Aug 15

 

 

Another IT meeting yesterday punters, looking at 10 days plus before we go FREE  live.

We will be affiliating with other racing sites, so punters can find the next fitter race winner elsewhere also.

All worth the wait.

 

Cheers Jim

Aug 14

 

 
 
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Club seeks a more positive turnover amid an increase in meetings and an expanded range in pools for commingling betting after the first downturn in seven years in the concluded season

More meetings, more races, more commingling and hopefully more overseas horses for more international events – that’s what the new season promises when Hong Kong racing reconvenes in September.

And perhaps even more positive turnover returns despite the Jockey Club’s 2015-16 result of a 1.7 per cent drop, the first downturn in seven years after a surge since the global financial crisis.

“This time last year, the trend looked challenging and our turnover was softening in the run to the end of the season,” said Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.

“But I’m more optimistic going towards next season. Although the overall figure was down, the last three months of this season saw around 80 per cent of meetings up.

“And we had a rising trend with commingling [betting into Hong Kong pools from overseas operators], a record of HK$73 million on the final day of the season and our total commingling revenues up 31 per cent.”

The club will look to build on around HK$3.5 billion in commingling turnover, not only by widening its partners, particularly in Europe, but looking to expand the range of pools.

“What I’m pushing is to increase commingling of exotic bets by adding the Quartet and First Four,” Engelbrecht-Bresges said.

“In a lot of places, there are software issues with that, but in the case of TABCorp in Australia, for example, it looks an interesting proposition because they are now working with Longitude [a hi-tech single-pool betting engine], as we are already.

“That would make protocols linking Australia and Hong Kong much easier to manage. And I think our commingling partners are interested in exotic products that are not easy for bookmakers to replicate.”

The other big development will be Japan starting to simulcast overseas races. Hong Kong’s December internationals and the QE II Cup in April are on the preliminary list released by the Japan Racing Association.

Perhaps it will lead one day to Japan commingling, but is linked to Japanese horses participating overseas and the opening up of almost the entire Hong Kong Group calendar to overseas runners will play a role. “This was a logical advance on the sporting side, where our horses have reached an amazing level considering our horse population, with 23 of them on the Longines World’s Best list and six of our races in the top 25 in the world,” he said.

“Opening the Group list will create more recognition of local races and has placed us into Part One of the Blue Book, which helps with attracting top horses from overseas, too.

“We want more recognition of some of our races, like the Stewards’ Cup, for example, which has been one of the best mile races in the world for years but winning it hasn’t been a pedigree upgrade for the winner’s family. Now it will be.”

Last season’s move to internationalise the Chairman’s Sprint Prize proved a big winner when Australian star Chautauqua won and Engelbrecht-Bresges believes the spring Group One cluster of QE II Cup, Champions Mile and Chairman’s Sprint appears a growth area for the club.

The domestic calendar will grow too, with legislative approval for five more meetings and eight more simulcasts of overseas races, but Engelbrecht-Bresges said it won’t signal a large increase in races.

“It’s good to have the extra meetings, even though we will not immediately see full utilisation of them,” he said. “It was key to our future planning around Conghua [training centre near Guangzhou] to secure them but our current horse population isn’t deep enough to have the same programme over 88 meetings that we have for 83.

“There will be fewer 11-race cards and fewer nine-race cards midweek and only about 30 more races, but it gives us room to expand when we have Conghua and the horse population rises by 100-150 horses, which in turn will help us satisfy demand from owners who are waiting for four years for permits.”

There will be ongoing progress on the Conghua facility next season but it won’t affect racing fans in Hong Kong, with Engelbrecht-Bresges now estimating construction will finish in March 2018 and operations will start in the third quarter that year.

The club’s other mainland involvement comes in co-operation with the China Horse Industry Association (CHIA) and China Equestrian Association (CEA) as development of a thoroughbred industry proceeds.

“Our relationship with CHIA involves assistance in building capabilities, like registration of horses, training, studbook and vaccination schemes, while the CEA’s role is to stage racing,” Engelbrecht-Bresges said.

“Unfortunately last year the meeting we planned to sponsor at Chengdu in November was not possible after an equine influenza outbreak but it is again on the agenda for 2016.”

The vast expenditure of the Master Plan that transformed facilities at both racecourses in the past few years isn’t over, as management will take its plans for developing the entrance areas of Sha Tin racecourse to committee level in October-November, while Engelbrecht-Bresges said the time has arrived to upgrade the club’s wagering system, too.

“It is the most sophisticated in the world, handling so many transactions so quickly, but it is 12 years old and we believe it is important for us to be a technology leader,” he said.

“So we are working on a next generation system, to be completed over the next five years and cost HK$3.5 to HK$4 billion, so it is a massive undertaking.”

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The Australian Turf Club has built a near million-dollar war chest to grow Sydney's autumn carnival internationally in the coming years as it prepares to have three of its biggest races exported into Japan.

The increased financial muscle of Sydney's sole race club has led to the ATC, for the first time, budgeting what is believed to be about $750,000 to partially fund the globalisation of next year's carnival and The Championships after failing to attract one international runner this year.

Building a war chest: Australian Turf Club head Darren Pearce.  Photo: Andrew QuiltyThe Japan Racing Association has agreed to simulcast three races – the George Ryder Stakes, Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – to the racing-mad nation in a move that is expected to significantly boost the ATC's coffers.

The percentage the ATC will receive from Japanese wagering on three of its autumn features is understood to be worth anywhere up to $1 million a race, meaning the significant budget spend will pale into comparison with the potential returns.

The JRA will also allow wagering on the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups this year.  

"To get our product exported and to try to get horses down for the autumn carnival, for the first time in years we've put money in the budget to have an international development program," ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said.

"It's not just about going overseas [to attract horses], it's about relationships with other jurisdictions and international wagering. We actually think it pays for itself with Hong Kong taking three meetings and it also pays for itself straight away if Japan takes those races.

"For the first time in years, we've paid off our debt, our prize money is healthy and we're trying to grow our business internationally and it's the right thing to do because racing is becoming more international."

The ATC and Racing NSW will be selective in their recruitment targets for next year's autumn carnival with Pearce stressing the money his organisation had budgeted for will not be blown in a single year.

But luring Japanese and Hong Kong horses to swell interest and wagering on Sydney's races in the huge Asian pools will be a priority for 2017.

A loss of form and injury – as well as a freak bleeding attack by Cox Plate-bound Tosen Stardom – robbed this year's carnival of any of the four Japanese runners who had committed to Sydney.

It drew widespread criticism after Canterbury was shut down for two months as a racetrack to cater for quarantine regulations, but not a single overseas horse eventually featured in the carnival.

But there are plans for Sydney officials to make pitches alongside their Melbourne counterparts to lure horses for schedules that could include a start during the Melbourne autumn before finishing in Sydney.

"Every time we send someone overseas there's 10 Victorians there and they've worked really hard [at international recruitment]," Pearce said. "And we've been way off the pace.

"The model is changing and international is a must for any business now. It's not a 'nice to have', it's a 'must have'. And we have to have a strategy around it."


 
 
 

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Gaming companies Rank Group Plc and 888 Holdings Plc are considering a joint offer to buy competitor William Hill Plc.

The two companies see "significant industrial logic in the combination", which will deliver "substantial revenue and cost synergies", according to an emailed statement.

The companies have until August 21 to formally announce their intention to make an offer for William Hill. Photo: Getty ImagesThe companies have until August 21 to formally announce their intention to make an offer for William Hill, and no formal approach had been made yet to its board, Rank and 888 said in the statement.

The bid could be worth £3 billion ($5.3 billion), with Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers and lawyers Slaughter & May working at the transaction, The Sunday Times reported, citing unidentified people.

William Hill's chief executive James Henderson was ousted last week after almost two years in the role, as the bookmaker is struggling to keep pace in the fast-growing world of online betting.

The board made the decision to replace Mr Henderson and engaged an international search firm to find his successor.

The company's share price dropped to £2.40 this month, down from a record high of £4.90 in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Aug 14

 

 

The big guns are coming out to race and we are hitting the 98’s in fitness now.

 

The big guns are coming out and performing nicely for us and yesterday we

had great success with our first tips and also 2nd tips winning most races at

Caulfield and Rosehill.

 

Capitalist on 98% as with very smart winner Star Turn who could really be something special, but

Capitalist ran a poor 4th and the 3rd horse, a mare beat him home, that is where the big concern is.

 

Jury out for sure on Capitalist.

 

With yours truly rating over 200 horses for the day in order of fitness was no mean task but when we

go spread sheets live I will also have other monitors going to spot more winners interstate for punters.

 

It may only be 1 or 2 tips from the next at Gold Coast or Wodonga but they do perform.

 

Yesterday many more fitter winners were seen interstate and I expect to tip for punters a fitter horse/s

every 4-5 minutes during an afternoon to give you a huge fitness edge not in your form guides.

 

Have a good week and back again Wednesday for members.

 

Jim

 

 

 

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Aug 13

 

 

Last race, 1st 3 horses ran in the trfiecta, top line start.

8-6-15

$80 in divies here.

(8) winners on top, Bet win, u win, bet quinella and exacta u won, trifectas u won, just missed on some big pick 4's with bolters hurting us.

2nd tips also won many races.

 

Thats life, havn't added up yet, but may be $4,000 plus in exotics.

 

Thank Jim. back again Wednesday.

Aug 13

 

 

Last coming up, pretty tired now, about 200 horses rated in order of fitness for great results for members. Jim

Aug 13

 

Sydney

Another winner on top that makes 8 , 11 wins from well back and flies home $4.00...Jim

Aug 13

 

 

Caulfield race 8 another winner on top that makes 7 for the day so far, Voodoo Lad wins $2.80 Jim

Aug 13

 

 

Sydney we missed the pick 4, 8-7-1-12, never had the one, we have had 3 other legs of the pick 4 in all day and 4-5 times a bolter has

cut us out, worth thousands and thousand, thats life....jim

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