The amount is a 4.72 percent increase from the opening day last year.

Attendance at the Sha Tin and Happy Valley racecourses reached 17,563 today - much higher than last year's 285, when public attendance was banned.

This year, punters can enter the racecourses via appointment.

The highlight race of the season opening day was the Chief Executive’s Cup, in which Naboo Attack, ridden by 31-year-old Mauritian jockey Karis Teetan, claimed victory in the Class One 1,200-meter event.