Betting turnover blossomed in the sunshine, bouncing back from a miserable Sunday to all but post the HK$1 billion mark and only missing thanks to an outsider in the last. Bullish Gold was almost 50-1 when he was withdrawn after playing up in the starting gates. His scratching on vet advice may not have cost the race a great deal of interest, the HK$6.1 million returned to punters who wagered on him was enough to see the club miss out on the magical billion. Last Sunday's waterlogged meeting fell HK$130 million short of year-on-year comparisons, but it was back on track, with HK$997 million beating the club's comparative figure by HK$62 million. Earlier, many punters would have been on happier terms had Maelstrom been declared a non-runner. He was heavily backed from 21-1 to 10-1 before blowing the start - inquiry found the fault lay with the horse.