THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE

HYPROCISY IN THE “HAYSON” RULE

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 1

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 FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 2

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?

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 3

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 FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 3a

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 4

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 5

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 6

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?

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 7

We all know the answer to that question don’t we.

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GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT, RACING VICTORIA.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 8

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 9

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 10

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 11

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 12

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.

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THE PUMPER AT HIS VERY BEST

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 13

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 14

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 15

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.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 16

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.

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MONGOLIAN RACING? ARE THEY SERIOUS?

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 17

Just sounds so Orwellian doesn’t it? They’re off and racing in Mongolia. Or so they tell us.

THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 18

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 FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 19

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 FACT OR FICTION ISSUE 20

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.

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One Response to THE FACT OR FICTION ISSUE

  1. Greg Kenny says:

    Enjoy your work, however I need to point out there are no 1600 metre races at Rosehill and never have been.Also there is quite a healthy run to the first turn in both 1400 and 1500 metre races there, and I’m not sure these starts are quite the graveyard you suggest.
    Even from the 1200 shute a horse with early speed can fairly readily offset a bad barrier.
    The real genius of Cassidys rides on Saturday was that he didn’t get caught up in the conviction held by most of the jockeys that the track was biased in favour of the inside/leaders. I was on course and it was all the talk.
    In both of his wins he sat back, let them play cut throat up front before swooping to victory.
    I put this down to his experience, he does not follow the pack like a blind sheep.
    Many times late on the card on wet tracks when riders are all herding their horses to the middle, I have seen him hang back, cut the corner,and win.
    He’s a master like his country contemporary R.Thomsen, both a pleasure and a marvel to watch.

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