THE INSIDE TRACK ACROSS THE TWITTERVERSE WITH THE FAST TRACKER

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FINDING YOUR CALLING IN LIFE

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Some liked Casey Kasem, others liked Rick Dees until he stopped being a Deejay and brought out that horrible record called “Rubber Duckie”. And ever since video killed the radio star, Ryan Seacrest is the hardest working man in showbiz and the new Dick Clark.

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In horse racing, the current talk in some circles is whether former Hong Kong caller Darren Flindell is the new Matt Hill or Mark Shean and where in the world is Carmen Santiago and Mark Shean?

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RACING’S BRAVE NEW-AND NEXT- WORLD

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It’s not often that opportunity and need coincide anywhere in business or sport. But these coincidences are becoming increasingly frequent, and made possible, almost exclusively, by the exciting and brave new world of technology.

If the industrial revolution changed the world back in the days of our pioneering ancestors, with technology, the best is yet to come with no one knowing what this might be as we have come to expect the unexpected.

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Racing, like every other sport, is not immune from technology. Thankfully, the future and destiny of racing, and many mainstream and niche sports, have been taken out of their hands, and been brought, dragging and screaming, to confront the brave new world, which, if they had their choice, might have been allowed to pass them by.

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THE VERY HAVE A GAI DAY ISSUE

LADY GAI GAI: SHE’S SIMPLY THE BEST!

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The lyrics of Tina Turner’s classic hit sums it up best: She’s Simply the Best , Better than all the rest. She might even be a Private Dancer, but there just aren’t enough superlatives to describe Gai Waterhouse and her amazing capacity to keep breaking records- and creating new ones.

If she isn’t already, it’s time for Gai Waterhouse to be acknowledged as one of the world’s great racehorse trainers. She is up there with the best. And in a traditionally male dominated profession, she has broken the glass ceiling and achieved what few, if any feminists could have done to demonstrate that gender equality is real. It is alive and well and living in an apartment near you.

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The BMW, The ATC AND JAMES MATHERS (THE GENTLE SIDE) EMAIL OF THE DAY

Gentle on my mind Glen Campbell

Dear Chairman

I suspect you don’t like hearing from me so I have decided to send this email to my friend in Hong Kong. I think he likes to hear from me. I certainly like to hear from him!

This week I received an email protesting about my criticism of the ATC board and executive. While I accept that I have been critical of key performance areas of the ATC on this forum, I have often complimented the ATC by direct email and on Twitter.

I appreciate that the ATC has a hard-working and well intended board and executive team who are doing their best. Most of my criticism has really been directed at RNSW and I think in many instances this is well justified. I simply don’t like the way the industry is headed and I’m very concerned with the style and strategies adopted by the leadership team at RNSW.

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ZAC PURTON COMES OF AGE

When Zac Purton won his first Hong Kong Jockey Premiership last season, and, in so doing, ended the incredible thirteen-year reign of “Emperor” Douglas Whyte, Australian racing fans celebrated almost as much as the country’s cricket fans will if Australia wins the Cricket World Cup Final. And why not?

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Here was a country boy who had always shown incredible potential as a young rider in Melbourne, and then Sydney, showing the world that he had come of age- that he had taken on the best in the most competitive racing jurisdiction in the world and won.

Still, there were his detractors- in Australia and Hong Kong.

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THE RAY THOMAS/NOSTRADAMUS AND PATRICK BARTLEY/DON QUIXOTE EMAILS OF THE WEEK

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Just wondering if Ray Thomas even reads the copy RNSW must be sending him before it goes to print ’cause declaring the success of an event that has not happened yet and linking it to scaring the Vics is Nostradamus and nonsense all in one article. Why would a carnival that draws hundreds of thousands through the turnstiles be scared of twenty thousand – wasn’t that last year’s figure – turning up at Randwick for one day? How is the fact they are still working on improving their carnival and updating their marketing just not an indicator of the reason that Victoria in the Spring (not just Flemington) is so far ahead of anything going on in NSW – including the ‘new’ carnival with the title stole from English racing.

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I would have thought the best thing to help the industry in NSW was bigger fields, resulting in better betting turnover. Raceday attendances help the club, but betting turnover helps the industry. Claiming to be better than Victoria helps no one (except perhaps Patrick Bartley on his quixotic quest to wrest vision rights from those dastardly victorian clubs.)

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THE WARRING STATES AND SPY VS SPY ISSUE

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OH, RAY THOMAS. YOU’RE SUCH A JOKER! OR SHOULD THAT BE, SUCH A JOKE?

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“The runaway success of Sydney’s The Championships has indirectly prompted the Victoria Racing Club to alter its marketing strategies for the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival. Sydney’s The Championships has set a benchmark for betting turnover and attendance increases taking interest in horse racing to new levels. The Championships have become a national and international brand in less than 12 months putting Sydney’s autumn carnival in the global spotlight”.

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JAMES MATHERS AND HIS TAKE ON “ADULTERATED RUBBISH” AND THE TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR RNSW

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I refer to the posting of 14 March 2015 titled the “Unadulterated rubbish email of the day”.

This email says “RNSW have achieved a great deal for the New South Wales industry”.

It goes on to say “instead of TVN p..sing $25 million per year up against the wall and seeing it dribble down the drain the NSW racing industry, owners and trainers, will get an extra $25 million in prize money distributed to offset their costs and capital expenditure that keep this industry going”.

That’s a turnaround of $50 million and you don’t like it?

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TIMING: THE MAGIC OF MOREIRA AND LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE HKJC

Let’s not beat around the bush, and be coy, Roy: Joao Moreira has changed the face of horse racing forever.

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Some might still argue that Christophe Soumillon and/or Ryan Moore are “the best jockeys in the world”, but both are not the complete package that Joao Moreira is- a naturally gifted rider with perfect balance, a media darling and, very possibly, the world’s first pinup jockey.

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His two wins at Flemington yesterday gave the extremely patriotic and parochial Aussie racing fans someone new to cheer for- this Magic Man, or, as race caller Greg Miles screamed out, this “Miracle Man”- an outwardly, quiet, unassuming, affable, approachable Brazilian who’s ascent in the global racing world has been almost overnight.

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THE MAGICAL INSIDE TRACK THAT LEADS TO THE BMW HK DERBY

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THE HKJC AND THEIR MICE THAT ROAR…

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It’s all about checks and balances, and The Big Three lead stars aside- Moreira, who’s in a zone all his own, Purton and Whyte- let’s not lose sight of the co-starring roles played every race meeting by Neil Callan, Karis Teetan and Nash Rawiller.

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