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
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
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
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
Through the halfway mark of the term and, well, things are fairly flying, at least at the betting windows.16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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