Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Xavier analyses tonight’s Hong Kong meet at Happy Valley and gives us his race by race preview and top selections.


Turf ,”B” Course ,1200m

Rating 40-10

Tough race to kick us off here tonight but I’m willing to have a go at Jolly Bird (1) each way as he finds himself down in grade after struggling against the class fours in recent times. His latest run behind Destiny’s Child was a marked improvement on his previous runs where he wasn’t too far from the winner after having a little support in the betting ring. He will enjoy this drop in class but does have a wide gate to contend with. Splendid Sails (3) has been well in the market in recent times on the Sha Tin circuit and All Weather track where he has been close up behind Single Malt and Gallant Hussar. He gets Douglas Whyte tonight but he too has a wide gate to overcome. Mount Surplus (5) has been terribly unlucky in recent runs where he has been trapped wide and never given a chance. He has drawn ideally here tonight and should put himself into a winning position on the turn. Next best is Daylight Express (6) who has placed over this course and distance in the past and his form hasn’t been too bad leading into this race with not a lot of talent. Don’t leave him out of your multiples.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1200m

Rating 60-40

Master Rio (3) looks the goods here if you are willing to overlook his latest effort where he had the run of the race and failed to finish it off. He’s had three weeks off leading into this and his form before his latest failure was inspiring including straight placings on this circuit behind Topping Light and Lucky Amore. From gate four he looks hard to hold out. Engineering Wonder (1) is a 10 year old who still has plenty of life in him and will certainly enjoy this drop in grade after racing against a couple of handy performers. He placed behind Norman Invader late last year then was just outside the placings over the shorter course where he drew wide both times. He is a nine time winner in these conditions and with Douglas Whyte on board he is sure to find the frame tonight. Sunshine Boy (4) was a black booker after his latest effort when he closed well on the inside behind Fast Go. If he can find a nice trail he looks a nice each way chance. I was really hoping Red Ruler (5) would have a crack at the mile races here at Happy Valley but he is instead in a sprint again where he has been making good headway late in his races. With a poor draw yet again I can only have him on the place line.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1200m

Rating 65-40

Achilles Of Troy (2) has been getting down in the ratings for some time now but has also been very disappointing in recent runs. I have been tipping him in much higher class where he has failed to deliver but judging by a recent trial he looks to be coming back to some form and should find the line well in this weaker grade. Fast Go (11) had a soft trip and won easily last start over this course and distance and this race looks to be no harder so he has to be rated highly from a good gate once again. Flying China (4) is yet to find the frame in eight mainland runs as he simply gets too far back in his races. He has been stretched out to the mile recently and once again ran on well but with a hot pace here he can finish over the top of them over the 1200m trip. Natural Flame (3) couldn’t have drawn worse but has handy form lines through the likes of last start winner Nugget Warrior, Vaugirard and Brave Kid. With any luck he can fill a placing.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1650m

Rating 60-40

No reason why Implied Volatility (4) won’t win again as his win here last week was very strong where he peeled out at the top of the straight and won with authority by two and a half lengths. He is drawn even better here tonight and should be able to deal with his rise in weight. Kowloon Pride (8) is proving to be a bit costly for punters as he is finding it hard to win after starting favourite in nearly all his starts to date. His maiden win doesn’t look to be far away and he has drawn well here which should see him in the frame once again. The Witch’s Broom (2) has enjoyed racing in class four at his past couple of runs where he improved into the placings two runs back behind Absolute Hedge then didn’t fire from a wide gate. He drops nicely in weight with the ten pound claim and should be in the thick of things at the business end. Spicy Fruity (12) looks the pace in the race and led for a long way last start when he was collared late by Implied Volatility. From ideal draw he looks a top each way hope and a must for the multiples.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1650m

Rating 80-60

Fancy one at odds here with Gallant Gallop (11) who has run into some handy horses on the Sha Tin circuit as his first two runs in Hong Kong, they being Moonwalk and A Walk In The Park. He ran on well at his debut for fifth then was caught wide but still toughed it out well do be beaten just over three lengths. He steps up to the mile here which is right up his alley as he steps out onto Happy Valley for the first time in his career. O’Reilly Magic (6) is coming along nicely this season and won convincingly last start in a slightly weaker race defeating Moon Chaser when coming from just off the pace and proving too strong. From gate four, Gerard Mosse should put him into the race at the right time. Winning Reward (2) ran on well behind Yue Lu Treasure over this course and distance last start in a good form reference for a race of this nature. From gate one and with leading jockey engaged he looks hard to toss. Super Genki (7) is a get back run on galloper managed to place last start when coming from well back. I have a feeling he may get too far back again but with the likely hot speed on up front he is sure to be the strongest at the wire.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1800m

Rating 80-60

Everything points to Strawberry (3) being the one to beat here after straight wins on this course followed by a drop in distance last start when he wasn’t fully disgraced. He has drawn wide in this affair but the pace is coming from outside of him from Vilasol (8) in which he should slide across with him and hopefully find a nice run towards the lead. With all going to plan, he should be winning over the 1800m in which he has started twice for a win and a second. In saying Vilasol (8) should come across from out wide and find the top he has to be regarded as a place chance although he does meet Strawberry a little worst at the weights from when the last met earlier this year. Clement Elite (4) is untried at this trip but has been rattling home over the mile giving the indication it will suit while Man In The Mirror (5) has to be respected at this level as he is never far away.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1200m

Rating 80-60

Always Something (1) has only been out of a placing once in seven career starts and is clearly the best horse in this race tonight. He hasn’t started since early December where he placed behind Algarve on the Sha Tin circuit and he steps out tonight over 1200m where he has won twice from three attempts. He has his work cut out from the extreme draw but has the class to overcome it. New King Prawn (8) wasn’t far away on debut behind last start winner Soviet Pearl and then placed behind Good Strike here in a similar race. Forgive his flop two runs back and he made good late ground last start. He will have to go back form his draw but is sure to be charging home. Loyal Army (3) was shooting for three in a row before he failed from a wide gate when he had to work too hard to find the top. He looks a safe bet to find the frame again here tonight. Team Work (5) found a suitable race last start and saluted in grand style. The form has stacked up well with second horse Nugget Warrior coming out to win narrowly last week. From a middle draw he is sure to be competitive.




Turf ,”B” Course ,1000m

Rating 105-80

Sticking with Island Super (9) here who has found the frame twice in recent runs when coming from off the speed to place behind Norman Invader and Perfect Style. He has only had one crack at the 1000m for a second placing and from gate two he looks nicely placed. Watch What Happens (6) put in an unbelievable performance last start when he tackled the 1200m, dropping back from the mile when he jumped straight to the front and led by a huge space when just being run down late by Royal Pericles on the All Weather Track. If he goes forward again and manages to settle he is a huge threat. Kildare (2) has been racing against much better opposition recently and from gate three here tonight with a massive drop in grade he looks well placed to improve on his numerical form. A sneaky chance is St Fevre (10) who is first up tonight after over a year off the scene in which he has trialled impressively for his return which is just his second start here in Hong Kong.



Written By Xavier Blair

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Watch: Massive plunge on first starter beaten in photo

Punters were on the floor after the first at Tamworth on Thursday after a massive plunge on a Paul Messara...

Godolphin say no more Bull

Popular Godolphin sprinter Osborne Bulls has been retired as a multiple Group One placegetter. Godolphin announced on Wednesday the six-year-old...

Leading Australian sire forced to retire

Arrowfield stallion Not A Single Doubt has been retired from active duty and is under veterinary care for pulmonary disease....

Watch: Cellsabeel’s odds slashed for Golden Slipper

An emphatic win by Cellsabeel at Rosehill has seen her odds slashed into clear favouritism for the 2020 Golden Slipper....

Watch: Track invader narrowly missed by horses

A track invader at Cranbourne on Friday night was narrowly missed by horses in the last race on the card....

Racehorse dead and another euthanised after property investigation

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has confirmed a registered racehorse has died and another has been euthanised after investigations at...

Mystic Journey recovering well from setback

Mystic Journey is recovering from a setback with next month’s Group One Futurity Stakes now a possibility for the mare’s...

Country trainer has star horse taken off him

Country trainer Todd Blowes has been outspoken in his disappointment after his star galloper Noble Boy was taken off him...

Champagne Cuddles recovering well from career-ending injury

Multiple Group One placegetter Champagne Cuddles is recovering well from a career-ending injury suffered at the Gold Coast. Nash Rawiller...

Star sprinter could have run his last race in Australia

Classique Legend appears to have run his last race in Australia with trainer Les Bridge all but resigned to losing...

Robert Smerdon loses appeal over life ban

Former trainer Robert Smerdon has lost his appeal against a life ban for his part in the “Aquanita Eight” scandal....

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.