THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HK’S $1.80 OFFER

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And so ended The Championships at Randwick yesterday- great racing and with Gai Waterhouse and Tommy Berry stealing the show along with James McDonald.

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The sun was shining down on Randwick and Tommy Berry was staying true to his promise to ride with twin brother Nathan along with him.

With that angel on his shoulder, the Berry boy racked up three winners, all trained by the First Lady Of Australian Racing who looks to have something very special for the Melbourne Cup after seeing the stunning wins of The Offer on two successive Saturdays.

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The brilliant rides, training efforts and wins were one thing at an event that was as “international” as a kookaburra.

Impressive- and memorable- was and is how Tommy Berry is fighting back the tears after the tragic passing of his best friend and twin brother Nathan while conducting himself with a maturity far wiser than his years.

His post-race interviews were lessons in humility, kindness and heart and soul.

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It’s what the sport has desperately needed- someone to bring passion, inspiration and, well, class to a sport that often loses its way through the gibbering of two-bit punters in the peanut gallery on social media with zero power to make a difference, but needing/craving to make public their naïveté.

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With another young gun- James McDonald- these two talents took the Championships by the scruff of its neck and made it their own.

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We were seeing the passing of the baton from one generation to a new one- a new generation not weighed down by politics, pettiness, the punt and that disease known as Whinging through one’s pocket.

It was refreshing to see and hear.

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND CROWD SOURCING.

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On the positive side, the Championships ended with the successes of Tommy Berry, James McDonald and seeing two very special horses in Lankan Rupee and The Offer.

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However, the question of attendance- a paltry 25,500 something- remained puzzling with only 500 more people attending the second day of the much-ballyhooed event.

Whaaaaat???

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Were those first day numbers inflated or were Saturday’s attendance figures deflated? Or did someone get that maths completely wrong?

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As for chanting the “an increase in turnover” mantra, trying to find out exactly what this translates into actual dollars remains more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack.

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We’re betting that here is a subject that all those hard-hitting racing journalists and very LOUD racing pundits from the land Down Under won’t touch as it will upset the apple cart and the puppet masters pulling the strings from their ivory towers.

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HONG KONG AND THE $1.80 OFFER.

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Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, there was a problem with a different type of numbers when we were floored to see The Offer going off at $1.80 compared to $3.40 in Australia.

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It must have had to do with the Tommy Berry factor and his loyal fan club in the city.

But punters getting well under the odds is something the HKJC will have to get their heads around.

If not, it will mean opening the floodgates for legal and illegal bookmakers to find ways to move in and make local punters offers they would find very hard to refuse.

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The sooner a well thought out co-mingling strategy comes into play along with “standardized odds”, the better for everyone- racing clubs and providing customers with ONE level playing field when it comes to odds and where no one feels short-changed.

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IS SYDNEY READY FOR GARYWORLD?

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The news that Gary Moore will be leaving his headquarters in Macau where he has been a mainstay of the MJC for well over a decade and setting up shop in Sydney has been greeted with shock by some and terror by others.

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Brother Gary, once the anointed one of the Moore Dynasty before becoming a bit like Alexis Carrington after doing a U-turn and giving evidence for the Prosecution in the way over-the-top Shanghai Syndicate saga involving a number of Hong Kong based jockeys and racing personalities, has been holding court in Macau where he has moved smoothly from Clown Prince to Court Jester- the Amadeus of horse racing.

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“Mo Gah Lay”, as he is known in Cantonese, has been known to kiss jockeys- on the lips- when winning on his horses, jumping on horses with them on them when entering the winning circle while we always remember him kissing the hand of influential owner and casino magnate Stanley Ho- over and over again.

One memorable day, like Sir Walter Raleigh, he took his famous yellow canary jacket off and laid it over a puddle of water so that his favorite owner wouldn’t get his shoes wet.

It was both gallant and fucking weird.

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While a jockey riding in Macau after his riding career in Hong Kong was seriously derailed, we were there when he won on one our horses.

In true Garyworld fashion, he threw his whip into the crowd. No one picked it up.

After the races, there was the lone figure of Gary trying to find his missing whip.

There might be a million stories in the Naked City, but millions more- and Moore- in Garyworld- his wardrobe filled with ornate military-styled jackets, outfits inspired by the uniforms of the doormen at the Mandarin Oriental, his plans to turn the then-eleven-year-old Good Ba Ba into a “new champion”- and, every new season, word that he would be training in Hong Kong, something that would never ever happen.

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Georgie Moore Jr has a better chance of being granted an Assistant Trainer’s license than Uncle Gary training in Hong Kong, but nothing has dampened the spirit of “Mo Gah Lay” who has been champion trainer of Macau many times over and, with rival trainer MC “Hammer” Tam, has provided many with enough plots to make Desperate Housewives look like Noddy and Big Ears.

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How will Garyworld rock racing in Sydney?

Kisses and hugs for John O’Shea while dressed as Sheik Mo?

Wearing the same hat and dress as Lady GaiGai and jumping into every photo opp with her?

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Jumping on Ritchie Callander and riding him just for the hell of it?

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The mind boggles as to what madness will come from Garyworld.

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NEIL CALLAN: WINNING

On Good Friday, there was a voice-mail left for us by our great mate and Barrister for the under-trodden- Kevin Egan: “Callan got all charges dropped.”

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We were told that jockey Neil Callan’s Appeal against a five-meeting suspension on an improper riding charge would be “interesting”, but we never ever thought it would be THIS interesting as what the tough-as-nails rider didn’t do was back down, went in with both guns blazing, took on City Hall, won and shot the sheriff down in the process.

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Alan Aitken- certainly no “gossip racing writer” like many plying their trade in the Land Down Under- wrote a very detailed piece on the case in the South China Morning Post which is mandatory reading to anyone following the sport.

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Looking at what has transpired and looking ahead, this is a watershed moment for racing in Hong Kong as it has proven that Stewards are people, too, and not untouchables who always go after their man and get it right all the time.

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Having Brian Stevenson, Chairman of the HKJC heading the Appeals Board, listen to Neil Callan’s defense- and then throw out the entire case- has made many who follow this sport and where the Stewards are “always right”, think more than twice about the “systems” presently in place- and how “the house” doesn’t always win.

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And when the person in charge of the house bets against it-and his own croupiers- well, a paradigm power shift has taken place.

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As for Neil Callan, like many others before him, he could have rolled over, copped it on the chin and not created any waves.

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With an “integrity issue” hanging over his head and, despite accepting other suspensions handed down to him, this time, believing strongly that he had done nothing wrong, he stood firm and simply wanted a fair hearing.

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For support, he had Kevin Egan by his side, who, ten years ago, had a case against Glyn Schofield dismissed- and the evidence from fellow jockey Eddie Lai- game, set and match-winning evidence.

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From where we stand, this is not only a victory for Neil Callan.

It also shows Brian Stevenson, the HKJC’s current Chairman- he steps down later this year to be replaced by Simon Yip- to be an honourable man- his own man- who can tow the Corporate line when need be- and also able to look at all sides, fairly and squarely- and make an unbiased decision.

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Brian Stevenson’s tenure as Chairman of the HKJC is to be remembered for one thing, the outcome of this Appeal will be right up there.

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Incoming Chairman of the HKJC- Simon Yip- has some big shoes to fill.

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THE PROBLEM WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, NEWS CORP AND COPYRIGHT LAWS, ANOTHER ROCKY MOMENT AND GARY MOORE HEADING TO SYDNEY

DESPITE THAT “13 PERCENT INCREASE IN TURNOVER”, CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE LINE THIS SATURDAY.

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Whichever way the spinning wheel is turned by the ATC, Racing NSW and the Sydney Yes, Minister racing media pack, last Saturday’s first day of the Championships deserved- and should have- attracted a bigger than 25,000 crowd.

As for this “Thirteen percent increase in turnover compared to last year’s same race day”, just mouthed by the trained members of the Yes Minister of the Racing NSW glee club, what IS this in actual NUMBERS?

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Yes, the weather was a major turn-off, but try telling that to the NRL or AFL, or the administrators over the border in Victoria.

Sure, even in “bleak city”, Sydney’s deplorable weather, when replicated in Melbourne over the spring racing carnival, can still manage to attract crowds of 70,000 plus.

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And yes, the Melbourne spring racing carnival has had a massive head start as an established racing carnival and sporting event, domestically and internationally. But, it would be delusional to play the blame game with the weather.

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The Championships, as we have always said, will be a long term work in progress.

Not only does it need to capture the hearts and mind of the non-racing sector, but it needs to hijack the sporting and front page headlines away from Sydney racing’s biggest and long-established competitor during the Autumn – the NRL.

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The NRL has long-owned this seasonal territory. Sydney and NSW in Autumn and Winter belongs exclusively to the NRL.

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When the Sydney Autumn racing carnival was at its peak, it was when it owned Easter week and was the Sydney version of the Melbourne spring racing carnival- four magnificent days of racing – two on weekends and one on a public holiday and one on a working day.

Get the drift?

Replicating Flemington- and guess what- it worked.

Throw in the Easter sales, and the economic benefits to Sydney and NSW, were huge.

Interstaters spent the week in Sydney, getting dressed up, wining and dining, booking out accommodation, and doing all the things that visitors to the Melbourne Spring Carnival do.

Throw in crowds of 45,000 and you had the foundations of what could have built into a Autumn Racing Carnival that the Championships aspire to.

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To get it back to those glory days will be a massive challenge, particularly with the stuff-up with the Randwick rebuild, the parlous state of finances of the ATC and the power games that are being played by the Emperor and his Court Jesters at Druitt Street.

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Dance, little monkeys, dance! Fat Boy, get your head outta Waller Wallet’s arse and dance like a crazy fool.

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Throw in a new and unknown Premier in NSW and, possibly, a new Treasurer and Racing Minister and the Kilimanjaro appears even more daunting.

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Take away the power games and start producing REAL results- not this vapid “13 percent increase” mantra which means squat other than Corporate Speak- plus tangible economic benefits for the State Government to justify signing off on further multi million dollar cheques to bankroll the Championships.

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Go back to a four-day Easter format, reduce some of the obscene prize money for the QE 11, Doncaster and Derby by a million off each to fund an extra day of racing mid week, rejig the program, and you just might get the Autumn Carnival back on track and give Sydney racing a chance at owning a week that it previously did and can do again.

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While at it, stop throwing money at off-the-mark advertising campaigns such as the current amateurish load of rubbish that gives the non-racegoer another valid reason to give the Championships the flick.

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It is time for the ATC to stand up and be counted- and to grow some balls and go head to head with Druitt Street and take ownership of its own property.

Over to you Michael Crismale and your ATC Committee.

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NEWS CORP OZ: CLUTCHING AT STRAWS.

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The stupidity of some people while flying on the seats of their pants never fail to amaze us.

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Take, for example, our old mates at News Corp in Oz which was a well-oiled and professional organ during the days when Gene Swinstead ran the joint.

Today, it’s come down to bogan gossip racing reporters- is there any more “noble” a profession- tacky “reportage” and tragic attempts at intimidation and ck while at it.

In other words, just another Corpse De Noos Day in their paradise.

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For the past few weeks we have been receiving emails that we have “infringed” copyright by using NewsCorp photographs without approval, something brought to the attention of the organization’s NewsPix or NewsWhatever division by their- quelle supris- racing writers.

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Ironic that after over two years of, apparently, “infringing copyright”, this need to cough up dough has come up at a time when we’ve joined the choir against a gossip racing writer with News Croupier who’s not exactly the smartest tool in the shed.

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We’ve been fair enough to remove whatever “offending pictures” were used- as we have done wit s when asked to by the South China Morning Post- but, in typical Noise Corpse bully boy fashion, they want to intimidate and threaten legal action for refusing to pay AUS$5,000, this, we don’t like.

It makes us not nice people.

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As for the question of “infringement of copyright”, think about what’s uploaded and made available on Google, what’s tweeted, what’s uploaded onto every social medium alive and kicking today- and, as we have done, taken and shared what millions of others have done with zero interest in reading the small print that is hidden as “Terms and Conditions”.

Corpse De News of the much-despised Rebekkah Brooks and wire tapping scandal in the UK and Rupert Murdoch-Wendi Deng-Tony Blair infamy- let’s not even talk about Lachlan- wish to preach to US about ethics and “doing the right thing”? Hmmm.

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To quote our mate and legal advisor extraordinaire Kevin Egan, fuck ‘em.

Yes, fuck ‘em, and threaten us and Corpse De Noos better also take on the twitterverse- and Google- look like even bigger twats than they are and open up a can of worldwide worms that can make different kinds of headlines.

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DO WE GET A WHIFF OF ANOTHER LEGAL STOUSH?

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The ominous signs of yet another expensive, protracted and undignified legal stoush with the corporate bookmakers are well and truly on the radar with the news mid-week in the Australian Financial review by a piece from John Stensholt titled “Odds-on for higher fees to hit on-line only bookies”.

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Stensholt is not only on the money, but the armaments makers are working overtime to produce enough weapons for “Product Fees War 2”.

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We can only imagine that the fearless leader and Rocky Bullwinkle of Australian racing- no guessing who that might be- spending his waking hours dusting off all the tired old clichés, the one-liners, the spin to fight the noble battle in the courts against those dastardly corporate bookies who have feasted on the racing industry for so long.

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Hit them bloody hard, Oh, fearless leader- and where it hurts- in their hip pockets.

Jack up the 1.5% -2% fee on turnover arrangement that presently stands by 100% and make it 3% -4% on turnover.

Bleed the bastards to death,Rocky, and- giddyup- run them out of the country.

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How dare they operate a modern technological low-cost model and use left field, slick and savvy marketing strategies to ambush the ultra- conservative and outdated Tab’s and hijack their market share? And if the administrators in bleak city dare to go down the revenue model for Product Fees, you just make sure you fix them up as well, oh, fearless shwiiing leader.

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You won’t have any problems winning the media war- none, whatsoever, not with News Limited backing you 200 per cent.

C’mon, Rocky, run up those stairs, do a little dance when you reach the top and scream out, “I’m doing this for my 50,000 participants ‘cos they need their favourite martyr now, more than ever!”

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GARY MOORE HEADING DOWN- AND UNDER. EXCITED?

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The racing grapevine is never far from nailing it, and on this occasion, they’re on the money: Gary Moore, the man with the Mandarin Hotel doorman’s wardrobe and the waaaay over the top and outrageous theatrics- kissing jockeys who have won on his horses, jumping on his winning horses with the jockey still on, taking off his canary yellow jacket and, like Sir Walter Raleigh, spreading it over mud pools so that winning owners can walk over it etc- could be heading to that other “sin city”.

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It’s no surprise, the fat lady is getting her backing group and musos ready to perform her encore for Macau racing. And Gazza- we actually like his zaniness- wisely, is parachuting outta casino and whore city while he can- and before the exodus of racing refugees from the former Portuguese enclave resembles the asylum seekers off the Australian coast up north and west.

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The mail we are hearing puts Gary in Tim Martin’s stables as one option, although his preference might be Randwick.

Of course, there will be a series of interesting conundrums- what will Brother Gary do with his Macau owners, some of whom still make the ferry ride across from the Shun Tak terminal each race day to cheer their “B graders” on at the Taipa track?

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Many of them do not the fit the profile of owners that the HKJC would issue permits to race horses in Hong Kong- and so settle to be very big fish in Macau’s tiny pond.

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Our mail also suggests that Gary is looking for someone to take over his Macau stables, pending the fat lady’s final encore.

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Tips, Feeds, Name-calling and Horse Whispering

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

THE HORSE WHISPERER: LOUD AND CLEAR IN HONG KONG

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Everyone who has heard the legendary Monty Roberts aka The Horse Whisperer speak has come away awestruck- awestruck at the gentleman’s quite incredible understanding of horses, and what makes them the beautiful animals that they are.

With champion jockey Douglas Whyte, below, having made the time to be mentored by Monty Roberts at the prompting of his great mate and former jockey Felix Coetzee, also pictured below, and both telling us what a life changing experience their time spent with him has been, what we were thinking is this: Monty Roberts, The Horse Whisperer In Hong Kong.

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The HKJC is the most successful racing club in the world where the perception has been that the the Club is only about turnover, turnover, turnover despite the many donations it makes to Hong Kong life through its Charities division.

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With a new generation of racing fans, yes, looking at the sport in different ways plus a fast-growing interest in equestrian sports, having the HKJC host an event where one can listen to Monty Roberts share his incredible knowledge and caring about horses could be a winner for many- in Hong Kong and, we’re sure, many from other parts of Asia, coming to learn from this very special human being who whispers to horses.

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Okay, so follow us here…

Remember us being a little spooked hearing one or more of The Three Amigos interviewing jockeys and talking about how “this was the horse’s last run”, but viewers watching ATV’s channels in English not seeing any of this- and thinking of the Poltergeist?

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Well, conspiracy theorists, put down that Roswell File ‘cos, The Truth Is Out There.

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What’s happening is that the English feed is for those watching the races OUTSIDE of Hong Kong, which means they are spared those tacky ATV commercial breaks advertising abalone restaurants, massage parlors in Macau, gawdawful station promos and bankrupt cities in Europe.

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Hong Kong’s apparently teeny weeny English-speaking audience receive the Chinese feed- and not what goes out to other ports of call.

The good news- kinda- is that this geographical and surreal broadcasting strategy is “being fixed” so there can be a dedicated English channel for those in Hong Kong- all of which is giving us a bloody great headache as- call us Duh People- but we simply don’t get the relevance of these outside broadcasts.

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Let’s just hope that unlike the AUSracing app which can be downloaded only outside of Oz and NZ and where we can see every race in Australia- every day- and for free- and without those pesky commercials, the team out here better be careful of any “open mic sessions” going out.

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In Oz- and with the various hosts in the dark that other countries are listening to their chatter during commercial breaks- we have heard some real corkers about Thai food, “frighteningly stupid” trainers and the results of the morning after the night before.

Yes, way too much information.

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ZAC WAS BACK IN NSW???

Strange- nah, not so strange- is the roaring silence by so many of Australia’s usual menagerie of Yaps Yaps when it comes to mentioning Zac Purton’s role when yakking on about the result of last Saturday’s Doncaster.

It’s been ALL about Chris Waller saddling up the first four place-getters- a HUGE achievement, yes- but, apart from Shane Anderson, like James Brown was to music, the hardest working man in Aussie racing showbiz, who conducted a revealing interview with him, it’s been a big fat zero about Hong Kong’s Zac Attack and his win aboard the Malaysian-owned Sacred Falls.

The interesting thing is that whenever Brett Prebble goes down to ride in Victoria, the chorus of “Aussie Aussie Aussie” and “He’s one of us” reaches deafening proportions- which is fine.

But when it’s come to Lismore-born Zac Purton and a true blue “New South Walesman”, or “New South Welshman”, who accomplished so much in his two years riding in Sydney, winning the biggest race in NSW’s Championships Festival, well, going on what’s been said and written, Sacred Falls could have been ridden by Biff Burton or Tonto.

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One can only assume that the Racing NSW-HKJC clash all those years ago surrounding the Chris Munce affair still remains an open gnash by the powers-that-be at Racing NSW who have their very own Yap Yap Fan Club in the media as they sulk about the success of Hong Kong racing and slowly bang their heads against the nearest walls.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

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We really have to wonder which Einstein at the HKJC named the races at Shatin on Sunday- and who at the Club thought nothing about races called the Geriatric Healthcare Handicap, the Special Wheelchair Bank Handicap, the Brain Health Welfare Handicap and the Arthritis Care Handicap?

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Come on now, some Brain Welfare, please!

If an owner, would they appreciate receiving a souvenir for winning a race with any of the names above?

Imagine: “Yes, that’s my horse winning The Special Wheelchair Bank Handicap.”

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We have no idea why, but, for some reason, it all reminds us of that Monty Python skit where a one-legged man insists on auditioning for the role of Tarzan.

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THE FAST TRACKER FOCUSSES ON A QUARTET OF WINS TONIGHT.

It’s been spookily quiet on the magic front these days with Joao Moreira having to play that very rare role of second fiddle to Zac Purton and Dougie Whyte who have been pulling four-timers outta their own magic hats like rabbits in heat.

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Frankly, The Magic Man has not had the usual book of fully-charged rides since back after a suspension, and tonight’s book doesn’t look too crash hot either.

Dougie Whyte appears to have the best book of rides amongst the Three Mouseketeers whereas The Zac Attack doesn’t even HAVE a ride in three races.

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Take The Trio Los Panchos outta the equation and it’s a pretty level playing field with the first-time riding engagement of Neil Callan for Tony Cruz catching the eye.

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Sure, Matthew Chadwick is suspended, but Cruzy would usually turn to Whyte or Suborics- but not tonight- which might mean that they passed on rides from his stable- or, the former champion Hong Kong jockey has picked up on the fact that Callan is slowly gaining more and more support and remains under the radar of many while still booting home winners.

Then again, with Cruzy communicating to aliens through that Blue-toothed cockroach in his ear about an impending Mars Attack, who knows what might be going through his head?

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R1 ENJOY THE FUN/NOVEL START/DRAGON CHOICE/ABLE DRAGON

R2 MISTER MARC

This could be the first of a Dougie Whyte-Me Tsui double.

R3 COUR VALANT/SUMARAND DRAGON/EASTERN PROMISE/FORGIVE AND FORGET

R4 JADE PIPPO

The second of the Dougie Whyte-Jade Pippo double?

R5 STEP HIGH

Tye Angland, who returns to Oz at the end of this season for family reasons and to further his career in his home country by making himself available for some of the bigger Group races, should go very close to winning this on Step High.

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Being the first Quartet race of the night, I’ll be taking Step High as my multiple banker with the legs being 3,6,7,8,10,11.

R6 PEARL WIN

R7 FLAME HERO/BEAUTY FLAME/LUCKY DOUBLE EIGHT/SECRET SHAM

Looks like more than a two-horse race.

R8 FLYING UNICORN/MASQUERADER/WINNINGMASCOT/JAZZY FEELING

Just remember that this is the second Quartet race of the night, which, for a few hundred bucks more is a FAR better bet that the First Four as it pays out much bigger dividends for picking the first four- in ANY order. Recommended is taking a MULTIPLE banker into 6-7 legs. Include two roughies in your legs in what looks like a very open race.

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BEST BET: R2 MISTER MARC (11)
NEXT BEST: R4 JADE PIPPO (12)
LONGSHOT: R8 FLYING UNICORN (5)

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SARIKA’S SIX UP

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R3: 3,8,12
R4: 12
R5: 2
R6: 4,10
R7: 3,4
R8: 1,3,5,10,11

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Selections for Happy Valley from Third Dividend 16.4.14‏

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HAPPY VALLEY (HKG)
Wed, 16/4/14
#HValley Night Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“C” Course-Worked Back)
Weather: Mainly cloudy. Mist patches in the morning and at night. Sunny periods duringthe day. Temperatures will range between 21 and 26 degrees. Moderate easterly winds,occasionally fresh at first.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: BOUNDRY STREET HCP CL5 1200M
1 – Novel Start (2)
2 – Enjoy The Fun (6)
3 – Telecom Chief (10)
4 – Young Supreme (7)

Race 2: KING’S PARK HCP (SEC 2) CL4 1200M
1 – Mister Marc (11)
2 – King Derby (4)
3 – Kingston Jumbo (10)
4 – Winning Boy (7)

Race 3: STADIUM PATH HCP (SEC 1) CL3 1200M
1 – Cour Valant (3)
2 – Sumarand Dragon (11)
3 – Speedygonzalez (4)
4 – Super Plus (10)

Race 4: KING’S PARK HCP (SEC 1) CL4 1200M
1 – Jade Pippo (12)
2 – Seasons Star (5)
3 – Genuine Champion (2)
4 – Well Done (3)

Race 5 (Q1): SHEK KIP HCP CL4 1650M
1 – Step High (2)
2 – Beauty King (11)
3 – Expectator (8)
4 – Diligent III (6)

Race 6 (Q2): STADIUM PATH HCP (SEC 2) CL3 1200M
1 – Victorious (4)
2 – Pearl Win (10)
3 – Sunny Fay (6)
4 – Getaway Guy (7)

Race 7 (Q3): THE HONG KONG RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION CUP HCP CL1 1650M
1 – Secret Sham (2)
2 – Flame Hero (4)
3 – Beauty Flame (3)
4 – Lucky Double Eight (6)

Race 8 (Q4): WYLIE PATH HCP CL3 1650M
1 – Jazzy Feeling (1)
2 – Royal Partner (3)
3 – Winning Mascot (11)
4 – Amber Dragon (4)

Best Bet
Race 3: Cour Valant (3)

Next Best
Race 2: Mister Marc (11)

Value Bet
Race 8: Jazzy Feeling (1) – Currently, $7.00/$2.10

Long Shot
Race 5: Diligent III (6) – Currently $9.30/$3.20

Quaddie($100 get you 39%)
2.6.8.11
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2.3.4.6
1.3.4.11

Six Up
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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 6, No. 4 Victorius
Finally draws a reasonable gate after several luckless runs. Go close.

SECOND BEST
Race 3, No. 3 Cour Valant
Kept good company last few starts and meets weak opposition here. Can win again.

LONGSHOT
Race 7, No. 1 Destined For Glory
Hasn’t been far away in better company than this. Not hopeless.

QUADDIE
1,2,6,10 / 4,10 / 1,2,4,6,7 / 1,3,6. $50 for 41.66%.

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PARTING SHOT

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Douglas Whyte: Champion

It’s been said time and time again, even by some of his fiercest detractors, that when it comes to being the consummate professional and a great ambassador for Hong Kong racing, jockey Douglas Whyte is in a class of his own.

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Sure, the buzz today along with the bells and whistles and cheering squads are for the Brazilian Magic Man- Joao Moreira- and the Australian Zac Attack- Zac Purton- and very deservingly so as both are truly world class jockeys who have breathed new fire into Hong Kong racing which really is International- and being International, the best racing jurisdiction in the world and not mired in the “tall poppy syndrome”.

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In all the hoopla of what looks like being a two-horse race for this season’s Jockey Premiership, let’s never lose sight of The Durban Demon and his many accomplishments including winning thirteen consecutive Hong Kong Jockey Premierships, a record which will never ever be broken and which belongs in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

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What makes Douglas Whyte tick and tock and The King Of The Turf?

His great mate off the track and one-time fierce competitor, on track- the legendary Felix Coetzee- puts it down to his fellow South African’s determination, discipline and never knowing when to give up along, of course, with Whyte’s natural talent.

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Here’s what we admire about Douglas Whyte, who arrived in Hong Kong as a complete unknown- like Dylan’s Rolling Stone- before being “talent spotted” by trainers David Hayes, Wong Tang-ping and the great Ivan Allen: His determination to keep improving, never resting on his laurels and knowing that every day, one learns something new, and, which is why, with Felix Coetzee, he made the time some years ago to be mentored by Monty Roberts, below, the famous Horse Whisperer, where he learnt more about horses along with some important life lessons.

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As for horses and understanding these beautiful animals, because of his time spent with The Horse Whisperer, there is a reason why Dougie Whyte takes his mount away from the others before a race and why he rarely resorts to using the “persuader”.

As he asks, rhetorically, “Would you run faster if someone is whipping your arse?”

Well, now that you ask, no, Dougie.

Apart from his punctuality and great role model and father to his two children, there’s also his laconic honesty.

When asked about his reputation for jumping on and off horses and being ruthless when pursuing rides, he’ll lean back, take a puff from one of his beloved cigars and ask, “Mate, if you had the choice of riding a very good horse or being loyal and going around on an average one, which one would you choose?”

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After a highly successful working relationship with John Size, the trainer-jockey partnership ended this season.

Frankly, the timing was right as, here were still very good friends, but with different priorities.

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To those who thought the Size artillery of horse power was what was responsible for Whyte’s success- for thirteen years???- this breakup was the signal for his detractors to ring the bells of doom and do a little dance, make a little love and get down tonight.

Napoleon had met his Waterloo, Samson had lost his locks to Delilah and Douglas Whyte had lost his Golden Goose. Or so they thought.

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Looking out for Number One, which includes his family- and nothing wrong with that as family comes first- it was Dougie Whyte only shifting career gears and focussing on quality instead of quantity and looking at what had eluded him: riding Group 1 winners on a regular basis, something which came to the fore on Hong Kong’s International Race Day last year when he won the Hong Kong Mile on Glorious Days, ironically for John Size, and, in the next race, took out the prestigious Longines Hong Kong Cup on the Richard Gibson-trained Akeed Mofeed.

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This Sunday at Shatin, Douglas Whyte rode four winners- it could easily have been a quintet- for trainers Tony Cruz, Richard Gibson, YS Tsui and Michael Chang- which proved, once again, that Size doesn’t matter.

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Each winner was ridden differently- from good barriers, from wide barriers, on the pace, off the pace, on the inside, down the outside and which had someone tweet that Hong Kong racing fans were being treated to the “Douglas Whyte clinic”.

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It really was a crash course in riding for every young jockey coming through the ranks and taught by a champion bloke and a champion jockey, who lost his father in a tragic car accident when he was nine, went through the rigors of South Africa’s apprentice school of hard knocks and then, came, saw and conquered Hong Kong.

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What’s scary is when he says, “Mate, I’m still hungry! I thrive on competition! I love it when they write me off!”

Why scary?

It’s scary ‘cos Dougie Whyte has that wind in his sails blowing hard again.

While praising Zac Purton’s own magnificent foursome at Happy Valley last Wednesday (“His riding was outstanding”) and respecting the talent of Joao Moreira and his rapid ascension in Hong Kong’s tremendously competitive racing environment where only the strong survive, one can’t help thinking that Dougie Whyte plans to crash the two-horse party and race and prove, that at 43, the Durban Demon is ready to breathe fire again.

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THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE QUARTET BET

Once upon a time in the land called Hong Kong where many Ying Tong people lived, the city’s one racecourse in Happy Valley was alive with the sound of horse hooves and little men with little voices shouting out orders to each other: “You’re going too fucking fast!” “Let Peter in, so you only come third” etc, all of which was part of the best bet in town: The Quartet.

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The Ying Tongs loved their Quartet- the only other exotic bets were the Six Up and Double Quinella- which meant picking the first four horses in any order in a designated race or picking the first four in their EXACT order and which would pay out ten times more.

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Of course, there were many stories of how these Quartet races were, well, choreographed- these were, after all, the days of Peter Miers, Glyn Pretty, Leon Fox, Peter Gumbleton, Bill Burnett etc- and with one race, in particular, standing out as the four horses past the post finished in Indian file with a very precise two lengths between each horse.

The choreography was so slick, it would have made Lionel Blair weep.

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Of course, when the Shatin track opened, the Quartet bet travelled over the big waters and those who were privy to some truly well-laid plans will remember how there was much whooping one year in the Jockeys Room when more precise choreography resulted in a massive payout for two English and two Aussie riders with four local jockeys given laisee packets for not getting in the way and for also acting as buffers.

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Those who played together won together and those were like those Mary Hopkin days when no one cared who was champion jockey or Jockey Challenges.

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No one, for example, really thought too hard about the sight of jockeys, somehow, weighing out wearing very bulky silks and jumping off horses when the barriers were open.

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It was almost commonplace with one local jockey known as “The Tumbler” for his regular acrobatic skills: If his horse was meant to definitely win or DEFINITELY lose and big bets were at stake, well, he preferred to err on the side of caution and hop off the bus, Gus.

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Not even the bizarre sight of local “hoop” Louis KY Ho actually stop riding red hot favorite How Good by standing up in his irons one night at Happy Valley- and copping a six month ban for his efforts- raised many eyebrows.

Louis was or still is a trainer in Macau.

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Meanwhile, the Quartet bet was still alive, but not working that well for certain jockeys used to the good old days.

New players were entering the scene- the great Philippe Paquet, Peter Leyshan, Nigel Tiley, Danny Brereton, Declan Murphy, Brent Thomson, Darryl Holland, Philip Robinson, Fallon, Kinane, Quinn etc- and choreographed and synchronized riding became more and more difficult to produce, unless, of course, the right teams were in the same race.

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Today, the Quartet bet has been revived- with few jockeys actually liking each other, forget about synchronized riding- but from the feedback we’ve received, not many know what it is or when it is- especially during the Happy Valley night races when there are eight-race cards and those meetings with eleven races throwing many for a loop.

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Yes, the hardcore punter of Yore and Racing To Win’s Three Amigos know how it all works, but- and we’re not wrong when we say that this bet is like the Bermuda Triangle to those new to the sport: They get lost in its complexity and duplicity with the First Four bet- that is, if they even know about any of this.

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Some might- just might- know that the last race is always a Quartet race- but, que, the other designated race?

Is it races 4, 5 or 6- and is there a bigger payout if one selects the first four past the post in exact order- like those Mary Hopkin days?

In Race 11 yesterday, The Three Amigos whooped it up for tipping the Quartet using the race favorite- Gallant Triumph- as their “multiple banker” and wheeling this onto six or seven other horses.

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Hell, we’d whoop it up, too, like boys named Sioux at Custer’s Last Stand as for less than a HK$1,000 outlay, there was a whopping return of over HK$50,000 with the first four horses being the three favorites and Ovett, a 16 to 1 pop, which anyone with half a brain and an ounce of horse sense would have included.

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Meanwhile, the Tierce paid a little over HK$10,000 whereas First Four bet in this same race paid a measly HK$1,600- and which makes us wonder about its relevance when, in many ways, it’s really the Quartet bet disguised as Noddy.

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On the subject of Ovett, what if one made it their banker and actually tipped the first four horses past the post- in exact order?

Would there be a big boner of a Bonus payout- as in the days of yore- or has this Bonus Quartet been banished from The Garden Of Eden Kane with only a fig leaf for company?

Shame if it has.

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These days, with the last race on a card usually meaning calling on the Six Up, the Treble and the third Double Trio, we wonder where this Quartet bet fits into the grand scheme of things?

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As for the other designated Quartet race, this clashes with the middle pin of the Triple Trio and the first leg of the Six Up.

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Again, we wonder about- we often wander around and wonder out aloud- its relevance and wonder even more as to how and where this re-born Quartet bet is promoted to the new punter to whom visiting the HKJC website or watching any racing programs make as much sense as selling Coppertone to Africa…

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As for us who have had those rare moments when our first four choices in a Quartet bet have saluted in exact order- and reaping the rewards of our hard work- we wonder where former Hong Kong jockey- the legendary Peter “Quartet” Miers is when we need him most?

Peter will have NO problems in steering us the right way regarding the ins and outs of the Quartet and will throw in a few history lessons in the process.

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TIPS, ZAC AND HK’S DING DONG WANG DOODLES

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

HK’S ZAC ATTACK BECOMES THE WIZARD OF OZ!

While The Fat Boy of NSW racing stayed true to his role as official sycophant to trainer Chris Waller and fawned all over the very good trainer who had trained the first four place-getters in The Doncaster, it took Bruce Clark to speak to winning jockey Zac Purton who had flown out of Hong Kong on Friday to ride Sacred Falls on Saturday- the first day of NSW’s The Championships which, by the way, despite the strong fields, attracted a meager 25,000 people to the spanking new Randwick racecourse.

Why- and not just because of the foul weather- is another story for another day.

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While The Fat Boy, below, kept making loud sucking noises, a mud-splattered Zac Attack was coolness personified despite a tough race run on a very heavy track.

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He thanked his and our good mate Lawrence Wadey for persuading him to accept the ride, thanked owners the Yap family and The Raffles Thoroughbred Syndicate from Malaysia and had a little dig at how he is invited to ride in big races around the world- but virtually ignored in his home country.

But, now- suddenly- Zac Purton is a “world class rider” to Aussie racing pundits. Puhleeeeze.

For The Fat Boy, who doesn’t think Hong Kong racing is on a par with that of Australia, having a Hong Kong-based jockey win on a horse owned by Malaysian connections was probably too much to stomach.

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For The Zac Attack, it was a personal triumph and also a reminder as to how riding in Hong Kong against some of the best in the world with very different riding styles makes one not only a better jockey with a global perspective of racing, but also about life and its Bigger Picture.

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HAPPINESS IS A HAPPY WEDNESDAY AT THE RACES.

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Happy Wednesday at Happy Valley was one of those rare race days when the weather gods came together and created the perfect setting for one helluva party- a celebration of life and to hell with negativity.

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The racing was brilliant led by four wins by The Zac Attack, and an awesome win by Key Witness whereas the action at the Beer Garden was an amazing coming together of Pharrell Williams’ Happy, the brilliant Ben Semmens Band, a cameo appearance before the first race by Joao Moreira, Brazilian Ole Ole Shake Shake dancers, a flash mob and a crowd rising to the occasion and making it their own.

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Hong Kong might have music nights at The Pawn, Backstage, Sevva etc, but none have come close to what took place that Happy Wednesday- and for only a HK$10 entrance fee when at Randwick’s The Championships, a sandwich cost AUS$10. Sheesh.

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Australia, the UK, Dubai, the US and, er, Chengdu might have their big race days with high-profile International jockeys and champion International equine talent, but, sometimes, atmosphere wins over the bells and whistles of hardcore racing interests.

This was one of those times.

The one bummer- and this must be fixed next season- is that ‘cos of the neighboring party poopers and their complaints about “noise”, the ‘live’ music comes to a screaming halt these days by 10pm- way too early and seeing the exodus from the track by those at the Beer Garden after race 6 is like warbling The Pub With No Beer.

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BRUCE STINSON VERSUS THE PROFESSOR AND THE HKJC AND PROTECTING ITS DATA.

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The court case between well-known Aussie businessman and former television presenter and journalist for the Hong Kong Standard- Bruce Stinson- and a Professor Guo and a “mathematical model” for racing is way too complex for our little heads to get around, but reading a transcript of the last- ding dong- round between the two former business partners and mention of the HKJC racing data made us think about the Copyright of this content.

Legal Ref – Judiciary.Gov.HK

Yes, the hardcore and professional punter want as much information as possible about every race- and the HKJC does backflips to provide this- and, as it should.

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Having said this, surely it all falls under Content- and Content means having Rights Issues?

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At a time when every industry that owns its content is cracking down on those who simply take this for free, perhaps racing clubs need to examine and clearly define the Terms And Conditions of usage of their data?

It’s not something that can be solved tomorrow, but unless this subject is, at least, discussed and understood with the future in mind, things can get outta hand very quickly.

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Frankly, there’s no time like the present to draw some clear lines in the sand and also in that legally grey online world where everyone thinks everything is theirs for the taking.

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If not, racing clubs just might be facing problems with the more unscrupulous operators- something which cut the music industry off at its knees and which is now desperately trying to put the online genie back in the bottle.

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CO-MINGLING WITH THE US AND UP THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE.

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We did our own little research on the US coming on board as the first market to be part of co-mingling and were surprised to learn that if in New Jersey, State laws forbid any wagering with Hong Kong plus, despite heavy promotion by TVG, which reaches 35 million households, response has been mixed- and somewhat confusing- though these are very early days when it comes to an extremely complex subject like co-mingling.

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More interesting- and sinister- are thoughts by some in the American racing media suggesting that certain State laws were setup years ago by politicians with vested interests to protect the interests of the Atlantic City casino big boys- and shut everyone else out.

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THE FAST TRACKER IS NOT SURE HOW HE FEELS ABOUT SHATIN TODAY.

Maybe it was having his brother in town, maybe it was the way the stars were aligned, maybe it was to prove to wife Nicole who was busy co-hosting a new episode of Finding Happy Wednesday that he wasn’t just sitting on his arse doing bugger all, but on Wednesday night, Zac Purton brought his own light and vision show to Happy Valley with a brilliant four-timer.

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It was like old times with Dougie Whyte booting home two winners and relative new boy- Joao Moreira- bringing home Redwood Baby with a great ride while Alex HW Lai won one for the home team.

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In Whyte, Purton and Moreira- in comic book hero form below by illustrator and animator Pat Lee who’s worked on projects like The Transformers- the HKJC has a ready-made marketing plan to take the Jockey Challenge to new heights- and with strong sponsorship appeal.

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As for the girls presently trotted out onstage of the Beer Garden to hold up signs showing this Jockey Challenge leader board, sorry, but it doesn’t work.

The crowd isn’t listening, it’s as tacky as cheesecake models strutting around holding up the number of the next boxing round in some Vegas casino whereas, in the Beer Garden, what most of the guys want to discuss is which one has the best butt.

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As for today’s card, it’s good without the need to make whoopee sounds and looks like another day where Hong Kong’s D’Artagnan, Aramis and Portos (Portos???) will, once again, dominate proceedings with Moreira looking to have the slightly better book of rides.

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R1 BULLISH SMART

This should be the first winner of the day for Joao Moreira though I feel that Bullish Smart needs longer.

R2 LA COTE DE BLEU/COOL PAL/YOU AND M/OPTIMIZATION STAR

I get as twitchy as Lorde whenever David Hall puts “Plunge Jockey” Ben “Berio” So on any of his horses- even Optimazation Star.

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A pretty open race overall which I wouldn’t touch.

R3 FOREVER AHEAD/WORLD CITY/MAROON PRINCE/HURRY HURRY UP

With yet another stable move- and another move to Chris Ho, something happening with almost monotonous regularity- Forever Ahead might win for his new home in a race I can’t get excited about.

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As for Chris Ho, how many more horses will he be inheriting from John Size who seems to be getting rid of his low-class equine tenants.

R4 VERDANE/GREAT PEGASUS/GOLDLAND DANCER

Gawd knows!

R5 PRINCE OF SUNSHINE/MONEY WIN WINS/CHAMPION RANGER/SURROUNDED

One of those all-bother races.

R6 ISLAND GARDEN/VERA PEARL/WINNING PREMIUM

R7 STAG KNIGHT/EVER SHINY/TOP ACT/RIBOT LEGACY

Though the odds are that Stag Knight with Moreira up will start favorite, I won’t be at all surprised if Top Cat with Karis Teetan aboard takes this out- The Geriatric Healthcare Handicap- who NAMES these races???- after reports of a very VERY good trial following three months off due to a lameness issue after its last run.

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R8 KHAYA

Dougie Whyte and Johnny Size team up again, and today we’ll see how good Khaya really is. And if very good, we’ll see the Durban Demon stick to his new career strategy of quality not quantity and ensuring he stays aboard horses that have Group winning potential.

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R9 BOY OH BOY/ SICHUAN EXEC/WHY NOT

R10 FULL TALENT/NUMERO UNO

Two very progressive gallopers engaged here and it’s unfortunate that the Richard Gibson-trained Full Talent has drawn barrier 12, which might prove to be a big hurdle.

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If Dougie Whyte gives it one of his vintage rides and wins, well, the connections will have to thank old mate and racing legend- New Zealand Bloodstock’s Brent Thomson, below- for finding them this horse which won at 100 to 1 at its first start with Weichong Marwing aboard.

R11 GALLANT TRIUMPH/ SZECHUAN VIGOUR/WAH MAY STAR/LUCKY BONUS/

Interesting to see Tony Cruz replace Alvin Ng and book Howard Cheng for Wah May Star- a regular ride for the jockey when the horse was with its former stable for this, The Arthritis Handicap.

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Let’s just hope, Howard The Duck doesn’t drag it out to McDonald’s as he did on Wednesday with Ongoing Vitality which was a certainty beaten

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Can Wah May Star win?

Well, it’s been going close, but with no cigar since being moved to the Tony Cruz stable and the former champion jockey must be wounding if he’s run outta options and if Wah May Star might have peaked last season?

As always, it’s a good competitive race to end proceedings where, apart from those that will be in the market, remember this is a quartet race and the last legs of the Six Up and the third Double Trio where one should look at some value chances- like Lucky Bonus which the underrated Derek Leung is riding two pounds over and could run into the placings at big odds.

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BEST BET: R7 STAG KNIGHT/TOP ACT/EVER SHINY/RIBOT LEGACY (Stag Knight as the banker onto Ever Shiny, Top Hat and Ribot Legacy- quinella, tierce and quinella place)
NEXT BEST: R8 KHAYA
LONGSHOT: R11 LUCKY BONUS

Sarika’s Six Up and Quaddie

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R6: 2-3-4-8
R7: 7-8
R8: 7
R9: 2-5-7
R10: 2-3-9
R11: 11-13-14

QUADDIE (1)

R8: 7
R9: 2-5
R10: 3-9
R11: 5-11-14

Quaddie (2)

R8: 4-7-8
R9: 1-2-5-7
R10: 2-3-6-9-11
R11: 5-11-13-14

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 11, No. 11 Gallant Triumph
Luckless when blocked at his last two outings. Worth another chance.

SECOND BEST
Race 9, No. 2 Sichuan Exec
Drawn well and should get an ideal run just behind the speed. Rate highly.

LONGSHOT
Race 8, No. 6 Travel Brand
Pace the obvious query but will hit the line hard. Each-way.

QUADDIE
1,4,6,7 / 2,5 / 2,3,9 / 5,11. $50 for 104.16%.

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Today’s Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend 13.4.14

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SHA TIN (HKG)
Sun, 13/4/14
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Mixed-Turf (“C” Course/AWT)
Weather: Cloudy periods with fog in the morning and at night. Mainly fine during the day. The weather will be warm with a maximum temperature of around 28 degrees. Light winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: INNOVATIVE LEARNING FOR MEDICINE PLATE – GRIFFIN RACE 1000M
1 – Bullish Smart (1)
2 – Manipulation (6)
3 – Just Pleasant (5)
4 – Success And Gold (8)

Race 2: BRAIN HEALTH SERVICES HCP CL5 1400M
1 – Solar Dragon (3)
2 – La Cote De Blue (7)
3 – Record Again (5)
4 – Cool Pal (2)

Race 3: HEART SAFETY SCHOOL HCP CL4 1200M
1 – Hurry Hurry Up (8)
2 – Forever Ahead (4)
3 – World City (2)
4 – Maroon Prince (10)

Race 4: SPECIAL WHEELCHAIR BANK HCP CL4 1650M
1 – Verdane (3)
2 – Goldland Dancer (6)
3 – Joy Together (1)
4 – Oyster (8)

Race 5: COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE HCP CL5 1650M
1 – Infinite Courage (12)
2 – Prince Of Sunchine (10)
3 – Money Win Wins (11)
4 – Surrounded (2)

Race 6: THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB COMMUNITY TROPHY HCP CL4 1400M
1 – Island Garden (4)
2 – Mr Gourmet (2)
3 – Vara Pearl (8)
4 – Winning Dream (3)

Race 7: GERIATRIC HEALTHCARE HCP CL4 1200M
1 – Stag Knight (8)
2 – Naughty Baby (4)
3 – Master Sommelier (2)
4 – Lucky Scepter (3)

Race 8 (Q1): MEDICAL TRAINING HCP CL2 2200M
1 – Khaya (7)
2 – Wayfoong Express (8)
3 – Approve (2)
4 – Sunny King (4)

Race 9 (Q2): PRIMARY HEALTHCARE HCP CL3 1600M
1 – Boy Oh Boy (5)
2 – Why Not (7)
3 – Sichuan Exec (2)
4 – Starting Over (10)

Race 10 (Q3): HEALTH PROTECTION HCP CL3 1200M
1 – Numero Uno (3)
2 – Full Talent (9)
3 – Sparkling B (2)
4 – Lucky Day (10)

Race 11 (Q4): ARTHRITIS CARE HCP CL3 1400M
1 – Gallant Triumph (11)
2 – Geronimo Meadow (9)
3 – Sichuan Vigor (5)
4 – Wah May Star (2)

Best Bet
Race 11: Gallant Triumph (11)

Next Best
Race 10: Numero Uno (3)

Value Bet
Race 2: Solar Dragon (3) – Currently, $4.50/$2.10

Long Shot
Race 4: Oyster (8) – Currently, $10.00/$2.40

Quaddie ($100 get you 156%)
2.4.7.8
2.5.7.10
3.9
9.11

Six Up
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4.8
7
5.7
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PARTING SHOT

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THE SPINELESS MOODY BLUES ISSUE

CAN WE CO-MINGLE, DARLINGS?

THE SPINELESS MOODY BLUES ISSUE 1

There’s been a lot said and written about the co-mingling of wagering pools between different countries – most of it fair and reasonable.

Those misty eyed la la dreamers in racing – and, let’s face it, there’s plenty of them- who look to Co-mingling as an instant fix and a fast track to a Nirvana that can prop up the widening and worrying decline in wagering revenue to the racing industry, need to be plonked in an ice bath- shrinkage be damned- for as long as it takes for reality check to sink in.

THE SPINELESS MOODY BLUES ISSUE 2

Sure co-mingling will provide a quickie revenue boost on racing from a new source – that of another country- but the spike will be minimal in the grand scheme of the wagering landscape.

The real opportunity for Co-mingling to make a meaningful and significant contribution to the coffers of racing is in the longer term.

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Through Co-mingled pools, racing can create a unique global wagering product with a significant “win dividend” for those lucky- or smart- punters with a winning ticket or combination, irrespective of where they live in the world of racing.

The prize pool could be in the hundreds of millions – like a global lottery type wagering product – a “lotto” or “Mark Six” type wagering product that, evidence shows, works so well in the domestic markets of countries with such products.

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Writing this week, The South China Morning Post’s Alan Aitken was spot on when writing that an existing product like the Triple Trio if offered for co-mingling could resurrect the prize pool to its halcyon days and increase the participation and interest of punters in the co-mingled jurisdictions.

It’s what products like lotto and Hong Kong’s Mark Six are based on – the unambiguous hip pocket appeal of a relatively low-cost single ticket entry to the more expensive multiple entries.

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These lottery products keep growing from strength top strength with big pools being the carrot for life changing dividends.

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For racing, the dividends can be even greater.

A global-type product with massive mega million dollar pools and life changing dividends will, given human nature, transcend demographics, and create interest in racing by even those who fob the sport off as being irrelevant.

Heaven knows with all the well-documented doom and gloom with wagering trends in many racing markets, the sport needs as many saviours as it can get – short and long term- to push that ark out to new waters.

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Again it’s really up to racing administrators the world over to recognize the opportunity, think laterally and outside the square, put aside any petty and negative self- serving agendas and work as one.

Opportunity doesn’t often come knocking more than once in racing.

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MOODY BLUES AND RIDING HIS SEESAW WITHOUT HIS “SPINELESS COLLEAGUES”.

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We admire his unbridled passion and even went to bat for him when he first cut loose and whacked everyone in sight, but the more we went back and listened to that initial rant, it all dissipated into bizarre, irrational and comical mutterings from Peter Moody.

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Going on and on and on about the same thing has become b-o-r-i-n-g and is coming across as showboating or else someone “having a Howard Beale Moment”.

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We have one piece of advice for Pete: Get a locksmith to cut a set of keys for the gates at your Melbourne stables and give them over to the Stewards as quickly as Black Caviar’s unforgettable exploits down the Flemington straight in your adopted home town of Melbourne.

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Pete, if the response from the trainers and some of your Melbourne colleagues at the sales in Sydney is any guide, you’re making an arse of yourself by repeating and repeating about “lack of balls”, being “yellow”, being let down by the “spineless”, the keys to your kingdom, being the master of your domain..

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Mate, you’re the only man on the island, and don’t think that the shipwreck approaching you is going to provide you with any company.

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The problem for you, Pete, is that you have- again- not understood when to rein it in and when not to go on and on and on half-cocked- but with no one in the henhouse supporting your turn as racing’s Longhorn Foghorn.

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From what we hear, just about every major Melbourne trainer has provided Melbourne’s racing police with access to their stables to enable stewards to conduct stable inspections to wipe out any “cheats” in the industry down there in bleak city.

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Obviously- and faced with this uncomfortable and inconvenient truth- Moody took to the Melbourne airwaves of RSN on Wednesday morning, and slammed his “yellow” and “spineless colleagues” for failing to come out publicly in support of him. And he has been singing this same old song ever since.

Bad move, Pete.

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Who in heaven’s name is advising you, if indeed anyone is?

Tony Blair? Alfred E Neuman? Hulk Hogan?

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Slamming your colleagues who have privately expressed their support for you, but, for reasons best known to them, and, perhaps, very legitimately, have decided not to make public statements adding more flames to the fire you have lit of your own accord, is tres, tres ordinaire- and sounding more desperate than the most desperate housewife.

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Spraying bullets indiscriminately at your mates and colleagues like Tony Montana on Bolivian marching powder, says it all.

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Then, there was the personal and public attack on Melbourne Racing Club Chairman Mike Symons- your landlord at Caulfield- for backing the stewards policy, which doesn’t help either.

We don’t know Symons personally or as well as you do, but we know from his public utterances that he is a passionate racing person and a very smart racing administrator.

Does it matter that he wears Armani shoes or suits?

Don’t the majority of your “big” owners fit into that category?

Or are you going to check the maker of your client’s clothing attire before taking them on?

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So why the sudden theatrics and hysterics, Pete?

It’s all become tiresome and as meaningless as Barbara Billingsley talking jive. Hmmmm.

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Didn’t you handle the “Chinese whispers” being spread by your former “bestie” with the contempt they deserved by refusing to speak publicly on his betrayal?

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So what’s REALLY going on right here and now, Pete?

Surely, you have nothing to hide by allowing the racing police access to your stables just like most of your fellow leading trainers have done?

Mate, you are not and have never, ever been above the laws of racing.

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If you have a problem accepting that simple principle, then being a licensed person is not for you.

If you can’t sign up to a level playing field, then don’t expect the regulators to make an exception for you because you “once trained Black Caviar”.

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And please don’t give us that pathetic bullshit through the media about how much you have done for racing.

Does this mean that you should be treated differently when it comes to a level playing field?

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Imagine if you put on such a hissy fit in Hong Kong where we reckon you would still like to train: You’d be riding off singing Vaya Con Dios or that great Moody Blues’ classic called Go Now.

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Pete, like many in racing, we, too, are sick and tired of the petty politics being played and which is holding the industry back and only helping it go backwards. And as for playing politics, you are way out of your league.

You have neither the intellect nor guile to play politics- and the more you play the martyr, the more you come across as Martha and one has to wonder if it only makes the hole deeper.

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To use a cricketing analogy, you are a backyarder, mate- and a bloody bad one at that.

Pete, you left kindergarten a long time ago and to use terminology which you should understand, stop fucking sooking and concentrate on training winners – Group Ones at that as those halcyon days of Black Caviar are part of a very distant memory in the racing world where one is only as good as their last winner.

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CHAMPIONSHIPS ATTRACT A QUALITY PROGRAM.

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It would be a cruel blow to racing in NSW if crowds did not vote with their feet at Randwick on Saturday and the “house full” sign did not go up.

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Randwick during the Easter carnival glory days attracted crowds in excess of 40,000 with nowhere near as good fields and races as this Saturday has to offer.

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Hopefully the weather gods will be kind as well so there just should not be any excuses – not even that amateurish and embarrassing excuse for an advertising campaign for the event.

The worrying signs went up at Rosehill over the past three Saturdays when attendances of 8,000, 10,000 and 20,000 last Saturday attended the Golden Slipper festival.

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The racing and quality of fields were “A” grade and yet crowds stayed away in droves.

You have to feel for the ATC and for racing in NSW.

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But the “buzz” in Sydney this week is all about the Championships, and we just hope it translates into a bumper crowd to see some of Australia’s best horses and jockeys and trainers do battle for glory on the hallowed Randwick turf.

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Let’s also hope that the ugly sight of horses and jockeys zig zagging in the home straight- desperately looking for better ground- as they did at Rosehill over the past few Saturdays like Mr Bean’s Oompah Loompahs is not repeated at Randwick.

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WHERE TO NOW, TVN?

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The news that TVN and Sky have reached a deal for the rights to broadcast the Championships on-line, comes as no surprise.

The push from the Sydneysiders on the TVN Board would have been irresistible.

But the bigger and more pertinent question, is when, if ever, is there going to be a permanent and workable solution to this unmitigated mess and disaster?

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The resolution of the media rights issue between Sky and TVN was supposed to have been negotiated and bedded down nearly two years ago.

The Oz racing industry has continued to be derided and has, effectively, made itself look unprofessional and with a sad Yes, Minister sycophantic image to it where those in their ivory towers and send out their stormtroopers to spread their messages of hope.

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Surrounded by a dysfunctional Board riddled by interstate rivalries and boundaries, it has allowed a power struggle to transcend the good of the racing industry. And that is unforgivable.

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With racing in Oz having its back firmly against the wall, financially, and severely embarrassed and shamed by recent reports that the AFL is already planning to auction of its broadcast rights for the next period well in excess of the billion dollars that it currently receives, the racing industry continues to tolerate a stalemate that should never have been allowed to remain unresolved for so long.

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Yes, it only reinforces how abysmally unprofessional the Australian racing industry is.

Worse still, it will be a topic of conversation at next month’s Asian Racing Conference, and will reinforce the perception in other racing nations of just how fucking political, petty, dysfunctional and one-dimensional Australian racing is- faction ridden- and faction riddled because, ironically, of its not-so-great leaders, and is not the role model that it deludes itself that it is.

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TIPS, ATV, FUNG SHUI AND WHO WILL REPLACE FRANK DANIELS

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

A SHOT IN THE DARK

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We’re still in the dark as to why when interviews and replays are mentioned- at least in English- during the ‘live’ broadcasts, audiences watching the races on ATV Home or ATV World see NONE of these and makes things come across like the sound of one hand clapping.

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We tweeted our Amigos at the HK Racing Team twitter team asking if they could enlighten us about the reasons for this “Basil Fawlty”, but, as usual, our question was greeted by a roaring silence.

So much for “social engagement”.

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Then again, perhaps this is all news to them, too, and with The Amigos being even more on the dark side of the moon than us and where ignorance is bliss?

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As we also keep hearing that when ATV’s two terrestrial channels have to cut these ‘live’ broadcasts for the Main News and the running of the last race is left up in the air, and audiences are told to “switch to ATV Asia”, we asked an Executive with the station, where in the world is this channel- and is it astral traveling with Carmen Santiago?

His answer: “We have an Asia World channel? Really?”

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ATV Home, ATV World, ATV Digital, ATV Asia, Oy Tea Wee. Oh, well, one more reason to just go to the races, see things with our own eyes, and not bother disturbing those asleep at the wheel.

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SCHUTZ, A NAME CHANGE AND FUNG SHUI.

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We used to laugh at owner John Yuen chopping and changing trainers for his champion miler Good Ba Ba on the advice of his fung shui master- and then cried when the poor horse “retired” from racing, only to pop up in Macau and to be trained by Brother Gary Moore before being sent off to race in Oz as a rising 11-year-old. Mercifully, Good Ba Ba was finally retired.

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Andreas Schutz was on the receiving end of many of the stable shuffling in Hong Kong, and it now looks as if the German trainer has been listening to Yuen as, after tonight’s race meeting, he officially changes his Chinese surname.

With him facing a Stewards enquiry into a prohibitive substance found in one of his horses, guess some good fung shui might come in handy. Or, perhaps, he’s hoping his hair grows back.

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Two of the non-events of racing happened over the weekend- commingling in Hong Kong with the US where the turnover from there was chump change and another of those pointless fucking exhibition race meetings in Mainland China- Chengdu, to be precise- and this one brought to the world by Sheikh Mo’s Dubai Racing Club.

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Horses ran, jockeys we’ve never heard of won the races, prizes were pots and pans and that was it- no follow up, some piffle about “a breakthrough” in the quarantine controls and none the wiser about anything, other than, giving Sheikh Mo some satisfaction to kinda quell his magnificent obsession to be involved with racing in China.

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The most interesting thing about this event involves who will replace Frank Daniels, Chief Executive of the Dubai Racing Club, with quite a few mentioning a name from the HKJC- proof positive that the racing world’s talent pool is a very tiny one where the same old names are trotted out to play a tiresome game of creaky musical chairs while paid big bucks for being ineffective Yes, Minister People.

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THE FAST TRACKER FEELS GOOD! SO GOOD! I GOT YOU! UHHHH!

Of course, apart from the facile wins of Able Friend and Divine Ten, the talk of Sunday after the races at Shatin had to do with the argy bargy between jockeys Neil Callan and Eddie Lai during race eight and with each copping suspensions of five and seven days, respectively.

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Too harsh? Hmmm, perhaps, and which is why Neil Callan, who looked like a victim of circumstances, will appeal at the severity of his five-day enforced holiday.

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As for Eddie Lai, who has been suspended for similar offenses, one really has to wonder about his future as a jockey as his only strong suit appears to be riding sprinters for trainer Gary Ng, but tends to lose his fine motor skills in races over 1000 metres and when his navigational skills have a certain Mr Bean quality to them.

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As for tonight’s races, with yesterday’s showers, there should be a fair amount of cushion to the track and which just MIGHT make the going on the inside akin to drowning in quicksand.

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As for the chances of jockeys, Magic Moreira is back and should bang home a winner or two, but Zac Purton and Dougie Whyte also have strong winning on one of the better Happy Valley cards with some good betting races.

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R1 GREAT RUN/EXCEL ONESELF/YAT DING WIN

One of those rare instances where one can have a bet on the first race with some degree of confidence instead of going walkies to bump into the Ole Ole Brazilian Samba Dancers at the Beer Garden. Well, maybe I can do both. Hell, I SHALL do both.

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R2 GOLD TARTINI/STARLIT WARRIOR/MOBILE KING/CHAMPION

Gold Tartini could be The Magic Man’s first win since his return after a three-day suspension- but this is a small horse and going up in the weights.

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I’ll take it on with Starlit Warrior, Mobile King and Champion Ranger taking a class drop and apprentice Dickie Lui’s claim making it the interesting runner.

R3 SPEEDY GONZALES/KEY WITNESS

Good old Speedy has taken its time to find the winning post, but once it did for Joao Moreira, there has been no looking back.

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With Zac Purton up tonight as he had at its last-start win, it’s sure to be in the money and will go close again though I am leaning more towards the very progressive Key Witness.

R4 FIGHTING BOY/LUCKY HAMMER/NAVEL ORANGE

One thing to bear in mind is that Lucky Hammer’s wins in Oz were with blinkers on and they FINALLY go in this race in Hong Kong.

R5 OWNERS GLORY/ONGOING VOLATILITY/FLYING IN

A tough nut to crack with plenty having place chances in the middle leg of the Triple Trio where I see Ongoing Volatility winning for Howard Cheng and his loyal supporters in the owners of this horse.

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R6 HOLMES LEGEND/FORMULA WON/GOOD GOOD VIEW

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R7 REDWOOD BABY/SMART BALL/DASHING SUPER

R8 BRAVENESS/BUNDLE OF LOVE/CHARITY SPIRIT

A buffet of sprinters and all with Happy Valley form. This could be The Charge Of The Light Brigade to bring down the curtain with a mighty, Heigh Ho, Silver,Awaaaaay!

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BEST BET: R3 KEY WITNESS
NEXT BEST: R5 ONGOING VOLATILITY
LONGSHOT: R7 DASHING SUPER

SARIKA’S SIX UP

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R3- 6
R4- 1,2,5,7
R5- 2,4,7,9,11
R6- 3
R7- 12
R8- 4,5,6,11

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Tonight’s Selections for Happy Valley from Third Dividend

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HAPPY VALLEY (HKG)
Wed, 9/4/14
Night Races @HKJC_Racing
Turf (“B” Course-Worked Back)
Weather: Mainly cloudy. Coastal fog in the morning and at night. Sunny intervals during the day. The maximum temperature will be about 24 degrees. Light to moderate easterly winds.
Source: http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Race 1: ARBUTHNOT HCP CL4 1200M
1 – Yat Ding Win (6)
2 – Great Run (2)
3 – Excel Oneself (11)
4 – Creative Union (7)

Race 2: CAINE HCP CL5 1800M
1 – Gold Tartini (3)
2 – Mobile King (4)
3 – Starlit Warrior (11)
4 – Secretary Of State (7)

Race 3: D’AGULAR HCP CL3 1200M
1 – Key Witness (6)
2 – Speedygonzalez (1)
3 – Medic Swordsman (12)
4 – Nordic One (7)

Race 4: OLD BAILEY HCP CL4 (SPECIAL CONDITION) 1650M
1 – Rising Power (10)
2 – Navel Orange (7)
3 – Fighting Boy (5)
4 – Fortune Bravo (11)

Race 5 (Q1): ON LAN HCP CL4 1800M
1 – Happy Centenary (5)
2 – Owners’ Glory (9)
3 – Superking Dragon (12)
4 – Helene Fun Star (1)

Race 6 (Q2): THE SPORTS CLUB DIAMOND JUBILEE CHALLENGE CUP CL3 1650M
1 – Holmes Legend (3)
2 – Formula One (9)
3 – Invictus (8)
4 – Good Good View (10)

Race 7 (Q3): WYNDHAM HCP CL3 1650M
1 – Redwood Baby (12)
2 – Smart Ball (8)
3 – Royal Partner (4)
4 – Trump (2)

Race 8 (Q4): STAUNTON HCP CL2 1000M
1 – Bundle Of Joy (11)
2 – Beauty Sparkle (2)
3 – Charity Spirit (4)
4 – Caga Force (9)

Best Bet
Race 7: Redwood Baby (12)

Next Best
Race 2: Gold Tartini (3)

Value Bet
Race 4: Rising Power (10) – Currently, $6.30/$2.10

Long Shot
Race 8: Caga Force (9) – Currently, $9.50/$2.80

Quaddie ($100 get you 39%)
1.5.9.12
3.8.9.10
2.4.8.12
2.4.9.11

Six Up
6
5.7.10
5.9
3.9
12
2.11

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SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)

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BEST BET
Race 3, No. 6 Key Witness
Was blocked for a run in the straight before finishing strongly last time. The one to beat.

SECOND BEST
Race 6, No. 9 Formula Won
Rattled home to just miss at Sha Tin. Can open account.

LONGSHOT
Race 5, No. 12 Superking Dragon
Rock hard fit and racing well. Sure to give a bold sight.

QUADDIE
2,8,9,12 / 3,9,10 / 4,8,12 / 4,6,9,11. $50 for 34.72%.

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PARTING SHOT

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