Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Saturday. Selections by Declan Schuster.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, June 8, 2019)
Race 1: #1 Winning Supreme, #2 Bulb Elite, #10 Victoriam, #3 All You Need
Race 2: #5 Richcity Fortune, #10 Ambitious Speedy, #12 Nashashuk, #1 Super Model
Race 3: #2 Thanks Forever, #7 Goko, #1 Multimillion, #3 Utopia Life
Race 4: #7 Surewin, #6 Hurricane Hunter, #8 Big Bully, #1 Liverbird Star
Race 5: #1 Better Choice, #5 Shining Ace, #10 Best For You, #8 What A Legend
Race 6: #8 Shanghai Dragon, #2 You Have My Word, #9 Dor Dor, #1 King's Man
Race 7: #5 Super Missile, #11 Lady First, #2 Endearing, #6 Guy Dragon
Race 8: #7 Fun Times, #3 Empire Star, #2 Gracious Ryder, #4 Ka Ying Brilliance
Race 9: #1 Bombay Blitz, #3 Comfort Life, #2 Green Card, #11 Beauty Energy
Race 10: #8 Golden Sixty, #3 Beauty Spark, #4 Ping Hai Galaxy, #11 Speedy Luck
Race 1: Chai Wan Road Handicap
#1 Winning Supreme receives a welcome drop to Class 4, where he is a four-time winner. His best form has come on the dirt but he's shown in recent runs that he can mix it on the turf and he's worth taking a chance on. #2 Bulb Elite steps out for the first time under Dennis Yip's name after transferring from the Paul O'Sullivan barn. He's drawn well in gate 2 and he's expected to find the lead with Alfred Chan in the saddle. #10 Victoriam was far from disgraced on debut. He's open to natural improvement which should see him run a competitive race. #3 All You Need is next best.
Race 2: Lei Yue Mun Park Handicap
#5 Richcity Fortune led and won well under Alfred Chan last start. He remains in Class 5 which suits and from the soft gate (4) he's likely to push forward and make his own luck. #10 Ambitious Speedy closed strongly for second last start. He'll find himself in the right spot from the gate under Jack Wong; who takes a crucial 3lb off his back. #12 Nashashuk has largely struggled across his career, having only finished inside the top three on three occasions from 26 outings. This season he's gone unplaced in seven of eight runs until his latest when finishing third, beaten a neck. He commands respect here off his last run but there's question marks around whether he can back that performance up. #1 Super Model drops to Class 5 suits and he can't be discounted.
Race 3: Tuen Mun Public Riding School Handicap
#2 Thanks Forever couldn't have been more impressive last start, returning from a 12 month break to end Voyage Warrior's unbeaten streak. No reason to suggest he hasn't improved sharply and he's capable of making it two from two in Class 3 and if successful, it will mark 1000 Hong Kong wins for jockey Zac Purton. #7 Goko is a four-time Sha Tin 1000m winner. He loves this course and distance and if he finds his best, he's in with a chance. #1 Multimillion was a dominant three length winner last start. He's capable of beating a number of these home and working his way into Class 2. #3 Utopia Life is one for the exotics.
Race 4: Pok Fu Lam Riding School Handicap
#7 Surewin has hit a purple patch of form and if it continues he'll get every chance at back-to-back Sha Tin wins. He's got the soft gate in his favour and the booking of Zac Purton signals intent from the stable. #6 Hurricane Hunter has been somewhat of a conundrum across his career but when ridden cold he can unleash a powerful turn off foot. A fast pace is likely to be set in this competitive Class 5 affair and if he finds space in the straight, he'll be finishing strongly. #8 Big Bully turned his form around last start to finished second over this course and distance. David Hall landed a double midweek and this galloper bears close watching back in Class 5. #1 Liverbird Star was excellent last start, missing by half a length first up from a lengthy spell. He's drawn poorly, but with clear running room he can find himself in the finish.
Race 5: Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School Handicap
#1 Better Choice gets a welcome drop to Class 4 after returning a number of competitive performances in Class 3. He's yet to win this season which is always a concern, but he's returned to a winning mark and he's found a suitable race. #5 Shining Ace led and won well last start in the wet conditions at Sha Tin. He'll do the same again here under Joao Moreira and he'll be the one they all have to run down. #10 Best For You turned his form around last start. He doesn't meet an overly strong field to continue his progression. #8 What A Legend has mixed his form, but his two runner-up efforts this season suggests he has claims.
Race 6: The Hong Kong Riding For The Disabled Association Cup (Handicap)
#8 Shanghai Dragon has finished runner-up in his last two appearances. He makes the step up to 1800m for the first time, but it could be exactly what he needs as he seeks his first win. #2 You Have My Word rarely runs a bad race and he is a course and distance winner already this season. He'll get every chance in what isn't an overly strong Class 4 affair. #9 Dor Dor hasn't been the most consistent of horses early on, but he's shown his versatility producing competitive runs from settling both on and off the pace throughout. He gets the good draw (4) this time and he's in the mix. #1 King's Man returns to his preferred course and distance. He's in the mix.
Race 7: Lung Mun Road Handicap
#5 Super Missile returned from a lengthy layoff last start, resulting in disappointing tenth place finish. His form prior however was excellent and he dashed home impressively in a recent trial. He's likely to have returned to his best and the booking of Zac Purton only backs this claim up. #11 Lady First has been consistent this season, notching up two impressive place efforts. He's winless across his 18-start career but it's only a matter of time as he's shown enough ability to suggest a win is nearing. #2 Endearing is as honest as they come. He rarely runs a bad race and if he can overcome the wide draw, he's in with a winning chance. #6 Guy Dragon was impressive scoring last start at only his second outing in Class 3. He remains in this grade and although this appears tougher, he's worth consideration.
Race 8: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road Handicap
#7 Fun Times is looking his first win. He's narrowly missed on a number of occasions and he's shown that it's only a matter of time before he does breakthrough. Joao Moreira's booking signals intent from the stable around his winning chances. #3 Empire Star has twice placed over this course and distance previously. He raced over 1200m last start where he closed from the rear of the field to finish fourth. He indicated his readiness for 1400m. #2 Gracious Ryder was an impressive course and distance winner last start. He's capable of progressing further. #4 Ka Ying Brilliance scored impressively two starts ago. He'll find the front and play catch me if you can.
Race 9: Lung Mun Road Handicap
#1 Bombay Blitz found form late last season and and although he struggled last start, his best is up to this. He placed twice in Class 3 at the tail end of last season and either of those runs would see him take beating here. #3 Comfort Life is expected to push forward and lead again. He gets 10lb off thanks to Chan's claim which helps and the pair teamed up for a three-quarter-length defeat just two starts ago. He's well in this. #2 Green Card struggled last start but his three runs prior were excellent, winning twice and placing second in the other. He deserves forgiveness. #11 Beauty Energy is next best with only 115lb to carry.
Race 10: Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap
#8 Golden Sixty is looking to remain unbeaten. He's been very impressive winning both of his starts, especially his latest as a number of horses have come out and franked the form by either running well or winning. He's on the up and another win looks likely. #3 Beauty Spark is on debut for Frankie Lor. He's put together a number of impressive trial efforts and a forward showing on debut is expected, especially with Zac Purton taking the reins. #4 Ping Hai Galaxy is another on debut. He was a two-time winner pre-import in Australia, both of which were in dominant fashion. Since arriving in Hong Kong, he's impressed on the trial track and he bears close watching. #11 Speedy Luck isn't without a chance of finding the placings.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Saturday.
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Racing at Sha Tin on Saturday, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club