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  1. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Business as usual for favoured few

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 11:04pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Wake-up call comes quickly as opening meeting already marked by rail bias down the straight Business as usual for favoured few The first casualty of Sunday's opening day of racing was the naive hope the straight races might not be so afflicted by outside rail bias at this stage of the season. The impact of ever more grass barrier trials at Sha Tin gets the blame for the strong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1594067/business-usual-favoured-few
  2. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Hong Kong punters bet big at home, but going cold on overseas races

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 09:27pm by Alan Aitken

    ... racing Taking races from three foreign jurisdictions on the weekend had us thinking about simulcasting- yes, we really should get out more. As the brave new world of commingling expands quietly off set- more of that shortly- what we can see going the other way is making us wonder whether there is a plateauing of interest in overseas racing. Holdings in the Japanese Derby held firm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1524725/hong-kong-punters-bet-big-home-going-cold-overseas-races
  3. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Plenty of talk and slapping of backs at Asian Racing Conference, but where was the news?

    Posted May 13th 2014, 09:07pm by Alan Aitken

    ... of talk and slapping of backs but where's the news? The Asian Racing Conference was as well organised as any we've attended- not unexpectedly, given that Hong Kong Jockey Club ... in their (obviously more democratic) version of racing as the horses wouldn't agree to it. It took us a while to work out which C was represented by the long, intrusive funeral march music played during ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1511391/plenty-talk-and-slapping-backs-wheres-news
  4. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Hong Kong punters experts at weeding out the no-hopers

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 10:49pm by Alan Aitken

    ... terms of working out the best chances) year on year and a squeeze at the other end with less competitive racing. Early this season we did marvel in this space at just how good the punters were, ... have got the money- not unusual in most places in the world, where 33 per cent-plus might be considered normal, but here we like to talk about how competitive the racing is and that figure has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1539802/hong-kong-punters-experts-weeding-out-no-hopers
  5. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Triple Trio jackpot revives memories of glory days for the legendary bet

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:54pm by Alan Aitken

    ... There are other amazing stories attached to the bet, once the flagship of Hong Kong racing, though they are drifting into the mists of time as big jackpots head the way of the Bengal tiger. It was one of the Jockey Club's quiet ambitions with commingling that it could be the race club with the bet type the world would come to play, but that is still a daydream. Even lesser jackpots have become ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1535072/triple-trio-jackpot-revives-memories-glory-days-legendary-bet
  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Increased rewards at the top are a misguided ploy

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 10:41pm by Alan Aitken

    ... further, we might find that horses are as likely to have ability in inverse proportion to their cost as they are to have a talent that justifies it. We recall at one point in Australian racing ... horse but they want it running in Class Three. There's a good reason why the highest class races are generally populated by horses from the same leading stables. It's partly because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1529446/increased-rewards-top-are-misguided-ploy
  7. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Hey Mongolia: get your own jockeys

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 10:49pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Plan to set up racing there came as little surprise- but if they are going to do it, they need to do it without borrowing Hong Kong riders Hey Mongolia: get your own jockeys The story on Tuesday that Mongolia- actual Mongolia, not the Inner one of Hohhot fame- was preparing to legalise gambling on horse racing came as no real surprise, but some of the concepts in the story did. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1500216/hey-mongolia-get-your-own-jockeys
  8. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Commingling off to a modest start

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:04pm by Alan Aitken

    ... on an afternoon when the Ghosts Of Racing Yet To Come made their appearance. After around a decade of waiting, or at least since it was first mentioned, having bets from another country that was not Macau go directly into pools here had arrived. The tally of HK$2.7 million in bets will have many racing fans wondering what the fuss was about, as will the comment by executive director of racing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1469559/commingling-modest-start
  9. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    South Africa has talent pool waiting to be tapped

    Posted May 06th 2014, 10:52pm by Alan Aitken

    ... displaying for the world to see, yet again, the quality of South Africa's racehorses, doubtless this week's Asian Racing Conference will have earnest discussions about how to achieve change ... regulations, governments are rarely moved by the wishes of a bunch of racing administrators or wealthy breeders pushing for change in an area with national and international implications beyond horse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1506112/south-africa-has-talent-pool-waiting-be-tapped
  10. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Opportunity or conflict of interest?

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 08:51pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Moore throws up poser of setting boundaries for trainers who might want to race their own horses here Opportunity or conflict of interest? It only took a few throwaway words from John ... that the three-year-old Moore races in Australia, Not Listenin'tome, had a virus and was sidelined for the big races coming up in Sydney, which had been intended as his farewell to the land down under before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1457088/opportunity-or-conflict-interest

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