Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin-All Weather on Wednesday night. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Wednesday January 24, 2018)
RACE 1: #12 Hello Kimberley, #2 Fantastic Fabio, #1 Sky Treasure, #10 Dynamic Lions
RACE 2: #1 Elite Spirit, #6 Kirov, #5 Bond Elegance, #3 Happy Happy Star
RACE 3: #3 Star Superior, #1 Amazing Race, #5 Hearts Keeper, #11 Winning Supreme
RACE 4: #2 Glenealy Prize, #6 Victory Follow Me, #13 Rainbow Gold, #4 Furious Pegasus
RACE 5: #2 Easy Hedge, #6 Amazing Feeling, #8 Chater Thunder, #4 Quick Return
RACE 6: #1 Prawn Baba, #3 Circuit Hassler, #12 Let Us Win, #11 Gran Master
RACE 7: #4 Perpetual Treasure, #2 Mythical Emperor, #7 Winning Vangogh, #5 Big Time Baby
RACE 8: #1 Friends Of Ka Ying, #7 Turin Pearl, #6 Mister Monte, #2 Bank On Red
RACE 1: SPOONBILL HANDICAP
#12 Hello Kimberley has not won since causing a 244-1 blowout in 2015. He was a three-time course and distance winner in his younger days and his last run was good, although he did miss a run since due to a lameness issue. Still, he has drawn well and carries no weight so he’s worth a ticket. #2 Fantastic Fabio was a course and distance in September in this grade. Getting back down to Class 5, he’s a chance. #1 Sky Treasure is racing well and deserves inclusion again. #10 Dynamic Lions can improve drastically, dropping back to 1200m with Joao Moreira jumping aboard.
RACE 2: PEACOCK HANDICAP
#1 Elite Spirit has a record of two wins and one placing from four starts over this course and distance in this grade. He’s a strong chance yet again. #6 Kirov looks well-suited in this spot again and must go into the numbers. #5 Bond Elegance is consistent but doesn’t win often. He has to contend with a wide gate but his honesty ensures he’s a chance yet again. #3 Happy Happy Star has been a disappointment. He is drawn widest of all but he may turn his form around at any time.
RACE 3: PEACOCK HANDICAP
#3 Star Superior has only won one of his 19 Hong Kong starts. However, that win came over this course and distance in September off a marginally lower mark. Expect improvement back to the 1200m on dirt. #1 Amazing Race has been racing well since getting the drop in grade and looks to have been primed for this with Joao Moreira jumpng aboard. #5 Hearts Keeper is always a chance in these races. Throw in #11 Winning Supreme at big odds – his last run was an improvement and he could prove hard to catch.
RACE 4: SWAN HANDICAP
#2 Glenealy Prize strikes Class 5 for the first time. He’s a horse that has looked better than Class 5 ability – as he proved with a win near the top of Class 4 – but he needs so many things to go right that it’s hard to follow him up in grade with confidence. Down amongst the cellar dwellers, he should be tough to beat, although it would be better if it were an 1800m contest. #6 Victory Follow Me made a sustained run but was just grabbed late last time out over this course and distance. He can atone this time. #13 Rainbow Gold is racing well enough to bob up at any time. #4 Furious Pegasus won’t be suited back in trip but can get into the placings.
RACE 5: SEA EAGLE HANDICAP
#2 Easy Hedge is dropping in class for the first time in two years and also makes his dirt debut. It’s the second time this season a son of Medaglia d’Oro has caught the eye switching surfaces after more than 25 starts on turf, and while Easy Hedge doesn’t have the same strong dirt pedigree on his dam’s side as Classic Emperor, there’s every possibility the same result could occur. #6 Amazing Feeling has been nothing but a disappointment in his Hong Kong career, but he had excuses last start and is worth another shot with a step up in trip. #8 Chater Thunder goes in again after breaking his maiden last time out. #4 Quick Return appears a winner in waiting.
RACE 6: KESTREL HANDICAP
#1 Prawn Baba ran well enough at his dirt debut for fourth to Classic Emperor. That is the best dirt formline in here and the step up to 1800m will only suit him. He’s a major player. #3 Circuit Hassler is racing well but just can’t get that breakthrough victory. He makes his dirt debut and there’s enough there to suggest it may be a positive move for him. #12 Let Us Win ran well on dirt two back and gets Joao Moreira aboard. Perhaps this is the setup he needs. #11 Gran Master will find this far tougher but the weight relief should suit him.
RACE 7: EGRET HANDICAP
#4 Perpetual Treasure returns to Class 3. He has to carry plenty of weight under the extended-band conditions, but he gets blinkers for the first time and if he is able to use his natural speed, he will be right in the mix. #2 Mythical Emperor is another who has plenty of speed. He might be too high in the ratings but he’s one to watch here. #7 Winning Vangogh looked right on track for a win in September but he bled at his most recent start. He should be a contender fresh. #5 Big Time Baby is next best in this spot.
RACE 8: FLAMINGO HANDICAP
#1 Friends Of Ka Ying has only got down to Class 3 twice for two placings. He is having just his second start for Caspar Fownes and he looks ready to strike now. #7 Turin Pearl is an old marvel and he’s always a chance in these spots. He won’t get everything to suit here like he did last time but he’s going to be around the mark. #6 Mister Monte is racing well and the shift to dirt should be no concern. He should enjoy the right run on or near the lead and prove tough to run down. #2 Bank On Red can improve onto dirt.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Wednesday.
The eight race broadcast commences at 10.15pm AEST, 7.15pm HKST, on Sky Racing1 and Thoroughbred Central.
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Racing on the All Weather track at Sha Tin on Wednesday night, picture ThoroughbredNEWS