SUN 17 MAR 2019 – SHA TIN

SUN 17 MAR 2019 – SHA TIN

Welcome to Hong Kong racing at Sha Tin Racecourse featuring the 2019 Hong Kong Derby over 2000m with $18 million in prizemoney at stake. Lucky 8 Racing has selected 6 priority races for your consideration. Good luck and good fortune for this afternoon ..........

Race 1 – Nil Priority

Several runners are having only their first or second career starts in Hong Kong. It is not possible to accurately assess a race such as this.

2-3-8-10

Race 2 – Priority 3

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
10 AEROHAPPINESS 3.00 74.0 Takes a slight weight drop here after finishing 1¾L 3rd behind Team Spirit over this course and distance last start. The biggest horse in the race at 1244 lbs.
2 KA YING LEGEND 3.50 63.0 Disregard last start when travelling wide and without cover throughout the race. Had previously earned prizemoney at each of four runs. Blinkers off and visor on.
4 DAN CONTROL 3.50 63.0 IRE 3yo newcomer by Slade Power from the Moore stable who ran 2nd over this distance at The Curragh before transferring. Also won a recent 1000m Hong Kong trial.

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Combination Units*
10 – 2 20.5
10 – 4 20.5
10 – 9 14.5
2 – 4 18.5
2 – 9 13.0
4 – 9 13.0

*Suggested Units

Race 3 – Priority 4

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
6 TRUST ME 2.80 79.0 Lightly raced NZ 3yo by Guillotine from the Yip stable who ran on strongly from well back to finish 2nd behind Sunshine Universe last start over the Sha Tin straight 1000m course.
4 MERIDIAN GENIUS 3.40 65.0 Has earned prizemoney at two of three Hong Kong starts including a head 2nd behind the impressive Winner Supreme. Drawn well in gate 2 with UK champion de Sousa to ride.
1 CHARIZARD 7.70 28.0 Won over this course and distance earlier this season beating subsequent winner Alpha Hedge after coming from 12th on the turn. Visiting UK rider Moore takes the reins for this.
12 EMERALD SPUR 7.70 28.0 Super Easy gelding from the Yiu stable who finished a course and distance 2nd last start behind Complacency after travelling midfield in best performance to date.

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Combination Units*
6 – 4 28.5
6 – 1 17.0
6 – 12 17.0
4 – 1 15.0
4 – 12 15.0
1 – 12 7.50

*Suggested Units

Race 4 – Nil Priority

There are too many chances in this race to formulate any realistic markets.

2-8-3-7

Race 5 – Priority 5

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
2 SAM'S LOVE 3.50 62.0 Last start finished ½L 3rd behind Green Card coming with a strong run from 8th on the turn over this course and distance. Trainer Yip and jockey Purton combine again.
1 CHAIRMAN LO 4.80 46.0 AUS 3yo from the Size stable who has been consistent without winning with placings at four of five starts. Better drawn this time in gate 2 and Moreira reunites for this race.
6 CRAIG'S STAR 4.80 46.0 Lightly raced Your Song gelding who has placed at two of three Hong Kong starts including last time out when a neck 2nd behind E Star. Change of gear with the hood coming off.
5 DIAMOND DRAGON 4.80 46.0 Won over this course and distance last season beating Calculation and steps back up to 1400m here after several runs over less suitable ground. Callan stays on board.

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Combination Units*
2 – 1 18.5
2 – 6 18.5
2 – 5 18.5
1 – 6 15.0
1 – 5 15.0
6 – 5 15.0

*Suggested Units

Race 6 – Priority 1

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
3 CLASSIC BEAUTY 3.50 63.0 Impressive last start when finishing ½L 2nd behind Derby contender Tianchi Monster over this course and distance after closing from midfield. de Sousa will steer once more.
2 GOOD OMEN 4.10 53.0 Consistent this season earning prizemoney at five of six starts including a 1650m victory at Happy Valley. Comes back to Sha Tin for the first time this preparation.
7 VINCY 4.80 46.0 Has placed at 2 of 4 HK starts including last time out when ¾L 3rd over this course and distance behind Tianchi Monster. Drawn well in gate 3 with Bowman on top.
6 GRAND CHANCELLOR 5.70 38.0 NZ 5yo by Savabeel from the Moore stable who finished 2nd over the Sha Tin 2000m behind Tianchi Monster earlier this season. Schofield returns from that race to ride here.

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Combination Units*
3 – 2 21.0
3 – 7 18.5
3 – 6 16.5
2 – 7 16.5
2 – 6 14.5
7 – 6 13.0

*Suggested Units

Race 7 – Nil Priority

There are very few rated chances or consequent value bets forecast for this race.

5-7-4-2

Race 8 – Priority 6

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
2 DARK DREAM 2.40 92.0 Has very strong lead-up form to the Derby with placings at three of four Hong Kong starts including a 4½L 2000m victory two runs back. Trainer Lor and jockey Purton combine here.
1 WAIKUKU 4.60 48.0 Outstanding IRE 4yo from the Size stable who has strung together four consecutive victories including last start when too good for Mongolian King over 1800m. Moreira rides.
3 FURORE 5.80 38.0 Impressive two starts back beating Mission Tycoon by 2½L after closing from beyond midfield. Won four consecutive races in Australia prior to transfer. Bowman stays on board.
8 ENRICHMENT 9.90 22.0 Has earned prizemoney at all five Hong Kong starts including a course and distance victory two starts back beating Savvy Six by 1½L. Trainer Size and UK visitor Moore combine here.

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Combination Units*
2 – 1 27.0
2 – 3 25.0
2 – 8 15.5
1 – 3 15.5
1 – 8 9.00
3 – 8 8.00

*Suggested Units

Race 9 – Priority 2

Win

Name Price* Units* Comments
10 INVINCIBLE MISSILE 2.60 85.0 AUS 3yo by Smart Missile from the So stable who won first-up over 1200m and finished 3rd over this course and distance last start after running on from well back. Moreira rides.
9 HAPPY FORCE 4.90 45.0 Form outstanding this season earning prizemoney at all six starts including three course and distance victories. Last time out beat Noble Steed after leading all the way. Wong to ride.
11 SUPER STAR 5.70 38.0 AUS 4yo by Snitzel who has an impressive short career record with two wins and a placing from three starts. Last run beat Diamond Legend over this course and distance.
2 XIANG YIN 6.80 32.0 Newcomer from the Lor stable with only one start in Hong Kong. Won three of six races in the UK prior to transfer. Has the advantage of gate 1 here and Teetan rides this time.

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Quinella

Combination Units*
10 – 9 24.0
10 – 11 21.5
10 – 2 19.0
9 – 11 13.5
9 – 2 12.0
11 - 2 10.0

*Suggested Units

Race 10 – Nil Priority

The rating patterns in this race are far too erratic to make any accurate assessments.

3-10-4-8

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