Champions Day Tips, Sha Tin, Sunday 26th April 2020

There is, of course, no UK horse racing going ahead right now but we do have some classy action from Hong Kong. Check out our betting tips for the three big Group One races from Sha Tin.

These races might not normally be on our agenda but right now we are viewing them very favourably. In truth, it was perhaps a little remiss of us not to pay them more attention in the past. Any day of racing boasting not one, not two, but three top level contests is not to be missed and with each of the three key races offering at least £1.8m in prize money we have some really classy horses going to post.

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This card is well worth setting the alarm for and with the first feature race taking place at 8.20am, this is a great way to start your Sunday!

Betting Tips

These are our tips for the three big races at Sha Tin this weekend. You can see more info and analysis for each race below.

  • Queen Elizabeth II Cup: Exultant at 1/2 with William Hill
  • Champions Mile: Beauty Generation at 10/11 with Coral
  • Chainrman’s Sprint Prize: Mr Stunning at 16/1 with Betfair

Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tips, 9.40 Sha Tin

The most lucrative race of this excellent card is the HK$25m FWD Queen Elizabeth II Cup and we have a very firm favourite in the shape of 1/2 (William Hill) shot Exultant. The bookies view it as a three horse race to a degree, with Furore priced at odds of 5/1, Time Warp 11/2 with BetVictor and the field 33/1 bar.

The race, for those not overly familiar with Champions Day Hong Kong style, is a 10 furlong (one mile, two furlongs) affair that has been won by some really great horses. In terms of jockeys familiar to casual UK racing fans, Frankie Dettori won in 1996, Ryan Moore in 2009 and William Buick in 2018.

This time around we really can’t see past the favourite, the six year old Irish son of Teofilo, Exultant. Based locally this serial winner was beaten by Time Warp last time out by less than a length but can definitely exact revenge here.

Champions Mile Tips, 9.00 Sha Tin

Just before the big one comes this fascinating contest which boasts another odds-on favourite. Once again it is the jolly for us, with Beauty Generation set to give trainer John Moore an incredible ninth victory in the Champions Mile since 2007.

Beauty Generation is looking for a third win a row both in this race and in general, having claimed two good wins at Sha Tin since mid-February. Seven year olds aren’t without success in the short history of this race, with three previous horses of that age proving that Beauty Generation can deliver the goods.

At the odds, Ka Ying Star (7/1 Betfair) makes the most appeal of the rest but Beauty Generation is the one for us.

Chairman’s Sprint Prize Tips, 8.20 Sha Tin

Starting the run of featured races is this six furlong affair which seems by far the most open of the day’s Group Ones. There are four obvious contenders at single-digit odds but the one for us is a relative outsider, with 16/1 for Mr Stunning a great value bet with Betfair.

We’ll be taking that each way (three places, 1/5 odds) but we certainly don’t think the win is beyond this seven year old, despite the fact he hasn’t been first past the post since December 2018. He is very consistent though, only once being outside of the top four in seven races since that win (and that was his return after a 224-day break).

He looked good last time out to our eyes and but for a slow start would have been much closer than the two lengths he went down by. 16/1 is a big price so get involved.