Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 22/10/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Sunday, October 22
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 9: No.1 SWORD POINT ($3.40 with bet365)
Fresh off the Season break today, the Frankie Lor-trained SWORD POINT has had an impeccable lead-up to this contest and will take beating here today. The American Pharoah gelding ended his last preparation with an impressive win in the HK Reunification Cup at the Class 2 level, here over the 2000m journey. Ridden an absolute treat by Zac Purton, he sat behind the leaders most of the way, then soon after straightening, he was offered a rails run which (in the as it turned out) led to a solid victory, crossing the line more than a length clear in the end. Purton sticks with him today where he meets similar company and gets all the favours from gate one. He is yet to win when first-up but his four trials all turned out to be victories which sees him in good steed for this contest.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 5: No.4 INVINCIBLE SAGE ($6 with Ladbrokes)
The David Hall-trained INVINCIBLE SAGE resumes off the season break today and judging by his trial form, he looks right in the mix for a first-up win here. Last start, the Australian-bred gelding ended his three-race preparation by finishing third in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1200m. With Hugh Bowman aboard, he came off the leader’s heels and looked set to go on with it but weakened on his run and had to settle for third prize, beaten less than a length on the line. He has trialled four times since then and finished top-two in all four. Bowman sticks with him today as the four-year-old gets the gun-run from gate one. Placed twice when first-up previously, he has enough fitness (from those four trials) to be a real threat in this contest.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 8: No.9 MASSIVE ACTION ($5.50 with bet365)
Frankie Lor saddles-up MASSIVE ACTION here who is second-up today and looks a prime candidate for the major prize. Last start, the Reliable Man gelding resumed from a 10-week break when he beat all but one home in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1400m. From gate 10, he was pushed forward early and led on settling. In the run home, Superb Boy engaged in a two-horse war with him all the way home and did best (right on the line) to grab the victory by a head in the end. Already a winner when second-up and a two-time winner at Sha Tin, Lyle Hewitson takes the reins today and fitter for that first-up run, can go one better here.