THE Hong Kong Jockey Club will increase its simulcast of Australian content commencing with five races from the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The simulcasts planned for the remainder of this year include the Cox Plate meeting (October 24), Victoria Derby meeting (Flemington, October 31) and Patinack Farm Clasic on Emirates Stakes Day (Flemington, November 7).

Further coverage is planned for the first half of 2010 with the Hong Kong Jockey Club awaiting final approval.

“Hong Kong’s betting turnover on a per race or per capita basis is the highest in the world, making this a very significant announcement for Australian racing,” said Tabcorp’s Managing Director of Wagering, Robert Nason.

“Tabcorp, through our racing broadcaster Sky Racing, is pleased to have secured this deal, which will deliver significant benefits to the Australian race clubs, as they receive a percentage of every dollar bet on Australian racing in Hong Kong.

“The deal puts the Cox Plate and Victoria Derby up there with the likes of the Breeders’ Cup, Belmont Stakes, Prix de L’arc de Triomphe and Japan Cup, which are among the select international meetings simulcast into Hong Kong.”

Sky Racing broadcasts Australian racing to many regions around the world. The global coverage reaches about 350 wagering outlets and millions of home viewers in North America and the Caribbean, 500,000 homes and TAB outlets in New Zealand, 14 million homes and many betting shops in the United Kingdom, all pay TV homes and hundreds of betting outlets in South Africa as well as sites
in Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, the Philippines and the Middle East.

The Australian racing industry received more than $6 million from these export arrangements last year.


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