OZ RACING’S AGE OF DISCONTENTMENT, ONLINE GREMLINS AND THE FAST TRACKER AT SHATIN

HAVING VISION AND SUDDEN FORESIGHT: THE TVN SAGA AFTERMATH

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This is a PS to our overview yesterday of the TVN fallout, and which, when we predicted it almost two years ago, was laughed off by learned scholars and pundit nehrus of the sport in Oz as the result of drinking too much Kool-Aid.

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What are these same cock-eyed optimists doing today? Backflips, backtracking, gorging on humble pie with the panic button having gone off as it’s affecting the careers of many well-known talking heads.

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NORM SNOWDEN TAKES ON THE ATC

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Can someone please explain to me why some people in business and in positions of power deem it necessary and acceptable to have hidden agendas, play Machiavellian games and become bullies?

Contrary to what is being dished up by the present ATC Chairman and Committee, there is a concerted effort to denigrate and force out a trusted, hardworking and loyal member of the ATC Management team.

No, Mr Chairman, I didn’t and don’t buy your comments at the ATC AGM.

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THE DÉJÀ VU ISSUE

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RACING’S FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

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Racing just doesn’t get it, does it? It is just so far behind other sports in its ability to even get to first base and communicate, engage and improve its footprint among the wider community. it is as embarrassing as it is tragic. Racing’s followers are its rapidly diminishing number of people who belong to the “baby boomer” generation, and who, these days,collectively represent “grey power”, as they await their date with their own destiny on this planet.

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THE FAST TRACKER GOES LOOKING FOR MAGIC IN THE VALLEY ON HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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Only advice- NOT tips- news, views and some weird stuff.
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For weeks, a group of us have studied this photo of The Three Amigos- and for weeks have asked what on the earth Kim, Khloe and Kourtney could be doing during what appears to be a break during the filming of their “Living With Racing To Win” reality series and to write a caption for it. Below are, so far, the leading contenders for an all-expenses paid visit to the Kadoorie Farm in the New Territories.

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ALL ONE EVER NEEDS IS AN ABLE FRIEND

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Of course, we knew he would win, and, yes, some of us might have even stifled a yawn thinking about that, But seeing the way Able Friend toyed with its opposition that included Gold Fun, Glorious Days and Ambitious Dragon in the Group 1 Stewards Cup- it was like a cat playing with a from Shatin Racecourse knowing we had witnessed a historic day in global thoroughbred racing.

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Yes, there was his scintillating win in the Longines Hong Kong International Classic Mile where he won against some International company, but yesterday’s win was almost a salute to being acknowledged as the highest rated horse to emerge from Hong Kong since the great Silent Witness. And like any perfect storm, all the stars aligned to create a brilliant day of racing, which became part of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s ongoing 130th Anniversary celebrations.

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THE FAST TRACKER GOES LOOKING FOR SOME ABLE FRIENDS AND AVOIDING SUFFERING FROM PENIAPHOBIA

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Only advice- NOT tips- news, views and dim sung weirdness like below where Amigo Brett “Skitty” Davies checks to see if everything is still there. Note that there are no expenses spared on the set including a mini cupboard that doubles as a loo and green carpeting to complement the green screen.

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A 1650 metre dirt race where your guess is as good as mine.

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THE “METHINKS THOU PROTESTETH TOO MUCH, OH DANNY BOY” ISSUE

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COBALT LEAVES TRAINERS DESPERATE AND DATELESS

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When you’re in a hole stop digging- an apt a truism to describe the mess that Victorian racing’s self appointed and self-styled poster boy for all things associated with integrity – Danny O’Brien- is creating for himself through a litany of contradictory statements ascribed to him in print and spoken word since the cobalt positives scandal broke in Victoria just over a week ago.

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THE FAST TRACKER ON HAPPY WEDNESDAY, HAPPY ROCKY, AND THE MERCURIAL MIRCO

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Advice- NOT tips- news, views and weirdness like the one below where Amigo Brett “Lucky” Davis, refusing to exhale, tries to get even more lucky.

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You REALLY want to bet on this race when you could be at Adrenaline listening to the gorgeous Jennifer Palor or hanging with Sarika Choy at the Beer Garden?

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HAPPY WEDNESDAYS AND HAPPY ENDINGS

“Riding at Happy Valley is like having a disco full of thousands of people in your living room! I love it!” Jockey Neil Callan

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When, after Wednesday night’s racing, Nash Rawiller tweeted how great the atmosphere at the Beer Garden looked, it made some of us chat (again) about why the Happy Wednesday brand and everything it entails simply cannot be replicated on any other racecourse, anywhere in the world. That would be Mission: Impossible.

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NORM SWINDEN ASKS,”SERIOUSLY, IS IT THAT DIFFICULT?”

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My ATC Membership Musings:-

· Race days – 7.30am – open 1 entry gate with one staff member or security guard for Members. Then 1 of 2 options – 1. Allow Members to enter all areas or 2. Corral all entrants in a specific area closer to secondary entry point. Seriously, is it that difficult ? If someone is that keen to arrive early, they deserve consideration and gate staff can be on shifts and we are only talking 1 or 2 staff and how many arrive at that time anyway ? Geeze. Normal race day staff will already be around and will be a visible, albeit, non-existent, security presence,

1. Early Bird renewals – vouchers for Members guests, INCLUDING 1 voucher per Member per major race day – HOWEVER, access is only gate and outside Member’s areas, no inside access – to be controlled by attendants WITH SIGHT, if the weather is inclement, tough, designer covered areas could be installed on a permanent basis or part time in the area behind the old Official Stand,

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