1pt win Esoterique @16/1, Sha Tin 07:50

Andre Fabre has sent his star mare Esoterique over to Hong Kong to renew rivalries with Able Friend, this time on his home track of Sha Tin where he has been peerless in Hong Kong racing’s history.

The fact remains he was well-beaten at Royal Ascot and has eight lengths to find with Esoterique on that showing. He also has to bounce back from a defeat last time out and a not-entirely-convincing return to Sha Tin last month.

Esoterique, on the other hand, has form claims of the highest class. Her second in that Royal Ascot race to superstar miler Solow reads excellently now and she followed that up with two Group-One successes in the shape of the Prix Jacques le Marois and Sun Chariot Stakes.


She also got to within a length of the world’s finest sprinter Muhaarar in the Prix Maurice De Gheest – watch below – so is not short of the speed needed for Hong Kong’s flat, quick track.


Quick going is her preference and we can forgive her dud run in the Breeders’ Cup as so many top-class horses got turned over on the dodgy ground.

Regardless of the rest of the opposition, at 16/1 and with form claims over the 6/5 favourite, she can’t go unbacked – I’d probably still back her at half that price. That she’s drawn low in stall two is just the icing on the cake.

1pt win Esoterique @16/1 (Bet365), Sha Tin 07:50

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