Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Sunday October 9
Hong Kong Tips 09/10/2022
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 3: No.2 CAMPIONE ($1.70 with bet365)
The Tony Cruz-trained CAMPIONE is second-up today and being an all-weather track specialist, he should prove hard to beat here. Last start, the Brazen Beau gelding was resuming from the season break when he should plenty of dash to beat all but one home in the Class 1 Chief Executive’s Cup, here on the turf track over 1200m. He ran that out, 7.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here by more than 2 lengths. Zac Purton picks up his first ride on the three-year-old today who ticks enough boxes to warrant plenty of respect in this contest. Unbeaten in two second-runs and a three-time winner on the all-weather track (over this distance) as well, he should cross and find the front again today and will take a special one here to run him down in this contest.
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Race 9: No.9 CIRCUIT NINE ($5 with bet365)
The Tony Cruz-trained CIRCUIT NINE is unbeaten in two starts and resuming today (after several barrier trials) may take some beating here. Last start, the three-year-old grey was sent out a white-hot $1.20 favourite and had to find plenty before getting the upper hand and taking out the Pakistan Star Plate, here over 1200m. He ran the last 600m, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark, a similar effort to several others here. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Matty Chadwick was aboard for both those runs and remains in the saddle today. Two from two, with both wins coming at the Sha Tin track, if he can keep in touch with them here, he can bring up the hat-trick today.
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Race 7: No.3 WIDE BLUE YONDER ($7.50 with bet365)
Second-up today, the David Hayes-trained WIDE BLUE YONDER will strip fitter here and ticks all the boxes to suggest he is in this contest as a genuine winning chance. Last start, the British-bred gelding wash fresh off a 12-week spell and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth (of 14) in a Class 4 contest, here over 1400m. Beaten just two lengths on the line, he never stopped chasing and hit the line well on fresh legs. He can only improve off that run and did win second-up last preparation. All four career starts have been run here where he has a win and two minor placings on his resume. He has the experienced Silvestre de Sousa on board today and with plenty of early pace here, he maps to settle near mid-field with cover. Fitter today, a trouble-free run should see him threating for victory in the closing stages.