By Hans Ebert
When does a reality show become an unreality show? Guess when one of those appearing in one is popular young race caller Anthony Manton.
How does a race caller become part of a reality show called “Married At First Sight”? Guess when the race caller is Anthony Manton.
By Keyser Soze
RACING’S “SEIZE THE DAY” OPPORTUNITY
Call it whatever you like – a red letter day, a defining moment, an opportunity of opportunities, let your imagination run riot with descriptions, but last Saturday’s racing in both Sydney and Melbourne is a day Australian racing cannot choose to escape from or ignore. It would do so at its peril.
If one X-factor wasn’t enough, last Saturday produced two – while the Magic Man Joao Moreira weaved his God-given magical talent at Caulfield on a beautiful sunny afternoon, up north, the amazing talent that is Winx brushed aside the gloom and incessant rainfall at a sodden Randwick and kept her record breaking bandwagon rolling with her seventeenth consecutive win.
WHEN RIVALRY IS AMBUSHED BY VINDICTIVENESS
In Politics, Disunity is Death. It’s the same for any commercial sector or sporting code. In the dark and distant past, rivalries in sport were often marked by vindictiveness and played out in the worst possible manner where the victor frequently sought to annihilate and humiliate an opponent.
Fast forward to the present day and it is not too difficult to identify the sports which are powering ahead with their growing fan bases across all demographics, income groups and genders, underwriting their financial successes. These are the sports which are cashed up with literally a “no vacancy” sign flashing brightly at commercial organizations armed with bulging cheque books to ink their association with success.
There’ve been a number of happy Happy Wednesday Moments, but this one goes straight to the top of the tree as it brings together two generations of a racing family- Felix Coetzee, below, the brilliant, soft spoken, South African rider, who will always be associated with the great Hong Kong sprinter Silent Witness, and his twentysomething daughter Kat Coetzee, who grew up around horse racing, but picked up a guitar instead of a saddle and expresses herself with words like “epic” and “awesome”.
Though now retired from race riding, “The Cat” is actively involved with the HKJC in mentoring local apprentices Kei Chiong, Jack Wong, Dylan Mo, and soon, Matthew “Boom Boom” Poon, when he returns from his “tour of duty” in Adelaide, plus helping improve the Club’s work riders and imparting his vast knowledge and experience wherever it’s needed.
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing
Tagged Adrenaline, Dylan Mo, Felix Coetzee, happy valley, HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE, happy wednesday, HKJC, Jack Wong, Kat Coetzee, Kei Chiong, Silent Witness
By Hans Ebert
Over the years, many have made movies about horses, and characters in horse racing, and all the complex characters involved in the Sport Of Kings and queens and sheikhs and charlatans and racing clubs and their various Sherpas and sheriffs and Dodge City and bullets and shooting blanks.
Let’s never forget movies like “Seabiscuit” and “Phar Lap” and “Black Stallion”, the wonderful “Let It Ride” with even a walk-on role from one of us, where we were asked to just keep on walking and walking and walking. Some of us are still walking with no direction of home.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing, The horse racing industry
Tagged Australian Turf Club, Black Stallion, Flipper, Lassie, National Velvet, Peter V'landys, Phar Lap, Racing NSW, Rin Tin Tin, Royal Randwick, Seabiscuit
By Hans Ebert
Often, and recently, more and more often, one has to wonder how many in horse racing truly understand what really are “good initiatives” for the sport, and what is breakthrough creativity and effective, strategic marketing to take things further. This type of questioning might just offer up some reasons why horse racing is struggling its position as a mainstream popular sport.
Racing must operate from a position of strength and respect, which has been claimed by its competitors who understand the dynamics of creativity and innovation. This is what a society and its younger, and spoilt for choice generation demand. The truth hurts, but this is a fact: Horse racing is the Rodney Dangerfield Of Sports. Guess if drinking from that half full glass, this could be seen as being “niche”.
Not to be a naysayer who can criticise but offer no solutions- that’s a job for some in horse racing’s twitterverse, especially when they’re having a meltdown and tweeting through their pockets- but having been in the advertising and music industries and having cut my teeth on everything from launching McDonald’s in Hong Kong and Mainland China to working with and marketing artists like Norah Jones, Bowie, Gorillaz, Robbie, Coldplay etc, what I’m saying is, Convince me.
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA
Tagged France Galop, happy valley, HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE, happy wednesday, HKJC, Joao Moreira, Nike, TVN