THE NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN MOODY BLUES ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

PETER MOODY RIDES HIS SEESAW

BLUES ISSUE 1

If Australian racing’s underclass had its way they’d declare a national day of mourning to commemorate Pater Moody’s decision to take his bat and ball and leave the oval. The reason for his “hissy fit”, it appears from reading the many interviews and opinion pieces, was two-fold – he found it difficult to comply with the transitional arrangements for his caretaker trainer of choice David Brideoake to move into his stables, and, perhaps, Brideoake himself may have baulked at the inconveniences and challenges presented in the interim arrangements.

BLUES ISSUE 2

A combination of fatigue and the difficulty in copping the umpire’s decision combined to make the about- face a fait accompli. His vapid press conference, which, supposedly, was intended to shed some sort of light into his about-face to quit racing, gave the impression that he had lapsed back into the Peter Moody of old.

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ZAC PURTON: HONG KONG RACING’S BEST BRAND AMBASSADOR

By Hans Ebert

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Hong Kong racing has a number of USPs, and success stories, but while chatting with some friends at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, the subject came up of being likeable, and how these visitors to the city believe something is being taken for granted: the likability of so many jockeys riding here.

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Pressed to name the most likeable jockey was a difficult one as there are some terrific blokes- open, caring, good family men with ethics, and which translate into their careers and the way they conduct themselves on and off the track.

Right now, as far as local racing fans are concerned, the most popular jockeys are Joao Moreira and female apprentice Kei Chiong. Everything that can be said about the Magic Man has been written- his absolute brilliance as a rider, his rags to riches story starting in São Paulo, that incredible partnership with Able Friend, every record he has broken, his will to win etc etc.

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A DIFFERENT LOOK AT THE 2016 BMW HK DERBY AND A TALE OF TWO CITIES CALLED HONG KONG

By Hans Ebert

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Let’s face it, if you were born after The Handover in 1997, there’s not a helluva lot to do in Hong Kong other that being dragged kicking and screaming by the girlfriend to shop till you drop, take in a movie, or what’s really “trending” in this city these days- taking part in protests.

A DIFFERENT LOOK 3

Sometimes it’s difficult to come to grips with what these protests are about, but as a student leader recently explained, it comes down to his generation feeling they’ve inherited a dud- a dud when it comes to the future of Hong Kong. Their future. Without any “consultations” with them, the seed was sewn, the deed was done, and they feel they have inherited this One Country, Two Systems formula that doesn’t work for them. Why? They’re angry that they never asked for it, and have been told by the city elders to not make waves- to accept everything that’s come before with no questions. But this is not how Hong Kong works today. Silence is no longer golden. Neither is making anger a strategy. And with the rise of separate groups like Scholarism and Hong Kong Indigenous, both demanding localism and independence from Beijing, one has to wonder if these young leaders have heard of the basic strategic rules of any social movement: To unify your ranks and divide your adversaries.

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THE NOBODY’S RIGHT WHEN EVERYBODY IS WRONG ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

MOODY DODGES A MISSILE, BUT NOT A BULLET

WRONG ISSUE 1

For anyone following the cobalt case involving Peter Moody with an open mind, and, more importantly, making an assessment or judgment on the outcome based on fact and fact only, then the decision of the Racing Appeals Board should surprise no one.

Clearly, the absence of a “smoking gun” in the evidence and among the witnesses, together with a major recanting of critical evidence by one expert witness, ultimately combined to save the governing body Racing Victoria, its stewards and the Victorian racing industry, the embarrassment of having to front up to the Victorian Appeals Tribunal and suffer the ignominy of a successful appeal by Moody, if he had been found guilty of administration, let alone the massive financial cost to the industry of yet another legal skirmish in racing gone wrong.

WRONG ISSUE 2

Reading the transcript of the Victorian Racing Appeals Board decision, it was obvious that the lack of persuasive cold hard factual evidence of personal administration of cobalt in its pure form, and not through supplementation, and importantly through intent, was critical in Moody being able to dodge a potent missile and career-ending judgment.

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PRODUCING A HAPPY WEDNESDAY TRACKSIDE BROADCAST? WHY NOT?

By Hans Ebert

Impossible is nothing

While the somewhat theatrical sounds of race caller John Blance rained on our parade with even greater ferocity than the outsiders that made last Wednesday night at Happy Valley one to forget, whiplash occurred and our minds turned to one of our favourite subjects: the raison d’être for the HKJC continuing to produce what is a vapid tipping show that plods along in its yonks old format as the misnomer called “Racing To Win”.

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We often wonder what an alien landing on earth would make of this programme, and whether it will result in a Mars Attack.

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Thoughts of this programme galloped through our minds, not because of the panel of so-called racing experts and their dazzling personalities- now, thankfully down to a duo, which means not having to hang about waiting to hear what the very knowledgeable Paul Lally has to say- but sitting there at Adrenaline and hearing snippets of its sister programme- the ‘live’ Trackside broadcast- trying to be heard over everything else going on around us, and falling on deaf ears, just didn’t make sense. As Adele might have sung, Hello, from the other side, and is there anyone home?

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THE TIMING ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

TIMING IS EVERYTHING – IN RACING AND IN LIFE

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Kate McClymont is not a name which the Australian racing community would be familiar with, let alone the racing community in her native NSW. But last Saturday’s edition of the Sydney Morning Herald changed all that.

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Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax on-line readers would however know that Kate McClymont is a widely respected crime and investigative reporter with Fairfax. Like her Fairfax Victorian stable counterparts – Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, she has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most fearless members of the Fifth Estate. Her exposes on corrupt and criminal infiltration of NSW state politics and coverage of the infamous ICAC investigations into these scandals involving senior political figures from both sides of the political spectrum provided her with all the necessary reaerch for the publication of her own work – “He Who Must be Obeid”, chronicling the influence and wheeling and dealing of the Obeid family and its patriarch Eddie Obeid.

THE TIMING 3

So when the weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax carried her by-line to a story: “John Messara, It’s A Dundeel and The Championship race that is worth $4 million” with a subtext: “Power, conflict and the NSW racing industry”, it finally brought to the surface, and into the open, some very unfavourable and unsavoury speculation about decision making by key figures in NSW racing, and their supposed dealings with disgraced Ministers, politicians and business figures.

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NOW AND THE FUTURE OF HORSE RACING: WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT IT?‏

By Hans Ebert

Im as mad as hell

The problem with hardcore racing purists is that they want everyone else to think like them. It doesn’t work that way. What also doesn’t work are racing club executives talking about “customer engagement”, while, truth be told, they don’t actually know where to start this process. More, not too many can lead. They move in packs paying corporate lip service.

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We hear it every day, and this “leadership” is really only all about “Looking Out For Número Uno”. Nothing wrong with that, but let’s not be irritating sanctimonious dweebs in the process.

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When you really think about it, horse racing is a​n insignificant industry in the grand scheme of things. Most of those who work in it full-time have not worked in any other industry, and usually go into massive overdrive to camouflage their one-dimensional shortcomings from those who see right through them. In spite of how transparent their flaws are, these people have managed to sucker punch those other ineffective dweebs- the Human Resources managers at racing clubs – human resources being one of the most irrelevant jobs in any organisation- and now work for obscenely overpaid packages to self-serving agendas knowing they’re traveling first class on the gravy train and only need to do some regular shoe shining to keep the good times rolling in. It’s sycophantic stuff, but this is not exclusive to horse racing. It exists in every industry and no doubt why almost every industry today is struggling to survive: those running it are not good enough.

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RACING TO WIN AND WHINE AND VIVA THE ALFONSO

By Hans Ebert

Life is already confusing enough when Presidential more-than-hopeful Donald Trump starts defending his small hands and assuring American voters that everything else about him is huge.

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There are then the serial rants on Twitter from Kanye West insisting on his genius.

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Racing joins in with the occasional wobbly bits- especially from the land Down Under, where “media personality” Richie “Pudding Boy” Callander appears to have done an absolutely splendid job of throwing the entire industry under the bus with his infamous quote about commissions made by all the parties involved in the sale of horses being “racing’s dirty little secret”.

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THE HOUSE OF CARDS ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

THE HOUSE OF CARDS ISSUE 1

RICHIE RICHBOY’S PROBLEMS GOT A WHOLE LOT WORSE…

THE HOUSE OF CARDS ISSUE 2

Oh, Richie Richboy, you’re in deep, deep bird droppings, aren’t you? Ray Murrihy and the racing police have set March 10 as Liam Prior’s and your own date with destiny. They’ve charged both of you with “dishonest and/or fraudulent actions in connection with the disbursement of $60,000 of the sale proceeds of $200,000 from the sale of Lil Caesar to Hong Kong. Very serious stuff considering that any charge involving the mere mention of the word fraud is at the high end of the Richter scale, offence wise. And the penalties, if the charges are sustained are severe.

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