Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 27/09/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Wednesday, September 27
Our form expert provides Hong Kong tips for tonight’s horse racing at Happy Valley Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 8: No.5 WONDER KIT ($2.60 with Bet Right)
Francis Lui saddles-up WONDER KIT here who resumes off a 13-week spell but with two trials under his belt, he looks ready to perform well on fresh legs tonight. Last start, the Sooboog gelding ended his last campaign by destroying his rivals in a Class 3 Hcp, here over 1200m. Ridden a treat by Vince Ho, he settled in the box-seat, then on straightening, peeled off the leader’s heels, dashed past them, and raced away to win by 2.5 lengths on the line. A perfect end to a successful campaign. His last trial saw him cross the line 3.5 lengths ahead of the nine-strong line-up. He has drawn wide (in gate 10) but drew the same gate last start, so he should handle that well. Ho sticks with him tonight and already a winner when resuming, he should prove hard to beat here.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 9: No.10 SWEET BRIAR ($4 with bet365)
Another from the Francis Lui stable is SWEET BRIAR who is having just his fifth race-start tonight but looks well placed to make a difference in this contest. Last start, the Shamexpress gelding ended his first preparation with a back-to-back victory in a Class 4 over 1200m at Sha Tin with Lyle Hewitson aboard. He did it tough that day, travelling three-wide (without cover) and having to stave-off a challenge from the 200m mark to the finish line. He has trialled since at Happy Valley, finishing 1.5 lengths from the winner over 1200m. Freshened-up since the season-break, he has Hewitson sticking with him and with a softer run here, he can bring up the hat-trick tonight.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 6: No.3 LUCKY GOR ($4.20 with bet365)
The Caspar Fownes-trained LUCKY GOR is second-up tonight and should be ready to shine. Last start, the Shooting To Win gelding was fresh off the end-of-season break when he finished mid-field in a Class 4, here over 1200m. Although not in the money, he was only beaten a length on the line. Hugh Bowman has his first ride on the five-year-old tonight and from gate three, maps to be just behind the pace on settling. Already a winner when second-up and a winner at the track, he looks well placed to put in a big performance here.