The Hard Earned Wisdom of an American Horseplayer in Hong Kong
In 2015, I was a University of Chicago MBA candidate studying abroad at HK-UST, determined to multiply my student loan living allowance at Hong Kong’s two monuments to the thoroughbred, Sha Tin and Happy Valley. But while I had been playing the races in the US since well-before I was of legal age, racing in Hong Kong seemed overwhelmingly foreign and inscrutable in its complexity. After getting crushed in my first weeks on-track, I knew I needed a better approach.
Part of the problem was a lack of detailed past performance data. While basic past performances are increasingly being made available in the Daily Racing Form and on-track, they are far too bare-bones to be useful; while the Hong Kong Jockey Club (“HKJC”) makes a wealth of data available, connecting it all in a way that is useful can take hours per race.
And so, with too much time on my hands, I built my own database of results, created my own speed figures, and ultimately my own past performances. There was no magic bullet in my approach, but gradually, the winning days and nights started to pile up, and when a gelding named “Oriental Prosper” keyed a winning double-trio at 30-1, I made back in the black and was hooked forever.
Since then, I have expanded the data sources in the past performances and refined the speed figures with input from other trusted handicappers leading up to the launch of Hong Kong Turf. I am convinced that there are no better past performances available for Hong Kong racing anywhere today, but our commitment at Hong Kong Turf is to never stop improving the information we offer to the serious horseplayer.
If you are new to Hong Kong racing, I encourage you to dip your toe into the richest betting pools in the world. If you are an experienced Hong Kong bettor, I am confident that Hong Kong Turf past performances can help you win more.
As you go, please share your successes and feedback for how we can get better.
And to quote the legendary Harvey Pack, “May the horse be with you!”