Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Saturday October 1

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Hong Kong Tips 01/10/2022    (SHA TIN)

Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 8:  No.1  ORIENTAL SMOKE  ($2.60 with bet365)

The David Hayes-trained ORIENTAL SMOKE has made the podium in all eight career starts and looks well placed here to keep that trend going today. Last start, the Artie Schiller gelding resumed from the season break with an impressive win in a Class 3, here over 1200m. On fresh legs, he clobbered his rivals, putting 2.5 lengths on them across the line. With Zac Purton aboard, he ran the trip out, 7.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best for him and the best in this field. Ideally drawn in gate two today, he is already a two-time winner at the track and distance and with Purton remaining in the saddle, he looks the testing material again.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 10:  No.11  AMAZING VICTORY  ($10 with bet365)

Peter Ho saddles-up AMAZING VICTORY here and second-up off the season break, looks ready to take on his first crack at Class 3 company today. Last start, the Sizzling gelding was on fresh legs and carrying 60kgs, took out a Class 4 Hcp, here over 1200m. He ran his last 600m, 5.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. He also posted the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. He enjoys racing here with his resume showing five podium finishes from his nine starts at the track. Ideally drawn in gate three, he maps to settle just behind the pace and stepping up to Class 3 company sees him dropping 7kgs in weight today. That puts him right in the mix at odds and fitter for that first-up run, he can give this a real shake.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 9:  No.4  CELESTIAL POWER  ($15 with Ladbrokes)

The Frankie Lor-trained CELESTIAL POWER resumes from a 12-week break today and looks primed for a successful first-up effort here. Last start, the Star Witness gelding ended his last preparation by finishing fifth in a strong Class 1 field, here over the mile trip. Beaten just over four lengths, he ran his last 600m, 9.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here. Boasting a strong first-up record, Matthew Poon sticks with him (after steering him to four of his six career wins), and ideally drawn in gate two today, he looks a strong winning chance at odds.