Sha Tin Tips Article for Race Meeting on 18th October 2020

Selections and Analysis for Sunday’s (18/10/20) 10-race fixture at Sha Tin.

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Race 1: #7 Fortune Patrol, #6 Enjoyable Success, #2 Hay Run, #10 Proud Sky
Race 2: #14 Copartner Era, #1 Merrygowin, #7 All Joyful, #13 Wonder Express
Race 3: #1 Hot King Prawn, #7 Perfect Match, #2 Voyage Warrior, #6 Computer Patch
Race 4: #4 Methane, #2 Ezra, #1 Decisive Action, #12 Bulletproof
Race 5: #8 Winning Steed, #6 Red Majesty, #5 Cheerful Days, #7 Sparky Star
Race 6: #9 Resolute, #10 Star Superior, #1 Fortune Happiness, #11 Super Kin
Race 7: #4 Golden Sixty, #1 Beauty Generation, #6 Dances With Dragon, #5 Furore
Race 8: #8 Sunny Boy, #2 Red Desert, #4 Will Power, #7 Ugly Warrior
Race 9: #3 Winning Dreamer, #10 Scores Of Fun, #6 Chicken Dance, #5 Awe
Race 10: #14 Charizard, #7 Marvel Dragon, #5 The Hulk, #8 President's Choice

Race 1: Tin Sam Handicap

#7 Fortune Patrol has been crying out for a trip and he should relish stepping up to 2000m on Saturday and as well, does prefer racing at Sha Tin to Happy Valley. #6 Enjoyable Success is one of two for trainer Michael Chang. He missed by a short-head at his third run of last campaign and he rates to go close again here as he is third-up. #2 Hay Run is solid on his day. The inside gate should allow him to sit prominent early on and from there, do little work in the run and get every chance over the finish. #10 Proud Sky slots in light and is capable of boxing on.

Race 2: Siu Lek Yuen Handicap

#14 Copartner Era slots in light and his second-up run was eye-catching when grabbing a close-up fifth over this course and distance. Joao Moreira takes over now and he looks hard to beat. #1 Merrygowin's last run in Class 4 returned a win and with Zac Purton up for this, there's a chance he's been primed to fire first-up. He bears close watching, even with the awkward draw. #7 All Joyful has the wide gate to contend with but has shown glimpses of ability across his short three-start career. #13 Wonder Express slots in light and gets the services of the in-form Alexis Badel up.

Race 3: G2 Premier Bowl Handicap

#1 Hot King Prawn has the class-edge in this contest and he appears ready to roll off the back off his latest trial. He's drawn to get the right run and he should be able to shoulder top-weight and win against this bunch. #7 Perfect match has gone from strength-to-strength since the start of last season with four wins from seven runs, including an impressive Class 1 score first-up this term. He's a threat. #2 Voyage Warrior is a G2 winner already. He's lightly raced and did also look well in a recent barrier trial at Conghua. #6 Computer Patch bagged the G3 National Day Cup with ease. Against him though is that he beat a relatively weak field and if he wants to be competitive here, he is going to need to step up.

Race 4: Tai Wai Handicap

#4 Methane appears to have progressed between seasons based on his latest trial performance and the very fact he is, first-up over the mile, suggests that he is wound-up to fire upon resumption. #2 Ezra should relish the step-up to 1600m based on his first-up fourth over 1400m. Antoine Hamelin and Tony Millard have proven a formidable duo and they can reap further riches together here. #1 Decisive Action steps out second-up for his new trainer, Danny Shum. He was poor first-up but does get Zac Purton aboard now, which bears close watching. #12 Bulletproof has ability and he's capable of jumping out of the ground at any moment.

Race 5: Sha Tin Wai Handicap

#8 Winning Steed struggled first-up but did manage to still run with some credit after travelling three-wide. He has ability and he can atone for that performance with the right run. #6 Red Majesty has impressed in the lead-up to his debut. He looks to have a reasonably bright future for trainer David Hayes and can figure first-up in Hong Kong. #5 Cheerful Days is in a similar boat having put together a number of impressive trials. #7 Sparky Star is lightly raced but did make a stack of ground last start at the tail-end of last season. He's drawn well and should every opportunity.

Race 6: Shing Mun River Channel Handicap

#9 Resolute does have ability and did appear to be finally piecing it together at the back-end of last season with a last-start third, beaten by just over a length. This is a suitable first-up outing. #10 Star Superior has the runs on the board and if he can offset the wide gate, he's a chance. #1 Fortune Happiness has done well in both of his runs this term. This is a difficult contest but he does have class on his side. #11 Super Kin is better than his record suggests. He's worth having something small on as the inside gate suits with a light weight on his back.

Race 7: G2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy Handicap

#4 Golden Sixty was simply brilliant first-up claiming a number of high profile scalps and he's capable of doing the same again here and in doing so, will capture his ninth consecutive win. #1 Beauty Generation was cramped for room last start in the straight and couldn't quite get the run, but when he did, he managed to do well to finish a dead-heat second with Champion's Way. He's drawn well and should be in the mix again, challenging for the win. #6 Dances With Dragon should relish the added furlong on offer here and he remains a threat with that on his side. #5 Furore is next best after a short stint at Conghua.

Race 8: Fo Tan Handicap

#8 Sunny Boy is a classy individual on his day and from the good gate, he can run them along from the front in this contest and he just might be able to pinch it. #2 Red Desert is looking for back-to-back wins on the dirt. He has a favourable draw which should give him every chance and he does appear to still have a number of ratings points in hand, especially on the dirt. #4 Will Power is a dirt specialist who recaptured his blistering best with a win last time out. This is a much more difficult contest and he'll need every ounce of luck if he is to win, especially from gate 12. #7 Ugly Warrior loves the dirt and gets the favourable booking of Joao Moreira up for this. He can figure if he can bring back his best.

Race 9: Pai Tau Handicap

#3 Winning Dreamer is searching for his fourth unbeaten win. He's a classy prospect who can continue his ascent up the handicap here. #10 Scores Of Fun is also unbeaten. He recorded a tough, weaving win last time out for Joao Moreira and off that he shapes as the main danger. Against him though is the wide draw this time, which will make life awfully difficult. #6 Chicken Dance returned in fine form first-up from injury and he appears ready to take another step forward here. #5 Awe is next best.

Race 10: Sha Tin Hoi Handicap

#14 Charizard races well fresh and with the right run, he can take out what is an awfully difficult contest to close out Sunday's card. He missed by half a length first-up last term and if he finds that form here, over his preferred course and distance, he is the one to catch. #7 Marvel Dragon is the likely leader of this. He maps to get an ideal run from gate one which could see him prove difficult to reel in. #5 The Hulk is still on the up. He's drawn well and his first-up run holds him in good stead for this. #8 President's Choice is only a small horse but he does have plenty of heart.


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