Sha Tin Form Guide (Race 5) | Full Fields

Sunday, 16th February 2020

5
14:15
(local)

The Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN Fastest Time: 1:58.81 Win Bright 28 Apr 2019 3yo+ (WFA) SOT:G
HKD $10,000,000
2000m TURF GOOD
5
14:15
(local)
HKD $10,000,000
2000m GOOD

The Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN Fastest Time: 1:58.81 Win Bright 28 Apr 2019 3yo+ (WFA) SOT:G

#1 Exultant won this race last year and his form leading in again suggests that he's going to be hard to beat. He grinded home for a tough win last start in the G3 Centenary Vase (1800m) and now stepping up in trip, against a similar field, it's hard to see how any of these are going to the turn the tables on him. He's Hong Kong's premier stayer and he will be favoured to go back-to-back for Zac Purton and Tony Cruz. #2 Southern Legend rounded out the one-two behind Exultant in this race last year and he appears on a similar trajectory here. Admittedly he's a better miler, but, his sole run this term over 2000m saw him relinquish a game third to Exultant and since then he's still appeared to hold his condition well. #11 Glorious Dragon has won two out of his last three starts. Tony Millard's grey is in spectacular form and his first run at Pattern level last start saw him finish runner-up to Exultant, though in his favour that day was that he carried 20lb less than Exultant who shouldered top-weight. Now at level weights it's hard to see how he turns the tables on Exultant, still, a game run against this bunch is expected. #7 Time Warp can roll forward as he usually does, this time doing so under Joao Moreira. He was found to be lame last start, although since then has trialled well and proven that he has moved past the issue. If he can perform on race day, he'll be thereabouts.