THE amount bet on the Macau races went up 10 per cent yesterday as they were shown for the first time on Hong Kong television. The first five races were telecast by ATV in a Nicam presentation in English and Cantonese on the World Channel. Total turnover for the televised races was $12.57 million - higher than normal for the first few races on the card. Police had expressed concern that showing the races on Hong Kong television would encourage illegal gambling, because punters here can only bet on the Taipa tote by Telebet. A police spokesman said no raids had been carried out on suspected illegal bookmakers yesterday, but he refused to confirm whether there had been any reports of illegal activities. Total turnover for the 11-race programme, which had full fields of 14 in most races, was $28.4 million. Turnover for the past five weeks has been around $24.5 to $26 million. There was no reference to betting during the telecast and the totalisator board was not shown. Viewers were not informed which horse was favourite. With virtually no print media backup for Macau racing in Hong Kong, most viewers would have had little knowledge of the form of horses running or the jockeys and trainers involved. Macau Jockey Club promotion slots carried on the programme stressed the perils of illegal gambling. Former Hong Kong champion jockey Gary Moore, now a prominent figure at Taipa but suspended for yesterday's meeting, said: 'I think it should be given time. Hong Kong people will have to become used to seeing it on television but it is obviously good exposure for Macau.'