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Hong Kong Vase Race Preview - Will Exultant defend the Vase?

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Last updated: 03 Dec 2019
Alex Marsh 03 Dec 2019
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2019 Hong Kong Vase Racing Tips
Exultant wins the Longines Hong Kong Vase during the Hong Kong International Races on December 9, 2018. (PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
   

2019 Hong Kong Vase Racing Tips - Can Exultant go back to back?

The Hong Kong Vase is one of four Group One races this Sunday at Sha Tin.

Ran over the 2400m trip, last year's winner Exlutant is the clear standout in the market, with only three other horses in single figures.

Can anything beat the in-form Exultant?

Hong Kong Vase Odds

Horses
Odds
Exultant2.20
Lucky Lilac7.00
Anthony Van Dyck7.50
Deirdre8.00
Prince Of Arran13.00
True Self13.00
Glory Vase17.00

Odds provided by Bet365 and are correct as of 03/12/19 - 2.00pm

Hong Kong Vase Best Bet - Exultant @ 2.20

This Tony Cruz-trained gelding tuned up for another Hong Kong Vase with soft second-up victory in the Group Two Jockey Club Cup on November 17 under Zac Purton.

Exultant was able to roll to the lead and was basically unchallenged throughout as the preparations towards this event stepped up.

The horse has been ultra-consistent since winning this race last year, going down just twice.

Exultant is the best bet in the 2019 Hong Kong Vase and beat a stronger field last year when denying Lys Gracieux, the 2019 Cox Plate champion and he put four four lengths on the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner in Waldgeist via that same event.

Hong Kong Vase Next Best Bet - Lucky Lilac @ 7.00

This lightly-raced Japanese mare that arrives following a victory in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto on November 10.

Has twice placed behind the champion Almond Eye which was back in 2018, which is great form lines to take into this event.

You have to respect the Japanese gallopers wherever they take to the track and there is a sense of timing to this one coming third-up off her biggest career win so far.

Hong Kong Vase Best Value Bet - Aspetar @ 29.00

Aspetar is a son to a three-time group one winner in Al Kazeem (who was also trained by Roger Charlton) won the Preis von Europa, a 2400m Group One in Germany on September 22.

He enjoyed a nice run just off the two leaders there and following that was able to put the race away smartly without any danger.

The four-year-old is one of the outsiders of the field but if he can bring his European form to Sha Tin he'll be a genuine contender.

2019 Hong Kong Vase FAQ

When is the Hong Kong Vase?

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

Who is the favourite for the Hong Kong Vase?

Exultant is the current and clear outright favourite for the 2019 Hong Kong Vase.

Who won the 2018 Hong Kong Vase?

Exultant won the 2018 Hong Kong Vase from Lys Gracieux.

What distance is the Hong Kong Vase?

This group one is run over 2400 meters.

                                 

Verdict

Staking most of the 10 units on Exultant but we will still pocket a profit if Lucky Lilac prevails.

Aspetar is at huge odds which will also put us in profit.

Best Bet: Exultant @6/5 at bet365 - 7 Units
Next Best Bet: Lucky Lilac @6/1 at bet365 - 2 Units
Value: Aspetar @28/1 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Exultant
@6/5 - 7 Units
Bet £10 Get £30
with bonus code NEWBONUS

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Lucky Lilac
@6/1 - 2 Units
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with bonus code NEWBONUS

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Aspetar
@28/1 - 1 Unit
Bet £10 Get £30
with bonus code NEWBONUS

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