Preview and form for Sha Tin
Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday January 7, 2018)
RACE 1: #6 Refined Treasure, #8 Peace Combination, #4 Noble Delight, #12 Beaut Beaut
RACE 2: #9 Equity Doctrine, #11 Winningli, #1 Best Effort, #4 Sempiternal
RACE 3: #4 Quick Return, #5 Great Joy, #1 Endearing, #2 Gran Master
RACE 4: #4 Morethanlucky, #10 Let Us Win, #2 Calculation, #1 Gonna Run
RACE 5: #1 Noble Steed, #3 Travel Emperor, #6 Lucky Time, #4 Care Free Prince
RACE 6: #10 Aeroluminance, #7 Har Har Heart, #1 King's Man, #6 Good Days
RACE 7: #2 Archippus, #4 Premiere, #5 House Of Fun, #1 Not Listenin'tome
RACE 8: #3 Sleep Education, #10 Starship, #12 Amazing Star, #5 Mickey Rich
RACE 9: #2 Simply Brilliant, #2 Ping Hai Star, #8 Super Wise, #10 Amazing Moment
RACE 10: #13 Rise High, #14 Happy Agility, #2 Dragon Lips, #4 Time To Celebrate
RACE 1: AZALEA HANDICAP
#6 Refined Treasure makes his debut here for trainer Tony Millard. The son of Lope De Vega comes from a strong sprinting family that includes South Australian gallopers like Hucklebuck and Stirling Grove. He has trialled well and, even with a poor gate here, he can make a winning debut in a lacklustre race. #8 Peace Combination is always a chance in these sorts of races and has drawn to take advantage. #4 Noble Delight can show up on debut for John Size and Joao Moreira. #12 Beaut Beaut should be in the right spot and remains a contender.
RACE 2: CINERARIA HANDICAP
#9 Equity Doctrine finally gets another good draw after having to do plenty of work in recent starts from bad alleys. He should be able to get into a good spot from the inside and he can find the winners’ circle again. #11 Winningli is racing well but just can’t break through. He has another poor gate but Derek Leung is a positive jockey change and he should be around the mark. #1 Best Effort is worth consideration down in grade and his last run should be forgotten. Veteran #4 Sempiternal deserves respect at his first ever run in Class 5.
RACE 3: FIRE-CRACKER VINE HANDICAP
#4 Quick Return’s last two runs on the dirt have been terrific and with a better draw, he’s ready to get his first Hong Kong victory now. #5 Great Joy is becoming frustrating to follow but should have won on the dirt two starts back and with even luck, he will be right in the mix here. #1 Endearing is racing like he would appreciate a mile now, especially on this surface, and Joao Moreira returns to the saddle. He’s in contention. #2 Gran Master hasn’t been able to break through at the top of Class 4 but it is just a matter of time.
RACE 4: HEATHER HANDICAP
#4 Morethanlucky only just won last time out, but it was still a decent effort. He’s had a slight let-up since and should be able to resume his winning ways now. #10 Let Us Win was a winner of the G2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) in Australia in 2016, which puts him amongst top Australian mares Winx and Foxplay on that race’s honour roll. He hasn’t matched their feats and has been largely disappointing in Hong Kong, but his last-start run on dirt was eye-catching and maybe he’s now at a mark where he can figure. #2 Calculation and #1 Gonna Run both shape as contenders.
RACE 5: THE PO LEUNG KUK CENTENARY CUP
#1 Noble Steed won like a horse going places last start. He has to carry 133 pounds now but if he replicates his last-start victory, that should prove little trouble. #3 Travel Emperor hasn’t quite lived up to his billing as a potential top-liner – far from it – but he raced well at his first attempt at 1400m last time out. He should be around the mark once more. #6 Lucky Time has disappointed since a nice effort over the straight 1000m in October. This distance should suit him now and he is worth including. #4 Care Free Prince can improve.
RACE 6: IRIS HANDICAP
#10 Aeroluminance is no star, but he’s capable of winning a race off his current mark and his last run was good enough to suggest he can find the winners’ circle shortly. #7 Har Har Heart sprinted powerfully to win last start. He now steps up to 1800m and if the penny truly has dropped, he should be difficult to topple here. #1 King's Man drops back to Class 4 for the first time since a win in May. He is drawn to take advantage and can figure. #6 Good Days is heading the right way and can’t be overlooked.
RACE 7: G3 BAUHINIA SPRINT TROPHY
#2 Archippus is one of the true marvels of Hong Kong racing. A remarkably consistent galloper, his honesty has seen him earn his first attempt at stakes company at start 46. The half-brother to Australian Derby winner Tavago has made his name as a sprinter and with form around most of these, he looks capable of gaining a first G3 victory. #4 Premiere has won all three of his starts this season and looks to have returned a better galloper at four. He looks the horse to beat. His stablemate #5 House Of Fun almost defeated him in November and has run well enough at his last two. He’s a chance. #1 Not Listenin'tome has carried weight successfully over this trip before, including a win in this race two years ago. He can’t be dismissed.
RACE 8: THE PEARCE MEMORIAL CHALLENGE CUP
#3 Sleep Education ran a nice race at Happy Valley last start, catching the eye when flashing home for seventh. The half-brother to G3 winner Horse Of Fortune should appreciate more ground eventually, but it wouldn’t surprise to see him get over the top of these here. #10 Starship is racing like he is on his mark, although he looked more progressive late last year. Now is the time for him to step up. #12 Amazing Star gets Joao Moreira aboard for the first time and should prove hard to catch. #5 Mickey Rich trialled well on Tuesday and can come to hand quickly.
RACE 9: ORCHID HANDICAP
#2 Simply Brilliant, the first son of Frankel to run in Hong Kong, has impressed in two starts. The galloper, formerly named Senator, looks near a win and should get every chance to break through here with a step up to 1400m. #2 Ping Hai Star was sent out at a prohibitive quote last time out but proved unsuited racing on the speed, weakening into eighth. Expect him to be ridden quieter here and he can bounce back. #8 Super Wise and #10 Amazing Moment both return to turf and deserve consideration.
RACE 10: VIOLET HANDICAP
The scratching of Good Standing makes this somewhat of a more difficult race. #13 Rise High disappointed at his last run but looked to be heading the right way before that. He deserves another chance. #14 Happy Agility is likely to be ignored by the market again but can be around the mark. #2 Dragon Lips should be able to show up at his first Hong Kong run but will improve heading into the Classic Mile. #4 Time To Celebrate is sure to have his admirers, but he's more of a place chance here.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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