Flemington Kickstarts Run of Australian World Pool Meetings

Gold Trip | Bronwen Healy

Kicking off the World Pool meetings, last weekend's Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington drew HK$133.4 million (approx. A$26.6 million) in wagering. The card consisted of five races from Flemington combined with four from Newmarket and one, the Gran Premio Latinoamericano, from San Isidro.

Defending G1 Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip took the featured G1 Turnbull S. The combined Win pool on the five World Pool races (A$6,545,489.82) was almost nine times the combined pool on the five non-World Pool races with the Victorian tote ($743,831.06).

Meanwhile, the combined Duet (Quinella Place) pools on the final five races (A$6,732,853.78) represented a 36.8% increase on the same pools for the first five races (A$18,226.68).

The first ever World Pool on a Sydney meeting will take place Oct. 14 when nine races from Randwick, including the A$20-million The Everest, will be available for betting on six continents. World Pool meetings will follow in Melbourne for Caulfield Cup Day (Oct. 21), Cox Plate Day (Oct. 28) and Victoria Derby Day (Nov. 4). British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse will also be included Oct. 21.

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