Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Wednesday, April 1

We’re back to Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Racecourse on Wednesday and an eight-race card awaits.

We’ve delved into the form of every runner confirmed for a start and you can find our Sha Tin Tips below.

Silvermine Bay Handicap (1200m)
No. 4 Aurora Speed

Four-year-old Aurora Steed flew home to finish second over 1000m at Happy Valley last start and is ready to win. The Unencumbered gelding stripped fitter for a few fair starts when resuming, but his last start effort was outstanding and he looks to be at peak condition for this contest. Joao Moreira is obviously a bonus and he is drawn to receive a lovely run in behind the speed from barrier 8.

Kiu Tsui Handicap (1200m)
No. 5 Shimmer And Shine

Shimmer And Shine has had his runs spaced and looms as a live chance of winning the second at Sha Tin on Wednesday. The Showcasing gelding finished off the pace two and three starts back, but he is another horse that flashed late to just miss at this track and distance last time out. Its been another five weeks between runs for Shimmer And Shine and he looks to have conditions to suit here.

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Tung Wan Handicap (1650m)
No. 9 Red Brick Fighter

Red Brick Fighter will need some luck after drawing barrier 14 (of 16), but he has been racing well and is up to winning Race 3. The four-year-old son of Artie Schiller has been a model of consistency without setting the racing world on fire this campaign; running third here three starts back and finishing fourth at his last two efforts. He was only a length from the winner a fortnight ago and I think that he’ll be ready to peak in form in this. Blake Shinn takes the ride and I don’t think the horse will get a better opportunity to win.

Kiu Tsui Handicap (1200m)
No. 7 Excel Delight

Excel Delight has returned to the track in excellent form this preparation and is primed to win at Sha Tin on Wednesday. The Exceed And Excel gelding went forward after jumping well last time out and kept finding to the line; unlucky to be pipped late in the picture. He’s found form around some decent horses this time, harbours further improvement into this race and is drawn to receive another lovely run on-pace from barrier 2.

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Pui O Handicap (1650m)
No. 14 Super Red Dragon

Super Red Dragon is five weeks between runs and will take a power of beating at Sha Thin this week. The Starspangledbanner gelding returned some pleasing efforts in December and was last seen finishing off well for third at this track and distance, with 60.5kgs in tow. He’s been charged with carrying just 51.5kgs this week, Karis Teetan takes the ride from barrier 2 and he is my best bet on the program.

Clear Water Bay Handicap (1200m)
No. 13 Touch Of Luck

Touch Of Luck resumed with an impressive effort to beat Excel Delight by a neck here a few weeks ago and will enjoy good improvement into this race. The John Moore-trained gelding was a reasonably consistent performer last time in, but his first-up effort this time suggested that he is in for a glittering preparation. He’s another horse that will need luck after drawing the outside barrier, but if he crosses the field successfully, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.

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Hap Mun Bay Handicap (1800m)
No. 9 Enfolding

Enfolding has returned a few good efforts of late and looks a touch of overs to win the penultimate race at Sha Tin on Wednesday ($16 at publish). The Fastnet Rock gelding was settled at the tail of the field over 1650m here last time out and mustered an eye-catching turn of foot to finish midfield. The small rise in trip will suit, he’s fitter and I am more than happy to have an each-way play at the price, in what looks a pretty open contest.

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Cheung Sha Handicap (1650m)
No. 14 Mongolian King

Mongolian King is unlucky not to have won recently and strikes another winnable one at Sha Tin this week. The Sufficient gelding has finished second in four of his last five starts, including an impressive performance that saw him run on late to finish a length and a half behind Raging Blitzkrieg. He gets a nice relief in the weights here and in-form hoop Karis Teetan jumps aboard from the ideal barrier 5. Happy to give him another shot under these conditions.