Date
22 November 2017
Horses 6, 8, 9 and 4 led the field at the finish of  Race 7 at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Horses 6, 8, 9 and 4 led the field at the finish of Race 7 at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Leung just can’t win, as horse racing result prompts more jabs

The result of a weekend horse race has sparked a new round of jokes aimed at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Metro Daily reported Monday.

In the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Tin Shui Handicap, Race 7 at Sha Tin on Sunday, the numbers of the first four horses to finish were 6, 8, 9 and 4, in that order.

The first three numbers in sequence form 689, a nickname Leung’s critics have given him, referring to the number of votes he received from the 1,200-strong election committee in the 2012 election for chief executive.

The number 4 in Cantonese rhymes with the word for “die” or “dead”.

Some netizens immediately said the race result was a sign from heaven.

They mockingly suggested that a group of Leung supporters known as the “Blue Ribbons” request the Jockey Club to issue an apology and nullify the result of the race. 

German sportswear maker Puma apologized last month for an advertisement for a marathon in Hong Kong showing a runner’s bib with the number D7689 (which an imaginative speaker of Cantonese could read as “f— 689″) after a government supporter complained to the firm’s chief executive. 

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