The 2018 Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m is one of four Group 1 races on Longines Hong Kong International Race Day at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Hong Kong’s premiership winning trainer John Size will saddle up four runners in the Hong Kong Sprint with the favourite Hot King Prawn the leading contender ahead of Ivictory, D B Pin and Beat The Clock.
Current premiership leader Tony Cruz will saddle up outsider Winner’s Way. Australia will be well represented with Hugh Bowman riding Lim’s Cruiser and James McDonald will be aboard Pingwu Spark while Hong Kong based Aussie jockey Sam Clipperton will ride D B Pin.
We have analysed all 12 runners and our complete 2018 Hong Kong Sprint tips can be found below.
Ivictory is the first of four runners from the powerful John Size stable and is not the worst if he can repeat the performance that saw him win the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize over the same course and distance as the Hong Kong Sprint back in April. Christophe Lemaire takes over from Zac Purton on Ivictory, whose recent form has been poor, but he will get a nice run from barrier six in the twelve horse field.
Mr Stunning has been installed as one the favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au and is in line to score back to back wins in the Hong Kong Sprint after beating D B Pin last year. Mr Stunning finished second to Ivictory in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin in April and has been placed at his two runs this campaign behind Hot King Prawn, the latest a second in the Group 2 J C Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin. Has drawn awkwardly at barrier nine with Karis Teetan in the saddle.
D B Pin
Hong Kong based Aussie jockey Sam Clipperton rides the John Size trained D B Pin who was runner up to Mr Stunning in the this race twelve months ago. D B Pin claimed a Group 1 win in the Centenary Sprint Cup over the same course and distance as the Hong Kong Sprint but will have to improve sharply on his first up last of nine in the 1200m J C Sprint at Sha Tin three weeks ago.
Beat The Clock
Beat The Clock is the third of the John Size’s runners and always runs a good race with his record showing that he hasn’t missed a place from sixteen starts. Beat The Clock has been placed on three occasions at Group 1 level and has to be considered as a top each way chance with Champion British jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle.
Hot King Prawn
Hot King Prawn is the last runner from the John Size stable and has earned favouritism at Ladbrokes.com.au with a record of nine wins and a second from ten starts. Super star jockey Joao Moreira will ride Hot King Prawn again after the pair combined for a last start win in the J C Sprint over the same course and distance as the Hong Kong Sprint, but the four year old is stepping up to Group 1 level for the first time on Sunday. Moreira will likely let the Hot King Prawn stride forward from barrier eleven in the twelve horse field.
Fine Needle will be representing Japan and comes to Hong Kong for a second time after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Chairman’s Print Prize at Sha Tin in April. Fine Needle is a two times Group 1 winner in Japan and has to be given some chance on his last start win in the Group 1 Sprinters Stakes over 1200m at Nakayama in September. Fine Needle has been given the visitor’s draw and will jump from the outside gate which will make life difficult for Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada who will be looking to find some cover in the early and middle stages before finding clear space in the run home.
English sprinter Sir Dancealot is yet to win at Group 1 level but is a two times Group 2 winner. Sir Dancealot was a winner four starts back in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes over 1400m at Newberry in England and is coming off a last start fifth in Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in England on October 20. Hard to see him beating the locals.
The Tony Cruz trained Winner’s Way has been installed as one of the outsiders of the Hong Kong Sprint at Ladbrokes.com.au stepping out in Group 1 company for the first time. Winner’s Way will have to improve sharply on his last start fourth in the Group 2 J C Sprint over 1200m at Sha Tin three weeks ago if he is going to figure in the finish.
James McDonald rides the outsider Pingwu Spark who looks tested on his last start sixth in the Group 2 J C Mile over 1600m at Sha Tin three weeks ago.
Lim’s Cruiser will be having his first Hong Kong start but is the winner of eight races back in Singapore. The six year old has drawn nicely at gate three with Hugh Bowman in the saddle and is one of the outsiders of the field.
Born In China
Born In China is the outsider of the Hong Kong Sprint field at Ladbrokes.com.au and looks out of his depth on his latest sixth in the Group 2 J C Sprint.
Little Giant is the winner of five of his seven race starts but it is hard to see him threatening these on his last start third in a 1400m Handicap at Sha Tin on November 11.
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