Jun 9


Only to be a fly on the wall.




Sky Racing a potential sticking point in Tabcorp, Tatts merger



Sky Racing has become a key part of the potential merger Image: News Corp

The merger between Tabcorp and Tatts Group could fail to eventuate even if it is given the green light by the Australian Competition Tribunal if the transaction is conditional on the sale of Sky Racing. 
According to a report from The Australian on Friday. some sources have said Tabcorp would be more willing to walk away from the $11bn merger than part with the multichannel broadcaster, which telecasts more than 80,000 races annually.

A determination on the merger had been set for June 13, but the Tribunal this week extended the deadline for their ruling by up to three months, with a decision to now be made by no later than September 10. 

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised concerns over Sky in its submission to the Tribunal should Tabcorp join forces with Tatts. 

Those concerns include a potential lessening of competition with Sky, greater barriers for other media outlets to make a play for vision rights and a reduction in revenue received by the principal racing authorities for their media rights.

It stated that 'Sky already enjoys competitive advantages when bidding for racing media rights, however, the ACCC considers that the acquisition may increase these advantages, particularly in relation to rights in the Tatts jurisdictions.'

Sky currently hold the rights for Queensland until 2020 and Tasmania until 2026 while South Australia last week announced a seven-year deal with Racing.com. 

Tabcorp and some racing bodies have contended that the proposed acquisition would not result in a reduction in competition in bidding for media rights, given Tatts does not currently compete with Sky for acquiring the rights. 

The ACCC also raised the potential impact on wagering competition if there was a reduction in competition with Sky. 

It said if rivals to Sky could not grow and corporate bookmakers could not access digital media rights due to Sky gaining exclusive bundled rights, then competitive threats to Tabcorp's wagering operations would be reduced. 

Should Sky Racing become available, The Australian said billionaire media tycoon Kerry Stokes, Telstra and Foxtel were all potential suito

Jun 9

They would want to be at the top of their game as she is a freak.


Highland Reel is one of the Cox Plate invitees Image: Getty
Eight international horses have been invited to take up the challenge in this year's Cox Plate, a race in which local champion Winx is scheduled to chase a record-equalling third successive win.

Japanese horse Neorealism and reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther are among the Moonee Valley Racing Club's international invitees for the $3 million weight-for-age race on October 28.

Irish horse Highland Reel, third to Winx in the Cox Plate in 2015, and last year's Caulfield Cup runner-up Scottish are also on the MVRC's wish list.

"The club has once again sought to invite the world's premier middle distance weight-for-age horses and working in conjunction with Racing Victoria's international agent Leigh Jordon we are confident we have identified horses that may be attracted by our lucrative prize money and incentives," MVRC chief executive Michael Browell said.

"The recent global recognition of the W S Cox Plate undoubtedly helped us market our race to international connections, but there is no denying the two-sided effect Winx can have on the race."

Costs associated with transporting horses, trainers, jockeys and connections to Melbourne will be covered should the connections of invited horses choose to run in the Cox Plate.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Adelaide became the first overseas-trained winner of the Cox Plate (2040m) in 2014.

Winx, rated the best turf horse in the world, has dominated the race the past two years and is striving to join Kingston Town by winning for a third time.

Neorealism, the recent QEII Cup winner in Hong Kong, is one of two invitees from Japan along with Japanese Derby winner Makahiki.

Along with the Charlie Appleby-trained Scottish, other Great Britain-trained horses invited are Decorated Knight and Ribchester, while last-start French Group One winner Mekhtaal has also earned an invitation.

"We will continue to monitor the major racing carnivals around the globe and where we see fit may issue further invitations to those we believe warrant it," Jordon said.

Initial Cox Plate Invitees

Highland Reel (Ireland)

Makahiki (Japan)

Ribchester (GB)

Werther (Hong Kong)

Neorealism (Japan)

Mekhtaal (France)

Decorated Knight (GB)

Scottish (GB)
Jun 8



28.8 Free to Air fitness ratings is the edge punters need.


Good morning punters, we at 28.8 like to think that we do at least try new innovations to help

punters win on the punt.


Our 30 year quest; at times waiting up to 20 years for technology to catch up to our ideas, is

just about ready to rock racing.


We have a bucket full of new innovations for punters to help them win and I have little doubt

we will dramatically change the services that punters are now getting for the better.


I think punters have been on the raw end of the stick for decades.


Things will improve, world-wide for the benefit of us punters and that is a great thing about to start.


We will strive to keep ahead of the pack in future years with unique Free innovations and

new native technology.


You will be blown away by what happens here between now and Christmas.


Cheers Jim




Mr James Conway CEO 28.8

28.8 World’s No 1 INSIDE Horse Fitness % Winners

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Jun 8



28.8 the fitness edge for punters.


Good evening punters; it has been a concern for 28.8 about the fitness levels of Darren Weirs horses.


Selecting his fitter horses at times are no easy feat and you really need to understand his

training methods to succeed.


I have kept all notes on his little tips here and there in the media and am forming a good picture

for members to tip more of his winners in understanding the science of how he trains.


Am working on it, and am sure we are getting on top of all this and that is good news for 28.8 members.


Cheers Jim


Mr James Conway CEO 28.8

28.8 World’s No 1 INSIDE Horse Fitness % Winners

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Jun 8



Just did my 1st race (7) Happy Valley and posted on Asian bookie


Wahoo, I get winner No 10 as fittest horse on 98% and win $9.00

As said (11) Resplendent Glory could get beat and it did.

We win!!! Wahoo


Jun 7


28.8 Race Day Summary on 12 races, Sandown and Canterbury.


1st tip  Winners


·       Ashlee Marie                $7.00

·       Passage of Time           $3.30

·       Secret Trail                  $4.60



Top Line Winners


·       Don’t We Love It              $12.80

·       Invictum Domina              $4.40

·       Sayed                              $5.00

·       Ashlee Marie                     $7.00

·       Bellegano                         $2.80


·       Envy of All                        $3.50

·       Word Games                     $3.10

·       Passage of Time                $3.30


Lay unfit fav. (6) But it’s True, results: it lost.


Exotics, especially on value bet races as called: Returns about $18,000


Lay unfit horses:    29 unfit horses bottom line in 12 races.


x 100% profit per lay = 1,200% profit.


All good, after top last night tips on the dogs and trots.


Massive news coming out about an edge for punters, say tuned.




Mr James Conway CEO 28.8

28.8 World’s No 1 INSIDE Horse Fitness % Winners

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Jun 7



Continuing on the great work last night on the dogs and trots, on fire again

at Sandown and Canterbury, more later Jim

Jun 6



Winners galore in dogs and trots in just 1 hour, really nice work Jim


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