01/25/2018 1:31PM

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, January 28, 2018



(Sunday, January 28, 2018)


:: Hong Kong: Free PPs, picks, and analysis


RACE 1: #3 The Legend, #4 Winner St Paul's, #12 Carry To Win, #14 Bliss Cartel

RACE 2: #7 Happy Rocky, #5 Top Act, #4 Premium Champion, #12 My Blessing

RACE 3: #4 Eighty Eighty, #13 Lucky Lucky, #7 Glittering Armour, #2 Nice Kick

RACE 4: #1 Such A Happiness, #3 Electric Lightning, #8 Horse Prosperous, #4 Everest

RACE 5: #6 Storm Signal, #8 Affluence Start, #4 Super Lifeline, #2 Lucky Dollar

RACE 6: #9 Ace King, #6 Money Boy, #11 California Elite, #2 Fortune Bo Bo

RACE 7: #3 Lucky Bubbles, #2 D B Pin, #1 Mr Stunning, #8 Beat The Clock

RACE 8: #2 Helene Paragon, #3 Time Warp, #6 Seasons Bloom, #5 Beauty Only

RACE 9: #7 Rattan, #8 Consort, #4 Cheerful Giggles, #2 Rocketeer

RACE 10: #12 Sacred Ibis, #1 Green Energy, #7 Daring Fit, #3 New Elegance



The scratching of G-One Union changes the complexion of this race. #3 The Legend improved at his first Class 5 run. He gets Zac Purton aboard from a good gate and he’s right in contention. #4 Winner St Paul's has found his best form for Frankie Lor this season and is going for three in a row. He’s in the mix. #12 Carry To Win deserves respect off a slashing last run at Happy Valley. #14 Bliss Cartel has no weight to carry and looks to be nearing a first win.



#7 Happy Rocky has been racing well this season but just hasn’t been able to gain his first victory in two years. This race shapes as his best opportunity yet, despite the wide gate, and he can gain that win. #5 Top Act is a long way from the G3 winner he was in November, 2015, but his last run showed signs of promise. Joao Moreira jumps aboard and he deserves plenty of respect. #4 Premium Champion has drawn well and he has been racing consistently this term. #12 My Blessing has never raced over this trip but he is bred to handle it. He can figure.



#4 Eighty Eighty has disappointed as a heavy odds-on favourite at both starts to date. He’s shown no real acceleration but he also hasn’t done much wrong, so a win is sure to come quickly. He gets every chance here again. #13 Lucky Lucky has stepped forward at his last two starts. He’s still learning but with a good gate, he could break through here. #7 Glittering Armour has looked good enough in the mornings and should be ready to go pretty quickly. #2 Nice Kick is still not the full package. He’s done well to get a win on the board but he needs to take another step forward if he’s to make it two wins from five starts.



#1 Such A Happiness hasn’t performed up in Class 3 this season, although he hasn’t been beaten too far either. Back down in grade with a good draw, he must be given plenty of respect. #3 Electric Lightning has needed two runs to get fit, but he should be nearing his peak now and he can win his way up into Class 3. #8 Horse Prosperous ran well enough at his first start and the step up to a mile is ideal. He deserves respect. Trainer Danny Shum has been trying to figure out new stable acquisition #4 Everest, but with blinkers on, a better run can be expected now.



#6 Storm Signal ran an improved race last time out after striking two unsuitable races to begin his Hong Kong career. With three runs under his belt, now he’s ready to strike. #8 Affluence Start is heading in the right direction and looks very hard to beat here, with Joao Moreira taking the ride for the first time. #4 Super Lifeline returns to Class 3 for the first time in more than four years. He’s on a downward spiral but he’s capable of getting into the placings in this grade. #2 Lucky Dollar has a strong record down in Class 3 and can add to that here.



#9 Ace King may still be on too high a mark, although he did win off a rating just two points below his current 71 earlier in the season. He has gate 14 here and if he can muster, he will be right in the firing line. #6 Money Boy finally broke through for a second victory last start. He rarely runs a bad race, so he must be included. #11 California Elite has trialled well. He can run a race at his Hong Kong debut. #2 Fortune Bo Bo is suited by the race conditions and can finish around the mark.



Plenty will be quick to dismiss #3 Lucky Bubbles after two luckless runs at his last two outings. However, he has drawn away from the inside – most likely a plus – and he gets the addition of blinkers, in which he trialled well recently. Expect a better performance here. #2 D B Pin stepped up to the plate with a game second in the Hong Kong Sprint behind Mr Stunning. He has an awkward draw again but he can progress again. #1 Mr Stunning is clearly the one they all have to beat, but he is likely to be odds-on and he is worth opposing at that quote. #8 Beat The Clock is emerging as a sprinter to watch and, trained purely as a 1200m horse now, he may be able to measure up.



#2 Helene Paragon hasn’t been suited in recent starts but has still been running well, including a nice third last time out when conceding 20 pounds to Fifty Fifty. He looks right on song as he attempts to defend his crown. #3 Time Warp came of age with his win in the Hong Kong Cup. He steps back to 1600m here, but he has proven that he can sustain a solid tempo out in front and he appears a threat. #6 Seasons Bloom should enjoy an ideal trail from the inside gate and he will certainly have admirers. #5 Beauty Only is racing better than his form suggests and he can figure with just an ounce of luck.



#7 Rattan has not raced since a closing second to Time To Celebrate on HKIR day. He tackles 1800m for the first time but the trip should be perfect and he shapes as a legitimate contender before he tackles the Classic Cup. #8 Consort has had all sorts of problems throughout his Hong Kong career but his last run was a massive improvement. If he can find that form again, he is a chance again. #4 Cheerful Giggles ran well enough on debut over 1400m on New Year’s Day. The Queensland Derby runner-up gets blinkers now and should be competitive over this trip. #2 Rocketeer can improve now.



#12 Sacred Ibis was good in two Class 4 wins to begin his term, and his flying last-start third was admirable too. If there’s any sort of pace on, he will be charging home late. #1 Green Energy bounced back to form with a good last-start second. He looks ready to peak now and should be hard to beat. #7 Daring Fit will be near the speed and can hold on for some minor money. #3 New Elegance won with something in hand last time out and cannot be dismissed this time around.