Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Monday. Selections by Declan Schuster.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Monday, January 27, 2020)
Race 1: #7 Farm Bumper, #8 Kwai Chung Elite, #12 Fire And Gold, #10 General Trump
Race 2: #3 War Of Courage, #4 President’s Choice, #1 Fantasy, #2 Happy Alumni
Race 3: #7 Fun Times, #2 Rich And Lucky, #1 Sunshine Warrior, #14 The Abraxas
Race 4: #1 Exultant, #8 Harmony Victory, #11 Glorious Dragon, #10 Chefano
Race 5: #3 Harmony N Home, #5 Hero Star, #8 Ping Hai Bravo, #7 Colonel
Race 6: #1 Great Treasure, #11 Yes We Can, #2 Fortune Brilliant, #6 Sprint Forward
Race 7: #4 Tashidelek, #3 Clement Legend, #14 God Of Dragon, #7 Seerite Dragon
Race 8: #3 Beauty Legacy, #1 Golden Sixty, #2 Champion’s Way, #4 More Than This
Race 9: #9 Assimilate, #6 Lobo’s Legend, #11 Seattle Choice, #13 Falcon Turbo
Race 10: #3 Fat Turtle, #13 Perfect Match, #7 Fast Most Furious, #9 Tornado Twist
Race 11: #2 Super Wealthy, #1 Lucky More, #6 Take What You Need, #4 All In Mind
Race 1: Yue Yee Handicap
#7 Farm Bumper stepped out at Happy Valley last start and seemingly didn’t handle the city circuit. Although he’s winless, he’s proven himself a far superior commodity at Sha Tin and he should get every chance to produce his best settling up on the pace under Derek Leung. #8 Kwai Chung Elite is another who is winless since arriving to Hong Kong. He’s been thereabouts all season, finishing no worse than 3.5L off the winner across six outings. He’s consistent and it’s only a matter of time before he goes on with it. #12 Fire And Gold flashed from the tail of the field last start to win. He rates highly off that performance and in his favour is that he remains in Class 5. Joao Moreira hops back in the plate and he’s expected to be in the finish. #10 General Trump is next best for Zac Purton, who takes over riding duties for the first time at his 12th start in Hong Kong.
Race 2: Kut Cheong Handicap
#3 War Of Courage has placed in both of his racetrack outings, firstly finishing third on debut before going down by a neck at his latest to Valiant Dream, who subsequently won again. He gets the services of Silvestre de Sousa which warrants respect and from the draw he should be able to skim down the rail on the stand side of the course. #4 President’s Choice ran a blinder on debut, flashing from the tail of the field to grab second behind Trust Me. Joao Moreira takes over here and if he’s held his condition, he’s a winning chance. #1 Fantasy got off the mark on debut before being pipped by a head in his latest by the Douglas Whyte-trained Xponential. He’s shown his class and he appears to have a number of ratings points in hand. #2 Happy Alumni is next best for the in-form Francis Lui and Hong Kong’s champion jockey, Zac Purton.
Race 3: Red Packet Handicap (2nd Section)
#7 Fun Times is a winner already this season and although the Savabeel gelding appeared to struggle last start, he was hampered by the wide draw which forced him to settle further back than he would normally prefer. He can bounce back here from the inside gate and as a Class 4 winner already this term, he’s shown he’s up to this grade. #2 Rich And Lucky steps into Open company following three runs in Griffin grade which includes a win at his latest. He’s shown plenty of ability although against him is that winning at your first attempt out Griffin grade is never easy and if he opens a short price, he might be worth taking on. #1 Sunshine Warrior has been ultra-consistent all campaign, including a first-up win over this course and distance. He’s drawn ideally for Joao Moreira and it wouldn’t surprise to see him win his way into Class 3. #14 The Abraxas mixes his form but with light weight and Jack Wong’s 3lb claim engaged, he remains a place chance.
Race 4: G3 Centenary Vase (Handicap)
#1 Exultant gets the nod in this as not only the highest rated horse in the race but as a three-time G1 winner who secured an easy victory in this contest last season. He stuck on well for third in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase behind Glory Vase and if he runs up to that level here, albeit over the shorter distance, he’s going to be hard to beat. #8 Harmony Victory is looking to snap a run of two second place efforts. He’s racing well and with Vincent Ho hopping off Doctor Geoff to ride him, it's a decent push in regard to his winning chances. #11 Glorious Dragon is looking to secure his third win in a row. He’s an improving Irish bred galloper who can figure in the finish with only 113lb to carry. #10 Chefano has hit his straps of late. He’s another who rates as a light weight chance, especially from the inside barrier with Karis Teetan engaged.
Race 5: Prosperity Handicap
#3 Harmony N Home snatched a respectable third on debut at Happy Valley behind the runaway Loriz. He steps out for his first run at Sha Tin here and the spacious straight should suit him, also in his favour is the retention of Zac Purton from that debut effort. #5 Hero Star turned his form around to finish a narrow second last time out behind Fortune Brilliant who won on debut. He’s drawn to get the gun run from the inside draw and with natural improvement, he’s going to be hard to hold out. #8 Ping Hai Bravo flashed home to finish second last time out behind Inner Flame who had won prior on debut. Suspect this form line will continue to stand up and he rates as a leading player. #7 Colonel has been consistent across two outings, finishing third in each. He’s drawn ideally for Dylan Mo who should be able to position him somewhere close to the speed.
Race 6: Red Packet Handicap (1st Section)
#1 Great Treasure receives a welcome drop back to Class 4 after a relatively frustrating season so far, which has seen him place on a number of occasions. Still, he’s racing well and if he gets a race run to suit he’ll get every chance to steam over the top of them under the in-form Tony Piccone. #11 Yes We Can turned his form around to grab a drastically improved sixth. He can progress further for Keith Yeung and Benno Yung and he could be worth taking a chance on at a price, especially with blinkers applied for the first time. #2 Fortune Brilliant got off the mark impressively on debut. He can progress further here and although he’ll need to carry more weight, he does appear to have the upside to offset this. #6 Sprint Forward got off the mark two starts ago. He’s been racing well all season and another bold showing is expected.
Race 7: Kuang Hei Handicap
#4 Tashidelek has narrowly missed in his last two starts, finishing second by a neck in each. He returns to 2000m which is expected to suit him as well as a return to Sha Tin instead of Happy Valley, also in his favour is the key booking of Zac Purton who has 54 wins next to his name so far this season. #3 Clement Legend is already a two-time winner this term. He’s fit and nearing career-best form again which holds him in good stead for Monday’s assignment. #14 God Of Dragon is looking to snap a streak of two runner-up efforts. Although he’s struggling to get his nose in front, he’s still in red-hot form and the booking of Joao Moreira with just 114lb on his back commands respect. #7 Seerite Dragon is lightly raced in Hong Kong but he’s given every indication that he’ll improve as he steps out over further.
Race 8: The Hong Kong Classic Mile
#3 Beauty Legacy ran a blinder on debut, scooting up the rail to win at Class 2 level, which is never easy let alone doing it on debut in the manner he did. Previously known as Hawkshot in Australia and he brings top form over to Hong Kong, including a runner-up effort in the 2019 G1 Australian Guineas behind Mystic Journey. He appears to have settled into Hong Kong nicely and his latest trial on the dirt caught the eye. He’s the one to beat. #1 Golden Sixty has won an astonishing seven from eight across his short career. He cleared away with the G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup last time out over 1400m and gave every indication that the extra furlong on offer here wouldn’t be of a hindrance to him. #2 Champion’s Way won six from seven last term, although, he hasn’t exactly set the world alight this season. Still, if he manages to recapture his blistering best then he is a chance of testing these. Hard to knock #4 More Than This who has won his last four races in a row. He’s another leading player here with big-race jockey Ryan Moore flying in to ride and he’s going to get every chance.
Race 9: Good Fortune Handicap
#9 Assimilate narrowly missed last and he deserves another chance here with Zac Purton taking the reins again. He’s drawn well and although he is winless, he’s shown steady improvement and his last run was indication that it’s not too far away. #6 Lobo’s Legend has is racing well although he’s winless. He’s placed on a number of occasions, notably last start with Silvestre de Sousa aboard who retains the ride here. #11 Seattle Choice has caught the eye across two outings this season. He was impressive in South Africa pre-import and he’s held that condition here. Expect he’ll settle back in the field but with a race run to suit he can rattle home and make his presence felt. #13 Falcon Turbo registered a well-deserved win last start. He’s been ultra-consistent all season and there’s no reason to suggest this will drop off here.
Race 10: The Chinese New Year Cup (Handicap)
#3 Fat Turtle is in excellent form this term, last-start finishing second behind Golden Sixty at G3 level and a repeat of that performance here would see him prove difficult to run down. Joao Moreira retains the ride and if he can overcome the awkward gate, he’s the one to beat. #13 Perfect Match steps in Class 1 level for the first time. He’s proven his capabilities in Class 2 and he’s shown that he is up to this level, especially as he gets in with just 113lb to carry and Alexis Badel. #7 Fast Most Furious was a last-start winner. He closed strongly from the tail of the field at Class 1 level on the final day of last season and if he’s returned this term in good order, which the booking of Zac Purton suggests, then he’s going to be in the thick of it. #9 Tornado Twist returns to Sha Tin for the first time since last season. He is a two-time winner at the track and his three runs this campaign have suggested he is ready to progress further.
Race 11: Fat Choi Handicap
#2 Super Wealthy is an exciting talent on the rise from the Douglas Whyte yard. He’s had two runs for a debut second and a last-start win, the latest, full of merit as he powered clear when favourite. #1 Lucky More is a two-time winner from four. He has form around Duke Wai who has since won four consecutive races though since then he’s shown that he has plenty of ability regardless. He was given an astonishing 11 ratings for his last-start win and with another win here, he’ll find himself in Class 2. #6 Take What You Need is looking to snap a run of two runner-up efforts. He’s hit the ground since his arrival to Hong Kong and it won’t be too long before he does go on with it. #4 All In Mind snared third on debut. His Australian form prior was excellent as Listed Stakes placegetter and with Joao Moreira engaged to ride for this, he warrants respect.
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