Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Declan Schuster.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday, May 15, 2022)
Race 1: #7 Little Player, #8 Alloy Star, #11 Vector, #3 Universal Crown
Race 2: #6 Casa Legend, #5 Dragon Pride, #1 Free Foal, #2 Beauty Spirit
Race 3: #7 Charity Grace, #1 Beluga, #6 Running Glory, #5 Beauty Fit
Race 4: #1 Amigos Giggle, #2 Ernest Feeling, #8 Mission Smart, #5 Treasure Of Field
Race 5: #9 Touch Faith, #4 Jazz Steed, #7 Fiery Diamond, #10 Team Goodluck
Race 6: #8 Sunshine Legendary, #9 Fighting Star, #4 Woodfire Bro, #11 Brave Dreams
Race 7: #4 Circuit Mighty, #12 Vitralite, #1 Fun N Glory, #3 Seaweed Fortune
Race 8: #6 Everyone’s Victory, #5 Harmony Spirit, #1 Sunny Boy, #4 Joyful Win
Race 9: #7 Super Ten, #1 Sauvestre, #2 Setanta, #4 Master Hero
Race 10: #11 War Weapon, #2 Flying Season, #4 Solid Impact, #1 California Concord
Race 1: Somerset Handicap
#7 Little Player mixes his form but is tracking towards a first win in Hong Kong. He draws well and with the right run, he should be able to make his presence felt as he has had more than enough time to acclimatise in Hong Kong. #8 Alloy Star is back down to a mark he has previously won off before. Strong booking of Zac Purton warrants respect. #11 Vector is showing signs of improvement. He has claims, especially if he can take another step forward here. #3 Universal Crown is next best.
Race 2: Norfolk Handicap
#6 Casa Legend caught the eye last start with a close-up fourth. He made a stack of ground up that day and it is expected that he takes another step forward here. #5 Dragon Pride has enjoyed a meteoric rise this term with four wins from seven starts. He steps out again here and his best has him figuring, especially with Zac Purton aboard. #1 Free Foal is after back-to-back wins. He’s racing well and only needs to defy the hefty impost. #2 Beauty Spirit is relishing this grade. He gets his chance.
Race 3: Alnwick Handicap
#7 Charity Grace has hit a purple patch and he looks well placed to go back-to-back here. He put in a strong trial of late and he appears to be holding his condition well following his latest win. Light weight suits and this is his to lose. #1 Beluga has the class-edge and is favoured if the rain in Hong Kong persists. #6 Running Glory is a four-time winner from his last five starts. He’s racing well and this is another step forward which he looks capable of taking. #5 Beauty Fit can turn his form around. Next best.
Race 4: Suffolk Handicap
#1 Amigos Giggle is better than his record suggests. He’s been a tricky customer to catch all season but he gets an opportunity here in Class 5. #2 Ernest Feeling has done well without winning. He’s had his chances and gone close, but he too is favoured stepping down in grade. #8 Mission Smart is closing in on a first win. He’s hit his straps these past few runs, especially when missing by a narrow margin under Joao Moreira last start. He can figure again. #5 Treasure Of Field draws well and gets his chance. Don’t discount.
Race 5: Essex Handicap
#9 Touch Faith is chasing back-to-back wins. He’s better in the grade below but still, his latest effort was nothing short of impressive and a repeat of that performance will see him prove tough to catch. #4 Jazz Steed did well to grab third on the dirt last start. He draws well and remains a threat. #7 Fiery Diamond is racing well. Wide gates tend to not be as much of a disadvantage on the dirt and his pairing with Zac Purton commands respect. #10 Team Goodluck slots in light. Next best as a winner already this term.
Race 6: Dorset Handicap
#8 Sunshine Legendary did well on debut down the straight under Zac Purton. He was well supported in the market that day and clearly has a bit of early ability. He’s trialled well since that effort and is the one to beat here. #9 Fighting Star gets in light from a good gate after finishing a close-up second last time out. He has claims. #4 Woodfire Bro can bounce back from struggles last start. #11 Brave Dreams gets in light and looks as though he’s taking all the right steps forward. Next best.
Race 7: Kent Handicap
#4 Circuit Mighty is coming to hand with time. He gets his chance here from gate one which should allow Alfie Chan to find the front with relative ease. He could take catching here in a tricky contest. #12 Vitralite is much, much better than his record suggests. He put in a solid trial of late at Happy Valley and it wouldn’t surprise to see him take that to the races this weekend. #1 Fun N Glory only needs to offset the wide draw to be a factor. He won well two starts ago. #3 Seaweed Fortune is progressing. Next best.
Race 8: Cumberland Handicap
#6 Everyone’s Victory is in career-best form at the minute. He can do no wrong right now with two wins and six top-two finishes from his last seven runs. Expect he steps out a deserved favourite here. #5 Harmony Spirit mixes his form but is racing well. The in-form Lyle Hewitson is a positive booking. #1 Sunny Boy has the class-edge. He can find the front and run this group along. #4 Joyful Win is holding his condition. He draws favourably for this contest.
Race 9: Devon Handicap
#7 Super Ten is after back-to-back wins after a strong success last start from the front. Expect he rolls forward here and with even luck gets his chance to kick on. #1 Sauvestre has the class and is holding his condition well. Zac Purton hops back up and he gets his chance. #2 Setanta has done well so far in Hong Kong. He’s on the steady improve and gate one should afford him the perfect run throughout. #4 Master Hero is nothing short of consistent. His reliability holds him in good stead.
Race 10: Cornwall Handicap
#11 War Weapon is progressing. He’s better than his record suggests and if he finds his best then he might be able to overhaul this group. He displayed plenty of prowess early doors and he looks like a value proposition to recapture that here. #2 Flying Season has hit the ground running with two wins from four starts. He has the class. #4 Solid Impact continues to progress towards a first win. Strong booking of Zac Purton bears close watching. #1 California Concord is next best.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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1400 Hong Kong winners for trainer John Size, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club