The 2019 Hong Kong Sprint will have an Australian presence, as In Her Time has been sent to Hong Kong for a tilt at the Group 1 event at Sha Tin on Saturday.
It is Aethero that has opened as a dominant favourite in Hong Kong Sprint betting, but can In Her Time become the first Australian-based winner since Falvelon in 2001?
We have analysed every horse in the field and our complete 2019 Hong Kong Sprint tips can be found below.
Beat The Clock
Beat The Clock claimed a maiden win at Group 1 level when he won The Chairman’s Sprint Prize earlier this year and he returned to the races with a credible performance in The Jockey Club Sprint. He will need to find a couple of lengths of improvement to turn-the-tables on Aethero, but he does have the upside to do that. $5.50 is around the right price.
D B Pin
D B Pin finished second behind Mr Stunning in this race 12 months ago, but he hasn’t really been able to go on with the job since. He wasn’t disgraced in The Jockey Club Sprint first-up and a repeat of that effort wouldn’t surprise. However, that probably won’t be good enough to win a race of this quality.
Mr Stunning has the chance to become the first horse in history to win the Hong Kong Sprint three years in a row. He has only had the three race starts since then and there is no doubt that he isn’t racing as well as he was 12 months ago. In saying that, he didn’t have a huge amount of luck in running in The Jockey Club Sprint and he is obviously capable of a high-rating effort on his day.
Hot King Prawn
Hot King Prawn recorded four wins on the trot earlier this year and he chased home Aethero in The Jockey Club Sprint first-up. Whether he has the upside to turn-the-tables on Aethero in the Hong Kong Sprint is a genuine question mark and I am happy to take him on at his current odds of $7.
Rattan finished second behind Beat The Clock in The Chairman’s Sprint Prize earlier this year, but his two runs this campaign have only been fair. This is a genuine step-up in class and I don’t think that he is going well enough to win a race of this quality.
Little Giant is the extreme outsider in Hong Kong Sprint betting for a reason. He was soundly beaten in The Jockey Club Sprint and it is impossible to back him in this race off that performance.
Danon Smash is the value runner in Hong Kong Sprint betting and he is well and truly over the odds at $18. He returned to the races with an impressive win in The Kenneland Cup in Sapporo before he finished a close third at Group 1 level in The Sprinters Stakes. A repeat of that effort would have him right in the Hong Kong Sprint mix and he is a sprinter with an explosive turn-of-foot on his day.
Ivictory failed to beat home a runner in The Premier Bowl and he was never really able to get into the contest in The Jockey Club Sprint. He won The Chairman’s Sprint Prize in 2018, but he has not performed at that level since.
It has been a while between race wins for Wishful Thinking, although he wasn’t disgraced in either The Premier Bowl or The Jockey Club Sprint. There is no reason that he won’t run well again, but it is tough to see him winning.
Seasons Bloom has been freshened-up since he scored a narrow victory in The Premier Bowl and his record over 1200 metres is strong. This is a step-up in class though and I’m not sure that The Premier Bowl will prove to be the strongest form reference.
Full Of Beauty
Full Of Beauty is another horse that comes out of The Jockey Club Sprint after he was only narrowly beaten by Seasons Bloom in The Premier Bowl. It is tough to see him turning-the-tables on Aethero and he would need to produce a career best performance to be a genuine winning chance.
Regency Legend beat home only a few runners in The Jockey Club Sprint and it is very tough to beat him in this contest off that effort.
In Her Time
In Her Time will be the sole Australian representative in the Hong Kong Sprint. She didn’t really fire in The Everest fresh, but she returned to a semblance of her best form with a third place finish behind Nature Strip and Loving Gaby in the Darley Sprint Classic. It is rare to see her produce a poor performance and I expect to see her finish in the top five. She doesn’t have as much upside as some of the other sprinters in this field though.
Aethero is deserving of his status as a clear favourite in Hong Kong Sprint betting. He has recorded five wins from his six race starts and his past two wins have been nothing short of dominant. The Sebring gelding went straight to the front in the early stages of the Jockey Club Sprint and there is no reason that he won’t do the same thing again in the Hong Kong Sprint. There is no doubt that he will give his rivals something to chase.