Hong Kong horse racing betting tips: Top jock Purton can prove he’s the Premium Champion

 
Bill Esdaile
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Zac Purton is a former champion jockey in Hong Kong (Source: Getty)

TODAY’S action at Happy Valley gets underway with Race 1 (12.15pm), a Class 5 contest over 1m3f.

This type of race is for the lowest rated horses in Hong Kong and is not a race for high stakes. Most of these horses are inconsistent, coming to the end of their careers, or simply not very good.

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Number three Eastern Prowess should be one of the market leaders, having chased home a subsequent winner over nine furlongs at the Valley last time, and who is bred to appreciate this step up in distance.

It may, however, be worth taking a chance with unpredictable number four PREMIUM CHAMPION, who finally showed a glimmer of promise when a one-paced fifth last month.

The six-year-old, who won over 10 furlongs at Sha Tin a couple of seasons back, has always been highly-regarded by connections, and finally has a chance to repay their faith.

It’s also worth noting when top jockey and former champion Zac Purton teams up with successful trainer Caspar Fownes – nicknamed ‘King of the Valley’ – the combination have an impressive strike-rate over the years, and have struck six times this season.

The Trio is a popular bet in Hong Kong and is also available to bet on in the UK - just name the first, second and third in any order.

With little to choose between a number of horses both on form and staying the distance in this race, it could pay to take a chance and select five horses (10 bets) with the chance of an attractive pay-out.

Numbers one Amritsaria, two Je Pense, three Eastern Prowess, four Premium Champion and eight Always Wongchoy are my selections. Good luck!

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POINTERS TODAY

Premium Champion (win/place) 12.15pm Happy Valley

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 (Trio) 12.15pm Happy Valley

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