Clint Hutchison: Hong Kong – David Ferraris and Karis Teetan can combine with a winner at the Chinese New Year meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Lightly raced galloper Amazing Satchmo is in his first season and from just five starts he has displayed steady progress, including in a sound run in defeat on his last outing over 1400m at Sha Tin.
He returns to the course and distance and he should enjoy a far more economical run through the race this time from a decent alley. His effort in defeat last start was very creditable considering he was three wide facing the breeze. And it would appear he has struck a relatively winnable race with a real lack of opposition, with the main threats in the market hardly horses that have won out of turn in Brilliant Dream and Hinyuen Swiftness.
One of the more exciting prospects making his debut this weekend for John Size and Joao Moreira is Raging Storm.
This son of Fastnet Rock has simply been working the house down at Sha Tin in the mornings and won a recent barrier trial in emphatic fashion. He looks well above average, and although likely to start at around even money he might be the type that makes that price seem value in the coming months.
In the final event, Teetan has another great chance aboard Sacred Ibis, who has been a model of consistency this term. He drops back to 1400m following a gallant run in defeat over 1600m but the muddling pace went against him there. There might be slight pace issue here, too, but he does possess a great turn of foot and with even luck he makes plenty of appeal on an Eachway basis.
Race 2: No 10 EACHWAY
Race 5: No 10 WIN
Race 11: No 1 EACHWAY