Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Saturday, June 27

Punter’s are treated to a rare Saturday meeting at Sha Tin this week with 10-races on offer, and we’ve got you covered with our best selections below.

Race 1: Class 5 Handicap (1650m), 3:00pm
No. 11 The Full Bloom

Tricky contest to open the program with numbers 5, 6 and 10 all looking a chance.

The Full Bloom is the one for mine coming off a last start third over the 1400m three weeks ago behind Soccer Master.

The German import has shown real improvement this time in and looks ready to peak here having his fifth run back from a spell. He was a winner over this distance at Happy Valley last year and the booking of Antoine Hamelin suggests plenty of intent from the stable.

Race 2: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 3:30pm
No. 2 Bright Kid

Tough to line up with a handful on debut, so I’m happy to stick with the experienced hand of Zac Purton Bright Kid third-up from a spell.

The pair won together first-up over the 1200m at Happy Valley back in May and were unlucky not to win another when beaten narrowly by Hinyuen Swiftness last start.

Barrier 9 makes things a little tricky, but Bright Kid should take a power of beating here with added fitness on his side.

Race 3: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 4:00pm
No. 10 Super Kin

There’s no denying Super Kin is a promising horse of ability and this does look a suitable contest for him to break through for his maiden.

The five-year-old returned in good order back in May to find the placings over the 1000m, and despite running only fifth last start, he did show continued improvement.

Now up to the 1200m, Chad Schofield takes the reins for the first time on Saturday after winning for trainer Caspar Fownes earlier in the week at Happy Valley.

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Race 4: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 4:30pm
No. 11 Hardly Swears

Hardly Swears is a two-time winner over this distance and should take real improvement away from his first-up run at Happy Valley when 8 of 12.

The son of All Too Hard gets in light at the weights with jockey Antoine Hamelin taking over from Keith Yeung and he’ll have plenty of options available to him from the inside draw.

With a win second-up previously, he’ll take some catching in the late stages if he settles mid-field along the fence.

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Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1650m), 5:00pm
No. 4 Righteous Mate

Six-year-old son of Savabeel Righteous Mate gets Joao Moreira on board for the first time looking to improve on his last start fourth over the track and distance.

The Tony Millard-trained galloper is a four-time winner over this distance, including at Sha Tin where he beat home Super Red Dragon by over a length back in April.

The wide draw leaves him at each-way odds, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him win coming off a nice little freshen-up.

Race 6: Class 4 Handicap (1400m), 5:35pm
No. 4 Circuit Hassler

Circuit Hassler really should have more wins to his name and is often a good thing beaten in races like this.

That being said, I do think he’s capable of winning after storming the line for second over the course and distance last month.

The son of Shocking is coming off a 34 day let-up here with Karis Teetan on board for the second time. He’s drawn a much softer gate and always does his best racing on the turf.

Race 7: Class 3 Handicap (2000m), 6:05pm
No. 2 Beauty Happy

Beauty Happy is more than capable of winning this contest from a forward position.

The four-year-old Irish import is shooting for a hat-trick, and judging by his latest 2.5L win at Happy Valley, the step back to the 2000m should suit.

Happy Sebring is the obvious danger with Karis Teetan on board. The son of Sebring won first-up over the 2200m at Happy Valley but found the 1800m at Sha Tin a little soo short second-up.

Teetan should have him settling well off the pace, so look for him late.

Race 8: Class 3 Handicap (1650m), 6:35pm
No. 13 London LuckyStar

London LuckyStar is well overdue for another win and he shouldn’t be far away with Joao Moreira booked to ride.

The four-year-old mixes his form, but his run three starts back when second over the track and distance from an identical barrier couldn’t have been more impressive.

With only 51.5kg on his back and nearly a month between runs, he’s one of the main contenders.

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Race 9: Class 3 Handicap (1400m), 7:10pm
No. 9 Kasi Farasi

Quite like the look of the resuming Kasi Farasi.

This is a difficult assignment after transferring over from the Jimmy Ting yard, but the booking of Zac Purton suggests new trainer Dennis Yip thinks he can win.

Purton holds a 19.7% winning strike-rate when riding Yip runners, so there’s plenty to like here.

Kasi Farasi is also a three-time winner over this distance and has won before first-up.

Race 10: Class 2 Handicap (1400m), 7:45pm
No. 3 Happy Fun

Happy Fun is an honest customer and does appear to be working his way up to another win.

The six-year-old is coming off a last-start third over the track and distance where he finished half a length behind Band Of Brothers.

He rarely runs a bad race on the turf and has found the placings in eight of his 11 starts over this distance. I like the fact he’s freshened after 34 days, so if Zac Purton can offset the wide gate, he should be right in the finish.