Hong Kong Sprint Tips & Betting Odds
Looking for Hong Kong Sprint 2020 tips and betting odds? Our Hong Kong racing expert previews the Sha Tin Group 1 sprint and gives his predictions.
Hong Kong Sprint Odds 2020
|HOT KING PRAWN||$4|
|TOWER OF LONDON||$15|
|BIG TIME BABY||$67|
Odds courtesy of bet365 and correct from 12:00pm December 9, 2020. Please Bet Responsibly. Over 18s only. Problem? Visit Gambling Help Online
Hong Kong Sprint Tips & Preview
The $15 million The Everest (1200m) winner Classique Legend is the short-priced favourite to score in Sunday’s Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin.
As well as having his first start in Hong Kong for new trainer Caspar Fownes, the flashy grey will need to create history and become the first horse to win from the pole position since the race was changed to 1200m in 2006.
Top local hope, Hot King Prawn, looms as the main danger as he comes off a win in The Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin where he defeated nine of Sunday’s rivals.
Japanese visitors Danon Smash and Tower Of London bring strong form lines, and Danon Smash was most recently 2nd in the Sprinters Stakes (1200m), a race he finished 3rd in last year before finishing 8th in the Hong Kong Sprint.
Tower Of London won the Sprinters Stakes in 2019 but was in poor form his following preparation, and it is yet to be seen how he has returned this time in.
Who has the strongest form?
As mentioned, 10 of the 14 runners in Sunday’s sprint feature come through The Jockey Club Sprint where Hot King Prawn defeated Computer Patch and Rattan.
The race was run quick early with the winner going 4.1 lengths quicker than standard BM time to the 600m, and he finished off strongly going 3.5 lengths quicker than standard for the last 600m for an overall figure of 7.6 lengths quicker than standard.
This is well below Hot King Prawn’s personal best of 11.5 lengths quicker than standard which he recorded first-up when 2nd in last year’s The Jockey Club Sprint before finishing runner-up to Beat The Clock in the Hong Kong Sprint.
Hot King Prawn is third-up this year, and one thing to notice in all of his campaigns is he tends to taper off third-up and runs a couple of lengths below his first and second-up efforts.
Hot King Prawn did it tough out three and four wide and it was a gusty performance while Computer Patch seemed to have every chance but just wasn’t good enough on the day.
Rattan on the other hand missed the start by three lengths and absolutely motored home from last to grab 3rd place.
He also rattled home from last two starts back in The Premier Bowl (1200m) where he was 3rd to Wishful Thinker and Computer Patch while Hot King Prawn was back in 4th.
Former Aussie sprinter Classique Legend brings arguably the strongest form having gone 14.7 lengths quicker than standard to win The Everest.
That effort rates 7.1 lengths above the next best last start figure.
However, Classique Legend peaks third-up every campaign and goes into Sunday’s race first-up.
But having said that, he is now with a new trainer under a new training regime, and instead of being targeted at a race third-up, he’s been primed for a first-up assault.
Who will win the Hong Kong Sprint in 2020?
Classique Legend has to overcome some obstacles from the inside gate as he is likely to drift back to midfield.
His first-up figures are good enough to win this race, and he’s never been fully wound up for a first-up run so we should expect and improved rating here.
As long as jockey Vincent C Y Ho can get him into the clear at the right time, Classique Legend should be too strong late in the piece.
Rattan looks over the odds at $21 and is the best each-way chance to cause an upset.