online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is excited to announce it has
partnered with the Hong Kong Jockey Club to bring live, commingled
wagering on Hong Kong races to Xpressbet’s platform in the United
States. Xpressbet customers can wager on the races from Hong Kong
beginning July 1, 2014. Hong Kong racing is famous for offering the
world’s largest pools, which currently average more than $17 million per
race, and the highest prize money per race worldwide, as well as
world-class racing at its two premier racing venues, Sha Tin and Happy
Sha Tin and Happy Valley host 83 live racing dates each year, with
fixtures held from mid-September through mid-July. Racing at Sha Tin
usually takes place Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00am ET on Sunday in the United States, while racing at Happy Valley is generally held Wednesday evening, starting at 7:15am ET
Stateside. Xpressbet customers will be able to wager into Hong Kong’s
most popular commingled pools - Win, Place, Quinella, Swinger (Quinella
Place) and Trifecta (Tierce).
races in Hong Kong regularly attract the best racehorses from Europe,
Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and North America, and no
event in Hong Kong is more significant than the LONGINES Hong Kong
International Races. These four Group 1 turf races – the LONGINES Hong
Kong Cup, LONGINES Hong Kong Vase, LONGINES Hong Kong Mile and LONGINES
Hong Kong Sprint - are held each December at Sha Tin, and are
collectively known as ‘the turf world championships’. In addition, Sha
Tin hosts the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and the Champions Mile each
Spring, along with the BMW Hong Kong Derby.
Xpressbet, we pride ourselves on providing our customers access to the
best racing in the world, and adding racing from Hong Kong to our
wagering menu is something that we’re very excited to do,” said
Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski. “Our customers will have access to
Hong Kong’s enormous commingled pools and top-quality racing, and we
look forward to helping the Hong Kong Jockey Club build a new fanbase in
the United States.”
Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director of Racing, Mr. William A.
Nader, said: “This is a significant announcement in the development of
commingling and the extension of our world-class racing across America.
Since we began commingling with the US in late March, we have seen a
consistent and encouraging level of investment from American racing
fans. This agreement with Xpressbet will add significantly to our
following in the US.”
Xpressbet customers can watch high-quality, live video for every race from Hong Kong, and can access free past performances at www.xpressbet.com.
In addition, past performance information on individual horses, as well
as an official program, video replays of all races and barrier trials,
veterinary history and morning track work records of all horses are
available free of charge at www.hkjc.com in both English and Chinese.