Arc a triumph of common sense

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 October, 2008, 12:00am
 

Unless the anti-gambling lobby is attempting to argue that simulcasting the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe brought us to the brink of a second typhoon in a month or shaved some more points off the Hang Seng Index, we can't see that Hong Kong is any the worse for its experience.

We were allowed to witness and bet on one of the great racing events of the world in Paris on Sunday night.

Not only was this a typical Arc, it was the essence of a vintage one. Zarkava became the first three-year-old filly to win it since Urban Sea in 1993.

Not only that, but she's unbeaten. Make that untested, so Zarkava is really one of the great thoroughbred fillies of all time.

Jockey Christophe Soumillon was magnificent. Mere words cannot do justice to this prince of the saddle, whose brilliant snap decisions, nerveless bravery and swashbuckling execution make him truly one of the best on the planet.

Thanks to the Jockey Club, we were able to feast on this super moment in sport in the comfort of our living rooms. Can anyone identify a negative? Or perhaps someone from the anti-gambling lobby can coherently explain to us what, by continually objecting to the prospect of more simulcast races from overseas, they've been so zealously protecting us from?

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