How do the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ work?
Our panel of Hong Kong racing experts each rank the horses eligible for the 2020 Hong Kong Derby, with the average ranking of each horse forming a top 14 “pre-post” market order for the big race in March. We will regularly update the Hong Kong Derby Power Rankings™️ as the race gets closer, using trials and races to assess each four-year-old’s chances.
With the Hong Kong International Races behind us, the focus now falls on to the four-year-old series – astarting with next month’s Hong Kong Classic Mile – and ultimately the 2020 Hong Kong Derby.
Our expert panel had more than a month to assess this season’s crop of four-year-old’s and while top seed More Than This consolidated his position, the mid-December rankings feature a number of big changes.
Champion’s Way dropped dramatically from second to 14th after a couple of high profile failures but, interestingly, another John Size-trained 2020 Derby hopeful pushed his way up our rankings without even racing.
Beauty Legacy – G1-placed in Australia when known as Hawkshot – crept from third to second after some solid trackwork and a handy trial on December 3.
Experts liked what they saw from Super Oasis (ex-Surely Sacred) at his local debut when fifth behind More Than This on International Day.
Golden Sixty moved from seventh to fourth after extending his career record to six-from-seven and three-from-three this term but many experts feel Francis Lui’s four-year-old is best suited to the Hong Kong Classic Mile, not the 2,000m of the Derby.
The biggest leap of any horse in this month’s rankings was from Amazing Beats, with Paul O’Sullivan’s four-year-old moving from 27th to fifth after storming home for seventh on International Day.
|Horse||Ave. rank||HKJC rtg.||Trainer|
|1||More Than This (1)||↔||1.67||97||Francis Lui|
|2||Beauty Legacy* (ex-Hawkshot) (3)||⬆️||3.33||92||John Size|
|3||Super Oasis (6)||⬆️||3.67||88||Frankie Lor|
|4||Golden Sixty (7)||⬆️||6.67||102||Francis Lui|
|5||Amazing Beats (27)||⬆️🚀||7.83||83||Paul O’Sullivan|
|6||Private Secretary* (5)||⬆️||8||87||Tony Cruz|
|7||Playa Del Puente (4)||⬇️||9||90||Danny Shum|
|8||Columbus County (10)||⬆️||9||82||Caspar Fownes|
|9||Buddies (11)||⬆️||10.3||87||John Moore|
|10||The Hulk (-)||⬆️🚀||11.8||84||Caspar Fownes|
|11||Decrypt (12)||⬆️||12||93||Frankie Lor|
|12||Transcendent* (ex-Pizzicato) (15)||⬆️||13.2||80||Tony Cruz|
|13||Butterfield (ex-Halston) (18)||⬆️||13.3||85||Danny Shum|
|14||Champion’s Way (2)||⬇️😩||13.3||108||John Size|
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