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Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Saturday, January 13, 2018

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SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Saturday, January 13, 2018)

 

RACE 1: #1 Kwaichung Brothers, #5 Great Toplight, #13 Laughing Lord, #11 Wonderful Chaser

RACE 2: #1 Primero, #6 Ever Laugh, #8 Presidentparamount, #10 Royale Elegance

RACE 3: #4 Ace King, #3 Beauty Energy, #1 Dragon Master, #7 Roman Odyssey

RACE 4: #2 Ensuring, #1 Super Chic, #6 Mambo Rock, #9 Rule Thee

RACE 5: #3 Nice Kick, #2 Super Eighteen, #1 Lean Perfection, #4 Dr Proactive

RACE 6: #1 Pakistan Baby, #4 Bond Elegance, #2 Hearts Keeper, #10 Fish N' Chips

RACE 7: #1 Classic Emperor, #3 California Whip, #6 People’s Knight, #5 Prawn Baba

RACE 8: #10 Strathspey, #13 Godspeed, #12 Enjoy Life, #7 Ambitious Pins

RACE 9: #7 Pick Number One, #3 Super Man, #5 Golden Sun, #11 Lucky Master

RACE 10: #6 Turin Redstar, #13 Sam’s Love, #4 Bullish Smart, #11 General Dino

 

RACE 1: HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION HANDICAP

#1 Kwaichung Brothers returns to Class 5 after two lacklustre runs up in Class 4. His form over this course and distance last preparation was good enough to make him competitive in what isn’t the strongest Class 5 race ever assembled. #5 Great Toplight has been a disappointment after looking on the cusp of a win early in the season. He has to be taken on trust but he can prove competitive at his best. #13 Laughing Lord has shown glimpses of talent and can bob up. #11 Wonderful Chaser is sure to have support after a good effort last start.

 

RACE 2: WAH KWONG MARITIME TRANSPORT HANDICAP

#1 Primero drops down to Class 4 for the first time. With seven-pound claimer Matthew Poon taking the ride from the inside gate, he should prove hard to beat now. #6 Ever Laugh has raced well in three starts this season and a return to Sha Tin should be a plus. He might be better fresh but he’s still a major player here. #8 Presidentparamount has spent almost two years out of the winners’ circle but he is back on par with his lowest ever mark and he can sneak into the finish. #10 Royale Elegance remains a contender.

 

RACE 3: OAK STEAMSHIP HANDICAP

#4 Ace King now appears to have found his mark after rising from Class 5 to Class 3 last season. However, he has found a race that lacks any real depth and if he can speed across towards the lead, he might still have one more win in him. #3 Beauty Energy debuts here, having won two from four in the UK when named Son Of The Stars for Richard Hannon. He has never raced at a sprint trip, with all four of his starts coming at a mile, but he has trialled well and he can show up first time out. #1 Dragon Master is always a chance in this grade, while #7 Roman Odyssey is quirky but clearly has talent.

 

RACE 4: WAH KWONG SHIP MANAGEMENT HANDICAP

#2 Ensuring has finished in the top four 13 times since his last win two and a half years ago, including all four starts for new trainer Frankie Lor this season. He has been getting closer at each start and it’s time for him to step up now. #1 Super Chic has not won in Hong Kong, but he was a winner of the G2 Derby Italiano over this trip at Rome’s Capannelle racecourse in 2016. He doesn’t need to improve too much to figure here. #6 Mambo Rock should relish this trip and can improve vastly. #9 Rule Thee deserves consideration once more.

 

RACE 5: GREAT HARVEST GROUP HANDICAP

#3 Nice Kick proved that the 1200m was ideal for him at this point in his career when he scored his first win last time out. With a perfect draw, he should be hard to beat once more and he can win his way into Class 4. #2 Super Eighteen ran a much-improved race second up, getting within a length and a quarter of #1 Lean Perfection. He now meets that horse six pounds better and can turn the tables, although the latter – who is one for one – deserves respect too. #4 Dr Proactive might be able to figure at his Sha Tin debut.

 

RACE 6: TARGET INSURANCE HANDICAP

#1 Pakistan Baby gets back down to Class 4 here. This is his go, and he should be hard to beat against this field, especially over the dirt 1200m where he has done most of his best racing of late. #4 Bond Elegance has run a number of nice recent races over this course and distance and can get into the finish from another nice draw. #2 Hearts Keeper is a stalwart who always deserves to be included in these sorts of races. #10 Fish N' Chips has never won over 1200m but he should be in front for a fair way. He could add value to the exotics.

 

RACE 7: HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY CUP

#1 Classic Emperor won like a superstar two back at his first dirt attempt – no surprise, really, given he had one of the best dirt pedigrees in Hong Kong. That came over the 1650m he faces here, while he also sprinted well over an unsuitable 1200m last time out. He can potentially lock in an overseas bid with a win here. #3 California Whip had some handy form last season but he has failed to take a step forward this time in, racing well but never looking a winning threat. Perhaps the dirt mile can spark him to life. #6 People’s Knight always deserves respect over this course and distance. #5 Prawn Baba has trialled well on dirt and can figure.

 

RACE 8: HKSOA SPIRIT HANDICAP

#10 Strathspey has found the line nicely at both of his starts to date. The step up to 1600m looks right up his alley now and a big performance can be expected. #13 Godspeed is proving somewhat frustrating to follow but there’s no doubt that he’s a major player here and the hardest to beat. #12 Enjoy Life won nicely last time out and appears capable of winning again if everything falls into place. #7 Ambitious Pins will be somewhere around the mark.

 

RACE 9: OAK MARITIME HANDICAP

#7 Pick Number One has emerged as a nice dirt prospect with two course and distance wins from three career starts. There looks to be more pace engaged here but he looks to be improving with every start and he should be hard to topple once more. #3 Super Man disappointed last start but had been racing well before that. He deserves inclusion once more. #5 Golden Sun must be respected back to dirt, where he has a good record. #11 Lucky Master may be dropping but he could find the frame at his dirt debut.

 

RACE 10: HONG KONG SPIRIT HANDICAP

#6 Turin Redstar made up nice ground to finish fifth at his Hong Kong debut. The Kyllachy galloper, who won three from seven in the UK when named Munro with Ralph Beckett, should appreciate the step up to 1400m and, with Zac Purton aboard from the inside gate, should be hard to beat. #13 Sam’s Love was poor first-up but ran on well last time out, both times at Happy Valley. The return to the Sha Tin 1400m looks a positive move and he’s a danger. #4 Bullish Smart can get into the money if he is rated well on the speed. #11 General Dino looks near a win but has to overcome gate 14.