Hong Kong Cup Tips & Betting Odds
Looking for Hong Kong Cup 2020 tips and betting odds? Our Hong Kong racing expert previews the Sha Tin Group 1 middle distance event and gives his predictions.
Hong Kong Cup Odds 2020
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Hong Kong Cup Tips & Preview
A field of eight will contest this year’s Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) to be run at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Representatives from France, Ireland, Japan and Great Britain will take their place to do battle with a strong local contingent.
Irish galloper, Magical comes off a Group 1 stop-over in America where she finished second in the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland.
The Galileo mare brings plenty of experience with her to this contest having won seven previous Group 1 events.
Running fourth in this race last year, local hero Furore has moved ahead since then with wins in the Group 3 Ladies’ Purse and Group 2 Jockey Club Cup.
Win Bright won this race last year but has only had one other start since then where he finished unplaced in a Group 2 in Japan.
French representative, Skalleti is in sensational form this time in and is coming off wins in Group 3 Gontaut-Biron (2012m) and Group 2 Prix Dollar (2012m) before finishing second in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2012m) at Royal Ascot.
Japanese contender, Danon Premium won six of his first seven starts and has placed three times since, including a third placing in this year’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. His last start saw him finish fourth in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (2000m) at Tokyo.
Who has the strongest form?
It is a real job trying to line up the contenders here with so many International runners coming off various Group 1 events around the world.
Skalleti has an exemplary record, winning 12 of his 16 starts and placing in three others. His last-start second at Ascot can’t be ignored considering he drops 2.5kgs for this event.
Win Bright likes to stalk the leaders and make his move soon after straightening. They are the tactics he applied when winning this event last year. His biggest hurdle here will be how he performs first-up after a 10-month absence.
The local hopeful is Furore who after a disappointing return to the track (finishing 11th of 12 in the Group 2 Sha Tin Trophy), quickly made amends next start by winning the Group 2 Ladies’ Purse.
The Pierro gelding ran the 1800m 8.4 lengths quicker than benchmark and ran the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m race sectionals as well.
He then bettered those figures next start when winning the Group 2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m).
He ran out the 2000m 10.7 lengths quicker than benchmark and ran the fastest final 400m and 200m race sectionals.
The resume of Magical is something to behold.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained galloper has a first-class record in black-type races. She is unbeaten at Group 2 level, winning in all three appearances and her Group 1 record reads just as good.
From 20 Group 1 races contested, she has seven victories and finished second on another seven occasions.
These appear to be the strongest contenders for this year’s Cup.
Who will win the Hong Kong Cup in 2020?
The top four contenders bring strong resumes into this race.
Skalleti boasts 12 career wins but has just one appearance at Group 1 level, finishing second behind Addeybb at Ascot last start.
Win Bright is a two-time Group 1 winner and victor of this race last year, but the seven-year-old hasn’t raced since March this year, where he finished unplaced in Group 2 company in Japan.
The Hong Kong hopeful, Furore brings strong local form into the race, winning his last two at Group level but after eight attempts, is still a maiden at Group 1 level.
It’s the Irish champ Magical that stands out for me. Yet to miss a top-three finish in six starts this time in, the six-year-old appears to have enjoyed the perfect preparation for this race.
Any horse who can come off a nine-month spell, and win a Group 1 over 2012m by more than four lengths has to be considered something special.
English jockey, Ryan Moore has partnered the mare on 19 occasions and has been rewarded with six victories (two at Group 1 level), and nine minor placings so he will feel right at home partnering her here again.
As an added bonus, the mare has drawn the fence which gives Moore plenty of options in the race.
She should head to the barriers at her peak after six starts this campaign and yet still be relatively fresh coming off a five-week let-up.
To put further polish on her qualifications here, she has raced 11 times over the 2000m trip for seven wins and four minor placings.
Magical looks the stand-out selection here and she would have to do a lot wrong to miss out on collecting the cup for Ireland.