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Callander Backs "Gutsy Decision To Tell HK To Go To Hell"
Meanwhile leading turf columnist Ken Callander gave the Hong Kong Jockey club both barrels in The Daily Telegraph. Callander declared: "If I get into a scrap I want Peter V'Landys alongside me, not any of these do-gooders who think keeping sweet with the HKJC is more important than the well-being of Chris Munce. V'Landys has been copping plenty of flak from HK & other racing centres & also from a few Aussies who think a just penalty for tipping is to be thrown into a 2-to-a-bed, poorly sanitised HK jail. They are kidding. Please be told: In the case of Chris Munce, the penalty did not fit the crime. Fortunately the man in the street is 100% behind V'Landys & his just & gutsy decision to tell HK to go to hell." Callander noted: "HK is now making a lot of noise as to why Munce did not appeal against the decision of the stewards inquiry. There are 2 reasons . . . . Firstly he had only 24 hours to do so & secondly he had totally lost faith in HK justice. Why wouldn't he lose faith? The stewards inquiry last week was headed by Anthony Chow, a board member of the HKJC & the board of the HKJC is who he was supposed to appeal to. How's that for corporate governance?" Callander continued: "Can somebody please tell me what HK has ever done for us? We can get on without them. The latest bluff is for HK to threaten to stop the NSW TAB betting on its races. Who cares? There is more interest in Nowra & Ballina & the holds are bigger. HK has never offered to reciprocate, as New Zealand does, & let their punters bet on Sydney racing. They are all one-way. We supply HK with horses, jockeys, trainers & stewards & they supply us with nothing. . . . . Week after week they raid our most promising horses. As soon as a horse wins a race or two, its connections are hit with an offer from HK. Many Australian owners succumb to the temptation & sell the horse & I must admit I would probably do the same. But does it help Sydney racing for all of our promising horses to be going overseas?"