Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: International Racing: Saturday 9 May 2020 – Sha Tin

International Racing: Saturday 9 May 2020 – Sha Tin

International Racing: Thursday 07 May 2020 – Townsville

The Class 1, 9th race is the headline event on the programme this time around, after the pleasure of some exciting Group racing in Hong Kong in recent weeks. With that said, the racing offered at Sha Tin this Saturday is as intriguing as ever and deserves plenty of attention. See more here. 

Other international racing tips for Saturday:

Ascot
Morphettville
Anthony Delpech Tips
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Randwick

Caulfield 
Geraldton 
Newcastle Preview with Keagan Latham & KZN Racing Radio

Best Bet: JADE FORTUNE (Race 6)

Value Bet: MULTIMILLION (Race 8)

R
T
Conditions
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
1
07:00
1200m – Class 4 – Turf
1
3
2
12
7
2
07:30
1650m – Class 3 – All Weather
7
4
1
2
5
3
08:00
1200m – Class 4 – Turf
6
2
10
1
12
4
08:30
1600m – Class 5 – Turf
8
2
1
6
9
5
09:00
1800m – Class 4 – Turf
14
8
11
5
1
6
09:35
1650m – Class 4 – All Weather
2
4
7
6
9
7
10:05
1200m – Class 3 – Turf
2
1
9
8
5
8
10:35
1000m – Class 2 – Turf
7
5
2
4
14
9
11:10
1400m – Class 1 – Turf
1
4
5
10
13
10
11:45
1400m – Class 3 – Turf
8
10
4
1
6

Jackpot: Races 7-10 / Starts: 10:05
Leg 1
Leg 2
Leg 3
Leg 4
2
7
1
8
1
5
4
10
9

5
4
8

10



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Race 1 – 07:00 – 1200m – Class 4 – Turf
Selections: 1 – 3 – 2 – 12 – 7
XPONENTIAL benefitted from the drop back to this trip from a much-improved draw last time out. That was just his fourth career start and he lands another plum draw where he looks set to double his win tally. Chad Schofield jumps back aboard the son of Equiano after picking up the ride in that debut win and he’ll be the one to beat here. BREEZE OF SPRING hasn’t been disgraced in his last two starts, after picking up his first win here. He finds a much-improved draw this time and the drop back to the 1200m will suit. The cheek pieces are replaced with a visor this time and with the 2-pound claim to aid his chances, he must be included. HARD PROMISE appears to have landed on a competitive mark in the ratings and he will be looking to build on that solid last run when going handy from a wide draw. With this being his fourth outing since dropping into this class he looks ready to win soon. SHINING ON has also slipped in the ratings and he finally lands a draw where he won’t be completely reliant on luck in running. Joao Moreira takes the mount on the son of O’Reilly and he has the credentials to go right into contention.

Race 2 – 07:30 – 1650m – Class 3 – All Weather
Selections: 7 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 5
The first of two contests on the All-Weather appears to be a wide-open affair. LONDON LUCKYSTAR gave a very good account of himself when showing good improvement last time out, which happened to be his first attempt on the All-Weather. Drawn wide, he found plenty of traffic but did well to rally late for a well-deserved second and the much-improved draw will bring him right into the equation here. The inform Antoine Hamelin takes the mount on the 4-year old and he should be worth following. CLEAR CHOICE has been in solid form since returning to this surface four starts back. From gate 8 he will be looking to sit just off the leading line and with Zac Purton up this time he looks a major contender. PING HAI TREASURE doesn’t have an easy draw, but he is reunited with Joao Moreira who will be looking to guide him into a forward position in the early stages. With this being just his second start this season, he should strip a lot fitter 2nd up and can add to that useful record over this course and distance. HANDSOME BO BO has only had the one start on this surface, and he went close to winning. That was three starts back, over 1200m. With the 5-pound claimer up he looks an interesting contender over the extra and could upset.

Race 3 – 08:00 – 1200m – Class 4 – Turf
Selections: 6 – 2 – 10 – 1 – 12
A tricky race greets punters in the third, where three contenders have debuts in a field that represents some modest form. ILUVATAAR is one of those debutantes and an early talking horse. The son of Makfi doesn’t have to be a super star to win this and he could be worth following first up. DECISIVE TWELVE is drawn wide for this step up to the 1200m after finding favouritism in both of his runs so far. The trip shouldn’t be an issue, but he will be looking for luck in running and if finding some, he could feature. GENERAL TRUMP reverts back to the Turf after winning his penultimate start in his first attempt on the All-Weather. He will be looking to repeat the run prior to that win, when performing well in this class. Over the same course and distance this time, he rates a big threat. FLYING BONUS drops in class and reverts back to a trip where he went close to winning in his penultimate start. Purton jumps aboard this time and if overcoming the draw, he should go close.

Race 4 – 08:30 – 1600m – Class 5 – Turf
Selections: 8 – 2 – 1 – 6 – 9
GREAT HARVEST could be a brave first pick, but he has been lightly raced this season and he was starting to show signs of a big performance before things didn’t go to plan at Happy Valley last time. From barrier 6, he will be one of the early leaders and if allowed to dictate he could be hard to catch. JOY MASTER went close over this course and distance last time out. He is starting to look competitive off his current mark of 39 but despite the fact that Joao Moreira takes the mount, it is going to be tough from that wide draw. HURRICANE HUNTER has shown good improvement in his last three starts, since dropping into this class. He should enjoy stepping back up to the mile and if finding some luck in running from barrier 9, he should be involved at the business end. BLAZING PARTNERS is dropping steadily in the ratings and the signs of improvement are starting to show. The step up to the mile will suit and he deserves inclusion in this open looking event.

Race 5 – 09:00 – 1800m – Class 4 – Turf
Selections: 14 – 8 – 11 – 5 – 1
SHINEALOT benefitted from the improved draw and fitting of blinkers last time out. He lands another plum draw for his return to the course and distance where he was only beaten a neck three runs back. Despite that being in Class 5 company, he has a nice galloping weight to shoulder here and must be considered a big runner. GORGEOUS INHERITOR showed good improvement at Happy Valley last time out, when having just his third career start. With the blinkers fitted this time, he gets the services of Zac Purton and with scope for improvement, he should feature. INVALUABLE continues to drop in the ratings and he is starting to show promising signs of a big run. From gate 6, he looks a big threat. PERFECT TO PLAY reverts to a course where he hasn’t enjoyed much success and his record in three attempts over this trip is also questionable. With that said, Joao Moreira is an interesting jockey inclusion and as a result, he deserves some respect.

Race 6 – 09:35 – 1650m – Class 4 – All Weather
Selections: 2 – 4 – 7 – 6 – 9
Back on the All-Weather for the sixth race and its JADE FORTUNE who gets the nod for first prize. After two solid efforts from wide draws in both of his last two starts on this surface, Zac Purton retains the ride from a much-improved draw. This will be his third start since dropping into this class and he looks set to win this time. THIS ONE’S FOR YOU finished right in front of the top selection last time and he finds another wide barrier to overcome, with Moreira retaining the ride. He is a consistent performer over this course and distance and must be respected once again. TELECOM ROCKET has been in good consistent form this year and he could be an interesting contender with this being his first outing on the All-Weather. With the 3-pound claimer up from a plum draw, he could surprise. SO WE JOY steps up in trip on the back of a good effort at the fourth time of asking in his latest attempt. He has plenty of scope to improve and the son of So You Think should relish the extra.

Race 7 – 10:05 – 1200m – Class 3 – Turf
Selections: 2 – 1 – 9 – 8 – 5
STANLEY PARK is a five-time winner from fifteen career starts and he only showed signs of returning to the winner’s enclosure last time out, when having his fourth start in Hong Kong. That was when dropping back to this trip and being forced to go handy from a very wide draw. The 5-pound claimer jumps aboard from an improved draw and he should be great each way value. FANTASY will be looking to continue that smart record over this course and distance as he bids for a hat-trick of wins here. He has received a punishing 15-pound penalty for those two recent wins but has plenty more to come and deserves lots of respect. MARVEL DRAGON and GLENEALY GENERALS have both slipped in the ratings and from gates 3 and 2 respectively, have the credentials to go into contention.

Race 8 – 10:35 – 1000m – Class 2 – Turf
Selections: 7 – 5 – 2 – 4 – 14
MULTIMILLION and HONG KONG WIN both appear to be the leading contenders here, with the latter having finished in front of the former in their latest dual over the same track and trip.  MULTIMILLION gets the nod to reverse the finishing order this time, with the 4-pound favourable turn-around at the weights. Karis Teetan jumps back aboard, and he has very good record on the lightly raced son of Tycoon Ruler. If he is allowed to skip clear early on, he’ll be very tough to catch. HONG KONG WIN will be expected to grind out another big run and with Joao Moreira retaining the ride, he must be included. Both of STRONGER and GENTLE BREEZE bring threatening recent form to the table and deserve another look for wider perms.

Race 9 – 11:10 – 1400m – Class 1 – Turf
Selections: 1 – 4 – 5 – 10 – 13
BEAUTY LEGACY relished the drop back to this trip last time, when making his second appearance over this course and distance. He steps up in class but still has a lot more improvement to come and with Joao Moreira retaining the ride, he can win this. DECRYPT stems from the same form line in his last start, when finishing right behind the top selections. He lines up 2-pounds better off with the former and he should give another good sight if Zac Purton is able to overcome gate 8. CALIFORNIA WHIP has dropped in the ratings and he has a useful galloping weight for his return to Class 1 level. From gate 6, he should have a nice place chance. BUDDIES has been very competitive in Class 2 company and with the 10-pound claimer up for his return to Class 1 level, he rates a threat from barrier 4.

Race 10 – 11:45 – 1400m – Class 3 – Turf
Selections: 8 – 10 – 4 – 1 – 6
The final race on the card is a return to Class 3 racing, over the 1400m trip. ALL IN MIND is still getting going in his career with just 8 runs to his name. He gave a good sight last time out, when overcoming a wide draw to finish just over three lengths back. That was over this course and distance in Class 2 company, after a win here at this level. The 3-year old son of Deep Field lands a plum draw now and he looks a huge runner over this 1400m trip. FARHH ABOVE has followed up well since winning on his return to racing earlier this year. He finds conditions to suit and with Moreira retaining the ride, he should be big opposition to the top one. RIGHT CHOICE looks threatening with this being his third start since dropping into this class. He finds another very tricky draw to negate but with three wins from four attempts over this course and distance, Purton looks like the right man for the job. BEAUTY RUSH hasn’t quite shaped over the mile in his last two starts, but the drop in trip from a handy draw is going to suit his handy running style and he could feature at the business end.  

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