Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 17/09/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Sunday, September 17
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
ANCHOR BET ⚓
Race 3: No.6 DREAM WINNER ($1.20 with Palmerbet)
The Frankie Lor-trained DREAM WINNER resumes here, unbeaten and looking to stay that way today. Last start, the Exosphere gelding ended his first campaign by bringing up the hat-trick when he clobbered his rivals in a Class 3 Hcp, here over the 1000m sprint. With regular rider Vince Ho aboard, he made it look so easy as he took the trail early, then changed gears at the 200m mark and under hands and heels riding by Ho, he put two lengths on them down the straight course. Only sheer bad luck will surely prevent him from making it four-straight today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 7: No.4 JOYFUL HUNTER ($2.45 with Unibet)
Francis Lui saddles-up JOYFUL HUNTER here who resumes from the season break, unbeaten and looks set to continue the good form today. Last start, the Darci Brahma gelding came off a Class 4 victory at Happy Valley when he lined-up on the same track and franked his debut win, beating home similar company over the 1200m trip. Sent out a white-hot ($1.35) favourite, he gave backers plenty to worry about (spotting them six lengths at the 200m mark), but got there right on the line to snatch an unlikely victory that night. Vince Ho was aboard for both rides and sticks with him today. Well drawn in gate five, he sees ‘daylight’ racing and the Sha Tin track for the first time today and from the good gate, will take beating here.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6: No.3 SMILING COLLECTOR ($4.60 with Ladbrokes)
The Jimmy Ting-trained SMILING COLLECTOR returns from the season break today and looks well placed to win on fresh legs in this contest. Last start, the Turn Me Loose gelding ended a long campaign by finishing fifth, here in a Class 4 over 1600m. Luke Ferraris was having his eighth ride on the gelding and had him well placed three pairs back on settling. He took the turn very wide and lost his spot, falling back to in the field. But, to his credit, he found a second wind and took many lengths off them in the closing 100m and fought back to grab fifth prize, beaten less than three lengths on the line. He has trialled recently in preparation for his return today and with Ferraris sticking with him, he draws well in gate six and looks in the mix here.