The Hong Kong Jockey Club has unveiled a HK$4 billion investment strategy to develop horse racing in China after signing an agreement with the Guangzhou Municipal Government to expand its Conghua facility.
The central Japan prefecture of Gifu has been grappling with a scandal involving jockeys and trainers as who have been found to be engaging in betting on horse races.
Japan’s unique Banei Horse Racing (draft horse racing) in Obihiro, Hokkaido, is under the cloud of animal cruelty accusations after several videos of jockeys kicking horses in the face were distributed on the internet.
Japan’s Keirin (bicycle racing) has not been left behind in the nation’s recent online wagering boom. While revenues have been advancing slowly in recent years, in 2020 overall ticket sales jumped to just under JPY750 billion (US$6.9 billion), a 13.6% year-on-year increase.
The new state of emergency declarations for four urban prefectures in Japan is hitting the horse racing associations in various ways, including the running of races without spectators and the suspension of business at off-track betting facilities.