Dubai’s Super Saturday race reported a record turnover of approximately US $ 28.6 million at the Dubai Meydon racecourse. An increase of nearly US $2.4 million year on year (YoY) was achieved over eight races.
Out of the eight races, the highest turnover was from the Ras Al Khor race where 20 countries were reported to have contributed to the win by Godolphin Stables’ Al Suhail with betting of approximately US $ 4.3 million. Salute the Soldier won the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 a second time and became 2023 fourth World Pool Moment of the day winner. His groom won a total of US $5,100 and was awarded entry into the World Pool Moment of the Year competition.
World Pool continues to grow year-on-year and we couldn’t be happier to exceed 2022’s Super Saturday turnover total. Having runners from Hong Kong engaged at the meeting really added to the international flavour that is World Pool.” Sam Nati, HKJC Head of Commingling
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the founding organisation behind the World Pool. In 2020, it launched the concept to Dubai’s Super Saturday and then rolled out the international fixtures to branch off in other locations. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a world-class racing club with philanthropic values.
Founded in 1884 as a membership club to promote racing, the Club today operates a unique integrated business model of world-class racing and racecourse entertainment, a membership club, responsible sports wagering and lottery and contributions to charity and the community. This enables the Club to champion economic and social value.
Between 2021 and 2022, the Club returned a total of US $4.29 billion to the community. Revenues for duty, profits, tax and lotteries fund contributions to the Hong Kong Government amounted to US $3.4 billion and provisions of US $ 842 million were made for charitable donations. This included HK$27 billion to the HKSAR Government in duty, profits tax and Lotteries Fund contributions and HK$6.6 billion in approved charity donations.
Held at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, Super Saturday is an flat racing fixture for thoroughbred horses. The race is part of the Dubai World Cup Carnival as a prelude to the Dubai World Cup. The race was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. The race is considered to be the world’s richest horserace and attracts the world’s best jockeys and horse racing stars. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the owner of Darley Stud and Godolphin Racing in Newmarket. It is considered to be one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding stables for racehorses.
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