Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Sha Tin Sunday 12 July 2020

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Sha Tin Sunday 12 July 2020

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips from Sunday's racing coming your way from Sha Tin.

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SHA TIN BEST BETS SUNDAY

Race 1 No11 TREASURE CHEST
Trainer: Ricky Yiu - Jockey: Alfie Chan

For pure value TREASURE CHEST can show he’s a jewel of a bet in an admittedly tricky opener. The five-year-old is awaiting a first victory here after 11 attempts, but this could be his day. He looked like a horse getting ready to win when fourth to Red Brick Fighter at the start of the month with apprentice Chan aboard for the first time. That jockey should know more of what to expect. KELMIMI WINS finished second in that race and has to be respected, as it was his best effort for soon to depart trainer John Moore. Top weight SHANGHAI DRAGON is consistent and a must in for exotics.


Prediction: 11-7-1

Race 2 No5 MIGHTY VALOR
Trainer: Ricky Yiu - Jockey: Zac Purton

Considering he had a rotten draw MIGHTY VALOR didn’t fare too badly when third to Angel Of My Eyes at the end of last month. He’d previously returned from a break to bolt up off a lower mark and is clearly right in the zone. PRECIOUS SWEETIE ran out of real estate when well down the field after being well supported last time. He’s worth another market check, while MONKEY JEWELLERY doesn’t know how to run a bad race and is another must include.


Prediction: 5-9-2

Race 3 No4 MIGHTY POWER
Trainer: Benno Yung - Jockey: Jerry Chau

MIGHTY POWER ran better than his finishing position indicates last time and gets a speculative vote in an open heat. He has a good draw from which to attack, and can make this an overdue first win in Hong Kong. LEADING FORTUNE knows where the winning post is, as mirrored by his short head triumphs in April and earlier this month. He was beaten only a neck two starts back and with this ring of consistency has to be considered. CIRCUIT HASSLER needs to overcome a tricky draw if he’s to better a couple of near misses.

Prediction: 4-2-3


Race 4 No8 GENERAL’S DELIGHT (Nap)
Trainer: Doug Whyte - Jockey: Karis Teetan

The featured Sha Tin Mile can fall to GENERAL’S DELIGHT, a horse with scope for serious improvement. He landed quite a gamble when opening his account two starts back and then ran a corker to finish fourth to Ka Ying Star, beaten just half a length in a blanket finish to the Lion Rock Trophy. Having positively answered a first big ask he can consolidate in this slightly easier contest. Just inches in front of him that day was FAST MOST FURIOUS who has to be taken seriously, and if there’s to be an upset it could emanate from NORTHERN SUPERSTAR, who just two runs back was contesting at Group 1 level but hasn’t really cut the mustard since his arrival from South Africa.


Prediction: 8-2-5

Race 5 No6 GOOD DAYS
Trainer: Danny Shum - Jockey: Zac Purton

Zac Purton is the man to conjure a bit more from the frustrating GOOD DAYS. It’s over a year since the gelding’s latest win here, but his last five outings have resulted in form figures of 22424. The last twice he’s chased the shadow of Bullish Glory who is mercifully absent, leaving CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE as his main foe. The latter came out of the wilderness to post a near miss last time. At longer odds CHEERFUL STAR is one to go into all exotics and can earn.

Prediction: 6-13-9

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Race 6 No3 SKY FIELD
Trainer: Caspar Fownes - Jockey: Joao Moreira

SKY FIELD can show he’s an emerging force on the Hong Kong circuit. From a good gate his telling turn of foot should stand him in good stead if he enjoys the breaks in running. He looked unlucky not to catch Yee Chong Pegasus when returning from a six month break the other day. The obvious danger is GOLDEN LINK, who has knocked on the door on his last two of only three career outings. He’s well drawn and has Zac Purton in the irons. WAR LORD has enjoyed a short stay in the Conghua training centre and should represent a bit of value.


Prediction: 3-2-4

Race 7 No8 SUMSTREETSUMWHERE
Trainer: David Hall - Jockey: Blake Shinn

There’s a lot to like about SUMSTREETSUMWHERE on his second start for David Hall. He finished strongly for a place with the benefit of first time blinkers here two weeks ago, and if maintaining that level of form has to go close. SUPER RED DRAGON was mugged last time on only his fourth outing of the year for Mi So who now engages Joao Moreira for the grey. With a recent win under his belt, SO WE JOY can also figure under top weight.


Prediction: 8-12-1

Race 8 No13 EMERALD SPUR
Trainer: Ricky Yiu - Jockey: Dylan Mo

EMERALD SPUR has been freshened by a visit to Conghua, and although a tricky customer to catch right, this could be his day. It’s only a fifth run of the year for the gelding who peaked with back-to-back triumphs last autumn. From gate 2 THE ROCK has to be of interest as he’s an unexposed individual that’s shown ability on both career starts for the Fownes stable. Prolific scorer FANTASTIC SHOW has been a revelation since getting blinkers, winning four on the bounce and placing on his other two starts under Moreira.

Prediction: 13-2-4

Race 9 No2 MONGOLIAN KING
Trainer: Me Tsui - Jockey: Zac Purton

Purton has his customary good book and one of his picks has to be MONGOLIAN KING who doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He’s finished second five times and won once in his last nine outings and remains at his optimum distance with BEAUTY APPLAUSE looking a threat after a sharpening run off a break. AMAZING CHOCOLATE has bloomed under the tutelage of Tony Millard, but if this is to be a fourth win from just six starts for that trainer he needs to cope with the step into a Class 2.

Prediction: 2-6-10

Race 10 No12 HEZA BEAUTY
Trainer: John Size - Jockey: Joao Moreira

Having gained a deserved win over course and distance two weeks ago, HEZA BEAUTY can consolidate for the Size/Moreira combo. A pea out of the same pod is FLYING SWORD who remains in the Class 3 band in an attempt to boost Tony Cruz’s attempt to land the trainer’s’ title. But he acks the consistency of Heza Beauty, and a sterner threat could stem from top weight LOBO’S LEGEND.

Prediction: 12-1-4

Race 11 No7 PRESIDENT’S CHOICE
Trainer: C W Chang - Jockey: Antoine Hamelin

PRESIDENT’S CHOICE has done well for his connections during a short time in Hong Kong, posting two successes from only six outings since January. He’s coped with a step up the class ladder, finishing second in a $116k contest and fifth in another behind the impressive California Gungho. With his scope for further improvement he can stave off a dangerous-looking challenge from WINNING BREW, who produced an eye taking display to open his account here, but now steps up.

Prediction: 7-9-3

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