By Hans Ebert
Sunday at Sha Tin was the big curtain raiser
To Hong Kong International Week in December
And though these are still early days
There was plenty of everything
for everyone to remember
The Gnasher left many shaken and stirred
When he kept Mr Stunning away from the
roadblocks happening to his inside
Lucky bubbles popped and burst all around
As Mr Stunning, Amazing Kids and DB Pins
raced away with the Jockey Club Sprint prize
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, The horse racing industry
Tagged HK Racing, HKIJC, HKIR, HKJC, Hong Kong, John Moore, Mr Stunning, Seasons Bloom, Werther
I find myself pausing a little these days. Today I ask the question as to what is the horse racing business in Australia? What is it?
Is it just the Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival, The Everest, the Championships, the Golden Slipper or is it a lot more ?
My racing and thoroughbred experience has been learned through being involved horses and racing in Australia, primarily New South Wales. I have little experience or knowledge of the thoroughbred horse industry and racing in other countries.
By Hans Ebert
For an eight race card on a pretty grey evening on Wednesday night, turnover of over HK$1.2m- an increase of over 10 percent from the same meeting last year- and attendance of over 20,000 might be impressive to those who deal in facts and figures.
For the regulars- a very international group of largely millennials- who attend a Happy Wednesday race meeting at Happy Valley Racecourse, what really matters is seeing the stars of the show up close and personal- the riders and the horses. This is their introduction to horse racing. It’s what makes them feel welcome. And so last night when jockey Zac Purton trotted his horse to the 1650 metres start before the last race, made the time to stop in front of the crowd lined up along the side of the famous Beer Garden and have a brief chat with them, this was a major highlight.
Posted in HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, The horse racing industry
Tagged Adrenaline, goracinghk, HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE, happy wednesday, HK Racing, Joao Moreira, Trip Advisor, Zac Purton
This afternoon at Sha Tin looks like being the platform for the Joao Moreira and Karis Teetan Show with us backing the Mauritian Magician to take out the Jockey Challenge.
This season, the very popular Teetan has certainly come of age. And though we’re still to see him win taking inside runs, when he pulls his rides out wide, they seem to sprout wings, come from the clouds and run down anything in their way. A winner is a winner and Karis Teetan looks all set to join Joao Moreira and Zac Purton as part of Team Hong Kong at the December Hong Kong International Jockeys Competition at Happy Valley.
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged HKJC, Hong Kong, Horse racing, Joao Moreira, Jockey Challenge, Karis Teetan, Zac Purton