THE GAME OF THRONES ISSUE

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VICTORIANS PREPARE FOR WAR

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The battle lines have been well and truly drawn in the media rights war with a clear demarcation between the protagonists – Racing Victoria and its preferred partner, the powerful media conglomerate Seven West Media and the Tabcorp/Sky Channel combine on the other. Dozed off yet?

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It’s a war which was a long time coming. Unlike the very cosy and almost intimate unholy alliance that exists in NSW between Racing NSW and Tabcorp /Sky Channel, in many respects, the relationship across the border between Tabcorp/Sky and Racing Victoria has been less than harmonious for a long time. The Victorian and NSW governing bodies are not only bitter rivals in all things to do with racing, but the Vics have long been increasingly suspicious of the cosy alliance across the border. Whereas a harsh word has never been spoken in public by the two parties about each other, in NSW, in Victoria, it’s at times been stormy and tempestuous. And as we all well know suspicion is a recipe for disaster in any relationship – personal or commercial.

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BOLLYWOOD NIGHTS AND THE HKJC TURNING ON THE TWITCH

It was the first of two Bollywood Nights, but there was something far more than that happening at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday.

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With all things Indian in the air- and at the buffet tables at the venues Adrenaline and the Gallerie, and the hills behind the Beer Garden alive with the sounds of bangra beats and Jai Ho dancers, it was only fitting that the Calcutta-born and fluent Hindi-speaking Caspar Fownes trained a treble.

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While local talent Vincent Ho rode a double, and South African Dougie Whyte, Mauritian Karis Teetan, Aussie Brett Prebble, Frenchman Gerald Mosse and Irish-born Neil Callan also chipped in with winners, the night showed how sports- in this case, horse racing- can bring different cultures and worlds together. Talk about an United Nations of Racing!

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THE GOOD, BAD AND BLAME GAME ISSUE

DARK CLOUDS HOVER OVER SUNSHINE STATE

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It’s ground zero for racing in Queensland – for all three codes- with the dramatic sackings by none other than the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, below, of the three Boards overseeing their respective racing codes.

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The Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry has been under the gun since the “live baiting” scandal rocked the code nationally and, more importantly, stirred the apathy of the overwhelming majority of ordinary Australians. Cruelty to animals is a taboo subject with Australians. It touches a very raw nerve, as it should, and galvanizes normally apathetic passive people from all walks of live into overdrive.

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THE FAST TRACKER HEADS OUT TO A HAPPY WEDNESDAY BOLLYWOOD NIGHT

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Waaaay too tough. Let’s dance instead. Jai Ho! Jai Ho! Jai Ho!

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After it scrambled home to win over course and distance at 30 to 1, Sing Sing Sing has not been seen seen seen for an inordinate amount of time despite a number of trials under regular jockey Brett Prebble, below, in the throes of his victory dance.

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Tonight, Sing Sing Sing finally makes its reappearance- but, what the Jai Ho, papadums- with Prebble going on to the Me Tsui-trained Call Me Achiever which he won on at its last start. The ride on Sing Sing Sing goes to Nash Nash Nash Rawiller, and if it doesn’t at the least run in the top three, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that this former Mudgee trial winner from which there were great expectations of a Dickensian nature is either moved to race in Macau, where the connections continue to race a number of horses, or is sent back to race in the country tracks in Oz.

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NORM SNOWDEN HAS ANOTHER RANT!

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Ah, the much maligned mug punter and TAB.

Can I just say, we are all mug punters in one way, shape or form.

And as for the TAB, at least they have always contributed to racing and never knocked a punter back. Just a pity it was privatised.

As an aside about the TAB. What obviously, non-punting IT moron came up with the new TAB website ? But more important and worse. What brain dead halfwit has allowed it to go live ?

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WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT, THE FAST TRACKER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A GAI DAY

THE INSIDE TRACK

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE LOCAL BOYS!

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With Zac Purton enjoying his enforced holiday in Koh Samui, and Joao Moreira, having ridden the first winner of the night on Shatin Wednesday forfeiting the rest of his rides through a lower-back muscle spasm, one was reminded that there are actually others who can deliver the goods- and with their Made In Hong Kong labels.

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THE FIFAGATE ISSUE

“FIFAGATE” PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON ALL SPORTS

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Perhaps the only surprise surrounding the “Fifagate” scandal and the arrests of some of the most prominent names in world soccer administration, was that those who were arrested at their five star Zurich hotel love-in, didn’t see it coming.

The “world game” as they like to indulgently call it with all the hubris and arrogance they can muster, has been the subject of allegations and counter allegations of corruption and fraud and organized crime infiltration, on a massive scale, globally for decades.

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THE DAVID MOODIE BLUES ISSUE

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A NEW AND VERY MOODIE ERA FOR VICTORIAN RACING

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New Racing Victoria Chairman David Moodie was quick to get on the front foot and tackle the vexed question of conflict of interest, which contributed to the demise of his predecessor Rob Roulston, and was the subject of a speculative editorial piece by News Corp’s Herald Sun racing journalist Matt Stewart last Monday. And like so many aspects of racing, once a can of worms is opened, there is no control over the escapees.

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Appearing on Melbourne radio station RSN, the final resting place for advertising funeral homes, and remembering recently departed “Liz” who enjoyed listening to Janis Joplin in her kaftan, Moodie was a tad tetchy when the subject was raised by Shane (Shano) Anderson.

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TAKING THE MARK SHEAN OFF VIVA PATACA AND THE MJC WHILE THE FAST TRACKER RIDES ON

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VIVA BECOMES ALL ABOUT PATACAS.

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The front page story last Sunday in the SCMP by Kylie Knott concerning the bizarre turn of events that has seen Hong Kong’s most successful racehorse- Viva Pataca- the winner of over HK$83 million in prize money- surreptitiously returning to Macau when thought to have been in New Zealand enjoying the rest of his years since retiring from horse racing in 2011, raises a number of questions.

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The case of not only Viva Pataca, but also, Viva Pronto, the one-time champion Macau sprinter purchased from bloodstock agent Bill Hutchison for AUS$140,000 by trainer Gary Moore, spending the rest of their lives in a stable at the Macau Jockey Club, has, again, turned the spotlight on the many well-known secrets about the former Portuguese enclave- the criminal elements involved in almost every facet of “the Las Vegas of the Orient”, the import of greyhounds from Oz to “race” in the notorious death-trap that is the Macau Canindrome, the sinister, mysterious and bleak Macau Jockey Club, and all the manoeuvring for control of the the business empire belonging to the owner of both horses- Dr Stanley Ho, 93- a one-time high-profile, vibrant and passionate horseman whose whereabouts since suffering a stroke a few years ago, remain a mystery.

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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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