AND NOW WHAT, KEMO SABAY?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com The small stuff first: The real bummer about trying to find a winner at Sha Tin tomorrow afternoon is that Douglas Whyte doesn’t have a ride in the last. As has been proven, especially during the last two meetings, the Durban Demon has made these races all his. Saved hisContinue reading “AND NOW WHAT, KEMO SABAY?”

HONG KONG RACING: KEEPING THE HONG KONG DREAM ALIVE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Some people just can’t help being LOUD. And at the Champagne Bar of the Grand Hyatt, it was where many LOUD people congregated during HKIR week. Many from overseas. It was tough to take. On Sunday, after the last race at Sha Tin had been run and horse racing’s “WoodstockContinue reading “HONG KONG RACING: KEEPING THE HONG KONG DREAM ALIVE”

FOR PETE’S SAKE, PETE…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Pete, New horse races, bigger prize money, being disruptive to be competitive, bringing in more and more elitism to horse racing, playing another round of Game Of Thrones, fine. It’s your gig. Doesn’t bother me either way. But when you prattle on about “younger people” and horse racing… “Younger people”Continue reading “FOR PETE’S SAKE, PETE…”

AND SILVESTRE THE BRAZILIAN CAT RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON…AND THE 2018 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL JOCKEYS CHAMPIONSHIP

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com First things first…It might have been drizzling, but Irish eyes were smiling. This was when young Colin Keane, champion rider of Ireland, ran away with the first leg of the 2018 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship. Literally ran away with the race. Despite drawing the outside barrier- supposedly not exactly idealContinue reading “AND SILVESTRE THE BRAZILIAN CAT RAN AWAY WITH THE SPOON…AND THE 2018 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL JOCKEYS CHAMPIONSHIP”

HAPPY WEDNESDAY: WHAT A STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN GETTING HERE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It used to be only about the Beer Garden. It was actually a friend in horse racing from Melbourne who first told me about it. About its “vibe”. What more it might be. He had visited it during one of his HKIR pilgrimages and was, quite rightly, impressed with itsContinue reading “HAPPY WEDNESDAY: WHAT A STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN GETTING HERE”

HAVE A HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY…

Of course, we’re creatures who are riddled with quirks- like petty annoyances that have to do with, well, stupidity. A particular peeve is hearing someone say, “it’s raining outside”. Of course, it must be raining “outside”. When does it ever rain inside? Anyway, it’s been raining outside most of the day. More rain is forecast.Continue reading “HAVE A HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY…”

TIME FOR HORSE RACING TO GET REAL

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s like music festivals. There are so many around these days that music fans are spoilt for choice. There’s also a pecking order attached. The bigger the flapjacks appearing on the bill, the greater the magnet to be there. Very often just to say that you were there. An InstagramContinue reading “TIME FOR HORSE RACING TO GET REAL”

HORSE RACING: FFS, JUST CHILL, HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE RIDE…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Before returning to Sydney for family reasons, Tye Angland was seen by many as being a future champion Hong Kong jockey. A surprise choice to many in Australia to receive a license to ride here- the doubters thought he was too young, an unknown, and wasn’t ready to cope withContinue reading “HORSE RACING: FFS, JUST CHILL, HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE RIDE…”

GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com There’s that opening chord to “Hard Days Night”. That “naughty chord”. Some of us are still trying to figure it out. Same with the chords to many of their other songs. Being left handed, McCartney tuned his guitar differently. Strung his strings “upside down”. Was this how he was seeminglyContinue reading “GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED”