Hong Kong Preview April 15 – Saturday Best Bets & Tips
Benalla Tips 15/04/2023
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 9: No.5 VICTOR THE WINNER ($2 with bet365)
Danny Shum saddles-up VICTOR THE WINNER here who has been precisely that lately and looks well placed here to bring up the hat-trick today. Last start, the Toronado gelding made it three wins from his past four starts when he clobbered a Class 2 field, here over 1200m. He flew over the trip, covering it, 11.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best for him and the best in this field by 4 lengths. These stats are not surprising when you consider he clocked 1:08.2 for the 1200m contest. Tearaway Premiership leader, Zac Purton, was aboard for that crushing win and remains glued to the saddle for today’s assignment. Surely just bad luck prevents him from notching-up another win today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 10: No.13 UNIVERSAL HORIZON ($4.80 with BlueBet)
Another from the Lui stable is UNIVERSAL HORIZON who looks a genuine winning chance at the weights today. Last start, the Shalaa gelding had his seventh start on the Sha Tin track, (in search of his second career-win), when he finished third in his first attempt at Class 3 competition over 1400m. Never on the track, he travelled wide the entire trip and still managed to finish within a length of them over the line. He covered the last 600m, 7.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field and ran the entire trip out, 4.7 lengths faster than standard, which was a new personal best for the four-year-old. He also clipped the quickest final 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. In a wide open affair here, he currently holds favouritism on the Hong Kong markets at $5.20 and with Vince Ho sticking with him today, that looks a sound investment in this race.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 4: No.6 EURO ROCKS ($6.50 with Palmerbet)
The Francis Lui-trained EURO ROCKS has impressed since arriving from New Zealand (formerly raced as Smart Rocks) and having his second race-start at his new track, looks every chance of rolling the race-favourite (Golden Express) today. Last start, the Swiss Ace gelding made his Hong Kong debut (on this track) and turned plenty of heads when he beat all but one home in a Class 3 Hcp over 1200m. Well ridden by Vince Ho, he had the four-year-old parked right behind the pace and in the run home, showed plenty of dash, succumbing only to a swooper (Supreme Lucky) in the end. Ho sticks with him here and with that experience behind him now, he can give this a real shake today.