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.
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.
Posted in brett prebble, casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, GERARD MOSSE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, The horse racing industry, Tony Cruz, zac purton
Tagged Able Friend, Bob Burns, Danny Brereton, Danny Nikolic, DARRYL HOLLAND, Douglas Whyte, Gary Moore, Gérald Mossé, James Neal, Jimmy Quinn, Joao Moreira, Kieran Fallon, Michael Bastion, Nigel Tiley, Peter Miers, Philip Robinson, Rod Turvey, Roy Edwards, Shane Warne, TIM CLARK, Zac Purton
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.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing, Racing NSW, The horse racing industry, Victorian Racing Club
Tagged ATC, Australian Hotels Association, James Mather, RNSW, Tabcorp, TVN, Victorian racing
WASHOUTS HOLDING RACING TO RANSOM IN NSW
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.
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.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing, Peter V'landys, Racing NSW, The horse racing industry, Victorian Racing Club
Tagged Luke Foley, PATRICK MACNEE, Racing NSW, Seven West Media, Sky Channel, Tabcorp, The Avengers, Troy Grant, Victorian racing
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.
IT STARTED TODAY WITH THIS RETWEET
This led to something of a resigned, “Ok, now just go away…”
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.
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.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, brett prebble, casper fownes, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOHN MOORE, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged Andy Suborics, BMW and horse racing, Chad Schofield, Damien Lane, Francesca Cumani, Gai Waterhouse, Gary Moore, Gérald Mossé, Longines and horse racing, Olivier Doleuze, Pharoah, ROYAL ASCOT, Ryan Moore, Tom Quealy
NSW COBALT SAGA GETS EVEN MORE MURKY (IF THAT’S POSSIBLE)
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.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing, Racing NSW, The horse racing industry
Tagged Julian Sullivan, Michael Burn, Mike Baird, NSW racing, Racing NSW, Ray Murrihy, SAM KAVANAGH, Simon Love, Troy Grant, VRC
A contemporary fairy tale inspired by one too many steps beyond
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.
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…
Posted in Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, HAPPY WEDNESDAY
Tagged happy wednesday, Big But, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Golden Slumbers, Itchycoo Park, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, The Appsters, The But People, Waterloo Sunsets
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.
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.
Posted in casper fownes, DOUGLAS WHYTE, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged Able Friend, Caspar Fownes, Douglas Whyte, Joao Moreira, Maxime Guyon, Queen Anne Stakes, ROYAL ASCOT, Silent Witness, Solow, Tony Cruz, Zac Purton