By Hans Ebert
Some of the natives were getting restless on Sunday. The usual May Day protests- this time against parallel goods traders- were about to get into full swing until it was aborted at the last minute. These days, organised protests in Hong Kong that, too often, deteriorate into organised chaos is something of an everyday occurrence in a very fractured city waiting for someone or something to put Humpty Dumpty together again.
What’s always extraordinary to many who live here is that horse racing continues as if in some parallel universe. At Shatin on Sunday, it was about two different kinds of imports- the equine kind where two of the best horses in the world competed on the eleven race card.
By now, the devastating win of Australia’s Chautauqua to come from the clouds- some watching the race on television didn’t even see the Team Hawkes-trained and Tommy Berry-ridden champion descend on its hapless rivals until it had crossed the line- to take out the Group One Chairman’s Sprint. Berry is at one with the horse as he is with Hong Kong’s Designs On Rome, and his timing- his ability to temper his own excitement and time his run to perfection- must be applauded.