Hong Kong Cup Tips – Almond Eye absence opens up the event

With Japanese champion Almond Eye missing from the field, the market has really opened up for the other eight runners.


Heading the pack as a $3.50 favourite with BetEasy is Furore who is one of three stable runners in the event for trainer Frankie Lor.


Impeccably bred, by Pierro out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, the five-year-old has won six of his 15 career starts.


None more impressive than his win in this year’s Hong Kong Derby (2000m) where he beat home Waikuku, the conqueror of Beauty Generation.

He failed to impress at his next three starts, but turned that all around last start where he gave this year’s Hong Kong Vase favourite, Exultant a real fright and chased him all the way home in the Group Two Jockey Club Cup (JC Cup) two weeks ago.


He is very capable on his day and if he brings that JK Cup form to the track on Sunday, he will no doubt be figuring in the finish.


The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magic Wand arrived recently fresh off her Group One McKinnon Stakes win at Flemington after backing up from a Melbourne Cup start just four days prior to her big win.


The Galileo mare adores the 2000m trip winning once but finishing in the minors on six other occasions from her eight appearances over the journey.


The Caspar Fownes-trained Rise High is an interesting runner who strung two wins in a row before finishing fourth behind Exultant in the JC Cup.


He was second-up from a 17-week spell that day and was also stepping up from 1600m to 2000m where his lack of race fitness told in the end.


He will strip even fitter from that run here and will be running on at the end.


While a case could be made for the others, I can see these three battling it out at the finish.


The USA runner Edisa brings very good form into the race boasting three wins and four minor placings from her eight career starts.


She was a winner at Belmont Park two starts back, taking out the Oaks Invitation over 2213m. Her latest effort saw her finish second at Longchamp over 2200m on a heavy track.


Dark Dream will be third-up on Sunday could prove to be a surprise packet, being a two-time winner at the track and distance.


Aidan O’Brien’s mare Magic Wand is a proven good traveller, and I just see her getting the better of the local horses in this.


Whilst finishing in tenth place in the Melbourne Cup, she was beaten only 3.5 lengths in the end, then came out four days later and cruised to victory in the 2000m McKinnon Stakes.


She have things all her own way as I fully expect Furore and Rise High to be in top flight over the final 300 metres but I am leaning towards the mare finishing the better on the day.