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Volume 7 No. 82

Finance

The Australian Turf Club faces a million dollar-plus "shortfall on overseas betting revenue from its autumn carnival, with the Hong Kong Jockey Club abandoning a simulcast of The Championships," according to Adam Pengilly of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The "powerful" HKJC will reportedly "not open up wagering" on the two A$10M ($7.9M) racedays to its local audiences, "a percentage of which traditionally flows into the coffers of the ATC." It could leave a seven-figure hole in the "bottom line for the ATC," which last year "reaped" income from Hong Kong wagering on the Golden Slipper program as well as the two The Championships meetings at Royal Randwick. Each meeting "is capable of generating" upwards of A$500,000 ($392,500) for the ATC. The HKJC "also blocked wagering" on last weekend's Super Saturday program at Flemington featuring the Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup. The changes "come as local officials try to resolve an ongoing quarantine impasse with the HKJC that has severely restricted the movement of horses between the home of Asian racing and Australia" (SMH, 3/12).

Figures from the CIES Football Observatory show that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's transfer value "has increased the most of any player in Europe's top leagues during the last six months," according to the BBC. His market value has risen by €74.7M ($92.6M) to €162.8M ($201.9M). There are six Premier League players in the top 10, including Man City's Ederson and Leroy Sané in second and third, respectively, in the CIES rankings. Serie A side Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 22, "who has been attracting interest from Europe's elite clubs, is also in the top 10" (BBC, 3/12).

TOP 10 RISERS, ACCORDING TO CIES FOOTBALL OBSERVATORY
Player
Club
Rise in Value (€)
Estimated Transfer Value (€)
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
74.7M
162.8M
Ederson
Man City
74.4M
98.7M
Leroy Sané
Man City
63M
151.2M
Kylian Mbappe
PSG
54.7M
188.5M
Gabriel Jesus
Man City
53.1M
105.9M
Joe Gomez
Liverpool
48.3M
57.3M
Paulinho
Barcelona
42.4M
52.4M
Davinson Sánchez
Tottenham
42.2M
77.6M
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Lazio
40.7M
70.5M
Florian Thauvin
Marseille
38.4M
82.3M

Source: CIES