Hong Kong Diary

It's been an up-and-down week for Joao Moreira, who had a treble and a ban at Sha Tin on Thursday, but the Magic Man returns on Sunday with another strong book including the exciting Excellent Proposal. A ten-race card with around £1.2m in prize money gets under way at 5.45am with all the action covered live on Sky Sports Racing.

  • Saturday 03 October
  • Blog
£20 Risk Free First Bet

Computer set for upgrade as Moreira shines again  

Moreira was hit with a two-meeting ban for failing to ride out for fourth in Thursday's opener but ended the day six clear of Zac Purton atop of the jockeys' table after a treble that included wins for promising youngster Sky Field and exciting sprinter Computer Patch.  

The latter bolted up in the Group 3 National Day Cup, earning an 11lb rise and a tilt at the 6f stars in the Premier Bowl on October 18th.

Computer Patch will receive 16lb from Hot King Prawn in that G2 handicap and Moreira looks set to face a tough choice given that he is also the regular rider of John Size's grey, who landed the Premier Bowl two years ago and looked in great form in a recent trial.  

Fownes in search of 900 after Field blooms again  

Computer Patch gave Tony Cruz the 1300th success of his Hong Kong training career and Caspar Fownes needs just one to hit 900 after Sky Field justified short odds earlier on Thursday's card.

The flashy chestnut needs to curb his natural enthusiasm if he's to shine over a mile in the longer term but Fownes continues in fine fettle - with eleven winners from just 55 runners - and has nine chances to hit the 900 mark on Sunday.  

Proposal earns praise from canny Size  

Size has never been found guilty of excessive use of the plaudit so his praise for Excellent Proposal ahead of Sunday's feature at 10.50 suggests the highly progressive chestnut is every bit as good as his growing reputation suggests.  

"He looks like a fairly diligent racehorse," said the veteran Aussie. "He travels well, he's fairly kind in his races and he accelerates quite well so he has a lot of things going for him."

All those qualities were seen to good effect when Excellent Proposal defied a high draw and a wide trip to seal a Moreira six timer two weeks ago and the four-year-old will be a warm order to defy an 8lb hike from a much better draw here.  

Ascot hero Emperor steps out in new surroundings  

Golden Sixty started his rise to Derby glory from a rating of 52 as an unraced horse but Russian Emperor's European form means he is set to embark on the 2021 Classic trail from a mark of nearer 90.   

The son of Galileo, rated 111 on the BHA scale after winning the G3 Hampton Court Stakes for Aidan O'Brien, is settling in to a new base with Douglas Whyte but only had his first trot on Monday and is unlikely to make his debut for several weeks.  

French import Packing Waltham edged nearer a first Hong Kong run with a Happy Valley trial win last Saturday, while the Kwok family have continued their search for a new Beauty Generation by revealing that Johnny Murtagh's Cork Listed winner Aztec Parade will join their powerful team under the care of Tony Cruz.

Hong Kong Diary
Sign up to bet365. Click to View Bonus Code Details
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
£20 Risk Free First Bet
Up to £20 in free bets
Up to £10 in free bets
Up to £40 in Bonus funds
100% Bonus up to £100
£20 Free Exchange Bet
Get a £10 risk-free first bet
Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.