The Hong Kong Jockey Club has added the QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day at Newmarket and Derby Day at Epsom Downs as World Pool events this year.
They join the five days of Royal Ascot and QIPCO British Champions Day which were both World Pool events in 2020, with the Royal meeting being the first ever World Pool event the previous year.
In 2021 the QIPCO 2000 Guineas will be run on Saturday 1st May and the Derby on Saturday 5th June. Both days are well-known to betting audiences around the world, including in Hong Kong where the races have proved extremely popular.
Racecourse Media Group, working with The Jockey Club, has facilitated the simulcast of Derby Day in Hong Kong for over 10 years now, in which time turnover has increased by 118 percent since 2012. RMG has also ensured that QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day has received excellent exposure in Hong Kong, with handle having grown by 94 percent since 2017.
The extension of more simulcast meetings has been approved by the Hong Kong Government and will increase by 14 days, to a total of 37 days this year. The Hong Kong Jockey Club will confirm in the coming weeks which international racedays will be added to the simulcast schedule and many of these will be World Pool events, taking place in July and August when the Hong Kong season is in recess.