J: NEIL CALLAN
T: CASPAR FOWNES
By NICKLAS YIP
Full of excitement in last Sunday as Blake Shinn and Douglas Whyte scored their first goal in the opener. Meanwhile, Joao Moreira a.k.a. The Magic was disappeared and he hopes a turn around this meeting.
Race 1 Bonham Handicap (Class 5,1200M, Dirt)
#1 Corre Rapido is classy in class 5, forget about class 4 as he can’t do well for sure, trial well, top pick. #2 Fortune Happiness already found himself over the same distance in class 5, with Joao on board and blinkers on, he can be a different horse this season. #3 Supreme Witness is too good in class 5 but not on this track. #6 Exponents ran OKAY in barrier trial but he is so inconsistent. #10 Run Mocchi always did well in trackwork, adding visor maybe a boost.
Selections: #1 Corre Rapido, #2 Fortune Happiness, #6 Exponents, #10 Run Mocchi
#1 Corre Rapido (Banker) with #2 Fortune Happiness, #6 Exponents, #10 Run Mocchi
Race 2: Caine Handicap (Class 4, 1600M, Turf)
#1 New Elegance has not won a race since December 2017, the first time dropped to class 4 with Zac on board, place chance. #2 Such A Happiness is a better horse with a smaller field. #3 Sunny Power is a tricky horse, but he needs blinkers on. #4 Amazing Agility a horse to watch, did extremely well in a barrier trial, distance is not an issue as he won this two years ago. #9 California Legend has improved so much from day 1 to now, good speed from trials recently, 1600m is more suitable.
Selections: #1 New Elegance, #2 Such A Happiness, #9 California Legend, #4 Amazing Agility
#9 California Legend
Race 3: Hollywood Handicap (Class 5, 1400M, Turf)
#1 Blazing Partners has shown a huge improvement in the offseason, if he shows calmly during the parade, he can be a horse to beat. #2 Flying Noble is fit under Benno Yung, huge chance. #5 Joy Master is another horse to watch, already proved himself in last 2 starts with some decent turn of foot, Joao knew it for sure. #12 Big Bully is in a good form but not easy to win.
Selections: #5 Joy Master, #1 Blazing Partners, #2 Flying Noble, #12 Big Bully
#5 Joy Master
Race 4: The Tung Wah Group Of Hospitals Challenge Cup (Class 4, 1200M, Turf)
#1 Momentum Happy cost $3.7 million in the Hong Kong International Sale, he will be proven his ability although a gate 12, he showed a quick gate speed from recent trials. #2 Shousan is improving but not this time. #3 Big Fortune is a good pacemaker, with gate 2, he can perform better. #5 Supreme Plus dropped back to 1200m will be a better horse. #7 Mischievous Sundae is improving during trackwork, Joao Moreira kept training him in the offseason, first timer at Sha Tin maybe a surprise one.
Selections: #1 Momentum Happy, #7 Mischievous Sundae, #3 Big Fortune, #5 Supreme Plus
#1 Momentum Happy, #7 Mischievous Sundae
Race 5: New Street Handicap (Class 4, 1200M, Dirt)
#1 Touch Of Luck did not show any improvement this offseason, that’s why changing gear may be useful. #3 Sky Treasure did well from the trials, but gate 12 is not easy to handle. #4 Generous Heart always did well on dirt track, place chance. #5 Gunnar gained some weight during the off-season to show he is getting muscular, ran extremely well from trials, pedigree OKAY for dirt, most Hinchinbrook’s son will be a flyer in 4 years old campaign, top chance. #6 Grand Harbour with gate 1 is a horse to watch. #7 Turf Brillant is a dirt specialist but he is not yet ready.
Selections: #5 Gunnar, #1 Touch Of Luck, #6 Grand Harbour, #4 Generous Heart
Race 6: Po Hing Handicap (Class 4, 1400M, Turf)
#1 Witness Hunter is classy in this class but he is not in the top form. #4 My Power can be a threat with gate 1 and lead in the front. #5 City Legend showed well from barrier trial, horse to beat. #10 Diamond Legend will be a better horse over a mile. #11 This One’s For You is a horse to watch, huge improvement in the morning. #14 Savvy Seven finally dropped back to 1400 meters, good draw a boost too.
Selections: #14 Savvy Seven, #1 Witness Hunter, #4 My Power, #5 City Legend
#14 Savvy Seven
Race 7: Po Yee Handicap (Class 3, 1200M, Turf)
#2 Cruising is not the same horse anymore, don’t overestimate. #4 Endearing did well in trackwork, carrying 127 lbs will be a good sign. #5 Solar Wai Wai dropped back to 1200 meters is a good move with a weaker field. #6 Victoriam didn’t show enough progress during offseason, maybe need a run. #8 Invincible Missile has shown the reason why Chris So is not good enough, not really progress during offseason.
Selections: #5 Solar Wai Wai, #4 Endearing, #6 Victoriam, #8 Invincible Missile
Race 8: Po Yan Handicap (Class 2, 1200M, Dirt)
#1 Dragon General still can provide a massive turn of foot with the top weights, ran well last two races in group 3, did well in the trials. #2 Yee Cheong Baby had a huge run in the barrier trial, unbeaten in two races. #3 Elusive State is the best dirt specialist in Hong Kong, not heading to Korea but instead staying in Hong Kong for this race. #5 Speedy King has a good form but Alfie Chan cannot handle it. #11 Sunny Boy is getting mature and switching jockey is a good move.
Selections: #3 Elusive State, #2 Yee Cheong Baby, #11 Sunny Boy, #1 Dragon General
#3 Elusive State
Race 9: Seymour Handicap (Class 3, 1200M, Dirt)
#2 Coby Oppa is getting in shape, cutting 30 lbs this offseason, did extremely well in the trial. #3 Young Legend’s pedigree showed he is capable to run on this surface, gate 12 not a matter as his gate speed is fast. #5 Alcari showed he is fit, the only concern is the ratings, maybe a place chance. #6 Mega Heart is recovering thanks to Michael Cheng, showed well in trackwork. #8 Silver Fig is full of potential, but not easy to win. #10 Joyful Moments with an apprentice is definitely a horse to watch.
Selections: #2 Coby Oppa, #3 Young Legend, #6 Mega Heart, #10 Joyful Moments
#2 Coby Oppa
Race 10: Tai Ping Shan Handicap (Class 3, 1400M, Turf)
#3 Coby Boy did well in the morning but there is a doubt he can back to top form. #4 Huangshan will make his debut in Hong Kong, he should be a group horse if he was not suffering injuries. #6 Gold Win is one to watch, finally settled the environment here. #10 Comfort Life with gate 1 can be a horse to beat. #11 Craig’s Star with blinkers on for the first time will make him a better horse. #12 I Do dropping to 1400 meters is not really a good move.
Selections: #11 Craig’s Star, #10 Comfort Life, #6 Gold Win, #4 Huangshan
#11 Craig’s Star
R5 #5 Gunnar
R9 #2 Coby Oppa
••WEEKEND KING RACING’S HONG KONG ANALYST••
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The new season begins as there are a couple new faces in Hong Kong.
13-time champion jockey, Douglas Whyte will begin his new career as a trainer.
While Australian Blake Shinn and South African Lyle Hewitson will join the rest of the familiar names in the jockey premiership ranks.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE 2019/2020 HONG KONG RACING SEASON
Race 1: Mount Butler Handicap (Class 5, 1600M)
#1 Gold Velvet is a better horse in class 5 but Happy Valley is more suitable for this Savabeel son, a recent trial showed his fitness is improving, the jockey is the concern. #2 Le Panache finally relegated to class 5 after a long season to fight in class 4, Douglas Whyte is still learning in his new job as a trainer, can’t be overestimated. #3 Good Runners Way already showed his form last season and most of Battle Paint’s son in Hong Kong can be improved in the second season, Zac Purton on board also a boost. #4 Regency Gem is one to watch this season, with blinkers on and Joao Moreira partnered, he did extremely well in last barrier trial, this is the race he is waiting for. #5 Wicker is the full brother of Clement Legend, however, his trial showed he is not yet ready.
- #4 Regency Gem
- #3 Good Runners Way
- #1 Gold Velvet
- #2 Le Panache
#4 Regency Gem
Race 2: Mount Parker Handicap (Class 5, 1200M)
#1 Blade Racer had his career-best performance last timeout and dropped to class 5 means he can be the true contender in this race, Grant Van Niekerk on board with gate 5 so Blade Racer can settle midfield in a better position. #2 Kwai Chung Elite will be a better horse over 1400m and gate 14 is not easy for this Poet’s Voice son. #3 Curling Luxury is classy and he can upset the rest if Jack Wong does well in the early 200m. #5 Harbour Century will win on the dirt track. #7 Never Better is not easy to win with gate 14 even Zac on it. #9 Majestic Endeavour needs a couple runs to raise the fitness. #13 Adonis and #14 Leisured Feet cannot be overestimated.
- #3 Curling Luxury
- #1 Blade Racer
- #7 Never Better
- #5 Harbour Century
EACH WAY BETS
#3 Curling Luxury
#1 Blade Racer
Race 3: The HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (Class 1, 1200M)
#1 Wishful Thinker with top weight is not easy to win, the same case as the former group 1 winner Season Bloom. #5 Regency Legend showed his class from last 3 starts, he is one of the top prospects in this season, his trial showed he is back in shape after the health issues. Question mark on #7 Styling City, unsure he is still capable to win in this rating.
- #5 Regency Legend
- #1 Wishful Thinker
- #7 Styling City
#5 Regency Legend, #1 Wishful Thinker, #7 Styling City
Race 4: Ma On Shan Handicap (Class 4, 1200M)
#2 Falcon Turbo had a huge run last start when dropping to class 4, surely one to watch. #5 Top Score should be a better horse because Zac Purton rides it, the last start was a disaster. #10 Lucky Guy has a stall advantage as he just defeated to potential star Victoriam the last start. #11 What A Legend showed improvements from recent trials, his sister Stellar Collision is a group placegetter in Australia. #13 Nice Fandango is a dark horse as he showed his speed and stamina from recent trials. #14 Telecom Rocket is another horse to trial well with good form, but the gate is the concern, he probably sits with three wide without cover during race.
- #5 Top Score,
- #10 Lucky Guy,
- #2 Falcon Turbo,
- #13 Nice Fandango
#5 Top Score
Race 5: Kowloon Peak Handicap (Class 4, 1400M)
#1 Ex-Godolphin star Nathula, now renamed as Amazing Chocolate has dropped to class 4 for the first time, time to shine. #2 Pearl Champion without a top weight is always a real deal. #4 Royal Racer with gate 11 to put him out of any chance. #7 Chiu Chow Kid is not fit enough. #12 Dionysus Collin ran an impressive trial and he is one to watch in this race. #13 MR Magellan has pedigree-supported as most of Hinchinbrook son can perform better in 4 years old campaign, don’t forget his monster run the last start too. #11 Casimiro is the one to observe, a run is needed to judge his fitness.
- #13 MR Magellan,
- #2 Pearl Champion,
- #1 Amazing Chocolate,
- #12 Dionysus Collin
#13 Mr Magellan
Race 6: Yi Tung Shan Handicap (Class 4, 1000M)
#1 Dancing Fighter ran well last start after a spell, 1000M may too short but he is too good in this race. #2 Allied Agility showed his real form in last start, don’t be overestimated. #4 Ka Ying Master also won a weak race on debut, now carrying 130 lbs surely affected his performance. #5 Sunshine Universe ran huge last start, all apprentices can handle well, will be a dark horse in this race. #6 Bright Kid is a horse to follow. #10 Super Winner did well in recent trials, Zac Purton needs to ride on Dancing Fighter so Matthew the “PoonTrain” will ride on it, pedigree well supported as well. #13 Winning Ways need a couple runs to improve.
- #1 Dancing Fighter,
- #5 Sunshine Universe,
- #10 Super Winner,
- #13 Winning Ways
#1 Dancing Fighter (Banker)
with #5 Sunshine Universe, #10 Super Winner, #13 Winning Ways
Race 7: Sunset Peak Handicap (Class 3, 1200M)
#1 Infinity Endeavour needs preparation to raise the fitness. #2 My Darling need more luck to win in this race. #3 Golden Sixty had a disappointing run last start over 1400M, dropping to 1200M may be a good move. #4 Happy Fun ran impressively in a recent trial, the jockey is not the concern with gate 1. #6 Mr Croissant is the best horse in trackwork and that’s why Zac Purton rides it.
- #6 Mr Croissant
- #4 Happy Fun
- #2 My Darling
#6 Mr Croissant
Race 8: Tai Mo Shan Handicap (Class 2, 1400M)
#1 Morethanlucky need a couple runs to raise the fitness. #2 Fast Most Furious can’t win it with that top weights. #4 King Opie continues to impress punters and he has a huge chance in this race. #6 Magic Legend can bounce back with these ratings. #10 Gold Chest is improving as he really settled the environment in Hong Kong.
- #4 King Opie
- #6 Magic Legend
- #10 Gold Chest
- #2 Fast Most Furious
#4 King Opie
#6 Magic Legend
#10 Gold Chest
Race 9: Lantau Peak Handicap (Class 3, 1000M)
#1 Multimillion can improve the form of jockey can put him in the lead. #3 Jing Jing Win with Zac Purton can produce more with 126 lbs. #6 Fairy Twins is the dark horse in this race as 121lbs with Aldo Domeyer with a good draw. #7 Winning Method just defeated by Aethero with not a huge margin, surely a horse to watch this season. #8 Super Junior cannot win in class 3.
- #7 Winning Method
- #6 Fairy Twins
- #3 Jing Jing Win
- #1 Multimillon
#7 Winning Method (Banker)
with #6 Fairy Twins, #3 Jing Jing Win, #1 Multimillon
Race 10: Lin Fa Shan Handicap (Class 3, 1400M)
#1 Regency Bo Bo can be a real threat if he can go in the lead. #5 Cordyceps showed a huge improvement from barrier trial, he can settle in midfield with good cover. #7 World Famous with gate 3 can also run well, Aldo Domeyer can help World Famous to be settled during the trip. #9 Mongolian Legend ran huge last start, Joao Moreira definitely helps the horse with these ratings. #10 Beauty Day didn’t come up well in recent trackwork.
- #1 Regency Bo Bo
- #9 Mongolian Legend
- #5 Cordyceps
- #7 World Famous
EACH WAY BETS
#1 Regency Bo Bo
#9 Mongolian Legend
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