Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Sunday, May 17

Race 1: Class 5 Handicap (2200m), 1:00pm
No. 4 Enjoyable Success

Enjoyable Success has raced strongly without winning this time in and looks well-suited stepping up to the 2200m following his last start fourth at Happy Valley.

The Frankel gelding got well back in the field and probably deserved to finish closer after being held up along the rail, while the booking of jockey Antoine Hamelin, who has been almost untouchable of late, indicates this is a race trainer Michael Chang thinks he can win.

The six-year-old has drawn well in barrier 6 and looks nice odds to do just that.

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Race 2: Class 4 Handicap (1000m), 1:30pm
No. 13 Jazz Steed

Jazz Steed strips fitter for his first-up run where he was beaten by two and a half lengths fifth over the 1200m at Happy Valley.

The son of Exceed and Excel sat up on the speed under jockey Vincent Ho, but probably raced a little too keen in the middle stages. He should take plenty of improvement away however, and I like the fact trainer Caspar Fownes has booked Karis Teetan to ride.

Down in the weights and from an inside draw, the four-year-old rates as a strong each-way chance.

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

Dream Warriors has mixed his form since last winning back in December.

The four-year-old has finally drawn a good gate though and rates as one of the main chances stepping back from the 1400m.

The Smart Missile gelding is a two-time winner already this season and gets the services of Zac Purton on board for the first time. He comes in off a 35-day letup and maps to get a lovely run sitting off the speed.

Race 4: Class 4 Handicap (1400m), 2:30pm
No. 4 Heza Beauty

Heza Beauty was the beaten favourite in his last start over the 1400m where he finished three lengths fifth behind Team Power.

The John Size-trained three-year-old landed beautifully out of the gates under Joao Moreira, but the race pattern didn’t suit as he was under hard riding coming down the straight.

I do think Heza Beauty is worth forgiving though with only four starts to his name.

He’s drawn to get a lovely run from barrier 6 and still looks a horse of ability after finishing only a length third behind Tung Wah Glory two starts back. Stick with him.

Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1400m), 3:00pm
No. 3 Casa De Forca

Casa De Forca was among a wall of horses that found the line strongly three weeks ago over 1200m at Sha Tin, suggesting the five-year-old should appreciate the step up in distance on Sunday.

The Tony Cruz-trained gelding has been racing well without winning this season and gets Karis Teetan back in the saddle.

The pair came close two starts back where they finished less than a length second behind Good View Clarico, so if the in-form hoop can overcome the wide draw, they should be in the finish again.

Race 6: Class 3 Handicap (1000m), 3:30pm
No. 9 Diamond Brilliant

Joao Moreira looks to be the man for the job aboard Not A Single Doubt gelding, Diamond Brilliant.

The five-year-old is unlucky not to have won during his current campaign, but should take great improvement away from his last start third over the 1200m at Happy Valley where he placed for the fourth consecutive time.

I like the decision here from the Yung stable to step back to the 1000m.

This is a tricky race with two-time course and distance winner War Of Courage involved, but Moreira should have plenty of options to work with from an inside alley.

Race 7: Class 3 Handicap (1600m), 4:05pm
No. 7 Ever Laugh

Ever Laugh looked to have the race won in his last start over the course and distance, but he weakened out over the final 100m with Cheerful Leader looming on the inside.

The six-year-old by Savabeel was a winner over the mile at Sha Tin three starts back though and has to be respected with Zac Purton jumping on board for the first time.

The veteran has won five times at this venue and has seemingly gone to another level this time in. Rates highly to find the winner’s stall again.

Race 8: Class 2 Handicap (1800m), 4:35pm
No. 1 Butterfield, No. 8 Uncle Steve EW

Uncle Steve finished strongly for third in his last start over the mile, and while I’m not convinced he’s an 1800m horse, it seems as though he wants further.

The five-year-old has had problems in previous campaigns but has drawn well here in barrier 4 with Chad Schofield.

Until he starts to show he’s capable of consistent performances however, he’s nothing more than an each-way hope.

Butterfield has been charged with top-weight but still gets Joao Moreira on top.

The four-year-old was placed at Class 1 level two starts back and was a winner over the course and distance in February.

The mile looked a little too short for him last time out, so this should suit him,.

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Race 9: Class 3 Handicap (1400m), 5:10pm
No. 9 Ka Ying Excellent

Ka Ying Excellent will be racing among Class 3 company for the first time on Sunday and should take a power of beating based on his recent form.

The Tony Cruz-trained gelding is absolutely flying with a win and two placings in his last three starts, while he also has the chance to the turn the tables on his rival Team Power, who beat him home last time out in a slowly run race over the track and distance.

Vincent Ho retains the ride here, but the four-year-old won’t know himself dropping 9kg.

This is a horse with real ability and after drawing a gate, I’m happy to take him at the price.

Race 10: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 5:45pm
No. 8 Ping Hai Bravo

Ping Hai Bravo was a winner two starts back at Class 3 level and can easily atone for his last start sixth from a much better gate.

The three-year-old’s maiden campaign has been tough to fault with two wins and two placings from six starts. Trainer John Size has also opted for Antoine Hamelin with the gelding dropping a kilo in the weights – a booking that has to be respected on namesake alone.

President’s Choice also looks a must in the minors.

The Redoute’s Choice gelding is shooting for a hat-trick with Karis Teetan retaining the ride, although he’ll find this tougher stepping up to Class 3 for the first time, but the inside chute certainly helps his cause.