Saturday racing proves unpopular

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am

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.'