HKJC has revealed that its World Pool will be in operation at both the Irish and German Derbies for the first time this Sunday.
The Deutsches Derby marks the first time that World Pool has operated in Germany and will see the country’s richest race offered to bettors in 28 countries.
This will come just two hours before World Pool also makes its Irish Derby debut at the Curragh on the same day.
Sam Nati, Head of Commingling at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “The various international Derbies carry particular importance in Hong Kong across various stakeholder categories.
“These include racing fans, wagering customers and owners, so the German and Irish Derbies are an important addition to the World Pool schedule.”
World Pool will be in operation for only the Deutsches Derby from Hamburg, while all eight races on the Irish Derby Day card from the Curragh will be World Pool events. There will be six World Pool bet types available.
Jason Morris, HRI Director of Racing and Strategic Projects, added: “Horse Racing Ireland is delighted to be welcoming a second World Pool Day to Ireland and is extremely grateful to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for its growing coverage of Irish racing, which will now showcase to an even wider international audience the feature Classic of the Irish Flat racing calendar.
“The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby is the highlight of an extremely competitive card featuring four Black Type races and four Premier Handicaps.
“The financial benefits that will flow from being a World Pool event have allowed HRI and the Curragh racecourse to boost prize money significantly for the day with €1.97m on offer, an overall increase of €425,000 on last year, and with every race worth at least €100,000.”
The World Pool Moment of the Day will be offered at the course, with a prize of €4,000 awarded to the groom, as well as being entered into the World Pool Moment of the Year to win a Hong Kong trip.
“The Curragh is the home of flat racing in Ireland and we are honoured that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby has been selected as a Tote World Pool meeting for the first time,” concluded Brian Kavanagh, CEO of The Curragh Racecourse.
“We are greatly looking forward to Sunday’s card which is full of quality and competitive racing.”