Below article from the Ken Callender. Why are the media suddenly turning on Hong kong after so much positive stories. Is it because it is bigger than australian racing at times with more o/s horses racing in their cups.
Why the support for our Hong Kong rivalsArticle from: Font size: Decrease Increase Email article: Email Print article: Print Submit comment: Submit comment By Ken Callander
January 14, 2009 12:00am
WHEN Ross McDonald outlined plans for Weekend Hussler at Rosehill last Saturday there were three races in Melbourne in his program, one in Dubai and one in Hong Kong.
Sydney did not rate a mention.
Yet you still find some media men and administrators who trip over themselves to stay sweet with Hong Kong.
Wouldn't it have been nice to see The Hussler set for the Ryder Stakes, the Doncaster or the All Aged Stakes?
Hong Kong is one of our racing rivals. Those in power in Honkers don't worry about us and we shouldn't worry about them.
There has been talk during the week that Hong Kong buyers may not be active at the Inglis sale at Easter, because of the Chris Munce affair. This followed the Hong Kong Jockey Club representative Mark Player being more active than usual at the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast, where he spent $3.41 million on 19 yearlings.
If Player wants to buy at the second best sale and boycott the premier sale that is his prerogative. As a former employee of the VRC he would know the breeding industry does not run the Australian racing industry.
I KNOW Gary Portelli's Redoute's Choice colt Lighthorseman flopped at his only start when a short-priced favourite at Rosehill in August, but you should have seen him trial on Friday morning. He won't be flopping this time in.
THERE is definitely a dearth of topline stayers in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Australian Cup, the Caulfield Stakes (the Yalumba), the Cox Plate, the Mackinnon Stakes, the Chipping Norton, the Ranvet, the BMW and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes are Australia's top middle distance races.
With no Lonhro, Makybe Diva, Eremein or Desert War around, how many can name who won the eight races in 2008?
The answer is Sirmione (Australian Cup), Douro Valley (Yalumba), Maldivian (Cox Plate), Theseo (Mackinnon), Casino Prince (Chipping Norton), Tuesday Joy (Ranvet and BMW) and Sarrera (Queen Elizabeth).
They are not really a group to get your pulse racing, are they?
IT is great to see the new board of Racing NSW is not sitting on its hands and held a meeting on Monday with all sections of the industry in relation to programming and the size of Sydney's fields.
IN a coincidence, as of yesterday morning, the Warwick Farm twins, Nathan and Tommy Berry, had each ridden 35 winners this season to sit at the top of the state apprentices' title.
Tommy has been on the sidelines in the past few weeks due to suspension, but he will be back in business at Wyong today and ready to fire.
The two 17-year-olds are rare talents and extremely popular with Farm trainers, not just because of their ability, but because of their work ethic and their eagerness to ride work.
KATHY O'Hara is the leading female rider in the state this season with 35 wins ahead of Leanne Henry, 26, and Jessie Whipp, 19.
Thanks to turf statistician Gowan Williams I can tell you 44 female riders have won races in NSW since August 1 and another 23 have had mounts.
Watch out fellas, the girls are catching up.
MARK Wallace, the 35-year-old Irishman who is setting up stables at Warwick Farm, is a former assistant to Aidan O'Brien.
Since taking out his own licence based at Newmarket in England, Wallace has had good success, including winning a Group One race at Longchamps on Arc day in 2007.
My UK contacts tell me Wallace is an excellent 'money' trainer.
In a recent article the young trainer told Alan Lee of The Times: "People might wonder why I'm leaving when things are going well here, but this is a chance to do something that's never been done before."
MY midweek tip is Foxy One (Race 2) at Canterbury on Thursday night.