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Here is our preview of the meeting.
We open what should be a great day of racing with a Class 4 over 2000m and it’s GOD OF THE DRAGON (2) who can start the day. The seven-year-old improved to the 1,800m in Happy Valley on September 22 and won Class 3 on track and travel just over a year ago. He returns to a winnable odds and will be ridden by 1.5kg contender, Jerry Chau. COMMANDER DRAGON (5) could be danger and can be forgiven for a final 9th start when posted out of the way. He was impressive late last season in the 2000m and will be ridden by Joao Moreira, who leads Zac Purton by four Jockeys Premiership wins at the start of the season. DAILY CHARM (11) has moved back to his old couple but could resume racing as there seems to be a lack of speed here. He’s been second in his last two games and is slightly weighted. EZRA (1) is a winner of the last start who can finish in the top four.
KING OF THE COURT (6) should be hard to beat in race 2 of the day after a first effort which saw him finish second behind Happy Time on September 19. to beat. COUNTRY BOY (12) shoots just outside of that horse and can either lead or box. He finished second to Xiang Yin on October 1 and will be ridden by Karis Teetan. ROMANTIC COMBO (3) is another who shot low and was 3rd in the same race as Country Boy last time around. He didn’t enjoy a lot of coverage in this race and can finish closer. TRAVEL STAR (11) is a winner of the last start who may again appear at the finish.
This takes the form of an open betting race and it is TURBO FALCON (1) this is shaping up to be another early chance for Jerry Chau. The seven-year-old fell to that level at the end of last season and finished second in his last two starts, narrowly missing from Infinite Power when he sat on gear on September 26. GRACYLOVE (2) has finished in the top two in his last three starts and comes out for the first time this season. He’s been dragging but will be looking to land in the race line and may have the option to cross that note very soon. AWESOME TREASURE (8) is a first starter who has had impressive tries, and the Hayes team have found more than practical beginners this season. Watch the bets. ENCHANTING STAR (6) picks up and was solid in a recent essay.
HELLO CHILD (5) can get the job done in Race 4. The Tony Cruz-trained galloper made his debut on September 26 and narrowly missed hero The Best, these two edging out Eight Trigrams. He had tested well before that and is emerging as a winner. HOLIDAY WARRIOR (3) will get the Barrier 1 seat and finished second in her first start before being posted wide by finishing 4th in Momentum Galaxy on September 22. He obtains the services of Moreira. INFINITE WINNER (4) is another who has been pretty much in his three races and might be looking to get through the wide gate. If he can save a few gas tickets in the early stages, he can fight to the finish. Monitor bets for MILLENNIUM FALCON (13), who improved to finish second in his final round of the season and just won a try for his comeback.
Class 3 gallopers stretch over the 1800m of race 5 of the day and SET (6) can light the tables TRUSTED (7) after missing behind this horse on September 19 on the 1600m. The runner trained by Manfred Man has a good distance record and better meets the winner at weights. JUMP OF FAITH (5) comes back in the 1800m and was solid on the line last time around when he was 3rd behind All For St Pauls. HELENE ALLIBOR (8) deserves reflection. The former Sandown Guineas winner (1600m) was moderate in his first two starts in HK but ran well for 5th place at All For St Pauls over 1600m last time around and is able to improve further.
The first of two Group 2 races is the Premier Bowl and the undefeated MAIL WONDER (6) made a comeback. The John Size-trained runner picks up after releasing the Sha Tin vase just on his fifth career debut and comes up with a few winning tries. Joao Moreira goes up and will look to sit right next to them at barrier 9. A number of them are from the recent National Day Cup (1000m) which was eliminated by SUPER WEALTH (7). SKY FIELD (1) should improve from that first run and complete the exacta, as he meets the winner at weights better. He finished third by a length behind Courier Wonder in the Sha Tin Vase earlier this year. The former Australian, NABOU ATTACK (12), can figure with the 51.5 kg and had no luck here on September 26.
Race 7 is a class 2 over 1800m and CP BRAVE (5) can continue his work after scoring over 1600m when he resumed here on September 19th. The five-year-old settled in the first half of the day and showed good acceleration down the straight to win over a length of Highland Fortune. He meets a number of rivals in this race and should get perfect Barrier 4 piloting with Moreira to ride. ZEBROWSKI (9) worth a lot of thinking. The 2020 Australian The Derby runner-up (2400m) was well placed 4th behind CP Brave last time and is 3kg better at weights, while the 1800m is in his favor. HEAVENLY POWER (10) is in the mix after running 3rd in the same race. SAVAQUIN (2) was moderate last time but is likely to improve.
The second of the features is the Sha Tin Trophy and DARCI SKY (7) can do a few places better than a first effort which saw him finish 3rd in the Celebration Cup (1400m) on September 26th. adapted by the step up to 1600m. He will come back from the gate but will attack them very late. The pace could be confusing, which could lead to people like DIAMOND SWIRL (10) into it. He has settled into the first of his last three mile races and finished ahead of Sky Darci the last time around. The veteran galloper, SOUTHERN LEGEND (1), should be a second improvement and should be discarded in multiples. Monitor bets for PANELS (5), who may need more but ended their season on a high and shouldn’t be too far in the Barrier 2 race.
MY SUGAR (2) can continue in race 9 in the afternoon. The five-year-old has trotted two with those victories coming either side of the New Year and was impressive here on September 12 when he edged out Gorytus. Deep Field’s son is rising in weight but can progress further than this grade and Purton remains on board. EXPRESS STORM (4) is emerging as a competitor after having resisted well to grab 3rd place in his first outing of the season. The five-year-old can improve on that and won two on the track and travel trot earlier this year. MASTER HERO (9) is a last-start winner who will attract support. He drove and cleaned up with Uncle Steve last time around and will give them something to chase. LIFE LINE DONATION (5) will work and worth throwing at disagreement.
FANTASTIC TREASURE (2) will be about to make six out of six starts when he returns in the last event of the day. The David Hayes-trained galloper worked through the scores last season and produced a nice second-place effort in a try behind Wellington recently. WINNING DREAMER (1) is the one who could produce strong opposition and finished 4th in a hot race behind Naboo Attack. He came up with a winning essay and drew perfectly. BILLION WINS (6) has since knocked down an unlucky Naboo Attack in the 1200m and must be respected on that effort. He could get the favors of the inner door. GOLDEN TABLE (7) will work at a price.