Hong Kong Preview & Best Bets – 29/10/2023
Hong Kong Tips for Sunday, October 29
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.8 SEASON’S WIT ($2.90 with bet365)
The Jamie Richards-trained SEASON’S WIT has his first start sine the season break today and boasting an impeccable track record here, looks the testing material in this contest. Last start, the Capitalist gelding ended his last preparation with a hat-trick of wins. The last of those saw him hang on by a breath to claim the accolades in a Class 3, here over 1000m with Zac Purton in the saddle. Three previous first-up runs have all ended in runner-up situations but he track stats are outstanding with five starts at the track and trip ending with three wins and two runner-up finishes. Purton flew back into town this morning (from his day out at the Cox Plate meeting at Moonee Valley yesterday) and he jumps aboard the four-year-old for the seventh time, having ridden him to three of his four career victories to date. He steps-up in grade today but drops 7kgs for the transition. Nicely drawn in gate four today, a clear run to the line today should see him hard to run down.
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Race 10: No.4 SPLENDID LIVING ($3.20 with bet365)
Ricky Yiu saddles-up SPLENDID LIVING here who is second-up today and targets an eighth-straight podium finish. Last start, the Starspangledbanner gelding was fresh after 11 weeks in the paddock and ridden a treat by Zac Purton, finished a gallant third, just weakening over the final 100m, beaten less than two lengths on the line. Fitter for that run, he is ideally drawn in gate two today with Lyle Hewitson aboard for the first time and already a three-time winner at the track and distance, he will take beating today.
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Race 9: No.3 EXCELLENT PEERS ($5.50 with bet365)
The Frankie Lor-trained EXCELLENT PEERS is third-up today after a 14-week break and ticks enough boxes here to generate plenty of interest. Last start, the Jimmy Choux gelding missed the jump, forcing Hugh Bowman to use him up earlier than expected to have him settle near mid-field (on the fence). Turning for home, he stuck to the inside and battled on gamely to finish third, beaten just a length on the line. Angus Chung is the pilot today and after his claim, the six-year-old carries 4.5kgs less than his last start. Ideally drawn in gate three today, he maps to settle better than mid-field with cover and already a winner when third-up, he is well and truly in the mix here.