Unbeatable Caviar forces bookies to get creative

Bookmakers in the UK have resorted to posting betting markets without Black Caviar to drum up some ante-post business on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.

Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am

Teen gambling worsens

Increasing numbers of teenagers are gambling in Hong Kong, with some placing their first bet before the age of 10, a new report says.

Last year the Ping Wo Fund, a body set up to help problem gamblers, commissioned Polytechnic University to interview 3,982 teenagers under the age of 18 about their gambling activities.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Benefits of commingling made obvious once again

Something that international racing does boil down to an obvious concept is the value created by horses racing out of their jurisdiction.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Odds tempting as bookies underrate HK sprinters

In the name of helping our readers get their minds settled around the mights and maybes of international day, and in the absence of the Jockey Club's own once-encouraging sounds about ante-post betting for Sunday's showpiece events, we went trawling the web for the overseas bookies' prices.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Club's turnover has not suffered from big bombs

The so-called denial of service attack is a regular fact of life in the cyber world of 2011, and our spies tell us gremlins have been targeting the betting exchanges around the Asian region which have had such an impact on Hong Kong turnover in the past year and more.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

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.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

'God Of Lamp' has burned out this time

One year on from the huge move on All The Winners at a Happy Valley Sunday meeting that set the tone for last season on the betting front, the 'God Of Lamp' has not been quite as accurate this time around.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Build and they'll come: fans flock to the tracks

While chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (pictured) continues to tread the conservative path and suggest wagering growth this season of 3 to 3.5 per cent, he has looked on in (joyous) amazement as Jockey Club racing customers have simply laughed at those estimates with three strong meetings.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Betting ban aids illegal bookmakers

As a staunch supporter of Chelsea, I was hoping to have a small wager on Saturday's match with Aston Villa.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Dragon holds sway in confused market

The leading players in betting are pretty much the same names among overseas bookmakers operating on the QEII Cup, but the openness of the race has been reflected in the differences of order and magnitude of favouritism.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Help us stamp out illegal gambling, Rogge urges China

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has called on China to help stamp out the 'scourge' threatening global sport - illegal gambling. Rogge, writing in the China Daily, singled out China's contribution to the fight against what he describes as the corruption 'cancer'.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

The Lunar New Year meeting at Sha Tin said a great deal about the state of racing in Hong Kong, the demand for it and the place it holds in the Chinese psyche.

According to the Jockey Club, some 1.1 million calls were placed to Telebet on Saturday, we had a boom crowd on course and the best turnover for a decade on the most popular day's racing of the season.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

So the world moves on. Or does it? Well, apparently not where the Hong Kong Jockey Club and commingling intersect.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

Where was Samuel L. Jackson when we needed him on Saturday? And why did turnovernoia strike at Sha Tin?

The Jockey Club's version of Steve Irwin (sans stingray) managed to catch a python, which was doubtless minding its own business, perhaps catching a few rays of sun, near the tying up stalls on the members' car park side of the racecourse.

22 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Time for tough talk on illegal gambling

There are some truths about gambling that Hong Kong needs to come to terms with: the first is that it cannot be made to disappear. The second is that legal gambling can serve the common good, while illegal gambling undermines it.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am