Tuesday 1. November, 2016

Japan Allows Gambling on Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup, run on November 1, is the race that stops a nation and this year, Japanese punters were able to bet on the race for the first time.

Citizens of Japan are only permitted to gamble on specific international races and the Japan Racing Association only allows betting on an international race if it has been classified as a Group 1 event and if a Japanese horse is taking part. This year, nine-year old Curren Mirotic represented Japan at the Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day, allowing Japanese punters to join punters from around the world betting on the big day.

Japanese punters were also recently allowed to wager for the first time on the Group 1 Arc de Triomphe in France and they bet more than 4 billion yen ($50 million) despite the race being run in the early hours of the morning.

Speaking before the race today, Tokyo commentator Naohiro Goda said: “The difference will be the times. The Melbourne Cup will be run at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, just after lunchtime here, so that will be a more convenient time than it was in France and so many other places in Europe because it comes on around four in the morning.”

“Of course, here in Japan, we know a lot about the Melbourne Cup having ‘quinellad’ the event in the past.”

“And our representation at Australia’s biggest race will only get stronger.”

Closer to home, thousands of Brisbane fans were disappointed when there was a power failure at Eagle Farm Racecourse right over the time that the race was run, from just after 1pm until 2:50pm on Tuesday. The blackout left screens blank and prevented punters from placing any bets, frustrating fans, punters and bookmakers alike.

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