Hong Kong Feature Racing Preview
Sunday 12 December we have some fantastic Group 1 racing from Hong Kong featuring Americain and Ortensia. We have Hong Kong Feature Racing Preview from our friends at Sportingbet Australia.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL VASE
The Vase is the first Group 1 of the day and looks the most open of the big 4 as well. This year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain heads the market at $4.20 and we’ve seen steady money for de Royer-Dupre trained son of Dynaformer shorten in from an opening quote of $5 bet earlier this week. He’s now won his last 5 races dating back to July with one of those wins at the Vase distance of 2400m being the Geelong Cup, so there’s no doubt he’s the one to beat. Best of luck to the Australian owners. Next hardest to beat appears to be the Japanese raider Jaguar Mail, who looks set to return to form after a solid 4th in the Japan Cup a couple of weeks ago. He’s been solid at $6.50 after punters took the opening call of $8. The one that can blow them both away is the Sir Michael Stoute trained Crystal Capella. She has been raced sparingly in the past couple of years having had only a handful of starts since winning 6 in a row throughout ‘08 and early ’09. She has to do it against the big boys, however, as she steps out against the males for the first time . The old champ Viva Pataca looks the best of the local chances. He was sent out a $1.30 favourite in the more prestigious Hong Kong Cup a couple of years ago and looks to be relishing the 2400m more these days. Keep an eye out for the Europeans as they have dominated the race in recent years.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SPRINT
The Sprint sees Australia’s Ortensia stepping out at $13.00 and, although she’s seen better days, she was first past the post in back-to-back Group races in the Winterbottom stakes in Perth and The Galaxy in Sydney before contesting the BTC Cup as a $2.90 favourite. She can be very good on her day but does have to beat arguable the best two sprinters in world at the moment in Sacred Kingdom and the new kid on the block Rocket Man. The locals have a fantastic record in the race and won’t lie down without a fight. Punters think Rocket Man will give Sacred Kingdom ($3.00) a good run for his money – he’s been backed in from $4.00 into a solid second favourite at $3.40 – with the right marble he could even start favourite. At longer odds we’ve seen Ultra Fantasy shorten in from $21 into $13, with punters thinking his two Group wins out of his last 3 starts was no fluke. He travelled to Japan last start and upset a few of the big guns, which is not altogether an easy task to do. Then you’ve got the well travelled South African trained J J The Jet Plane. He has placed in the July Cup, one of Great Britain’s premier Group 1 sprint races of the season. There’s no form like winning form as J J comes into the Sprint with a 5.5L last start win in his homeland.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MILE
Paco Boy has been made favourite at $3.50 and deserves to be favourite after a very consistent season this year. Although a bridesmaid many a time to superstar Goldikova, Paco Boy will head to the Stud Farm after this year’s Mile as a 5 year old stallion. Punters think he may have other things on his mind as they’ve stepped into local hope Able One to beat him. The John Moore trained Able One has found a new lease of life this season as an 8 year old having won the Chairman’s Trophy, the Champion Mile and the Jockey Club Mile all at Group 1 or Group 2 status. He is by far the best backed runner of the International Races having opened up at $7.50 and currently stands as a $5.50 second favourite. Sahpresa ($7.50) and Thumbs Up ($9.50) have been steady on the 3rd and 4th line, respectively.
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL CUP
This year’s Hong Kong Cup looks to be arguably the best assembled field in many years. Last year’s winner Vision D’Etat holds sway as a $3.60 favourite after a solid 2nd last outing in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket. Before that, he was a Group winner in France in August which was his first run back after failing in the Dubai World Cup on the Tapeta surface. He is only lightly raced this year and has no doubt been set for this race again. He’ll be giving weight to Snow Fairy, who has been in scintillating form this year, having won both the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks mid-year, then flew last start to win the QEII Commemorative Cup in Japan. The unlucky Collection, trained by John Moore, would have went close to winning last start had he not found traffic half-way down the straight – he’s been steady at $6.50 – and he sticks to his pet distance of 2000m. Collection’s stablemate, Irian, is now starting to hit his straps after winning the Jockey Club Cup. He showed a good turn of foot winning the race and is heading back to his best form now that he has had all year to acclimatize he could be the value runner at double figure odds – $10. Stacelita cannot be overlooked having won 8 races from her 12 career starts – she’s a $8.50 chance.
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Sportingbet Australia Hong Kong Racing Specials
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They already have Fixed Price Markets open for the Four Group 1 races – The Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m featuring Hong Kong’s champion Sacred Kingdom ($3.00) and the Singapore sensation Rocket Man ($3.30), the Hong Kong Mile with one of the world’s bet miler’s in Paco Boy at tempting odds of $3.50, the Hong Kong Cup over 2000m features Arc de Triomphe and Dubai World Cup contestant and last year’s Cup winner Vision D’Etat ($3.60) up against Epsom and Irish Oaks winner Snow Fairy ($4.00) and finally the Hong Kong Vase over 2400m sees the Melbourne Cup winner Americain ($4.20) step out for the first time since his emphatic win earlier last month.
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