Betting on sectional times may open door to corruption
After what has happened lately, with the jailing of cricketers for spot-fixing in matches or the rugby league scandal in Sydney over a plunge that went wrong on the 'first points' bet, you'd have to think they must just be slow learners in Victoria, Australia, where betting on margins or sectional times in races is being tossed around as a valid new option in the wagering scene.
Naturally, the jockeys are not happy with the added pressures and Black Caviar's trainer, Peter Moody, was stating the obvious when he said it would lead to innuendo.
Naturally, those on the administrative side said they were confident that it could be policed - bet you never heard that before. Some who have ridden in the UK, where such bets have existed for many years, tell rollicking tales of how they stung the bookies on the margins one day at ... well, you get the picture.
Good luck with that, Victoria, but in Hong Kong things remain circumspect on any new fixed odds bet types, given the general suspicion abroad here that rorts abound at all times anyway.
While the Jockey Challenge has passed into a regular place on the Hong Kong scene with relatively little hoohah, we are pleased we didn't hold our breath waiting for the oft-forecast fixed-odds ante-post betting on the internationals.