Brett Davis - Selections - Sha Tin - 02/05/21
#5 HK Dragon began his initial preparations at Conghua in October 2020 before making his debut a few weeks ago when third behind Turbo Power. His closing sectionals that day were superior to all other runners including the winner whilst doing plenty wrong. He is a big bulky youngster with plenty of upside and should he further improve his manners looks hard to beat.
#1 Turbo Power landed the first griffin race of the season following a solid five month preparation at Conghua. He travelled handy in the run before overpowering the opposition to win. He must carry an additional 7lb penalty for that win so with similar opposing opposition he does look worse off.
There has been no further trial since the victory but Vincent Ho has been aboard most of his recent gallops. He was quite forward first up but there can be some further improvement even with the extra weight.
#9 Smart Idea had a less rigorous campaign leading in to his debut with just two trials and six weeks less work compared with Turbo Power. He was in the race right up until the final 150m before being overpowered by the winner. Again there has been no additional trial since that performance but he is more likely to improve with a pull in the weights.
#8 Miracle Victory is a colt by Astern who makes his debut for the formidable combination of David Hayes and Chad Schofield. He has been in work since early January and performed nicely in two barrier trials during the month of April. His trial on the the All Weather was poor, however, it was a different case over the 800m on turf, when he found the line under a good hold.
#2 Chiu Chow Warrior did plenty wrong first time to the races but displayed encouraging signs through the closing half. His level of engine power is still to be established after just one start but I am keen to see him in action again. It would notsurprise me if he improved significantly today judged on his track work since.
Selections : 5,1,9,8,2
R2 - 3,1,13,11,6
R3 - 5,13,4,3,12
#4 Rhapsody looks perfectly placed today following a very nice return three weeks ago when he tired over the final stages. It was his first run back following a heart irregularity and trainer John Size would have been pleased by the run. He has already shown on the clock he is above average and with a run under the belt looks quite hard to beat.
#1 Shadow Runner also competed well when finishing fourth in the aforementioned races that Rhapsody finished third in, with not much between the pair at the end. He has been chugging along slowly this season and today lines up for start number ten. It is only since the blinkers went on that his attitude has changed and he is now ready to fire.
#12 Smart Wonchoy is still a maiden but he has been stiff not to have won a couple by now. He has been fortunate most of the season with excellent barriers and again is gifted with another today. It is only a matter of time before he breaks the shackles and with a touch of luck it will be today.
#3 Monster Kaka has been a frustrating galloper this season as he is bursting to win a race but just cannot get the job done. Purton jumped aboard last outing at The Valley and they ran in to trouble at the wrong time. A change of track, good barrier and the same jockey atop this time around makes him attractive and he is worth entertaining again.
#9 Tronic Mighty has been given plenty of time to prepare for his race debut with seven months of track work and half a dozen trials. Moreira has been aboard four of those hit outs which included a win over 800m in solid time. He is the most interesting runner of those on debut and I will be watching the market closely.
Selections : 4,1,12,3,9
R5 - 3,6,1,9,14
R6 - 6,4,1,3,2
Queen Mother Memorial Cup
#6 Panfield has proven himself a worthy purchase following a credible third in the Hong Kong Derby and now takes on the older horses at a mile and a half. There has not been many Chilean thoroughbreds that have measured up to the top level in Hong Kong but this guy is heading in the right direction. A three time Group 1 winner including a victory at 2400m in his hometown Derby has him well placed for today’s extra journey and I expect a bold and rounded performance.
#2 Russian Emperor was only inches away from winning Hong Kong’s most coveted event for 4yo’s, the Hong Kong Derby, with the slender defeat confirming he is a top liner of the future. His only start at 2400m was in the 2020 Epsom Derby where he was defeated eight lengths by Serpentine. That could well be a worrying factor however he was particularly strong to the line recently in the Hong Kong Derby. Douglas Whyte has continued his preparation with this race in mind and his condition cannot be faulted.
#10 Charity Fun is emerging quickly as a genuine stayer with a serious turn of foot available when placed under pressure. He is a long way out of the handicap and with the combination of rise in class and distance, his armour shall be fully tested. He gives the impression he is well above average and has continued to impress.
#1 Columbus County was third in the Hong Kong Vase behind Mogul earlier this season and is the class act in this race. He has been up for most of the season and is burdened by weight so the risky sign does appear. Purton knows however how to extract the best from him and you would be brave to leave him out.
#7 Ho Ho Khan won this race in 2019 by overpowering the leaders through the final furlong whilst racking up a career best. Unfortunately for connections he has not won since as there are not many options at this trip. He is as honest as they come and has held his handicap all season long so if he is going to again feature, today looks the day.
Selections : 6,2,10,1,7
R8 - 4,3,7,11,10
R9 - 2,14,7,3,1
R10 - 1,11,9,4,5
R11 - 1,2,9,8,10
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Loves Only You (JPN) and Vincent Ho winning the Group 1 FWD QEII at Sha Tin last Sunday, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club