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Relevance Of Macau Hong Kong Trophy Series Raised
It has been nine years since a Macau horse won the Hong Kong leg of the ongoing series between the two nations, and trainer Joseph Lau told the South China Morning Post that this Saturday is likely to go to Hong Kong once again. "Over the years Hong Kong horses have improved leaps and bounds, whereas in Macau we are going backwards," said Lau, who won the inaugural series in 2004 with Crown's Gift (Just Awesome-Lots of Style, by Coalcliff). But there is hope, with the Macau Jockey Club in the midst of a multibillion-pataca upgrade. The Macau Jockey Club was granted a licence extension to race at Taipa until 2042 and is spending up big to improve facilities. Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges told SCMP that the series is safe for now: "One has to be very mindful that it's based on a historical request from governments and they are our commingling partner, so for them I think obviously it has a significant impact when Hong Kong horses come and the revenue is high."