Parimutuel Betting

Sport of kings still behind the times

Under an impossibly blue sky over the ultramarine Bosphorous water that joins Asia and Europe, Istanbul's Asian Racing Conference was trying to bridge the sport's many worlds this past week.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

'Bigger and better' is HKIR goal

The Jockey Club will not rest on its laurels after Sunday's successful 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races, and chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges says there is 'a unique opportunity' to raise the meeting to an even higher global profile.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Horse racing and its fans would benefit from competition among betting firms

It has been reported that revenues from casinos in Macau exceed those from racing in Hong Kong. Macau casinos must compete for a share of the gambler's wallet - keen competition forces up standards and gives the customer extensive choice. The standards are high and the experience an enjoyable one.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Marked difference in tale of two sets of stewards

Events on either side of the racing world on the weekend were one of those frequent little reminders of how differently stewards go about their jobs in different places.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Turnover showing great signs but not like 90s

Through the halfway mark of the term and, well, things are fairly flying, at least at the betting windows.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Four scratchings cost Club more than $40m

There wasn't a cloud in sight but it was raining late scratchings and cost the Jockey Club a billion-dollar ladies' day.

Pari-mutuel turnover reached almost HK$978 million, with another HK$9 million wagered on Jockey Challenge betting, but more than HK$40 million was returned to punters after a rare four late withdrawals in three separate races.

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

What is commingling?

Even for those with more than a passing interest in horse racing, the mysteries of commingling require some explanation.

Why would the Jockey Club expect people in other countries to bet billions of dollars on racing on the other side of the planet in Hong Kong, at all kinds of hours and on horses, jockeys and racetracks that are just names to them?

12 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Behind the doom and gloom is a win in betting turnover

Had you just arrived from out of town in time to catch the doom and gloom of a Jockey Club surplus crashing around us and the looming plight of its extensive community work, you might have been surprised to learn on Wednesday that things are reasonably healthy with racing's turnover.

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Double Trio system is stretching a friendship

With this column's hobby horses being retired faster than Wall Street investment bankers, Monday's season opener did remind us that at least one remains on all fours.

After the alterations to place-pool betting this season, along with (at last) some sanity returned to the calculation of dead-heat dividends, we were wondering what deficiency to target next.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Jockey Club 'Santa' turns into a Robin Hood to keep the majority happy

Two days before Christmas may seem like half a lifetime ago, but for those punters who backed Double Luck in his dead-heat with favourite One World at Sha Tin on December 23, the subsequent festive season may simply have worsened their indigestion.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Children and gambling: backing a loser

Perhaps I am a bit conservative, but I wasn't very pleased to see a young girl being interviewed about her lucky 'bets' at Sha Tin racecourse at the weekend. As the Jockey Club later made clear, she hadn't placed real bets, just picked the numbers from a hat for her father. But, for me, it sent a very bad message.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Club to put betting blunder out of its misery

Bracket Win will be officially killed off today and it will not be a difficult decision for the Jockey Club. The wretched and uninspired bet type was all but dead anyway and just waiting for someone in authority to put it out of its misery.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Commingling up and running at last - albeit at a mere trot

At least it has begun. The past weekend was an auspicious one for race wagering of a global kind in two jurisdictions.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Bracket Win dies slow death

If anyone who went racing on Sunday noticed an unfamiliar stench, it was probably the rotting carcass of Bracket Win, which went through its death throes some time ago but hasn't been buried yet.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Club insists Choice And Chance backers were not short-changed

The Jockey Club's executive director of betting, Henry Chan Shing-kai, yesterday committed to refer to public opinion as he sought to explain how punters who backed Choice And Chance at odds of $99 on Wednesday were not short-changed when they were paid $35.50 after he dead-heated with favourite Silent Dragon.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am