Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 19/11/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Sunday, November 19
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 4: No.2 FLYING ACE ($4.60 with Ladbrokes)
David Hall and Zac Purton team-up here with FLYING ACE who is third-up and looks ready to pounce today. Last start, the Swiss Ace gelding made it consecutive runner-up finishes when he beat all but one to the line in a Class 2 Hcp, here over 1200m. They ran a tidy 1:09 for the trip that day with the six-year-old beaten just a head on the line. Purton steered him home from gate 13 (of 14) in that event, making his effort to grab second prize even more impressive. He has the outside gate here but is in a much smaller field. Unbeaten in two-previous third-up starts, he also boasts four wins and as many minor placings from his ten starts at the track and distance. A resume like that should never be ignored. He looks the one to beat.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 2: No.7 RISE BRETHREN ($3.50 with bet365)
The Jamie Richards-trained RISE BRETHREN is third-up today and up to a more suitable distance, looks a winning chance in this contest. Last start, the Lope De Vega gelding was second-up and found the 1650m trip still a little too short to produce his best, finishing third in the 13-strong event. He is a track and distance winner and has placed twice previously when third-up. Zac Purton returns to the saddle today and is already a two-time winner with the six-year-old. Third-time lucky today ??
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 9: No.6 STRAIGHT ARRON ($4.60 with bet365)
Caspar Fownes saddles-up two here as we run with STRAIGHT ARRON who is fourth-up and looks ready to win. Last start, the Fastnet Rock gelding wasn’t far away when finishing fourth in the Group 3 Ladies Purse, here over 1800m. He lines-up here rock-hard fit after three runs back and was a winner when fourth-up last preparation. Vince Ho has the reins today in his second meeting back from suspension and already a two-time winner with the five-year-old, he has his sights set on a (hopeful) start in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge next month and will be out for a win in this event.