Sha Tin Hong Kong Selections for Saturday night, June 8

(Saturday, June 08, 2024)

Race 1: #1 My Intelligent, #7 Super Joy, #8 Beat Hollow, #2 The Concentration
Race 2:
#7 Fast Network, #3 Aurora Lady, #10 Grand Nova, #6 Day Day Victory
Race 3:
#2 Baby Crystal, #1 We Are Hero, #5 Flying High, #7 Ka Ying Victory
Race 4:
#1 The Winnabe, #8 Vantastic Choice, #4 Super Highway, #2 Scotch Tycoon
Race 5:
#13 Great Achiever, #10 Master Of All, #11 Strathpeffer, #7 Enjoy Golf 
Race 6:
#4 Super Infinity, #11 Gluck Racer, #2 Lo Pan Spirit, #5 Harold Win
Race 7:
#7 Copartner Prance, #4 Tomodachi Kokoroe, #2 Whizz Kid, #1 Nervous Witness
Race 8:
#5 Flamingo Trillion, #1 Stunning Peach, #6 Universal Horizon, #7 Star Mac 
Race 9:
#8 Lucky Touch, #9 Super Unicorn, #2 The Absolute, #3 Ariel
Race 10:
#2 Eighty Light Years, #1 Chiu Chow Spirit, #9 Super Goldi, #3 Beauty Crescent

Race 1: Butterfly Bay Handicap (1.00am PDT, 4.00am EDT)

#1 My Intelligent is suited in this grade and his latest effort was solid. He can take a big step forward here, especially with Zac Purton retaining the mount. One to beat. #7 Super Joy is in career-best form. He’s been racing well on the dirt, although he does appear capable of transferring that form to the turf this weekend. #8 Beat Hollow has an awkward gate to contend with this time. He’ll press forward in a bid to offset this and get his chance from there. #2 The Concentration is next best. He won well last weekend.

Race 2: Chai Wan Road Handicap (1.30am PDT, 4.30am EDT)

#7 Fast Network makes his debut after a string of solid barrier trials. His latest effort was impressive at Conghua and he appears forward enough to win on debut. One they all must catch. #3 Aurora Lady finished second on debut. He has the experience under his belt and gets his opportunity again, this time from gate one under Brenton Avdulla. #10 Grand Nova has been hard to get a gauge on so far. He clearly has ability and is worth affording another chance. #6 Day Day Victory is next best. Don’t discount.

Race 3: Tuen Mun Public Riding School Handicap (2.00am PDT, 5.00am EDT)

#2 Baby Crystal has the advantage with seven pounds coming off his back thanks to the apprentice’s claim. He loves the course and distance, especially as a three-time winner already this campaign. #1 We Are Hero returns to Class 3. He’s raced against tough opposition of late and does have a significant class-edge over this group. #5 Flying High has consistency on his side and it’s surprising to see him without a win this season. #7 Ka Ying Victory was an impressive winner last start. He gets another opportunity.

Race 4: Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School Handicap (1st Section) (2.30am PDT, 5.30am EDT)

#1 The Winnabe won well on debut in Hong Kong. Hugh Bowman retains the ride and the inside draw is incredibly ideal. He’ll take reeling in. #8 Vantastic Choice is expected to cross early in a bid to offset the tricky gate. He can take some getting past at times, especially if he’s left alone in the lead. #4 Super Highway will benefit from any rain around. He’s worth keeping safe. #2 Scotch Tycoon has regained some form and should get his chance from the inside gate.

Race 5: Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School Handicap (3.00am PDT, 6.00am EDT)

#13 Great Achiever should arguably already have a win under his belt. He’s strung together a few good runs this season and the best of those holds him in very good stead here. Taking a chance on him. #10 Master Of All is after a hat-trick of wins. He’s in the right vein of form and should still prove competitive up in grade. #11 Strathpeffer is seeking back-to-back wins. He’s figured it out now, although he does have to contend with another wide gate. #7 Enjoy Golf is improving. Keep safe.

Race 5: The Hong Kong Riding For The Disabled Association Cup Handicap (2nd Section) (3.35am PDT, 6.35am EDT)

#4 Super Infinity did well to grab second on debut behind a smart horse. He can improve from that run and does appear to be quite progressive. He’ll take beating, especially with Zac Purton. #11 Gluck Racer returns from a setback. He’s a tidy horse on his day and the pairing with Karis Teetan catches the eye. #2 Lo Pan Spirit was impressive on debut before being beaten last time out. He’s in the right vein of form and should be able to maintain his progression. #5 Harold Win can take another forward step.

Race 7: Lung Mun Road Handicap (4.05am PDT, 7.05am EDT)

#7 Copartner Prance is chasing a fifth straight win. He’s a serious talent and his ascent appears far from over. Zac Purton retains the ride and even in this grade, he should take a power of beating. #4 Tomodachi Kokoroe has continued to exceed expectations all season. Admittedly he has performed better at Happy Valley, although this race does look suitable. #2 Whizz Kid can mix his form but is a Group 3 winner. The class is there for him. #1 Nervous Witness can roll forward and give them something to catch.

Race 8: The Pola Cup Handicap (4.35am PDT, 7.35am EDT)

#5 Flamingo Trillion is in the form of his life as he aims for a hat-trick of wins. He’ll benefit from any rain around, although even still, his past two successes have been nothing short of superb. #1 Stunning Peach turned his form around last start. There’s a fair bit of hype around this colt and he appears well placed to improve once again. #6 Universal Horizon can surprise. Even if there’s rain around, he should be able to charge through it. #7 Star Mac is worth consideration. Next in line.

Race 9: Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)

#8 Lucky Touch is an improving galloper, who appears to have plenty of rating points in hand. Zac Purton retains the ride and he was a touch unlucky last start as he tried to come home between runners. One to beat. #9 Super Unicorn is progressing well and his latest effort for third was sound. He has a suitable gate. #2 The Absolute can mix his form, however, he does have a stack of ability. The wide draw is a slight hindrance. #3 Ariel is consistent and is favoured with the seven pounds coming off his back.

Race 10: Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road Handicap (5.45am PDT, 8.45am EDT)

#2 Eighty Light Years has the apprentice up and is expected to roll forward and lead. He’ll take some getting past in the finale at Sha Tin. #1 Chiu Chow Spirit is a winner in the grade and he looks to have several rating points in hand. He’s racing well and gets his opportunity this weekend. #9 Super Goldi can mix his form but is a two-time winner already across six starts. #3 Beauty Crescent has loads of ability, although he is struggling to piece it all together. It wouldn’t surprise to see him put in a big effort regardless.

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