••WEEKEND KING RACING’S HONG KONG ANALYST••
Follow him on Twitter @nicklasyip
The new season begins as there are a couple new faces in Hong Kong.
13-time champion jockey, Douglas Whyte will begin his new career as a trainer.
While Australian Blake Shinn and South African Lyle Hewitson will join the rest of the familiar names in the jockey premiership ranks.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE 2019/2020 HONG KONG RACING SEASON
Race 1: Mount Butler Handicap (Class 5, 1600M)
#1 Gold Velvet is a better horse in class 5 but Happy Valley is more suitable for this Savabeel son, a recent trial showed his fitness is improving, the jockey is the concern. #2 Le Panache finally relegated to class 5 after a long season to fight in class 4, Douglas Whyte is still learning in his new job as a trainer, can’t be overestimated. #3 Good Runners Way already showed his form last season and most of Battle Paint’s son in Hong Kong can be improved in the second season, Zac Purton on board also a boost. #4 Regency Gem is one to watch this season, with blinkers on and Joao Moreira partnered, he did extremely well in last barrier trial, this is the race he is waiting for. #5 Wicker is the full brother of Clement Legend, however, his trial showed he is not yet ready.
- #4 Regency Gem
- #3 Good Runners Way
- #1 Gold Velvet
- #2 Le Panache
#4 Regency Gem
Race 2: Mount Parker Handicap (Class 5, 1200M)
#1 Blade Racer had his career-best performance last timeout and dropped to class 5 means he can be the true contender in this race, Grant Van Niekerk on board with gate 5 so Blade Racer can settle midfield in a better position. #2 Kwai Chung Elite will be a better horse over 1400m and gate 14 is not easy for this Poet’s Voice son. #3 Curling Luxury is classy and he can upset the rest if Jack Wong does well in the early 200m. #5 Harbour Century will win on the dirt track. #7 Never Better is not easy to win with gate 14 even Zac on it. #9 Majestic Endeavour needs a couple runs to raise the fitness. #13 Adonis and #14 Leisured Feet cannot be overestimated.
- #3 Curling Luxury
- #1 Blade Racer
- #7 Never Better
- #5 Harbour Century
EACH WAY BETS
#3 Curling Luxury
#1 Blade Racer
Race 3: The HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (Class 1, 1200M)
#1 Wishful Thinker with top weight is not easy to win, the same case as the former group 1 winner Season Bloom. #5 Regency Legend showed his class from last 3 starts, he is one of the top prospects in this season, his trial showed he is back in shape after the health issues. Question mark on #7 Styling City, unsure he is still capable to win in this rating.
- #5 Regency Legend
- #1 Wishful Thinker
- #7 Styling City
#5 Regency Legend, #1 Wishful Thinker, #7 Styling City
Race 4: Ma On Shan Handicap (Class 4, 1200M)
#2 Falcon Turbo had a huge run last start when dropping to class 4, surely one to watch. #5 Top Score should be a better horse because Zac Purton rides it, the last start was a disaster. #10 Lucky Guy has a stall advantage as he just defeated to potential star Victoriam the last start. #11 What A Legend showed improvements from recent trials, his sister Stellar Collision is a group placegetter in Australia. #13 Nice Fandango is a dark horse as he showed his speed and stamina from recent trials. #14 Telecom Rocket is another horse to trial well with good form, but the gate is the concern, he probably sits with three wide without cover during race.
- #5 Top Score,
- #10 Lucky Guy,
- #2 Falcon Turbo,
- #13 Nice Fandango
#5 Top Score
Race 5: Kowloon Peak Handicap (Class 4, 1400M)
#1 Ex-Godolphin star Nathula, now renamed as Amazing Chocolate has dropped to class 4 for the first time, time to shine. #2 Pearl Champion without a top weight is always a real deal. #4 Royal Racer with gate 11 to put him out of any chance. #7 Chiu Chow Kid is not fit enough. #12 Dionysus Collin ran an impressive trial and he is one to watch in this race. #13 MR Magellan has pedigree-supported as most of Hinchinbrook son can perform better in 4 years old campaign, don’t forget his monster run the last start too. #11 Casimiro is the one to observe, a run is needed to judge his fitness.
- #13 MR Magellan,
- #2 Pearl Champion,
- #1 Amazing Chocolate,
- #12 Dionysus Collin
#13 Mr Magellan
Race 6: Yi Tung Shan Handicap (Class 4, 1000M)
#1 Dancing Fighter ran well last start after a spell, 1000M may too short but he is too good in this race. #2 Allied Agility showed his real form in last start, don’t be overestimated. #4 Ka Ying Master also won a weak race on debut, now carrying 130 lbs surely affected his performance. #5 Sunshine Universe ran huge last start, all apprentices can handle well, will be a dark horse in this race. #6 Bright Kid is a horse to follow. #10 Super Winner did well in recent trials, Zac Purton needs to ride on Dancing Fighter so Matthew the “PoonTrain” will ride on it, pedigree well supported as well. #13 Winning Ways need a couple runs to improve.
- #1 Dancing Fighter,
- #5 Sunshine Universe,
- #10 Super Winner,
- #13 Winning Ways
#1 Dancing Fighter (Banker)
with #5 Sunshine Universe, #10 Super Winner, #13 Winning Ways
Race 7: Sunset Peak Handicap (Class 3, 1200M)
#1 Infinity Endeavour needs preparation to raise the fitness. #2 My Darling need more luck to win in this race. #3 Golden Sixty had a disappointing run last start over 1400M, dropping to 1200M may be a good move. #4 Happy Fun ran impressively in a recent trial, the jockey is not the concern with gate 1. #6 Mr Croissant is the best horse in trackwork and that’s why Zac Purton rides it.
- #6 Mr Croissant
- #4 Happy Fun
- #2 My Darling
#6 Mr Croissant
Race 8: Tai Mo Shan Handicap (Class 2, 1400M)
#1 Morethanlucky need a couple runs to raise the fitness. #2 Fast Most Furious can’t win it with that top weights. #4 King Opie continues to impress punters and he has a huge chance in this race. #6 Magic Legend can bounce back with these ratings. #10 Gold Chest is improving as he really settled the environment in Hong Kong.
- #4 King Opie
- #6 Magic Legend
- #10 Gold Chest
- #2 Fast Most Furious
#4 King Opie
#6 Magic Legend
#10 Gold Chest
Race 9: Lantau Peak Handicap (Class 3, 1000M)
#1 Multimillion can improve the form of jockey can put him in the lead. #3 Jing Jing Win with Zac Purton can produce more with 126 lbs. #6 Fairy Twins is the dark horse in this race as 121lbs with Aldo Domeyer with a good draw. #7 Winning Method just defeated by Aethero with not a huge margin, surely a horse to watch this season. #8 Super Junior cannot win in class 3.
- #7 Winning Method
- #6 Fairy Twins
- #3 Jing Jing Win
- #1 Multimillon
#7 Winning Method (Banker)
with #6 Fairy Twins, #3 Jing Jing Win, #1 Multimillon
Race 10: Lin Fa Shan Handicap (Class 3, 1400M)
#1 Regency Bo Bo can be a real threat if he can go in the lead. #5 Cordyceps showed a huge improvement from barrier trial, he can settle in midfield with good cover. #7 World Famous with gate 3 can also run well, Aldo Domeyer can help World Famous to be settled during the trip. #9 Mongolian Legend ran huge last start, Joao Moreira definitely helps the horse with these ratings. #10 Beauty Day didn’t come up well in recent trackwork.
- #1 Regency Bo Bo
- #9 Mongolian Legend
- #5 Cordyceps
- #7 World Famous
EACH WAY BETS
#1 Regency Bo Bo
#9 Mongolian Legend
Best Bet of the Day