For the blogs first bet in December , we go to Hong Kong for the feature race at Sha Tin the G1 10F Hong Kong Cup at 8.30 am .
14 runners declared for G1 HONG KONG CUP over 10F on ground described as good .The three main contenders are Free Eagle , Blazing Speed & Military Attack .
FREE EAGLE : Useful Irish colt , winning 3 out 7 ,including the G1 Prince Of Wales stakes at Royal Ascot in June . Also finished creditable 3RD in Irish Champion Stakes ,behind Golden Horn & Found in September .Far from disgraced when finishing 6th of 17 in the Arc in October .Will be suited returning to this 10 furlong trip .
BLAZING SPEED :Won 7 out 26 ,including winning five here at Sha Tin .Finished close 2ND over C&D last time in G2 ,finishing head behind Military Attack trying to concede 5LB . Each-way claims ,though was disappointing in this race last year .
MILITARY ATTACK : Won 11 out 32 on turf , including 6 wins at Sha Tin.Finished excellent 2ND in this race last year , only beaten short head by Designs On Rome .Won the G2 Jockey Club Cup over C&D last time at Sha Tin .Solid each-way claims .
VERDICT : FREE EAGLE stands out here on the pick of his form this season . Lost nothing in defeat when trying concede 7LB & 10LB to very useful Golden Horn & Found in Irish Champion Stakes in September .That form looks outstanding with Golden Horn & Found both winning top G1 races since .At standout 9-2 with BET365 ,looks excellent each-way value .
FREE EAGLE 8.30 HONG KONG CUP SHA TIN
£50.00 EACH-WAY @ 9-2 BET365
(UNPLACED SP 5-2 LOSS £100.00 )