THE ANTI-CHANNEL 7 AND “BUFF-HEADED SYCOPHANTS” EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Mitch writes:

I am sick to death of Racing Vic serving me up Ch7 as an alternative to Real Racing Coverage.

I bet and support this industry just about every day, and to thank me for helping to put on the show they wait until the biggest and best racing of the Spring and BLACK IT OUT until the race is OVER.

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TIME FOR SOME IN HK RACING TO GET OFF THEIR HIGH HORSES

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Hypocrisy and phoniness are, of course, rampant in every aspect of life, though it has to be said that the world of horse racing does a very good job of sticking its neck out and often winning the photo finish in these Stakes.

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In the very rich goldfish bowl that is Hong Kong, and with all roads paved in gold, hypocrisy is part of every industry with real friendships an endangered species. Add to this, envy, suspicion, and in horse racing circles, a laughable sense of entitlement arises.

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COMMENTS OF THE DAY

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Annette Oliver:

In relation to “new’ synthetic or all weather tracks…………..why would RNSW build anything new now when even basic maintenance of tracks has been avoided at all costs for as long as they have been in control of Racing. When trainers at metro, provincial and country tracks are all screaming that the facilities for racing and training have regressed to an embarrassing stage something is wrong. Saying so publicly gets you sanctioned by RNSW. The laughable “5 million infrastructure fund” in the strategic plan is laughable. The courses across NSW have been allocated 5 million for improvements when 5 million per course is more like what is needed after decades of neglect. In the same strategic plan 2 million is allocated for a quarantine centre for “the Championships” so it is obvious what is important to RNSW and that it is not serious about even starting to fix the major problems facing racing in NSW. Of course real integrity and transparency across the whole of the governing body is required first………………we are not racing this weekend because despite over a week of fine weather the main country track in our region which has had no maintenance since it’s last meeting has been deemed a hazard to horses and jockeys by those who ride there.

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THE KUNTA OF AN ISSUE

WASHOUTS HOLDING RACING TO RANSOM IN NSW

THE KUNTA OF AN ISSUE 1

The spate of abandoned race meetings in NSW – washed out by the Big Wet which has continued since early Autumn- has again highlighted the bloody-minded and illogical mindset of Racing NSW in relation to the installation of synthetic and all-weather tracks.

THE KUNTA OF AN ISSUE 2

Where in Victoria, their Polytrack surface at the newly established Pakenham and Pro-Ride at Geelong has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of abandoned race meetings, in NSW, owners, trainers, jockeys and the wagering revenue and returns to the industry are held to ransom with the categorical refusal by those in their Druitt Street fortress to embrace the realities facing so many aspects of racing and bite the bullet and install one or two synthetic and all weather surfaces in appropriate regions in NSW to waterproof its racing industry from losing vital race meetings.

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THE “RACING NSW BE AFRAID. VERY AFRAID!” EMAIL OF THE DAY

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“Participant” writes:

RACING NSW BE AFRAID. VERY AFRAID!

Yes it’s a massive punch on the nose for the Laurel and Hardy duo in charge of Racing NSW – “Conflict of Interest” Messiah and his odious CEO “He Who Must Not Be Named”.

The NSW government budget announced yesterday that the additional funds from bringing the effective tax rate into parity with Victoria would not simply be handed over to the gruesome twosome to continue their obscene quest to constantly increase prizemoney and make racing in NSW even more elitist than it is now.

“He Who Must Not Be Named” has of course moaned as usual to his paid mouthpiece the Daily Telegraph, but for many of us in the racing industry in NSW who have had one on one discussions with the very impressive Racing Minister and Deputy Premier Troy Grant, this decision comes as no surprise.

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THE GREAT SAM KAVANAGH TWITTER WAR

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IT STARTED TODAY WITH THIS RETWEET

SAM KAVANAGH

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This led to something of a resigned, “Ok, now just go away…”

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CONTENT, WOBBLE HEADS AND RACING’S BIG GLOBAL PICTURE

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Often you need to step outside that restricting box or square or lazy comfort zone to ensure that insular thinking, aided and abetted by all those lemmings and toadies buzzing around, hasn’t resulted in navel gazing. Think of it as a vacation away from yourself in order to see things from a new perspective.

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In any industry, there comes a time when there’s a need to sing, “Don’t follow leaders and watch your parking meters”. Even if you’re a leader.

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THE BARE ARSED MURKY FONC ISSUE

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NSW COBALT SAGA GETS EVEN MORE MURKY (IF THAT’S POSSIBLE)

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Yesterday’s hearings into the Sam Kavanagh, pictured below, cobalt positives got into even more murky territory with the level of sensational evidence and allegations making even the most rational and tolerant persons in racing in Oz question the worth of having a passing interest in the sport.

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WHEN THE BUT PEOPLE MET HAPPY WEDNESDAY

A contemporary fairy tale inspired by one too many steps beyond

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The problem with the But People who lived underground in the outskirts of a remote area to the left of Nowhere Land Man, and known as Buthole was that they always started their sentences with a Big But, which meant everything they said had a Big But to it.

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If the sky was blue, they’d look up and say, “But it will soon turn grey.” If a nanu moment of happiness entered their lives, they’d ask themselves, “But how long will it last before the sadness comes again?” You get the drift…

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ABLE FRIEND, HONG KONG AND NEVER KNOWING UNTIL ONE TRIES

When the SARS outbreak- Severe Acute Respiratory System- brought Hong Kong to a standstill and dark clouds hung over the city, a horse played a role in offering people- not only racing fans- a glimmer of hope every time it ran. That horse was Silent Witness and the year was 2003. He was our cheer leader, mascot and good fung shui symbol rolled into one.

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Hong Kong today is being pummelled from all sides- an angry city divided between political parties with their own agendas while those on the periphery watch things unfold with suspicion and derision as dirty tricks come into play with the common enemy being greedy landlords playing their own games, the former colonial rulers who took much before leaving in 1997, while a young generation, not born with silver spoons in their mouths, and unhappy with what they’ve inherited, try to do their best to move the firm goalposts. Add to this, the anxiety over the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) crisis, and the discovery yesterday of a local terrorist bomb plot to cause mayhem during this week’s Legislative Council debate on political reform.

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