THE HKIJC AND ROLLING OUT A NEW RED CARPET

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com In a rather sombre video to create an almost film noire mood for the upcoming Hong Kong Longines International Jockeys Championships, over what sounds like the soundtrack to “Taxi Driver”, appear the words, “Champions collide while darkness falls”. Easy chaps. And lighten up. One hopes no one collides with anyone.Continue reading “THE HKIJC AND ROLLING OUT A NEW RED CARPET”

THE ONGOING COMEBACK OF JASON MASKIELL…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It wasn’t just good to hear. It had to be heard. It was inspiring. One seldom cheers on an interview on radio. But listening yesterday to Michael Felgate interview jockey Jason Maskiell on RSN about how one of the most promising riding talents in Melbourne- a champion apprentice- has pulledContinue reading “THE ONGOING COMEBACK OF JASON MASKIELL…”

THE HKJC COMES UP WITH A BEAUTY…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Rightly or wrongly, the word “malaise” was used by me recently to describe the state of horse racing. Horse racing everywhere. This had nothing to do with the exploits of Winx, Enable, Cracksman, Beauty Generation, the brilliantly produced Cox Plate Day presentation for overseas consumption and the derring do inContinue reading “THE HKJC COMES UP WITH A BEAUTY…”

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com There was a time not really that long ago though time often flies on unexpected wings at a worldwide music conference in Munich when us executives listened to a panel of young Facebook execs explain how we could use the social media platform- very new at the time- to sellContinue reading “SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.”

Joao Moreira is returning to Hong Kong: Anyone care? Really?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Remember that old saying about striking while the iron’s hot? So, for about a week, there were the Chinese whispers that Joao Moreira would be back. Riding in Hong Kong. A Sayonara to Japan. And there were hosannas from the high! The Brazilian Magic Man was coming back! It wasContinue reading “Joao Moreira is returning to Hong Kong: Anyone care? Really?”

THAT BEAUTY OF A RIDE BY DOUGLAS WHYTE (AND ABOUT WINNING OVER NEW FANS)

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com “You missed the best ride I have seen by a jockey.” It was a message sent by someone relatively new to horse racing. A female in her late Twenties. French Chinese. A regular at a Happy Wednesday meeting. Someone met around three years ago for the first time at AdrenalineContinue reading “THAT BEAUTY OF A RIDE BY DOUGLAS WHYTE (AND ABOUT WINNING OVER NEW FANS)”

HORSE RACING: WHY THE BAR MUST CONTINUE TO BE RAISED

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Maybe it was the weather. The hard rain that lashed across the Flemington racetrack. Maybe it was a hard act to follow the superb Cox Plate Day. Maybe it was the lack of Winxmania. Maybe, like sex, the build up was more exciting than the main event. Maybe it wasContinue reading “HORSE RACING: WHY THE BAR MUST CONTINUE TO BE RAISED”

SASA, SO SO AND JUST A WEE BIT SURREAL…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com SaSa Ladies Day was a strange little meeting. Not bad. But just somehow the pieces didn’t seem to fit. It made kinda strange viewing. And whoever is handling the HKJC’s Twitter feed these days adds to the goofiness of it all. Of course, though much was made of the “siblingContinue reading “SASA, SO SO AND JUST A WEE BIT SURREAL…”

FRANKIE DETTORI: THE HIGHS, LOWS, AND THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com He’s good for horse racing. Always has been. Even when he was staring into that abyss of life. It showed how all of us are attracted to kryptonite. That none of us are invulnerable. Not even Lanfranco Dettori. Son of Italian jockey Gianfranco Dettori from Sardenia. Better known as FrankieContinue reading “FRANKIE DETTORI: THE HIGHS, LOWS, AND THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION…”

MAKING A SONG AND DANCE ABOUT WINNER 1800 IN HONG KONG FOR DOUGLAS WHYTE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Douglas Whyte rode his 1800th winner in Hong Kong on Sunday. The name of the horse: Good Omen. The ride was vintage Whyte. Second last for much of the journey. Watching everything in front of him unfold. Then, with perfect timing, taking Good Omen out wide. Gathering in the leaders.Continue reading “MAKING A SONG AND DANCE ABOUT WINNER 1800 IN HONG KONG FOR DOUGLAS WHYTE”