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…”

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 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…”

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?”

JOAO MOREIRA AND HOW FAMILY COMES FIRST. NOT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. REALLY.

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com True. It’s a little off kilter. A tad random. Joanna Lumley hosting a TV Special on 20 Years Of Black Eyed Peas. Joanna Lumley is hosting a Black Eyed Peas TV special and everyone is confused https://t.co/Eppcz9m2lz pic.twitter.com/0quuQoTpXV — NME (@NME) October 17, 2018 Ok, let that sink in forContinue reading “JOAO MOREIRA AND HOW FAMILY COMES FIRST. NOT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. REALLY.”

WILL JOAO JOAO GET BACK TO HONG KONG (AND JOHN SIZE)?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Though one Joe- jockey Kanuchiro “Joe” Fujii, below, who racing fans in Australia, Korea and Singapore might remember, is believed to have passed the first hurdle- the extremely difficult written exam- towards being granted a full time license to ride in Japan, the Brazilian Joao- Joao Moreira, failed. Joe FujiiContinue reading “WILL JOAO JOAO GET BACK TO HONG KONG (AND JOHN SIZE)?”

KARIS TEETAN: IT’S HIS TIME

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Sometimes the script rewrites itself. Probably more often than we think. To those who follow Hong Kong racing, the mantra that the void left following Joao Moreira’s decision to roll the dice and try to ride in Japan on a full time basis has means “more opportunities for everyone else”Continue reading “KARIS TEETAN: IT’S HIS TIME”

WHY (JOHN) SIZE MATTERS AND THE CONGA LINE OUTSIDE HIS DOOR

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com The wooing process has begun in earnest. It’s been bubbling loudly ever since Joao Moreira upped and bade Sayanora to Hong Kong. The wooing process to take over from the magic man as the Go To jockey for champion trainer John Size. Why? Size matters. He knows exactly how toContinue reading “WHY (JOHN) SIZE MATTERS AND THE CONGA LINE OUTSIDE HIS DOOR”

HONG KONG RACING AND ITS COMING ATTRACTIONS

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com In every industry it’s about expanding the customer base. Retaining the current market and expanding it. Always expanding it. It’s business 101. Marketing 101. Do those in leadership roles in horse racing lose sight of this? And its importance? Too often. And the racing media? How does it help spreadContinue reading “HONG KONG RACING AND ITS COMING ATTRACTIONS”

THE CHANGING FACE OF HORSE RACING IN A CONSTANTLY CHANGING WORLD

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com A friend was keeping me company as I watched the cricket test match between England and India where the latter crumbled like soggy papadums after the dismissal of their captain Virat Kohli. We had been watching the match for three consecutive nights and it didn’t take her long to understandContinue reading “THE CHANGING FACE OF HORSE RACING IN A CONSTANTLY CHANGING WORLD”