LOOKING AFTER MEMBERS OF SYNDICATES: JAMES MATHERS HITS IT ON THE HEAD. AGAIN.

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Where would the thoroughbred industry in Australia be without syndication. In my view it would be nearly finished.

Please see email trail below. This matter was first raised with the ATC by myself on 7 July 2014, now more than six months ago. I think it’s pretty simple, it doesn’t require much thought or planning, some would call it a no-brainer.

Is it little wonder that I claim the ATC to be a group of Muppets!

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THE DUH ISSUE

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IS TABCORP ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL?

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When it comes to marketing, communications and customer relations, Australia’s biggest totalisator operator Tabcorp leaves much to be desired. And that’s being kind to the wagering giant.

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Having allowed itself to be successfully ambushed by the corporate bookmakers over the past several years resulting in a permanent and continuing loss of market share in the growing wagering industry, Tabcorp is doing itself, its shareholders, its customers and the Australian racing industry no favours by its failure to innovate its brand with new products and services and maximizing the co-mingling opportunities from its arrangements with Hong Kong, in particular.

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MAGIC, MOREIRA AND MANAGEMENT

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The Magic returns this afternoon when Joao Moreira, like the Beatles’ JoJo, gets back to where he belongs- the race track- after three meetings spent in the wilderness sitting out a three meeting suspension.

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No matter what turnover might say, the marquee value of this brilliant Brazilian rider and his ongoing battle royale for his first Hong Kong Jockeys Premiership with Zac Purton has been missed recently by those who wish to see more theatre to the sport. Add, the experience and guile of Douglas Whyte, the rambunctious fighting spirit of Irishman Neil Callan, and the youthful exuberance of Umberto Rispoli into the mix and racegoers can expect the unexpected- five sportsmen from five different parts of the world, each with their own personalities to match their unique riding styles. What you have is one melting pot of jumbo gumbo.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME AROUND…

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SILENT WITNESS: HONG KONG HERO AND ROCK STAR HORSE

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“When going down to the barriers before the second International Sprint he won, I looked up at the grandstand and all I saw was this sea of green and black colours. I was so moved, I pumped my fist in the air, which is pretty uncharacteristic of me.

“When I knew we had the race won, the roar from the crowd- the energy from those thousands- was a feeling I can’t put into words. It was Hong Kong cheering itself on.”

Jockey Felix Coetzee about Silent Witness.

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CREATIVITY IN HORSE RACING: EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Dear RacingB!tch,

Thanks for your recent post – I agree on so many levels.

One of racing’s biggest problems is that the current customer base is being side-lined and / or flat-out ignored.

My experience of racing – as a fan, a friend, a trainer, rider, breeder and owner – is that you get introduced to the game by friends or family. Almost without fail, that is how our die-hard owners, breeders and fans got into the game to start with. Sadly, it is exactly this group of people who are being ignored. If you want to have fun at the races, you have to make your own – which is ridiculous. If I am the customer, I should be the focus. Instead I’m sidelined and the money I put into the game is used to pursue people who will never be remotely interested. This doesn’t make sense. People who enjoy their passion / pastime will be enthusiastic about it and will bring friends along. I regularly try and take friends racing, but it is a rather dismal experience I can tell you !!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

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TONY CRUZ: THE BRUCE LEE OF HONG KONG RACING

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When John Hardie wrote that “Tony Cruz Is Not The Greatest Thing Since Fried Rice”, and how the then-young Champion jockey of Hong Kong had an apparent penchant for “fast cars, fast women and the fast life”, it caused more ripples than the city’s Fragrant Harbour had seen since rocked and rolled by the worst typhoon.

Hardie was a peculiar man- a surly Australian racing journalist who was angry with the world, and very obviously, a racist, who worked for the STAR newspaper in Hong Kong.

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THE FAST TRACKER RIDES INTO 2015 ARMED WITH QUIET CONFIDENCE

With Joao Moreira and Zac Purton serving out their suspensions, there’s an open look to some of the races on this first meeting of the new year with, perhaps, only Douglas Whyte, below, looking to have two real BACK ME standout rides.

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As he showed with his brilliant ride to win aboard Lucky Omens there’s life and guile in the old dog yet. But these are very different days to when he and John Size ruled the roost.

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WHY HORSE RACING CAN BE A CREATIVE PRODUCT

Creativity and horse racing very rarely go hand in hand, or come together. For some reason, they travel along different paths. It’s a pity as the racing of horses features the most beautiful and magnificent animals in the world along with those wonderful men and women on these flying machines, plus all the colour and excitement of a sport that in 2015 is still trying to find its feet- and audience.

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Who’s to blame for this impasse?Probably both parties: The racing club that refuses to see the forest for the trees, who, with blinkered thinking, loses sight of the consumer and what might attract them. On the other side of the fence, not many in the creative field believe that anything about the sport can be remotely creative. So, what’s left are “suppliers” who are, largely, order takers. They either do as their told or try to second guess whoever is at the end of the pecking order of the approval process and which all-too-often results in mundane work that attracts no one and is the equivalent of elevator music.

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THE BAH HUMBUG SCROOGED TVN ISSUE

VICTORIA REFUSES TO LIE DOWN AND GET SCROOGED.

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The festive season is supposedly about peace and goodwill and joy and happiness. Supposedly. But, bah humbug, certainly not in racing.

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Hell, even in the years of conflict in the Middle East, they lay down their arms and enjoy a phony truce during their significant religious festival days.

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THE BROADCASTING OF ITS RACES: ANOTHER CHANCE FOR THE HKJC TO BE A GAME CHANGER

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While racing fans in Australia has been caught off-guard with the sport itself caught between a rock and a hard place with the TVN/Sky horse opera that has ended in tears for TVN, the HKJC has an interesting dilemma of its own involving a television station on its hands- and unlike the dramas in Oz, the opportunity to emerge with another type of winner.

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Currently, the ‘live’ broadcasts of its races are contracted to the beleaguered terrestrial station ATV- not an “able friend” or strong partner and a station that’s always been a disaster waiting to happen.?This looks certain to happen with the well-documented news that staff have not been paid for months. Despite various last ditch bailout plans being bandied about before the Fat Lady sings on December 31, ATV looks to be the Titanic with Celine Dion about to start singing for those rushing for the lifeboats.

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