Galloping start to the New Year for Jockey ClubCentral Station | 2 Jan 2018
Racing fans flocked to Sha Tin Racecourse yesterday hoping to get 2018 off to a lucky start.
And the Hong Kong Jockey Club also got off to a galloping start -- with a record-breaking HK$1.65 billion bets on yesterday's "Lucky Start January 1 Raceday."
It was 4.7 percent higher than last year's turnover of HK$1.58 billion. The number is also the highest in two decades.
TV actress Eliza Sam Lai-heung and comedian Tyson Chak Hoi-tai went over to Sha Tin to play mini-games with race-goers and hand out Jockey Club merchandise.
However, attendance for the 11-race day dropped slightly from 2017's 86,606 to 85,124 yesterday.
Apart from horse-racing, the football jackpot reached a total of HK$1 million yesterday, while the estimated First Division Prize Fund for the Mark Six New Year Snowball Draw, to be drawn today, may reach HK$60 million.
This make HK$80 million on offer in racing, football and Mark Six jackpots during the two-day celebrations.
By 5pm yesterday, turnover for the Mark Six had hit more than HK$57 million.