THE HARD YELL AND HEART SELL OF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s needed a little time to absorb it all. From a business point of view, the Hong Kong International races on Sunday at Sha Tin was a massive success- turnover of over HK$1.6 billion, combined attendance at Sha Tin and cross-betting at Happy Valley reaching over 94,000 and a record HK$194 million in commingled betting from around the world.

There were the winners and those who weren’t so lucky, but above it all, the Longines Hong Kong International Races showed a side to horse racing not always seen: its heart. Its ability to give without asking.

Did the HKJC give racing fans a return on their time and investment? Definitely. And more, especially at a time when it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what the consumer wants as we’re living in a world of such constant change. For example, friends in the hospitality trade and owning restaurants, bars and clubs worry about how their businesses will do from day to day. Why? Choice.

There’s a buffet of consumer choices out there, not just in Hong Kong, but around the world. This means needing to constantly keep reinventing one’s product. The same goes for fashion, music and every leisure activity. It’s tough out there.

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TODAY #HKIR HAS ARRIVED. AND KEEPING IT REAL LIKE CHRISTINE BOWMAN

Sure, the focus is first and foremost on the racing and seeing and finding the winners. But after that last race has been run and many will gather at the Champagne Bar for the annual post-mortem about who did what and who did it better before heading out for dinner, it’s the back stories one will remember- those personal memories.

For myself, there’ll be the meandering conversations that finally led somewhere. Add to that Joao Moreira showing the racing world that the magic hasn’t gone poof by riding the first three winners at Happy Valley on International Jockeys’ Championship night. Next to me that night, wife Taciana and her friends danced their asses off to Latino rhythms at Adrenaline.

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THE BUSINESS OF HORSE RACING AND GOING AFTER THE SAME CONSUMER DOLLAR

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

We’re coming to the end of 2017, and the next year doesn’t offer much hope for many industries that have coasted on their respective gravy trains without reading the tea leaves and seeing what the future might hold. Guess sometimes ignorance is bliss and as long as it doesn’t affect one’s own bottom line, the thinking is that everything is more than awesome.

When it comes to businesses, there’ve been knee jerk reactions to some serious questions involving the very basics of a balance sheet which, more often than not, has to do with “the scale of economics” and understanding how far down the well the end consumer is prepared to go before seeing a profit and for how long.

Truth be told, the time for many industries is up for the very simple reason that they’re irrelevant- and bordering on being obsolete because of having been run into the ground by those who either resisted change or were too damn arrogant to see change hurtling towards them like an oncoming #MeToo train.

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IT’S HKIR WEEK…AND THEY’RE OFF TONIGHT ON THIS HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Golf balls might be whacked around in tournaments, the first E Prix took place here over the weekend where a good time was had by all despite the winner being disqualified, but despite most not growing up around horses or anywhere near a farm, there’s nothing that wakes up Hong Kong with a buzz of excitement than horse racing, in particular, the week of the annual Longines Hong Kong International Races.

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THE BEST OF THE BEST: PART OF THE HKIR MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk


BEST DIM SUM
Ding Dim 1968
(Shop No.A, 14D Elgin Street, Soho, Central)
Why: Authentic, creative and incredible variety

Being Dim Sum City, what qualifies for the “best” is extremely subjective. Longtime Hong Kong Belongers won’t look further than the dim sum restaurant in City Hall. Uptown traffic will mention Mott 32 and 1 Harbour Road, the Chinese restaurant at the Grand Hyatt. We fell in love with Ding Dim 1968 the day it opened. Sure, you can have your traditional dim sum, but without trying to be too clever, there are variations on a theme we have never seen nor tasted before anywhere else. And now that we have: There’s dim sum and there’s them sum. Ding Dim 1968 is Them Sum.

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THE ODE TO HKIR WEEK

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Everyone is getting ready for another HKIR week
Where the new Stars Of The Turf will be crowned
The racing world will meet in Hong Kong
Where some will get lost and others found…

There’ll be thundering hooves and magic men
From all around the world
They’ll be racing for pride and victory
Happy Valley and Sha Tin
Will be key attractions of the turf

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DISCOVERING STOCKTON: PART OF THE HKIR MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

STOCKTON
(G/F., 32 Wyndham St., Central)

With its very narrow entrance, it’s difficult to find, but enough people have found it for Stockton to become the most popular Scotch bar in Hong Kong.

In a city where Scotch bars are suddenly trending as followers often have a herd mentality, Stockton stands out as it set the standard where all the pieces fit and is frequented every evening by a constantly changing group of customers depending on the type of day. Special events on certain days of the week add to the atmosphere without being obtrusive.

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THE CENTRAL ESCALATOR: PART OF THE HKIR MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s truly Hong Kong’s most underrated tourist attraction: This escalator known simply as the Central Escalator can take you from Central to Soho, all the way up to Caine Road and then on a discovery of the new restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries that have sprung up almost overnight in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun.

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THE HKIR CURTAIN RAISER ISSUE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Sunday at Sha Tin was the big curtain raiser
To Hong Kong International Week in December
And though these are still early days
There was plenty of everything
for everyone to remember

The Gnasher left many shaken and stirred
When he kept Mr Stunning away from the
roadblocks happening to his inside
Lucky bubbles popped and burst all around
As Mr Stunning, Amazing Kids and DB Pins
raced away with the Jockey Club Sprint prize

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JAMES MATHERS ASKS: NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY RACING- IS IT AT THE CROSSROADS?

I find myself pausing a little these days. Today I ask the question as to what is the horse racing business in Australia? What is it?

Is it just the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival, The Everest, the Championships, the Golden Slipper or is it a lot more ?

My racing and thoroughbred experience has been learned through being involved horses and racing in Australia, primarily New South Wales. I have little experience or knowledge of the thoroughbred horse industry and racing in other countries.

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