The turf course, on which all Sunday’s races will be run, is fairly flat and galloping in nature, with a gradual rise in the home straight. You need to be able to get home at Sha Tin.
Here is the Racing Post’s view on each race on the card.
HONG KONG RACING FROM SHA TIN SCHEDULE AND BETTING TIPS
5.45 Peel Handicap (5f)
Douglas Whyte’s newcomer Valiant Elegance won a recent trial and could be anything. He is likely to be well fancied in the market given Joao Moreira is in the plate, but he lacks experience and could find one too good.
That could be Trust Me, who appeared to have a bit left in the tank when scoring here five weeks ago and is taken to collect his third course-and-distance win of 2020.
Decisive Twelve was behind the selection when third on his debut but has obvious potential to build on that performance and is also a key player.
6.15 Homestead Handicap (6f)
In a race lacking strength-in-depth the suggestion is to back the well-drawn five-year-old Unique Treasure, who has performed well over course and distance on both his starts since joining Ricky Yiu.
Ridden by the in-form Karis Teetan, who won two races here on the synthetic surface on Wednesday, Unique Treasure could get the perfect rail sit from stall two and record his first Hong Kong success.
Take What You Need and Victoriam should also be on the premises, although the latter has been dealt a duff hand draw-wise.
6.45 Chairman’s Trophy (1m)
Beauty Generation was very much the dominant force over 7f/1m in Hong Kong last season but, even though he collected another Group 1 in February, it seems like he is not quite as good as he was.
Preference is for rising star Waikuku, who has finished ahead of Beauty Generation on all five of his starts this season and gained his first Group 1 success on the latest occasion.
Ka Ying Star is in receipt of 3lb from the two principals and probably won’t be far away.
7.15 Pollock Handicap (7f)
Ka Ying Excellent has a much better draw in stall one than when going very close from box 12 over course and distance three weeks ago and is afforded significant respect under Zac Purton. The Tony Cruz-trained gelding is winless in seven starts in his career but appears well handicapped off 54.
However, the slight preference is for Chairman Lo, who was unlucky not to get a win on the board last season and made a very pleasing return to action last month. Joao Moreira knows how to ride the gelding, who deserves to get off the mark at the 14th attempt.
Smiling City has a wide draw to contend with but is an each-way option to consider under 7lb claimer Alfred Chan.
8.05 Harlech Handicap (1m2f)
Danny Shum’s four-year-old Butterfield made a low-key start to his Hong Kong career over inadequate trips last year but came good with a 1m1f handicap win here in February and subsequently ran quite well in the Hong Kong Derby over course and distance.
He’s open to further improvement and this three-time Grade 1 Brazilian winner is selected to provide Joao Moreira with yet another winner.
Last year’s winner Dark Dream has become difficult to predict but is impossible to rule out under Zac Purton. While last-time-out winner Helene Leadingstar, who has won at the course, is next on the list.
8.40 Severn Handicap (1m)
This can go to King Dragon, who went close off this mark over 7f three weeks ago and has been shaping very much as though he might benefit from a step up in trip.
Held up in the early stages, King Dragon finished with a fair rattle under Vincent Ho, who retains the ride, and looked a horse to keep on the right side of.
Party Everyday was denied a clear run before finishing third over this course and distance a fortnight ago and is feared most.
Defining Moment took a step back in the right direction when last in action and remains well handicapped, while a case can also be made for Go Ballistic.
9.10 Sprint Cup (6f)
The return of Aethero will generate plenty of excitement. A big, scopey son of Sebring, Aethero was one of the talking horses of last season in Hong Kong thanks to victories that included the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint in November.
However, he was beaten on his final outing despite making the front under Zac Purton and there are question marks now that he returns to the track.
Therefore the budding sprinting star may have his work cut out to better Hot King Prawn. John Size’s prolific five-year-old arrives in great form and can give weight and a beating to his younger rival.
Mr Stunning is an interesting alternative to the two fancied rivals as he is now fitted with first-time cheekpieces.
9.40 Plantation Handicap (6f)
A competitive, wide-open race that features a number of unexposed types that could be better than this level in time.
The Plantation Handicap can go the way of Dublin Star, who was sent off odds on for his first two starts and had excuses last time when getting worked up in the stalls. He clearly has ability and is well drawn to put it all together here now back up in trip. The booking of Joao Moreira is crucial.
True Legend was green on debut and can step up on that effort to pick up the pieces if Dublin Star disappoints again.
10.15 Homestead Handicap (6f)
This looks a good opportunity for Ping Hai Bravo to claim a third victory and continue his rapid rise through the grades.
Trained by John Size, Ping Hai Bravo has made an instant impact in Hong Kong from the basement mark of 52 and absolutely bolted up when last seen at the end of March.
Ka Ying Legend could prove the main danger to the selection if breaking well from stall one.
10.50 Lugard Handicap (7f)
It may pay to forgive Farhh Above a poor run last time and he is taken to get back to winning ways.
Again ridden by Joao Moreira, who looks highly likely to have a profitable day in the saddle, Farhh Above, a son of Lockinge and Champion Stakes winner Farrh, has made a good start to his career but suffered a setback when beaten at 1-2 when last seen.
Douglas Whyte’s unexposed four-year-old colt looked a horse going places earlier in the season and he can get back on track at the expense of Touch Of Luck, who returns to the turf.
ALL ABOVE PRICES ARE CORRECT AS OF 09:30 05/04/2020 AND ARE SUBJECT TO FLUCTUATIONS
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