Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Wednesday, July 1st

Race 1: Class 5 Handicap (1200m), 3:00pm
No. 10 Exponents

Exponents has been thereabouts in his last three starts and tends to do his best racing on the All-Weather surface.

The six-year-old by Foxwedge has found the placings seven times over this distance and was unlucky not to score two starts back when half a length third behind Victorious Leader at Happy Valley.

He’s well overdue for a win this season and should have every chance now with Joao Moreira back in the saddle.

Corre Rapido is a two-time winner over the distance and gets in light at the weights with Antoine Hamelin steering for the first time.

Yee Chong Lucky was a narrow winner two starts back over the 1200m at Happy Valley and showed plenty of improvement in a recent trial. He should come close from barrier 4 following a month off between runs.

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Race 2: Class 5 Handicap (1400m), 3:30pm
No. 7 Bella Baby

Another wide-open race, but I like the look of Bella Baby here resuming off a letup with Antoine Hamelin taking over the reins.

The five-year-old is still a maidener, but he has found excuses recently having drawn wide in two of his last three starts. He should take improvement away from his last start sixth over the track and distance and has also placed twice before on the turf.

I Am Invincible gelding Yes We Can returns from a three month break with Zac Purton steering for the first time. He’s stepping back from Class 4 level and has drawn to get the rails run from barrier 2.

Red Brick Fighter found the placings first-up back in January has run no worse than fifth since.

He’s stepping back from the mile and could factor in from a front-running position under Joao Moreira.

Race 3: Class 4 Handicap (1400m), 4:00pm
No. 2 Triple Triple

Stock Legend looks set to peak coming off an eye-catching third over the 1000m at Happy Valley last week.

The three-year-old is on the short backup, but he should appreciate stepping out over further – especially with Matthew Poon carrying only 54kg.  

Triple Triple is better than his latest effort suggests where he finished dead last over the track and distance among Class 3 company.  

The son of Per Incanto gets back to Class 4 coming off a month break and does have a win over the track and distance to his name earlier in December. That, plus the booking of Zac Purton, warrants plenty of respect.

Race 4: Class 4 Handicap (1800m), 4:30pm
No. 5 Natural Storm

There’s no doubt Natural Storm is a horse of ability and it only looks a matter of time before he breaks through for his maiden.

The three-year-old son of Pins hit the line strongly for second two starts back over this track and distance before finding excuses last time out when 5 of 12 over the 2000m.

The step back in trip looks ideal if Vincent Ho can get across early from the wide gate.

Beauty Angel ran on for third over the track and distance three weeks ago and is still in search of his maiden.

He gets Joao Moreira this time around, but like Natural Storm, has the wide gate to contend with.

Ka Ying Brilliance should give them something to chase and is more than capable of leading all the way if he brings his best.

Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 5:00pm
No. 4 Monkey Jewellery

Happy to give Monkey Jewellery one last chance despite his lacklustre effort when seventh last start over the track and distance.

The son of Exceed and Excel tends to do his best racing on the turf at Sha Tin where he’s won twice over the 1200m previously.

Prior to his last start, Joao Moreira strung together three consecutive placings aboard the five-year-old, so from barrier 3, he’s worth another look.

Race 6: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 5:30pm
No. 3 Thou Shall Sing

Thou Shall Sing has won twice already this term over the track and distance and he should take a power of beating again on Wednesday.  

Vincent Ho has the hot hand on the son of Your Song, especially on the All-Weather surface where he’s now won two from three starts.

All Best Friends is tough to fault on his recent form coming off a last-start third at Happy Valley.

The six-year-old by Street Cry is a three-time winner over this distance, but it’s worth noting he does tend to race better on the turf.

Coolceleb scored comfortably two weeks ago winning by close to four lengths over the track and distance. Zac Purton departs for Jerry Chau, but the Foxwedge gelding rates a strong chance to make it two in a row.

Race 7: The Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup (1200m), 6:05pm
No. 5 Falcon Turbo

Falcon Turbo found the 1200m a little too sharp first-up back in May, but he does look a serious chance here coming off a month break with some decent form lines over the distance and surface to his name.   

Karis Teetan knows this horse well having ridden him to a win back in December over 1400m. The champion jockey replaces Chad Schofield second-up and he’ll have plenty of options at his disposal from the inside draw.

Loriz scored two starts back quite comfortably over the track and distance and should get a lovely run into the race from barrier 1, while Telecom Puma looks to be making headway towards another win.

Race 8: The H.K. Reunification Cup (1800m), 6:40pm
No. 5 Nicconi Express

Nicconi Express was a winner over this track and distance back in November where he scored half a length in front of Chefano.

The son of Nicconi is second-up on Wednesday and has won second-up previously. He should take great improvement away from his first-up run when third over the mile, while there’s no knock on Antoine Hamelin replacing Joao Moreira in the saddle, either.

Columbus County also has second-up form and looks tough to beat with three placings from five starts at Sha Tin to his name.

Zac Purton just missed out on a place aboard the Kiwi import first-up at Happy Valley, a run he’s sure to improve on.

Race 9: Class 3 Handicap (1600m), 7:15pm
No. 7 Cheerful Leader

Even with the wide draw, it’s hard to go past the favourite Cheerful Leader.

The son of Helmet gest Zac Purton for the first time on Wednesday hoping to snap a run of four consecutive placings.

The four-year-old won over the track and distance at Class 4 level back in February and with only 53.5kg on his back, he should be right in the finish in what appears to be a very winnable contest.

Race 10: Class 3 Handicap (1000m), 7:50pm
No. 4 War Of Courage, No. 10 Trust Me EW

Hard to knock War Of Courage based on what we’ve seen from the three-year-old thus far.

He’s yet to miss a placing in all eight of his starts to date, and with Joao Moreira carrying only 58.5kg, he should go close to finding the winner’s stall for the third time.

Trust Me might be worth a look each-way. He won back-to-back starts over the track and distance before finding some trouble with the 1200m more recently. Barrier 1 and the lightweight of Matthew Poon should help him turn things around.