Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday February 24, 2019)
RACE 1: #11 Sunny Orient, #9 Victor Emperor, #6 Never Better, #1 Bingo Hero
RACE 2: #3 Superich, #2 Victory Boys, #4 Time To Celebrate, #6 Epic
RACE 3: #12 Voyage Star, #11 Dor Dor, #1 Diamond Dragon, #13 Red Horse
RACE 4: #3 Chairman Lo, #7 Circuit Three, #5 Beauty Energy, #1 Planet Star
RACE 5: #11 Deal Maker, #1 Chung Wah Spirit, #4 Remarkable, #2 Viva Council
RACE 6: #1 Sunny Power, #3 I Do, #5 Family Leader, #12 Dashing Dart
RACE 7: #12 Refined Treasure, #8 Sea Jade, #5 I Am Power, #7 California Archer
RACE 8: #2 Tianchi Monster, #1 Grand Chancellor, #3 Classic Beauty, #6 Rule Thee
RACE 9: #3 Full Of Beauty, #9 Honest Way, #4 Diamond King, #8 Endearing
RACE 10: #2 Glorious Artist, #7 Volpino, #11 Last Kingdom, #13 Kiram
RACE 1: BUTTERFLY HANDICAP
#11 Sunny Orient remains winless from 28 Hong Kong starts. He needs everything to go his way in his races if he is to figure, but he looks like he may get a race run to suit here and, if so, he will be flying home late. #9 Victor Emperor has run well enough at his last two starts. He’s far from reliable – none of these horses are – but he’s capable of getting into the finish with the right run. #6 Never Better has switched back to Sha Tin at his last three runs after spending most of his career at Happy Valley. He’s actually managed to get into the placings at two of those efforts, both at this course and distance, and he’s a place chance again. #1 Bingo Hero drops to Class 5 for the first time. He can’t be overlooked.
RACE 2: FU TAI HANDICAP
#3 Superich disappointed in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, finishing second to Furore. He was entitled to finish closer that day, but he did pull up lame so he did have an excuse. He strikes a suitable race here and this looks his best chance to find the winners’ circle again in some time. #2 Victory Boys is better suited over 1800m, even if he is a four-time winner at a mile. He simply had no luck last time out at Happy Valley and, fresh, he’s a player here. #4 Time To Celebrate has improved with every run this season and looks primed now to produce his best so far this term. #6 Epic can emerge as a late Hong Kong Derby contender with a big effort here.
RACE 3: LUNG YAT HANDICAP
#12 Voyage Star gets into a good draw for the first time in his career. He should be able to bounce out into a nice position from the inside gate and he’s the one to beat in this spot. #11 Dor Dor like most John Size trainees, has improved with racing. He should take another step forward here and this race looms as a suitable target. #1 Diamond Dragon drops to Class 4 for the first time. He has a big sprint on him on his day and he could easily get over the top of them here. #13 Red Horse is racing well and deserves respect.
RACE 4: ON TING HANDICAP
#3 Chairman Lo ran well at his first two starts before a disappointing effort last time out. However, now might be the time to jump on him and he’s worth a play in this spot. #7 Circuit Three ran well enough on debut. The graduate of last year’s Hong Kong International Sale, a brother to handy New Zealand mare Coldplay, should be even better at 1400m and he can put himself into the picture, even despite the wide gate. #5 Beauty Energy had excuses last time out. He had been racing well before that and he can figure here. #1 Planet Star must be included back to 1400m.
RACE 5: THE YAN OI TONG CUP
#11 Deal Maker steps up to the extended mile for the first time on this surface. He has run well over 1200m and he’s bred to enjoy the longer trip. He is a big player here. #1 Chung Wah Spirit drops into Class 4 for the first time. He should be hard to beat in this grade. #4 Remarkable is always a player in races over this course and distance. He should enjoy a good run in transit here and he can finish around the mark. #2 Viva Council should push forward from a wide gate and can stick on for some minor money.
RACE 6: PO TIN HANDICAP
#1 Sunny Power has been struggling through a string of wide gates recently. He now gets into the inside gate and, if the race plays out as it appears on paper, he should enjoy every chance under Silvestre de Sousa. #3 I Do has performed well at each of his three starts. He’s the main danger in here with Zac Purton sticking solid. #5 Family Leader didn’t have the best of runs last time out. He should have a soft trip here and the return to 1600m should suit. He’s not without claims. #12 Dashing Dart returns to Class 4, having run well without winning down in grade. He’s a place hope.
RACE 7: SAM SHING HANDICAP
#12 Refined Treasure makes his first foray into Class 2 here. He has only raced once since May, finishing second to Speedy King in December. He has no weight here and he looks to have enough talent to be able to figure in this grade, particularly against this field. #8 Sea Jade finished a long last first-up at Happy Valley at what was his first run in a year. He has not shown his best over this course and distance, but he can perform strongly here at odds. #5 I Am Power has won two of his four Hong Kong starts, both down the straight. He is still untapped and he can progress here. #7 California Archer was a handy track and trip winner last month. He has run poorly since, but a return to the Sha Tin 1000m could see him bounce back.
RACE 8: TAI HING HANDICAP
#2 Tianchi Monster has won two of his last three starts, including a nice win at the end of December at the course and distance. He has to shoulder plenty of weight now, but he should enjoy every chance from gate one and he’s a major player yet again. #1 Grand Chancellor returns to Class 3 here. He finished second to Tianchi Monster at this track and trip three starts ago and does meet him 20 pounds better for a two-length defeat. He’s a danger. #3 Classic Beauty is improving with every run. It won’t take much more for him to figure in here. #6 Rule Thee has a horror gate, but he’ll be finding the line late.
RACE 9: WU KING HANDICAP
#3 Full Of Beauty has won all three of his starts to date at the Sha Tin 1200m. He has plenty of promise and, even though he’s risen in the ratings rapidly, he looks capable of handling this step up to the top of Class 3. #9 Honest Way ran well behind Full Of Beauty last time out. He gets an eight-pound swing on the likely favourite and he looms as the likely quinella horse again. #4 Diamond King steps out for the first time in two months. He performs fresh and he’s likely to be somewhere around the mark. #8 Endearing is next best.
RACE 10: YAU OI HANDICAP
#2 Glorious Artist remains the track record holder over the Sha Tin 1800m on the dirt. He is a winner at this course and distance, though, and returning to this grade should give him every chance to return to the winners’ circle. #7 Volpino ran well at his first course and distance outing last start, just falling short to Imperial Concorde. If he gets a similar set-up here, he’ll be flashing home once more. #11 Last Kingdom is a frustrating horse to follow, but there’s no doubt he’s better than his rating of 67 suggests. He’s capable of turning it around at any time. #13 Kiram is a lightweight hope in here.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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