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”

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 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…”

SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com There was a time not really that long ago though time often flies on unexpected wings at a worldwide music conference in Munich when us executives listened to a panel of young Facebook execs explain how we could use the social media platform- very new at the time- to sellContinue reading “SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW EFFECTIVELY IS HORSE RACING USING IT? REALLY.”

SASA, SO SO AND JUST A WEE BIT SURREAL…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com SaSa Ladies Day was a strange little meeting. Not bad. But just somehow the pieces didn’t seem to fit. It made kinda strange viewing. And whoever is handling the HKJC’s Twitter feed these days adds to the goofiness of it all. Of course, though much was made of the “siblingContinue reading “SASA, SO SO AND JUST A WEE BIT SURREAL…”

THE HKJC AND ITS OWN PROJECT: RUNWAY

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Too often they get lost in the shuffle. Lost in the column inches and tweets and talk and innuendos given to the the current jockey merry-go-round. But this season in particular, the equine talent in Hong Kong has never been better. Never has there been a better crop. They’ve comeContinue reading “THE HKJC AND ITS OWN PROJECT: RUNWAY”

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”

YOU HEARD RIGHT: THERE’S A SOUTH AFRICAN NIEKERK IN TOWN

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s really all about reading the mood of the city. Any city. Who’s prioritising what and trying to figure out where you fit in. In Hong Kong, restaurants, shops and clubs are opening and closing. Consumers demands are forcing them to make their decisions. The old business mantra of “We’reContinue reading “YOU HEARD RIGHT: THERE’S A SOUTH AFRICAN NIEKERK IN TOWN”