Hong Kong


Ascot World Pool to be offered for Royal Ascot 2019 simulcast

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in partnership with Ascot and Totepool, will launch the new Ascot World Pool for Royal Ascot 2019. 

The Club will for the first time simulcast all five days of Royal Ascot, from 18 June (Tuesday) to 22 June (Saturday). The historic meeting features eight Group 1 races of world renown, including the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes, the St James’s Palace Stakes, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the Gold Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, as well as eight Group 2 contests and three Group 3 events.

The newly-established, pari-mutuel-based World Pool will offer a strong value proposition to all overseas and Hong Kong customers on the Royal Ascot meeting. It also further positions Hong Kong as the international hub of commingling. 

Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to provide a global tote offering for one of the world’s leading racing brands, Royal Ascot. This moment represents the beginning of a new era in international racing and solidifies Hong Kong’s position as the global hub for commingling. The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s wagering operation is recognised as being among the world leaders in integrity and management processes, as well as with regard to its wagering technology.”

Mr. Guy Henderson, Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive Officer, said: “Royal Ascot is one of the world’s great sporting occasions, and while it is noted for its distinguished history and traditions, we aspire to be one of horseracing’s leading innovators. We are excited to partner with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Totepool to launch the world’s first global pool around Royal Ascot at this year’s meeting, a development which supports our overall strategy of engagement on all levels internationally. The new, extended media rights contracts within and around the World Pool venture will see wider coverage of Royal Ascot than ever before, specifically in Hong Kong where all five days will be simulcast for the first time.”

Overseas pari-mutuel wagers placed through partners from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the United States will be commingled into Hong Kong’s pools directly or via Totepool during Royal Ascot. This will ensure maximum liquidity and stronger opportunities for customers across the globe on the Royal Ascot meeting. 

Mr. Richard Cheung, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director, Customer and International Business Development, said: “The creation of Ascot World Pool is another great step forward for the Club’s commingling strategy. The Club has been working closely with its partners from Royal Ascot and Totepool since 2018 in preparation for a successful launch to Royal Ascot 2019.”  

Subject to changes, the details of the Royal Ascot races are as follows:

Day 1 - King’s Stand Stakes Day - 18 Jun 2019 (Tue)  


Local Time HK Time Race Name Distance (m) Status Age
14:30 21:30 Queen Anne Stakes 1600 G1 4yo+
15:05 22:05 Coventry Stakes 1200 G2 2yo
15:40 22:40 King's Stand Stakes 1000 G1 3yo+
16:20 23:20 St James's Palace Stakes 1594 G1 3yo c
17:00 00:00 Ascot Stakes 3991 Hcp 4yo+
17:35 00:35 Wolferton Stakes 1993 Listed 4yo+

Announcement of final declarations with barrier draws: 17 Jun (Mon)

Day 2 - Prince of Wales’s Stakes Day - 19 Jun 2019 (Wed)


Local Time HK Time Race Name Distance (m) Status Age
14:30 21:30 Queen Mary Stakes  1000 G2  2yo f
15:05 22:05 Queen’s Vase 2831 G2 3yo
15:40 22:40 Prince of Wales’s Stakes 1993 G1 4yo+
16:20 23:20 Duke of Cambridge Stakes 1600 G2 4yo+ f&m
17:00 00:00 Royal Hunt Cup 1600 Hcp 3yo+
17:35 00:35 Windsor Castle Stakes  1000 Listed 2yo

Announcement of final declarations with barrier draws: 18 Jun (Tue)

Day 3 – Gold Cup Day - 20 Jun 2019 (Thu)

Local Time HK Time Race Name Distance (m) Status Age
14:30 21:30 Norfolk Stakes  1000 G2  2yo
15:05 22:05 Hampton Court Stakes 1993 G3 3yo
15:40 22:40 Ribblesdale Stakes 2392 G2 3yo f
16:20 23:20 Gold Cup 3991 G1 4yo+
17:00 00:00 Britannia Stakes 1600 Hcp 3yo c&g
17:35 00:35 King George V Stakes 2392 Hcp 3yo

Announcement of final declarations with barrier draws: 19 Jun (Wed)

Day 4 - Commonwealth Cup Day - 21 Jun 2019 (Fri)

Local Time HK Time Race Name Distance (m) Status Age
14:30 21:30 Albany Stakes  1200 G3  2yo f
15:05 22:05 King Edward VII Stakes 2392 G2 3yo c&g
15:40 22:40 Commonwealth Cup 1200 G1 3yo
16:20 23:20 Coronation Stakes 1594 G1 3yo f
17:00 00:00 Sandringham Stakes 1600 Hcp 3yo f
17:35 00:35 Duke of Edinburgh Stakes 2392 Hcp 3yo+

Announcement of final declarations with barrier draws: 20 Jun (Thu)

Day 5 - Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day - 22 Jun 2019 (Sat)

Local Time HK Time Race Name Distance (m) Status Age
14:30 21:30 Chesham Stakes  1400 Listed  2yo
15:05 22:05 Jersey Stakes 1400 G3 3yo
15:40 22:40 Hardwicke Stakes 2392 G2 4yo+
16:20 23:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes 1200 G1 4yo+
17:00 00:00 Wokingham Stakes 1200 Hcp 3yo+
17:35 00:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes 4330 Conditions 4yo+

Announcement of final declarations with barrier draws: 21 Jun (Fri)

Ascot, picture Liesl King