THE EINSTEIN ISSUE

COBALT CLOUDS HOVER OVER NSW

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Not even the heart-stopping four-way finish to the Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday or Lankan Rupee’s walloping of Deep Field in the Lightning in Melbourne could detract from the topic du jour of possible Cobalt positives returned by horses trained by some big names in Sydney.

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The word on the street in sin city is that the authorities are bracing for implementing crisis management and damage control measures before names are made public and racing is, yet again,!dragged on to the front pages and leads the electronic bulletins for all the wrong reasons.

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THE HAPPY WINSDAY GORILLAZ WARFARE ISSUE

HORSE RACING AND GORILLAZ WARFARE

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There’s A Tale Of Two Cities, and, hopefully, this can be a Tale Of Two Brands (and one band) that can take horse racing, via the HKJC’s successful Happy Wednesday brand, to boldly go where no other racing club has gone before.

Then again, the HKJC is not just another racing club whereas Gorillaz is not just anothe ome background…

The horse racing industry is in turmoil rocked by simple economics of scale, and a sport desperately needing the kiss of life if it is ever going to remove the shackles that keeps it pigeon-holed in its tiny and insular space. That is, except in Hong Kong where, because of the HKJC’s unique business model as a racing club and a charitable organisation, it is much more than just another racing club.

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THE MAGIC OF JOAO MOREIRA

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When Joao Moreira made that surprise landing in Hong Kong in late 2013 with his “Magic Man” label, racing fans in the city knew that here was a very successful jockey, but few knew just how special he was.

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There were, of course, many in Singapore who had been singing his praises from the time he arrived there from Brazil in 2009, but as with most anything to do with the Lion City is concerned, Hong Kong Belongers have a history of not taking anything and anyone from there seriously- the city’s television industry, its music industry, the nightlife, the fashion. Apart from its Sarong Party Girls, everything has always been dismissed as “Singapore-lah”.

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THE HIDDEN AGENDAS ISSUE

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THE VERY WELL BRIEFED PATRICK BARTLEY.

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He’s got to be one of those journos who has well and truly slipped under the radar. Until now that is. Patrick Bartley, has been one of those guys whose byline is generally not associated with investigative journalism like many of his highly acclaimed Fairfax media colleagues. But that has all changed. With a dual “cause celebre” – the TVN and cobalt sagas- Bartley has revealed two very different sides to his journalism. His reporting on the cobalt saga is excellent with some well researched stories laced with informed veterinary science opinion.

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WHYTE, SIZE AND ONE LESS AMIGO

THAT OLD WHYTE MAGIC…

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Don’t cry for me, Argentina, and no matter what it might have looked like on the surface, and before the turn of events after Sunday’s races, no one should have been feeling sorry for Douglas Whyte about what some were saying: The jockey “losing” the rides on splash-for-cash zillionaire owner Pan Sutong.

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As everyone knows, Douglas Whyte plays to win. Even when he loses, he, somehow, appears on the right side of the ledger. It’s how he rolls.

No, the thirteen-time champion jockey had not “lost” the rides on Pan Sutong’s Gold-Fun and Obliterator.

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TAKE IT ON THE SHINN, PETER ROBL!

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It’s always admirable when friends stick up for friends, but the recent Mount Vesuvius of tweets from former jockey Peter Robl, known to many as a genuinely nice guy, almost demanding to know why his bon ami and brother-in-arms, Blake Shinn has not been licensed to ride in Hong Kong, are not only misguided, they have probably short-circuited whatever chance the very talented and, recently, extremely successful Sydney-based jockey, whose praises we have been singing for over a year, ever had of riding in the city.

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THE “SHOW ME THE MONEY, ATC” EMAIL

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The most fascinating question at the moment is where is the money going? In the 2010 RNSW Strategic Plan there were some great ideas and there were wonderful plans for training centres of excellence and $70 million that was to be spent – the implication being state wide, not just on a (not so) grandstand at Randwick – to improve facilities. Five years later, especially in the country, “Centres of Excellence” are a non-existent dream that have been revisited in the 2014 Strategic Plan, with $3 million missing from the original budget and no dates mentioned for when any work will start. The wonderful current budget is said to put aside $5 million for the state wide “Ifrastructure Investment Program” while providing more than three times that for “The Championships”. The $8 million Quarantine facility – to help ensure at least some the largesse of The Championships heads overseas – should reassure NSW trainers battling dangerous facilities that RNSW has their and their owners interests at heart. Can’t imagine why there are less and less runners and horses being bred when the lessening of costs to owners and improving training facilities, clearly identified as already a problem in 2010, has not been addressed 5 years later.

 

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DEAR ATC CHAIRMAN…JAMES MATHERS WRITES

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Dear Chairman

Firstly let me congratulate you on your re-election as Chairman of the ATC. Judging by your personal and multiple retweets of the ATC media release relating to your election I assume you are very pleased and honoured to again be Chairman.

Perhaps more importantly at this time I would like to refocus you on the NSW government grant of some $24.2 million to be expended on Rosehill Gardens which you will recall was granted and conditional upon the merger of the AJC and STC. I refer specifically to my email to the racingbitch of 7 October 2014 where I advised that after interest received this amount of the grant should be at least $27.5 million (now around $28 million).

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PLANETS, HALLS, LANES, AND RAMMING WITH THE FAST TRACKER

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THE INSIDE TRACK

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HONG KONG AND A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH PLANET RACING?

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By having a “United Nations of Racing” competing every race day- riders from South Africa, Italy, France, Belgium, Mauritius, Australia, Ireland, and Hong Kong- the Hong Kong Jockey Club has a strong USP that can be used to promote everything from the Jockey Challenge to race days while being a still under-utilised magnet to new sponsors.

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THE HARD HITTING ISSUE

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COBALT DEFENCE JUST GOT EVEN HARDER.

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Reading Patrick Bartley’s article on the website of Melbourne Fairfax daily The Age clearly lays bare the herculean, if not impossible, task facing the defence of the cobalt positives, which have rocked racing, not just in bleak city, but in every other State in Australia, and caused more than just ripples of concern in international racing jurisdictions.

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