racing centres by none other than the dynamic duo, Racing NSW Chairman John “the messiah” Messara and his very own pitbull terrier and Chief Executive Peter Vlundies – the good cop/bad cop and Dumb And Dumber and Laurel and Hardy and Batman and Robin and Sonny and Cher and Baskins and Robbins and Ginger and Fred double act of NSW racing.

PROBLEM 17

Coincidentally, the tour was conducted on the eve of the infamous High Court judgment on the Product Fee which Racing NSW subsequently won against the much-maligned corporate bookmakers.

In true political style, the “messiah” and his drone striker yapper that is Vlundies met with country’s equivalent of the “50,000” participants and Club administrators and trotted out the same mantras promising funding for the country wish lists, principally around prize money and infrastructure – both of which had suffered from a near decade-long- or even longer period of neglect.

PROBLEM 18

The one “rider” was victory over the corporates which would release the rivers of Babylon gold in revenue to enable the desert to bloom again with Boney M dining in the background.

PROBLEM 19

But like most political promises, nothing is ever cast in stone and few, if any, are delivered in total.

PROBLEM 20

And so, the NSW Trainers Association’s assertion that country trainers are “eating the paint off the wall” is spot on.

Not only are the trainers in dire straits, financially, but so are their owners – the few that are left anyway, because most of the trainers are their owners as well – such is the predicament of the country’s very own “50,000” participants.

PROBLEM 21

To make matters worse, the tracks and training facilities are still in the diabolical state in which they have been for decades.

Clearly, when the product fee riches were distributed, the city and some of the provincial clubs were given priority – although the funding was overwhelmingly thrown at city prize money and the Championships rather than the country.

So, it is very, very, convenient to switch the attack on the State Government and put country prize money and infrastructure at the forefront of the attack.

And yet, the argument and campaign is so blatantly disingenuous, it demands to be exposed for what it is.

PROBLEM 22

There is absolutely no/zero/nada chance that a cash-strapped State Government in a lead up to a State election would commit political suicide and adjust the tax rate and let go of the $85 or $100 million that Racing NSW claims it would benefit from if the Victorian tax rate were to be adopted- not when you have funding for schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure, law enforcement and welfare at crisis levels- so much so that the NSW Government is doing its darndest to fast track asset sales to free up funds and minimize the pain in these areas and avert a crisis of catastrophic proportion.

To divert even a smidgin of these funds away from these areas would be an act of gross irresponsibility.

PROBLEM 23

The best that can be hoped for is a handout for the Championships – nothing more. And, of course, that would allow the wedge strategy to be again unleashed: “We would like to help you, but our hands are tied. The dastardly State Government won’t give us the tax relief to jack up your prize money and fix up your tracks”.

PROBLEM 24

The victims, as always, in political war games, are those who don’t deserve to be victims. And in NSW, it is a repetitive theme.

This time, it is the Country Sector of NSW racing.

So, while their better-off city counterparts enjoy competing in pitifully small Saturday fields for $80,000 prize money and for the obscene Championships prize money, country’s sample of the “50,000” participants race for racing’s equivalent of a can of diddly squat- and why they are- all together now- “eating the paint off the wall”.

PROBLEM 25

The uncomfortable and unpalatable reality is that it is not the responsibility of the State Government to fix the problem. Uh uh. That responsibility rests squarely with Racing NSW, which is why this issue will continue to fester while the war games with the State Government continue, and while NSW racing’s very own class warfare is waged to protect the interests and cash flows of the cashed-up metropolitan owners and breeders.

PROBLEM 26

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NO WELCOME MAT FOR WALLER IN VICTORIA

Not Welcome! Doormat

The VRC may consider it a coup to have Chris Waller operating his Melbourne base out of Flemington, but from what we are hearing from over the border, some of his fellow trainers at his Melbourne base are not exactly rolling out the welcome mat for him and his twentyfivesomething boxes he has tenanted at Flemington.

PROBLEM 28

Some of Flemington and Victoria’s big names fear that the “wallernaut” and his extraordinary run of success will see them lose some of their “big” owners from Victoria and interstate.

PROBLEM 29

They fear a repeat of the Sydney scenario where Waller’s books hold several hundreds of horses and a domination of the high stakes metropolitan programmes.

PROBLEM 30

Just this week alone, Waller’s domination of Sydney metropolitan racing is obvious with three, four and five Waller runners in some races.

If the UK and European experience is any guide, such domination of racing by a powerful elite group of oligarchs is the very reason racing is struggling for its survival among mainstream Brits and Europeans.

Sadly NSW seems well on its way in a similar direction.

PROBLEM 31

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THE HKJC AND ITS MILLIONS DOLLAR BABY

MILLIONS DOLLAR 1

For years, many have been asking when or how there can be something for those of us, who, instead of making the pilgrimage “all the way” to Shatin- going to Kowloon if staying on Hong Kong side is seen as a pain in the arse as many of us are well and truly spoiled by being prisoners to convenience- don’t need to stray and, instead, take in a Sunday brunch at The Brasserie at the Conrad or force down that kebab from the night before, try to remember who the person is sleeping in your bed, and decide to go to the Happy Valley Racecourse, use its cross-betting facilities and piece together the events of the night before.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 2

Many swear by it- cross-betting- saying they can watch the races- and bet on them- “in peace” and in their time- and are able to clearly see who’s won what instead of a blur going across the line and different voices screaming out different numbers and names- “It’s three,” “No, it’s five”, “It’s Dougie”, “No, it’s Hugh” and still getting it all wrong by it being Alex Lai on the eight.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 3

With more and more preferring to stay in and watch the races from the comfort of their homes, the cross-betting experience is something to promote- and effectively- and with passion and not a yawn.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 4

Sure, money is money and as long as turnover is on the up and up, one can shrug their shoulders to attendance figures. But this is being short-sighted.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 5

The days, for example, of what local race-goers cutely referred to as “racing uncles”- those aging hardcore punters, very set in their ways and oblivious to venues, new technology and entertainment on racetracks- are numbered.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 6

They’re a captive market as are the white collar Big Punters who can bet from any of their “terminals” after deciding on their investment for the day and going for make or break.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 7

But then, in Hong Kong which provides the best racing experience in the world for different customer segments and with an eye on the future from which will be that next generation of Ronald Arcullis- and he looks to have a very good new one in Red Galileo- Cornel Lis, Sanford Yungs, even Stephen Los, David Boehms, the new Pan Sutongs- passionate racing enthusiasts and staunch supporters of the sport by investing in the best horsepower their money can buy- venues- and everything built around venues- is an extremely key component in the HKJC’s business strategy and where, like a chain, one’s strength is only as strong as its weakest link.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 8

These are also the times when nothing can be taken for granted and seeing what really sticks.

Millions, a venue at Happy Valley Racecourse, is, like Adrenaline and The Gallery and Hay Market in Shatin, something that should stick- and be promoted.

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MILLIONS DOLLAR 10a

MILLIONS DOLLAR 10b

We have no idea how long Millions has been around, but we- and many others there last night to enjoy a more scaled down Happy Wednesday with the city course being closed for various overhauls for the better, and able to cross-bet without hauling ass to Shatin on a weekday for just eight races- came away talking about what could be.

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MILLIONS DOLLAR 11b

What we find baffling is that a venue like this is not even promoted.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 12

Like Hay Market, these venues are opened- and just stay there, over-shadowed by the importance placed on wagering.

If so, why bother with progress and is “enhancing the customer experience” just a nice soundbite?

MILLIONS DOLLAR 13

Millions has been a million dollar secret and, hopefully, after FINALLY being put to use- good use- with a great Happy Wednesday cross-betting night, here is a meeting place for those following the races to have a bet and win and with others coming in to understand more about a sport that still does not have top-of-mind awareness.

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With a huge balcony area- big enough for different buffet spreads, a barbecue and all the space to take in the night air and a short walk to betting counters, the stage area for ‘live’ music where Ben Semmens and his backing band were performing- and what a brilliant new Slash-type guitarist has joined the outfit, just signed to Universal Music, and with tours of Scandinavia and the US lined up- and, of course, as with anything, having room for improvement and missing The Cool Factor.

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Yes, Virginia, horse racing desperately needs at least ONE venue with this Cool Factor.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 20

Bunging in a TVB Jade variety show and trying to be all things to all people often means some very good venues having no brand personality and, therefore, attracting a mish-mash- or local mosh pit- where there are many pieces- but where nothing fits as Cool cannot be taught- certainly not to racing club executives, many of whom are still Staying Alive with the Bee Gees.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 21

Bottom line: Cross-betting should be promoted- the joys of cross-betting- and not fobbed off as something for “racing uncles”.

MILLIONS DOLLAR 22

Cross-betting at Millions? A winner waiting to happen next season- on a regular basis- and part and parcel of an ongoing marketing program as opposed to another ad hoc promotional event.

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As we keep saying, promotional events come and go and have no staying power.

Bona fide marketing programs is ammunition for the future and where many racing clubs desperately need to raise their game as they’re still not in sync with those who have discovered the joys of of a dating app like Tinder, a brilliant new band like The Struts, how, where and why to use Instagram and that there’s life after the Bee Gees.

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TIPS, THE RACING TWITTERVERSE AND MILLIONS- OFF COURSE AT THE VALLEY!

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

RACING NEWS FROM THE TWITTERVERSE

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THE HKJC, HORSE RACING AND BOTTLEMANIA

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With creativity in short supply in Hong Kong except for the Delay No More work of g.o.d.- too cutting edge for many- we’re just happy there are artists like Eileen Chan who, amongst other things, does some fantastic work through her company Bottlemania using recycled wine bottles.

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Hey, to each their own. Andy Warhol worked with Polaroids and can of Campbell’s Soup whereas our old mate Vinnie Van Gogh had a thing for Sunflowers and cutting his ear off.

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With horse racing in mind, Eileen’s working on a limited collection of wine bottles featuring the silks of well-known owners- far more “Group 1″ in quality than wearing t-shirts adorned with silks which might get one arrested by the Fashion Police for masquerading a jockey.

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With this being the 130th Anniversary of the HKJC, we think a “Time In A Bottle” series by our favorite Bottlemania Lady showcasing some of the many ways in which the Club has helped enrich the lives of many in Hong Kong, will be exceptionally well received.

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It can be part of a holistic and- key- ongoing campaign in getting to the heart of the matter and showing the human face of a Club that is more than a one-dimensional institution focussed only on the Mark Six, horse racing and football.

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THE FAST TRACKER GOES CROSS BETTING- AND MAYBE CROSS-DRESSING- AT MILLIONS AT HAPPY VALLEY.

Yes, for the next three Wednesdays and while the Happy Valley track is undergoing some major drainage surgery, a more scaled down- but still fun- Happy Wednesday nights will continue at the impressive Millions venue.

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It should certainly give those who prefer to cross-bet at Happy Valley instead of making the long trek out to Shatin on a Wednesday night, a far more entertaining night out at the races- though not really AT the races- whereas for regular Happy Wednesday fans, the ‘live’ music is there- and musical sets as opposed to a song every 25 minutes- a buffet, a huge balcony area and a comfortable atmosphere to inter-act, be with friends, make new friends, pick your horses and see if you win.

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Sure beats that Long March to Shatin- and sad Long March back if it’s not been a winning night.

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Tonight, with a Triple Trio and Six Up jackpot to win, I’d be concentrating on these and following the Caspar Fownes runners- though they might not offer any value, something I get stuck into below.

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R1 SLEDGE HAMMER/SOLAR BOY/TAKE THE RAP

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R2 VERDANE/GOLDLAND DANCER/CHATER D’CAT

Think it’s between Moreira and Bowman while those Chater horses only win when their connections don’t have a dime on them.

R3 WILD BOY/MR VANILLA/CHEERS VICTORIES/RAY OF GOLD

Whenever Douglas Whyte gets down to a low weight to ride a horse, alarm bells go off as it’s ALWAYS a sign that he’s made the effort as he believes he can win on it. And despite being drawn barrier 14 in this 1200m race, Whyte riding Ray Of Gold at 119 pounds can’t be ignored and must go into this first leg of the Six Up where there’s a jackpot.

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R4 APOLLO CAVALIER/STARTLING POWER/MEDIC KINGDOM/BOULD MOVER

Like Dougie Whyte before him, like Joao Moreira when Magic was in the air, every Zac Purton ride will be very short and under the odds.

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With great power, comes great responsibility, and in racing, with great success comes overnight odds in a very small pool which can easily be manipulated so that the lemmings follow these odds and where false favorites are created.

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Again, here, Startling Power with The Zac Attack up will start favorite in this first leg of the Triple Trio and CAN win. It’s just that a single Win bet on it offers no value- and is risky- when Apollo Cavalier, below, won so easily on this surface for the out-injured Howard Cheng and is a ride snapped up by Douglas Whyte whereas Medic Kingdom is another with a good winning chance while Bould Mover can add value into quinellas and tierces.

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R5 I’M IN CHARGE/HELLO KIMBERLEY/ORIENTAL PROSPER/RHUMBA KING

I’m In Charge has been working very well and though flying under the radar this season, Brett Prebble is no fool and has been on the button when it comes to delivering when it matters whether it’s on Lucky Nine or Distinct Commander or any Class 5 galloper.

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Money is money and, like whether spending squillions purchasing what MIGHT be champions, or taking a punt and ending up with a California Chrome or Takeover Target, the end game is all about winning, and I reckon the old firm of Fownes and Prebble have got this one set and ready for a BIG go.

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R6 CLEVER BEAVER/GREAT RUN/NEW DEERFIELD/SCIMITAR

Yes, I’ve left out Both Sure and Master Sommelier as both horses will probably be way under the odds whereas the latter galloper races like a bad Red and comes up flat when it comes to winning a race.

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They can both win without my money as I have been impressed with the trackwork of Clever Beaver, I’ve always enjoyed good beaver and Matty Chadwick will be hungry to get amongst the winners following his return to the saddle after his nasty looking fall a few weeks ago.

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R7 GUN PIT/SUPREME ESSENCE/DANEWIN EXPRESS

Gun Pit was a certainty beaten at its last start at Happy Valley when Zac Purton made one of the very few errors of judgement in an incredible season of consistently good riding: He was too confident- and seeing this, Douglas Whyte pounced on the opportunity and beat him on the line aboard the Tony Cruz-trained Beauty King.

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Gun Pit is, no doubt fit, as Caspar Fownes has taken a voluntary promotion and entered the horse in this dirt race with Tommy Berry riding it at only 116 pounds. The wide barrier draw doesn’t bother me as the one mile journey will give Berry time to settle and position his ride.

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My only query is switching Gun Pit from the turf to the dirt- but, hey, Caspar is no soggy samosa and driven to win the Trainers Premiership, the galloper hasn’t been entered to canter around looking at the scenery.

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I give this a very good chance to make up for its last start defeat and the connections have been getting ready for the winning photograph since last week.

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R8 TODOS CON SUERTO/FORMULA WON/FREE JUDGEMENT/MAJESTIC ANTHEM

Sure, it’s tough to go past Free Judgement, Majestic Anthem and, especially, Formula Won which will be going for its fourth successive win, but, like Key Witness on Sunday and where Berlinski just HAD to win, below, it might start very short in the betting if the Fownes-Purton team have had a good night by then. and in a competitive race where quite a few runners will take off like the clappers, The Zac Attack will have to be at his lethal best.

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Why I have Todos Con Suerto on top is that I enjoyed Zorro movies, I enjoy pronouncing the name like Antonio Banderas, and find it interesting that trainer Peter Ho is racing the horse up a class and which doesn’t look like one of those transparent attempts to get the horse down in the weights for the “REAL race” it’s been targeted for and when Ben So will be in the saddle instead of Alex Lai who rides it tonight.

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BEST BET R5 I’M IN CHARGE (4)
NEXT BEST R4 STARTLING POWER (4)
LONGSHOT R3 CHEERS VICTORIES (8)

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SARIKA’S CROSS BETTING SIX UP

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What does it all mean? Panda Power in Hong Kong???

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 3, No. 2 Wild Boy
Drawn well and a lack of pace strengthens claims. Major player.

SECOND BEST
Race 6, No. 13 Great Run
Down in the weights and can make his presence felt. Worth thought.

LONGSHOT
Race 5, No. 8 Danewin Tiger
Well rated and should be competitive on best form. Chance.

QUADDIE
3,4,8,11 / 4,13,14 / 1,5,14 / 2,6,8. $50 for 46.29%.

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TIPS FROM THE THIRD DIVIDEND FOR TONIGHT AT SHATIN

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sun 11.6.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Mixed-Turf (“B+2″ Course)/AWT
Weather: Mainly cloudy with a few showers. The maximum temperature will be around 31 degrees. Moderate easterly winds, fresh offshore.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: ORCHID HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 19:15, Class 5, All Weather Track, 1200m, Good
1 – Solar Boy (1)
2 – Prosperity Aethon (4)
3 – Sledge Hammer (7)
4 – Gracytom (8)

Race 2: LOTUS HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 19:45, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1650m, Good
1 – Goldland Dancer (2)
2 – Chater D’Cat (7)
3 – Verdane (4)
4 – Robust Momentum (3)

Race 3: GLADIOLUS HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 20:15, Class 4, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Mr Vanilla (11)
2 – Wild Boy (2)
3 – Unbeatable Guts (4)
4 – Secret Identity (7)

Race 4: HYDRANGEA HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 20:45, Class 4, All Weather Track, 1200m, Good
1 – Startling Power (4)
2 – Medic Kingdom (1)
3 – Bould Mover (6)
4 – Forever Ahead (7)

Race 5 (Q1): CELOSIA HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 21:15, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1200m, Good
1 – Hello Kimberley (11)
2 – Rumba King (2)
3 – I’m In Charge (4)
4 – Gamekeepers (9)

Race 6 (Q2): CARNATION HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 21:45, Class 3, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good
1 – Master Sommelier (14)
2 – Both Sure (4)
3 – New Deerfield (1)
4 – Great Run (13)

Race 7 (Q3): CHAMOMILE HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 22:15, Class 3, All Weather Track, 1650m, Good
1 – Gun Pit (14)
2 – Numero Uno (4)
3 – Supreme Essence (5)
4 – Harbour Master (1)

Race 8 (Q4): CAMELLIA HANDICAP, 11/06/2014, 22:50, Class 2, All Weather Track, 1650m, Good
1 – Free Judgement (2)
2 – Formula One (4)
3 – Majestic Anthem (5)
4 – Dalwari (8)

BEST BET
Race 4: Startling Power (4)

NEXT BEST
Race 6: Master Sommelier (14)

VALUE BET
Race 1: Solar Boy (1) – Currently, $7.40/$2.30

LONG SHOT
Race 7: Best Show (3) – Currently,
$21.00/$6.50

QUADDIE ($100 gets you 39%)
2.4.9.11
1.4.14.13
1.4.5.14
2.4.5.8

SIX UP
2.11
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PARTING SHOT

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NURTURING THE BUSINESS SIDE OF RACING‏

The weekend saw a feast of racing throughout the world- some more important than the others, but all part of the whole in bringing the currently splintered racing world together in order to create a robust industry and where, perhaps, not in our time, there will be takeovers of racing clubs, IPOs coming to the fore and competition to racing clubs- yes, like Napster and music companies- where mergers and acquisitions will take place to create a much-needed new business model.

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Again, from the outside looking in, racing clubs continue to carry way too much useless lost baggage, and, despite all the talk about Change, there is none- some cosmetic changes, maybe, but nothing of any great consequence.

'What do you mean, 'finders keepers, losers weepers'?'

It’s all still plodding on looking tired and lost while the recent Noah’s ARC- Asian Racing Conference- with its three C’s doesn’t seem to have yielded any fruit as yet.

But last things first…

Watching the simultaneous broadcast between Hong Kong and Epsom Derby Day on Saturday, we were pleasantly surprised that local terrestrial channel ATV World didn’t, as usual, cut to the Main News exactly at 11pm and when the Derby would have been run.

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Gawd knows, all the trouble there’s been in having the English broadcasts on this channel where the hosts have to constantly be on their toes to be “in sync” with everything going on in Cantonese, which has resulted in more daftness than the one-legged Tarzan skit by the Monty Python team.

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Instead, this night, the hosts- Jo McKinnon and Jerry Greene- looked far more relaxed, and, instead of leaving audiences to wonder what had won the main event, common sense prevailed with the channel holding off the Main News to show brilliant galloper Australia winning the big race- evidence of growing big new balls and bending the rules.

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Rules are meant to be broken and these simultaneous broadcasts are almost dress rehearsals for when co-mingling comes into play- up close, upfront and not something here- but not quite here- and almost hidden away from it all.

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News of co-mingling with the US was announced with muted fanfare and some pocketful of mumbles that are sometimes promises by the hard-working Billy Nader, the HKJC’s American Director of Racing, though how it has all evolved since this announcement, what’s being done to move the chess pieces other than negotiations and more negotiations are a tad sparse.

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What’s being done right here and now- apart from time-wasting- to have the structures in place from which will come growth- doesn’t seem to be there.

Why?

The racing industry is hopelessly behind many other industries- yes, like the music and advertising industries- in being proactive which is why forming partnerships with racing clubs is a tedious process and ignored by many as they don’t see any upside.

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Most racing executives are incapable of lateral thinking.

They are stuck in the middle of quicksand with no particular place to go and with a sophomoric view of marketing, creative and communications with those who help pay their fat salaries- racing enthusiasts in all their many guises and constantly wooed by other sports and all the online entertainment activities available today.

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Most of these executives are still on the reservation- and happy to be there as it’s safer to fly under the radar than actually DO something.

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The business strategy for simultaneous broadcasts, for example, should not only be what is shown on the day of a racing event like Epsom Day.

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This is the Main Course and, surely. what’s needed are all the appetizers to whet the appetite for wagering by providing as many “back stories” as possible?

It’s why American Idol is successful: All those back-stories that fast-forward audiences- some with zero interest in music- into connecting with the contestants.

In racing, these back-stories- as much information as possible about the jockeys, the trainers, the owners, the history- are non-existent as there is no long-term marketing strategy in place to accommodate any of this.

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It’s all ad hoc, knee-jerk reactive thinking comprising damage control and constantly moving the goalposts, but with no strong beliefs in why one is doing what needs to be done and understanding what the well-bitten racing fan wants other than the obvious.

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It’s also about making whatever is visible to this customer segment understood by existing and potential advertisers- Longines, BMW, and, one day, perhaps Ferrari, Red Bull, Cartier and Chanel- who wish to be part of it all which can lead to a better horse racing product using different platforms other than the obligatory racing pages and their captive- and dwindling- audience.

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For example, where was the lead-up to Epsom Day- and not the waffling and playing for time during the day of the ‘live’ broadcast and where only Jack Webb type facts are needed by those tuning in?

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In other words, as in any strategy programme, there is a need for a pre, launch and post-launch campaign and not just shooting one’s load once- and then falling asleep- leaving the racing fan staring at the ceiling, having a cigarette and wanting more- and with this something more coming from twitter and consumer-generated content.

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It’s what’s kept the aftermath of the Belmont Stakes and the back-story of California Chrome still very much alive.

This is the post-campaign and, in many ways, even more important than the Main Event as it’s made the few minutes of that race live on for days.

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Same goes for the pre-launch campaign which should offer audiences with something more than form, analysis and all the information needed to win on the day. This is a given.

What’s needed is the human face to all this- the back stories and all the characters behind every single major racing event.

It’s people needing people- or, at least, people needing to know more about the people behind the big races- the reality television of racing- with all it’s twists and turns and fly-on-the-wall footage.

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For example, to show the Twelve Degrees Of Separation, why couldn’t time have been devoted before Epsom Day for the story of young horse owner, golf professional and Hong Kong businessman Christopher Tsui, his father, David, mother Ling, their fascinating association with Sea The Stars and their link with the win of Australia in Saturday’s Epsom Derby?

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The Tsui family is a racing dynasty with a story that is a ready-made Hollywood script starring David Tsui, who, in the Nineties, founded Sunderland Holdings, the family’s breeding operations and owned 1993 Arc winner Urban Sea, the dam of Sea The Stars, which was purchased by wife Ling, one of the most astute experts in the area of breeding and pedigree who also happens to be a special adviser to the Mainland China’s Ministry of Labour.

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Over the years, the Sunderland Operations has bred Galileo, pictured below, see the Australia connection?- Urban Ocean, Melikah, All Too Beautiful, Cherry Hinton, My Typhoon and Black Sam Bellamy.

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Of course, Christopher Tsui, 43, came into his own through the ownership of the brilliant Sea The Stars which won all before him- the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe in the same year- the only horse to achieve this feat- and one of THE best examples of someone with the credibility to speak to those new race horse owners who’ve recently come on board.

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It’s bringing all those splintered parts into something whole and turning simultaneous broadcasts into a racing edutainment strategy and not, mistakenly, coming across as a showcase for talking heads.

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Fast forward to the win of the powerful Coolmore-owned Australia- named after the business the owners have in Australia’s Hunter Valley- the son of the Sunderland Holdings-bred Galileo, trainer Aiden O’Brien’s 2001 Derby winner, and 2004 Epsom Oaks winner Ouija Board.

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Amongst the triumvirate of Australia’s Coolmore owners- John Magnier, Derrick Smith and the always-interesting Michael Tabor- is Malaysian businessman Teo Ah King, who owns the China Racing Club.

Teo is an interesting player and which is why with bringing together the different worlds of racing in mind, and the more far-reaching role of simultaneous broadcasts, there is also a need for something approaching “investigative journalism” to tell the stories BEHIND the racing.

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With many, especially in Hong Kong and Mainland China, looking at racing as a business- a new business- there is tremendous interest by the cash-rich New Chinese to understand this business- and the big players like Coolmore, their business plans in China and where architect Teo Ah Hing fits in along with the role of the China Racing Club.

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Speak to Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the HKJC, and what is constantly mentioned is about connecting and community with and recognizing different customer segments.

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Venues being opened by the HKJC to cater to these customer segments along with new wagering options and creating a unique lifestyle experience is, of course, of paramount importance along with constantly policing the integrity of the sport.

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There is also the customer segment that is business-driven- cash-rich businessmen like owner Pan Sutong, below, relatively new to racing- and looking at investing in the sport- in breeding, in ownership, in new technology, in ways we’ve never thought about in this constantly changing world.

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This is where many in racing clubs fall flat on their faces.

They lose sight of these intriguingly different racing enthusiasts and have little or no understanding of adopting horses for courses strategies, or making the most of the mediums available, or constantly enhancing the products in hand, and realizing that corporate navel gazing will only result in a Them versus Us chasm that might become too hard to bridge if allowed to flounder.

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DOING THE TIPS AND DOING THE DOUGIE WITH KAYLA NISBET

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DOING THE TIPS AND DOING THE DOUGIE WITH KAYLA NISBET

NO CALIFORNIA DREAMING, BUT TOMMY BERRY RETURNS TO HK THREE TIMES A WINNER AFTER A GAI DAY AT EAGLE FARM.

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AND THEY ALL DID THE DOUGIE!

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If anyone ever wanted to know- and see- the popularity of Rock Star Jockey Douglas Whyte- well, they should have been at the Beer Garden on Thursday for the final meeting of the season at Happy Valley.

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We were backstage with our mate Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Wayne Harris who was in Hong Kong with his partner Tracy for a break, and none of us could believe just how many lengths ahead of everyone riding here Whyte is when it comes to charisma and sheer style.

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With the jockey on the sidelines that night serving a suspension- his fifth for the season- he needed a tight security cordon to escort him from Adrenaline to the Beer Garden as the blinding army of lightbulbs popped furiously as he came off stage after being a good sport- and as a surprise to a friend- and revving up the crowd with racing specialist Sarika Choy and singer Ben Semmens during a version of the song called Home. And more on this song soon.

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Joao Moreira and Zac Purton might have been trying to win races that night on the track, but it was obvious that Douglas Whyte had won the hearts of the racing public, something that was plain to see as he walked through the racecourse as if walking on water, and just how much this phenomenal jockey’s popularity irks so many in racing who, that night, seeing who was stopping traffic looked as if they’d swallowed a turd and showed themselves be- to put it succinctly- the churlish, bitter, phony, petty, hypocritical intellectual midgets that they really are. And we now REALLY know who these sooks are- and why they’re losers.

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Wayne Harris, meanwhile, couldn’t believe what had happened as far as The Whyte Lightning Moment was concerned. He’d seen nothing like it: “No jockey I’ve met has the respect that Dougie commands, on and off the track.”

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Later that night, hours after Brett Prebble had brought the curtain down on the Valley races for the season with a runaway win on Trumps, Wayne and a group of us were still “doing the Dougie”.

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No one talked about who won what at the races as that all paled in significance to what we had seen onstage at the Beer Garden and another type of Group 1 win for Douglas Whyte.

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RAFAEL HUI: HEY, BIG SPENDER.

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It boggled the mind to read that Rafael Hui, Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary, aged 66, arrested on bribery charges, withdrew $10,000 in cash every day as spending money, had 14 different banking cards and 8 different credit cards, spent $7.5m on one credit card in a three-year period, paid $33,000 on a dinner at Nicholini’s at the Conrad AND, being a horse owner, spent thousands on, well, “carrots and bran” as feed for his equine friends. Wonder how much he BET???

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As for the $33,000 feed, we enjoy a good meal at Nicholini’s where the cuisine and service is superb. But even after ordering three good bottles of Red, the most expensive starter, the most expensive main course- okay, make it TWO expensive main courses- and FIVE desserts- we STILL can’t get our bill- for four- over $24,000.

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Will this greedy, corrupt, slimy old fool ever see the inside of a prison? Of course not.

There will be appeal after appeal, he’ll then be around 70, he’ll have some “medical condition” that will require him “going overseas” where he’ll go and live out his life stuffing his face in “Hongkouver” where he, undoubtedly, has more of what corruption can buy stashed away.

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KAYLA NISBET AND RACING’S X FACTOR

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She’s young, she’s a gifted rider and she is a very attractive girl- but Kayla Nisbet can be so much more- IF those marketing geniuses in racing wake up from The Big Sleep.

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Kayla Nisbet is one of The New Faces Of Racing along with Tommy Berry, Chad Schofield, Katelyn Mallyon and Timothy Bell.

More to the point- and as we’ve been going on about- any young newbie to racing would readily identify with the lifestyles of the names mentioned above whereas Kayla Nisbet is, along with Tommy Berry- her sister is the Berry boy’s long-time girlfriend- THE most marketable jockey we’ve seen in a very long time.

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Relaxed Racing or Kayla Nisbet? Puhleeeze. And if the day arrives when there might be a race meeting or sponsored Cup race between the HKJC and Racing Victoria or an International Young Guns race, we’d be making wooh wooh noises for Kayla Nisbet to take centrestage in its marketing.

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How we’d love to have her make a special appearance and ride at, let’s say, an Australasian Cup race at a Happy Valley Happy Wednesday meeting alongside Tommy Berry, Chad Schofield, Timothy Bell and Katelyn Mallyon representing Australia, and from Hong Kong, Joao Moreira, Zac Purton, Dougie Whyte, Matthew Chadwick, Karis Teetan and Keith Yeung.

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THE FAST TRACKER GOES AT IT COMMANDO STYLE WITH THE NAKED TRUTH.

Well, all those predictions that Thursday would be The Purton-Moreira Show never materialized and one of the reasons, I run out screaming whenever anything to do with paid tipsters prattling on about their nose pickers appear anywhere near me.

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What’s discussed by these pundits can hang around like a Death Star, have an influence on YOUR original picks- stick with these as there is no one to blame other than yourself for the choices made- and get many talking through their pockets when they fail.

David Playford sxc (playboy)

I’ve seen enough of these rants on twitter by Aussie twits who are either very wrong and would be sued to kingdom come for libel in the UK, Hong Kong or the US for their constant and relentless accusations of jockey rorts with one particular Sydney-based rider-and well-known wannabe Lothario- always singled out.

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Either that, or this social media racing police is so correct with these public shame-ings that it makes betting on racing in Oz look like one big waste of rorted time.

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Oi! Oi! Oi! Aussie! Aussie! Aussie? Nah, not for me unless we’re talking about Australia, the winner of the Epsom Derby, which, together with trainer Aiden O’Brien and jockey Joseph O’Brien, made the doubters eat their words.

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On Thursday night at Happy Valley, though Purton rode a double including taking out the Happy Valley Vase aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Rainbow Chic, Moreira drew his second blank in three race days.

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To be fair, I had Moreira’s hotties- Longwah Amber and Gold Addiction- as the biggest lays of the night while sitting with Dougie Whyte, he was supremely confident for some highly interesting reasons why Domineer- another favorite- wouldn’t even run a place. He was dead right.

BEER GARDEN 5

The racing didn’t produce the tight finishes we have come to expect other than the competitive riding of Karis Teetan ( Harbour Punk) and Andy Suborics on Roman Legend and the finish of the evening’s Cup race.

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Of the other races, Sydney-based Christian Reith opened his winning account in Hong Kong aboard Lucky Choice at 24 to 1 while the very laid back Hugh Bowman won on the first-time blinkered Hawthorne.

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Hawthorne was The Huge One’s third win in three meetings and it was good that the jock has had his parents- Jim and Mandy- in Hong Kong for all three wins along with meeting up with Sydneysider mate Wayne Harris, below.

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Of the eight races, six were won by Aussie jockeys- the most number of expat nationalities riding in Hong Kong that night and for the rest of the season- so not exactly such a big deal- but big enough to give Andrew Bensley, Oz racing’s Walter Cronkite, a Hoss-sized horn and chant of Oi! Oi! Oi! heard all the way from The Land Down Under.

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Far better, if Hoss reminded Aussie punters just how much Hong Kong money is wagered on the biggest races in Oz- especially the Melbourne Cup- which keeps racing Down Under from going tits up plus the constantly growing number of Hong Kong race horse owners in every state in the country who have already snapped up property, vineyards and have moved into the mining industry.

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It might be a hard pill to swallow, but the bitter truth always is.

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As for Thursday night’s racing, I saved the cheering for local jockey Ben “The Plunger” So and his win on Trendy Win at 37 to 1 and where, at least, I had a collect for my Wai Wai Wais.

Screw the patriotism. It doesn’t pay the bills.

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Apart from today’s meeting- and it’s a very good card- these next few meetings will be tough going what with the extremely hot and humid conditions, racing on that All-Bother track at Shatin, horses having been given runs to bring them down in the ratings and now down to a winnable mark- but are they FIT?- plus daft talk by Benno Yung about why he slapped blinkers on Hawthorne- he basically had no idea why he had- and which led all the way for Hugh Bowman to win at 51 to 1.

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I’d look at the horses with John Size, Caspar Fownes and, maybe, Tony Cruz as they have all left something in the locker as ammunition to fight the good fight for the Trainers Premiership battle.

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As for most of the other stables, some of the trainers seriously shouldn’t have licenses- and, hopefully, they might not by the end of this season- whereas the battlers- of their own making- stand around looking so sour and twisted, it’s no surprise they don’t attract new owners looking to have some FUN racing their horses.

NISBET 39

But, having fun with the Buster Keatons I had the misfortune to run into on Thursday?

Dinner with Hannibal Lechter would be more fun, Clarisse.

NISBET 40

Their gigs are up, Batman, along with The Boy Who Cried Wolf girlie man bleatings that might have won over some of us back then, but, now come across sounding more whiny than a Kardashian missing getting down on their knees in front of an NBA basketball player.

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Meanwhile, with Joao Moreira riding in Japan, Purton and Whyte should have the Jockey Challenge to themselves today with me backing the latter jockey who could win the last three races on the card without surprising.

R1 COLUMBUS LINE/NIGHTLIGN/HAPPY GOAL/DIAMOND START

Tommy Berry on Columbus Line to continue from

where he left off yesterday at Eagle Farm- by riding a treble for trainer Gai Waterhouse.

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R2 HIT A HOME RUN/TAI PO FORTUNE/GLOBAL FAME

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R3 WORLD CITY/ REAL FIT/UNIQUE HAPPIEST/DRAGON ENERGY

R4 TOP ACT/UNIQUE JOYFUL/AMAZING ALWAYS/SAFARI MAGIC

Another win for Tommy Boy.

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R5 STAR MAJESTIC/GRAND HARBOUR/ON THE WAY/TELECOM PRINCE

The first leg of the Triple Trio which today has a HUGE jackpot up for grabs. And though this first leg looks- only looks- relatively easy, the next two legs are nightmares!

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R6 SMART PLANET/MY SURPLUS/RAZOR QUEST/ASCENSION

R7 AGIAAL/AMBASSADORSHIP/LUCKY OMENS/ONGOING VOLATILITY

The last leg of the bumper Triple Trio jackpot and if still in there with a shout, try and chillax- try as this is can be a real shocker of a race where only Lucky Omens strikes me as being a safe banker. Is any banker…safe? Or trustworthy?

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For value, I suggest Agiaal, Ongoing Volatility- oh, jeez, my jinx horse- Autumn Gold is racing here, down a class, and over 2000 metres with Hugh Bowman on it and only at 4 to 1 overnight- and Towering Storm.

Ben “The Plunger” So riding Ongoing Volatility could run into a placing at very good odds.

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R8 AEROVELOCITY/SECRET SHAM/REWARDING STAR

A VERY interesting race where the Paul O’Sullivan-trained Ongoing Volatility goes for its SIXTH win of the season for regular pilot Zac Purton- a fantastic team effort.

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Being a Cup race- The Prince Jewellery And Watch Premier Cup- John Moore has entered his usual army of runners- Rewarding Star, Frederick Engels, Secret Sham and Destined For Glory with all of them capable of stopping any more Aerovelocity.

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But, which one? Rewarding Star’s easy win at its last start was when racing down a class and carrying a very light weight.

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Today, it’s racing up a class, again has Tommy Berry up, and carrying more weight. Could this stop it and is the stable elect Secret Sham with Hughie Bowman up?

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R9 LUGER/FIVE UP HIGH

Luger is of the few horses Whyte rides for his great mate John Size which should keep him in the running for the Trainers Premiership.

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Just a thought, but has anyone kept track on the number of Size-Moreira good things that have flopped?

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Just asking as the Chinese racing media are suggesting a few “smoking gun” theories surrounding the reason for the collapse this season of the Whyte-Size partnership.

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R10 LANG TAI SING/GOLDEN DEER/TONYBOY/GLORY BOY

One of these should win and this should be the boxed quinella.

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R11 KEY WITNESS/COUR VALANT/IMPERIAL CHAMPION/BERLINSKI

Key Witness is a VERY good young horse that will be even better next season and which should give Tony Cruz another winner and keep him in the Trainers Premiership race.

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As this is the second Quartet bet race of the afternoon and, in many ways, the last race of the 2013-2014 season, I wanna go out with a bang by bagging the Six Up, the Treble, the third double trio and grabbing this quartet: 10 (win banker) x3,5,7,8,11,14.

BEST BET: R11 KEY WITNESS (10)
NEXT BEST: R9 LUGER (3)
VALUE BET: QUARTET R6: 6 (MULTIPLE BANKER) x1,2,3,8,9,11
LONGSHOT: R7 AGIAAL (6)

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SARIKA’S SHATIN SIX UP

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R6- 1-3-6-8-9
R7- 4-6-8-9-12-14
R8- 3
R9- 3
R10- 1
R11- 10

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 10, No. 3 Tonyboy
Drawn well and will get race run to suit. Rate highly.

SECOND BEST
Race 8, No. 3 Aerovelocity
Has won five in a row and should be in the finish again.

LONGSHOT
Race 11, No. 4 Our Folks
Forget it ran last start when wide throughout. Don’t underestimate.

QUADDIE
2,3,5,6 / 3,5 / 1,3,4 / 4,7,10. $50 for 69.44%.

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Today’s selections for Shatin (From The Third Dividend)

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sun 8.6.14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“B+2″ Course/AWT)
Weather: Mainly cloudy. Some haze at first. Sunny intervals in the afternoon. Light winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: BREGUET HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 12:15, Class 5, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good To Firm
1 – City Power (1)
2 – Columbus Line (4)
3 – Happy Goal (8)
4 – Nightlign (2)

Race 2: IWC HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 12:45, Class 5, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1400m, Good To Firm
1 – Hit A Home Run (9)
2 – Tai Po Fortune (2)
3 – You And M (6)
4 – Global Fame (4)

Race 3: CARL F. BUCHERER HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 13:15, Class 4, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good To Firm
1 – Real Fit (5)
2 – World City (3)
3 – Stag Knight (10)
4 – Glacier Blue (2)

Race 4: JAEGER-LECOULTRE HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 13:45, Class 4, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1400m, Good To Firm
1 – Top Act (5)
2 – Unique Joyful (6)
3 – Five Step (7)
4 – Mighty Equus (8)

Race 5: PIAGET HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 14:15, Class 4, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1600m, Good To Firm
1 – Star Majestic (3)
2 – Spicy Dragon (7)
3 – Telecom Prince (2)
4 – On The Way (8)

Race 6: OMEGA HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 15:05, Class 4, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1400m, Good To Firm
1 – Snow Slider (11)
2 – Silver Dragon (9)
3 – Enchanting Diamond (4)
4 – Razor Quest (1)

Race 7: AUDEMARS PIGUET HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 15:35, Class 3, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 2000m, Good To Firm
1 – Autumn Gold (4)
2 – Ambassadorship (8)
3 – Wayfoong Express (2)
4 – Admiral Lord (10)

Race 8: THE PRINCE JEWELLERY & WATCH PREMIER CUP (HANDICAP), 08/06/2014, 16:05, Hong Kong Group Three, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1400m, Good To Firm
1 – Aerovelocity (3)
2 – Golden Harvest (6)
3 – Secret Sham (5)
4 – Rewarding Hero (4)

Race 9: VACHERON CONSTANTIN HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 16:35, Class 3, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1400m, Good To Firm
1 – Marvel Tribe (5)
2 – Luger (3)
3 – Cheers Joy (9)
4 – Five Up High (10)

Race 10: FRANCK MULLER HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 17:10, Class 3, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good To Firm
1 – Golder Deer (4)
2 – Lang Tai Sing (1)
3 – Tonyboy (3)
4 – Multiexpress (5)

Race 11: CHOPARD HANDICAP, 08/06/2014, 17:45, Class 2, Turf, “B+2″ Course, 1200m, Good To Firm
1 – Key Witness (10)
2 – Bobo Dragon (3)
3 – Berlinski (7)
4 – Imperial Champion (5)

BEST BET
Race 9: Marvel Tribe (5)

NEXT BEST
Race 4: Top Act (5)

VALUE BET
Race 1: Happy Goal (8) – Currently, $12.00/$3.00

LONG SHOT
Race 2: You And M (6) – Currently, $14.00/$4.00

SPECIAL
Race 8: Aerovelocity (3)

QUADDIE ($100 get you 39%)
3.4.5.6
3.5.9.10
1.2.3.4
3.5.7.10

SIX UP
4.9.11
4.8
3.5.6
5
4
10

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PARTING SHOT

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Wayne’s World and Big Hong Kong Adventure

Tony Cruz cheated death after a fall in Europe, and, when in hospital in a coma with half his face removed, he was heading towards that White Light he’s talked to us about over the decades.

Anyone who’s made that journey know those who have, too.

Adventure 1

When Wayne Harris met Tony on Thursday at Happy Valley, it was, yes, two former champion jockeys who have competed against each other meeting up after many years, but on another level, it was two jockeys having been through the wars, cheated death, seen that White Light, and decided their time to leave with those sixteen vestal virgins heading for the coast had not arrived.

Adventure 2

Wayne Harris is a champion bloke, a racing legend most known for his partnership with Jeune, but he’s also much more than that.

WAYNE HARRIS AFTER WINNING THE 1994 MELBOURNE CUP RIDING JEUNE

He’s a constant reminder of the ups and downs of the racing game, the fickleness of so many associated with it who ignore those they consider to have no more “value” to them while there’s also the loyalty of others who remember past heroics and respect those like Wayne Harris who have helped open the doors for them.

Adventure 4

Wayne spent a few days returning to a city that was his home for many years when he rode for John Moore, and it was interesting observing those who were genuinely happy to see the Champ again- and those who decided to look the other way.

Adventure 5

It was good seeing you again, mate.

See you soon back in Sydney and hope you had a great time and a memorable Happy Thursday with those you’ve known for ages and others you met for the first time.

Adventure 6

Adventure 7

Adventure 8

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COUCH POTATOES, NAPTHINE, PINNOCHIO AND THE GAUCH

ARE COUCH POTATOES THE GREATEST THREAT TO SPORTS?

THE GAUCH 1

If trends this season in Oz are any guide, then “house full” signs will be wishful thinking for the administrators of the country’s most popular mainstream spectator sports – Rugby League and Aussie Rules.

THE GAUCH 2

Attendance numbers at NRL and AFL games this season, while still posting numbers that many other sports would give both testicles and a horn to achieve, are starting to demonstrate a southward trend that must alarm their administrators.

THE GAUCH 3

Like racing and cricket where it is no longer fashionable to be seen at non-carnival and non-test and Twenty Twenty and, to a lesser degree, one dayers these days, there is little doubt that a combination of technology, ‘live’ free-to-air and pay-tv telecasts, escalating costs- to name the major culprits- are starting to impact on crowd numbers.

Racing knows all about the “couch potato” factor as the sport’s dwindling captive audience of punters and fans don’t need to navigate through the growing list of reasons why they should not be at Randwick or Rosehill or Flemington or Caulfield on an off-season Saturday. Not when they can settle in to the comfort of their own home, and, at the flick of a switch and remote control, analyse and access form, bet and watch a smorgasbord of racing across all Australian states and from international venues.

No frocking up, no travelling and getting strung up and stressed in traffic jams, no exorbitant food and beverage costs, no booze buses to nab if you’ve been fortunate enough to snare a big dividend and dare to celebrate with a drink or three, or drown your sorrows after a bad day.

Racing these days comes to you in your own home with all the modern technology making a day at the races only for the dinosaurs and those racing pundits who need to be there and bore the shit outta viewers with their- puhleeeze- moronic gabfests or those who try too hard to come across chillaxed when, in actuality, nervous Nellies trying to hold on to their gigs.

THE GAUCH 4

Racing’s “Indian Summer” only happens each year during carnival time, and even then, as evidenced by “the championships”, if you get the wrong inmates in charge of the asylum, you will only get attendances of 25,000 and not 50,000 – the bare minimum for a carnival to be judged a success.

THE GAUCH 5

The NRL and AFL are, inevitably, facing the same conundrum. Both sports have been brilliantly marketed, to the extent that their media rights have generated in excess of a $ billion for each code. The next media rights deal will generate even more.

But while Aussie Rules and Rugby League are swimming in a Yangtze River of money, inevitably, and for all the same reasons that confronted racing, the fans will choose to stay at home and watch games at home and make billions of dollars for the television networks, the NRL and AFL and the Clubs.

THE GAUCH 6

The downside- and racing knows all about it- is that once you turn fans and spectators into couch potatoes in the comfort of their own homes, it is near impossible to get them back to a racetrack or sporting arena.

THE GAUCH 7

The task is made even more daunting if the marketing and promotions campaigns replicate the woeful advertising campaign for “the championships” or the equally, if not worse Relaxed Racing campaign over the border in bleak city.

Of course, why racing clubs almost the world over produce such ineffective garbage due to creepy internal camel humping and executive committees wanting a safe “cutting edge” product that is a visual corporate release, well, this is something we have banged on about until the cows came home and left for udder pastures.

THE GAUCH 8

While racing can never expect to extort billion dollar packages for its media and vision rights from television and on-line networks, it has successfully managed- through its appalling lack of vision, strategy, dynamism and inept marketing and promotion- to grossly undersell and devalue itself. And so, it has deprived the industry and its “50,000” participants in Oz- that loopy mantra Lord V’Lundies goes on about- of hundreds of millions- if not billions- of revenue dollars while its competitors have enjoyed the “free kick” that racing has so generously bequeathed to these sports.

THE GAUCH 9

It is a recurring theme- and nightmare- with every revenue generating opportunity that has been presented to racing.

Take, for example, the fight with the corporate bookmakers over product fees, where, if racing had been better positioned, the fight would never have occurred.

THE GAUCH 10

The fees were- and are- a no brainer. But because racing was and still is operating under an outdated, divided and dysfunctional model riddled by self interest and administered by a mix of low-level bureaucratic types and street brawlers, it is left behind the starting gates by some very savvy, visionary high achievers who manage and administer its competitors- and continue to take their sports into success zones which remain a distant and unachievable dream for Australian racing.

THE GAUCH 11

Need more proof? Well here’s the biggest doozy of them all- TVN and the aggregation of racing’s media rights.

THE GAUCH 12

It’s still on the table and unresolved since TVN was set up in opposition to Sky, almost a decade ago.

It would be frightening to put the calculator to the test to estimate the lost revenue to the racing industry- and the subsequent gains to the shareholders of the privatised pari-mutuel wagering partners, Tabcorp and Tatts.

THE GAUCH 13

And this again is where racing is left behind at the starting gates: There is just no accountability in racing.

The same ugly faces, the same drony voices, the same spin, the same rorts, the same fear factor making staff suffer from shrinkage is front and centre of the weaponry which the Boards- and their lackeys who run Australian racing- use and which prevents it from realizing any of its diminishing potential.

THE GAUCH 14

And no, it would not and does not happen in the modern commercial and industrial world where incompetence is not tolerated- and which in Australian racing is a prerequisite so as to fit in with some of its fearless vampire killer leaders.

THE GAUCH 15

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VIC PREMIER LEADS THE WAY (AGAIN)

THE GAUCH 16

It might sound a tad obscure- and to be brutally honest we have only heard of a country town in Victoria called Kyneton, because it hosts race meetings.

THE GAUCH 17

But the Kyneton Race Club, of which we learned with a great deal of interest, had just received a $175,00 grant from the Victorian Premier and Racing Minister Denis Napthine, or, approximately, half of the funding required to complete a major infrastructure project at the race track.

Racing Victoria and their Country Department will fund the remaining $175,000 to complete the project.

The Victorian Premier – a passionate racing man- has again put his money where his mouth is.

Victorian Racing Ministers, irrespective of their political persuasion, have found it easy to support racing.

And why not?

Despite what Racing NSW and its mouthpiece- the Daily “smellygraph”- would have people believe, bleak city’s world-renowned spring racing carnival has become one of the greatest racing and sporting carnivals in the world through the sheer foresight and management of their premier racing club – the VRC. And for the record- AGAIN- the VRC does not receive a cracker, brass razoo, nickel or fucking dime to fund the carnival. Get it, Pinnochio?

THE GAUCH 18

The reason why Governments of both political persuasions don’t find it difficult to sign off on the types of cheques that Premier Napthine and his predecessors have signed off on is that Victorian racing does not stand on the steps of their Parliament in Spring Street with a begging bowl to subsidize a poorly-organized and badly managed racing event.

THE GAUCH 19

Of course, we have recently witnessed this pathetic sight along with a wheelie bin of spin to wage a phony Dad’s Army war against a cash-strapped State Government.

THE GAUCH 20

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THE GAUCH IS BACK (NOT THAT HE EVER LEFT)

THE GAUCH 21

Like one of our all time favourite jockeys and human beings- Felix “the cat” Coetzee- the “Gauch” – Darren Gauci has, in the space of seven days, let Australian racing know that he is BAAAAAACK with a vengeance. Not that he has been gone anywhere at all.

THE GAUCH 22

Like “The Cat”, “The Gauch” is one of the greatest judges of pace that modern racing has ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

The “Cat” in action at Shatin was a sight to behold; the way he just had that intuitive sense to be in complete sync with his ride and judge the pace of a race to absolute precision and perfection.

THE GAUCH 23

Sectionals?You hardly ever needed technology to tell you sectional times on a horse ridden by Felix Coetzee.

He stole so many races at the magnificent and testing Shatin racecourse with his unique talent to intuitively judge a race, and in the process, made world class jockeys at times look like apprentices.

THE GAUCH 24

The “Gauch” has done the same to many of his better known and highly regarded compatriots all over Australia.

This week he put to bed- and hopefully forever- the misconception that he was a one-dimensional front riding, on-pace jockey.

He landed the money on two horses- both at very good odds- timing his run from the back of the field to perfection as he has done on numerous occasions.

Watching from afar, what also stood out was his strength and vigour in a finish.

Just ask Damien Oliver and Dwayne Dunn about his ride in the last race at Sandown on Saturday. It was the sheer strength, timing and trade mark patience of the “Gauch” that got Ali Vital home in the last two strides.

THE GAUCH 25

Let’s just hope the trainers and owners down in bleak city see the light and give the “Gauch” plenty of rides during racing’s sabbatical winter racing period in that State.

THE GAUCH 26

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TIPS, MORE AWARDS AND PARTYING HARD AT THE BEER GARDEN

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

The “I’m The King Of The World” Award

BEER GARDEN 1

Zac Purton

BEER GARDEN 2

He won the Doncaster on Sacred Falls, he said it like he saw it during his post-race interview, he’s ridden consistently and brilliantly, he got fired by John Moore and survived, he was setup a few seasons ago and fought that and won, Charm School can wait, he found time to make his lovely missus preggers, he’s not out to win the Popularity Stakes, and he’ll end the thirteen-year reign of Dougie Whyte. Respect.

BEER GARDEN 3

The “Do You Believe In Magic?” Award

BEER GARDEN 4

Joao Moreira

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Just when racing was looking tired and old and even a tad boring- poof- Joao Moreira leaves Singapore, lands in Hong Kong and immediately wins over those who matter most: The local racing fan and the Chinese racing media led by Apple Daily.

BEER GARDEN 5

He might be second in this season’s Jockey Premiership, but when it comes to popularity, charisma, likeability, and giving Hong Kong racing a major facelift, only the most churlish will begrudge The Magic Man that honor.

BEER GARDEN 6

Over-hyped? Not hyped or marketed enough in our books as he has single-handedly breathed new fire into the Jockey Challenge- and bringing in those to the races who once had better things to do.

BEER GARDEN 7

BEER GARDEN 8

The Delay No More Award

BEER GARDEN 9

Karis Teetan

BEER GARDEN 10

He won the first race of this racing season with his first ride in Hong Kong and Karis Teetan has, in our books, been the find of the year with the future looking so bright, we need to wear shades.

BEER GARDEN 11

The “Show Me The Money” Award

BEER GARDEN 12

Douglas Whyte

BEER GARDEN 13

The thirteen consecutive year reign as Hong Kong’s Champion jockey might be over, but it’s been a season that’s gone according to his career plan by answering those who said he doesn’t ride Group 1 winners.

What does he do? He rides two on International Day.

BEER GARDEN 14

BEER GARDEN 15

The HKJC and HK racing’s best “brand ambassador”, and so “sparingly used” it’s embarrassing, but with over HK$100m in Stake money- more than any other jockey- we doubt that Whyte is exactly hurting.

BEER GARDEN 16

Hurt, perhaps- but not hurting- and remains the centerpiece for every Shane “The Man Of Da Peoples” Anderson interview with anyone from HK: “Mate, what’s Douglas Whyte like?”

BEER GARDEN 17

The Annual Rambo Tse Award

BEER GARDEN 18

Neil Callan

BEER GARDEN 19

He rides to win, he takes no prisoners during a race, he fought City Hall- well, Kim Kelly and a stupid Stewards conviction- and won, strangely, copped suspension after suspension after that- and then took his enforced holiday after winning the Group 1 Champions and Chater Cup on Blazing Speed for former champion jockey and trainer and champion bloke- Tony Cruz- who’s seen it all, supports EVERY jockey whenever he can while continuing to support a Mars Attack by communicating with the little people through that blue-toothed cockroach in his ear.

BEER GARDEN 20

BEER GARDEN 21

The Just Do It Award

BEER GARDEN 22

Paul O’Sullivan

BEER GARDEN 23

Low key, humble, wouldn’t know how to be two-faced, flies under the radar and delivers, Paul O’Sullivan needs a damn good PR man and manager to grab him an army of big spending owners and not the likes of that pain in the arse- “Doctor” Pato Leung, below, and his Goodtime Syndicate.

BEER GARDEN 24

Especially with the five wins of Aerovelocity- and his partnership with The Zac Attack-he’s more than proven he can train winners, and with newcomer Star Trak- his owners can’t even spell- set to make headlines next season after its narrow defeat to another good one in David Hall’s Brilliant Dream.

BEER GARDEN 25

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THE FAST TRACKER GOES OVER THE RAINBOW AND INTO THE BEER GARDEN.

Apparently, tonight will be the Joao Moreira-Zac Purton show, at least, according to the gweilo racing pundits, but, as we all know by now, racing runs according to its own script.

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Sure, with Dougie Whyte on the suspension list, this looks like a two-horse race between the leading jockeys, both with great books of rides and with Cas and Tony ready to close that gap between them and John Size in the battle for the Trainers Premiership.

BEER GARDEN 27

But, Beware The Ides Of March and June and the current scorching heat that might cause a few, well, boilovers, early on in the night before we get a light breeze blowing our way as the night progresses.

BEER GARDEN 28

Gawd knows, we get enough wind walking around the racecourse.

BEER GARDEN 29

R1 GOLD TARTINI/HUMONGUS/ROYAL KNIGHT/RED ADVENTURE

Could this be the first of many Purton-Moreira quinellas or quinella-place bets tonight?

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R2 HAYHAY/FAMILY INTERESTS/FRESH AIR/LONGWAH AMBER

R3 FIGHTING BOY/SUPREME FALCON/ONE OF A KIND/HOW SPEEDY

You can buy the field and still miss out on the winner. Fighting Boy for me- for the odds, it has the form and, hopefully, gives me a fighting chance to still be in the Six Up after this race.

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R4 SKIP COURT/ISLAND GARDEN/TWIN TURBO/VERY WELL

Pass me the nutcracker.

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R5 DOMINEER/KING DERBY/YOU READ MY MIND/HONG KONG DANCER

It’s carrying top weight, it’s drawn barrier 10, but the last win of Domineer was devastating.

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R6 RAINBOW CHIC/SAME WORLD/SUNNY YING/TRAVEL BRAND

Pretty even race with Fownes and Moore being double-handed and tough to see them coming up empty-handed.

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R7 HARBOUR PUNK/ROMAN LEGEND

Punks Rule!

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R8 ARCHIPPUS/TRUMP/STEP HIGH/GOLDEN ADDICTION

The John Size-trained Golden Addiction should run in the top three, but it’s very beatable and way under the odds for me in the second Quartet race of the night and the last Valley meeting for the season where I’ll go looking for value- 10(multiple banker)x4,5,6,7,11,12

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BEST BET R5 DOMINEER
NEXT BEST R7 HARBOUR PUNK
LONGSHOT R3 FIGHTING BOY

SARIKA’S SASSY THURSDAY SIX UP

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R3- 1-6-9
R4- 6-9-10-12
R5- 1
R6- 4-5-10
R7- 11
R8- 4-7-10

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 7, No. 11 Harbour Punk
Outstanding first-up effort and will strip fitter for that. The one to beat.

SECOND BEST
Race 6, No. 10 Sunny Ying
Will make his own luck on the speed and be hard to run down.

LONGSHOT
Race 5, No. 11 King Derby
Plenty of pace engaged and he will be strong late. Each-way.

QUADDIE
1,11 / 5,10 / 5,11 / F. $50 for 52.08%.

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PARTING SHOT

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RACING CLUBS: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS WITH ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE

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What many in racing are trying so desperately to do- connect with the next generation of race-goers-and others so transparently trying to jump on some bandwagon that doesn’t even exist and jockeying to be seen as visionaries is both laughable and kinda creepy.

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The more dangerous are those self-proclaimed Oz- based do-gooders on twitter who see themselves as “vigilantes” and go half-cocked- and illiterate numbskulls- every time they lose with wild innuendos about successful trainers and their daft theories for this success along with criticism of rides that fall under libel and defamation about character. #Not smart.

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In fact, it’s naive grand-standing- and for what? #A few followers- that includes some well-known riders who should know better?#dummies

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Marketing, effective and strategic corporate communications, sponsorship marketing, use of social media, commonsense etc are all in short supply in racing clubs as, simply put, those in charge, are just not good enough.

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Intelligence cannot be learnt and that global pool of racing executives from that derelict well are past their Use By Date with way too many having zero passion to bother about any “connectivity” with this new generation and are paying lip service only because the Big Guy is no longer prepared to suffer fools gladly and is demanding change.

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What you have, therefore, are the lemmings and the ostriches with their heads buried in the sand and busy doing nothing other than getting in the way and over-complicating things while, in some cases we know, receiving hefty bonuses from turnover where they have contributed squat to wagering and to any upward spiral where it might be heading.

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As for connecting with this next generation of race-goer, what racing clubs, their Dad’s Army of executives, ad agencies and survey groups fail miserably to understand is that there also exists a new generation of young athletes in racing today.

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As we have always said, jockeys and trainers are people, too, and, puhleeeze don’t tell us that young guns like Tommy Berry, James McDonald, Jamie Kah, the Schmidt sisters, Umberto Rispoli, Maxime Guyon, Mikhael Barzalona, Kathy ‘O Hara- still a smoking hot gun in our books- Harry Coffey, er, Matthew Chadwick, Tye Angland, Chad Schofield, Jacqui Berriman, Adam Hyeronimus, Joao Moreira etc cannot work with and help racing clubs understand and connect with this next generation of racing fans- who, in many ways, share similar interests in fashion, music, cars, investments, clubs etc?

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Oh, come now, here is a ready-made and relevant “consumer survey group”, and no one is asking them for their thoughts or weaving them into bona fide marketing programs?

Instead, it’s more corporate decisions based on second-guessing consumers and navel guessing and over-intellectualized and pseudo-intellectualized end results that constantly miss the mark.

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The tail is madly wagging the dog and false media prophets are being elevated to stupid heights of Suckdom by old schoolers while clueless-and lazy- racing executives, who only care about ensuring they can con all of the people all of the time, remain oblivious to the fact that the mantra, But What Does He Actually DOOOOO? which has been asked for years, has now becoming a very loud battle cry.

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And while these over-paid, over-fed, over-protected species keep being mollycoddled, the Them versus Us chasm becomes wider until racing reaches the tipping point the music industry reached twelve years ago.

This was when music companies lost all respect and credibility and relevance with music fans through tried to teach them to suck eggs and blackmail them into doing it their way or the highway.

Music fans chose the highway, created their DIY world and owned social media.

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Racing is VERY close to this happening as many in racing clubs are disliked, which means racing clubs are disliked, and anything produced by them is seen by young race-goers as being outta sync with the times.

Many are as most racing executives- along with a very blinkered racing media- are simply not in the loop to stay ahead of the curve and realize that something like social media was tackled by music companies over a decade ago.

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In 2014, racing clubs have had a Eureka Moment, stumbled on this “new” buzz phrase called “social media” and with the Great Uninformed tripping over each other to make up for lost time.

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Hell, Tommy Berry, Neil Callan, Kathy O’Hara and a few others know far more about how to use social media than any, for example, racing club-created twitter account- always boring, always tepid Corporate Speak for the racing tragics and with not an Instagram account in sight.

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Most racing clubs have not lost the plot about connecting with all the different customer segments under “newbies”.

They haven’t understood the plot in the first place and just dived in head-first well into the fourth act with the wrong team in place and no idea what steps to take.

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Meanwhile, add another young gun to the Aussie riding ranks- Luke Dittman.

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Apart from being the son of the legendary “Enforcer”- Mick Dittman- who it’s said, didn’t want his son following in his large footsteps, there is the fact that this apprentice has spent considerable time abroad and has a more universal understanding of the world than most young riders in Oz- and he rides well.

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We- and many others- also think, the lad was absolutely robbed at Belmont over the weekend when he was first past the post on Trading Day, but had the race taken off him on protest through one of the worst cases of parochial and biased Stewardship- and Perth racing has seen many over the years- and which is why racing in Western Australia will never enter the main psyche of followers of the sport.

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We gave Richard Burt, Chief Executive Officer of WA Racing, the benefit of the doubt when he was given this gig despite many who had worked with him writing the man off.

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Now, we have to wonder if Burt cares more about his suits and hair than he does about the image of racing in WA.

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The Trading Days controversy has put a huge dent on WA racing and turned Luke Dittman into a racing cause celebre- a tall lad, but then, so is the very good Tye Angland- and, perhaps, with all this change, we’re also seeing a different breed of young jockeys appearing on the scene and not needing to go through the physical slog the generations before them had to go through?

Randwick Races

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Mental toughness- as demonstrated so well over the past few months by Tommy Berry- a class act- is key- and if new riders have found ways not to savage and ravage their bodies through the rigors of wasting, well, about time as, in the end, health matters, and competing in a race is a big enough risk without having that body take a pounding to ride in a race before it finally caves in and riders having no retirement backup plans.

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This is where the top European jockeys signed to the big stables and with an incentive scheme to have shares in the horses they ride that have stud value has meant a great “loyalty program” to have them stay put.

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Going back in time, the great Lester Piggot had such an incentive going for him, but, Lester being Lester, failed to report this in his taxes and landed in the clink.

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Michael Kinane, however, and his partnership with Sea The Stars, opened the doors to life after race riding without the only other option for jockeys who’ve ridden their last race being to take out a trainer’s license and go through a different type of stress and limited lifestyle or become a racing pundit on television.

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On the subject of different career paths, the strike rate of the newly-formed tipping service- https://www.mickdittmanracing.com/ had a field day on the weekend with its on top selection in Race 11 in Singapore saluting at $14.60 and making very happy campers of many.

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Mick (The Enforcer) Dittman is a brand and how he and those around him keep building and marketing this brand- and once the tipping service that carries his name starts looking at recruiting new members to punt on Hong Kong racing, is something we’ll be closely monitoring.

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Co-mingling WILL happen and the question for Mick Dittman Racing is what A Team will be put together on the tipping front and if the site will go bilingual and open up an entirely new ballgame.

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NEW STUFF FROM THE HK GOLD FISH BOWL.

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As we all know by now, the gold fish bowl world of Hong Kong racing where everyone at Shatin Heights seem to be living in each other’s pockets results in a rumor a day.

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For months, Chief Stipe Kim Kelly has been “leaving” to take up a similar post in his hometown of Queensland.

But offers don’t stay open forever and so, while this rumor has become a hum, the LOUD rumor over the past month has been about changes within the Stipes “club”.

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If correct, some we know hope this leads to a bigger role for Stipe Philip Dingwall, who has always had the respect of many in the local racing game.

Frankly, we always wonder what the HKJC would be without Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. It’s a scary thought.

Hong Kong racing and dreams of anything to do with horses in China without E.B?

As one trainer put it, “That won’t be nearly fine.”

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Meanwhile, some wags were mentioning that the riders on show at Shatin on Sunday confused them as to whether this was a Randwick race meeting and how all that was missing was Chris Waller and the horrendous tipping of the fawning The Fat Man.

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In one race there were SIX Sydney-based riders while others were asking if Hong Kong had forgotten a city named Melbourne and the jockeys down there- new names like Chad Schofield, Jye McNeil, below, Damien Lane and even the established Luke Nolan as opposed to the usual suspects- many of whom would not be welcomed back to Hong Kong.

We’d vote for Domenic Tourneur- and, a year from now, Timmy Bell, both pictured below.

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They left after taking their pound of flesh out of this city and remain pariahs to local punters and the Chinese media for that well-circulated $100,000 a tip “business model”. All lies, of course.

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For us, we were drawn to trainer John Moore’s calculated line to the SCMP after the win of What You Dream ridden by Hugh Bowman that he has that wonderful choice of having “two of the three best jockeys in Australia in Hong Kong”- Bowman and Tommy Berry.

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So, who is the third, John?

Damien Oliver? Nash Rawiller? James McDonald? Neil Paine?

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