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2019 Hong Kong Cup Racing Tips - Does she weave her Magic Wand?

Alex Marsh has identified the key chances in the 2019 Group One Hong Kong Cup.
2019 Hong Kong Cup Racing Tips
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2019 Hong Kong Cup Racing Tips - Does she weave her Magic Wand?

A small but competitive field of eight runners will line up for the 2019 running of the Hong Kong Cup.

The local Furore is the current favourite after a runner-up effort behind the Hong Kong Vase favourite Exultant last time out.

In what could very well be a tactical battle in the small field, last years front-running winner Glorious Forever returns to defend his title.

Hong Kong Cup Odds

Horses
Odds
Furore$3.25
Magic Wand$3.50
Win Bright$4.80
Rise High$5.50
Edisa$10.00
Time Warp$15.00
Glorious Forever$17.00

Odds are provided by Sportsbet and are correct as of 04/12/19 - 4.30pm

Hong Kong Cup Best Bet - Magic Wand @ $3.50

Leaning towards the winning form with Magic Wand as the best bet in the 2019 Hong Kong Cup.

Was supported as if unbeatable when backing-up from the Melbourne Cup on the Tuesday, to take out the Group One Mackinnon Stakes on November 9 at Flemington.

That was her first win since June 2018, so the strike rate clearly isn't flash but the European form around her is strong and that may have just been the confidence booster she needed.

A proven and tough traveler that is one of the main hopes in a competitive event.

Hong Kong Cup Next Best Bet - Furore @ $3.25

The 2019 Hong Kong Derby winner briefly gave Exultant a scare as runner-up via the Grade Two Jockey Club Stakes on November 17.

A Kris Lees trained galloper when in Australia, he didn't have the sprint to go with the winner when peeling of his back in the straight but it's safe to assume that Exultant would be a very short elect in this.

Furore did improve as his first Hong Kong campaign wore on with the clear highlight being where he did stylishly scored in the Derby, which is over the same Sha Tin ten furlongs of the Hong Kong Cup.

Whether he's perhaps better suited in a bigger field with a more genuine tempo is the query but irrespective, is the pick of the local gallopers on form.

Hong Kong Cup Best Value Bet - Glorious Forever @ $17.00

Have to take him on trust off what he's delivered so far this campaign however the last effort by the 2018 Hong Kong Cup winner was somewhat inconclusive.

He was off the bit early after landing on the speed and got checked when drifting back through the field, where it was all a little too bad to be true.

Glorius Forever was able pinch this race last year by rolling along up front and giving a strong kick late and he was well beaten going into that, so he's proven before that he can bounce back.

In a small field you'd assume they'd adopt similar tactics and if right, he's the one that could surprise.

Hong Kong Cup Information

When is the Hong Kong Cup?

The Hong Kong in 2019 will be run on Sunday, December 8 at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Who is the favourite for the Hong Kong Cup?

Furore is the current market elect for the 2019 Hong Kong Cup.

Who won the 2018 Hong Kong Cup?

Glorious Forever won the 2018 Hong Kong Cup.

What distance is the Hong Kong Cup?

The Hong Kong Cup is run over 2000 meters.

Which jockey has won the most Hong Kong Cups?

With 3 wins in the Hong Kong Cup, Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey in this race.

How do I live stream Hong Kong racing?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream Hong Kong racing and all other codes.

Verdict

This appears as the most open of the Group One's.

Inclined to favour the winning touch of Magic Wand from Furore who brings the Exultant form.

Glorious Forever is speculative as he mixes his form badly but has to respected as a previous winner of this race.

Best Bet: Magic Wand To Win Win @3.50 at Sportsbet - 5 Units
Next Best Bet: Furore To Win Win @3.25 at Sportsbet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Glorious Forever Win @17.00 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit

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