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”

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”

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…”

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”

SUNDAY AT SHA TIN AND BUSINESS AS USUAL

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com It was like the day after the Big Storm, at least to us foreigners who have been following the recent comings and goings of Hong Kong racing, and some here, but those mainly overseas, thinking Quasimodo was ringing the bells of doom. To the thousands of local racing fans,Continue reading “SUNDAY AT SHA TIN AND BUSINESS AS USUAL”

THE SUNDAY RACING BUZZ ROUNDUP

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com “It’s a given”. “It’s a moral”. “All Tommy needs to do is just sit on him”. “He just needs to be ridden on a long rein.” For the last week, that’s all many have heard about how Pakistan Star will win the Champions and Chater Cup this afternoon withContinue reading “THE SUNDAY RACING BUZZ ROUNDUP”

THE CURIOSITY PIECE THAT IS “RACING TO WIN”

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com Yeah, yeah, Pakistan Star won his 1000 metre trial with Tommy Berry aboard earlier today, and with Silvestre de Sousa set to ride the galloper in the 1600m QE11 Cup. We’re not going to be part of another round of hype. A trial is not a race. Okay? HowContinue reading “THE CURIOSITY PIECE THAT IS “RACING TO WIN””

THE MANY DIFFERENT FACES OF HORSE RACING AND DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s basic psychology: When good things happen to good people there’s a feeling of happiness that’s contagious. It’s been mentioned here many times: It’s The Likability Factor. So when popular Italian jockey Alberto Sanna won the first race of the Happy Wednesday Goes Korean night- his tenth winner duringContinue reading “THE MANY DIFFERENT FACES OF HORSE RACING AND DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS”