Galloping start to the New Year for Jockey Club

Central 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.

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