Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday January 11


Hong Kong Tips 11/01/2023

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



Race 7:  No.2  MONEY CATCHER  ($2.70 with bet365)

Frankie Lor saddles-up three runners here with the most prominent being MONEY CATCHER who looks set to bring up his first Happy Valley victory tonight. Last start, the Ferlax gelding put in a strong performance to take home third prize in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin. He lines-up here, five starts into this campaign and should be at his peak. Already a Group 3 winner and placed twice in two starts here, Silvestre De Sousa sticks with him and from gate one, he looks ideally placed to bring up career win number three.



Race 9:  No.5  MIDORI BEAUTY  ($6.50 with Ladbrokes)

The Chris So-trained MIDORI BEAUTY has been thereabouts in his four starts this preparation and should now be ready to produce his best and win at his Happy Valley debut tonight. Last start, the Deep Field gelding finished just behind the placegetters for the third-straight time, taking home fourth prize again, in a Class 3 over 1200m at Sha Tin. He did well to run the trip out, 5.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up, while posting the fastest final 800m sectional as well. It appears the stable have decided to try their luck on the Happy Valley circuit where South African rider Lyle Hewitson takes the reins for the first time. He is well drawn in gate three tonight but is still expected to settle near mid-field. With a clear run to the line, his fitness should see him hit the line hard and be in the running for the major prize.



Race 4:  No.5  PING HAI GALAXY  ($7.50 with Palmerbet)

The John Size-trained PING HAI GALAXY has been in great touch this time in and looks well placed here at odds to give this contest a real shake. Last start, the seven-year-old son of The Factor came off an impressive win at Sha Tin over 1000m and took on a similar Class 2 field, here over the longer 1200m trip. Not disgraced, he finished mid-field, beaten just two lengths on the night. He still ran his last 600m, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. With Zac Purton booked to ride Whizz Kid (who is unbeaten on the track), Karis Teetan gets his first ride on the gelding tonight. Dropping back to the more suitable 1000m and getting the gun-run from gate one, he is right up to the task of taking this out.