Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday March 1


Hong Kong Tips 01/03/2023

Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for tonight’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 9:  No.9  HOWDEEPISYOURLOVE  ($2.20 with bet365)

The John Size-trained HOWDEEPISYOURLOVE is in blistering form since arriving from Australia and looks the one to beat here tonight. Last start, the Deep Field gelding drew the outside gate (12) and settled last, 15 lengths off the lead with Karis Teetan in the saddle. On Straightening, he could still see every runner when Teetan wound him up and as he set sail for the line, he was sandwiched between runners, severely hampering him and losing at least two lengths and momentum, there went his winning chances. He recovered brilliantly to finish off in third place, beaten less than a length on the line. The bagmen saw that race too and have reacted accordingly by having him a short-priced favourite tonight, but he is (currently) far better than bank interest. Teetan sticks with him as he draws far better in gate two for this contest. Avoiding any drama here, he will prove hard to beat tonight.



Race 7:  No.7  GORGEOUS VITALITY  ($6.50 with Unibet)

Frankie Lor-saddles-up GORGEOUS VITALITY here who is third-up and ready to rock. Last start, the Deep Field gelding looked like he was just that one run short when finishing fifth in a Class 3 Hcp, here over the 1000m sprint. He was on the pace early but drifted back to settle better than mid-field with cover. He straightened-up with about six lengths to make up and hit the line gamely to finish just over three lengths from the main prize that night. He has since won an 800m trial at Conghua. Fitter now for those two runs back, he is already a two-time winner at the track and distance and should be at his best in this contest.



Race 6:  No.8  FORTUNE CARRIER  ($8 with Palmerbet)

The Danny Shum-trained FORTUNE CARRIER is three starts back from a seven-month break and should be ready to show his best tonight. Last start, the Your Song gelding wasn’t far away when finishing fifth in a Class 4 Hcp, here over 1200m. Drawn wide that night, Matthew Poon dropped him back to the tail of the field where he settled a dozen lengths off the lead. Turning for home and Poon kept him up against the fence where he saved a ton of ground and doing his best work late, was beaten less than two lengths still finishing strongly as the crossed the line. Poon sticks with him tonight and he is much better drawn in gate six here. Fourth-up and fully fit, he looks (currently) great each-way value and well worth a ticket tonight.