THE Hong Kong Sprint is one of the most exciting races in the world and it’s also one of the popular betting races.
Punting on the Hong Kong Sprint can be done at our Hong Kong Sprint bookmakers and the futures markets are available to bet on right now.
There are many top-quality thoroughbreds entered for this year’s Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint in December and we’ve looked what which horses represent the best betting value for punters.
Hong Kong Sprint tips
Five-year-old gelding Mr Stunning is a professional winner of eight from 14 starts, which included the Premier Bowl in October.
The John Size-trained sprinter was struggling to find its best form before that recent win with three starts for only one placing, but he ran much better with some fitness under his belt.
Its only attempt at group one level came in The Chairman’s Sprint Prize in May when it finished second behind Lucky Bubbles, but it was able to turn the tables on Lucky Bubbles in the Premier Bowl.
With a return on income of 163 percent, punters have been having a good time backing Mr Stunning and we think the odds available is good value currently.
Lucky Bubbles might not have won the Premier Bowl last start, but it has group one-winning form to boast.
The Francis Lui-trained six-year-old won the Chairman’s Sprint Prize in May having finished second at its two previous attempts at the top level.
Punters shouldn’t be deterred about it losing to Mr Stunning in the Premier Bowl as that run came fresh up and as an older horse he would prefer time to get warmed up.
It does rely on a fair amount of luck in running, but it rarely finishes out of the money and connections have been targeting the Hong Kong Sprint all year.
His 78.9 percent winning strike rate has rewarded punters so far throughout its career and we’re expecting its current odds of $4 at CrownBet.com.au to drop.
One of the most improved runners in the field, Thewizardofoz won the Premier Cup last season which capped off some consistent form behind its rivals here.
It finished third in The Sprint Cup behind Mr Stunning in April before running fourth in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize behind Lucky Bubbles.
There is a good amount of confidence with bookmakers at $6.50 despite its run for ninth in the Premier Bowl, but punters should respect that confidence.
Hong Kong Sprint Australian tips
We’re unsure if former Hong Kong runner Redkirk Warrior will be returning home for the Hong Kong Sprint, but it’s currently in the market.
The Lindsay Park-trained sprinter has produced two average performances of late, which included a 10th in The Everest and an 11th in the Darley Classic.
It’s clearly not enjoying life since winning the Bobbie Lewis Quality earlier this year, but returning to Hong Kong might rejuvenate the seven-year-old.
$15 at Sportsbet.com.au could be worth the risk.
The Gary Moore-trained runner is only a shadow of its former self, but we know Moore loves taking his horses back to Hong Kong.
The five-year-old finished last in the Filante Stakes at Randwick and it hasn’t won a race since November 2016 where it won the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.
That form would be good enough to compete in the Hong Kong Sprint, but he would need to lift a touch against this classy field.