THE SHUCK AND JIVE OF “AMERICAN IDOL” AND “THE VOICE”

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And so “American Idol” and “The Voice” had their finales a day apart from each other. Who won? Anyone care? Really?

Having watched each sporadically and appalled at the lack of talent on both shows, the programming/content/whatever proved just how much the world has changed and as Pete Towshend wrote, We Won’t Get Fooled Again.

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THE HAPPY WEDNESDAY RACING BUZZ AND UNDERSTANDING PAKISTAN STAR

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It was a four timer for Zac Purton at Sha Tin on Sunday including, below, the first win in Hong Kong of the former Bott/Waterhouse trained Montreal, which means he’s only four wins behind Jockey Premiership leader Joao Moreira.

With the Brazilian Magic Man forced to sit out two upcoming race meetings after pleading guilty to a careless riding charge, the rampaging Zac Attack can afford to chillax a little bit and smell the dim sum. Not that he will. There’s too much at stake to drop his guard. Joao Moreira is no pushover.

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THE SUNDAY RACING BUZZ

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Our heads are still spinning over all the reasons being discussed, especially online in Chinese amongst local racing fans, as to why owner Albert Hung moved his horses Rocketeer, Pablosky and Ruthven earlier this week from the stable of John Moore to that of Frankie Lor.

While passionate racing fan Andrew Hawkins, Hong Kong racing’s Jimmy Olsen of Twitter, who lives and breathes horse racing announced this “news” in English on Friday, the Chinese online world was in a tizz with various conspiracy theories the day before. Hong Kong racing fans thrive on conspiracy theories. It keeps that long train of intrigue and innuendo running.

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OF LOCAL HEROES AND A HONG KONG RACING HALL OF FAME…

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“They almost never get the credit they deserve. Never!” Someone with us at the races on Wednesday night at Happy Valley was both happy and frustrated after local trainer Me Tsui, below, had trained his third winner of the night. Tsui, below, went on to train four winners in the eight race card.

Apprentice Jack H.N.Wong, often overlooked when compared to the column inches devoted to the other two apprentices riding in Hong Kong right now, and especially the expatriate riders, rode off with the Jockey Challenge. He also completely out rode Joao Moreira most of the night with a brilliant ride to win aboard Good For You. This season’s Jack H.N.Wong is a new, improved model.

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WHY (JOHN) SIZE MATTERS

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The remarkable thing about the news that John Size has been inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame is that most of his success has taken place in Hong Kong. But for a born and bred Australian to succeed so magnificently on “foreign soil” and having started his career here with only 19 horses yet went on to beat the great Ivan Allan by two to win the Hong Kong Trainers Championship in his first season, says much about the man wherever in the world he is.

As then Chief Steward of the HKJC John Schreck aka “The Sheriff” commented at the time, “I think what Mr Size has done reflects greatly on Australian racing people, for which I am very grateful.”

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THE END OF THE LINE FOR DASHING DANNY MILLER. BUT WHY SO SUDDENLY?

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Age catches up with everyone. And though we would love to see him continue to ride, the curtain suddenly came down on the fascinating riding career of 70 year old Dashing Danny Miller on Saturday, the oldest jockey to have been riding in Australia.

He’s not retiring. Hardly. He believes he’s as fit as ever. But on the weekend at Carnavorn in Western Australia where he was booked for rides, there was the snap decision by the Stewards that they were calling time on a career spanning 56 remarkable years.

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CUMMINGS AND GOINGS? NOOOOOOO!!!

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Oh, dear gawd no: Pat Cummings, the HKJC’s Racing Manager of English Communications- or something like that as we don’t quite know what he does and how he ended up in Hong Kong- the ruler of the racing twitterverse and the master of his domain, is apparently saying Adios to his big gig and Hong Kong for greener pastures. Say it ain’t so!

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THE HONG KONG MACAU SIDE DISH OF RACING

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One of the highlights of the annual Hong Kong-Macau “Interport” race meetings is when a group of us lay down some sizeable bets amongst ourselves as to what outfit Angela Ho, Chairwoman of the Macau Jockey Club, might wear for the occasion.

The fourth and Most Favoured Nation Wife of Macau’s billionaire casino magnate Stanley Ho who’s being kept alive for what seems an eternity to avoid the inevitable fight amongst his wives, his children and his grand children for his massive fortune, is not exactly known for her style. Not that one thinks she gives a damn what anyone thinks.

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VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR AND TECHNOLOGY HAS KIDNAPPED CREATIVITY

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At the end of it all, we come here alone, we leave here alone and we do our best to fill in the middle bits with things that have something of us in it. Guess this is what’s called a legacy.

I ended up in the creative field possibly because my mother was a painter, my father was a singer and pianist and I was left handed. Where I was born- Colombo in Sri Lanka- being left handed meant that one had inherited the devil’s hand.

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THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AQUANITA GRUBFEST

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Though news is news and crooks need to be exposed, it’s knowing when to stop. Flogging that dead horse won’t make it get up and say that everything is fine.

The other problem of continuing to flog that dead horse is that it attracts the opportunists standing on the sidelines watching everything unfold and ready to pounce with self-serving agendas.

It’s happened with #metoo along with #blacklivesmatter and other hashtag-driven movements. And though the case of the “Aquanita Dirty Eight” needed to be finally outed and named and shamed, surely this has all happened at least a decade too late- at least- with the barnyard door being closed after the horses have bolted with the moneybags?

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