THE WARRING STATES AND SPY VS SPY ISSUE

SPY ISSUE 1

OH, RAY THOMAS. YOU’RE SUCH A JOKER! OR SHOULD THAT BE, SUCH A JOKE?

SPY ISSUE 2

“The runaway success of Sydney’s The Championships has indirectly prompted the Victoria Racing Club to alter its marketing strategies for the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival. Sydney’s The Championships has set a benchmark for betting turnover and attendance increases taking interest in horse racing to new levels. The Championships have become a national and international brand in less than 12 months putting Sydney’s autumn carnival in the global spotlight”.

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JAMES MATHERS AND HIS TAKE ON “ADULTERATED RUBBISH” AND THE TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR RNSW

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I refer to the posting of 14 March 2015 titled the “Unadulterated rubbish email of the day”.

This email says “RNSW have achieved a great deal for the New South Wales industry”.

It goes on to say “instead of TVN p..sing $25 million per year up against the wall and seeing it dribble down the drain the NSW racing industry, owners and trainers, will get an extra $25 million in prize money distributed to offset their costs and capital expenditure that keep this industry going”.

That’s a turnaround of $50 million and you don’t like it?

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TIMING: THE MAGIC OF MOREIRA AND LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE HKJC

Let’s not beat around the bush, and be coy, Roy: Joao Moreira has changed the face of horse racing forever.

TIMING 1

Some might still argue that Christophe Soumillon and/or Ryan Moore are “the best jockeys in the world”, but both are not the complete package that Joao Moreira is- a naturally gifted rider with perfect balance, a media darling and, very possibly, the world’s first pinup jockey.

TIMING 2

His two wins at Flemington yesterday gave the extremely patriotic and parochial Aussie racing fans someone new to cheer for- this Magic Man, or, as race caller Greg Miles screamed out, this “Miracle Man”- an outwardly, quiet, unassuming, affable, approachable Brazilian who’s ascent in the global racing world has been almost overnight.

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THE MAGICAL INSIDE TRACK THAT LEADS TO THE BMW HK DERBY

THE INSIDE TRACK‏

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THE HKJC AND THEIR MICE THAT ROAR…

THE HKJC AND THEIR MICE 1

It’s all about checks and balances, and The Big Three lead stars aside- Moreira, who’s in a zone all his own, Purton and Whyte- let’s not lose sight of the co-starring roles played every race meeting by Neil Callan, Karis Teetan and Nash Rawiller.

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THE UNADULTERATED RUBBISH EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Probably the greatest load of unadulterated rubbish I have read in a long time.

RNSW have achieved a great deal for the NSW industry.

Instead of TVN p..sing $25m per year up against the a wall & seeing it dribble down the drain the NSW racing industry, owners & trainers, will get an extra $25m in prizemoney distributed to offset their costs & capital expenditure that keep this industry going.

That’s a turnaround of 50 million dollars!!!!! And you don’t like it?

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THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ISSUE

WHY NSW RACING NEEDS TO GO UP THE COUNTRY (LIKE CANNED HEAT)

THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ISSUE 1

Never in their delirious states of optimistic delusion could The Boffins of Druitt Street (good name for a reality TV series), have ever imagined the traction and success of the Country Championships concept of the Autumn Carnival Championships.

THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ISSUE 2

Nor would they have imagined that it could blindside their burning ambition to throw whatever monies they could extract from the State Government through a possible lower tax take out rate, and throw it into city prize money.

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MOREIRA, MAGIC AND WHAT NEXT?

It’s quite unbelievable to think that Joao Moreira and Zac Purton have ridden eighteen of the last 29 winners at the past three race meetings.

WHAT NEXT 1

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The Magic Man rode a record equalling Six Up at Shatin the Sunday before and added another quintet of winners on the weekend whereas the Zac Attack, never one to play second fiddle to anyone, rode two winners at the meeting last Sunday, bagged a Quartet at Happy Valley on Wednesday and got one home this Sunday.

What does the Moreira Phenomenon that is even being talked about by non-believers of the sport tell you along with the record breaking turnover at now every racing meeting- HK$1.2 billion was wagered at the mid-day Happy Wednesday meeting despite a rather tepid card- plus the emergence from Hong Kong of global equine stars like Designs On Rome and Able Friend whereas waiting in the wings are Aerovelocity, Peniaphobia, Luger, Redkirk Warrior, Beauty Only, Contentment, Giant Treasure, and others whose talent remain untapped?

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THE EINSTEIN ISSUE

THE EINSTEIN ISSUE 1

THE NOT SO SILENT AUCTION

THE EINSTEIN ISSUE 2

The much anticipated “silent” auction of the two TVN racing publications – Best Bets and Winning Post- and the revelation of the Racing Victoria winning bid, and the Racing NSW losing bid, has set a thousand tongues wagging and wagging and wagging.

THE EINSTEIN ISSUE 3

The mail around the traps is that Racing Victoria’s winning bid of $8.6 million trumped the Racing NSW bid by a shade under $100,000. Perilously close and staggeringly coincidental, one would think for a silent auction with just two bidders, and each having sought professional audits, analyses and due diligence from reputable and leading financial consultancies.

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ANNETTE OLIVER TAKES ON JOHN LEHMANN

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John Lehmann’s misdirected article attacking Racing Minister Troy Grant for suggesting that some of the money gained by the industry, if tax parity is granted, should be put toward infrastructure shows that he is perhaps the one who needs his “guide for dummies”. That someone with so little grasp of realities in the currently crumbling NSW Racing Industry could comment “beggars belief”. The first step toward recovery for the Victorian industry was real expenditure on racecourses and training facilities across the state. Broken down racehorses do not earn any prize money and are the biggest expense incurred by owners. Cutting costs to all owners – not just the ones who are lucky enough to earn prize money was the next step. This is not news to Racing NSW. It was documented in their 2010 Strategic Report where $70 million was supposed to be spent on “Country Centres of Excellence”. Five years and no infrastructure spending later the gutting of the Industry in the country is continuing to shrink the number of participants able to survive. If you are unable to train the horses the level of prize money is immaterial. Congratulations for Troy Grant’s attempt to reign in Racing NSW which as an autonomous body does as it pleases in the interests of a small minority to the detriment of the industry at large. It is not rocket science – speak to the Victorians who have already provided a successful model of how to make the thoroughbred industry a winner.

Annette Oliver

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THE JAMES MATHERS EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Aren’t we all fed up with the money grab that’s going on primarily at RNSW. I’m all for making racing financially sustainable however making it financially sustainable to all stakeholders seems to be the challenge. I agree in principal with the comments of the author where he makes a strong connection of the relationship between prize money, yearling prices and stallion fees.

While the prize money levels as set down by RNSW are possibly commendable the real question is are they sustainable. Many will say they’re not and many will say that these minimum prize money levels will possibly send race clubs broke.

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