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THE CONFUSING CASE OF THE TWO TERRYS

There’s seemingly no stopping the coronavirus…and rumours. No one believes what they read or hear any more, thanks mainly to the mindless gobbledygook regularly squeezed out by the Big Orange in the White House. It’s all just mindless clutter and much ado about nothing.

So when hearing that Terry Bailey was heading to Hong Kong as the city’s second string race caller, not only did we just shrug our shoulders, but for a nanu second, we thought that former Racing Victoria Steward- also named Terry Bailey- was making a comeback after a career change. Close.

Remember old Rumpole Of The Bailey- the once powerful racing man, who, not that long ago, was in the middle of everything running amuck through Victoria like The Attack Of The Giant Gnats?

After putting out fire after fire before a certain perfect storm and uneasy calm came into being, the controversial Chief Racing Steward quietly left Melbourne around two years ago to take up a similar role at the stop-start circus that is the Singapore Turf Club. That is until Thursday.

Thursday was when he resigned to take up the two-pronged role currently held by Steve Railton at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. This includes the all-important role of heading up the HKJC Licensing Committee.

A good move? It’s a smart one. Like Railton, other expat racing executives just might be looking at leaving the “new” Hong Kong and heading home. No prizes for guessing who might be able to also fill one of these voids if and when they might happen.


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The long and David Shortte of it

Thought For The Day: Does David Shortee, below right with confused and very patient interviewee, take a breath when on a roll and let’s rip with one of his incredibly long sentences on Tab Radio?


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ALL QUIET ON THE WATERFRONT AND THEN…

One thinks back wistfully to those Victorian days when something new was being revealed almost every day- all the chest pounding about “integrity issues”, characters like Our Gal Sal (Perna), The Plodder, Toffee Tongue etc and when Twitter belonged to the usual conga line of hand wringers in racing going Down Under demanding accountability and fair play. And?

One has to wonder why all those things suddenly became so quiet. It was like the hand that rocks the cradle was singing lullabies to soothe the savage beasts.

Or maybe it was getting so out of hand that the hand “steering” things decided it was time to shuffle the deck and play the silence of the lambs card?

Wait: All was quiet until the creature from the Black Lagoon rose again. Yes, the case that refuses to die recently flared up again! Where else, but on Twitter.

Will there ever be closure? Nah. The origins of this “virus” were swept under the carpet years ago. It’s being kept alive for old times sake and maybe finally winning something like a plate of nuked waffles. Yes?

This tedious horse opera and news about hard working Victoria’s Racing Minister Marty Pakula, who’s saddled with a number of other governmental roles, have refused to be under Twitter quarantine. In fact, Marty has done his very best to continue being part of making headlines.

One thing about Marty: he hasn’t lost his deft touch when it comes to be somewhat of a visionary when it comes to interesting hires.


Though congratulations are due to Richard Fourie for winning the Durban July yesterday at Greyville aboard Belgarion, many in Hong Kong were happy to see the very talented Grant van Niekerk ride a double at what is one of South Africa’s most important race meetings.

The popular young jockey reminded everyone that he was back with a bang by riding a winning double on Chantyman at 14s and favourite Sovereign Spirit.


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But hasn’t Hong Kong owner Mike Cheung purchased the galloper and who, it’s reported, will be trained by Douglas Whyte?


WE KNOW JOE LAU, BUT WHO IS MACAU DERBY WINNING JOCKEY S LADJADG?

Though great to see our old friend and champion trainer Joe Lau, as always, assisted by the trusty Wil, win his fourth Macau Derby in six years when Sacred Magnate saluted at Taipa last week, how many knew who even rode the winning horse? From the bibs and bobs made available by Mr Google, even he didn’t know.

Usually, during the Hong Kong racing off season, the hardened Chinese punter, many with horses in the city’s lower grades and with some type of business connection in Macau, would nudge the Taipa track awake from its siesta. But, these days are hardly usual.

Borders are closed, and the former Portuguese enclave is an eerily gaudy ghost town comprising empty casinos, restaurants, still, seemingly in mourning following the recent passing of billionaire Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho, and remains close yet so far to Hong Kongers. Like winning jockey S Ladjadg. Someone, puhleese, speak to us…


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“It’s not Deane Lester, but we now have (fill in any name) on the line in with his best for Saturday including a Quaddie and a Friday fill up…”

It was a bumper blast last week for Jenny Chapman, husband David Price and their Price Bloodstock. While son Max was asking those on Facebook on ways to get some sleep, mater and pater were celebrating the win of their galloper The Great Hans at Cranbourne on Wednesday followed with the win of their beloved Bulldogs on Friday, and then seeing the Price Bloodstock-owned Bumper Blast take out the first at Flemington on Saturday very impressively at odds of $9.60.

Could Bumper Blast, who definitely needs longer in time and might see doing exactly this by stepping out soon at Moonee Valley, be Hong Kong bound? The odds are John sizeable.


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TikTok inks new global deal with Believe, one of the world’s biggest independent music companies – Music Business Worldwide. BUT…

What about income generated for artists rather than more views and followers and going viral etc?

TIKTOK INKS NEW GLOBAL DEAL WITH BELIEVE, ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST INDEPENDENT MUSIC COMPANIES


Just think about this when thinking about the very sad series of events that took place at Rosehill yesterday. These were hardly a great advertisement for horse racing.

Apart from the obvious and its ramifications, consider the following: How one horse was regarded as a future superstar on Thursday. How it started out as favourite for its race.

Then came an avalanche of money for the second favourite- and eventual winner of the race- which saw its odds shorten from $3.60 to $2.20.

The early favourite? The odds drifted alarmingly from $3 to almost $7.80.

Just think about it though one would rather forget everything that happened.