HKJC aims to expand World Pool after strong 2023

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) said it is looking to further expand its World Pool offering for UK and Ireland races after generating HK$4.7bn ($600m/€566m/£490m) in turnover during 2023.

Some 19 races featured this year in this year’s World Pool UK and Ireland offering, including the Lockinge, the Irish Derby and the Sun Chariot for the first time.

The overall total was marginally down on 2022’s figure of HK$4.9bn, but still significantly up on the 2021 figure of HK3.9bn.

Meanwhile, prize money won across the 131 World Pool races in the UK and Ireland this year was at a record high of £32m. In the UK and Ireland, the international pari-mutuel pool is accessed via the Tote, at racecourses, online and via the Tote App.

Michael Fitzsimons, executive director of wagering products at the HKJC,  said: “We are really pleased with how World Pool has been received in the UK and Ireland again this year and the turnover figures look strong against a challenging economic backdrop.

“There a..

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HKJC betting turnover reaches HK$141.1bn in 2022-23 season

Turnover in the Hong Kong Jockey Club's 2022-23 season grew 0.5% year-on-year to HK141.10bn (£13.78bn/€16.03bn/US$18.05bn) as the contribution from international turnover and commingled pools offset local declines.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s (HKJC) 2022-23 campaign featured a total of 88 meetings and comprised 835 Hong Kong races and 299 overseas simulcast races.

The increase in turnover, HKJC said, was down to the rising popularity of simulcast races. Turnover from betting on simulcast events jumped 12.5% year-on-year to $11.80bn.

Most simulcast turnover came from customers in Hong Kong, with this rising by 11.3% to $10.50bn. Turnover from the HKJC’s World Pool overseas customers and partners was also up 23.0% to $1.30bn.

While local racing in Hong Kong remained by far the primary source of turnover, contributing $129.30bn, this was 0.5% lower than the previous season.

Of the local racing total, $104.00bn came from consumers in Hong Kong, while $25.39bn was generated by co..

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