Police target HK$10m betting gang

Police say they have struck a heavy blow against a triad-controlled bookmaking syndicate that raked in HK$10 million in illegal bets on soccer matches and horse racing in the past nine months.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

In-play betting better guide for Whyte

There could be some nervous moments for those taking the short odds about Douglas Whyte in the Jockey Challenge, but a succession of top notch rides in the final four races should see him salute.

Whyte has rides in eight of the 11 events, but only has one mount - first-starter Keep-A-Pin in the griffin race to start the day - out of the first three races.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Punters now wise to Size's highly educated debutants

John Size trains winners like pigeons poop on statues - it all just seems so natural and with such an air of inevitability.

And his patient handling to give Can Do so much practice before racing, among many others before him, shows off one particular aspect of the pooping where he has it all over most of his rivals - getting horses to win on debut.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal bookies adding fuel to impressive turnover

The Jockey Club was perilously close to reaching HK$1 billion in turnover last Wednesday at Happy Valley and, before the end of the season, it seems inevitable that it will happen, so buoyant is the betting handle at present.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Doleuze can give Whyte a run for his money

Douglas Whyte holds his usual commanding position on top of Jockey Challenge betting, but is hard to back at ultra short odds, so look to Olivier Doleuze to spring an upset despite his limited book of rides.

Make no mistake, Whyte will be tough to beat with a 10-ride book full of favoured runners, but the $1.50 offered last night was not for the faint-hearted.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Black Caviar's odds at shortest ever

Bookmakers have posted champion sprinting mare Black Caviar at the shortest odds of her brilliant career to return today as a winner in the Group One Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

27 Jan 2012 - 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

Money in the bag for followers of Whyte

Douglas Whyte saves his best for the big days and has a quality book that can make an odds-on quote look appealing in the Jockey Challenge.

On National Day, Whyte nabbed the two feature wins and he has a great chance of doing the same again with Entrapment in the Premier Bowl and Sichuan Success in the Sha Tin Trophy.

30 Oct 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


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

Left at the starting gate

In the five years since the breakthrough tax restructuring that allowed the Jockey Club to offer rebates to punters and take more action to fight illegal betting operators, everything the club forecast in lobbying for those changes has happened.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Ratings drops are too slow across the board

Further to last week's discussion of the death of value punting this season, more than one reader has been in touch on the matter.

For the first time in Hong Kong racing history, professional punters are struggling and even the once-mighty computer syndicates have come back to the field.

4 May 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

On the Rails

Punters lived to fight another day with Pretty One's withdrawal last Saturday as an odds-on chance, but it was not a departure from previous practice by the stewards to declare him a non-runner.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Angland and Mosse worth a throw of the dice

Tonight's Jockey Challenge promises to be an absolute corker and, while usual favourites Douglas Whyte, Darren Beadman and Brett Prebble all have good claims, none boast an outstanding book, which assures them of victory in the point-score event.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am