World Pool sees 44% growth for 2022

World Pool in Great Britain and Ireland saw 44% growth during the 17 World Pool days in 2022.

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The gross turnover amounted to £521m ($593m), which was an improvement on 2021’s £363m – themselves affected by the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of the World Pool racedays saw significant growth, with the final QIPCO British Champions Day grossing £27.9m, 43% up annually.

Michael Fitzsimons, Executive Director Wagering Products of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, commented: “We are delighted to see British and Irish World Pool days grow so strongly this year with the sporting action proving increasingly popular with racing fans, who appreciate seeing the best horses and jockeys competing at a wide variety of fantastic racecourses.

“We have enjoyed working in collaboration with our racecourse partners, Racecourse Media Group and the UK Tote, and we look forward to continuing to work together as we make plans for the 2023 season.”

Alex Frost, Chief Executive of UK Tote Group, said: “Everyone at the UK Tote is enormously proud to be part of World Pool as it continues to grow, thereby increasing both the financial return it contributes to British and Irish racing and the excellent value it creates for racing fans betting with the Tote.

"The implicit ambition of World Pool is to ensure an additive and more sustainable funding mechanism for horseracing, with wagering customers enjoying an improved value proposition.”

The World Pool event series was created by the Hong Kong Jockey club and brings together over 20 pool betting operators worldwide.

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