10/06/2017 6:30PM

Racing Supernova will carry high weight in Yeung UK Handicap


A full field of 14 contests the last-race feature on the Sunday card at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.

The $238,282 Yeung UK Handicap is carded for 1400 meters on turf and is difficult to parse. The race is a Class 2 handicap for horses rated 80-100, and the field spans nearly that entire range. Down at the bottom of the ratings, at 81, sit Fifty Fifty and Green Card, while Racing Supernova, is forced to tote 133 pounds in his seasonal debut.

Racing Supernova had a win and a second at this distance last season while rising as high as Group 3 competition, where he acquitted himself decently. Racing Supernova won his first start of the 2016-2017 racing season and turned in three strong performances at the beginning of his campaign. He has a decent draw in four but a new pilot in Nash Rawiller.

California Whip, who totes 128 pounds near the top of the class, makes his third start of the season, and after two middling runs could be set for better if his form from last season proves a decent guide. Jockey Neil Callan told Hong Kong Jockey Club publicity that a little cut in the ground blunted California Whip’s kick in his most recent start.

Simply Invincible, the second-highest rated entrant at 98, was a solid performer in similar races last season and races at a relatively light 124 pounds with jockey Matthew Poon still getting a seven-pound apprentice allowance. Simply Invincible however comes off an extended layoff and didn’t hit stride until his third start last season.

Fifty Fifty, a New Zealand import with only two Hong Kong starts, caught the eye dashing home a two-length winner of a Class 3 at 1200 meters in his season’s debut, and while his rating rises seven points, he races Sunday under just 114 pounds, and can be expected to take some betting under jockey Karis Teetan.

Ace trainer John Size’s chance, Bing Bang Bong, appears to be prepping for a longer race, while trainer John Moore’s entrant, Green Card, upped his rating five points thanks to a Class 3 win in his most recent start.

The dense, tricky puzzle will reveal it’s solution at 5:45 a.m. Eastern. First post for the 10-race card is 1:00 a.m.

• The popular but mercurial Pakistan Star has gone off the rails again, propping and refusing to run shortly after the start of a 1600-meter training race, or barrier trial, on Tuesday. Pakistan Star did the same thing in his final race last Hong Kong season, and has been banned from racing until he twice gallops 1800 meters and performs two 1600-meter barrier trials without incident.