THE SERIES? WHATEVER…

By Hans Ebert
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Two days earlier, a key player in sports entertainment, but with little or no interest in horse racing was offering their thoughts on the future of the sport- the main point being that the format has to change, or else there needs to be more options other than what’s offered today. This might sound sacrilegious to the old school and hardcore racing crowd, but his first thought was that there will be the day when there might be less races in a meeting without the thirty minute intervals. Of course, this is something asked by many who are new to a day at the races: Why can’t there be less time between races?

He next asked if a race meeting could “mix it up more” by having some races where only female riders competed against each other and other races where they would ride against their male counterparts. He wasn’t being sexist. Just thinking that this might have sponsorship appeal and create more on-course interest. There were other ideas, but ideas remain ideas unless being able to jump over various rules firmly in place, ignoring the joys of over-thinking and that refusal to change.

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TAKE A BOW, HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

Those of us who’ve been in Hong Kong for some time either forget or take it for granted. Worse, we allow that now well-known Hong Kong cynicism to take over where too many try to see what’s wrong rather than what’s right.

No one, however, can ignore how swiftly and effectively the Hong Kong Jockey Club reacted to the horrific tragedy after the races at Sha Tin on Saturday.

This was when a bus carrying passengers from the racecourse crashed leaving 19 dead and over 66 people injured, some in serious condition. Let’s not forget the emotional scars that will need healing.

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WHY “ONLY” AN ARARAT MEETING NEEDS SOME ANSWERS, SAYS KEYSER SOZE

By Keyser Soze

It was “only” a very very average Thursday race meeting at Ararat, but average or not, in this day and age of technology and speed of delivery, what happens anywhere doesn’t stay there. It travels. And if the news is bad, it travels faster and picks up pace as it goes like some runaway train.

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BECAUSE HORSE RACING SHOULD INSPIRE. SPREAD THE WORD

By Hans Ebert
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Maybe there’s a need to feel that things are so bad there’s a need to do something about it. Or perhaps it’s some small thing that tells you there’s always hope at the next turn. That depending on maybe where you are in life, there’s a role for us to play even when it comes to something called horse racing.

As a music person, as someone in marketing, as a student of the arts, horse racing has led me down many corridors and avenues of dark and light. It’s been a place and space in time of many twists and turns and how to win, but not necessarily the way many think of the sport and winning.

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HORSE RACING, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM

By Hans Ebert
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It was a tweet sent out from here recently and after the races at Sha Tin half in jest. But also in all seriousness. It was about how horse racing needs a Roger Federer if it’s ever going to be more than what it is today.

Today is an important word, because today isn’t yesterday and nothing can afford to be stuck in the past as there’s so much of everything today and easy access to a buffet of choices called-wait for it- competition. So much competition for the same consumer dollar. Often, many in horse racing seem to think they’re the only game in town and not having really thought through what it takes to be in the game.

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THE RACING MERRY GO ROUND AND TAYLA’S STONED SOLE PICNIC

After Wednesday’s all-weather meeting at Sha Tin- we gave it a miss for a darn good meal at the always reliable Manchu China in Elgin Street- there’s some interesting Group 1 action this afternoon with the running of the Centenary Sprint Cup over 1200 metres metres and the Stewards Cup.

The last race, where there are 4-5 very good new prospects led by Sacred Ibis should sizzle as much as one of Manchu China’s signature dishes- the Sizzling Cumin Lamb. Yes, the race is that good.

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I MISSED OUT ON GETTING LAID BECAUSE OF HORSE RACING

By Hans Ebert
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In how many awards shows do the best actually win? How many Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and Emmys have got it all wrong with awards going to the wrong people and others being snubbed? How many times was the brilliant Al Pacino passed over for an Oscar before receiving one almost as an apology for hitover-the-top performance in “The Scent Of A Woman”? In this #MeToo year, the Academy Awards have decided to pass on actor James Franco.

Arrogate being named this week as Longines World’s Best Racehorse Horse by being the highest rated racehorse have many up in arms. But what’s done is done and who’ll remember any of this tomorrow? Anyone remember Oprah’s #TimesUp speech at the Golden Globes that trended for around six hours last week?

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS STUNTING THE GROWTH OF HORSE RACING

By Hans Ebert
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Recently, more and more people following the world of horse racing are taking sabbaticals from social media, mainly Twitter. Some never come back, Why? In order to return to the real world. Even with all its faults, it’s somewhere with small pockets of beauty and intelligence and the chance to escape from relentless stupidity, triviality and where the terminally needy have found somewhere to belong. Twitter is like an old Barbra Streisand song about people needing people. The difference is that it’s an often irrelevant world that doesn’t really exist nor brings us human beings closer together.

The problem with whether being on Twitter or Facebook is that many of these people who are part of this social media community- and usually hiding behind pseudonyms thinking they can’t be found out, and authorities on everything and everyone and damned be if one were to disagree with them- appear on your timeline, meaning one cannot help but read their Wikipedia knowledge and self obsessed tripe. This creates a chain reaction of negativity.

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