Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – Sunday March 26
Hong Kong Tips 26/03/2023
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.6 CHING ($2.50 with Unibet)
The Michael Chang-trained CHING is in top-class form this preparation and ticks all the boxes here, suggesting another win is on the cards today. Last start, the Frosted gelding made it two from three when he convincingly won a Class 3 Hcp, here over the mile. Lyle Hewitson rode him a treat that day, settling him in the one.one and in the run home, had plenty of room to cruise alongside the leader, then run away with the race in the end. He ran the trip out, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best. Drawn to perfection here in gate four, he maps to get the run of the race again and has Hewitson in pride of place as well. With another clear run to the line, he looks every chance of back-to-back victories today.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 8: No.8 SEASONS WIT ($2.70 with bet365)
Jamie Richards and Zac Purton combine again today as SEASONS WIT lines-up here in search of his seventh-straight podium finish. Last start, the well -bred Capitalist gelding made his Hong Kong debut where he beat all but one home in a Class 3 over 1000m at Happy Valley. He covered that trip, 6.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, a new personal best and second-best here behind Cheval Valliant who looks a real chance today as well. He comes off an outstanding two-year-old preparation back in Australia where he raced as Eros for the Team Freedman stable. He appears to have settled in well on foreign soil and with Purton sticking by him today, he can figure here.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6: No.4 EIGHTEEN PALMS ($4.40 with Palmerbet)
The Danny Shum-trained EIGHTEEN PALMS has found the podium in all three career starts to date and looks well placed here to keep that trend going today. Last start, the El Roca gelding finished third, beaten a length, in a Class 4 over 1650m at Happy Valley. He ran that out, 2.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, second-best here behind Darci Joy (who won his first race for this campaign at his ninth attempt). Vince Ho has the reins here for the first time and although still a maiden, the four-year-old looks a great chance of breaking through in this company today.