Hong Kong Jockey Club

HKJC To Offer Record Prize-Money For New Season

Record total prize-money and incentives of HK$1.62 billion, approximately £158.6 million, will be offered across the 2022/23 season, the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced on Wednesday. Overall purses will be bolstered by a record single-season increase of 11.5% (HK$167.2 million) and there are also increases in prize-money across middle-distance races and a new bonus system. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said, "The last two and a half years have been among the most challenging times in Hong Kong racing history. Despite this, we have...

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Engelbrecht-Bresges Appointed New VP of IHSC

The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) General Assembly has unanimously elected Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges as the new IHSC Vice-President. Engelbrecht-Bresges had previously served as the standing representative of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) in the IHSC General Assembly. Also the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC)'s Chief Executive Officer since 2007, Engelbrecht-Bresges is the Chair of the IFHA and the Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (ARF). "Winfried's expertise in the horse racing industry has been of great value to the work of the IHSC, as is his commitment to...

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Chan Named Tattersalls Representative

Ben Chan, who worked for 19 years for the Hong Kong Jockey Club as a TV reporter and analyst, has been appointed South East Asia representative for Tattersalls. Chan, who recently moved to Newmarket, will focus primarily on promoting Tattersalls sales in Hong Kong, but his role will also encompass Macau and Singapore. In addition to his raceday role in Hong Kong, Chan also covered international meetings for the Hong Kong Jockey Club and is a contributor to the Chinese language Hong Kong racing publication Hong Kong Daily News. Chan...

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Ascot and RaceTech Agree to Contract Extension and Ascot World Feed

A bespoke Ascot world feed has been added to a new two-year agreement extension between Ascot Racecourse and RaceTech. The agreement covers a full range of high grade technical and broadcast services , such as photo finishes, across all 26 racedays in the calendar, including Royal Ascot in June. There will also be live tracking and timing graphics on Ascot TV. The world feed, which will be available on all five days of Royal Ascot, QIPCO King George Diamond Day and QIPCO British Champions Day, will be distributed to various...

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TIF Paper: American Racing Lacks Customer-Centric Focus

Full fields. Harmonized rules. Modernized wagering systems and protocols. Transparent officiating. Can these be the future of North American horse racing, and of the greater sport around the world? "Our customers, the bettors, must be at the center of everything we do," Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges told the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) last week. "This approach applies to everything we do as a sport. Customers must be satisfied with our approach to horse welfare, to harmonizing betting rules, interference rules, the race schedule we...

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Zero To 'Sixty' En Route To 15 In A Row

In a race where the final time was outside the standard of Class 3 handicap horses and well over a full second slower than what typical group-level milers put up, reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro) employed a galactic late turn of speed to win for the 15th straight time and for the 18th time in 19 career starts, successfully defending his title in Sunday's G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse. The 6-year-old has not tasted defeat in almost...

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A Cooler, Calmer Golden Sixty Returns To Action

Having passed the potentially gut-busting early-season group handicaps, where he'd have been forced to concede plenty of weight, reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Golden Sixty (Aus) (Medaglia d'Oro) makes his much-anticipated 6-year-old debut in Sunday's G2 BOCHK Private Wealth Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse. By all accounts, it is a much more mature version of Golden Sixty, who was last seen taking out the G1 FWD Champions Mile nearly seven months ago to run his winning streak to 14, three wins shy of the record held...

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Irish Champion S. Day to Be World Pool Event

Longines Irish Champion S. Day will be a World Pool event for the first time, Horse Racing Ireland announced. Sept. 11 marks the collaboration between the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tote, Horse Racing Ireland and the Racecourse Media Group at Leopardstown where racing fans from around the world will have the opportunity to bet into a single pool, ensuring larger and deeper pools, differentiated pricing, and the opportunity for unequalled value for Tote customers. Created and hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2018, over 20 leading racing nations,...

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Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival Will Host World Pool

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival will be a World Pool event for the first time in 2021, York Racecourse and the Tote announced on Monday. Held at York, the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival begins on Aug. 18 and lasts through Aug. 21, with racing fans around the world able to bet into a single pool ensuring larger and deeper pools, differentiated pricing and for unequaled value for Tote customers over the first three days. There have been a dozen World Pool days hosted by British racing already this...

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Minimum Ratings Reduced for PP Imports in HK

The Racing Committee of The Hong Kong Jockey Club (The Club) approved reductions to the minimum Hong Kong ratings for all categories of Private Purchase (PP) permits with immediate effect. New Minimum Ratings for all PPs The new Hong Kong minimum ratings have been reduced by five points. A Normal PP or a Normal Replacement has been reduced from 68 to 63 while the standard Special Replacement Permits were reduced from 85 to 80. The minimum rating for a 3-year-old, which has not raced more than five times, has been...

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HKJC World First Aims To Enhance Global Participation

In two frustrating and financially damaging racing seasons for Ascot, there has at least been a glimmer of light gleaned from its decision in 2019 to become involved with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and the UK Tote in launching the World Pool. In that debut year, £92 million was bet into the World Pool on racing at Royal Ascot. Amid an unthinkably torrid 2020 season, in which the Royal meeting was staged behind closed doors, that figure rose to £137 million. It improved again this year: four of...

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10 Things to Know About The World Pool at Royal Ascot

Edited Press Release In advance of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting kicking off on Tuesday, below are 10 things to know about the World Pool, which will be utilised for the third year at the historic event. World Pool was created by Hong Kong Jockey Club and brings together racing fans from over 20 nations so everyone is effectively betting into one pool creating huge liquidity. It's like the EuroMillions version of the lottery. World Pool in the UK is operated by the Tote. You can bet with the Tote...

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