Dubai’s Super Saturday meeting saw World Pool’s globally commingled turnover hit HK$224,802,517 (approx. $28.6m) across eight races on a spectacular card in Meydan, an increase of HK$18.9m (approx. $2.4m) on 2022.
The Ras Al Khor conditions race saw the highest turnover of the eight races, with pari-mutuel organisations from over 20 countries contributing to the HK$33,518,763 (approx. $4.3m) bet on the contest won by Godolphin’s Al Suhail.
Both G1 races on the card saw turnover exceeding HK$30m, with HK$33,366,784 (approx. $4.3m) bet on the G1 Jebel Hatta, while the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 contributed HK$31,560,463 (approx. $4m) to total turnover on the day.
Salute The Soldier won the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 for a second time and in doing so the Bhupat Seemar-trained eight-year-old became 2023’s fourth World Pool Moment of the Day winner, with his groom taking home a cheque for HK$40,000 as well as entry into the World Pool Moment of the Year competition.
Bheekh Singh, groom of Salute The Soldier, said: “I’m delighted! This is a big amount of money for me and it will help with a lot of things. We work so hard, we love our horses and it’s great that the World Pool is rewarding that.
“Salute The Soldier is a legend. I’ve been his groom since 2019 and hopefully we have many more big days ahead.”
Sam Nati, Head of Commingling at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “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.”
“We continue to see unbelievable comparative value and deep liquidity wherever World Pool goes.”
World Pool’s next stop is a return to Meydan Racecourse for the Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday 25th March.