Hong Kong Horse Racing Selections – Wednesday, Feb. 21

(Wednesday, February 21, 2024)

Race 1: #1 Savvy Chic, #2 Wood On Fire, #5 Kilindini, #4 Glory Cloud
Race 2:
#2 Happy Together, #3 La City Blanche, #7 Mr Ascendency, #4 Dancing Code
Race 3:
#4 Great Achiever, #2 Jolly Companion, #11 Alloy King, #3 Happy Fat Cat
Race 4:
#3 Son Pak Fu, #6 Bundle Of Charm, #1 Duke Wai, #8 Tomodachi Kokoroe
Race 5:
#10 Kyrus Unicorn, #11 Sunny Baby, #6 Mr Aladdin, #12 Turtle Again
Race 6:
#10 Noble Win, #2 Win Win Fighter, #5 Galvanic, #1 Gallant Valour
Race 7:
#8 Escape Route, #12 Red Hare King, #4 Tourbillon Prince, #1 Galaxy Witness
Race 8:
#3 Copartner Ambition, #1 Wonder Kit, #7 Bon’s A Pearla, #5 Winning Icey
Race 9:
#9 Atomic Energy, #1 Explosive Witness, #5 Happy United, #3 Heroic Master


Race 1: Wang Tak Handicap (2nd Section) (2.40am PST, 5.40am EST)


#1 Savvy Chic gets down to Class 4. His last run in this grade returned a win and he draws suitably for this contest with Karis Teetan aboard. He’s the one they all must beat. #2 Wood On Fire is favoured with the 10 pounds coming off his back. He loves the track and can make his presence felt here. #5 Kilindini has a tricky gate to overcome but he is racing well. He’s a threat. #4 Glory Cloud was sound on debut and can improve second-up. He has the scope to do so and just needs luck from the gate.


Race 2: Shan Kwong Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)


#2 Happy Together is a seriously good horse and he raced without luck last start at Group 3 level. He was a winner in that grade two starts back and a return to that level of form should see him go on with it here. #3 La City Blanche rarely runs a bad race and he deserves a win. He’s been in sound form of late and should contend strongly. #7 Mr Ascendency slots in light and should get an opportunity. He’s versatile and comes into this off the back of a strong effort for third. #4 Dancing Code is next in line.


Race 3: Wang Tak Handicap (1st Section) (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)


#4 Great Achiever has ability and it wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce back here. He draws ideally and is worth taking a chance on this week. #2 Jolly Companion can mix his form but there is definitely some talent there. He’s suited in this grade and it wouldn’t surprise to see him turn it around. #11 Alloy King knows what it’s all about over this course and distance. He slots in light and is in the right vein of form at the minute. #3 Happy Fat Cat can roll forward and lead. He’ll give this group something to reel in.


Race 4: Singapore Pools Handicap (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)


#3 Son Pak Fu was a competitive fourth last start at Group 1 level. He’s racing well at present and a return to his preferred course and distance suggests he’ll be hard to beat. #6 Bundle Of Charm is in the form of his life and he hasn’t put a step wrong of late. He’ll be fighting this one out. #1 Duke Wai has the class-edge but will be forced to lug the hefty impost. He’ll be right there in the thick of things though. #8 Tomodachi Kokoroe slots in light and is advantaged at the bottom of the handicap. He’ll need to step up but does get a serious shot.


Race 5: Yuk Sau Handicap (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)


#10 Kyrus Unicorn made a stack of ground late last start and he can take another step forward this week. He’s going the right way and gets a superb chance here. #11 Sunny Baby won well last start and he might be able to surprise as he goes back up to Class 4. #6 Mr Aladdin is tracking the right way and if his setback is a thing of the past then he’s a worthy inclusion. #12 Turtle Again slots in light and just has the gate to overcome. He is in very good form and can figure in this grade.


Race 6: Yik Yam Handicap (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)


#10 Noble Win is in the right vein of form and he’s shown that a first win is close. He’s worth taking a chance on here under Matthew Poon from the ideal draw. #2 Win Win Fighter is racing well and was a solid winner two runs back. He’s remained at the level of form and gets another super shot here off a suitable mark. #5 Galvanic has the ability but is struggling to piece it all together. Gate one should afford him the right chance. #1 Gallant Valour has sprung to prominence this season. He just has the awkward draw to overcome.


Race 7: Village Handicap (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)


#8 Escape Route finds a suitable contest. He’s been super consistent of late and any luck can see him go on with it here. The lightweight is a bonus. #12 Red Hare King is in terrific form with three seconds and one win from his last four starts. He’s lowly weighted and gets his chance. #4 Tourbillon Prince can mix his form but does have serious potential on his day. #1 Galaxy Witness loves to run home without winning. He’s consistent though and a hot tempo could easily bring him strongly into contention.


Race 8: Sing Woo Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)


#3 Copartner Ambition is the one they all must beat as he chases a fifth win this season. He’s got a stack of ability and his ascent can persevere here, especially from an ideal gate. #1 Wonder Kit just doesn’t know how to run poorly. He’s consistent and is a huge threat under a familiar pair of hands. #7 Bon’s A Pearla finally got on the board earlier this campaign. She’ll get back and finish strongly. #5 Winning Icey is third-up and returns to his preferred course and distance here. Keep safe.


Race 9: King Kwong Handicap (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)


#9 Atomic Energy goes about his racing very well, especially at Happy Valley. He gets a super chance to win here and does appear to still have plenty of rating points in hand. One to beat. #1 Explosive Witness won well last start and can continue to race at that level of form. He has the big weight to contend with, however, his recent form has been superb. #5 Happy United continues to raise the bar and this is another test for him. #3 Heroic Master can easily reverse his form and take his shot at this group. Next best.

HKJC Expert Horse Analysis for Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Hong Kong

(Wednesday, January 10, 2024)

Race 1: #6 Goodmanship, #1 Happy Horse, #3 Multimore, #2 August Moon
Race 2:
#4 Running Ahead, #2 Simply Maverick, #5 Fearless Fire, #6 To Infinity
Race 3:
#4 Red Hare King, #1 Samarkand, #11 Affirm, #5 Super Baby
Race 4:
#10 Valhalla, #5 Great Achiever, #11 Mr Good Vibes, #4 High Rise Soldier
Race 5:
#1 Happy Fat Cat, #5 Gold Tack, #6 Lyrical Motion, #2 Joy Coming
Race 6:
#9 Happy Together, #7 Helene Feeling, #11 La City Blanche, #4 Telecom Fighters
Race 7:
#3 Turin Mascot, #6 Lean Hero, #9 Intrepid Winner, #5 Escape Route
Race 8:
#9 Healthy Healthy, #6 Never Too Soon, #3 Brave Star, #4 Copartner Ambition

Race 1: Paterson Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

#6 Goodmanship has raced well this season. He pairs favourably with Karis Teetan here and a return to the city circuit for him is a big plus. He’s capable of returning to his best and with that proving very tough to get past. #1 Happy Horse is in superb form with a win two runs back. Hugh Bowman’s pairing commands respect. #3 Multimore gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back with the apprentice up. Expecting a sound effort from him, especially near the head of the field. #2 August Moon is next in line.

Race 2: Kingston Handicap (2nd Section) (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

#4 Running Ahead was sound second-up and he can improve following that run. He draws ideally, which could easily see him save the right amount of ground. One to beat. #2 Simply Maverick is versatile. He’s holding his form and gets another chance in Class 4 after his smashing win two starts ago. #5 Fearless Fire is consistent and can make his presence felt once again. He’ll be very competitive here. #6 To Infinity is after back-to-back wins. He has a suitable gate.

Race 3: Kingston Handicap (1st Section) (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#4 Red Hare King draws ideally and has raced well all season at Happy Valley. He comes into this following a pair of runner-up efforts over the course and distance. One to beat from gate one, assuming he receives an economical run in transit. #1 Samarkand can press forward to lead. He’s chasing a hat-trick of wins and does remain in Class 4, which suits. #11 Affirm slots in light and has found sound form. It’s taken time but his most recent run was decent. #5 Super Baby can roll forward. Keep safe.

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Race 4: Great George Handicap (2nd Section) (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

#10 Valhalla won well last start and rises to Class 4. This is a tougher task, however, he is in the right vein of form and continues to race well at his preferred track. #5 Great Achiever finished seventh first-up in Hong Kong. He can take another forward step, especially from barrier one. He performed well on debut and could be value. #11 Mr Good Vibes has been making ground of late and the light weight affords him his chance. He can improve. #4 High Rise Soldier has experience on his side. Keep safe.

Race 5: Great George Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#1 Happy Fat Cat can bounce back to his best in this grade. He draws ideally and should find the front against to lead, especially with five pounds taken off his back due to Angus Chung’s booking. One to catch. #5 Gold Tack returns first-up. He’s trialled well and was showing plenty of promise last season, enough so to suggest he can return a winner very, very soon. #6 Lyrical Motion gets 10 pounds removed with the apprentice up. He’s raced well all season. #2 Joy Coming is open to improvement. Next in line.

Race 6: G3 January Cup Handicap (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)

#9 Happy Together continues to improve and the light weight affords him and several others their chance against tough opposition. Taking a chance on him to win here, especially with the likely prospect of a fast tempo, which will suit him. #7 Helene Feeling is another who keeps raising the bar. He has his fair share of quality as a four-time winner already. #11 La City Blanche slots in light. He’s suited in this grade with Karis Teetan up. #4 Telecom Fighters has claims. Expect he rolls forward for his chance.

Race 7: Cleveland Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

#3 Turin Mascot has performed all season. He’s consistent and tends to do very little wrong. He can win again this term with the right run from a slightly tricky draw. #6 Lean Hero loves the course and is a winner over this trip. He’s favoured from gate one, which should allow him to save ground throughout. Next best. #9 Intrepid Winner is after back-to-back wins. He can make his presence felt again. #5 Escape Route has been racing well all season. He’s a major player off his current rating.

Race 8: Causeway Handicap (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

#9 Healthy Healthy is a superb talent. He’s chasing a fourth win this season and third in succession. The draw is suitable and he can win again after proving his worth in this grade last time out. #6 Never Too Soon is a two-time winner from three starts this campaign. He returns to Happy Valley, which is a plus. #3 Brave Star has gone close each start this season. He deserves another chance. #4 Copartner Ambition has won three out of his last four starts. Hugh Bowman hops up and he can test this group.

HKJC Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday

(Saturday, December 23, 2023)

Race 1: #9 Little Fairy, #1 Mister Dapper, #2 Nicholson Returns, #11 Jubilation
Race 2:
#4 Gangnam Star, #6 Second To None, #12 Vantastic Choice, #5 Ruby Sailing
Race 3:
#8 New Power, #6 Good Happy Heart, #1 Super Legends, #10 The Absolute
Race 4:
#13 Angels Hunter, #11 Starship Eighty, #6 President’s Choice, #14 Hang’s Choice
Race 5:
#3 Harry’s Hero, #7 Lucky Banner, #2 Nordic Star, #4 All Are Mine
Race 6:
#10 Fighting Machine, #4 Happy For All, #11 Devas Twelve, #3 Perfetto
Race 7:
#2 Five G Patch, #4 La City Blanche, #8 Awesome Fluke, #10 Ensued
Race 8:
#4 Wings Of War, #2 Cotton Fingers, #3 I Give, #6 Joyful Hunter 
Race 9:
#3 Ching, #7 Adefill, #4 Yellowfin, #1 Everyone’s Delight
Race 10:
#3 Massive Action, #6 The Heir, #5 Pins Prince, #9 Silver Up

Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday:

Race 1: Amaryllis Handicap (9.00pm PST, 12.00am EST)

#9 Little Fairy is in form and appears ready to take the next step. This distance will suit and he’s still open to a fair bit of improvement, especially as a four-year-old. #1 Mister Dapper has a bit of class about him. He’s racing well and was a tidy winner over the mile last time out. This is a step up again but he has the quality to be hugely competitive, even if this distance doesn’t suit. #2 Nicholson Returns will improve with a step back to Class 4. #11 Jubilation is next in line with no weight and sound form of late.

Race 2: Cedar Handicap (9.30pm PST, 12.30am EST)

#4 Gangnam Star caught the eye first-up when third. He made up a stack of ground that day and further improvement is expected here, enough so to suggest that he can win. #6 Second To None makes his debut. He’s moving well and showed a fair bit of quality in his latest trial. Keep a close eye, especially with Vincent Ho up. #12 Vantastic Choice gets a handy weight relief and it wouldn’t surprise to see him roll forward to lead. #5 Ruby Sailing has class but is struggling to piece it together. Keep safe.

Race 3: Erica Handicap (10.00pm PST, 1.00am EST)

#8 New Power did well on debut to close into fifth position. He’s in sound form and is open to more improvement, especially from a suitable draw against a sizeable field. He’s worth supporting. #6 Good Happy Heart has done a stack of work with Zac Purton ahead of his debut but will be paired with Lyle Hewitson this weekend. He’s showing ability and Purton’s pre-race pairings hint at this. #1 Super Legends is the only winner in the race. He should get a sweet run from barrier six. #10 The Absolute is next in line.

Hong Kong Golden SixtyRace 4: Hibiscus Handicap (10.30pm PST, 1.30am EST)

#13 Angels Hunter can improve after narrowly missing first-up this season. He appears ready to win now and gets an excellent shot here, especially from a suitable draw. #11 Starship Eighty won well last start and he can maintain that level of form as he remains in the same grade. #6 President’s Choice is much better suited to the bottom grade. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this weekend. #14 Hang’s Choice is in career-best form and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to maintain this level of racing.

Race 5: Holly Handicap (11.00pm PST, 2.00am EST)

#3 Harry’s Hero can improve in this grade and with a switch to dirt. He was a winner on the synthetic pre-import, so he might be worth taking a chance on here as he races on Sha Tin’s alternate surface for the first time. Suitable draw and conditions. #7 Lucky Banner is better than his inconsistent record reads. He draws ideally with James McDonald up. #2 Nordic Star flashed into third last start from well back in the field. He commands respect. #4 All Are Mine loves the course and distance. Next in line.

Race 6: Ivy Handicap (11.35pm PST, 2.35am EST)

#10 Fighting Machine draws ideally after two solid runs. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this week and is open to further improvement as well. One to catch and comes from the right stable. #4 Happy For All is racing well and can find his best here, especially from the draw. #11 Devas Twelve caught the eye late last start. He can take another forward step here. #3 Perfetto is suited in this grade and can make his presence felt, that is, if he manages to offset the awkward draw.

Race 7: The Yan Chai Trophy Handicap (12.05am PST, 3.05am EST)

#2 Five G Patch can improve sharply with a return to Class 2, which is where he’s done his best racing so far in Hong Kong. Zac Purton hops up and this is a very suitable race. One to beat. #4 La City Blanche also makes the dip in grade. He’ll relish this drop and can make his presence felt in a big way. #8 Awesome Fluke has a bit of talent and he’s coming to hand quite quickly. He’ll be fighting out the finish here. #10 Ensued is a two-time winner from three starts. He’s got some class and can bounce back this weekend.

Race 8: Pine Handicap (12.35am PST, 3.35am EST)

#4 Wings Of War can improve second-up. He’s got a stack of class and his latest trial was nothing short of eye-catching when crossing the line in first spot. He can take the right steps forward and get on the board in Hong Kong this weekend. #2 Cotton Fingers has a bit of class and he nearly should have won last time out. He draws well once more and can make his presence felt. #3 I Give is chasing a sixth straight win. His form is superb and his racing pattern affords him every shot each time he races. #6 Joyful Hunter is next in line.

Race 9: Spruce Handicap (1.10am PST, 4.10am EST)

#3 Ching is worth a shot on dirt, especially as he is sired by Frosted, one of America’s leading dirt horses in recent years. He’ll take a liking to this surface and the inside draw gives him a good chance. #7 Adefill has class over this course and distance. He’s consistent and the booking of James McDonald bears close watching. #4 Yellowfin is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He’s in career-best form and can once again make an impact. #1 Everyone’s Delight dips to Class 3. Don’t discount.

Race 10: Poinsetta Handicap (1.45am PST, 4.45am EST)

#3 Massive Action is going to lead here, just as he has done successfully in the past. He gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back, which should see him prove difficult to catch. #6 The Heir has posted two runner-up efforts from a pair of starts in Hong Kong. He’s taken to life in new surroundings quickly and he should begin an ascent soon. #5 Pins Prince has the draw to afford him the run of the race. Strong booking with Zac Purton up. #9 Silver Up is next in line. He’s worth a chance on debut in Hong Kong.

HKJC Sha Tin Analysis for Sunday, December 10

(Sunday, December 10, 2023)

Race 1: #10 Storm Rider, #6 Gorgeous Win, #12 Round The Globe, #13 Lucky Planet
Race 2:
#13 G Liner, #6 Romantic Hero, #9 Winning Data, #3 Eighty Light Years
Race 3:
#9 Global Harmony, #7 Simple Hedge, #3 Tamra Blitz, #5 Amazing Victory
Race 4:
#3 Zeffiro, #8 Lebensstil, #9 Warm Heart, #5 West Wind Blows
Race 5:
#5 Victor The Winner, #2 Wellington, #1 Lucky Sweynesse, #8 Jasper Krone
Race 6:
#1 Awesome Fluke, #2 Ensued, #3 Silver King, #6 Universal Horizon
Race 7:
#7 Beauty Eternal, #1 Golden Sixty, #11 Encountered, #14 Divina
Race 8:
#7 Straight Arron, #2 Romantic Warrior, #4 Rousham Park, #3 Prognosis
Race 9:
#6 Windicator Family, #4 The Heir, #1 Galaxy Patch, #5 Beauty Waves
Race 10:
#5 Fantastic Treasure, #7 Helios Express, #8 Atullibigeal, #12 Taj Dragon

Race 1: Silent Witness Handicap (8.25pm PST, 11.25pm EST)

#10 Storm Rider has performed well at the trials and he can make good use of a favourable draw. His recent work alongside talented stablemate Global Harmony looked very good. #6 Gorgeous Win finished third on debut and he can improve following that effort. Zac Purton hops up and he should get every chance. #12 Round The Globe should arguably already be a winner. He has the wide draw to overcome but his ability is better than it reads on paper. #13 Lucky Planet has the good draw and some claims.

Race 2: Beauty Generation Handicap (8.55pm PST, 11.55pm EST)

#13 G Liner finally draws a gate. He can use this to his advantage and he’s definitely got more to show than what we’ve seen so far. Strong booking with Vincent Ho up again. #6 Romantic Hero is better than his first-up effort showed. He’s got the talent and can bounce back here. #9 Winning Data is after consecutive wins. He’s suited from barrier three. #3 Eighty Light Years can take another step forward second-up following a break. He just needs to overcome the sticky draw. Jerry Chau’s in good form.

Race 3: Maurice Handicap (9.35pm PST, 12.35am EST)

#9 Global Harmony was enormous from a terrible draw last start. He’s suited here from a better draw as he continues on an upward trajectory. #7 Simple Hedge is a three-time winner from seven starts, who can continue to build a solid record for master trainer John Size. Zac Purton takes the ride once more from a positive gate. #3 Tamra Blitz mixes his form but was a strong last start winner. He’s hard to catch but should get every opportunity from barrier three. #5 Amazing Victory has consistency on his side.

Race 4: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (10.10pm PST, 1.10am EST)

#3 Zeffiro appeals here following a strong win at Tokyo last start at G2 level. He will relish every inch of this distance, especially as a relatively lightly raced four-year-old. His best is yet to come. #8 Lebensstil also hails from Japan and was also the winner of a solid G2 contest before shipping to Hong Kong. He can still improve as well. #9 Warm Heart has done well against her own sex, however, this is tougher. She has class. #5 West Wind Blows is consistent and his Australian efforts were very good. Next best.

Race 5: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (10.50pm PST, 1.50am EST)

Challenging contest but #5 Victor The Winner is open to improving again, especially as a five-year-old. He’s got his fair share of class and the draw should see him park on the speed, just in behind the leader. #2 Wellington was sound first-up following a lengthy layoff. He will improve and a clean run can afford him his shot. Big threat. #1 Lucky Sweynesse is the city’s leading sprinter, however, his recent wins haven’t been convincing. #8 Jasper Krone will lead. He’ll fly to the front and set a cracking pace.

Race 6: Jim And Tonic Handicap (11.25pm PST, 2.25am EST)

#1 Awesome Fluke was superb on debut in Hong Kong when third. He’ll take the right steps moving forward and his pairing with Joao Moreira this weekend bodes well. #2 Ensued has quickly announced himself as a leading Hong Kong Derby prospect. He’ll make his presence felt again, especially as a two-time winner from two starts. #3 Silver King can improve over this trip after narrowly missing over the mile last time out. Nice horse. Must respect. #6 Universal Horizon has ability. The draw isn’t ideal.

Race 7: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (12.00am PST, 3.00am EST)

#7 Beauty Eternal has the perfect draw and the right run can see him really test this group. This is his toughest test to date and admittedly he mixes his form but he is open to improving and he appeals at odds. #1 Golden Sixty is arguably the best horse ever to race in Hong Kong and he will be a deserved favourite, however, at the short odds he isn’t worth backing. He’ll be right there. #11 Encountered isn’t top three on talent but he should get a sweet run from gate one. #14 Divina has a suitable draw. Keep safe.

Race 8: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (12.40am PST, 3.40am EST)

#7 Straight Arron should be enormous value and he is another who continues to improve. He’s yet to peak this season and if there are any queries regarding the favourite, then he can pick up the pieces and win. #2 Romantic Warrior will be the market elect and rightly so, especially with several top-class wins over the trip. Slight query after travelling. #4 Rousham Park has a wide draw but was impressive last start. That effort was soft and the form is strong. #3 Prognosis is a threat. He’s placed at the track and distance.

Race 9: Lord Kanaloa Handicap (1.20am PST, 4.20am EST)

#6 Windicator Family did his best work late last start. He will continue to improve and does look to have plenty of talent. Expecting him to put his best foot forward this weekend, especially with Luke Ferraris up again. #4 The Heir narrowly missed on debut and he can take the right steps forward. The wide draw will be a challenge. #1 Galaxy Patch is already a two-time winner from three starts. He’s a smart talent. #5 Beauty Waves has ability and Zac Purton retains the ride. Next in line.

Race 10: Highland Reel Handicap (2.00am PST, 5.00am EST)

#5 Fantastic Treasure will improve following his first-up run, especially as Zac Purton hops up now. He hasn’t won for some time, however, he does dip from Group 2 to Class 2 this weekend. #7 Helios Express was superb first-up and will chase a fourth consecutive win. He’ll be hard to beat, admittedly, but the wide gate is a slight concern, especially with a young horse. #8 Atullibigeal keeps on rising and the low weight and inside gate are suitable. #12 Taj Dragon is next in line. He has claims.

HKJC Analysis for Wednesday Morning Horse Racing

(Wednesday morning, December 06, 2023)

Race 1: #4 Valhalla, #10 Noble Boyz, #12 Noir Rider, #6 Goodmanship
Race 2:
#4 Nice Birdie, #8 Medic Elite, #3 Happy Jai Jai, #1 Charmander
Race 3:
#2 Royal Pride, #5 Super Baby, #8 Fearless Fire, #11 Amazing Boy
Race 4:
#2 Super Commander, #6 Savvy Delight, #4 Galvanic, #11 Oversubscribed
Race 5:
#11 Sure Joyful, #4 M Unicorn, #12 To Infinity, #8 Killer Instinct
Race 6:
#3 Kilindini, #9 Ernest Feeling, #4 Party Warrior, #8 Prince Chiswick
Race 7:
#2 Flagship Warrior, #6 All Beauty, #9 Storm Legend, #8 Silver Sonic
Race 8:
#8 Sugar Sugar, #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe, #11 Kaholo Angel, #9 Gameplayer Elite
Race 9:
#7 The Best Peach, #2 All For St Paul’s, #6 Helene Feeling, #5 Rising From Ashes

Race 1: Australia Handicap (2.30am PST, 5.30am EST)

#4 Valhalla doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He continues to perform at a consistent level and sticking to this grade following his latest win is advantageous. One to beat. #10 Noble Boyz slots in light and can make his presence felt. He’s steadily found form and should be able to get his opportunity from a forward position in the run. #12 Noir Rider has no weight to carry after finishing second last start. He can rattle home. #6 Goodmanship narrowly missed last time out. He returns on the quick back-up. Keep safe.

Race 2: France Handicap (3.00am PST, 6.00am EST)

#4 Nice Birdie was cramped for running room last start. He had plenty more under the hood that day and is more than capable of putting his best foot forward here with even luck. He’s worth taking a chance on. #8 Medic Elite is consistent and has that on his side. He’ll find the right spot early on. #3 Happy Jai Jai draws ideally and once again pairs with Zac Purton. He can figure under the champion rider. #1 Charmander steps down in grade. He is better suited to this level of racing and is a huge threat. He’s the value.

The Impact of the Hong Kong International RacesRace 3: Germany Handicap (3.30am PST, 6.30am EST)

#2 Royal Pride can bounce back returning to Happy Valley. He travelled wide and without cover last start at Sha Tin – total forgive run. James McDonald hops up and his best form holds him in very good stead. #5 Super Baby is no stranger to reversing his form and a few favours can see him do that. He can make his presence felt. #8 Fearless Fire has gone close across his last few runs. He loves the grade and is a threat. #11 Amazing Boy has been knocking on the door this season. The inside gate is suitable.

Race 4: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 1st Leg (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#2 Super Commander can contest the early lead. Chances are he finds that here, especially from the draw for an in-form Pierre Ng. He’s better suited in this grade and could easily pinch this one. #6 Savvy Delight gets a good gate and the services of Zac Purton. He’s gone close several times this season. #4 Galvanic draws inside and should get a sweet run throughout. He gets his shot here and is close to a first win. #11 Oversubscribed slots in light and will be flashing home late. Don’t discount.

Race 5: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 2nd Leg (4.40m PST, 7.40am EST)

#11 Sure Joyful is in sizzling form and the low weight and inside gate are huge positives. He also gets the services of Vincent Ho, a prolific winner at Happy Valley on his side. One to beat. #4 M Unicorn is chasing a third win from his last four starts. He gets Ryan Moore up and shapes as a huge threat, especially from barrier four with his talent. #12 To Infinity slots in light and is racing well. He narrowly missed by under a length last start and that level of form will see him go close. #8 Killer Instinct is next in line.

Race 6: Great Britain Handicap (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#3 Kilindini has a much better draw this time around. He can roll forward and it should see him either lead or sit prominent with ease. One to beat from there. #9 Ernest Feeling is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He’s in superb form and the draw is suitable as he rises in grade. #4 Party Warrior loves the track and trip. He’s been in solid form this term and it wouldn’t surprise to see him mount a strong case. He’ll just need to navigate barrier one – a tricky draw for a backmarker. #8 Prince Chiswick has more improvement to come.

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Race 7: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 3rd Leg (5.40am PST, 8.40am EST)

#2 Flagship Warrior charged home from the tail of the field last start. He has an ideal draw and is racing in superb form. His pairing with James McDonald is a plus, so is the rise in distance. #6 All Beauty is in the right vein of form and gets his chance. He caught the eye last start – surging home late on. #9 Storm Legend is a two-time winner in the grade below. This assignment looks tough but he is returning to sound form this term. #8 Silver Sonic is a class act and he’s better than recent runs suggest. Next in line.

Race 8: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 4th Leg (6.10am PST, 9.10am EST)

#8 Sugar Sugar was closing late last start. He can advance further forward following that effort, especially with a pace run to suit his liking, which he may get here. He’s drawn wide but he’ll settle back anyway. He’s worth a shot. #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe should press for the early lead. He won well two starts ago and has remained in sound condition. #11 Kaholo Angel is another who should roll forward under Zac Purton. The inside gate suits and he’ll be prominent. #9 Gameplayer Elite is improving and can do so again.

Race 9: Japan Handicap (6.55am PST, 9.55am EST)

Tricky closer to the fixture but #7 The Best Peach is favoured under a suitable handicap in this grade thanks to the presence of the top-weight. Zac Purton hops up again after the pair were inconvenienced two runs back. They can atone here. #2 All For St Paul’s continues to raise the bar and his go-forward style of affords his chance. #6 Helene Feeling is doing his best and is yet to look out of place in this grade, especially as one-time winner in it. #5 Rising From Ashes is after a hat-trick. Don’t discount.


Source: The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Return of Horse Racing Fans on One of Hong Kong’s Biggest Days

21/1/2023 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Sha TinThe pandemic years have been rich with surreal imagery. Vacant office space where once there was none, silent schools once brimming with students, public transport with few passengers, empty or closed stadiums, theatres and other entertainment venues, a population that kept its distance and remains masked to this day. The list goes on, but the second day of the Year of the Rabbit recalled an image that no one ever imagined they would see in the turf capital of Hong Kong – horse racing held behind closed doors without trackside punters as an anti-infection measure.

The punters have been back for a while, but [last] Tuesday’s Lunar New Year meeting at Sha Tin underlined how surreal their previous absence was. Nearly 80,000 people clicked the turnstiles at Sha Tin, plus more than 5,000 at the Happy Valley video meeting – the biggest turnout since the 2019, pre-pandemic Lunar New Year meeting.

More telling about how the Lunar New Year ignited the enthusiasm with which Hongkongers embraced the return to normality is that the Jockey Club reports a betting turnover of HK$2.06 billion (US$265 million), the biggest since… more on the Return of Horse Racing Fans on One of Hong Kong’s Biggest Days

Hong Kong sees all-time record turnover for horse racing betting

The [Hong Kong] government-granted monopoly club, which provides pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in the region, saw a record 835 races and 88 meetings that resulted in a 12.1% increase in turnover.

After a period of social unrest in 2019, the Hong Kong Jockey Club returned to its traditional 88-meeting season and figures escalated in contrast with the previous years: hosted local races went from 828 to 835 (which represents an increase by 11%), had 26 more simulcast days (accounting HK$7bn) and 206 more races than ever before.

Of the total revenue numbers, HK$13.7 billion went to the Hong Kong government, 13.6% more than after the last campaign.

“We are delighted to have been able to again complete a full season with a clear focus of ensuring racing to continue while upholding the principle of protecting the public health and safety of our employees, stakeholders and the public”, Winfried Engelbretch-Bresges, HKJC’s chief executive said…

Hong Kong Horse Racing at Sha Tin – March 21

Karis Teetan excited by Russian Emperor’s BMW Hong Kong Derby prospects

By Leo Schlink for HKJC

Seeking his first BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) triumph, [jockey] Karis Teetan believes impeccably-bred Russian Emperor is capable of delivering breakthrough success at Sha Tin on Sunday (21 March).

Editor’s Note: Sha Tin races late Saturday night into Sunday morning U.S. time.

By Irish super sire Galileo out of champion Australian mare Atlantic Jewel, Russian Emperor charged to the line when second over 1800m in the Hong Kong Classic Cup behind Healthy Happy on 21 February, fuelling Teetan’s belief the Ascot G3 winner is ready to fire.

The Impact of the Hong Kong International Races“I’m looking forward to the Derby this season, I would say this could be my best Derby ride since I got to Hong Kong,” the Mauritian said of Douglas Whyte’s charge. “I’m excited and looking forward to it.

“Of course, it’s going to be interesting for Douglas, too. For a new trainer to have a horse like that in the Derby is pretty interesting.

“Hopefully, we do well and his trial was good last week and so we’re looking forward to it.”

Teetan’s best Hong Kong Derby finish so far is eighth – a position attained by Thunder Fantasy (2015) and also Amazing Beats (2020).

Winner of the G3 Hampton Court Stakes (1993m) at Ascot on 17 June, 2020, Russian Emperor improved significantly in the Hong Kong Classic Cup to emerge as one of the leading Derby contenders.

The gelding clocked a race-best 22.31s for the final 400m, sweeping from 10th to fail by a neck.

Like Teetan, Irishman Neil Callan harbours ambitions of success in Hong Kong’s coveted Classic aboard Packing Waltham.

“He trialled really nice, it was my sit on him,” Callan said. “He’s a typical European, French horse.

“He’s not a horse you want to be bustling along early, so we’ll just let him find his feet. Once he balances himself up – he’s not a very big horse – and gets into his stride, he hits the line quite strong.

“So, I think the step up in trip is going to be a big plus for him. Obviously, it’s a very open race. There are horses rated higher than him, but I think he can maybe surprise a few. I do like the way he trialled.”

Matthew Chadwick, veteran of six previous Derby rides, partners Silver Express – one of three John Size entrants – and hopes the son of Canford Cliffs can stay the 2000m journey.

“He’s a nice, kind horse and if he can relax – and it’s against his own age group – it’s an unknown, but we’re hoping for the best,” Chadwick said.

“I’ve ridden in the Derby before but this time it’s a bit more special. There’s an important question mark against this horse’s name (in terms of stamina), but it looks like this is my best chance – that’s the way I’m seeing it.”

68k Attend Hong Kong Racing at Sha Tin

Hong Kong horse racingPositive start to Hong Kong’s 2019/20 season

Hong Kong’s 2019/20 season opened today, Sunday, 1 September, with an enthusiastic crowd of 68,271 cheering on their sporting heroes in an atmosphere of positivity at Sha Tin racecourse.

Race goers roared loudest for 13-time champion jockey Douglas Whyte, who saddled his first winner as a trainer.

Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We know that we are in challenging times here in Hong Kong but I found it very encouraging to see the positive energy that was created at the racecourse today.

“The first-race atmosphere, the excited anticipation from the racegoers, was extremely good and the results, from a sporting point of view, were extremely pleasing: It was great to see Douglas Whyte have his first winner with only his second runner.”

The CEO was also delighted with the five successes on the day for Hong Kong’s home-grown riders, all of whom are products of the world renowned HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School.

“Our Hong Kong-grown talent has done extremely well today,” he said. “You can see the confidence in Vincent Ho, in how he rides, and it is encouraging for them to win five of the 10 races despite the significant increase in competition from our new arrivals, who also did well today without winning.”

Turnover was HK$1.28 billion, while the attendance was the fourth highest in the last 25 years.

“We are very pleased to see the total attendance at 68,000 – that is a positive outcome and exceeded the expectation I had,” Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges admitted.

“I was really surprised that we could hold up the attendance to this level, which is similar to the crowd we had here on the opening day in 2017. I hope this shows Hong Kong racing is strong and we hope we can continue with this positive momentum.

“The turnover was up by HK$35 million to HK$1.28 billion, and again, I have to admit that I expected it to be much lower today. Our commingling turnover has gone up from HK$158 million on this day last year to over HK$209 million. That shows the competitiveness of the overseas market.”

Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges thanked the city’s racing fans for the “tremendous support and the resilience they have shown” in a challenging situation. “We have got the first race meeting off the ground with a positive start and that emphasises the strong support we have from our fans. I would also like to thank our staff for their dedication to make this happen” he said.

A Beauty Winner for Prestigious Hong Kong Stakes?

Beauty Generation and Glorious Forever, still basking in the afterglow of Group 1 victories at last month’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, rolled with commanding ease through their respective barrier trials at Sha Tin last Tuesday.

Jockey Zac Purton had ominous words for Beauty Generation’s rivals ahead of the upcoming G1 Stewards’ Cup, and those who might face him beyond that 20 January feature.

“He just seems to be getting better,” he said. “It’s getting into scary territory now, how good he’s starting to become.”

That assessment was delivered after the horse – rated the world’s best specialist turf miler – had cruised through a 1000m grass trial, the first of the morning at a floodlit Sha Tin. John Moore’s stable titan moved powerfully within his capabilities, closing on the talented pace-setter Singapore Sling to finish upsides at the finish, and then drawing away at his leisure until eased to a stop.

The Impact of the Hong Kong International Races“He strode out really well and worked up to the line under his own steam,” Purton said. “He had a nice little blow out and pulled up really well. He’s a happy horse at the moment.

“It’s like he’s got stronger and got a lot more confidence. He seems to do it with ease and he enjoys doing it.”

And Purton noted there was no hint of any lugging out, either. The two-time G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile hero hung markedly across the track when setting a Sha Tin course record earlier this term.

“He went pretty straight this morning, which was good,” Purton said. “We worked him in company last week, he came up on the inside of a horse and he went very straight. It’s the straightest he’s gone, so hopefully that might encourage him to continue to do that.”

Glorious Forever, meanwhile, appears to have come out of his G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) triumph in fine heart. The Frankie Lor-trained chestnut relished the opportunity to bound out ahead of nine others in a 1600m turf trial this morning.

The five-year-old was never headed and jockey Silvestre de Sousa revealed that his mount had gone a little better than anticipated.

“It was meant to be an easy trial but I felt he was going so easily that I had to just sit on him and let him stride. He didn’t do anything over what he was able to do and he felt in good heart, too,” the Brazilian said.

De Sousa also believes the Archipenko gelding has benefitted from a tough run to victory last time.

“I think the horse is now understanding more of what it’s all about. He’d had a few races before, of course, but when a horse wins a big one like that, sometimes they improve again because he put all that effort in and he knows now what he’s capable of doing.

“He’s a classy horse,” Britain’s champion rider continued. “You could see in that trial just now, he bounced out and that was after a very tough race last time. He took that race very well and you could see him out there, he looks even better. He’s in good health and I’m looking forward to his next start.”

Lor confirmed Glorious Forever’s next race will be the G3 Centenary Vase Handicap over 1800m at Sha Tin on 27 January. And he ruled out an overseas venture to Dubai in March.

“We plan for him to go to the (G1) Hong Kong Gold Cup after he races on the 27th. Then there are not many races for him until April when the aim is the (G1) QEII Cup,” he said.

“We could potentially travel him but if you go to Dubai it is too close, it is at the end of March and then you come back and only have three weeks. When we’re going to the QEII Cup, I don’t want to go to Dubai because you don’t know how the horse is going to come back – sometimes they don’t come back well at all.”

Source: Hong Kong Jockey Club