SHA TIN SELECTIONS – (Sunday, July 7, 2019)
Race 1: #1 Farhh Above, #6 Judy’s Star, #5 G Unit, #4 Target Finder
Race 2: #2 Gold Velvet, #1 Fortune Happiness, #10 Perfect Choice, #11 Winning Circle
Race 3: #4 Big Bully, #11 Lotus Breeze, #7 Surewin, #13 Ruminare
Race 4: #9 Thebeastfortheeast, #4 Mr Genuine, #5 Ping Hai Galaxy, #6 Joyful Moments
Race 5: #11 Hearts Keeper, #5 Coolceleb, #9 Fame And Fortune, #8 Bond Elegance
Race 6: #6 Simple Elegant, #3 Happy Warrior, #4 Such A Happiness, #7 Winning Controller
Race 7: #8 Dr Respect, #2 Gift Of Lifeline, #3 Magic Success, #11 Glittering Armour
Race 8: #3 Seven Heavens, #2 Multimillion, #13 Classic Unicorn, #10 Utopia Life
Race 9: #5 Monkey Jewellery, #6 Promise Kept, #1 Marvelous World, #8 Calling The Shots
Race 10: #6 Coby Oppa, #5 Red Desert, #8 Nuclear Power, #3 Winner Supreme
Race 11: #1 Hello Beauty, #4 Golden Sixty, #7 Guy Dragon, #8 Picken
Race 1: The Race Club 1200m Plate
#1 Farhh Above closed strongly for second behind Aethero on debut. He was slow out that day and was forced to settle at the tail of the field, however he responded nicely to the rider’s urgings and he made up a stack of ground. Suspect he’ll have taken plenty of experience from that performance and if he can break cleanly, he’s the one to beat. #6 Judy’s Star was run down by Farhh Above last start. There’s little between these two and from the good gate he should be able to make his own luck. #5 G Unit steps up to 1200m for the first time following two competitive runs up the straight. He’s open to improvement and if he handles the bend, he should be in the finish. #4 Target Finder stumbled at the start. Suspect he’s better than with a clean getaway.
Race 2: The Spirit Of Champions 1200m Handicap
#2 Gold Velvet ran a better race last time out. He improved dropping to Class 5 last start and he should find himself up on the pace early. He has the fitness edge. #1 Fortune Happiness has shown very little but a drop in class might be what he is after. His three runs prior on the dirt have been good against strong company and it wouldn’t surprise to see him go on with it. #10 Perfect Choice is winless from 23 starts. He’s largely been a disappointment across his career but in this grade with no weight on his back should see him run a bold race. #11 Winning Circle gets in light and he’s expected to improve back on dirt.
Race 3: Ownership Pride 1400m Handicap
#4 Big Bully comes into this off two impressive runner-up efforts. He’s found his mark and suspect with Zac Purton engaged that he’s ready to finally go on with it. #11 Lotus Breeze is likely to lead from the soft draw and against this field he’s capable of showing a bit of cheek out in front. #7 Surewin got off the mark two starts ago before closing for a one-paced fifth at his latest. He was a touch wide throughout which may explain his lack of zip in the finish, but if Derek Leung can tuck him in on the speed, he’s a chance to bounce back. #13 Ruminare led all the way two starts ago before engaging in a battle which clearly cost him. He’s still around the mark.
Race 4: Racing Heritage 1200m Handicap
#9 Thebeastfortheeast has shown enough in his trials to suggest he’s capable of a forward showing on debut. He doesn’t meet an overly strong field for his first assignment and he’s worth taking a chance on. #4 Mr Genuine hasn’t won for two seasons but he’s returned to a mark that suggests he is nearing a return to the winners’ stall. He’s drawn to get the right run. #5 Ping Hai Galaxy is the value of the field. He’s by ‘The Factor’ who was a multiple G1 winner on dirt and this galloper has trialled well and if he does open a price, he’ll be worth having something small. #6 Joyful Moments gets the 10lb claim from Alfred Chan. Suspect he rolls forward and makes his own luck.
Race 5: The Hilltop In The Valley 1200m Handicap
#11 Hearts Keeper has been racing consistently without winning. He scored a win late in the season last term and he’s now down to a competitive mark. Umberto Rispoli should ensure he gets every opportunity from the soft draw. #5 Coolceleb is a different horse since switching to the dirt. He’s racing well and this race is well within his grasp. #9 Fame And Fortune returns to Class 4 following his last start win. He commands respect from the soft gate. #8 Bond Elegance was forced to make up too much ground last start. He’s much better ridden closer to midfield which is exactly where Joao Moreira should have him from the draw.
Race 6: Sha Tin Clubhouse 1600m Handicap
#6 Simple Elegant has been costly of late but he’s racing well enough to warrant another chance. He’ll take luck out of the equation by rolling forward which should see him prove difficult to run down. #3 Happy Warrior arguably should have more than one win this season having placed second on five occasions. He’ll roll forward and give himself every chance. #4 Such A Happiness was the one to run down Simple Elegant last time. He can defy the rise in weight to figure again. #7 Winning Controller kicked off his season in style however since then he’s largely struggled. The soft draw and claim from Jack Wong may spark improvement.
Race 7: Beas River Country Club 1400m Handicap
#8 Dr Respect has progressed with each outing and he closed off strongly last start suggesting the step up to 1400m will suit. #2 Gift Of Lifeline is a lightly raced galloper from the Tony Millard yard. He’s a winner already this season and since that run he hasn’t finished outside of the placings. He’ll be charging home late if he gets a race run to suit. #3 Magic Success has turned his form around since transferring to John Moore. He was impressive scoring by a comfortable margin two starts ago and if he continues on an upward spiral then he’s likely to be in the finish. #11 Glittering Armour should be thereabouts.
Race 8: The Members Cup (Handicap)
#3 Seven Heavens arguably should have won three starts ago when he was blocked for a run at crucial stages where the eventual winner of that race; Utopia Life, was demoted to fourth. He’s since stepped up to Class 2 where he was outclassed but this is a suitable grade here and with Zac Purton aboard, he shapes as the one to beat. #2 Multimillion rarely runs a bad race and he is a winner of three of his last five. He’ll be in front for a long way under Alfred Chan whose 10lb claim reduces him to just 123lb. #13 Classic Unicorn scored easily on debut following an impressive trial at Happy Valley. He steps up to Class 3 which makes things difficult but he’s shown he has the ability to make things interesting. #10 Utopia Life has struggled since his demotion from winning. Still, it wouldn’t surprise to see him recapture that form.
Race 9: Beijing Clubhouse 1200m Handicap
#5 Monkey Jewellery was first up a fortnight ago following an eight month break. Suspect he’ll be better for the run and his trials prior to that race suggest that he’s ready to get the job done. He can breakthrough with fitness on his side. #6 Promise Kept returns to the turf following a total forgive run on the dirt last start. He settled at the tail of the field that day and considering the ground he made up, he still quite well. He’ll improve ridden closer to the speed. #1 Marvelous World has impressed across his short career. He’ll need to lug 131lb is he is to win but the talents of Zac Purton should offset this. #8 Calling The Shots might be winless but he could be at a competitive mark.
Race 10: Levade 1200m Handicap
#6 Coby Oppa is a two-time course and distance winner. He does his best racing on the dirt and a return to the surface should spark improvement following a lackluster effort on grass. Sired by The Factor he is bred to relish the dirt and his racing is showing exactly that. #5 Red Desert got off the mark two starts ago on the turf. He makes his dirt debut which is an unknown but his form is strong enough to warrant respect. #8 Nuclear Power gets Zac Purton on. This is a significant booking and he might have returned to a winning mark. #3 Winner Supreme is a two-time dirt winner. The wide gate will make things difficult for him if he wants the lead but if he manages to cross uninterrupted then he should be thereabouts.
Race 11: Members’ Care@HKJC 1400m Handicap
#1 Hello Beauty has shown steady improvement across all three of his starts, especially in his latest where he finished a narrow third after rallying late under Chad Schofield. He comes through a very strong form race and if he finds that level here he is capable of serving it up to #4Golden Sixty, who is an impressive 3/3. He’s a leading player but if he’s too short, he might be worth opposing. #7 Guy Dragon is a two-time course and distance winner. He’s racing well and although a few of these might have his measure, he’s not without a chance of running into the placings. #8 Picken rarely runs a bad race. He’ll be finishing fast if his recent runs are any gauge of where he is at.
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