THE GOOD POINT EMAIL OF THE DAY

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Many counter arguments to this email, and whilst we could go on maybe the first point we begin with is why are they racing at Doomben??? In many ways James you are arguing against betting on thoroughbred racing, your quoting of the returns at the recent Scone carnival shows up nothing that is different to those is returned in a big week at Flemington in November when you have full fields and many chances and frankly it is apparent at every major carnival around the country over the course of the year. And yes Tears I Cry!!!!. You will find that 8 horse fields of your thinking end up with 3’s on favourites and generate little interest in the meeting. You may find that the answer lies in statistics and in a more stringent review by the handicapper as to who should run and who shouldn’t. But that’s racing

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THE MUST READ EMAIL OF THE MONTH (MAYBE YEAR)‏

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Managing the TAB-monster – racing is now run like a racket

The resignation of Ken Callander prompts sober reflection on an industry that, frankly, milks its addicted customers mercilessly and brooks no criticism – it is time for reforms that will make it manageable and responsive.

Extolling the virtues of racing at the ‘Bool and Doomben and Morphettville in the past week is likely to have left a bitter and bit-less outcome in the minds and wallets of punters, especially TAB punters.

Long experience has taught the dangers of venturing into unfamiliar racing venues – there is too much unexposed form to allow time-pressed TAB punters to make sensible assessments of likely outcomes.

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JAMES MATHERS ON LOOKING FORWARD

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The bottom line is that many important parts of the industry are in serious decline. This point can’t be disputed. Equally there are some other important parts of the industry which remain in fantastic shape.

Some of us are very concerned about the parts which are in decline and want to and can do something about it.

There are others who are also very concerned about the decline however because of personal interests are not in a position to do anything about it. For example licensed persons can be heavily sanctioned should it be deemed that they have brought the industry into disrepute by simply criticising either directly or indirectly a race club or RNSW. Given that they generate their livelihood from being a licensed person they need to be very very careful as to what they say and to whom they say it. A further example is the media. Many areas of the media are funded in part by RNSW and Tabcorp. It follows that the journalists employed in the various areas of media would lead a perilous existence if they were to openly criticise a race club, RNSW or Tabcorp in the course of their work.

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DON’T POKE THE BEAR (AND THE B*TCH)

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Like any bad horse opera, it started with some constant droning, then a few transparently orchestrated manoeuvres in the dark, and, recently, with certain powers-that-be in the Oz racing world going up the back downstairs to try and cripple this site. Sorry, boys, it’s 2015, and it doesn’t work that easily. This dog isn’t going to turn over, have its tummy tickled, and go away. To paraphrase that great poet Mr Jimi Hendrix, Excuse me while I kiss the sky.

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Racingbitch is an online platform for the racing world- the global racing world- to exchange the good, the bad and the ugly of an industry that remains an outcast of the sports pantheon and entertainment world with all the respect of Rodney Dangerfield.

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NEW JOCKEYS: WHO IS REALLY READY TO BOARD HONG KONG’S STARSHIP ENTERPRISE?

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It’s all about putting in the hard work- and by that, it’s not just about turning up for trackwork and making one’s self available for rides. It’s about how you go out there and promote and market yourself to owners, to the wives of owners, many of whom are more into racing then their husbands, make nice, but respectful small talk with trainers, make yourself available to the local racing media while always ensuring you’re a good ambassador for Hong Kong racing.

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Ask any jockey who’s ridden here and they’ll say the same thing: Hong Kong makes you a better rider. What few say is that the place also makes you more worldly and business savvy.

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THE ZAC PURTON INTERVIEW, ANKLE BITERS, POSTCARDS FROM MAURITIUS AND THE FAST TRACKER AT SHATIN

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POSTCARDS FROM MAURITIUS FROM DANIEL MOOR

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It’s been a busy few days since touching down in Mauritius, quickly settling into the accommodation, then heading to the track to meet with racing administration, committee, raceday staff and the ever-hungry journos.

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THE DEAD MEN WALKING ISSUE

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THE AXE FALLS ON RACING VICTORIA’S CHAIRMAN.

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It seemed very strange, almost eerily so, a fortnight ago when at Rosehill, a well placed NSW racing mover and shaker spoke about Racing Victoria Chairman Rob Roulston being on “shaky ground”. When pressed, it was clear that the knives had well and truly been sharpened and Rob Roulston was close to a dead man walking.

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ZAC PURTON COMES OF AGE

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When Zac Purton won his first Hong Kong Jockey Premiership last season, and, in so doing, ended the incredible thirteen-year reign of “Emperor” Douglas Whyte, Australian racing fans celebrated almost as much as the country’s cricket fans will if Australia wins the Cricket World Cup Final. And why not?

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Here was a country boy who had always shown incredible potential as a young rider in Melbourne, and then Sydney, showing the world that he had come of age- that he had taken on the best in the most competitive racing jurisdiction in the world and won.

Still, there were his detractors- in Australia and Hong Kong.

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LOOKING BEYOND JOAO MOREIRA’S SIX OF THE BEST

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The Brazilian Magic Man might have equalled the record of riding six winners at one race meeting. But his sextet at Shatin on Sunday further underlined the fact that this brilliant Brazilian jockey is in a league of his own.

There’s Them, and then there’s Him. And when Them includes such outstanding and successful champion jockeys as Douglas Whyte and Zac Purton, it makes Joao Moreira’s accomplishments far more significant.

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TIMING: THE MAGIC OF MOREIRA AND LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE HKJC

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Let’s not beat around the bush, and be coy, Roy: Joao Moreira has changed the face of horse racing forever.

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Some might still argue that Christophe Soumillon and/or Ryan Moore are “the best jockeys in the world”, but both are not the complete package that Joao Moreira is- a naturally gifted rider with perfect balance, a media darling and, very possibly, the world’s first pinup jockey.

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His two wins at Flemington yesterday gave the extremely patriotic and parochial Aussie racing fans someone new to cheer for- this Magic Man, or, as race caller Greg Miles screamed out, this “Miracle Man”- an outwardly, quiet, unassuming, affable, approachable Brazilian who’s ascent in the global racing world has been almost overnight.

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