Where would the thoroughbred industry in Australia be without syndication. In my view it would be nearly finished.
Please see email trail below. This matter was first raised with the ATC by myself on 7 July 2014, now more than six months ago. I think it’s pretty simple, it doesn’t require much thought or planning, some would call it a no-brainer.
Is it little wonder that I claim the ATC to be a group of Muppets!
The Magic returns this afternoon when Joao Moreira, like the Beatles’ JoJo, gets back to where he belongs- the race track- after three meetings spent in the wilderness sitting out a three meeting suspension.
No matter what turnover might say, the marquee value of this brilliant Brazilian rider and his ongoing battle royale for his first Hong Kong Jockeys Premiership with Zac Purton has been missed recently by those who wish to see more theatre to the sport. Add, the experience and guile of Douglas Whyte, the rambunctious fighting spirit of Irishman Neil Callan, and the youthful exuberance of Umberto Rispoli into the mix and racegoers can expect the unexpected- five sportsmen from five different parts of the world, each with their own personalities to match their unique riding styles. What you have is one melting pot of jumbo gumbo.
Posted in Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged Canny Leung, Celestial Smile, Frankie Dettori, Hong Kong Jockeys Premiership, Joao Moreira, Racing Hero, Steven Lo, THE DURBAN DEMON, Umberto Rispoli, Why Why, Zac Purton
SILENT WITNESS: HONG KONG HERO AND ROCK STAR HORSE
“When going down to the barriers before the second International Sprint he won, I looked up at the grandstand and all I saw was this sea of green and black colours. I was so moved, I pumped my fist in the air, which is pretty uncharacteristic of me.
“When I knew we had the race won, the roar from the crowd- the energy from those thousands- was a feeling I can’t put into words. It was Hong Kong cheering itself on.”
Jockey Felix Coetzee about Silent Witness.
TONY CRUZ: THE BRUCE LEE OF HONG KONG RACING
When John Hardie wrote that “Tony Cruz Is Not The Greatest Thing Since Fried Rice”, and how the then-young Champion jockey of Hong Kong had an apparent penchant for “fast cars, fast women and the fast life”, it caused more ripples than the city’s Fragrant Harbour had seen since rocked and rolled by the worst typhoon.
Hardie was a peculiar man- a surly Australian racing journalist who was angry with the world, and very obviously, a racist, who worked for the STAR newspaper in Hong Kong.
Posted in The horse racing industry, Tony Cruz
Tagged Co-Tack, Douglas Whyte, Felix Coetzee, Frankie Dettori, Gary Moore, GARY STEVENS, George Moore, Greville Starkey, Joe Mercer, John Hardie, KIERON FALLON, lester piggott, Max DeRosa, Pat Eddery, Silent Witness, Steve Cauthen, Super Team, Tony Cruz, Walter Swinburn, Willie Carson
With Joao Moreira and Zac Purton serving out their suspensions, there’s an open look to some of the races on this first meeting of the new year with, perhaps, only Douglas Whyte, below, looking to have two real BACK ME standout rides.
As he showed with his brilliant ride to win aboard Lucky Omens there’s life and guile in the old dog yet. But these are very different days to when he and John Size ruled the roost.
Posted in brett prebble, DOUGLAS WHYTE, GERARD MOSSE, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, JOHN SIZE, zac purton
Tagged Douglas Whyte, Hughie Bowman, Joao Moreira, Jockey Premiership, John Size, Karis Teetan, Lucky Omens, Matthew Chadwick, Maxime Guyon, Nash Rawiller, Neil Callan, Racing Hero, Steven Lo, Umberto Rispoli, Zac Purton
Creativity and horse racing very rarely go hand in hand, or come together. For some reason, they travel along different paths. It’s a pity as the racing of horses features the most beautiful and magnificent animals in the world along with those wonderful men and women on these flying machines, plus all the colour and excitement of a sport that in 2015 is still trying to find its feet- and audience.
Who’s to blame for this impasse?Probably both parties: The racing club that refuses to see the forest for the trees, who, with blinkered thinking, loses sight of the consumer and what might attract them. On the other side of the fence, not many in the creative field believe that anything about the sport can be remotely creative. So, what’s left are “suppliers” who are, largely, order takers. They either do as their told or try to second guess whoever is at the end of the pecking order of the approval process and which all-too-often results in mundane work that attracts no one and is the equivalent of elevator music.
Posted in DOUGLAS WHYTE, HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, The horse racing industry, zac purton
Tagged BenCam, Cille Mhearnaig, GoPro, HKJC WeChat, HKJC’s 130th Anniversary, hong kong horse racing, Simon Ma
While racing fans in Australia has been caught off-guard with the sport itself caught between a rock and a hard place with the TVN/Sky horse opera that has ended in tears for TVN, the HKJC has an interesting dilemma of its own involving a television station on its hands- and unlike the dramas in Oz, the opportunity to emerge with another type of winner.
Currently, the ‘live’ broadcasts of its races are contracted to the beleaguered terrestrial station ATV- not an “able friend” or strong partner and a station that’s always been a disaster waiting to happen.?This looks certain to happen with the well-documented news that staff have not been paid for months. Despite various last ditch bailout plans being bandied about before the Fat Lady sings on December 31, ATV looks to be the Titanic with Celine Dion about to start singing for those rushing for the lifeboats.
Posted in Australian horse racing industry, casper fownes, CHRIS WALLER, DOUGLAS WHYTE, HAPPY WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong Racing, Horse Racing, JOAO MOREIRA, JOHN MOORE, JOHN SIZE, NASH RAWILLER, Tommy Berry, zac purton
Tagged Andrea Atzeni, Carlos Wu, CHRIS WALLER, CHRISTIAN REITH, Electronic Unicorn, Geoffrey Leung, HKJC, Jimmy Cassidy, Joao Moreira, John Moore, Nash Rawiller, Neil Callan, Robbie Fradd, Sky, TOMMY BERRY, Tung-biu, TVN, Zac Purton