A ten race card has been assembled for Sha Tin’s meeting in Hong Kong on Sunday and our expert Adrian Wall provides a tip for every race of the meeting.
Danny Shum’s runner has been off the track since March so fitness has to be a slight concern. However, if he is ready to go he will be hard to beat. There aren’t many in the field that enjoy the Dirt but Good Runners Way was a course and distance winner in much better company than this last season. The fact Zac Purton is booked for the ride must mean that connections are hopeful.
This is a competitive heat and it would be easy to make a case for four or five of these but Unite Spirit is the play. The Ferraris-trained inmate was placed on Dirt twice last season and drops down in class here after a 116-day break. Jerry Chau is an extremely valuable 10lb claimer and with a good draw he looks set for a huge run.
The ultra-talented Joao Moreira takes the ride on Ricky Yiu’s Fabulous Eight. He should prove very difficult to beat if anywhere near his best. He was a good winner over course and distance in May and has been in terrific form since, runner-up in all three starts here in that time. The one to beat.
The Hulk is an interesting contender for Caspar Fownes after an eye-catching run over 7f when last seen. He was staying on late so the step up to a mile will suit and Purton is booked. However, Gift Of Lifeline can take advantage of the good draw in gate one. He was a dual course winner last term and was badly hampered when last seen so is worth another chance.
Beluga is likely to go off a warm order for this but has a very wide draw to overcome so has to be taken on at the prices. The vote goes to Fortune Master who was a huge eye-catcher on just his second start last month. From a very wide draw, he ran a very solid race in 4th and he can take advantage of being drawn in gate one.
It could be a good day at the office for Joao Moreira and he should get into the winners enclosure again here with the John Size-trained Scores Of Fun. This gelding was very forward at the first time of asking when scoring over course and distance on debut in May. He has the dream rail draw in gate one so should get the run of the race.
This is a very competitive affair with many chances in the contest but our vote goes to Sumstreetsumwhere. This horse was an impressive winner from an 8lb lower mark over course and distance two runs back. Connections must feel his new mark is not beyond him because he ran 3rd and was sent off favourite here when last seen.
The four-year-old Chevalier Prince is an improving animal for trainer Frankie Lor and with further progression expected can land this contest. He has run well on all four outings in Hong Kong and scored over this course and distance in June. He steps up in class now but he’s a young horse with low mileage on the clock.
Douglas Whyte’s Temple Of Heaven will have to concede weight to the entire field if he is to claim victory. However, there was a huge amount of encouragement to take from his Hong Kong debut run. He finished a fast-finishing 4th when sent off an un-fancied 25/1 poke. With the Sha Tin cobwebs blown away he is a serious contender.
We are tipping Douglas Whyte to end the day on a real high and also win the finale with Savvy Nine. This gelding was very unfortunate not to win in a higher class of race than this when last seen, hampered when challenging running on into 3rd late. He will find this assignment easier and must be respected.