THE HOUSE OF CARDS ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

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RICHIE RICHBOY’S PROBLEMS GOT A WHOLE LOT WORSE…

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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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THE BLAME GAME ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

A LOSER’S ALIBI: PLAY THE BLAME GAME.

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Hearing the excuses offered up by sportsmen and women for losses, where in just about every instance the blame lies with someone else and external factors are always the culprit, is one of the most common “turn-offs” in sport.

It’s yet another example of a trend which has become entrenched, not just in sport, but in society in general – the deliberate, calculated decision not to take responsibility for loss, or to put it more bluntly – failure, and then blame someone or something else.

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Like so much of what it does, racing has turned the “blame game” into somewhat of an art form. The usual culprits are always trotted out and exaggerated beyond what even a grade one school boy ot girl would take seriously.

Last Saturday’s Flemington racing surface had the blowtorch applied to it as the “usual suspects” in the trainers ranks and some of the “brain dead” racing media struck up a coalition and took the baseball bat to the track.

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SHOW JUMPING, EQUESTRIAN SPORTS, AND HORSE RACING: LOST CONNECTIONS AND UNTAPPED POTENTIAL?‏

By Jenny Bridle

Joao with Bertram

Horse racing fans would have enjoyed one showcase in particular at this weekend’s Longines Masters tournament: the HKJC Race of the Riders. This event is a partnership between Longines and the Jockey Club whose world class jockeys Neil Callan and Joao Moreira aptly demonstrated that their horsemanship talents go well beyond race riding.

Joao at the masters

Watching this event reminds us that jumping, horse racing, and all equestrian sports have one common denominator: the horses.

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HORSE RACING, BETTING AND THE DOWNFALL OF A TV GENIUS

By Jenny Bridle

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A story in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter tells of the famed creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood losing some $100m to a gambling addiction. What makes this sad and often poignant story so keen to horse racing players is that the centre of the story, David Milch, is also responsible for that “love letter to horse racing,” the TV show, Luck, which was cancelled after PETA drew public attention to the 3 horses that were injured during filming and had to be humanely euthanized.

According to this recent story, Milch has gambled all of his earnings from his television fame, and now owes the Internal Revenue Service $17m. He has been placed on a $40 per week allowance while his family attempts to sue their financial advisers for allowing the debt to grow to such astronomical proportions.

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THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE ISSUE

By Keyser Soze

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IS SINGAPORE RACING IN A GOOD PLACE?

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Reading between the lines and from what is being chatted about, racing in Singapore is in a very strange place. Literally. Then again, for those of us who have had to spend any length of time in the Lion City, Singapore will always be Swingabore and a very strange place where nothing is quite what it seems and SPGs- Singapore Party Girls are always ready to pounce and cling on for dear life.

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Unlike its dynamic neighbour Hong Kong, Singapore racing is not powering ahead as expected. It’s not even plodding along. The embarrassing decision to call time on Singapore’s annual flagship International Race Meeting with the Kris Flyer Sprint migrating to Hong Kong under a new alias – the Chairman’s Sprint Prize- led the racing community to speculate loudly on whether it was the culmination of a massive dummy spit by the Singapore Turf Club at the annual plundering of the rich features by international horses and their connections- particularly from Hong Kong.

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PEEPEE’S HELLO TUESDAY CEO BLOG

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I woke up this morning feeling restless and also very playful, giddy, and a little goofy, but mainly, extremely powerful. I gave my fluffy pillow a big cuddle and then looked at my toenails. They were long- very long- and I thought about reaching for my toenail clipper, but then, I thought, G’day, Pete, I’m a CEO of a racing club, so what for? I can just wear bigger shoes. I hugged my pillow again and rubbed my nose on it. I like doing silly things like this to show that even someone as feared and powerful as I am can have a fun side. Horse racing needs more fun, and I am the Caligula and Howard Underwood of the Fun Police.

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It’s also why I really admire Taylor Swift. I read about her being devious, superficial, controlling, spoilt and powerful, and always getting her own way, and thought how much we are alike though I am sure she has nicer toenails. She sings and hangs out with her #group and I run a racing club and am surrounded by the #boyz2men.

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THE HOUSE THAT GAI BUILT ISSUE

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The news that Tulloch Lodge has been sold to Hong Kong interests, and first reported here last week, has surprisingly met with a roaring silence in the land of Oz with some racing writers and unnecessarily nervous Nellie owners contacting us on Twitter with question after question. A tip, fellas: Replying on Twitter is not only time-consuming and bloody boring, we’re not stupid enough to engage in conversations with those we barely know, and where words can be taken out of context.

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Why did the Hong Kong-based Siu family purchase Tulloch Lodge? Why does anyone purchase anything? It’s nothing personal, it’s business. Ask Donald Trump. How much was paid for Tulloch Lodge? We’re not Forbes or Bloomberg. It’s none of our business. But from a very basic business perspective, when there’s an economic downturn and any country’s dollar gets weak, if one has the cash, it’s time to buy- and time for the other party to sell. It’s not exactly rocket science.

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HORSE RACING IN AUSTRALIA: ENTER THE DRAGONS

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For over two decades, there has been “horse racing” in Mainland China. But once the smoke and mirrors have cleared, these are only bibs and bobs to this being a reality on the scale the sport is meant to be.

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Still, the nattering will continue, and races will be run in Wuhan, Wubai, Outer Mongolia etc and the dream will be peddled just like Mainland China is still being sold to those who wouldn’t know Chengdu from No-Can-Do as “potentially the biggest music market in the world”. Why? The thinking is that because of the number of mobile phone users, these very same customers will pay for music on their smart phones. We know, we know. Very often, like that recording by the stunning Miss Katie Melua about “Nine Million Bicycles (In Beijing)”, the numbers don’t add up.

If there will ever be legal and bona fide horse racing in Mainland China with payouts that are more than fridges and pots and pans, it will come only following approval by the Chinese Politburo, and with the reins handed over to the Hong Kong Jockey​ Club​ who do such a superb job of running and managing horse racing in that other city belonging to the Motherland called Hong Kong. Until that day arrives- and it might never arrive- we prefer to look at business tangibles, and big chunks of reality bites. The Long March to nowhere and across the grassy knoll is not for us.

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THE GAI WATERHOUSE AND GAME OF THRONES ISSUE

By Hans Ebert

GAI WATERHOUSE STABLES TO BE SOLD TO HONG KONG CONNECTIONS? WELL, KUNG HEI FAT CHOY, DIM SUMS!‏

That’s the word, and we believe it. After almost a year of negotiations involving Lady GaiGai- and Lord Rob, of course- along with her very savvy Racing Manager Adrian Bott and the connections of the John Size-trained Thewizardofoz- Martin Siu and family- which won the Chinese New Year Cup at Wednesday’s Lunar New Year meeting, we understand that the ownership of Tulloch Lodge will exchange hands in the next few months.

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Lady GaiGai will continue to be the stable’s trainer, Adrian Bott will continue to look over the business side of things and is said to be the key player in Australia with the new Hong Kong owners. Who else will be waltzing in and how this business model will work with the future in mind promises to be game changing stuff.

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“CRISIS” AVERTED: “YOUR” TWITTER IS NOT CHANGING . . .FOR NOW‏

By Jenny Bridle

According to a report from that stellar “news” aggregator Buzzfeed yesterday, Twitter was about to make a fundamental change and provide to tweets based on a new algorithm. In the end, the report suggested, Twitter was going to morph into another Facebook.

This apparently imminent algorithm change was the basis for #RIPtwitter trending worldwide. The good thing about this trend is it showed once again the power of the Twitter community. On the negative side​ it sadly demonstrated that people believe Buzzfeed is a reliable news source. ​This fact is so problematic that we could write an entire blog about ​it. But anyways . . .

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Before everyone completely lost their minds over what Twitter was allegedly planning, they should have made sure they were getting their information direct from the horse’s mouth. The closest anyone had to that was Twitter’s official blog from a couple of days ago when the company announced that it would be making some changes to help users sort and prioritize what they see. And, these changes were being made to improve user experience, particularly for new and potential users.

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