If those who saw the television promo spot for the Audemars Piguet QE 11 Cup shuddered and thought it was somewhat gloomy and slightly spooky, then the racing on Sunday at Shatin continued with the weirdness and surrrealism of it all. Ironically, the meeting even had a horse named Surrealism running. Think it ran last.
WHEN THE ONLY NEWS IS BAD NEWS
The surest sign that an industry or business or sport is in trouble is when the only news about it is negative. Front page headlines, lead items on news bulletins, seldom if ever are about positives. Society is conditioned to accept and anticipate negatives and bad news. Perversely, it thrives on identifying the problems and wallowing in self-pity. Forget the solutions, the positives. That would just mean there’s less to whine and whinge about.
I was pleased to read Chris Roots article in the Sydney Morning Herald posted at 6.23pm on 14 April 2015. Extracts as follows:
“Racing Minister Troy Grant has indicated any financial windfall for the racing industry from betting tax parity will be delivered via a future fund model controlled by the government.
Racing New South Wales has fought a long battle to get tax parity and its strategic plan released last year set out how it hoped to use any extra funding, which would come from tax parity, including $50 million in prize money.
However, Grant said on Tuesday that rather than allowing the money to flow directly to the racing regulatory bodies…. – the government favoured a model whereby it would keep control of the extra funding to ensure it had a say on how it was used.
With both Joao Moreira and Zac Purton on the sidelines serving out their suspensions, what one needs to figure out is what horses they might have been riding tonight and who’s on them. After all, they have the pick of the rides, and which are always well-tuned up for a forward showing.
Apart from following this “methodology”, it always pays to follow Dougie Whyte, especially now that he’ll have his tail up after his superb four-timer at Shatin on Sunday.
When the above honour was announced last week, we half-joking suggested there should be a ticker tape parade for this magnificent galloper.
Douglas Whyte turned back the clock at Shatin on Sunday. On an eventful packed day where three jockeys came down in what, fortunately, only looked like a horrific fall- the jockeys being Zac Purton, Neil Callan and Howard Cheng- long-priced winners pummelled punters, and the gentleman that was Lawrie Fownes looked down as Andreas Suborics guided debutant Quarternion Eagle to an emotional victory for son Caspar and the closely-knit Fownes family, Douglas Whyte gave racing fans another of his master classes in riding with a quartet of winners.
“I can’t believe that. That’s not Joao. Joao is not a confrontational person.” Zac Purton was standing up for his friend Joao Moreira regarding another of those racing rumours started by the usual posse of petty ankle biters who supposedly love the sport, but go outta their way to drag it down and look to see what’s wrong with it rather than what’s right with it.
Zac Purton is part of what’s right with horse racing along with Joao Moreira, Hughie Bowman, James McDonald, Douglas Whyte, Gai Waterhouse, Christophe Soumillon, the HKJC, the JRA, Able Friend, Longines, BMW, Mike De Kock, Happy Wednesday, and a handful of other individuals and things.