Thoroughbred Racing in Australia

Cup's wish granted - but at what price?

What has happened to the Melbourne Cup has highlighted the double-edged sword of globalisation, familiar to the business world, but only just coming into focus for racing.

Wednesday, 2 November, 2011, 12:00am

Innovative concept expected to be a hit with punters

Hong Kong punters are renowned for idolatry of their favourite jockeys, so the newest bet type on the local scene, the Jockey Challenge, seems tailor-made for them.

And indeed it is, with extensive market research by the Jockey Club strongly suggesting that the concept will be a winner.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Labour of love

The 'Lucky Owners dream' will receive its first market test at Australia's Gold Coast next month when 13 members of his initial crop of southern-hemisphere-bred babies go up for auction.

28 May 2006 - 12:00am

Extended season a short-term solution

The Jockey Club has completed a feasibility study into extending the racing season or even commencing year-round racing in the not-too-distant future - another attempt to shore up fading turnover.

When this would happen or in what fashion has yet to be revealed, though this column cannot see a single good aspect to it.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Trainers and jockeys hit in the pocket

Hong Kong's jockeys and trainers were yesterday asked by the Jockey Club to take a 10 per cent pay cut next season to help combat falling turnover.

28 May 2003 - 12:00am

Going global worth it despite ups and downs

Helene Vitality's failed Melbourne Cup assault has come and gone, but the globalisation of racing competition continues. While Grandera arrived on Monday night to continue a preparation aimed at the Hong Kong Cup and securing the title of world champion, Hong Kong's Red Sun and the evergreen Indigenous yesterday headed for the Japan Cups, dirt and proper, in Tokyo.

13 Nov 2002 - 12:00am