Preview and form for the meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday. Selections by Declan Schuster.
SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, 9 November, 2019)
Race 1: #12 Victory Mastery, #13 Judy’s Star, #6 Good View Clarico, #14 Target Finder
Race 2: #11 Proud Sky, #6 Liverbird Star, #4 The Joy Of Giving, #5 Regency Gem
Race 3: #6 Super Alliances, #14 Telecom Rocket, #13 Shinealot, #8 Golden Four
Race 4: #5 Golden Mission, #2 Touch Of Luck, #3 Enfolding, #9 Hay Run
Race 5: #10 California Gungho, #12 Hong Kong Win, #9 Allied Agility, #3 Eligere
Race 6: #10 Righteous Doctrine, #13 Deal Maker, #4 Volpino, #2 Coby Oppa
Race 7: #1 Champion’s Way, #5 Encouraging, #4 Time To Celebrate, #9 Fast Most Furious
Race 8: #6 Blastoise, #8 Dynasta, #4 Eptiwins, #3 King’s Race
Race 9: #2 Glorious Dragon, #3 Happy Sebring, #8 I Do, #12 Crown Avenue
Race 10: #11 Monica, #10 Lakeshore Eagle, #3 Super Star, #5 Craig’s Star
Race 1: Panashop Handicap
Difficult opening race but #12 Victory Mastery might be worth taking a chance on. He trialled impressively at Conghua under a hold and he appears forward enough to make his presence felt on debut. #13 Judy’s Star has the runs on the board in Griffin grade. His race experience holds him in good stead for this and the booking of Zac Purton appeals. #6 Good View Clarico was fair on debut when closing for sixth. If he can overcome the awkward draw he’s in with a shout. #14 Target Finder is next best.
Race 2: Panasonic Steam Oven Handicap Handicap
#11 Proud Sky has gone close in both of his outings so far this season, finishing third and fourth. He returns third-up with those two runs under his belt and he looks ready to go on with things here, especially with Joao Moreira taking over. #6 Liverbird Star has taken his time to acclimatise to Hong Kong. He’s shown enough to suggest that with the right run he could get the job done. #4 The Joy Of Giving performed admirably first-up. He might need another run under his belt but getting out to his preferred distance should spark sharp improvement. #5 Regency Gem is racing well. He’ll find himself in the right spot up on the pace and he should get every chance from there under Zac Purton.
Race 3: Panasonic 4K TV Handicap
#6 Super Alliances is an improving type who appears an excellent chance of breaking through at start number two. He has the gate to overcome but if he can, he’s a leading player. #14 Telecom Rocket has experience on his side and gets the key booking of Joao Moreira. He might not be a winner yet, but he’s shown that he can be super competitive at the bottom of Class 4. #13 Shinealot has mixed his form and last-start appeared to struggle at the rear of the field. He gets gate 1 this time and with a positive ride, he could surprise. #8 Golden Four just needs to repeat his run from last start to be competitive here.
Race 4: Panasonic Double Mineral Nanoe Hair Dryer Handicap
#5 Golden Mission is winless. He comes into this third-up which suits and he’s worth taking a chance on at his first time on the dirt as he is racing well on the turf at present. #2 Touch Of Luck is the likely favourite for this affair as a three-time placegetter on the surface. He might be very short in the market which could be worth opposing in what appears to be quite a deep race. #3 Enfolding has placed in six of his last seven outings. He’s been consistent without winning and his prior form suggests that it’s only a matter of time, although he is becoming a costly conveyance for supporters. #9 Hay Run has the scope to improve further and must be respected.
Race 5: Pansonic Justfit Thermo Ventilator Handicap
#10 California Gungho won his way into Class 3 first-up and since then has narrowly placed twice. He’s up to this grade and he’s proven that in his latest runs. #12 Hong Kong Win got off the mark nicely at the Valley last start. He’s the likely leader of this and if he handles the class rise, he’s an excellent chance. #9 Allied Agility turned his form around impressively last start. He steps up to Class 3 for the first time which is difficult but his forward style of running should give him every chance. #3 Eligere trialled impressively on the turf last month. He might be worth keeping safe on debut, especially with the in-form Grant van Niekerk aboard.
Race 6: Panasonic Momi Momi Massage Lounger Handicap
#10 Righteous Doctrine has taken his time to settle into Hong Kong but his first-up effort this was encouraging. Keith Yeung is likely going to use the inside gate and give him every possible chance up on the speed. #13 Deal Maker notched up back-to-back course and distance wins before finishing third at his latest. He gets in with just 117lb to carry and the booking of Joao Moreira is a good indication around his chances. #4 Volpino flashed home last start to grab second. He can make his presence felt with the right run. #2 Coby Oppa does his best racing on the dirt and he’s capable of turning his form around.
Race 7: The Panasonic Cup (Handicap)
#1 Champion’s Way returns on a Four-Year-Old Classic Series trail. He won six from seven in his debut campaign, including the G3 Lion Rock Trophy at his latest. He’s trialled well leading into his first-up run and this appears to be his race to lose. #5 Encouraging turned in an impressive performance last start, attempting to make all before being run down by the talented Golden Sixty. He’ll give them something to chase. #4 Time To Celebrate is first-up. He’ll improve throughout his prep but he’s a talent who commands respect regardless. #9 Fast Most Furious is fit. He should get his chance with Zac Purton in the plate.
Race 8: Panasonic R32 Refrigerant Air-Conditioner Handicap
#6 Blastoise has placed in his last two starts and if he continues to perform at this level he’s going to be very hard to beat, especially with Zac Purton aboard. He has an awkward draw but he rates as the one to run down here. #8 Dynasta closed for sixth on debut over 1400m. He now gets out to a mile which he should benefit from as well as the booking of Joao Moreira. #4 Eptiwins has flashed from the tail of the field on a number of occasions, displaying that with the right tempo set he could be one to rattle over the top of them. He gets a welcome rise in distance to 1600m and with a clear run, he’s a chance. #3 King’s Race was an impressive winner last start after making all. He can run them along here.
Race 9: Panasonic IH Cooker Handicap
#2 Glorious Dragon is winless in Hong Kong across six outings. He gets a welcome step up in distance to 2000m here which enhances his claims as both of his career-best runs have come over this distance at Sha Tin. #3 Happy Sebring cruised home from the tail of the field at his latest outing and if he gets the pace on here, he’s capable of doing the same again. #8 I Do rarely runs a bad race he’s shown significant improvement this prep as he gets out over further. The extra furlong suits here and he’s a leading player. #12 Crown Avenue gets Joao Moreira. He’s in career-best form and he should get every chance up on the pace.
Race 10: Panasonic Japan System Kitchen Handicap
Competitive race to close off the card with a number of leading chances. #11 Monica returned a competitive first-up fourth, rattling home from the tail of the field impressively. He now steps up to 1400m which is ideal being a three-time course and distance winner and if Lyle Hewitson hasn’t already got his first win, this son of Murtajill could very well deliver it to him. #10 Lakeshore Eagle is another who rattled home first-up over 1200m. He’ll relish the 1400m and the inside draw should afford him every opportunity. #3 Super Star has won three of his past four outings. He rates as a leading chance but the awkward gate makes things difficult and he could be worth opposing here. #1 Craig’s Star is next best.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
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Southern Legend and Alberto Sanna winning at Sha Tin last Sunday, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club