HONG KONG RACING AND THE MEDIUMS FOR THE TRILINGUAL MESSAGES

By Hans Ebert
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What many following Hong Kong racing from overseas often forget, or perhaps don’t even know, is that this is a bilingual and, more and more, a trilingual market made up of Cantonese, Putonghua and English.

Trying to explain this to musicians not in this region has always been an uphill task- the different tastes of music fans in Taiwan compared to those in Mainland China, how Chinese don’t consider themselves Asians, and just how irrelevant Hong Kong is these days as a music market other than being a celebration to narcissism, navels and kitsch.

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HORSE RACING AND WHY WE LOVE COMEBACK STORIES

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Just when thinking we’ve regressed even further by taking music down a well trodden path of banality through a reboot of “American Idol”, there suddenly appeared David Byrne being interviewed by Stephen Colbert- sharp, well read, always the musical iconoclast talking about perhaps writing a musical about Jared Kuchner before taking viewers on a new take on everywhere music has yet to travel with “Everybody’s Coming To My House”.

The track catches you off guard. But you go for the ride and the further you do, there’s the feeling, Virginia, that really is a Santa Claus and all is not lost. There’s the flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.

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JACKPOTS GALORE AT SHA TIN TODAY! BUT WILL THEY PAY TUPPENCE

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There are two very big jackpots up for grabs at Sha Tin today, one in the Six Up and around HK$46-50 million in the Triple Trio. The problem is that at least according to the odds and the various teams of tipsters who talk to the animals, there are so many short priced favourites in the races that make up these exotic bets that if they were to be in the top three in the Triple Trio races, the payout will pay tuppence. Or a farthing.

For example, according to the overnight odds, Eighty Eighty (1) must be amongst the placings in race four, the first leg of the Triple Trio with bankers for the next two races also being two short priced favourites- Lucky Time (2) and Raging Storm (4).

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THE HKJC AND ITS FIELD(S) OF DREAMS

By Hans Ebert
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Not to sound corny or come across as if alien fairies abducted me to visit Never Never Land before returning me to Planet Earth, but after a somewhat low key start to this racing season in Hong Kong, it’s suddenly blossomed into a field of dreams happening in the real world.

While Adele once lamented how “we could have had it all”, someone’s suddenly pressed the On button and the show has begun in earnest with almost every meeting over the past few months giving racing fans something new to cheer about.

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THE GAME OF THRONES BEHIND AUSTRALIAN RACING’S TEXTGATE SCANDAL

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While many in Hong Kong and his fans overseas wait with bated breath to see which Pakistan Star will show up at Sha Tin this afternoon for the Hong Kong Gold Cup- and try their luck at getting even part of a whopping Triple Trio jackpot that will be close to HK$30 million- those given the job of leading horse racing in Australia are tackling the problem of yet another shoe having dropped earlier this week robbing the country of even more confidence in the integrity of the sport.

Watching things unfold, very telling are the different communications paths taken by Victoria’s Racing Minister Martin Pakula and Racing New South Wales’ man of the people Peter V’landys. Yes, they both have beards and smiles that aren’t really convincing.

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NOTHINGILIKEMORETHANWINNING IN CLASSIC CUP STYLE

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It was a horror day for most punters in the land down under yesterday where many “good things” declared by racing pundits were rocked and rolled.

The biggest upset win came from a galloper well known to many in Hong Kong named Redkirk Warrior. He’s still known as Redkirk Warrior, but he’s gone through a personality change. While being trained to be a stayer here as he had been in the UK over 2000 metres, the team of Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig has turned him into an outstanding sprinter.

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THE SERIES? WHATEVER…

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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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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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