Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 20/09/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Wednesday, September 20
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for tonight’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
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Race 5: No.3 GALVANIC ($2.50 with Bet Right)
The Caspar Fownes-trained GALVANIC is fresh off the season break tonight and looks a solid chance of breaking his track hoodoo. Last start, the son of Ilovethiscity ended his last campaign by ending up in the minor money (again) when he finished third in a Class 4, here over 1200m. Ridden hard for the first 400m, he eventually crossed to settle outside the leader and ran home well enough, but the hard work early took its toll where he had to settle for second prize, beaten less than a length on the line. Drawn well in gate four tonight, his resume reads six starts here for four minor placings and with Vince Ho remaining aboard, he gets the opportunity to change his luck in this contest.
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Race 7: No.1 DANCING CODE ($3.40 with Ladbrokes)
Another from the Fownes stable is DANCING CODE who is a track specialist here and ticks every box tonight. Last start, the Panzer Division gelding took on Class 3 company at Sha Tin and wasn’t disgraced when finishing fifth, beaten just over two lengths in the 1200m event. Settling mid-field, Vince Ho kept him close to the fence in the run home where he made up plenty of ground, but inside the final 150m, he ran out of room and had nowhere to go, avoiding heels all the way to the line that day. Drawn out tonight (in gate nine), it may be a blessing in disguise and could force Ho to find a spot off the fence, giving him more room out wide to finish off in this contest. Nine starts at the track have resulted in three wins and four runner-up prizes. His first-up record is impressive with four fresh-start performances turning into one win and three second place efforts. He looks right in this.
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Race 8: No.11 HELENE FEELING ($5 with bet365)
Danny Shum saddles-up HELENE FEELING here who steps-up in grade tonight but looks a serious player in this contest. Last start, the American sired gelding made it nine-straight podium finishes when he took out a Class 3 Hcp over 1600m at Sha Tin. He drew gate 11 (of 14) and used up some fuel to settle at the leader’s girth, finishing too strong at the finish. Its never easy stepping up to Class 2 level from here but this three-year-old looks capable of giving it a good go as he drops 8kgs from that last-start win. Karis Teetan is the pilot tonight where he draws gate 11 again but maps to settle just behind the speed. With the light weight tonight, he looks set to bring up his tenth straight top-three finish.