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HARD TO TYE ME KANGAROO DOWN, SPORT.
Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, they seek him here, they seek him there, they seek that dastardly Tye Angland everywhere. But, apparently, to no avail.
Yes, remember Tye Angland who rode in Hong Kong until a few weeks ago and then left abruptly to look after some personal issues?
Well, that was around 3-4 meetings ago and the Tyeman is still to return for the rest of this season, his last in Hong Kong.
Of course, this has placed the HKJC in an awkward predicament: Do they write him off as a non-player for the rest of this season and bring in replacement riders like Anthony Delpech or wait- and then, wait for how long?
But, if the Tyeman just can’t stick it in Hongkers anymore, fine, and more power to him.
But, as a jockey who raised more than a few eyebrows when given a license to ride in Hong Kong over far bigger names in Oz, it’s a pity if the relationship between the Club and the fine young rider, who has come into his own over the past two seasons becomes so strained that the door to Hong Kong slams shut forever.
One thing we have learnt about working in any industry in Hong Kong is this: Don’t burn any bridges. Confucious say, Man who burns bridges in Hong Kong also burns ass- big time.
Not such an ass is local rider Derek Leung who, we hear, will be spending the off-season riding for Lady GaiGai Waterhouse in Sydney and fine-tuning his fine motor skills.
After great expectations as an apprentice, Derek has hardly set the race tracks alight with brilliance.
In fact, he hit a rather flat spot for a long while before seemingly getting his mojo back in recent weeks and bringing his horses home from seemingly hopeless positions to get up and win.
With Lady GaiGai’s penchant for having her horses ridden on the speed, this might help our Derek to discover another way of winning a race instead of being a one trick pony.
This just in: Tye Angland has recreated himself. Watch and be mystified.
THE FAST TRACKER PLODS THROUGH SHATIN
With a Black Storm Warning on Thursday night and some awfully pissy weather with time far better spent indoors with the ol’ ball and chain and watching BBC Lifestyle, today’s meeting is not exactly one of life’s priorities.
Getting my leg over is- and a tough job when the depressing weather becomes such a downer in the Performance Department.
Looking at the mixed card of all-bother and turf races on what will definitely be on a very rainy day and a Saturday and with no one knowing how the tracks will ride, I can see tears ahead, but not as many as some of my mates who became wild and crazy guys and bet the house on Enjoy Oneself and Fat Choy Hong Kong on Wednesday, both of which didn’t even place.
Faring far better were a group of young ladyfriends who bet $5,000 onto the two Beauty horses as they like, well, beauty, plus going BANG on the last Aussie Aussie Aussie quinella and walked off with close to HK$200,000.
So much for following tipsters which really must be an endangered species in racing.
If one only kept score of the crowing when tipping a winner that every man and dog knew to bet on and then the Roaring Silence when their tipping skills- come on, few are legitimate- go tips up.
I’m certainly no tipster, but if wanting to follow my thoughts, fine. If not, also fine.
Life’s too short to become a small-time racing tragic when there’s a whole other- and much bigger-world out there.
R1 MASSIVE/FIERY RAIDER/DAILY DOUBLE/MIGHT AND VISION
An all-weather race and with a sloppy track predicted, it makes sense to those who will get out in front and try to run the others ragged.
R2 WINNING ADVANTAGE/JUST MISTERE/YOU AND M, GLOBAL FAME
R3 SHINING CHAMPION/YAT DING WIN/INCREDIBLE FELLOW
Could John Size have presented Hughie Bowman with his first winner in Hong Kong by booking him for his first-starter Shining Champion? I think so.
R4 NAMJONG BLOSSOMS/CONFUCIUS ELITE/FAIR WIND/FOREVER AHEAD
Interesting to see Hughie Bowman on Medic Kingdom with regular rider Karis Teetan on Confucius Elite. Dougie Whyte bothering to ride Fair Wind at 116 pounds and drawn barrier one looks ominous as does Neil Callan on the speedy Namjong Blossoms.
R5 VARA PEARL/STAR MAJESTIC/KINGSTON JUMBO/GLACIER BLUE
If not suspended, Joao Moreira would have taken the ride on Vara Pearl which ran an eye-catching fourth at its last start and has the very much in-form- and flying under the radar- Vincent Ho aboard.
As a VERY big outsider: Kingston Jumbo
R6 TELECOM PRINCE/GRACEFUL KINGDOM/HECO RIDER
The track conditions, some surprising riding engagement and a real nightmare of a race.
R7 TRIUMPHANT JEWEL/PURE FORCE/MY LITTLE FRIEND
Hopefully, Triumphant Jewel comes back with the form it showed when spanking the impressive Luger.
R8 DEHERE’S THE LOVE/RHUMBA KING/MASTER KOCHAWANG
Have always had time for Rhumba King when entered for these dirt races and reckon trainer Me Tsui has this set for to be dancing in the rain tomorrow.
R9 FULL TALENT/TARZAN I AM/BESPOKE MASTER
The Babe- Brent Thomson- found Full Talent and sold it to the connections and this looks like a horse going places under the care of Richard Gibson.
Tarzan And I was backed VERY confidently at its last start but found one better.
Though drawn wide, it won’t be lacking in fitness and John Size again has his old mate from his Sydney days- Hughie Bowman- given a horse with a winning chance. Bespoke Collars is the only other runner of any interest.
R10 TABLEAUX/KABAYAN/ TRAVEL BROTHER/SANTA FE SUN
The recently-gelded Tableaux can have a HUGE impact on this race and could easily over-turn the tables on race favorites Santa Fe Gold and Kabayan.
BEST BET R9 FULL TALENT
NEXT BEST R7 TRIUMPHANT JEWEL
LONGSHOT R10 TABLEAUX
HORSEPLAYERS: THE REALITY RACING SERIES MANY ARE TALKING ABOUT.
SARIKA’S SASSY SIX UP
SELECTIONS FROM THE BIG APPLE (@SW064351)
Race 10, No. 1 Mr Gnocchi
Found the line strongly in the Premier Plate. Better suited over this journey.
Race 9, No. 2 Tarzan I Am
Narrowly defeated last outing. Worth another chance.
Race 8, No. 3 Ovett
Tackles the all-weather for the first time but is racing well. Keep safe.
1,12,13 / 2,3,4,8 / 2,4,6 / 1,2,11. $50 for 46.29%.
Selections for Sha Tin from Third Dividend 10.5.14
SHA TIN (HKG)
Day Races @HKJC_Racing
Mixed-Turf (“C” Course/AWT)
Weather: Mainly cloudy with a few rain patches. Rain will be heavier later with thunderstorms. Moderate to fresh east to southeasterly winds.
Race 1: THE CHAIRMEN’S DAY HCP CL5 1200M
1 – Fiery Raider (3)
2 – Palepale (2)
3 – Daily Double (10)
4 – Croatia (4)
Race 2: THE SANDBERG GOLD CUP CL5 1400M
1 – Just Mistere (1)
2 – Winning Advantage (4)
3 – You And M (5)
4 – La Cote De BLue (6)
Race 3: THE CHEUNG HCP CL4 1000M
1 – Yat Ding Win (3)
2 – Incredible Fellow (6)
3 – Mellifluent (11)
4 – Hidden Value (5)
Race 4: THE MACWHINNIE CUP HCP CL4 1200M
1 – Medic Kingdom (1)
2 – Namjong Blossoms (4)
3 – Fair Wind (11)
4 – Confucius Elite (10)
Race 5: THE PURVES QUAICH HCP CL4 1400M
1 – Star Majestic (4)
2 – Vara Pearl (6)
3 – Glacier Blue (2)
4 – Record Again (13)
Race 6: THE SWAINE CUP HCP CL4 1600M
1 – Graceful Kingdom (2)
2 – Telecom Prince (4)
3 – Grand Harbour (7)
4 – Heco Rider (1)
Race 7 (Q1): THE WONG CUP HCP CL3 1000M
1 – My Little Friend (1)
2 – Pure Force (5)
3 – Triumphant Jewel (12)
4 – Winfull Patrol (9)
Race 8 (Q2): THE LI CUP HCP CL3 1200M
1 – Master Kochanwong (4)
2 – Dehere;s The Love (2)
3 – Rumba King (1)
4 – Double Glory (7)
Race 9 (Q3): THE ARCULLI TROPHY HCP CL3 1400M
1 – Full talent (4)
2 – Bespoke Collars (10)
3 – Supreme Flight (9)
4 – Tarzan I Am (2)
Race 10 (Q4): THE CHAN TROPHY HCP CL2 1600M
1 – Tableaux (4)
2 – Kabayan (2)
3 – Santa Fe Sun (3)
4 – Travel Brother (7)
Race 8: Master Kochanwong (4)
Race 10: Tableaux (4)
Race 2: Just Mistere (1) – Currently, $5.40/$2.10
Race 7: Winfull Patrol (9) – Currently, $11.00/$3.10
QUADDIE ($100 get you 39%)
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