Hong Kong Preview April 12 – Wednesday Best Bets & Tips
Hong Kong Tips 12/04/2023
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for tonight’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 8: No.8 GORYTUS ($4.60 with Palmerbet)
Danny Shum saddles-up GORYTUS here who has returned in red-hot form and third-up tonight, looks a genuine winning chance in this contest. Last start, the English-bred gelding came off a first-up win, here in a Class 3 over 1650m when he almost franked that effort, finishing second in his first crack at Class 2 company behind Savaquin. He ran the final 600m, 5.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here to Handsome Twelve (who draws wide tonight in gate 9). He finished alongside Savaquin that night (beaten just half a length) but ran faster sectionals than the John Size galloper and meets him 3kgs better at the weights here. Jerry Chau retains the ride and ideally drawn in four tonight, he should prove hard to hold out.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 9: No.8 MAGNIAC ($5 with bet365)
The Jamie Richards-trained MAGNIAC is fourth-up tonight and should now be ready to step-up and record his first win on Hong Kong soil. Last start, the Australian-bred gelding had his third start since arriving in town and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth (beaten 2.5 lengths) in a Class 3 Hcp over 1200m at Sha Tin. He drew the car park that day in gate 12 which saw Zac Purton push him hard early to find a decent sit. He eventually settled outside the leader and looked a winning chance passing the 200m mark, but they came from everywhere that night and outside the eventual winner (Supreme Lucky), he finished in a bunch of runners who fought the minors. Tonight, he takes his first look at Happy Valley and has drawn much better in gate four. Purton sticks with him here and fitter for three runs back, he can give this a real shake tonight.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 5: No.9 HEARTY WISH ($7 with bet365)
The Doug Whyte-trained HEARTY WISH comes in nicely at the weights here and in great form this preparation, can give this contest a real shake. Last start, the Sweynesse gelding came off a Class 4 win on this track when he met similar company over the 1000m and beat all but one of them home that night. He ran his last 600m, 3.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here to G One Excellent who he meets 3.5kgs better at the weights and fares much better at the barriers. Lyle Hewitson has had success with the five-year-old previously and returns here for tonight’s contest. Ideally drawn in gate two, he should play a leading role in the outcome here.