At the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan, World Pool’s globally commingled turnover for sports betting and iGaming reached HK$315,177,810 (approximately $40.1 million) across the eight-race card, marking an increase of $33.6 million (approximately $4.2 million) compared to 2022.
The evening’s highest turnover came from the featured Dubai World Cup, won by Japanese contender Ushba Tesoro. Pari-mutuel organizations from over 20 countries bet HK$54,521,829 (approximately $6.9 million) on the G1 event. This figure also made it World Pool’s highest turnover race of 2023 thus far, overtaking the HK$48.4 million (approximately $6.1 million) wagered on The Saudi Cup in February.
The two races preceding the Dubai World Cup also experienced robust turnover. The G1 Dubai Turf, in which Lord North, ridden by Frankie Dettori, triumphed, saw HK$46,031,449 (approximately $5.8 million) in bets. Meanwhile, the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic had a turnover of HK$46,460,790 (approximately $5.9 million).
Japan’s Horse of the Year, Equinox, won the latter race impressively, earning the title of World Pool Moment of the Day. As a result, the horse’s groom will receive a prize of HK$40,000 and entry into the World Pool Moment of the Year competition, which awards the winner a VIP trip to Hong Kong.
The next World Pool event is slated for 2000 Guineas Day at Newmarket in the UK on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, where sports betting and iGaming will once again take center stage.