Betting on horseracing will be allowed in China this weekend after authorities allowed the first commercial horse racing meeting since the Communists took power nearly 60 years ago.Limited gambling will be allowed on four races at the Orient Lucky City racecourse in the central city of Wuhan - although gamblers will only be able to win prizes rather than money during the trial.
The meeting, with riders competing for 120,000 yuan (£12,000) in prize money during the test runs at the 30,000-seat track, follows a decision earlier this year to allow limited horse racing. Betting will also be allowed at other horse races at the end of this month, including the Sixth China Wuhan International Horse Racing Festival.
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