Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday December 17, 2017)
RACE 1: #12 Hot Hot Pepper, #4 Gouten Of Garo, #5 Have Fun Together, #7 Lean Perfection
RACE 2: #2 Goldington Horn, #10 Golden Partners, #3 Proud Sky, #12 Faithful Boy
RACE 3: #12 Hello Kimberley, #7 Corre Rapido, #5 Helen's Choice, #10 Victory Music
RACE 4: #7 Aashiqui, #5 Lucky Time, #6 Ugly Warrior, #10 Respect
RACE 5: #7 Young Legend, #11 Primero, #12 Amazing Star, #3 Bigwood
RACE 6: #9 Nice Kick, #1 Travel Emperor, #10 Noble Steed, #2 City Legend
RACE 7: #14 Enjoy Life, #8 Indigenous Star, #2 Electric Lightning, #6 Dashing Dart
RACE 8: #5 Ping Hai Star, #6 Green Energy, #1 Grand Chancellor, #10 New Elegance
RACE 9: #6 Intrepic, #3 Super Man, #11 Pick Number One, #4 Strathclyde
RACE 10: #4 Good Standing, #2 Pingwu Spark, #6 Doctor Geoff, #3 Limitless
RACE 1: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY WEDDING COLLECTION HANDICAP
#12 Hot Hot Pepper has finished in the top four at 14 of his 21 Hong Kong starts, but he’s yet to get that elusive victory. He’s at a rating where he should be able to win, especially from a more favourable gate, and this appeals as a favourable race. #4 Gouten Of Garo disappointed on debut. He can improve drastically but he would need to if he is to figure. #5 Have Fun Together has trialled nicely and deserves consideration, as does #7 Lean Perfection.
RACE 2: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY LOVE IS BEAUTY COLLECTION HANDICAP
#2 Goldington Horn was niggled throughout last time over the Happy Valley 1650m but rattled home to finish second. The further step up to 1800m should suit and he can break his Hong Kong maiden now. #10 Golden Partners has just his second run for Michael Freedman. His first effort was good enough and with blinkers back on, perhaps he can fire, although they may also exacerbate his gate issues. #3 Proud Sky has been racing well of late, finishing just behind the placegetters. He can figure. #12 Faithful Boy can improve with blinkers on.
RACE 3: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY HUGGING FAMILY COLLECTION HANDICAP
#12 Hello Kimberley has not won since a 244-1 victory in May, 2015. He is old now but his last effort was better and he has drawn well. He’s worth a throw at the stumps. #7 Corre Rapido ran a much-improved race last start. If he can run a similar race here, he’ll be hard to beat. #5 Helen's Choice returns to Class 5 at his first run since April. He can figure upon his return. #10 Victory Music is Joao Moreira’s first ride for John Moore since June. He has been steadily improving and can get into the placings.
RACE 4: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY PT GRACEFUL COLLECTION HANDICAP
#7 Aashiqui caught the eye at the trials and looks well-primed for his debut. He’s closely related to Sichuan Vigour, a two-time winner on the Sha Tin dirt, and he looks to have handled it well in the mornings. #5 Lucky Time disappointed last time out after a big win first-up. The switch to dirt is interesting, but he’s worth including. #6 Ugly Warrior can progress off a strong course and distance win to begin his career. #10 Respect won at big odds last time out on turf but has always been better on this surface.
RACE 5: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY PT BRIDAL COLLECTION HANDICAP
#7 Young Legend ran a solid race on debut and if he can take a step forward from that, he will be hard to toss here. #11 Primero is yet to win in Hong Kong but his last run was OK and with Matthew Poon’s claim, he gets in quite well at the weights. #12 Amazing Star disappointed on debut but turned it around to win last start. It might pay to find one to beat him. #3 Bigwood beat subsequent G3 winner Music Box in a maiden at Gowran Park in May. He can figure.
RACE 6: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY DEAR Q COLLECTION HANDICAP
#9 Nice Kick ran well enough on debut. He should enjoy a nice speed-tracking run and the step up to 1400m suits him too. #1 Travel Emperor has disappointed since a strong debut win. The step up to 1400m is an interesting move but he should be suited and he’s worth including. #10 Noble Steed closed off nicely for third on debut. The trip will probably still be too short but expect a similar effort. #2 City Legend has trialled poorly but, at his best, he’s a player.
RACE 7: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY LOVE FOREVER COLLECTION HANDICAP
#14 Enjoy Life is yet to win from nine starts, but has been fairly consistent this season. He’s right on the verge of the drop into Class 5, but with nothing to carry at a distance that should be suitable, he can win before the relegation. #8 Indigenous Star won well last start and looks to have more in hand, especially at this trip. He goes in again. #2 Electric Lightning is first-up since July. He should be improved heading into his four-year-old season, especially given he has been gelded since his last run. #6 Dashing Dart can improve second-up.
RACE 8: THE LUKFOOK JEWELLERY CUP
#5 Ping Hai Star has performed strongly in two Hong Kong starts, finishing second on both occasions. He looks to get everything to suit here and should be breaking through. #6 Green Energy was abysmal at his last run in October, but he pulled up with blood in his trachea so it can be forgiven. He finally gets a good gate and should be hard to beat. #1 Grand Chancellor makes his Hong Kong debut and looks to be fairly forward in condition. He’s a chance. #10 New Elegance ran well on debut and should be around the mark.
RACE 9: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY CONVERGENCE OF LOVE COLLECTION HANDICAP
#6 Intrepic mixes his form, but he looks interesting with the switch to dirt for the first time here. A son of Medaglia d’Oro, there looks enough to suggest that he should perform well on the surface and so he gets the nod. #3 Super Man has run well in two course and distance starts this term, including a win in September, and he must be included. #11 Pick Number One won on debut in Hong Kong before a good last-start second. He is sure to have his admirers again. #4 Strathclyde looks a pace influence here and can figure.
RACE 10: LUKFOOK JEWELLERY BELOVED COLLECTION HANDICAP
#4 Good Standing was a well-performed three-year-old in Australia. A giant of a horse, he should be a horse who improves again at four and his recent trials have suggested he is ready for his first-up assignment in Hong Kong. #2 Pingwu Spark, tipping the scales at over 1300 pounds himself, looks headed for the big leagues. He faces his biggest test here but he’s a leading player again. #6 Doctor Geoff caught the eye on debut and looks sure to figure. #3 Limitless is quirky but he’s a chance if he puts things together.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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