Friday, 13 January 2012

All That Money but the Hong Kong Jockey Club Still Can’t Run a Website

Come on, Winfried Englebrecht-Bresges, the C-suited boss of the tail that wags the governmental dog, the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Put some of that famed German efficiency to work and get your website working! Almost without fail these days, the equine website is down on every race day, which is a bit like a polling station shutting its doors on election day, i.e. no earthly use.

 EB, as he is known (or has he restyled himself “E” since his divorce from the daughter of one of Germany’s top stud farmers, Astrid Bregses? – yes, he really adopted his wife’s name when they got married), is a stickler for high standards with a reputedly short fuse, so heaven help those IT guys when der Boss finds out that one of the club’s major promotional tools – which also hosts his blog – has become something of a joke.

Perhaps he should put wife number two (whose name I don’t believe he has taken, which some might deem inequitable) onto the problem. After all, she shares a reputation for the kind of can-do spirit that characterised another eminent Hong Kong First Lady, Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping, wife of former Chief Execrable Tung Chee-hwa. Betty, it should be recalled, was given the nickname “A1” on account of her insistence on always travelling in the first-class seat of that description – even when someone else had paid for it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What evidence do you have for your claim that he took his wife's name? Sounds outlandish and potentially libellous to me.

ulaca said...

Winfried talked about it himself in an SCMP interview a few years back. Those with an SCMP sub should be able to find it. His first wife was from a very well-connected family.

Simon said...

You can get round the paywall very easily by typing what you're looking for into Google, in this case 'scmp engelbrecht bresges'. The Post's year 2000 interview is on the first page.

ulaca said...

Ah, I now remember Ornery once told me about this trick.

Looking at the piece, "the only son of the Engelbrecht family, well-known in the insurance business" is particularly good in a Pythonesque kind of way.

I'm not quite sure what he means by "losing" the toss. Since the purpose of going double-barrelled was to preserve the two names for posterity, then whether his wife adopted his name would appear to be a bit of an irrelevance, as any issue they had would need to receive both names through the male line.

Frankie Fook-lun Leung said...

Those who call the shots in H K after 1997 claim to have the ears of the power-that-be in Beijing. Only those delude themselves that the jockey club and H K club matters live in their dream-world of those who past the prime and no longer have power or even influence. Look up, it is NOT the Union Jack flying. It is the Five Stars.