MORE QUESTIONS GOING UNANSWERED, UNCLE RAY.
(Source: Herald Sun)
Last Saturday’s Rosehill meeting again left many racegoers bewildered with the riding tactics and ultimate result of the fifth race, when a woeful sub-standard ride by erratic French jockey Thomas Huet aboard the alarming drifter in the betting ring – Under the Sun (from $2.80 to $4.80)- saw the gelding run accordingly.
The unanswered questions surround the complete change of tactics by Huet from his previous winning ride, allowing his stablemate Kinnersley and another runner Bold Glance to cross over and leave him exposed in a three wide position for much of the race. Under The Sun had previously led.
To make matters worse, the favourite Bayrir, a Group One and two-time winner in the US and his native France who was pitchforked into the race with 59kgs, was beaten on the line by his stablemate with a “miraculous” late split near the line.
As one prominent racing identity observed, Sydney racing is in free fall with Jockeys and Trainers not being held to account for form reversals, glaring changes of riding tactics, withholding information and, worst of all, a worrying coincidence and correlation between form reversals and results with betting fluctuations.
(Source: Cartoon Stock)
The widely held perception – and perception is reality – is that the same well- known names – those who can only be described as being “in the know”- continue to finish up on the right side of the ledger with monotonous regularity.
And they are smart enough to do their homework and always within an inch of the rules, so that the element of doubt and onus of proof beyond reasonable doubt works to their advantage.
(Source: Spoof Park)
To get back to Huet’s ride, it was plainly a shocker and a very bad error of judgment. We thought this bloke had improved? Merde!
(Source: NG Files)
But for the good of racing and, as much as possible, as a deterrent, it is time the Stewards got serious and penalized these blatant errors of judgment or brain freezes by jockeys and, equally, form reversals, which seem to always escape rigorous and forensic scrutiny.
Ditto with failure to disclose information pertaining to a horse’s health close to a race.
(Source: Daily Telegraph)
Stewards and Governing bodies often appear to respond with a “shrug of the shoulder” when dealing with such issues unless the blow torch of scrutiny attracts media attention and headlines.
A whiff of a scandal will always send the media into a state of intoxicated frenzy.
Ironically, much of the negative publicity can be avoided and is often stoked by some very unprofessional and unsatisfactory responses from Stewards and their Governing Bodies who either by accident or as part of keeping their gigs get their job priorities completely cocked up.
Perhaps they are the problem- and not the solution. You decide.
(Source: Racing Network)
SIMONE MONTGOMERIE TRAGEDY UNITES RACING – TEMPORARILY
(Source: Betting Beauty)
The tragedy of Simone Montgomerie’s fatal fall at last Monday’s Darwin Cup meeting is yet another reminder of how dangerous a profession riding racehorses can be.
Unlike many other dangerous professions when a jockey or rider jumps aboard such a powerful animal, there has never been nor will there ever be any guarantees that you can return from a race or a pleasure ride in one piece, or in the ultimate worst case scenario, alive.
Simone’s death is a sobering reminder of the high stakes and ultimate risk that every jockey takes anywhere in the world when they are legged aboard such a powerful beast to compete in a race.
And yet, despite the well-meaning and genuine outpouring of grief from every person and sector of the racing industry, much of it, like the goodwill generated each festive season, is, sadly, quickly forgotten and hostilities resume when life returns to “normality”.
This is when the goodwill bandwagon grinds to a halt and those overnight do-gooders return to whatever they were doing.
It is in many ways an indictment of the racing industry- that it takes a tragedy to unite its many sectors-a unity that is quickly and deliberately vanquished as one group and groups of individuals with naked self interests set out to tear each other apart.
There are a litany of unfortunate examples.
Take the hostility of trainers towards jockeys and their profession.
We have heard, first hand, the cold hearted, calculated and vicious tirades of abuse directed at jockeys, often not in a moment of rage, but sustained towards ensuring that jockeys are, still in this day and age, treated like slaves were in medieval times.
The rants of trainers both on and off racetracks in Sydney and almost certainly in Melbourne have a common theme: How dare jockeys be extended such basic rights as proper income protection and insurance cover for themselves and their families?
How dare they have the right to decide that a racetrack is unsafe for racing and by extension potentially life threatening?
How dare they have the balls to set up Trusts for their own protection and their families?
How dare they seek increases in their riding fees? After all they are nothing more than a bunch of thieving so and so’s, aren’t they?
Jockeys are rightly criticised and often condemned in the strongest possible ways for ill-judged rides. They are dealt with severe penalties for criminal activities and race fixing, and deservedly so.
But, like trainers and every other sector in racing and profession in society, they too have families and are accorded the same basic human rights that everyone else in the community enjoys.
(Source: A Celebration Of Women)
Trainers need to put aside the envy that is caused by their own failure to make a success of their profession and stop using jockeys and the regulatory bodies as the moving target in the blame game which everyone is just totally tired shitless when it comes up like a zit.
(Source: Keep It A Hundred)
Racing administrators are equally guilty of the double standards and fake utterings of goodwill that has become so much a part of the DNA of racing.
Why can’t the same spirit of unity which is ignited by tragedy be displayed in solving the parochial mess that is TVN?
(Source: Life 2 Point 0)
Why can’t the esteemed regulator Racing NSW negotiate and compromise a solution to their parochial State based disputation rather than demonstrate their indecent haste to the NSW law courts and fatten the bank balances of the State’s legal fraternity?
There are simple answers. And they all revolve around self-interest.
Let’s not forget one of racing’s enduring truism’s – self interest wins every race that it contests!
(Source: IZ Quotes)
TOM WATERHOUSE TAKES THE POMS MONEY
(Source: Herald Sun)
Tom Waterhouse’s brilliant- but then unknown to many though we knew the end game- strategy to unleash an unlimited advertising and marketing budget on promoting his bookmaking business has paid off in spades: One of the UK’s best known and oldest bookmaking businesses – William Hill- has bought out the Tom Waterhouse business for a reported figure in excess of $100 million.
(Source: Poker Update)
Tom Waterhouse’s in your face saturation of the electronic media, and to a lesser degree, print, plus his savvy use of social media and new media was a well-calculated strategy with an end game which was always going to come to fruition. It was a no high risk strategy.
(Source: Azzarello Group)
The corporate bookmaking businesses have proven fertile ground for mergers and acquisitions. Just ask Sportsbet, Sportingbet, Centrebet and the powerhouses of the UK – Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.
While Tom Waterhouse’s marketing and advertising strategy delivered pain to the son of Gai and Robbie, it was, to borrow a Paul Keating economic analogy, “a pain you had to have”.
Tom, like so many young and ultimately successful young entrepreneurs, are capable of transforming dreams into reality.
They work their collective backsides off to achieve their ultimate goal and never take their eye off the ball. They play the ball, not the man, like so many of administrators in NSW racing do.
And let’s acknowledge the success of Tom Waterhouse, not demonize him or play the petty politics of envy, which is rampant in the Australian racing industry.
(Source: 123 RF)
Australian racing could do a lot worse than replicate the entrepreneurial spirit of successful young businessmen like these.
God only knows they don’t inhabit the brave new world of horse racing.
(Source: EN 2215)