Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday October 8, 2017)
RACE 1: #7 Amazing Star, #6 Alcari, #9 Lucky Lucky, #2 Empire Of Patch
RACE 2: #4 Amritsaria, #8 Telephatia, #5 Fun Manager, #3 Rock The Tree
RACE 3: #12 Multigogo, #5 E Master, #6 Look Eras, #3 Ambitious Heart
RACE 4: #1 Real Deal, #7 Enchanted Feeling, #12 Winner's St Paul's, #5 Happy Sound
RACE 5: #7 Royale Elegance, #2 Endearing, #1 Presidentparamount, #6 Ambitious Pins
RACE 6: #1 Beauty Way, #8 Top Act, #6 Rattan, #2 Winwin Ruby
RACE 7: #2 Top Ace, #1 Gran Master, #3 Namjong Invincible, #5 Elusive State
RACE 8: #8 Mythical Emperor, #3 Fantastic Eight, #5 Hair Trigger, #6 Superpower
RACE 9: #3 Gonna Run, #2 Divine Boy, #5 Willie Way, #9 Ultimate Glory
RACE 10: #13 Fifty Fifty, #7 Super Lifeline, #2 Simply Invincible, #1 Racing Supernova
RACE 1: CHUNG ON HANDICAP
#7 Amazing Star has looked to have potential from his two trials, including an effort around highly-rated gallopers Nothingilikemore and Thewizardofoz last week. He has been rushed to the races, but Chris So has a good record with these types and this race is not strong. #6 Alcari has also looked good in the mornings and looms as the biggest threat. #9 Lucky Lucky has talent but is still so green. This is his most suitable assignment yet, however, and he does have fitness on his side. #2 Empire Of Patch is another who can show up on debut.
RACE 2: HOI PA HANDICAP
#4 Amritsaria didn’t handle the dirt last time out but his run before that was sound and he should appreciate the 2000m trip now. With luck in running, he can snare his first victory. #8 Telephatia does not win out of turn – in fact, it has been two and a half years since he graced the winners’ circle. However, this race looks suitable and he is a chance of another win. #5 Fun Manager is nearing a win and should get a nice run in transit. #3 Rock The Tree is always a chance in these races.
RACE 3: THE YAN CHAI 50TH ANNIVERSARY TROPHY
#12 Multigogo raced fiercely in front under Joao Moreira last start. Tony Cruz has taken the blinkers off, so maybe Matthew Poon will have better luck settling him. If so, he looks hard to beat with the light impost. #5 E Master debuts here after a solid preparation. It is not a strong race and he can figure at his first start. #6 Look Eras maps well and with the right run, he can get into the finish. #3 Ambitious Heart performed poorly first-up but the return to 1200m might prove smart, especially if he goes back from gate 12.
RACE 4: SHA TSUI HANDICAP
#1 Real Deal makes his Class 5 debut. He trialled well with the crossover noseband and blinkers applied, before a moderate trial without the gear last week. Zac Purton has done a lot of work with the horse and can steer him to his first victory. #7 Enchanted Feeling ran well on opening day and he only needs to hold that form to figure. #12 Winner's St Paul's makes his debut for Frankie Lor and is on a mark where he should have plenty in hand. #5 Happy Sound has fitness on his side and can get into the money.
RACE 5: TAI HO HANDICAP
#7 Royale Elegance has the blinkers removed at his second start for Frankie Lor. If he is able to find his best form, he can win off his current mark. #2 Endearing won nicely at his first run for Michael Freedman. He looks to have more in hand and should be in the mix again. #1 Presidentparamount has not run in Class 4 in two and a half years. He’s needed the class drop but can sneak into the placings now he’s there. #6 Ambitious Pins is unreliable but has ability on his day.
RACE 6: TAK WAH HANDICAP
#1 Beauty Way has his first Class 3 start with Matthew Poon in the saddle. If he has continued to acclimatise over the off-season, he can figure here, especially if Poon can get him into a pace-tracking spot. #8 Top Act has dropped plenty in the ratings since his last win in the G3 Ladies’ Purse almost two years ago. He has his first start for Michael Freedman and can pop up fresh. #6 Rattan won nicely on opening day and should appreciate the step up to 1600m. He’s a chance again. #2 Winwin Ruby can figure.
RACE 7: THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CUP
#2 Top Ace had an injury-interrupted season but looked to be nearing a win. This race looks suitable back down in Class 4 and with a nice run from gate four, he can score a long-awaited victory. #1 Gran Master should be able to make his presence felt in Class 3 in time. He has to carry 133 pounds but he can figure. #3 Namjong Invincible is unreliable but he has talent if he gets things to suit. #5 Elusive State can push forward from gate 12 and can stick on for a placing under Matthew Poon.
RACE 8: TSUEN FU HANDICAP
#8 Mythical Emperor ran well for second behind last weekend’s Class 2 winner Pingwu Spark and has since trialled well again. He will be on speed and hard to run down. #3 Fantastic Eight is another free-bowling type who will likely find himself up outside the leader. He’s still learning but there’s no knocking his honesty. #5 Hair Trigger has drawn wide but he will go back anyway and will be ready to capitalise if they go too hard out in front. #6 Superpower will be improved for his second start.
RACE 9: TSUEN LOK HANDICAP
#3 Gonna Run has never placed on dirt but he has run some nice races. He was a third-up winner last preparation and he should get a good run in transit. #2 Divine Boy looks to be near a win, even if his best distance still remains a mystery. Joao Moreira, the only jockey to win on him in Hong Kong, jumps back aboard for the first time in almost two years. #5 Willie Way is unbeaten over this course and distance and while this is a tough test off his highest rating, #9 Ultimate Glory is a place chance.
RACE 10: YEUNG UK HANDICAP
#13 Fifty Fifty won first-up in nice style. He steps up into Class 2 now and the light weight, coupled with the step up to 1400m, should see him go back-to-back. #7 Super Lifeline has not won for three and a half years but he has been racing well and he is at a mark where he should be able to win again. #2 Simply Invincible is still high up in the ratings but coming in fresh, he is a chance, particularly with Matthew Poon taking seven pounds off his back. #1 Racing Supernova will be around the mark.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The 10 race broadcast commences at 4.00pm AEST, 1.00pm HKST, on Sky Racing2, from 5.30pm AEST on Sky Racing1 and from 6.00pm AEST on Sky Racing1 and Thoroughbred Central.
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