Well said and spot on the money. I have had both the pleasure of meeting Joao and watching him ride in HK and Australia. In this cynical world it is hard not to believe racing has a genuine global superstar. And yes I backed him in every race the night he rode 8 in Singapore but funnily enough sometimes it is not about the money. I’m not ashamed to admit that a few of my mates & I have “stalked” him from Sydney, Newcastle, Happy Valley to Sha Tin – this is the spell he can put on the average racing fan. I was a HK racing tragic before Magic started waving his wand in Hong Kong and it has only confirmed that, along with the other first class jockeys and trainers, the HKJC is the “Premier League of Racing”. We are doing our best to spread the word and get the myopic Australian punter to open their eyes, turn on and tune in to HK racing every Sunday evening to watch history in the making.
Magic Man Love
The Brazilian Magic Man might have equalled the record of riding six winners at one race meeting. But his sextet at Shatin on Sunday further underlined the fact that this brilliant Brazilian jockey is in a league of his own.
There’s Them, and then there’s Him. And when Them includes such outstanding and successful champion jockeys as Douglas Whyte and Zac Purton, it makes Joao Moreira’s accomplishments far more significant.
Posted in casper fownes, DAVID FERRARIS, DOUGLAS WHYTE, HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, The horse racing industry, Tony Cruz
Tagged Douglas Whyte, HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE, Hong Kong Jockey Premiership, Joao Moreira, Longines International Week, Shatin racecourse, Zac Purton
HORSE RACING AND GORILLAZ WARFARE
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.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, brett prebble, casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, GERARD MOSSE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, JOHN SIZE, The horse racing industry, www.fasttrack.hk, zac purton
Tagged Bill Burnett, Blake Shinn, Brent Thomson, Brett Prebble, Chris Munce, DAMIEN OLIVER, Danny Brereton, Danny Nikolic, Darren Beadman, Dwayne Dunn, Gary Moore, geoff lane, GLEN BOSS, Glyn Pretty, GORILLAZ, Greg Hall, happy wednesday, HKJC, Hughie Bowman, KEVIN MOSES, Leon Fox, Mark DeMontfort, MARK RILEY, Mark Zahra, Mauritian jockey, Michael Rodd, Mosse, Nash Rawiller, Neil Callan, Nick Ryan, Nooresh Juglall, Olivier Doleuze, Peter Leyshan, Peter Miers, Randwick, Ray Setches, Rod Staples, Shane Dye, Stephen Baster, Steven King, Tye Angland
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.
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”.
Posted in DOUGLAS WHYTE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, JOHN SIZE
Tagged David Blaine, Douglas Whyte, GARY STEVENS, happy valley, HKJC, hong kong horse racing, Joao Moreira, Jockey Premierships, John Moore, John Size, Most popular jockey in Hong Kong, NATHAN TINKLER, The Magic Man Joao Moreira, Zac Purton
THAT OLD WHYTE MAGIC…
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.
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.
Posted in casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, GERARD MOSSE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN SIZE, The horse racing industry
Tagged Able Friend, Beauty Only, Chairman’s Sprint, Christophe Soumillon, DARREN FLINDELL, Douglas Whyte, Fownes Caspar, Giant Treasure, Gold-Fun, Joao Moreira, John Size, Karis Teetan, Luger, Neil Callan, PAN SUTONG, Peniaphobia, Romantic Touch, Shane Dye, The Obliterator, Tony Cruz
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.
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.
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).