Neil Morrice brings you all of his best bets and tips for Sunday’s racing coming your way from Salisbury, Wetherby and Sha Tin.
Race 3 No1 GEORGE MORLAND (Nap)
Trainer: Henry Candy – Jockey: David Probert
As the only winner in the field GEORGE MORLAND has to shoulder a 5lb penalty. The extra makes life difficult but not insurmountable, and this son of Camacho has come on since springing a 16-1 surprise at Kempton. He’s worked well on grass at home, and can prove more than a match for well-touted newcomer Great News.
Race 8 No10 SINGLE (Each Way)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: George Bass
SINGLE should be a filly worth waiting for in the nightcap. The daughter of Nathaniel scored over course and distance last season and was perhaps a bit unlucky when fourth at Catterick last time. She’s a model of consistency, and should get into the money at the very least.
Race 4 No12 AL TARMAAH
Trainer: William Haggas – Jockey: Jim Crowley
From a stable that’s made a strong start to the season, AL TARMAAH takes the eye in receipt of weight from all of his opponents. The Muhaarar gelding opened his account with a much improved performance on the final of three outings last year, and is the type to do well in handicaps.
Race 5 No9 LOOK OUT LOUIS
Trainer: Julie Camacho – Jockey: Jason Hart
Another lurking at the base of the handicap with strong claims is LOOK OUT LOUIS. He reacted positively to cheek pieces to win and finish second on the all-weather in December and has been given a freshening break.
Race 7 No4 KABUTO (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Appleby – Jockey: Tom Marquand
Perennial bridesmaid KABUTO stretches out 8n distance under Tom Marquand and can have no excuses. He races like a horse that wants to go further and is the most reliable in this field to reproduce his form.
Race 5 THE CHAIRMAN’S SPRINT PRIZE (Group 1)
No1 DANON SMASH
Trainer: Takayuki Yasuda – Jockey: Joao Moreira
The sprinter with the ‘wow’ factor, DANON SMASH can advertise the merits of his sire Lord Kanaloa, who many people rate as the best to race in this division in Hong Kong. The selection has been burning up the training track in search of what would be a third consecutive Group 1 triumph. He looks to have grabbed a perfect slot in the gate for the run round a bend into the straight and may be followed home by the upwardly mobile Wellington, who is better than he showed when out of the money in the Group 2 Sprint Cup. At a huge price, Computer Patch should got into all permutations.
Prediction: 1st DANON SMASH, 2nd Wellington, 3rd Computer Patch
Race 7 THE FWD CHAMPIONS MILE (Group 1)
No1 GOLDEN SIXTY
Trainer: Francis Lui – Jockey: Vincent Ho
In winning all but one of his 17 starts, GOLDEN SIXTY is the most exciting horse to operate here for several years, and is certainly capable of racking up a bigger career haul than former champions such as Beauty Generation did. Seeking a fourth successive Grade 1 here, he should again dominate horses like Southern Legend and Ka Ying Star, who have been around the block but remain capable of taking out a Group 1.
Prediction: 1st GOLDEN SIXTY 2nd Southern Legend 3rd Ka Ying Star
Race 8 THE FWD QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP (Group 1)
No6 DARING TACT
Trainer: Haruki Sugiyama – Jockey: Kohei Matsuyama
Japan Cup third DARING TACT has an outstanding chance of picking up the old colony’s most historic prize if repeating the level of form that saw her get so close to the ultra-talented Almond Eye. As the youngest member of the party she needs to show she’s handled the travelling from Japan, but if her demeanour on the training track is anything to go by, she has. Exultant can never be left out of calculations, but the home team’s leading stayer is not quite as good as he was, while Japan could take another slice of the pie through Loves Only You.
Prediction: 1st DARING TACT, 2nd Exultant, 3rd Loves Only You