Saturday racing proves unpopular
Jockey Club officials were forced to bite the bullet yesterday and admit yet again Saturdays just don't compare to racing on Sunday afternoons. With turnover down around 5 per cent on last year and the attendance down by a stunning 40 per cent, officials were looking for something to explain the figures and the change of days drew their fire. 'It just shows how much difference there is between a Saturday and a Sunday - our estimate on average is that it's worth HK$35-40 million and today it was worth a little more,' chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'Last year, we raced on a Sunday and we had all turf races as against mixed today, which is certainly reason enough for the turnover loss. But we also had a big promotion in 2008 for the 30th anniversary of Sha Tin Racecourse, with giveaways and so on, so I think that explains the crowd difference.'