HONG KONG punters will get Macau racing broadcast live in the territory from today and television coverage could follow later next year. The Macau Jockey Club (MJC) recently finalised an agreement with Metro Broadcasting which will mean every race meeting at Taipa carried live by the Hong Kong station. Broadcasting will start 30 minutes prior to the first race. And talks are ongoing with Wharf Cable which could mean subscribers to the fledgling station getting Taipa racing beamed in live. Although Metro Broadcasting have been fighting - not without problems - since its inception for a slice of the radio pie here, there is no doubt that, from the MJC side, this is a significant breakthrough. MJC chief executive Ray Alexander said yesterday: ''We are very pleased indeed about this development. We have been working on it for some time but we strongly believe it will be very beneficial. ''We are obviously hopeful that it will boost, in particular, our Telebet turnover. That has always accounted for a reasonable part of our present turnover but, as any racing fan knows, it's not much fun betting if you can't see, or at least hear, where your money is going.'' Today's Taipa meeting will be aired live on Metro AM1044 ''Metro Plus'' from 1.45 pm. The programme will include updated odds, live commentaries, full results and dividends on each race and comments on form from local racing journalists. With almost certainly 80 per cent of the MJC's punters based in Hong Kong, the deal with Metro represents a step forward for the club which has struggled since the beginning to establish a worthwhile turnover. At times up to 48 per cent of the turnover has come via Telebet and that should logically receive a boost now that punters will hear the races. In relation to the Wharf cable channel, talks continue. Said Alexander: ''I think it centres round their own plans for a racing channel. We are obviously keen to get the exposure but that may be a lot further down the line.'' The MJC are also quietly pleased with their recent Christmas meetings. A crowd of just under 7,000 attended the Boxing Day meeting where turnover was $22.4 million and, on the previous Sunday, the totalisator had risen too $23 million. The break even point for the MJC has long been held to be $20 million. ''There have been a couple of encouraging days for us recently and we are hoping to build on that. Another key area for us is sponsorship. We do need more sponsors days and are actively pursuing that end,'' said Alexander. The MJC has secured the China-backed New Century Hotel as sponsors for their International Apprentices Race which sees claimers from all Asian Racing Conference countries compete. It was a major success last season.