Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Saturday March 11

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Hong Kong Tips 11/03/2023

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



Race 10:  No.6  GOLDEN EXPRESS  ($2.30 with Palmerbet)

John Size saddles-up GOLDEN EXPRESS here who is three starts into his new surroundings in Hong Kong and should be ready to pounce today. The former Aussie galloper had one start down under (racing as Gulf Of Venice) and won that three-year-old Maiden by 5.5 lengths. He has settled in well here, finding the podium twice in his three starts. Last start, the Not A Single Doubt gelding took home fifth prize in a blanket finish, beaten less than a length that day. He ran a new personal best, covering the trip, 5.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort in this line-up. With Zac Purton back from a successful stint in Australia, he has the ride today and gets plenty of favours from gate two, as he maps to settle in the first half-dozen. Three starts in, he should be ready to peak and has some upside here.



Race 9:  No.5  CHIU CHOW SPIRIT  ($4.40 with Neds)

The Benno Yung-trained CHIU CHOW SPIRIT is second-up today and should be ready for improvement here. The Zoustar colt is a former Australian galloper who raced as Twin Stars and was trained by Tony McEvoy in Adelaide. After trialling well, he made his debut here last month and wasn’t disgraced, finishing a creditable fifth in a 16-strong field at Class 3 level, here over the 1400m trip. Since then he has won another trial, beating home D Star that day. With that initial run behind him now, he can only strip fitter here and has Alex Badel in the saddle for today’s assignment. He looks a genuine chance at victory today.



Race 4:  No.7  D STAR  ($4.40 with Ladbrokes)

The Tony Cruz-trained D STAR has found his feet after four starts and looks set for a big effort in this contest. After two unplaced runs on the Happy Valley track, The Darci Brahma gelding made his Sha Tin debut in fine style, taking out a Class 4 Hcp over 1400m. Then last start, he came across one better (Sixth Generation) where he had to settle for second prize, against similar company over the same trip. Angus Chung was on board for both rides and sticks with him today. It’s déjà vu for him here (class, track & trip), but fares much better at the barrier as he jumps from gate three today. After the 4.5kg (10lb) claim, he carries the same weight as he did last start and after four starts now, he should be at peak fitness. He is worthy of a ticket here.