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Five for Shum’s Pick

At Sunday's meeting at Sha Tin the Class 2 Victoria Harbour Handicap (1200m) saw Pick Number One (118lb) register a dirt track five-timer under Joao Moreira.

Danny Shum’s charge has met with only one reversal this term and that was a second-placing on the turf at his second career start, back in November.

“He’s only a three-year-old but he takes his racing very well. I’d like to race him more but his options on the dirt track are limited now,” Shum said after the 2.4 favourite had held Calculation (123lb) by a neck.

That brought up a double for Shum who earlier saw the 25/1 shot Golden Effort land a 1200m Class 4 on the dirt under Matthew Chadwick. That rider also took the card’s second race, a 1200m Class 5 dirt track heat, atop 19/1 chance Rainbow Gold for trainer Peter Ho.

The season’s first Griffin race went to Styling City who lived up to his name in the opener, the Castle Peak Bay Plate (1000m). John Moore’s two-year-old rolled six and a half lengths clear at odds of 6.8 in the seven-runner affair.

“We’ve always known he has some talent and he was a readymade two-year-old – I could have actually run him last September or October, that’s how advanced he was. He’s just lived up to our expectations there – the progression from their second trial to the race, for my stable, is to winning these races,” Moore said.

Almond Lee took out a double in races five and six with the Victor Wong-ridden Great Treasure and Namjong Plus, successful under Karis Teetan.

There was a double for the stallion Makfi, too. The Michael Freedman-trained Fiama scored under jockey Umberto Rispol, and, in the finale, another son of the G1 2,000 Guineas winner, Win Beauty Win, took the spoils for trainer Paul O’Sullivan and jockey Chad Schofield. 

Trainer Frankie Lor and former champion jockey Douglas Whyte landed a Class 3 down the straight with Wayfoong Vinnie (119lb) at 19/1. The Me Tsui-trained Go Public was the day’s longest-priced winner – Keith Yeung drove the 37/1 chance to success in the Class 3 Tolo Harbour Handicap (1400m). 

Hong Kong racing continues at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 18 April.

Pick Number One and Joao Moreira (yellow) maintains his perfect record on Sha Tin’s dirt track, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club

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