04/14/2017 3:14PM

Magic Legend may have advantage in Nam Long Shan 'Cap

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Hong Kong Jockey Club
Magic Legend has won all three of his starts at Sha Tin this year.

Magic Legend, unbeaten in three starts this year, is rising in prominence on the Hong Kong circuit.

Strathmore, who was group stakes-placed in Hong Kong in 2016, and Racing Supernova, the winner of a rich handicap in December, seem headed in the opposite direction.

The three Australian-bred geldings meet for the first time in Monday’s $225,152 Nam Long Shan Handicap at six furlongs on turf at Sha Tin Racecourse, part of a 10-race post-Easter program.

Through Hong Kong’s handicap system, the advantage may be with Magic Legend in Monday’s race, which is restricted to horses with ratings ranging from 80 to 105. Magic Legend is rated at 99 and will carry 127 pounds. Strathmore is the 133-pound highweight, with a rating of 105, while Racing Supernova will carry 131 pounds from a rating of 103.

Magic Legend, 3, won twice in Australia in 2016 when racing under the name Hostwin Legend. In Hong Kong, Magic Legend has won three handicaps at five and six furlongs for trainer John Moore, who is currently second in the standings in Hong Kong. Douglas Whyte has the mount.

Magic Legend tends to race near the front. He led throughout his most recent win March 26.

Strathmore, 5, is winless in 10 starts since a victory in a six-furlong handicap on turf in November 2015. He was last of eight in the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup on Feb. 26.

Racing Supernova, 5, won the Panasonic Cup at Sha Tin on Dec. 11, but is winless in his last four starts, a span that includes a fifth-place finish in the Group 3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup on Jan. 1.

Strathmore and Racing Supernova tend to race from off the pace, and could be hampered if Magic Legend does not face pressure on the front.

The race drew a field of 11, including House of Fun, who has won two of his last four starts and was fourth behind Magic Legend on March 26.