Form analyst, JUSTIN DEVINE, previews Sunday’s meeting at Sha Tin, with horse racing tips and analysis for all 10 races on the card. Good luck, punters!
Track Condition: Good
Rail Position: True, entire circuit
Sha Tin R1 – Class 4 1000m
Debutant WINNER METHOD has trialled well and has a nice draw close to the stand side rails. With Zac Purton to steer and plenty of early market support he looks hard to hold out. NOBLE DESIRE has recorded back to back placings down the straight and has the advantage of race experience. He looks the best of the raced brigade, while CALIFORNIA GUNGHO has run well down the straight before and will be thereabouts in the run home.
Tip: WINNER METHOD
Sha Tin R2 – Class 4 1800m
FAMILY LEADER ran on strongly from the rear over 1600m last time and looks ready to fire over 1800. Joao jumps back aboard having won on him previously. BUNDLE OF DELIGHT won over 1800m at Happy Valley two back and placed over the 2000m at Sha Tim last time. He is well drawn and should be reaching peak fitness. CHEERFUL STAR put in an improved run last time and has been kept up to his work with a recent trial. He is sure to get plenty of support with Zac to ride.
Tip: FAMILY LEADER
Sha Tin R3 – Class 4 1400m
MASTER HERO has placed at both his 1400m Sha Tin starts and from gate 1 with the Magic Man to steer, he ticks all the boxes. FORTUNE MASTER broke through to win well last start when well backed and the early money suggests another forward showing. Keep safe. CHARITY GRACE settled midfield last start before finding the line strongly to win at his last outing. He has drawn poorly, but is capable of a big run with some luck,
Tip: MASTER HERO
Sha Tin R4 – Class 3 1400m
This is a really open race. E STAR came with a strong finish from well back to finish behind the placegetters last start, and Neil Callan should be able to find a better spot for him this week. At the $10 quote, he is the best each-way bet on the card. BELUGA has been racing consistently of late and is likely to jump favourite. While he looks competitive the 2kg weight jump and wide gate look problematic. HARMONY WIN WIN hasn’t been since winning a Mornington maiden back In April last year. He showed plenty on that occasion and any market moves must be respected.
Tip: E STAR
Sha Tin R5 – Group 1 The Centenary Sprint Cup 1200m
The first of the Group 1 races looks a ripper. HOT KING PRAWN has a terrific track and distance record and will make his own luck up on the speed. He can win his first Group 1 today. WISHFUL THINKER was beaten less than a length in the Hong Kong Sprint and this looks an easier race. He looks the main danger. JOLLY BANNER has done nothing wrong in recent times, with the wide barrier the only negative in what is a very open race.
Tip: HOT KING PRAWN
Sha Tin R6 – Class 3 2000m
The two main changes in the race have drawn poorly, making this a bit of a lottery. ENRICHMENT has finished within two lengths of the winner at his last three runs and is building towards a win. From gate 14 he will need some Moreira Magic to get him over the line. SPLENDOUR AND GOLD has improved at both his runs this prep and has also drawn poorly in gate 11. If either of them can get a nice run they will be winning. BLASTOISE won at the track and distance three runs back and has struggled at Happy Valley recently. From gate 1 for Zac, he looks a knockout chance.
Sha Tin R7 – Group 1 The Stewards Cup 1600m
The superstar GOLDEN SIXTY stifles betting and with 14 wins from 15 runs it is easy to see why! He is a different class to his rivals and the $1.22 looks over the odds. I can’t wait to see him. SOUTHERN LEGEND chased the favourite home last time for second and can do the same again. RISE HIGH returns to the track after more than a year away. He has run well fresh before and can sneak a placing first up.
Tip: GOLDEN SIXTY
Sha Tin R8 – Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile 1600m
HEALTHY HAPPY has been terrific since moving to Hong Kong with two wins from three starts and only needs luck from a horrid draw to win. SKY DARCI was held up at a crucial time when narrowly defeated over 1400m recently and the step up to 1600m looks ideal. He is the one to beat. ENRICH DELIGHT has drawn to get a soft run throughout and is one to include in exotics up in grade.
Tip: HEALTHY HAPPY
Sha Tin R9 – Class 2 1800m
PACKING WALTHAM is a two-time track and distance winner who has been finding the line well over shorter trips. With 54kgs and a good gate, he is ready to win. HELENE LEADINGSTAR is the class runner in the race who will give his backers a great sight despite the big weight. PANFIELD won three from four in Chile and has shown promise at both his Hong Kong races. He is one to watch.
Tip: CHEVALIER PRINCE
Sha Tin R10 – Class 3 1200m
I made SIGHT SUCCESS my best bet a fortnight ago and he duly saluted in impressive fashion, taking his record to two from two. He has a bright future and can handle the weight rise today. I am once again making him my best bet of the day. MASTER MONTARO only needs to replicate his last two runs to be competitive while BIG FORTUNE can add some spice into exotics with the 3kg claim.