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Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong Selections and analysis for Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, November 2, 2016)

RACE 1: #9 Good Luck Man, #8 All Together, #7 Mighty Gains, #3 Plenty Of Speed
RACE 2: #2 Young Empire, #6 London City, #8 Hearts Keeper, #4 Game Of Fun
RACE 3: #2 Jimson The Famous, #9 Lucky Place, #10 Dragon Glory, #7 Friends Forever
RACE 4: #8 Confucius Spirit, #6 I’m The Won For U, #5 Helen’s Choice, #4 Bossiee
RACE 5: #2 Team Fortune, #5 Sky Man, #8 Harbour Alert, #9 Victory Marvel
RACE 6: #6 Autumn Gold, #10 Imperial Concorde, #9 Good Fit, #1 Gold Dragon
RACE 7: #11 Circuit King, #8 Super Man, #4 Sky Hero, #3 Our Folks
RACE 8: #3 Golden Sleep, #5 Vanilla, #10 Goal For Gold, #13 Electronic Phoenix

RACE 1: TIE YUE YUNG HANDICAP

A pair of dirt debutants make for interesting watching here. #9 Good Luck Man showed incredible speed on the dirt in a barrier trial before his first run this season – usually a recipe for success on the track. He’s been disappointing in two runs, but a switch to the all-weather track could spark him into form. #8 All Together has been lacklustre in most of his 11 Hong Kong starts to date, but he showed a glimmer of form last time out. He has American breeding on his dam’s side, so keep him safe. #7 Mighty Gains is a past course and distance winner off a higher mark and the switch to Neil Callan is a positive. Next best, #3 Plenty Of Speed, who ran strongly last time out.

RACE 2: SHEK UK SHAN HANDICAP

#2 Young Empire had a win over 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold in a maiden last year, but had shown very little as he struggled to acclimatise to Hong Kong. However, he’s looked better in his work and his last run showed improvement, so perhaps now is the time he can break through. #6 London City has speed and will be ridden by claimer Jack Wong. He is starting to find form and so must be some chance. #8 Hearts Keeper must always be kept safe, while #4 Game Of Fun might be under the odds but has looked good enough in two starts to date and will be breaking through before too long.

RACE 3: WA MEI SHAN HANDICAP

American-bred #2 Jimson The Famous is racing well and he should be breaking through shortly, especially with the switch back to dirt. Also racing well is #9 Lucky Place, and although he showed very little on the dirt last season, perhaps he deserves to be viewed in a different light given he’s been a superior horse this time in. #10 Dragon Glory has only run twice on the dirt in the last two years, but placed both times. The switch back to the surface is a positive. #7 Friends Forever has speed, an asset on the surface, and he can be expected to run a bold race.

RACE 4: SHEK UK SHAN HANDICAP

#8 Confucius Spirit had his first two runs for Benno Yung before transferring to Sean Woods in October 2014. He won twice for Woods last season, including once on the dirt. Now, he has returned to Yung and he looks ready for his first-up effort. #6 I’m The Won For U is racing well on the dirt and looks like he will be breaking through soon. #5 Helen’s Choice is also racing well, running on strongly at most of his starts. He should be a contender yet again. #4 Bossiee gets Joao Moreira aboard, but has to contend with the outside gate.

RACE 5: HEBE HILL HANDICAP

#2 Team Fortune has been a different horse since switched to the dirt and looks a Class 2 galloper in the making on the surface. He can overcome the big weight to score yet again. #5 Sky Man has an abundance of pace and it may prove a lethal weapon with a return to the dirt. #8 Harbour Alert has looked one of the better bets on the card at his last two, but has found Team Fortune too good at both starts. He will break through on dirt shortly, but he might fall to Team Fortune yet again. Next best, #9 Victory Marvel, who is racing well and switches to the all-weather track for the first time under race conditions.

RACE 6: TIN HA SHAN HANDICAP

Another ex-Sean Woods galloper #6 Autumn Gold gets the nod here. His sole Hong Kong win, from 46 starts, came on the dirt, although he’s been pretty poor in two efforts on the surface here, but he’s racing well enough to suggest a second win is near, even from the outside gate. His former stablemate #10 Imperial Concorde steps out for the second time for Francis Lui and has drawn the inside. He might need to drop further in the ratings but bears close watching. #9 Good Fit sprinted strongly to win first-up and maps to get a similar run, while #1 Gold Dragon was luckless at his last run on the surface and can improve here.

RACE 7: HEBE HILL HANDICAP

#11 Circuit King is a bundle of speed who switches to dirt for the first time. He has strains of American breeding on his dam’s side and so makes for an intriguing bet at his maiden run on the surface. #8 Super Man won emphatically at his first dirt effort in over a year. He goes up significantly in the weights but must be a chance again. #4 Sky Hero can always run well on this surface if he gets things his own way, while #3 Our Folks is liable to improve at any time.

RACE 8: PYRAMID HILL HANDICAP

#3 Golden Sleep is another dirt debutant, but with plenty of American breeding on both sides, he’s very interesting. A G1 winner in South Africa, he has been a bit hit and miss in Hong Kong, but it will be interesting to see how he performs on the dirt #5 Vanilla has become a dirt specialist recently, and sprinted strongly to win last time out. If there is speed on, he’ll be running home yet again. #10 Goal For Gold is racing well and will be breaking through soon, although perhaps he is better over a sprint trip these days. Next best, #13 Electronic Phoenix, who has been racing well enough of late.