Hong Kong Preview July 12 – Wednesday Best Bets & Tips
Hong Kong Tips 12/07/2023
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for tonight’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 7: No.5 HAMERON ($2.70 with Unibet)
The Francis Lui-trained HAMERON is three-starts into this preparation and should now be ready to win. Last start, the Irish-sired gelding finished a close-up third in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1650m. He settled third-last on the fence, spotting the leaders eight lengths to the turn. Sticking to the rail, Luke Ferraris played for luck and eventually found the gap and doing his best work late, the five-year-old hit the line strongly to cement a place on the podium, beaten less than a length on the line. He gave the impression he is looking for more ground and gets exactly that tonight. The former Chris Waller-trained galloper has finished in the money in both Happy Valley starts to date and drawn the fence here after three runs on Hong Kong soil, he should prove hard to beat tonight.
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Race 4: No.3 FAST SERVE ($1.75 with Ladbrokes)
The David Hall trained FAST SERVE made a winning debut on Hong Kong soil and now looks set to go on with it tonight. The former Australian galloper trialled twice at Tatura and Cranbourne before being transferred to the Hall stables after which he trialled twice on the Happy Valley track, winning both of them. Then four weeks ago, the Swiss Ace gelding lined-up here on debut and with Luke Ferraris in the saddle, led from barrier to box, taking out a Class 4 Hcp over the 1000m sprint. He carries 3.5kgs more tonight but will surely strip fitter for that debut victory. Ferraris sticks with him here and from gate three tonight, he maps to lead them again and will take plenty of catching. He is skinny in the market but should justify that with a win.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 5: No.4 SNOWALOT ($7 with Palmerbet)
David Hayes saddles-up SNOWALOT here who has shown plenty of consistency this preparation and looks a genuine winning chance in this contest. Last start, the Contributer gelding racked-up his eighth-straight top-four finish when he took out third prize, here in a Class 4 over 1200m. He settled mid-field on the fence that night and spotting the leaders six lengths on the turn, he ran home strongly to finish less than two lengths from the winner. He placed third in a 1200m trial since that run. Record-breaking rider Zac Purton is reunited with the gelding tonight (after steering the five-year-old to victory 18 months ago) and draws to do no early work from gate two. He steps-up to the mile for the first time here but it looks ideal for him now after how he finished off last start. Already a two-time winner at the track, he looks a worthy investment in this event.