The Jockey Club will turn to the testimony of overseas racing jurisdictions in a bid to improve its negotiations with the government regarding commingling. We have documented over the past two years how Hong Kong, despite being one of the champions of international simulcasting, remains unable to be part of commingling, whereby bets held by legal operators on Hong Kong racing based in another country would be transferred directly into the pools here and vice versa. There are billions of dollars in fragmented local pools around the globe being wagered legally on Hong Kong racing, for which the Jockey Club is paid a flat fee, but it is rapidly losing ground in the ideal commingling universe where those bets would go into its own pools. While other jurisdictions - like Australia, South Africa and France, to name a few - are aggressively linking up their pools across borders, Hong Kong is unable to be part of the scene due to the government's unwillingness to accept the accepted parameters of two-way commingling. At times, we have been led to understand the relevant government people have been swayed to some extent on what extra money would come into their coffers if the Jockey Club was able to host all the money bet legally on racing here. The greatest sticking point has been the two-way street which must be part of the commingling deal if we want overseas operators to have any interest in it - Hong Kong is known for big betting pools, so why should it share its punters with jurisdictions where pools are somewhat smaller even with bigger populations? Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges is understood to have had further talks on the matter with overseas racing officials at Kranji on Sunday. The Jockey Club is not anticipating any movement on commingling before the coming elections in December. But with the club having worn a path to the door of the Home Affairs Bureau and with Engelbrecht-Bresges surely becoming hoarse from the argument, representatives for Australia and Singapore have now signalled they are fired up to make presentations directly to government here to impress on them the vital role of Hong Kong as part of commingling and also in the fight against illegal betting operators around the world. And if the billions in small, legal domestic pools are some sort of attraction, the illegal operators offer a more serious potential result that might look more of an incentive. Sunday's Kranji simulcast certainly spelt out the enthusiasm of Hong Kong punters for cross-border betting. The six simulcast races held HK$117,790,846 here, but notably were holding double what was being handled on the same events in the home venue of Singapore, particularly on the major events where Hong Kong horses were running. Under commingling, that is money which would have been accepted here by the club, then funnelled into the Singapore pools, so it is easy to grasp that it looks attractive to Singapore. What's in it for Hong Kong if it goes to a two-way street? Well, for one, a crack at money being turned over illegally in Singapore on Hong Kong races, with some estimates as high as HK$100 million per race. Yes, that's right, about the same as the Hong Kong Jockey Club holds legally per race already.