Preview for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday November 19, 2017)
RACE 1: #1 Best Effort, #6 Double Point, #7 Dynamic Lions, #14 Winningli
RACE 2: #1 Great Joy, #3 Crown Avenue, #6 Curling Luxury, #9 Golden Kid
RACE 3: #8 None Other, #6 Noble De Love, #7 Good Days, #14 Godspeed
RACE 4: #4 Ensuring, #9 Gorgeous Again, #10 Ho Ho Feel, #11 Who Dat Singa
RACE 5: #4 Sacred Elixir, #12 Circuit Hassler, #2 Dinozzo, #1 Rocketeer
RACE 6: #1 Werther, #3 Time Warp, #4 Gold Mount, #5 Nassa
RACE 7: #1 Lucky Bubbles, #2 Mr Stunning, #6 Amazing Kids, #3 Thewizardofoz
RACE 8: #3 Joyful Trinity, #2 Helene Paragon, #6 Seasons Bloom, #1 Beauty Only
RACE 9: #1 Bullish Smart, #8 Top Beautiful, #2 Apollo's Choice, #13 All You Need
RACE 10: #7 Jing Jing Win, #1 Beat The Clock, #10 Jumbo Luck, #11 Key Witness
RACE 1: BOCHK ENRICH BANKING HANDICAP
#1 Best Effort has been consistent in recent starts over this course and distance. Now, with the drop into Class 5, he gets his best opportunity yet to break through. #6 Double Point is at a mark where he should be able to win again. He will get every favour midfield from gate one and if he is able to build momentum, he will be around the mark. #7 Dynamic Lions will break through soon, having run well at his last two starts on this surface. #14 Winningli will have plenty of supporters but he does have an awkward draw.
RACE 2: BOCHK BUSINESS INTEGRATED SERVICES HANDICAP
#1 Great Joy has his first dirt start but he should be suited on the surface. The step up to 1800m appears a plus, too. #3 Crown Avenue is unbeaten over this course and distance, including a very big win in July. He hasn’t been disgraced at Happy Valley this season but a return to the dirt 1800m appears a major positive. #6 Curling Luxury is racing well, having won three from four this term. He is a chance again. At massive odds, include #9 Golden Kid in all exotics, with a number of factors now in his favour.
RACE 3: BOCHK PRIVATE BANKING HANDICAP
#8 None Other’s three Hong Kong wins have come over this course and distance. He has disappointed in his last two and now appears in need of the 1400m again. He’s at an attractive mark now. #6 Noble De Love has run well in two starts for Frankie Lor. He gets a nice draw this time and is sure to be in the mix. #7 Good Days was disappointing second-up but can be given another chance. #14 Godspeed may be looking for the drop in class but he’s in contention from a better gate.
RACE 4: BOCHK CROSS-BORDER FINANCIAL SERVICES HANDICAP
#4 Ensuring has caught the eye in two starts at both tracks for new handler Frankie Lor. He looks spot-on now and with an ideal gate over the Sha Tin 2000m, he will be hard to beat. #9 Gorgeous Again has been a warhorse throughout 2017, but his last run suggested he might be hitting a brick wall. However, he’s worth one more chance. #10 Ho Ho Feel was a good winner last time out and looks capable of winning again in quick order. #11 Who Dat Singa, a Western Australian Derby runner-up pre-import, is a place chance.
RACE 5: BOC LIFE HANDICAP
#4 Sacred Elixir caught the eye fresh in an unsuitable race. The Australian G1 winner should have come on for that effort and the step up to 1800m is a plus. If he does win, don’t be surprised to see him emerge as a late HKIR contender. Stablemate #12 Circuit Hassler has been good in two runs this preparation. He may be a legitimate chance with no weight on his back. #2 Dinozzo is around his ratings mark, but he is honest and deserves consideration. #1 Rocketeer can improve third-up.
RACE 6: G2 BOCHK JOCKEY CLUB CUP
#1 Werther did everything you’d want first-up in a race dominated from the front. He does have to carry a five-pound penalty and he won’t be fully screwed down, but he looks to have plenty up his sleeve against this field and he can take another 2000m feature at Sha Tin. #3 Time Warp has been terrific in two runs this preparation. He’s ready to tackle this sort of race and he will be in front for a long way. #4 Gold Mount and #5 Nassa are both on upward spirals. They can qualify for HKIR with good runs.
RACE 7: G2 BOCHK WEALTH MANAGEMENT JOCKEY CLUB SPRINT
The withdrawal of Southern Legend removes the likely value from the race. #1 Lucky Bubbles won’t be fully fit and he does have to carry a five-pound penalty. However, he should be charging late and can turn the tables on Mr Stunning second-up. #2 Mr Stunning was very good last start under topweight. If he can switch off from the gate, he’s a major player again. #6 Amazing Kids is somewhat forgotten but should be around the mark. #3 Thewizardofoz has long promised to win one of these races. His most ardent fans are quickly losing patience, though, so now's the time he needs to step up.
RACE 8: G2 BOCHK WEALTH MANAGEMENT JOCKEY CLUB MILE
#3 Joyful Trinity looks slightly short of the best milers in Hong Kong. However, he gets five pounds from the two benchmarks in Helene Paragon and Beauty Only, so this is the sort of race he can win. His recent trial was top-notch and he looks right on track again. #2 Helene Paragon will take a big step forward here, but should still have something left for December’s internationals. Still, expect a bold performance. #6 Seasons Bloom is still untapped and coming into this fresh appears a good move. He’s a chance. #1 Beauty Only will be flying late.
RACE 9: BOCHK ASSET MANAGEMENT HANDICAP
#1 Bullish Smart is always a chance down in Class 3, although his best efforts have been at Happy Valley. Still, the 1400m looks suitable for him, especially if he can get out and roll. From the good gate, he’s a chance. #8 Top Beautiful’s unbeaten run came to an end last start, but he still ran well. He’s a definite chance of getting into the winners’ circle again here. #2 Apollo's Choice finally won again last start. He has an awkward gate but should be around the mark. #13 All You Need is still improving and can figure.
RACE 10: BOC CREDIT CARD HANDICAP
#7 Jing Jing Win is still not all there mentally. If he jumps away cleanly and doesn’t get too stirred up, though, he looks to have the talent to make a mockery of his 84 rating. #1 Beat The Clock is fresh after a stellar first preparation in Hong Kong. He will take improvement from the run and should be hard to beat second-up over 1400m, but he’s still in the mix here. #10 Jumbo Luck needs everything to go his way but he makes appeal with only 109 pounds to carry. #11 Key Witness is a place contender.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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