HKJC Expert Horse Racing Selections for Hong Kong – Sat., Jan. 13

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, January 13, 2024)

Race 1: #14 Smart Beauty, #2 Dragon Delight, #5 Fire Ball, #13 Tsuen Wan Glory
Race 2:
#8 Master Mastermind, #1 Top Scorer, #2 Joy Of Spring, #10 Mr Maestro
Race 3:
#1 Must Go, #3 Run Run Timing, #8 Ruby Sailing, #2 Sight Hero 
Race 4:
#6 Deep Pursuit, #1 James Tak, #9 Lifeline Express, #2 Metro Warrior
Race 5:
#2 Fighting Machine, #13 Kasi Farasi, #8 Volcanic Spark, #7 Master Tornado 
Race 6:
#7 Lucky Eternity, #12 Northern Beast, #1 Holy Lake, #3 Beato
Race 7:
#6 Galaxy Patch, #7 Lucky Encounter, #1 Ping Hai Galaxy, #5 Bundle Of Charm
Race 8:
#9 Denfield, #2 Cotton Fingers, #4 I Give, #10 Magnificent Nine
Race 9:
#7 Hakka Radiance,#13 Star Mac, #2 Chancheng Glory, #3 Speed Dragon
Race 10:
#3 Joyful Hunter, #4 Leslie, #6 Beauty Fit, #1 Beauty Crescent

Race 1: Hung Shui Kiu Handicap (9.00pm PST, 12.00am EST)

#14 Smart Beauty slots in light and gets a superb chance to record a first win. He caught the eye late last start, enough so to suggest that he was capable of breaking through. Angus Chung’s five-pound apprentice claim helps. #2 Dragon Delight is performing well in the bottom grade. He’s drawn ideally and pairs favourably with Hugh Bowman. #5 Fire Ball is after consecutive wins. He gets his chance here, however, he will need to overcome the wide gate. #13 Tsuen Wan Glory is next in line with the featherweight.

Race 2: Lam Tei Handicap (2nd Section) (9.30pm PST, 12.30am EST)

#8 Master Mastermind makes his debut. He’s done well ahead of his first-up run and he does look well placed here to make his presence felt in a big, big way. Worth a chance. #1 Top Scorer was sound first-up when finishing second. He can improve from that effort. #2 Joy Of Spring soared to an improbable runner-up finish on debut two runs back. He can return to form with the prospect of a dry track this weekend. #10 Mr Maestro has been solid across two runs and he can only get better. Keep safe.

Hong Kong horse racingRace 3: Lam Tei Handicap (1st Section) (10.00pm PST, 1.00am EST)

#1 Must Go makes a favourable step down to Class 4. He found form last start and shapes as the one to beat here, as long as he can back that effort up again. #3 Run Run Timing has finished third twice across two runs in Hong Kong. He continues to progress and his day will come soon enough. #8 Ruby Sailing knows how to run well without winning. He’s finished second four times across his short career, however, must be included once more with Hugh Bowman up. #2 Sight Hero is next in line.

Race 4: Lau Fau Shan Handicap (10.30pm PST, 1.30am EST)

#6 Deep Pursuit has taken some time to get going. He’s now ready to make his debut and he does so after an eye-catching trial at Conghua. He draws well for this race down the straight five furlongs and does get Vincent Ho up. One to beat. #1 James Tak is chasing back-to-back wins and he gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back. He’ll be fighting out another finish. #9 Lifeline Express can improve after finishing third on debut. #2 Metro Warrior steps down to Class 4. He can compete strongly now.

Race 5: Nam Sang Wai Handicap (11.00pm PST, 2.00am EST)

#2 Fighting Machine is after consecutive wins and he can easily get that here. The wide draw is a hindrance, however, his latest score was superb and he remains in Class 4 following that effort. #13 Kasi Farasi was blocked for a run at crucial stages last time out. Expecting he can bounce back from that run, especially as he’s clearly in the right vein of form at the minute. #8 Volcanic Spark is lightly raced but does have plenty of upside, especially with Hugh Bowman taking the reins. #7 Master Tornado is next in line.

Race 6: Ping Shan Handicap (11.35pm PST, 2.35am EST)

#7 Lucky Eternity has raced well this season and he deserves a first win. He’s twice finished second over the course and distance this term, both times missing by under a length. Hugh Bowman hops back aboard and he’s ready to win. #12 Northern Beast closed off nicely to finish fifth last time out. Expecting similar again from him. #1 Holy Lake is a two-time winner from his last three starts. He can figure. #3 Beato is racing well and closing in on a first win. Zac Purton hops up here and he has claims.

Race 7: The Pok Oi Cup Handicap (12.05am PST, 3.05am EST)

#6 Galaxy Patch returns in a bid for a hat-trick of wins. He’s been touted as one of the next big things in Hong Kong racing and he shouldn’t disappoint this weekend. He can win and win well. #7 Lucky Encounter will prove a formidable opponent. He’s lightly raced and open to improvement as a smart four-time winner from seven starts. #1 Ping Hai Galaxy can fire forward to lead. He’s got the class-edge over rivals which does see him assigned top-weight. #5 Bundle Of Charm is next in line. He’s been solid this term.

Race 8: Tai Tong Handicap (12.35am PST, 3.35am EST)

#9 Denfield can offset the draw by rolling forward to lead. He won’t be alone, however, he has shown that he’s best suited from a forward position and he did also have excuses last start. He can return to form and give this race a shake. #2 Cotton Fingers should get the run of the race from draw one. He’s closing in on a first win and clearly has his fair share of ability. #4 I Give is another who should roll forward. He’s a prolific winner who can make his presence felt. #10 Magnificent Nine was without luck last start. Next best.

Race 9: Tin Shui Wai Handicap (1.10am PST, 4.10am EST)

#7 Hakka Radiance was impeded in the straight last start. He clearly has much more to offer and a clean run can allow him to show that. He’s worth a throw at the stumps and he should be decent odds. #13 Star Mac caught the eye with a fast-finishing third last time out. He can do the same again here under no weight. #2 Chancheng Glory is after a fifth straight win. He’s in the form of his life and should be able to cross the field for a forward position early on. #3 Speed Dragon was impressive last start. Don’t discount.

Race 10: Yuen Long Handicap (1.45am PST, 4.45am EST)

#3 Joyful Hunter was incredible last start and a repeat of anything close to that effort should see him win here. He’s a serious talent and he’s yet to reach anywhere close to his ceiling in Hong Kong. One to beat. #4 Leslie surprised last start. He’s holding his condition and can take his chance here. #6 Beauty Fit continues to race well without winning. He’s placed in each of his last five starts. #1 Beauty Crescent is still relatively lightly raced. He’s drawn to get the right run for Zac Purton.

HKJC Expert Horse Analysis for Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Hong Kong

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, January 10, 2024)

Race 1: #6 Goodmanship, #1 Happy Horse, #3 Multimore, #2 August Moon
Race 2:
#4 Running Ahead, #2 Simply Maverick, #5 Fearless Fire, #6 To Infinity
Race 3:
#4 Red Hare King, #1 Samarkand, #11 Affirm, #5 Super Baby
Race 4:
#10 Valhalla, #5 Great Achiever, #11 Mr Good Vibes, #4 High Rise Soldier
Race 5:
#1 Happy Fat Cat, #5 Gold Tack, #6 Lyrical Motion, #2 Joy Coming
Race 6:
#9 Happy Together, #7 Helene Feeling, #11 La City Blanche, #4 Telecom Fighters
Race 7:
#3 Turin Mascot, #6 Lean Hero, #9 Intrepid Winner, #5 Escape Route
Race 8:
#9 Healthy Healthy, #6 Never Too Soon, #3 Brave Star, #4 Copartner Ambition

Race 1: Paterson Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

#6 Goodmanship has raced well this season. He pairs favourably with Karis Teetan here and a return to the city circuit for him is a big plus. He’s capable of returning to his best and with that proving very tough to get past. #1 Happy Horse is in superb form with a win two runs back. Hugh Bowman’s pairing commands respect. #3 Multimore gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back with the apprentice up. Expecting a sound effort from him, especially near the head of the field. #2 August Moon is next in line.

Race 2: Kingston Handicap (2nd Section) (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

#4 Running Ahead was sound second-up and he can improve following that run. He draws ideally, which could easily see him save the right amount of ground. One to beat. #2 Simply Maverick is versatile. He’s holding his form and gets another chance in Class 4 after his smashing win two starts ago. #5 Fearless Fire is consistent and can make his presence felt once again. He’ll be very competitive here. #6 To Infinity is after back-to-back wins. He has a suitable gate.

Race 3: Kingston Handicap (1st Section) (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#4 Red Hare King draws ideally and has raced well all season at Happy Valley. He comes into this following a pair of runner-up efforts over the course and distance. One to beat from gate one, assuming he receives an economical run in transit. #1 Samarkand can press forward to lead. He’s chasing a hat-trick of wins and does remain in Class 4, which suits. #11 Affirm slots in light and has found sound form. It’s taken time but his most recent run was decent. #5 Super Baby can roll forward. Keep safe.

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Race 4: Great George Handicap (2nd Section) (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

#10 Valhalla won well last start and rises to Class 4. This is a tougher task, however, he is in the right vein of form and continues to race well at his preferred track. #5 Great Achiever finished seventh first-up in Hong Kong. He can take another forward step, especially from barrier one. He performed well on debut and could be value. #11 Mr Good Vibes has been making ground of late and the light weight affords him his chance. He can improve. #4 High Rise Soldier has experience on his side. Keep safe.

Race 5: Great George Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#1 Happy Fat Cat can bounce back to his best in this grade. He draws ideally and should find the front against to lead, especially with five pounds taken off his back due to Angus Chung’s booking. One to catch. #5 Gold Tack returns first-up. He’s trialled well and was showing plenty of promise last season, enough so to suggest he can return a winner very, very soon. #6 Lyrical Motion gets 10 pounds removed with the apprentice up. He’s raced well all season. #2 Joy Coming is open to improvement. Next in line.

Race 6: G3 January Cup Handicap (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)

#9 Happy Together continues to improve and the light weight affords him and several others their chance against tough opposition. Taking a chance on him to win here, especially with the likely prospect of a fast tempo, which will suit him. #7 Helene Feeling is another who keeps raising the bar. He has his fair share of quality as a four-time winner already. #11 La City Blanche slots in light. He’s suited in this grade with Karis Teetan up. #4 Telecom Fighters has claims. Expect he rolls forward for his chance.

Race 7: Cleveland Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

#3 Turin Mascot has performed all season. He’s consistent and tends to do very little wrong. He can win again this term with the right run from a slightly tricky draw. #6 Lean Hero loves the course and is a winner over this trip. He’s favoured from gate one, which should allow him to save ground throughout. Next best. #9 Intrepid Winner is after back-to-back wins. He can make his presence felt again. #5 Escape Route has been racing well all season. He’s a major player off his current rating.

Race 8: Causeway Handicap (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

#9 Healthy Healthy is a superb talent. He’s chasing a fourth win this season and third in succession. The draw is suitable and he can win again after proving his worth in this grade last time out. #6 Never Too Soon is a two-time winner from three starts this campaign. He returns to Happy Valley, which is a plus. #3 Brave Star has gone close each start this season. He deserves another chance. #4 Copartner Ambition has won three out of his last four starts. Hugh Bowman hops up and he can test this group.

HKJC Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, December 23, 2023)

Race 1: #9 Little Fairy, #1 Mister Dapper, #2 Nicholson Returns, #11 Jubilation
Race 2:
#4 Gangnam Star, #6 Second To None, #12 Vantastic Choice, #5 Ruby Sailing
Race 3:
#8 New Power, #6 Good Happy Heart, #1 Super Legends, #10 The Absolute
Race 4:
#13 Angels Hunter, #11 Starship Eighty, #6 President’s Choice, #14 Hang’s Choice
Race 5:
#3 Harry’s Hero, #7 Lucky Banner, #2 Nordic Star, #4 All Are Mine
Race 6:
#10 Fighting Machine, #4 Happy For All, #11 Devas Twelve, #3 Perfetto
Race 7:
#2 Five G Patch, #4 La City Blanche, #8 Awesome Fluke, #10 Ensued
Race 8:
#4 Wings Of War, #2 Cotton Fingers, #3 I Give, #6 Joyful Hunter 
Race 9:
#3 Ching, #7 Adefill, #4 Yellowfin, #1 Everyone’s Delight
Race 10:
#3 Massive Action, #6 The Heir, #5 Pins Prince, #9 Silver Up

Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday:

Race 1: Amaryllis Handicap (9.00pm PST, 12.00am EST)

#9 Little Fairy is in form and appears ready to take the next step. This distance will suit and he’s still open to a fair bit of improvement, especially as a four-year-old. #1 Mister Dapper has a bit of class about him. He’s racing well and was a tidy winner over the mile last time out. This is a step up again but he has the quality to be hugely competitive, even if this distance doesn’t suit. #2 Nicholson Returns will improve with a step back to Class 4. #11 Jubilation is next in line with no weight and sound form of late.

Race 2: Cedar Handicap (9.30pm PST, 12.30am EST)

#4 Gangnam Star caught the eye first-up when third. He made up a stack of ground that day and further improvement is expected here, enough so to suggest that he can win. #6 Second To None makes his debut. He’s moving well and showed a fair bit of quality in his latest trial. Keep a close eye, especially with Vincent Ho up. #12 Vantastic Choice gets a handy weight relief and it wouldn’t surprise to see him roll forward to lead. #5 Ruby Sailing has class but is struggling to piece it together. Keep safe.

Race 3: Erica Handicap (10.00pm PST, 1.00am EST)

#8 New Power did well on debut to close into fifth position. He’s in sound form and is open to more improvement, especially from a suitable draw against a sizeable field. He’s worth supporting. #6 Good Happy Heart has done a stack of work with Zac Purton ahead of his debut but will be paired with Lyle Hewitson this weekend. He’s showing ability and Purton’s pre-race pairings hint at this. #1 Super Legends is the only winner in the race. He should get a sweet run from barrier six. #10 The Absolute is next in line.

Hong Kong Golden SixtyRace 4: Hibiscus Handicap (10.30pm PST, 1.30am EST)

#13 Angels Hunter can improve after narrowly missing first-up this season. He appears ready to win now and gets an excellent shot here, especially from a suitable draw. #11 Starship Eighty won well last start and he can maintain that level of form as he remains in the same grade. #6 President’s Choice is much better suited to the bottom grade. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this weekend. #14 Hang’s Choice is in career-best form and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to maintain this level of racing.

Race 5: Holly Handicap (11.00pm PST, 2.00am EST)

#3 Harry’s Hero can improve in this grade and with a switch to dirt. He was a winner on the synthetic pre-import, so he might be worth taking a chance on here as he races on Sha Tin’s alternate surface for the first time. Suitable draw and conditions. #7 Lucky Banner is better than his inconsistent record reads. He draws ideally with James McDonald up. #2 Nordic Star flashed into third last start from well back in the field. He commands respect. #4 All Are Mine loves the course and distance. Next in line.

Race 6: Ivy Handicap (11.35pm PST, 2.35am EST)

#10 Fighting Machine draws ideally after two solid runs. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this week and is open to further improvement as well. One to catch and comes from the right stable. #4 Happy For All is racing well and can find his best here, especially from the draw. #11 Devas Twelve caught the eye late last start. He can take another forward step here. #3 Perfetto is suited in this grade and can make his presence felt, that is, if he manages to offset the awkward draw.

Race 7: The Yan Chai Trophy Handicap (12.05am PST, 3.05am EST)

#2 Five G Patch can improve sharply with a return to Class 2, which is where he’s done his best racing so far in Hong Kong. Zac Purton hops up and this is a very suitable race. One to beat. #4 La City Blanche also makes the dip in grade. He’ll relish this drop and can make his presence felt in a big way. #8 Awesome Fluke has a bit of talent and he’s coming to hand quite quickly. He’ll be fighting out the finish here. #10 Ensued is a two-time winner from three starts. He’s got some class and can bounce back this weekend.

Race 8: Pine Handicap (12.35am PST, 3.35am EST)

#4 Wings Of War can improve second-up. He’s got a stack of class and his latest trial was nothing short of eye-catching when crossing the line in first spot. He can take the right steps forward and get on the board in Hong Kong this weekend. #2 Cotton Fingers has a bit of class and he nearly should have won last time out. He draws well once more and can make his presence felt. #3 I Give is chasing a sixth straight win. His form is superb and his racing pattern affords him every shot each time he races. #6 Joyful Hunter is next in line.

Race 9: Spruce Handicap (1.10am PST, 4.10am EST)

#3 Ching is worth a shot on dirt, especially as he is sired by Frosted, one of America’s leading dirt horses in recent years. He’ll take a liking to this surface and the inside draw gives him a good chance. #7 Adefill has class over this course and distance. He’s consistent and the booking of James McDonald bears close watching. #4 Yellowfin is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He’s in career-best form and can once again make an impact. #1 Everyone’s Delight dips to Class 3. Don’t discount.

Race 10: Poinsetta Handicap (1.45am PST, 4.45am EST)

#3 Massive Action is going to lead here, just as he has done successfully in the past. He gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back, which should see him prove difficult to catch. #6 The Heir has posted two runner-up efforts from a pair of starts in Hong Kong. He’s taken to life in new surroundings quickly and he should begin an ascent soon. #5 Pins Prince has the draw to afford him the run of the race. Strong booking with Zac Purton up. #9 Silver Up is next in line. He’s worth a chance on debut in Hong Kong.

HKJC Sha Tin Analysis for Sunday, December 10

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday, December 10, 2023)

Race 1: #10 Storm Rider, #6 Gorgeous Win, #12 Round The Globe, #13 Lucky Planet
Race 2:
#13 G Liner, #6 Romantic Hero, #9 Winning Data, #3 Eighty Light Years
Race 3:
#9 Global Harmony, #7 Simple Hedge, #3 Tamra Blitz, #5 Amazing Victory
Race 4:
#3 Zeffiro, #8 Lebensstil, #9 Warm Heart, #5 West Wind Blows
Race 5:
#5 Victor The Winner, #2 Wellington, #1 Lucky Sweynesse, #8 Jasper Krone
Race 6:
#1 Awesome Fluke, #2 Ensued, #3 Silver King, #6 Universal Horizon
Race 7:
#7 Beauty Eternal, #1 Golden Sixty, #11 Encountered, #14 Divina
Race 8:
#7 Straight Arron, #2 Romantic Warrior, #4 Rousham Park, #3 Prognosis
Race 9:
#6 Windicator Family, #4 The Heir, #1 Galaxy Patch, #5 Beauty Waves
Race 10:
#5 Fantastic Treasure, #7 Helios Express, #8 Atullibigeal, #12 Taj Dragon

Race 1: Silent Witness Handicap (8.25pm PST, 11.25pm EST)

#10 Storm Rider has performed well at the trials and he can make good use of a favourable draw. His recent work alongside talented stablemate Global Harmony looked very good. #6 Gorgeous Win finished third on debut and he can improve following that effort. Zac Purton hops up and he should get every chance. #12 Round The Globe should arguably already be a winner. He has the wide draw to overcome but his ability is better than it reads on paper. #13 Lucky Planet has the good draw and some claims.

Race 2: Beauty Generation Handicap (8.55pm PST, 11.55pm EST)

#13 G Liner finally draws a gate. He can use this to his advantage and he’s definitely got more to show than what we’ve seen so far. Strong booking with Vincent Ho up again. #6 Romantic Hero is better than his first-up effort showed. He’s got the talent and can bounce back here. #9 Winning Data is after consecutive wins. He’s suited from barrier three. #3 Eighty Light Years can take another step forward second-up following a break. He just needs to overcome the sticky draw. Jerry Chau’s in good form.

Race 3: Maurice Handicap (9.35pm PST, 12.35am EST)

#9 Global Harmony was enormous from a terrible draw last start. He’s suited here from a better draw as he continues on an upward trajectory. #7 Simple Hedge is a three-time winner from seven starts, who can continue to build a solid record for master trainer John Size. Zac Purton takes the ride once more from a positive gate. #3 Tamra Blitz mixes his form but was a strong last start winner. He’s hard to catch but should get every opportunity from barrier three. #5 Amazing Victory has consistency on his side.

Race 4: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (10.10pm PST, 1.10am EST)

#3 Zeffiro appeals here following a strong win at Tokyo last start at G2 level. He will relish every inch of this distance, especially as a relatively lightly raced four-year-old. His best is yet to come. #8 Lebensstil also hails from Japan and was also the winner of a solid G2 contest before shipping to Hong Kong. He can still improve as well. #9 Warm Heart has done well against her own sex, however, this is tougher. She has class. #5 West Wind Blows is consistent and his Australian efforts were very good. Next best.

Race 5: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (10.50pm PST, 1.50am EST)

Challenging contest but #5 Victor The Winner is open to improving again, especially as a five-year-old. He’s got his fair share of class and the draw should see him park on the speed, just in behind the leader. #2 Wellington was sound first-up following a lengthy layoff. He will improve and a clean run can afford him his shot. Big threat. #1 Lucky Sweynesse is the city’s leading sprinter, however, his recent wins haven’t been convincing. #8 Jasper Krone will lead. He’ll fly to the front and set a cracking pace.

Race 6: Jim And Tonic Handicap (11.25pm PST, 2.25am EST)

#1 Awesome Fluke was superb on debut in Hong Kong when third. He’ll take the right steps moving forward and his pairing with Joao Moreira this weekend bodes well. #2 Ensued has quickly announced himself as a leading Hong Kong Derby prospect. He’ll make his presence felt again, especially as a two-time winner from two starts. #3 Silver King can improve over this trip after narrowly missing over the mile last time out. Nice horse. Must respect. #6 Universal Horizon has ability. The draw isn’t ideal.

Race 7: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (12.00am PST, 3.00am EST)

#7 Beauty Eternal has the perfect draw and the right run can see him really test this group. This is his toughest test to date and admittedly he mixes his form but he is open to improving and he appeals at odds. #1 Golden Sixty is arguably the best horse ever to race in Hong Kong and he will be a deserved favourite, however, at the short odds he isn’t worth backing. He’ll be right there. #11 Encountered isn’t top three on talent but he should get a sweet run from gate one. #14 Divina has a suitable draw. Keep safe.

Race 8: G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (12.40am PST, 3.40am EST)

#7 Straight Arron should be enormous value and he is another who continues to improve. He’s yet to peak this season and if there are any queries regarding the favourite, then he can pick up the pieces and win. #2 Romantic Warrior will be the market elect and rightly so, especially with several top-class wins over the trip. Slight query after travelling. #4 Rousham Park has a wide draw but was impressive last start. That effort was soft and the form is strong. #3 Prognosis is a threat. He’s placed at the track and distance.

Race 9: Lord Kanaloa Handicap (1.20am PST, 4.20am EST)

#6 Windicator Family did his best work late last start. He will continue to improve and does look to have plenty of talent. Expecting him to put his best foot forward this weekend, especially with Luke Ferraris up again. #4 The Heir narrowly missed on debut and he can take the right steps forward. The wide draw will be a challenge. #1 Galaxy Patch is already a two-time winner from three starts. He’s a smart talent. #5 Beauty Waves has ability and Zac Purton retains the ride. Next in line.

Race 10: Highland Reel Handicap (2.00am PST, 5.00am EST)

#5 Fantastic Treasure will improve following his first-up run, especially as Zac Purton hops up now. He hasn’t won for some time, however, he does dip from Group 2 to Class 2 this weekend. #7 Helios Express was superb first-up and will chase a fourth consecutive win. He’ll be hard to beat, admittedly, but the wide gate is a slight concern, especially with a young horse. #8 Atullibigeal keeps on rising and the low weight and inside gate are suitable. #12 Taj Dragon is next in line. He has claims.

HKJC Analysis for Wednesday Morning Horse Racing

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday morning, December 06, 2023)

Race 1: #4 Valhalla, #10 Noble Boyz, #12 Noir Rider, #6 Goodmanship
Race 2:
#4 Nice Birdie, #8 Medic Elite, #3 Happy Jai Jai, #1 Charmander
Race 3:
#2 Royal Pride, #5 Super Baby, #8 Fearless Fire, #11 Amazing Boy
Race 4:
#2 Super Commander, #6 Savvy Delight, #4 Galvanic, #11 Oversubscribed
Race 5:
#11 Sure Joyful, #4 M Unicorn, #12 To Infinity, #8 Killer Instinct
Race 6:
#3 Kilindini, #9 Ernest Feeling, #4 Party Warrior, #8 Prince Chiswick
Race 7:
#2 Flagship Warrior, #6 All Beauty, #9 Storm Legend, #8 Silver Sonic
Race 8:
#8 Sugar Sugar, #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe, #11 Kaholo Angel, #9 Gameplayer Elite
Race 9:
#7 The Best Peach, #2 All For St Paul’s, #6 Helene Feeling, #5 Rising From Ashes

Race 1: Australia Handicap (2.30am PST, 5.30am EST)

#4 Valhalla doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He continues to perform at a consistent level and sticking to this grade following his latest win is advantageous. One to beat. #10 Noble Boyz slots in light and can make his presence felt. He’s steadily found form and should be able to get his opportunity from a forward position in the run. #12 Noir Rider has no weight to carry after finishing second last start. He can rattle home. #6 Goodmanship narrowly missed last time out. He returns on the quick back-up. Keep safe.

Race 2: France Handicap (3.00am PST, 6.00am EST)

#4 Nice Birdie was cramped for running room last start. He had plenty more under the hood that day and is more than capable of putting his best foot forward here with even luck. He’s worth taking a chance on. #8 Medic Elite is consistent and has that on his side. He’ll find the right spot early on. #3 Happy Jai Jai draws ideally and once again pairs with Zac Purton. He can figure under the champion rider. #1 Charmander steps down in grade. He is better suited to this level of racing and is a huge threat. He’s the value.

The Impact of the Hong Kong International RacesRace 3: Germany Handicap (3.30am PST, 6.30am EST)

#2 Royal Pride can bounce back returning to Happy Valley. He travelled wide and without cover last start at Sha Tin – total forgive run. James McDonald hops up and his best form holds him in very good stead. #5 Super Baby is no stranger to reversing his form and a few favours can see him do that. He can make his presence felt. #8 Fearless Fire has gone close across his last few runs. He loves the grade and is a threat. #11 Amazing Boy has been knocking on the door this season. The inside gate is suitable.

Race 4: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 1st Leg (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#2 Super Commander can contest the early lead. Chances are he finds that here, especially from the draw for an in-form Pierre Ng. He’s better suited in this grade and could easily pinch this one. #6 Savvy Delight gets a good gate and the services of Zac Purton. He’s gone close several times this season. #4 Galvanic draws inside and should get a sweet run throughout. He gets his shot here and is close to a first win. #11 Oversubscribed slots in light and will be flashing home late. Don’t discount.

Race 5: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 2nd Leg (4.40m PST, 7.40am EST)

#11 Sure Joyful is in sizzling form and the low weight and inside gate are huge positives. He also gets the services of Vincent Ho, a prolific winner at Happy Valley on his side. One to beat. #4 M Unicorn is chasing a third win from his last four starts. He gets Ryan Moore up and shapes as a huge threat, especially from barrier four with his talent. #12 To Infinity slots in light and is racing well. He narrowly missed by under a length last start and that level of form will see him go close. #8 Killer Instinct is next in line.

Race 6: Great Britain Handicap (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#3 Kilindini has a much better draw this time around. He can roll forward and it should see him either lead or sit prominent with ease. One to beat from there. #9 Ernest Feeling is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He’s in superb form and the draw is suitable as he rises in grade. #4 Party Warrior loves the track and trip. He’s been in solid form this term and it wouldn’t surprise to see him mount a strong case. He’ll just need to navigate barrier one – a tricky draw for a backmarker. #8 Prince Chiswick has more improvement to come.

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Race 7: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 3rd Leg (5.40am PST, 8.40am EST)

#2 Flagship Warrior charged home from the tail of the field last start. He has an ideal draw and is racing in superb form. His pairing with James McDonald is a plus, so is the rise in distance. #6 All Beauty is in the right vein of form and gets his chance. He caught the eye last start – surging home late on. #9 Storm Legend is a two-time winner in the grade below. This assignment looks tough but he is returning to sound form this term. #8 Silver Sonic is a class act and he’s better than recent runs suggest. Next in line.

Race 8: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship Handicap – 4th Leg (6.10am PST, 9.10am EST)

#8 Sugar Sugar was closing late last start. He can advance further forward following that effort, especially with a pace run to suit his liking, which he may get here. He’s drawn wide but he’ll settle back anyway. He’s worth a shot. #5 Tomodachi Kokoroe should press for the early lead. He won well two starts ago and has remained in sound condition. #11 Kaholo Angel is another who should roll forward under Zac Purton. The inside gate suits and he’ll be prominent. #9 Gameplayer Elite is improving and can do so again.

Race 9: Japan Handicap (6.55am PST, 9.55am EST)

Tricky closer to the fixture but #7 The Best Peach is favoured under a suitable handicap in this grade thanks to the presence of the top-weight. Zac Purton hops up again after the pair were inconvenienced two runs back. They can atone here. #2 All For St Paul’s continues to raise the bar and his go-forward style of affords his chance. #6 Helene Feeling is doing his best and is yet to look out of place in this grade, especially as one-time winner in it. #5 Rising From Ashes is after a hat-trick. Don’t discount.

 

Source: The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Top European Turf Runner Ace Impact Retired

Unbeaten Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor Ace Impact has been retired to stud.

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the three-year-old has enjoyed an exemplary campaign, rising through the ranks from a Cagnes-Sur-Mer all-weather win in January to an electrifying length-and-three-quarters victory in the ParisLongchamp showpiece at the start of this month.

After his initial win in January, Rouget bided his time until sending Ace Impact for a conditions win in April, with a Listed success coming the following month.

Upped to Group One level for the Prix du Jockey Club after that, the son of Cracksman showed his trademark turn of foot to win the French equivalent of the Derby by three and a half lengths from Big Rock.

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Group 1 Prix de Diane on Sunday features Blue Rose Cen

This year’s Prix de Diane looks a riveting prospect given the elevated level of fillies declared for Sunday’s classic. While the domestic contingent is undeniably strong, there is no shortage of quality hailing from the UK and Ireland.
It is Blue Rose Cen who is attracting most of the attention. In landing the Poule d’Essai last month, she provided Christopher Head with his first classic. Winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac at two, she has never raced over 2100m, but according to her handler, she should not be inconvenienced by the longer trip.

Impressive winner of the Prix Saint-Alary, Jannah Rose, in contrast, is not lacking on the staying front. A filly of considerable class, she is expected to play a leading role. Pensée Du Jour has not run since winning the Prix Pénélope on 1st April but is highly-regarded at home and there is no shortage of confidence concerning her chances.

John and Thady Gosden will try to put Running Lion’s Oaks misadventure behind them. Justifiably held in high esteem by the father-son team, she has a realistic prospect of stamping her mark on the Chantilly showpiece. Elusive Princess ran second in the Saint-Alary and was supplemented on Wednesday for €66,000 but has a few lengths to make up in order to win. Aidan O’Brien’s Never Ending Story could finish only fifth in the Poule d’Essai that day and will also need to step up her game.

Second to Blue Rose Cen in her last two races, Lindy was unlucky in the Poule d’Essai. She should suit the Chantilly profile and according to Christophe Ferland, distance is not an issue. As for the beautifully-bred Left Sea, she won a Longchamp Listed last weekend, and while Carlos Laffon-Parias is taking something of a gamble, she nevertheless represents an interesting outsider.

Source: French PMU

Horse Racing in Singapore to Cease Operations

“I had a gut feeling going into the meeting,” Michael Clements, president of the trainers’ association and the current premiership leader, told Asian Racing Report.

Lim addressed the group. Her manner was uncomfortable, ‘sheepish’ even, as she told the trainers of the industry’s fate: horse racing in Singapore would cease within 16 months. She took three questions from the floor – the first being what will happen to the horses? – and left for a news briefing. A STC press release was issued.

Despite a general acceptance among trainers of the government’s need for land, and that the decision will not be reversed, there are moves afoot to lobby for an extension. But there is also anger and exasperation among stakeholders at the way in which the STC has handled a weighty matter of such grave importance to the people who work in Singapore’s racing industry and their families.

“We go into a meeting on three hours’ notice, we get 15 minutes of her time, and they tell us that it is all over. They didn’t handle the situation well,” said local trainer Jerome Tan… continued:

Shock and anger at Singapore racing’s sad demise

Big June Ahead for French Horse Racing

France ChantillyFrench horse racing in June offers an exciting and varied calendar, featuring prestigious events such as the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club, the Prix La Coupe, the Prix de Diane, the Grand National du Trot and the Prix du Président de La République.

THE RACES:

The racecourses will be very coveted during this month of June thanks to the prestige and history of the races.

4th June – The Qatar Prix du Jockey Club will be held at the Chantilly racecourse, a race reserved for 3-year-old colts during which they will have an intense battle for the title of champion.

7th June – A few days later, the 6th stage of the Grand National du Trot will take place at the Laval racetrack. This is a must for trotting fans where many champions will compete to win this competition.

11th June – Direction the Paris-Longchamp racecourse for the Prix La Coupe which is a flat race for which horses of 4 years old and more will fight for the victory.

18th June – The show will continue at the Chantilly racetrack with the Prix de Diane, a major race in the equestrian calendar. This event is highly anticipated as it attracts the best. The race is reserved for 3-year-old fillies and is also known as the “Ladies Jockey Club”.

21st June – The Grand National du Trot will be back for the 7th stage which will take place this time on the Langon racecourse. It will be a great first for this racecourse where the best trotters will compete.

25th June – It will be on the Vincennes racecourse that will close this month of June with the Prix du Président de La République which is a mounted trotting race, this race will gather the best trotters of the country for an exceptional day.

Return of Horse Racing Fans on One of Hong Kong’s Biggest Days

21/1/2023 Horse Racing Tips and Best Bets – Sha TinThe pandemic years have been rich with surreal imagery. Vacant office space where once there was none, silent schools once brimming with students, public transport with few passengers, empty or closed stadiums, theatres and other entertainment venues, a population that kept its distance and remains masked to this day. The list goes on, but the second day of the Year of the Rabbit recalled an image that no one ever imagined they would see in the turf capital of Hong Kong – horse racing held behind closed doors without trackside punters as an anti-infection measure.

The punters have been back for a while, but [last] Tuesday’s Lunar New Year meeting at Sha Tin underlined how surreal their previous absence was. Nearly 80,000 people clicked the turnstiles at Sha Tin, plus more than 5,000 at the Happy Valley video meeting – the biggest turnout since the 2019, pre-pandemic Lunar New Year meeting.

More telling about how the Lunar New Year ignited the enthusiasm with which Hongkongers embraced the return to normality is that the Jockey Club reports a betting turnover of HK$2.06 billion (US$265 million), the biggest since… more on the Return of Horse Racing Fans on One of Hong Kong’s Biggest Days