Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday October 5
Hong Kong Tips 05/10/2022
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 6: No.2 ZONE D ($5 with Unibet)
John Size saddles-up ZONE D here and second-up tonight will take beating in this contest. Last start, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding was first-up off a lengthy seven-month break when not disgraced, finished fifth in a Class 3 Hcp, here over the 1650m trip. He ran that out, 4.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. Fitter for that run, he lines-up here with Vagner Borges aboard for the first time as regular rider Alex Badel spends some time on the sidelines (suspended). He meets similar company here and is already a two-time winner at the track and distance. Fitter for that first-up effort, he looks the prime candidate for the major prize here.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 8: No.7 OUR CLASS ACT ($7.50 with BlueBet)
Saluting at cricket score odds ($41) last time, the Me Tsui-trained OUR CLASS ACT made light work of it last start, and looks well placed again to repeat the effort. Three weeks back, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding was fresh off the season break when he left from the widest gate (11) and settled last, spotting the leader a dozen lengths. Ridden a real treat by a patient Derek Leung, he was still on straightening, and then asked the four-year-old for an effort. Weaving his way through traffic, he burst through a needle-eye opening and ran them all down, claiming victory by a length that night. He ran his last 600m, 6.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 3 lengths. He faces similar company here and if ridden in a similar fashion, there’s no real reason why he can’t be there at the finish again.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 9: No.1 WIND SPEEDER ($12 with bet365)
Second-up off the season break tonight, the Me Tsui-trained WIND SPEEDER looks well placed here to be considered at least an each-way chance at victory in this contest. Last start, WRITTEN TYCOON gelding resumed from a nine-week break and in need of the run but wasn’t disgraced when finishing mid-field, here in a Class 4 Hcp over 1200m. He settled mid-field on the fence and couldn’t go with them when they sprinted, leaving him stranded in the middle of the pack, beaten three lengths on the night. His resume suggests we will see a much-improved galloper tonight as he is already a two-time winner when second-up. He gets the gun-run from gate one and fitter for that first-up run, he can give this a real shake at odds.