Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Saturday, May 9

Punters won’t be short on options this Saturday afternoon with a nine-race card at Sha Tin scheduled amongst some quality racing here at home.

There’s a wide-open Class 1 Handicap to get around late in the evening that holds tremendous value, so be sure to read our entire preview below to see who we’re backing. 

*All times are Hong Kong local*

Race 1: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 1.00pm
No. 3 Breeze Of Spring

Breeze Of Spring was a winner three starts back over the course and distance where he stormed the line to beat home Evan Almighty by a nose. The four-year-old struggled to run on from the wide draw in his latest start over the 1400m, so he should appreciate the drop back in distance here from a better gate.

Race 2: Class 3 Handicap (1650m), 1:30pm
No. 4 Clear Choice

Zac Purton jumps back on board Clear Choice for the first time since the pair won together earlier in December. The son of Rebel Raider ran fourth in his last start, but looks better suited here to run on from the wide draw. London Luckystar comes out of the same race where he went around at 30-1 odds, only to finish less than a length behind the winner Foodie Princess. The four-year-old can factor here and has each-way claims.

Race 3: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 2:00pm
No. 2 Decisive Twelve

This is a difficult race to try and lineup with a few on debut. If I’m going to have a bet though, it’ll be on the three-year-old son of All Too Hard, Decisive Twelve. He’s been outstanding in both starts so far placing twice behind Trust Me over the 1000m, and gets only the 1kg claim with Vincent C Y Ho back in the saddle. He’s already shown he can overcome a wide gate and it appears he wants further now.

Race 4: Class 5 Handicap (1600m), 2:30pm
No. 4 Humble Steed

Humble Steed was a last start winner over the 1650m at Happy Valley and can easily go one better here with Karis Teetan retaining the ride. Hurricane Hunter ran in for third over the course and distance three starts back and will now be charged with the top weight of Neil Callan. The New Zealander is a two times winner at Sha Tin and should appreciate the step up in distance having finished third over the 1400m last start. Joy Master is another of the top chances with a win over the mile to his name. He could factor in if he overcomes the wide gate.

Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1800m), 3:00pm
No. 9 McMunigal

Very difficult to fault McMunigal here. The Irish raider is a winner over the course and distance twice already this prep, which includes a comfortable victory two lengths ahead of Victorious Seeker in his last start. This is a step up in class for the five-year-old, but he won’t know himself dropping 5kg’s. Matthew Poon retaining the ride from an identical gate is another big tick.

Race 6: Class 4 Handicap (1650m), 3:35pm
No. 4 This One's For You

This One’s For You enjoyed a lovely patient ride from Joao Moreira last time out where they finished three-quarters of a length behind all-the-way winner Megatron. The British import ran on beautifully from the wide draw and maps to get a similar run here from barrier 12. The five-year-old has won and placed five times on the All-Weather surface. He should be doing his best work late once again.

Race 7: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 4:05pm
No. 1 Fantasy

Fantasy has been charged with the top weight following back-to-back wins over the course and distance, but I think he’s more than capable of making it three in a row here with Joao Moreira retaining the ride. The four-year-old son of Sizzling has won three times over the 1200m and has missed out on a placing only once on the turf. Moreira should look to settle off the speed in the early goings, so look for him late.

Race 8: Class 2 Handicap (1000m), 4:35pm
No. 13 Team Spirit, No. 14 Baltic Success

Team Spirit came close last time out when half a length second behind Fantasy over the 12000m. The five-year-old gets a look at Class 2 now stepping back in trip, but does rate highly with the light weight on board. Baltic Success should go forward from barrier 8, and there’s certainly nothing stopping him from leading all the way. The son of Exceed and Excel was a last start winner over the 1000m in a Class 3 Handicap beating home Flying Genius by 3.5L. The rise up to Class 2 certainly isn’t beyond him.

Race 9: Class 1 Handicap (1400m), 5:10pm
No. 1 Beauty Legacy

Beauty Legacy was a first-up winner at Sha Tin over the 1400m and now gets another crack at a Class 1.The gelding by Fiorente wasn’t disgraced when sixth in the Hong Kong Cup back in February and showed plenty of speed in his latest Class 2 outing when second to Ballistic King. The top weight is the only real knock, but the four-year-old has to be respected with Joao Moreira booked to ride. Decrypt comes out of the same Class 2 and should be better for it. He weakened over the final 100m, but drops a kilo here with Zac Purton and is worth a look in the minors.

Race 10: Class 3 Handicap (1400m), 5:45pm
No. 8 All In Mind

Karis Teetan has ridden All In Mind to three placings this time in, so it’s safe to say he’s well overdue for a win aboard the three-year-old. All In Mind was a winner two starts back over the course and distance under Neil Callan, and maps to get a similar run in transit here down in the weights. Joao Moreira and Farhh Above have to be respected having missed out narrowly on a last start win behind Everyone’s Joy. The four-year-old drops 3kg’s and should be in the finish from barrier 7.