(Courtesy of http://www.fasttrack.hk)
The first in a 12-step programme to introduce and re-introduce you to what else Hong Kong offers other than The United Nations of Racing as we countdown to LONGINES HKIR Week in December. Better now than later.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to wherever these twelve steps might lead, ask any questions you might have, and share your own personal favourites by writing to email@example.com
Posted in HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, The horse racing industry, www.fasttrack.hk
Tagged 208 Duocentto Otto, Braza, guru, happy valley, HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE, HKIR, HO LEE FOOK, LONGINES HKIR, Shatin, Shatin racecourse, Stanley market, Stocktons, THE BLUE BAR, The Boat House, The Envoy, The United Nations Of Racing, Yakinuku Great
He was the Douglas Whyte of Macau in that he totally dominated racing in what was then still a Portuguese enclave. The Vegas boys hadn’t moved in with their lock, slots and smoking barrels, and it was a time when the fledgling Macau Jockey Club was actually proving to be a mild-mannered Clark Kent to the HKJC’s Superman with no kryptonite around.
It was also a time when an unassuming young jockey from Melbourne named John Didham “did a Julius Caesar” and came, saw, conquered, ruled the riding roost and left just as the rot was setting in- odds changing during a race, everything controlled by those “upstairs”, mobile phones being used in front of security guards standing under “Mobile Phones Forbidden” warnings and bookies operating openly on the “exclusive” Members floor.
There comes a time when one needs to “cease operations”, step back, look forwards, and seize the day and seize a Caesar Salad and seize whatever new opportunities there might be to stop lethargy setting in, and, perhaps even saying, “To hell with it, there are better things to do with one’s time and talent”. And so it is with Racingbitch.
When this delivery platform was launched around eight years ago the thinking was to have fun producing it and that it might, hopefully, be racing’s answer to a mongrel comprising equal parts Monty Python, Perez Hilton and the scandalous irreverence of Popbitch.
AUSTRALIAN RACING’S INTEGRITY AT THE CROSSROADS (WITH MULTIPLE VITAMINS FOR COMPANY)
Not a week goes by in Australian racing without another dark, murky and astonishing chapter in what is rapidly developing into Australian racing’s worst scandal and worst nightmare. This week it was the about-face by Melbourne based veterinarian Tom (Dr Doolittle) Brennan who, through his solicitor, contacted Racing NSW and Racing Victoria stewards and admitted that he had failed to provide full and frank evidence to the respective stewards inquiries.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, Racing NSW, The horse racing industry
Tagged AUSTRAC, Danny O'Brien, HKJC, MARK KAVANAGH, Perry Williams, Racing NSW, RACING VICTORIA, SAM KAVANAGH, Tabcorp, Tom Brennan, Winfried Englebrcht-Bresges
Bastille Day has come and gone for another year, and outside of France, few, if any, either understand its significance or give a toss about it. It’s exactly where Australian racing is at this point in time. The contrast with Hong Kong is stark. And sadly so.
Whilst the two models are poles apart, and one needs to be careful of finding common ground for valid comparison, there are nevertheless areas where the stunning and glaring differences pose the obvious question: Why?
Where the atmosphere at the recent end of season meeting at Shatin and at Happy Wednesday each week at Happy Valley is infectiously upbeat, the atmosphere at every one of Australia’s race courses, with the exception of Flemington at spring carnival time, is almost, well, grim. What could and should be a fairytale is, these days, grim.
Australian racing is angry with itself. It reflects a growing anger within the community, which is creeping into a society that is looking increasingly like the character Howard Beale in the classic movie “Network”- angry, frustrated and stark raving mad at everything.