By Hans Ebert
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My girlfriend asked me this morning why I should be happy that turnover and attendance figures were up for the HKJC after the races at Sha Tin yesterday. What was in it for me? A bonus? A hug? For turnover of HK$1.493,511,869. Up 6.47 percent. Attendance: 38,097. Up 16.73 percent.

Fair question from someone who has no interest in horse racing. A Chinese educated in the US. Possibly lost between the moon and New York City. And being the intelligent person that she is, the answer couldn’t be something pat. There had to be meat to the bones. It also needed some personal internalising. Explaining why the race meeting was a win for Hong Kong. And on National Day.

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