Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Sunday February 19

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Hong Kong Tips 19/02/2023

Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.

 

BEST BET 🏆

Race 3:  No.6  THE GOLDEN SCENERY  ($3 with Ladbrokes)

Tony Cruz saddles-up THE GOLDEN SCENERY here who has been racing with no luck this time in and is overdue for a change of luck. Last start, the Deep Field gelding made it six-straight top-five finishes when he beat all but one home in the Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup, here over 1400m. He ran the trip out, 6.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best (by half a length) to topweight Beauty Joy (who has to concede ‘the Scenery’ 8kgs today). Karis Teetan returns for today’s assignment and he has had previous success with the five-year-old, boasting a win and a runner-up finish from his three rides to date. He is a two-time winner at the track and trip and today, gets the gun-run from gate one and gets his best chance this time in for to bring up career win number six today.

 

NEXT BEST 🥈

Race 7:  No.7  CARROLL  STREET  ($3.60 with bet365)

The Doug Whyte-trained CARROLL STREET resumes after eight months off the scene, but boasting a strong first-up record and recent trial success, he looks ready to win. Last start, the Outreach gelding ended his last campaign finishing unplaced in a preparation where things just didn’t click for him. Although out of the money that day, he still ran that trip out, 8.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. He was spelled straight after that and since then, he has trialled three times and won the lot. This galloper is already a four-time winner at the track and distance and a two-time winner when first-up. If we go off his recent trial success, he’s ready now.

 

BEST VALUE 💰 

Race 8:  No.3  RISE BRETHREN  ($5.50 with Palmerbet)

The Danny Shum-trained RISE BRETHREN is yet to miss a top-four finish in six starts this preparation and meets the criteria here for another big finish today. Last start, the Lope De Vega gelding lost his way mid-race and fell back to near last as they approached the turn. Sticking to the fence, Alex Badel saved plenty of ground and railing like a greyhound, the five-year-old finished third, beaten just over a length by Money Catcher (the $2.50 race-favourite). Badel sticks with him here as he maps to settle closer to the speed from gate five. The five-year-old is another one who is way overdue for a change of luck and he gets his chance here today.