Sha Tin Tips Article for Race Meeting on 5th July 2020

Selections and Analysis for Sunday’s race meeting at Sha Tin (05/07/20).

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Race 1: #8 Super Ten, #3 Enchanting Start, #1 Chancheng Prince, #4 Hongkong Harmony
Race 2: #5 Lucky Ruby, #7 My Sugar, #9 Viva Chef, #11 Happy Tango
Race 3: #11 Bring It On, #8 Master Roman, #5 King Print, #13 Young Glory
Race 4: #3 Magic Supreme, #2 Super Lucky, #1 Fabulous Eight, #4 Dublin Star
Race 5: #10 Viva Council, #9 Little Thunder, #3 Momentum Galaxy, #2 Fortune Happiness
Race 6: #12 Sky Show, #5 Good For You, #2 Utopia Life, #7 Strive For Glory
Race 7: #2 Hang's Decision, #4 Perfect Pair, #13 Golden Mission, #3 Power King
Race 8: #3 Sunny Boy, #4 California Concord, #9 Le Terroir, #5 Elite Patch
Race 9: #1 Chevalier Prince, #5 Sun Of Makfi, #7 Apex Top, #11 Happy Win Win
Race 10: #3 Star Of Yuen Long, #13 Eligere, #4 Relentless Me, #9 Awe
Race 11: #10 Lucky Express, #4 Highly Proactive, #11 Armando, #3 Massive Pocket

Race 1: Castle Peak Bay Handicap

#8 Super Ten has been competitive in both of his outings and he has shown considerable improvement across both of those. The draw suits here and with that recent trial under his belt, he should be wound up enough to be very competitive in this contest. #3 Enchanting Start kept on strongly for third on debut and from that, appears open to further improvement here. He bears close watching with Zac Purton up now. #1 Chancheng Prince got off the mark impressively last start and prior to that, had not finished outside of the top three. He finds another suitable contest here and it wouldn't surprise to see him go back-to-back here. #4 Hongkong Harmony stuck on for second to Chancheng Prince on debut. Apprentice Jerry Chau relieves him of 10 pounds which enhances his claims.

Race 2: Sha Tin Hoi Handicap

#5 Lucky Ruby caught the eye at the trials and appears forward enough to score on debut following his latest effort in a recent grass trial down the straight at Sha Tin. #7 My Sugar is another on debut who has impressed in his trials. The Jimmy Ting-trained galloper made all in a recent trial with Zac Purton aboard, who now takes the reins on race day. These two appear the clear stand-outs among the debutantes. #9 Viva Chef steps out on debut for Peter Ho. He's another who has showed plenty of ability early and with even luck, he can make his presence felt. #11 Happy Tango has mixed his form but does have two top three finishes to his name. This is a suitable contest, especially with that race-experience backing him up. 

Race 3: Kat O Hoi Handicap

#11 Bring It On might have appeared to lose his way a little but on his day he does have the ability and staying power to take out a contest such as this, especially now off a career-low mark of 30. #8 Master Roman closed off gamely for fifth last start over this course and distance. He's still winless but in his favour is that he has continued to improve as he steps up in trip and now, over 2200m for the second time, he appears ready to put his best foot forward. #5 King Print gets the services of three-time champion jockey Joao Moreira. He's winless, however two starts ago did go close over this course and distance, finishing third, beaten by two lengths. #13 Young Glory mixes his form but is a winner over this trip. He's worth keeping safe.

Race 4: Tathong Channel Handicap

#3 Magic Supreme got off the mark nicely two starts ago but was slow away last start which forced to use up a stack of petrol early. He can atone for that performance here stretching out down the straight and again, is aided by the seven pound claim from apprentice Alfred Chan. #2 Super Lucky rarely runs a bad race and has become somewhat of a born again sprinter after struggling early doors over further distances. Joao Moreira takes the reins here and if he handles the straight then he's a worthy inclusion. #1 Fabulous Eight is looking to end a run of two runner-up efforts. #4 Dublin Star rarely runs a bad race and is a course and distance winner. He can atone for his six-length defeat last time out.

Race 5: Rambler Channel Handicap

#10 Viva Council has drawn to get the gun run and form gate three, there's an excellent chance he's going to try and make all in this contest as he has done previously. He could take running down here if he gets a soft enough time of it out in front under Dylan Mo. #9 Little Thunder has been racing well, especially as a course and distance winner three starts ago. This is a suitable contest. #3 Momentum Galaxy has much more ability than what he has shown in previous runs, the slight concern with him is his barrier manners, as he tends to miss the start. He's a leading player if he can break with them. #2 Fortune Happiness tallied the hat-trick of wins over this course and distance earlier this term before going winless across his most recent six starts. The ability is there and if he can offset the wide gate, he's going to be competitive once again.

Race 6: Victoria Harbour Handicap

#12 Sky Show slots in with next to no weight on his back and if he's continued to hold his condition out his last two runs, then he is going to take beating. He led and crossed the line first impressively in a recent dirt trial by five lengths, squashing any qualms in regard to whether or not he will handle the surface. #5 Good For You has been in brilliant form this term, with three wins to his name as well as three placings on the dirt, all in his last three outings. This contest suits. #2 Utopia Life made all impressively earlier this season to score over this course and distance by three lengths. He's drawn to get his chance form gate four. #7 Strive For Glory has shown very little across his short two-start Hong Kong career. Still, he is a Listed Stakes winner in Ireland previously and the booking of Zac Purton warrants respect.

Race 7: Port Shelter Handicap

#2 Hang's Decision has been a grand horse across his 67-start career with eight wins to his name, including his fast-finishing win last time out. He's drawn a touch awkwardly in gate 14 but with the right run, he is capable of running over the top of this lot, especially as he remains in Class 4 off a mark of 57. #4 Perfect Pair steps out for the third time under the care of new trainer Jimmy Ting. He's shown little across his first two outings for Ting however, he does still have the ability and warrants respect with champion jockey Zac Purton hopping up for the first time. #13 Golden Mission gets in light with Joao Moreira up. His breakthrough success appears to be nearing. #3 Power King has proven that a win is not too far away and this contest suits.

Race 8: Victoria Harbour Handicap

#3 Sunny Boy loves the dirt and he appears to have found himself a suitable contest here. He's a versatile customer who can either lead or sit handy and with Zac Purton retaining the ride here, this could well be his race. #4 California Concord has drawn to get the gun run. He's a speedy Australian import who scored impressively two start ago. The red-hot Karis Teetan hops up fresh off a Sunday treble at Sha Tin. #9 Le Terroir has appeared to struggle of late but is still, a very talented galloper on his day. He's worth including if he can handle racing on the dirt under race conditions. #5 Elite Patch wears the blinkers for the second time to sharpen him up here. He's improved back in Class 3 and again, bears close watching.

Race 9: Mrs Bay Handicap

#1 Chevalier Prince dug deep for a narrow victory last time out and he appears well placed to repeat that effort here. The draw suits, Zac Purton takes the reins and with even luck he can win his way into Class 3, assuming he handles the step up to a mile. #5 Sun Of Makfi did well to close off from where he was last time out to finish a close-up fourth. That day, he found himself at the rear of the field but with a clear run, managed to get within three lengths of the winner. He'll relish the step up in trip and only needs luck if he is to test this lot. #7 Apex Top returns on the quick back-up after racing last Saturday. He's another who will relish the added distance here. #11 Happy Win Win rattled home for a close-up third last time out. With a race run to suit he can figure once again.

Race 10: Tolo Harbour Handicap

#3 Star Of Yuen Long mixes his form but is a course and distance winner previously. That win, came at his third run of this term and if he manages to replicate that performance again, then he's going to be super competitive. #13 Eligere is becoming a costly conveyance for supporters but from the draw, with even luck, he can figure, especially as Joao Moreira takes the reins with only 116lb on his back. #4 Relentless Me has done well all term, especially as a four-time winner this campaign. Jerry Chau takes ten pounds off his back and his consistency should hold him in good stead for this. #9 Awe ran an improved race last start to finish fifth. He's taken his time to acclimatise, but now, he just be ready to begin his ascent up the ratings.

Race 11: Yan Chau Tong Handicap

#10 Lucky Express ran well on debut, missing by less than a length and if he's come on from that effort, he is the one to beat. He looked to have improved even more in his latest trial and with that under his belt, he can take this out at only his second Hong Kong start. #4 Highly Proactive missed by a neck last time out. He's a two-time winner this term and if he handles Sha Tin just like handles Happy Valley then he's going to find himself in the finish as he appears to still have a number of ratings points in hand. #11 Armando comes out of the same race as Lucky Express. He closed off well for fourth that day and is another who appears to have plenty of upside. #3 Massive Pocket blasted home at 49/1 last time out. He's a four-time winner this term who appears capable of adding another.


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