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Jockey Club missing golden chance to promote world's best horse racing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 June, 2010, 12:00am

It's unfortunate that the superb and competitive horse racing presently taking place in Hong Kong is 'relegated' to the racing pages and horse racing websites.

The recent four winners each by Hong Kong's nine-time Champion Jockey Douglas Whyte and 'the new kid on the block' Brett Prebble was wonderful to watch ('It just dozen get any better than this', June 21).

Last Sunday, Prebble rode six winners and trainer Caspar Fownes saddled up six winners of his own - both being tremendous sporting feats.

These are feats that would be headline news in any other sporting event.

But with horse racing - once known as 'the sport of kings' - having been allowed to be associated with the seedier side of life, this did not happen.

In Britain, this would be in the main section of the newspaper.

The achievement is not that far off that of legendary jockey Frankie Dettori's record-breaking seven winners a number of years ago.

Currently there are campaigns in Hong Kong warning about the perils of gambling and with various illegal bookies being jailed for accepting millions of dollars worth of bets on the World Cup.

So here was the best opportunity the Hong Kong Jockey Club has ever had to promote the sport.

They could show that it is something more than a pastime reserved for people with toothpicks in their mouths along with a fried chicken wing, a radio to their ear and a tatty form guide in their hands.

It's still not too late despite the club's seeming inability to seize the day.

In fact, I am willing to wager that Whyte's nine consecutive Jockey Championships and the efforts of Prebble and Fownes over the weekend will make all of them eligible for a place in the Guinness World Records.

And if this happens, it can only benefit all of Hong Kong and show the world this 'can do' spirit we've been hearing about for months.

To the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a tip: get a wiggle on!

Hans Ebert, Sai Ying Poon

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