Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday March 22
Hong Kong Tips 22/03/2023
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 7: No.5 GORGEOUS VITALITY ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)
The Frankie Lor trained GORGEOUS VITAILITY is three starts into this campaign and ready to win. Last start, the Deep Field gelding was third-up when he settled third-last spotting the leaders a dozen lengths or more. The pace was a cracker and in the run home, Vince Ho wound up the four-year-old who finished two to their one but gave them too much start and had to settle for third prize on the night. He ran the trip out, 6.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best and the best last-start effort here by more than 2 lengths. Drawn even better tonight, Ho sticks with him here and he should find the extra 200m a real bonus. At peak fitness now, he should prove very hard to hold out tonight.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 4: No.9 REACH GOAL ($7.50 with Palmerbet)
The Ricky Yui-trained REACH GOAL has found his mojo and looks well placed here to make his mark on this event tonight. Last start, the Myboycharlie gelding finally broke through for his first win in a Class 4 contest, here over the 2200m journey. Carrying 56kgs, Silvestre De Sousa rode a race of tactics which paid off in the end and got the five-year-old home, running the fastest final 200m sectional in the process. He maps to settle mid-field with cover from gate seven tonight as De Sousa sticks with him for this assignment. Rock-hard fit after four starts back now, he can give this race a real shake.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 8: No.6 EVERYONE’S DELIGHT ($7 with Unibet)
Frankie Lor saddles-up a couple here as we run with EVERYONE’S DELIGHT who’s consistency has paid off lately and he looks set for back-to-back victories tonight. Last start, the El Roca gelding brought up win number six when he out-muscled them in a Class 1 over 1650m on Sha Tin’s all-weather track. Ridden an absolute treat by Matty Chadwick, he settled fifth two pairs back (on the fence) and as they cornered, he grabbed a dream rails run and in a four-way go to the line, held them all at bay to grab a narrow win. He ran that out, 7.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. The selling point here is he drops back to Class 2 company and returns to the turf track at Happy Valley where he is already a three-time winner at the track and distance. He looks a tad overs here and well worth a ticket.