Romantic Warrior, left, battles with Alligator Blood, centre, and Mr Brightside in the closing stages of the 2023 Cox Plate. (Image: Racing Photos)
Racing Victoria is hopeful of extending the World Pool on its feature autumn events after record-breaking engagement in Saturday’s Cox Plate.
Nearly $A12 million was bet on the Cox Plate into the World Pool to eclipse the previous Australian record set a week earlier in the Caulfield Cup and RV is keen to ramp-up Melbourne’s association with the World Pool in 2024.
“It was fantastic to see such strong interest from international punters and fans in 'Australia’s Best Race' through the World Pool,” RV’s chief operating officer Aaron Morrison said on Sunday.
“Wagering on the Cox Plate through the World Pool went to record levels as expected, with Hong Kong punters heavily supporting their hero Romantic Warrior for the win and in their favoured quinella bets.
“The equivalent of almost $A12 million was wagered on the Cox Plate through the five World Pool bet types, which eclipses the record set by last week's Caulfield Cup.”
Morrison said the World Pool arrangement brought a number of benefits for Victorian racing.
“As well as the interest and engagement that the World Pool generates among international fans, through royalties arrangements we have in place with HKJC, it also returns important additional income to our host clubs,” Morrison said.
“The World Pool will feature again on Derby Day and we are working to extend it through the Autumn. It's a partnership we're looking to extend further in the future.”
It is estimated 65 per cent of betting into the World Cup pool is from Hong Kong, while the TAB in Victoria records about 15 per cent, the NSW Tote about 10 per cent with the final 10 per cent spread through various other betting outlets.
“Romantic Warrior's win caps a big year in the Victoria and Hong Kong relationship, as we were honoured to host a really successful Asian Racing Conference in Melbourne in February,” Morrison said.
“It's a relationship we're keen to foster and we now look forward to seeing Mr Brightside represent Victoria in Hong Kong this December.”