Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday February 15

 

Hong Kong Tips 15/02/2023

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.2  RIGHTEOUS ARION  ($2.80 with Neds)

Tony Cruz saddles-up RIGHTEOUS ARION here who has improved at his past three runs and looks poised to go on with it tonight. Last start, the Rich Enough gelding finally broke through for his maiden win in a Class 4 Hcp, here over 1200m. He ran that out, 4.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best and the best last-start effort here, while running the fastest final 200m sectional as well. Vince Ho steered him to that victory and remains in the saddle for tonight’s assignment. Ideally drawn in gate four, he looks all set for back-to-back wins here.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 6:  No.7  EIGHTEEN PALMS  ($2.60 with Ladbrokes)

The Danny Shum-trained EIGHTEEN PALMS lines up here for his second race start and the indications are he can improve enough to take this contest out tonight. Last start, the El Roca gelding made an impressive debut where he was prominent throughout and gave his all to take home third prize in a Class 4 over 1650m. In a three-horse finish, he was beaten less than a length that night with the three of them finishing more than two lengths ahead of the rest in 12-strong field. Zac Purton steered him on debut and sticks with him here. Now that he has some idea of what its all about, he can only improve on that run and with the gun-run from gate one tonight, he can give this a real shake.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 8:  No.5  WINNING ICEY  ($5.50 with Unibet)

The Caspar Fownes-trained WINNING ICEY has been ever-consistent this preparation and ticks all the boxes here to be worthy of cracking it for win number three this campaign. Last start, the Hinchinbrook gelding brought up hid eighth podium finish from 11 career starts when he beat all but one home in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1200m. The wide gate (12 of 12) beat him that night where he failed by just a nose on the line. He ran his last 600m, 7.2 lengths quicker than benchmark while posting the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race as well. Drawn much better in gate six here, Luke Ferraris sticks with him and he boasts two wins and five minor placings from his eight previous rides on the four-year-old. Already a three-time winner at the track and distance, he looks a big show tonight.