By Keyser Soze
A LOSER’S ALIBI: PLAY THE BLAME GAME.
Hearing the excuses offered up by sportsmen and women for losses, where in just about every instance the blame lies with someone else and external factors are always the culprit, is one of the most common “turn-offs” in sport.
It’s yet another example of a trend which has become entrenched, not just in sport, but in society in general – the deliberate, calculated decision not to take responsibility for loss, or to put it more bluntly – failure, and then blame someone or something else.
Like so much of what it does, racing has turned the “blame game” into somewhat of an art form. The usual culprits are always trotted out and exaggerated beyond what even a grade one school boy ot girl would take seriously.
Last Saturday’s Flemington racing surface had the blowtorch applied to it as the “usual suspects” in the trainers ranks and some of the “brain dead” racing media struck up a coalition and took the baseball bat to the track.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, CHRIS WALLER, Horse Racing, The horse racing industry
Tagged Andrew Webster, Chautauqua, CHRIS WALLER, Flemington racing, GLYN SCHOFIELD, Godolphin, Gordon Gecko, JOHN O'SHEA, NEIL PAINE, RICHARD CALLANDER, Tabcorp, Terravista, Winx and Press Statement
By Jenny Bridle
Horse racing fans would have enjoyed one showcase in particular at this weekend’s Longines Masters tournament: the HKJC Race of the Riders. This event is a partnership between Longines and the Jockey Club whose world class jockeys Neil Callan and Joao Moreira aptly demonstrated that their horsemanship talents go well beyond race riding.
Watching this event reminds us that jumping, horse racing, and all equestrian sports have one common denominator: the horses.
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, The horse racing industry
Tagged Go Racing Kid’s Club, Gucci Gold Cup, HKJC, Jenny Bridle, Longines, Racing to School, Rolex Kentucky, the Alltech FEI World Games
By Jenny Bridle
A story in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter tells of the famed creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood losing some $100m to a gambling addiction. What makes this sad and often poignant story so keen to horse racing players is that the centre of the story, David Milch, is also responsible for that “love letter to horse racing,” the TV show, Luck, which was cancelled after PETA drew public attention to the 3 horses that were injured during filming and had to be humanely euthanized.
According to this recent story, Milch has gambled all of his earnings from his television fame, and now owes the Internal Revenue Service $17m. He has been placed on a $40 per week allowance while his family attempts to sue their financial advisers for allowing the debt to grow to such astronomical proportions.
I woke up this morning feeling restless and also very playful, giddy, and a little goofy, but mainly, extremely powerful. I gave my fluffy pillow a big cuddle and then looked at my toenails. They were long- very long- and I thought about reaching for my toenail clipper, but then, I thought, G’day, Pete, I’m a CEO of a racing club, so what for? I can just wear bigger shoes. I hugged my pillow again and rubbed my nose on it. I like doing silly things like this to show that even someone as feared and powerful as I am can have a fun side. Horse racing needs more fun, and I am the Caligula and Howard Underwood of the Fun Police.
It’s also why I really admire Taylor Swift. I read about her being devious, superficial, controlling, spoilt and powerful, and always getting her own way, and thought how much we are alike though I am sure she has nicer toenails. She sings and hangs out with her #group and I run a racing club and am surrounded by the #boyz2men.
By Hans Ebert
GAI WATERHOUSE STABLES TO BE SOLD TO HONG KONG CONNECTIONS? WELL, KUNG HEI FAT CHOY, DIM SUMS!
That’s the word, and we believe it. After almost a year of negotiations involving Lady GaiGai- and Lord Rob, of course- along with her very savvy Racing Manager Adrian Bott and the connections of the John Size-trained Thewizardofoz- Martin Siu and family- which won the Chinese New Year Cup at Wednesday’s Lunar New Year meeting, we understand that the ownership of Tulloch Lodge will exchange hands in the next few months.
Lady GaiGai will continue to be the stable’s trainer, Adrian Bott will continue to look over the business side of things and is said to be the key player in Australia with the new Hong Kong owners. Who else will be waltzing in and how this business model will work with the future in mind promises to be game changing stuff.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Horse Racing
Tagged ATC, Sam Hui, Danzero, Eliza Park, Faye Wong, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Jacky Cheung, Khalil Fong, Kilin Group, Lindsay Park, Melbourne Cup, PAN SUTONG, Pierro, RB Entertainment 888, Rock Kingdom, Rosehill, Teresa Poon, Wubai horse racing, Wynners