Bookmakers throw in the towel on Mile
The world's online bookmakers have already conceded victory in Sunday's HK$16 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile to the hometown brigade.
With a wide variety of ante-post markets having sprung up around the globe for the four international events, the Mile is considered a match race between Good Ba Ba and Happy Zero. Seeking a history-making third successive Mile, the Derek Cruz-trained Good Ba Ba is a dominant 2.3 favourite with most bookies and John Moore's Happy Zero is at around 3-1. Only upset chances are given to the remainder, headed by Egyptian Ra at 12-1 in front of a cluster of the local second-tier runners - Sight Winner, Fellowship and Able One. The best of the visitors, Racing To Win and Confront, are offered at 16-1.
Hong Kong horses are strongly fancied to resist the overseas challengers in the Mile and the Cup - where Collection is favourite at 2-1 in front of QE II Cup winner Presvis at 5-2 - but they are fighting to hold their place for the Vase and the Sprint.
Champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom remains the first choice in many markets at around 7-2, but All Silent is pressing him at a best price of 4-1 with British bookies and is the outright favourite with online operators in Australia at 7-2.
The other Australian visitors, Scenic Blast and Apache Cat, are listed on the third line at 7-1 in most markets in front of California Flag and Japan's Laurel Guerreiro.
Viva Pataca and Youmzain are equally the top Vase choices in many markets at around 3-1. Spanish Moon (7-1) and Daryakana (8-1) are considered the next best, with Thumbs Up relegated to the fifth line of betting at 10-1.
The Sprint odds of All Silent with Australian bookmakers: 7-2