04/03/2017 2:16PM

Hong Kong: D B Pin at top of game entering Chun Shek Handicap


D B Pin has been a model of consistency during the Hong Kong season, winning four of five starts with one second-place finish.

D B Pin will be tested when he starts as the 133-pound topweight in Wednesday’s $225,196 Chun Shek Handicap at six furlongs on the all-weather track at Sha Tin Racecourse. The Chun Shek Handicap is the seventh race on an eight-race program. Wagering is available on DRF.com.

Trained by John Size, D B Pin won consecutive starts in December on turf at Sha Tin before finishing second in a higher-class turf race in January. D B Pin rebounded to win at Happy Valley Racecourse in February.

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Wednesday’s race will be D B Pin’s first start on the all-weather surface and his eighth career start. He has won four races, all since the Hong Kong season began in September.

The Chun Shek Handicap drew a field of 12. Leading rider Joao Moreira rides Perpetual Treasure, who will carry 120 pounds. Perpetual Treasure is winless in his last six starts, five of which were on turf. A 6-year-old gelding, Perpetual Treasure won a race on the all-weather surface at Sha Tin in October and has three wins in nine starts on the surface.

Fight Hero and Blocker Dee have strong recent credentials.

A 6-year-old British-bred gelding, Fight Hero has won his last two starts, both on the all-weather surface at Sha Tin in February and early March. In both races, Fight Hero overcame trouble to stalk the pace and win by at least a half-length.

Blocker Dee has won three races this season, all on turf. A 5-year-old Australian-bred gelding, Blocker Dee was fourth in an all-weather race at Sha Tin in December, a race in which Perpetual Treasure was fifth.