At the right time and place, cross-dressing serves its purpose.
And, during these World Cup Fever days, a good cross can win a match while a bad cross can lose one- as the Socceroos found out earlier today after a beauty of a header from Tim Cahill.
But what about cross-betting- like the cross-betting that took place for only the second time last night at the excellent Millions venue at Happy Valley?
In Shatin, Dougie Whyte was riding a double and making a fairy tale come true by winning- by a nose- on this 10,000th career ride aboard the David Hall-trained Master Kochanwong, named after owners messrs Ko, Chan and Wong- and with Tommy Berry aboard Smart Man almost being the party spoiler.
After months stuck on 299, David Ferraris notched up his 300th winner as a trainer when Holy Mac with The Mighty Callan aboard saluted at 30 to 1.
There were also winning doubles from Joao Moreira and Neil Callan- a brilliant return to the saddle after a long few days in the wilderness after what we call, “a Furio suspension”.
Meanwhile, at Millions in Happy Valley, the venue hit pay-dirt with scenes like those shown below along with a brilliant mix of the hardcore, affluent punter, ‘live’ music, those new to the racing game, tourists from the US and Europe, a Lady Gaga-type leather and House music dance troupe, FUN people and people HAVING fun- and not furtive, sneaky looking racing tragics from the well-known Hong Kong Department of Backstabbers Anonymous whose gig is up.
All these plus factors is no doubt why bookings at the venue for the last Happy Wednesday meeting next week are coming through thick and fast and where we predict a truly one in a million- or Millions- experience.
Frankly, we just wish cross-betting parties like these take place for the rest of the season.
Here’s also hoping they roar back like a Katy Perry song NEXT season- bigger, better and giving everyone- the cash-rich hardcore punter who lives on Hong Kong island and doesn’t want to haul ass over to Shatin but wishes to cross-bet with their friends at Happy Valley- and away from the $50 “racing uncles” in the Public stands- plus the new racing fan with nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon after the morning after the night before- the most fun they can have with their clothes on.
Bring it on, baby.