Category Archives: Australian horse racing industry

JAMES MATHERS WRITES IN ABOUT HIS BEAUTIFUL DREAM FOR CANTERBURY RACECOURSE

I went to bed earlier this week somewhat confused. I was having difficulty understanding the ATC’s decision to spend about $3 million on a synthetic track at Canterbury racecourse, a racecourse where the only horses trained are those in quarantine….only … Continue reading

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PETER V’LANDYS AND HORSE RACING’S OWN GAME OF THRONES

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It’s taken a long and winding whirlybird route to get to where it is now. From being a copy of America’s Pegasus race, and through numerous changes that continue today, Peter V’landys, the Racing NSW supremo, … Continue reading

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THE AUSTRALIAN CHINESE JOCKEY CLUB: THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD?

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk This might surprise those who talk and write about “gambling mad Asians,” but not all Chinese- and Chinese are Chinese and don’t even consider themselves Asians- get weak in the knees to be part of horse … Continue reading

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James Mathers on the leadership issues affecting racing in Australia

Dear Hans Thank you for your very good article on leadership in the racing industry published last Friday. An outstanding article. In recent days, I have been pilloried on Twitter because of my criticism of the lack of leadership in … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS AND KNOWING THE ART OF RESTRAINT

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Australian sporting fans are probably the most patriotic and rabid in the world. Sometimes, there’s a tendency to go a tad overboard where even when their team has lost, especially at cricket, they’ve “won” because the … Continue reading

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TIME FOR SOME EXECUTIVE ACTION, RACING CLUBS…

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk There’s a wonderful recording by the late Billy Preston, the only musician to be credited on a Beatles recording- he played keyboards on “Get Back”- called “That’s The Way God Planned It” and which is on … Continue reading

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THE DAZZLING COMEBACK OF DARREN BEADMAN

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It would be an understatement to say that many of us worried for Darren Beadman when, in 2012 in Hong Kong, a shocking fall off a horse that collapsed during a barrier trial, called time on … Continue reading

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THE RACE FOR LEADERSHIP IN RACING IN AUSTRALIA

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Racing writer Shane Anderson recently tried his hand at writing a satirical piece on Peter V’landys, the CEO of Racing New South Wales, and seen by many as the Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Willy Wonka, and … Continue reading

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LESS TALK AND MORE ACTION, PLEASE?

By Hans Ebert Australia was all a Twitter yesterday about the very sudden, but not unexpected, split between trainer John O’Shea and his tough task masters at Godolphin that includes constantly coming up against a Plumtree. According to one report, … Continue reading

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JAMES MATHERS WEIGHS IN ON THE STATE OF RACING IN SYDNEY

So where do we start. My comments are restricted to racing in Sydney. I don’t think they should apply to Melbourne or Hong Kong, very different racing jurisdictions. Sadly the industry has just about thrown everything at Sydney racing…. grand … Continue reading

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