TAKING THE MARK SHEAN OFF VIVA PATACA AND THE MJC WHILE THE FAST TRACKER RIDES ON

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VIVA BECOMES ALL ABOUT PATACAS.

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The front page story last Sunday in the SCMP by Kylie Knott concerning the bizarre turn of events that has seen Hong Kong’s most successful racehorse- Viva Pataca- the winner of over HK$83 million in prize money- surreptitiously returning to Macau when thought to have been in New Zealand enjoying the rest of his years since retiring from horse racing in 2011, raises a number of questions.

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The case of not only Viva Pataca, but also, Viva Pronto, the one-time champion Macau sprinter purchased from bloodstock agent Bill Hutchison for AUS$140,000 by trainer Gary Moore, spending the rest of their lives in a stable at the Macau Jockey Club, has, again, turned the spotlight on the many well-known secrets about the former Portuguese enclave- the criminal elements involved in almost every facet of “the Las Vegas of the Orient”, the import of greyhounds from Oz to “race” in the notorious death-trap that is the Macau Canindrome, the sinister, mysterious and bleak Macau Jockey Club, and all the manoeuvring for control of the the business empire belonging to the owner of both horses- Dr Stanley Ho, 93- a one-time high-profile, vibrant and passionate horseman whose whereabouts since suffering a stroke a few years ago, remain a mystery.

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THE PAULICKREPORT AND ATG EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Perhaps the Swedish tote Company ATG has an answer to some of the ills of the racing industry as expressed by earlier comments. They banned computer ‘bot’ wagering altogether. As mentioned in the paulickreport as long ago as 2013, ATG recognised the computer teams ‘puts a great number of regular players at a considerable disadvantage, and consequently, is having a detrimental effect on the entire horse racing economy’.

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TIGERMAN AND EMAIL OF THE DAY‏

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This is so close to the truth as to be written by an insider. I love horses and punting but simply refuse to bet midweek provincials and try to restrict all punting to Saturday city tracks in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne. Perth is a joke as it is the same group of horses that seem to take turns to win a few races in a never ending cycle and the carnival is made to suit the prominent local owners.

The only thing I disagree with is the field numbers should be set at 12. It is far too easy to have 2 or 3 scratchings and if this happened with 8 starters then their would be NTD further making it harder for the punters.

I have also found that the majority of horses that are vet tested prior to a race either in stalls or at the barriers then subsequently passed fit either miss the start or run a shocker further taking away the mugs money.

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THE GOOD POINT EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Many counter arguments to this email, and whilst we could go on maybe the first point we begin with is why are they racing at Doomben??? In many ways James you are arguing against betting on thoroughbred racing, your quoting of the returns at the recent Scone carnival shows up nothing that is different to those is returned in a big week at Flemington in November when you have full fields and many chances and frankly it is apparent at every major carnival around the country over the course of the year. And yes Tears I Cry!!!!. You will find that 8 horse fields of your thinking end up with 3’s on favourites and generate little interest in the meeting. You may find that the answer lies in statistics and in a more stringent review by the handicapper as to who should run and who shouldn’t. But that’s racing

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THE MUST READ EMAIL OF THE MONTH (MAYBE YEAR)‏

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Managing the TAB-monster – racing is now run like a racket

The resignation of Ken Callander prompts sober reflection on an industry that, frankly, milks its addicted customers mercilessly and brooks no criticism – it is time for reforms that will make it manageable and responsive.

Extolling the virtues of racing at the ‘Bool and Doomben and Morphettville in the past week is likely to have left a bitter and bit-less outcome in the minds and wallets of punters, especially TAB punters.

Long experience has taught the dangers of venturing into unfamiliar racing venues – there is too much unexposed form to allow time-pressed TAB punters to make sensible assessments of likely outcomes.

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JAMES MATHERS ON LOOKING FORWARD

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The bottom line is that many important parts of the industry are in serious decline. This point can’t be disputed. Equally there are some other important parts of the industry which remain in fantastic shape.

Some of us are very concerned about the parts which are in decline and want to and can do something about it.

There are others who are also very concerned about the decline however because of personal interests are not in a position to do anything about it. For example licensed persons can be heavily sanctioned should it be deemed that they have brought the industry into disrepute by simply criticising either directly or indirectly a race club or RNSW. Given that they generate their livelihood from being a licensed person they need to be very very careful as to what they say and to whom they say it. A further example is the media. Many areas of the media are funded in part by RNSW and Tabcorp. It follows that the journalists employed in the various areas of media would lead a perilous existence if they were to openly criticise a race club, RNSW or Tabcorp in the course of their work.

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DON’T POKE THE BEAR (AND THE B*TCH)

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Like any bad horse opera, it started with some constant droning, then a few transparently orchestrated manoeuvres in the dark, and, recently, with certain powers-that-be in the Oz racing world going up the back downstairs to try and cripple this site. Sorry, boys, it’s 2015, and it doesn’t work that easily. This dog isn’t going to turn over, have its tummy tickled, and go away. To paraphrase that great poet Mr Jimi Hendrix, Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

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Racingbitch is an online platform for the racing world- the global racing world- to exchange the good, the bad and the ugly of an industry that remains an outcast of the sports pantheon and entertainment world with all the respect of Rodney Dangerfield.

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NEW JOCKEYS: WHO IS REALLY READY TO BOARD HONG KONG’S STARSHIP ENTERPRISE?

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It’s all about putting in the hard work- and by that, it’s not just about turning up for trackwork and making one’s self available for rides. It’s about how you go out there and promote and market yourself to owners, to the wives of owners, many of whom are more into racing then their husbands, make nice, but respectful small talk with trainers, make yourself available to the local racing media while always ensuring you’re a good ambassador for Hong Kong racing.

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Ask any jockey who’s ridden here and they’ll say the same thing: Hong Kong makes you a better rider. What few say is that the place also makes you more worldly and business savvy.

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THE ZAC PURTON INTERVIEW, ANKLE BITERS, POSTCARDS FROM MAURITIUS AND THE FAST TRACKER AT SHATIN

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POSTCARDS FROM MAURITIUS FROM DANIEL MOOR

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It’s been a busy few days since touching down in Mauritius, quickly settling into the accommodation, then heading to the track to meet with racing administration, committee, raceday staff and the ever-hungry journos.

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THE DEAD MEN WALKING ISSUE

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THE AXE FALLS ON RACING VICTORIA’S CHAIRMAN.

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It seemed very strange, almost eerily so, a fortnight ago when at Rosehill, a well placed NSW racing mover and shaker spoke about Racing Victoria Chairman Rob Roulston being on “shaky ground”. When pressed, it was clear that the knives had well and truly been sharpened and Rob Roulston was close to a dead man walking.

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