06/29/2017 10:59AM

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Saturday, July 1, 2017

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SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Saturday, July 1, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #12 Hurricane Hunter, #2 None Other, #7 Leisured Feet, #9 Remarkable

RACE 2: #3 Super Euro Star, #4 Bright Star, #9 Golden Cannon, #8 Bonheur

RACE 3: #2 Rhode Assassin, #9 Invisible, #1 Consistent, #8 Holy Unicorn

RACE 4: #1 Bullish Glory, #2 Ensuring, #8 Gorgeous Again, #6 Best Reward

RACE 5: #2 All You Need, #4 Regency Darling, #1 Amazing Moment, #9 Southern Express

RACE 6: #2 Cloud Nine, #6 Gran Master, #7 Forever Posh, #9 Sure Peace

RACE 7: #2 My Darling, #3 Limitless, #1 Line Seeker, #8 Hang's Decision

RACE 8: #5 Apollo's Choice, #12 Turin Pearl, #8 Golden Sun, #6 White Magic

RACE 9: #4 Amazing, #13 Sam's Love, #1 Gold Land, #9 Indigenous Union

RACE 10: #6 Master Albert, #12 Fantastic Eight, #14 Super Junior, #13 Lang Tai Sing

 

RACE 1: RACING GOES ON HANDICAP

#12 Hurricane Hunter has shown glimpses of talent, including a nice last start effort when running on well into third. This is the weakest race he’s contested and he looks well suited, so he can break his maiden here. #2 None Other has run well at his last two starts since dropping in grade. The return to Sha Tin is a positive, although the 1200m is still a little on the sharp side. However, in a race that lacks depth, he can figure. Debutant #7 Leisured Feet has trialled nicely. He looks like he will be even better next season over more ground, but he can run a bold race at his first start from a good draw. #9 Remarkable failed to flatter on debut over 1400m, but he looks to have improved in the mornings and with John Size as his trainer, he must be respected.

 

RACE 2: WORLD-CLASS LEADERSHIP HANDICAP

#3 Super Euro Star gets the drop in grade for the first time. He has shown signs that he would win once he got into Class 5 and the booking of Joao Moreira is a major positive. With even luck, he will be winning here. #4 Bright Star is the logical danger as the mount of Zac Purton. The eight-year-old came to life with his first run in Class 5, finishing fourth at Happy Valley, and now he should be ready to finish around the mark again. #9 Golden Cannon is only a small horse, weighing in at 950 pounds, so having to carry only 111 pounds with Matthew Poon’s claim is significant. He has run OK at times in this grade, so he is one that deserves consideration. #8 Bonheur showed a hint of life at his maiden run for Derek Cruz last time out over the Happy Valley 1000m. That was his first outing since November, so he clearly has issues, but if he can run to that level again, he can add some value to exotics.

 

RACE 3: UNCOMPROMISING INTEGRITY HANDICAP

#2 Rhode Assassin only had 112 pounds on his back last start, but showed significant improvement to get into fourth last time out. He now drops into Class 5 and with a good draw, he should get a kind run in transit. He’s going to be a contender. #9 Invisible has never really looked like a 1650m horse, but his last run over 1400m was good and he is on a very attractive mark. If he can race a little closer in the run from gate three, he will be a player. #1 Consistent has two placings in this class over this course and distance this season. He has Joao Moreira aboard now and despite having to lug 133 pounds, he’s a danger. #8 Holy Unicorn isn’t suited back to 1650m but he is suited by a return to this surface. He will have to go back from gate 14, but he can find his way into the placings.

 

RACE 4: SERVING THE COMMUNITY HANDICAP

#1 Bullish Glory is a nutty individual who drops to Class 3 for the first time. The former Italian galloper clearly has talent but he has also shown himself to be a barrier rogue, not wanting to enter the gates and proving slow to depart. However, in this smaller field, that may not be a bad thing and as long as he is not too far out of his ground heading onto the back straight, he’s going to be a player. #2 Ensuring is also likely to get back in the field. He is a long way from his peak rating here in Hong Kong and has proven himself a major force in Class 3, so expect him to be right in the finish. #8 Gorgeous Again has been incredibly consistent in recent starts, recording four wins and three placings from his last seven outings. He is still in his first preparation, so it has been some effort to keep him going, but if he can hold that form, then he is able to get into the placings again. #6 Best Reward has won his last four starts in succession to progress from Class 5 to Class 3. His last win was particularly impressive, so he’s some chance yet again.

 

RACE 5: CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT HANDICAP

#2 All You Need flew home for second on debut behind last Sunday’s winner Relentless Me. However, he simply couldn’t get into the race after sitting back and wide with the step up to 1400m last time out. The return to 1200m looks a positive for now and he should enjoy a better run in transit this time. He’s going to be tough to beat. #4 Regency Darling is nearing a place in the ratings where he should be able to win again. He gets the 10-pound claim of Matthew Poon once again, meaning he only carries 118 pounds, and he should be able to enjoy a nice run from gate four. He’s a chance. #1 Amazing Moment’s last two runs were very solid in similar races. He gets Dylan Mo aboard now, taking seven pounds off, and with the inside gate, he’s going to be around the mark. The logical fourth inclusion is Multigogo, but instead, it might be worth including #9 Southern Express in all exotics. He disappointed in his two racetrack appearances to date, but he has trialled well. He needs to prove he is not a morning glory, but if he has developed over the season, then he’s a big player.

 

RACE 6: WORLD CITY HANDICAP

#2 Cloud Nine is very dour, but he is also well suited in this grade. He might find the 1800m a bit sharp, although he has placed over the trip before, and as a son of American super sire Tapit, he should enjoy the dirt. He has drawn wide but that may force Umberto Rispoli to push forward – not necessarily a negative. #6 Gran Master has improved with every run to date. Joao Moreira sticks solid and he should be a contender once more. #7 Forever Posh was a strong winner two back but he struggled after sitting wide throughout last start. With another good draw, he should enjoy a cosy run this time around and that should ensure an improved effort. #9 Sure Peace flew home for second last time out. That is a trait of his, but even still, he should be able to get into the placings once more.

 

RACE 7: THE HONG KONG REUNIFICATION CUP

#2 My Darling was heavily backed last start and never looked in doubt, winning comfortably. He now has to carry 133 pounds, but he looks a horse that might find himself in some of the Group 3 handicaps next season so he should be able to be competitive here. #3 Limitless has the most talent of any horse in this race. However, he is still his own worst enemy and continues to do too many things wrong to be a reliable prospect at this stage. He can win, but he will need to race more tractably for that to happen. #1 Line Seeker is racing consistently at the moment, having placed at his last four starts. He’s on his mark, but with Matthew Poon’s 10-pound claim again coming into play, he’s worth inclusion once more. #8 Hang's Decision is still improving and looks to be earning his keep at this level. It might be hard for him to beat some of these, but expect him to be running home strongly late.

 

RACE 8: THE GUANGDONG-HONG KONG CUP

#5 Apollo's Choice has not won in two seasons but has raced consistently for the most part. He lost form earlier this season, but last start showed him to be back on track. If he builds on that performance, he will be very tough to topple. #12 Turin Pearl rarely runs a bad race over this course and distance. His last two runs have been very strong and he will be right around the mark. #8 Golden Sun rattled home for second at his first attempt at the dirt 1650m last time out. This came on the back of two runner-up finishes over the 1200m on this surface. He is going to win a race shortly and there’s every chance it could be here. #6 White Magic also appears close to a win on his recent runs, so he is worth another chance as well.

 

RACE 9: SPORTING EXCHANGE HANDICAP

#4 Amazing has looked good in four starts to date, all over the Happy Valley 1200m. He looks like he should relish the Sha Tin 1400m and he did win up to 1500m in Australia. With a good draw, he will be hard to beat. #13 Sam's Love raced near the speed with the step up in trip last start, but couldn’t hold off Laugh Out Loud. He might find himself ridden further back here and he should be suited up in grade with the drop to 114 pounds. #1 Gold Land drops to Class 3 for the first time. He has been coming to life recently and although he must shoulder 133 pounds, he should find this grade more to his liking. He’s a chance. #9 Indigenous Union had trialled well before his first Hong Kong run. He ran well over this course and distance before finishing tailed off over the Happy Valley 1800m. He runs for the first time since that February effort now, but he is capable of getting into the placings.

 

RACE 10: RIDING HIGH TOGETHER HANDICAP

#6 Master Albert arrived from Australia with big wraps. He performed well enough on debut, although he was unable to reel in Perpetual Joyance and Fantastic Eight. Still, with natural improvement, he can turn the tables on Fantastic Eight and break through for his first Hong Kong win here. #12 Fantastic Eight is the logical danger, having performed well at all four starts to date. He won on debut before finishing second three times. He has an awkward action, but it clearly hasn’t hindered him, and he is right in contention. #14 Super Junior is another who is racing well, having proven that his 167-1 win in February was no fluke. He has an awkward draw but he looks suited and should be around the mark. #13 Lang Tai Sing has drawn best of the main players and looks to be nearing a rating where he should be finding the winners’ circle again.