Clint Hutchison: Hong Kong – The International Jockeys’ Championship is one of the highlights in the Hong Kong racing calendar and an enticing appetiser for the International meeting this weekend. The rider to beat this year based on his engagements is Englishman Ryan Moore.
Regarded by many as the world’s best jockey anyway, he has been fortunate to come up with the best set of rides over Races 4, 5, 7 and 8.
His biggest-priced ride will probably be Dr Race, for David Ferraris, and he could easily sneak into the frame and might be a good runner to include in exotics.
However, the best bet on the card comes up in the final leg of the jockey series with Tony Millard’s Super Form.
Lack of pace and bad barriers have proven very costly for this galloper on his last two starts and he could have easily won both.
One could also argue this is a weaker field than he has faced.
Millard has kept his galloper in fine fettle and his recent performances have suggested he has a lot more to offer. With a better barrier on this occasion, he can be expected to settle closer to the speed and that might make all the difference at the business end.
In the second leg of the series, Race 5, Japanese jockey Tosaki rides a very good value chance in Jolly Bountiful. This horse created a positive impression in his rookie season and looks destined to rise higher in the ratings.
There is no doubt Jolly Bountiful might have a class edge on his rivals, but, with other more popular riders on board other runners, is likely to go out at a bigger price than he should.
Often we see in Hong Kong that the likes of Moreira and Moore start well and shorter in the market than they should, and the reverse is true for the likes of Tosaki. The main concern with top weight will be how effective he can be over the minimum trip, but is likely to be Eachway odds and looks a good bet.
SUGGESTED BETS: Race 8 No 9 Win; Race 5 No 1 Eachway.