Three wishes to make big week even better
Our wish list for future international weeks is not that long, but involves one or two new moves on the International Jockeys' Championship (IJC).
The opening ceremony comes with pomp and fireworks, but the IJC drops into the background thereafter, until a winner is presented. It should be obvious the winning jockey should be interviewed after each leg, live around all the screens on the course. Nothing elaborate, just a brief 'how does it feel?' kind of chat, that won't hold up the meeting but keeps the series in view.
The other is to ask why there was no in-play Jockey Challenge betting? Having taken the path of Jockey Challenge betting only on the IJC, every effort should be made to keep interest in that, too. With the series now four races, it should be in-play until the third leg - even on a normal Wednesday, the Jockey Challenge is in-play until two races to go.
Oh, and our other wish? Can we dump this Wednesday night after the Internationals?
In the week of October 21-28, there was no midweek racing, and there are still weeks in the calendar not filled, as a contingency for typhoon or other weather cancellations. One of those could be tonight and, if we have to race in a pinch, so be it.
The overnight transition from internationals to fields for a trade meeting at the Valley is too great a let down and too much like everyone's worst night out in Lan Kwai Fong or Wan Chai.
Sunday night we went to bed with Snow Fairy, Monday we woke up with Humongus.