LEADERSHIP, TRUST ISSUES AND THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF HORSE RACING

By Hans Ebert
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Instead of him working the room, some of us watched the room work the CEO of the HKJC on Wednesday. The room was the venue Adrenaline at Happy Valley racecourse and we were headed for the home stretch. The excellent band led by singer Jennifer Palor was performing a mix of old school and new school music and we waited to say our Hellos.

As is now part of his Happy Wednesday “schedule”, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges arrived after the last race had been run. Even CEOs need to chill out and just settle into the music being performed.

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MARKETING THE LIKABILITY OF HORSE RACING

By Hans Ebert
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By now, some of us look at racing at Happy Valley as one big party- ‘live’ music, food, beer, and eight horse races every half hour and where one might wave to champion jockey Joao Moreira, but seldom, if ever, follow him at the idiosyncratic city track.

Forget what the professional tipsters say. Even magic men need some time to chill. And with Happy Valley very seldom being his happy hunting grounds, one lost count of the favourites on which Moreira didn’t even run in the top two on Happy Wednesday. Maybe not even in the top three. But Joao Moreira is likeable and likability is a major asset in success or failure in Hong Kong. One doubts it’s something not lost on horse racing’s new kid on the block- Alberto Sanna.

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A SNAPSHOT OF THE RECORD BREAKING 2018 BMW HONG KONG DERBY

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Italian jockey Alberto Sanna leaves race goers shell shocked and reeling by winning the first race aboard over 100 to 1 shot Smart Charade. It was an Italian Job no one expected.

Many faint when seeing how much the Quartet paid: over HK$690,000- for ONE DOLLAR and not the usual $10 for a full ticket!

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RACING IN VICTORIA: #TIMESUP

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When under attack, the best form of defence is to attack. This seems lost on Racing Victoria’s Dad’s Army that limps along licking its wounds even when the ship has sunk and Humpty Dumpty has become an omelette.

With someone having now made the time to produce a video lampooning the Aquanita scandal and which has gone “viral” by horse racing standards, the strategy seems to be about turning the udder cheek.

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

By Hans Ebert
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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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