Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Sunday October 23
Hong Kong Tips 23/10/2022
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for today’s horse racing at Sha Tin Racecourse and gives his best bets.
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Race 7: No.8 RISE BRETHREN ($6.50 with Unibet)
Second-up today, the Danny Shum-trained RISE BRETHREN is well drawn here and his fresh record suggests he can give this contest a real shake. Last start, the Lope De Vega gelding resumed from a 16-week spell and ridden a treat by Harry Bentley, finished an unlucky second in a Class 2 Hcp over 1650m at Happy Valley. Despite his efforts, he arrived a whisker too late to deny Telecom Fighters his victory that night. His whirlwind finish was evidenced by his stats that showed him covering his last 600m, 11.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 7 lengths. Alex Badel has the reins today with Bentley booked for the ride on the stablemate (Charity Go) and yet to miss a podium finish in three second-up appearances, the four-year-old will appreciate the rise in trip and should prove hard to hold out here.
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Race 8: No.8 LUCKY SWEYNESSE ($2.25 with Unibet)
To the feature race of the day and it’s a real lottery with several main contenders in line for the major prize. The in-form Manfred Man galloper LUCKY SWEYNESSE has won six of his eight contested races to date and looks every chance of striking up the hat-trick today. Last start, the Sweynesse gelding made it back-to-back victories in grand style when he put more than three lengths on them in the Class 1 Chief Executive’s Cup, here over 1200m. He stopped the clock at 1:08.5 for that event, running the trip out, 10.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. He also recorded the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. Unbeaten at the track and distance and already a winner when second-up, Zac Purton is back with him today and after three previous victories with the gelding, that is a winning formula in any event.
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Race 5: No.5 SUMMIT CHEERS ($4.60 with Unibet)
The David Hall-trained SUMMIT CHEERS is second-up today and did enough first-up to ring out a warning to his rivals today. Last start, the Zoustar gelding was fresh off a lengthy five-month absence when he lined-up in a Class 3 Hcp and did well to finish third in the 1000m contest down the straight course. Up against the outside fence, he battled fiercely with Super Axiom (on his inside) and over the final 200m, came into contact with each other with the galloper also tending to hang in which didn’t do him any favours. Only half a length separated half a dozen runners across the line so to grab third prize on fresh legs was a good effort. Matthew Poon has the job today and is one form one on the five-year-old and already a two-time winner at the track and distance and a winner when second-up, he will take beating today.