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Hong Kong Tips 09/07/2023

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

 

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Race 10:  No.1  HELIOS EXPRESS  ($1.35 with Unibet)

John Size saddles-up two runners here as we run with topweight, HELIOS EXPRESS, who is third-up here and in top shelf form. Last start, the Toronado gelding went one better than his first-up second here when he clobbered his rivals in a Class 3 Hcp, also on this track over the 1200m journey. The three-year-old had just one start in Australia (a three-length Maiden win over 1106m at Benalla) before stepping onto the Hong Kong scene. He has made a solid start to his career here, and ideally drawn in gate four, he should be there at the finish. He is skinny with bagmen so it is suggested to take him as an ‘anchor’ for your multiples today. Zac Purton shoots for Hong Kong history today as he targets Joao Moreira’s record of 170 winners in a season and needs just one winner to equal the record today. Could this be the one ??

 

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Race 11:  No.14  SILVER SONIC  ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)

The Francis Lui-trained SILVER SONIC comes in nicely at the weights here and now four starts into this preparation looks ready to win. Last start, the former Chris Waller-trained gelding drew the carpark (gate 14 of 14) and did well to find the podium when he finished third in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1400m with Harry Bentley aboard. The barrier gods have been kinder here as he gets the gun-run from gate one today and down in weight here, he looks a senior competitor in this field to fight out the finish.

 

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Race 8:  No.7  SELF IMPROVEMENT  ($6.75 with Bet Right)

The Manfred Man-trained SELF IMPROVEMENT is third-up today and looks well placed here to score his first win on the Sha Tin track. Last start, the Deep Field gelding was caught wide for most of the trip when he did well to beat all but one home in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1200m. With Australian hoop Brenton Avdulla in the saddle, the three-year-old did well under the circumstances where he was never closer than three horses from the fence and travelled without cover, the entire trip. That was also his first run on the all-weather (dirt) track. Back on the grass today, the former Australian galloper has drawn wide again but will strip fitter for his first two runs on Hong Kong soil and looks great value in this contest.