HYPROCISY IN THE “HAYSON” RULE
The six month racetrack ban on one of NSW racing’s “colourful racing identities” in our old mate “Fast” Eddie Hayson by a Racing NSW judge and jury is as hypocritical as it is yet another example of meaningless posturing gone completely AWOL wearing stiletto heels.
The serious question which must be asked- and won’t be-is: What crime has “Fast Eddie” committed against the wonderfully pure as the driven snow NSW racing industry?
Oh, we keep getting that amnesia attack back: Hasn’t “Fast Eddie” refused to play ball with Murrihy and his Racing NSW hierarchy and “dobbed” in his alleged “mole” in the Gai Waterhouse stable whom he claims tipped him off that all was not kosher with More Joyous before her infamous last race fiasco during this year’s Autumn racing carnival?
So, it sounds like, smells like, feels like payback time- a “don’t mess around with us, we run the show” threat- which is often a typical response from those in authority who realize deep in the crevices of their mindless minds that their so-called power and the authority that they wield is not absolute – that in reality there are some very strong limitations to how they can exercise their power.
The six month ban on “Fast Eddie’ is laughable. If Racing NSW believes that it is going to cause him any form of angst, sleepless nights or seek a truckload of Valium, then they are plainly delusional.
Why on earth would “Fast Eddie” be punished by being deprived of the “pleasure” of attending a race meeting in Sydney or for that matter anywhere else in Australia?
Tell you what: he can OD on pleasure at his own establishment called Stilettos, where he can switch on Sky or TVN and watch and punt while being pleasured by his harem of ladies. And he will probably be in the company of many well known racing identities, who have been known to drop in to Stilettos for stress relief from the rigors of the racing industry. Heaven knows he may even be graced by the company of racing administrators.
If “Fast Eddie” decided to “do a V’landys” and make a beeline to the Courts, it would be long odds on that he could successfully challenge the six month ban.
There are heaps of precedents for not divulging one’s sources. It is fundamental to the operation of a free press in a so-called democratic society. But then again, the racing industry likes to believe that it is a law unto itself.
Let’s pose this question to the “lawmakers” at Racing NSW: Would they dish out the same penalty to one of their cheering squad in the NSW racing media for refusing to divulge the identity of their source in similar circumstances which could be deemed to be prejudicial to the NSW racing industry?
We all know the answer to that question don’t we.
GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT, RACING VICTORIA.
Checking out a news update from Racing Victoria, we came across several embarrassing examples of inaccurate reporting.
The header for starters was wrong. “Excitement rising in camp of Melbourne-based Hong Kong star”, proclaimed the update.
Melbourne-based? Reading on it clearly meant Melbourne-bound. After all, as Racing Victoria should know, neither Lucky Nine nor his trainer Caspar Fownes are Melbourne based.
It gets worse. The update goes to quote Caspar Fownes: “I’ve been waiting to come to Aussie for many a year, but I think I’ve finally waited for the right horse”, the South African native said.
Caspar Fownes? A South African native? Knowing Cas as we do, his British Raj heritage would probably find him checking out Urbanspoon for recommendations for an authentic Vindaloo when he arrives in Melbourne with Lucky Nine.
As for the Racing Victoria update, well, it’s just another example of lazy journalism from their media unit and sub-par for the course.
THE PUMPER AT HIS VERY BEST
There’s no doubt that when he is on song, Jimmy “the pumper” Cassidy is unstoppable. Rosehill last Saturday provided a shining example of his riding skills and prowess.
There are not too many jockeys the world over who have attracted the controversies and setbacks that Jimmy Cassidy has.
He has been accused and convicted by the Racing police of much more than mere indiscretions. He has broken the rules and taken the pain during his incredibly colourful journey in the saddle.
Distances don’t mean anything to him in racing. He can jump to the lead as he did on Might and Power in a 24 horse field in the Melbourne Cup, lead all the way and desperately use all his strength to fend off the challenges.
He can ride the waiting game and take off 600 metres from home, and catch his opponents napping. He is as good a judge of pace on a front runner as he is patient on a backmarker.
His rides his home tracks in NSW as well as he can ride at the best metropolitan interstate tracks.
Cassidy’s rides on Riva De Lago in the Group 2 Sprint and Zoustar in the Group One Golden Rose were gems. They should be compulsory viewing for every apprentice and apprentice school. The two rides were tactical gems.
Cassidy rides the Rosehill track and straight to perfection. When he hooks a horse to the centre of the track you know how hard it is going to be to get past him. His timing and strength are legendary.
From barrier 17 on Zoustar, he had all the cards stacked up against him. The outside barriers at Rosehill are a graveyard from the 1200 to the 1600 metres starts – you can literally end up on Parramatta Road if you are impatient enough.
Cassidy did not panic on Zoustar, confident that when the runs came out on the centre of the track he had the motor under him to click into top gear.
At fifty something, Jimmy Cassidy is riding as well as ever. He could be the rider of the Spring considering the rides he has been booked for.
MONGOLIAN RACING? ARE THEY SERIOUS?
Just sounds so Orwellian doesn’t it? They’re off and racing in Mongolia. Or so they tell us.
From what we’re hearing and reading, the people behind the China Horse Club who were very active during the recent Australian yearling sales and have engaged the Queen’s Racing Manager John Warren to help them choose horses, are the driving force behind the move to bring racing to Mongolia.
The China Horse Club has also linked up with the Coolmore conglomerate who have committed to send horses for the inaugural race meeting.
It begs the question as to what will happen to the racehorses AFTER they compete at this race meeting.
The road to establish regular racing in China has been littered with failures. The major barrier to establishing racing in that baffling country currently undergoing several internal changes, revolves around the indifferent attitude of those at the highest levels of Government who appear ambivalent to legalizing wagering.
Putting on the odd race meeting here and there through the year is reminiscent of how racing evolved centuries ago, before it became mainstream.
It might be different this time with the China Horse Club. But we doubt it as it’s more of the same rubbish heard decades ago regarding racing in Wuhai and characters like Kevin Connolly, Patrick Lee, Johnny Gilmore, jockey Claude Piccioni and much ado about nothing except betting to win some fridges and pots and pans.