Sha Tin Tips & Preview – Sunday, July 5

Punters are treated to another early afternoon card at Sha Tin on Sunday as the season begins to wind down. 

We’ve previewed the entire 10-race program and offer our best bets below. 

Race 1: Castle Peak Bay Griffin Plate (1200m), 2:30pm
No. 3 Enchanting Start

Enchanting Start gets Zac Purton in his second career start after finding the placings on debut over the track and distance back in May.

The three-year-old by Elzaam maps to get a lovely rails run from barrier 1 and should take some beating with Hong Kong’s finest on board.

Changcheng Prince won his maiden by a comfortable three lengths last start and has now been charged with the top weight.

He commands plenty of respect with Joao Moreira booked to ride for a second time and is yet to miss out on a place in all four of his runs to date.

Race 2: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 3:00pm
No. 11 Happy Tango

With nearly half the field on debut, this looks a suitable contest for Happy Tango to break through for his maiden.

Karis Teetan gets a second crack aboard the four-year-old after finding the placings three weeks ago over the 1200m at Happy Valley.

Although the wide gate is tricky, Happy Tango raced from out wide to finish a nose second to Hero Time four starts back. We know he’s got a turn of foot, so if Teetan can get over early, he should be in this.

Race 3: Class 5 Handicap (2200m), 3:30pm
No. 5 King Print

King Print was competitive two starts back over the track and distance where he grabbed behind Sky Gem carrying 60.5kg.

The five-year-old Irish raider found the 1800m a little too short in his latest outing, but that may have just been the run he needed to peak on Sunday.

He gets Joao Moreira up for the first time and should be doing his best work late from gate 7.

Race 4: Class 4 Handicap (1000m), 4:00pm
No. 6 Comfort Life

Comfort Life has returned to the races in great order having run second two starts back over the track and distance in May.

The son of Smart Missile has again drawn to get the rails run, and with Karis Teetan on board, he should be tough to hold out.

The six-year-old rarely runs a bad race on the turf and should be found doing his best work late.

Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 4:30pm
No. 9 Little Thunder

Little Thunder seems to like racing on the All-Weather more than the turf and he should take real improvement away from his last start third over the track and distance.

The Tony Millard-rained four-year-old battled to the line third under Antoine Hamelin for the first time, and I like the fact the stable have booked the in-form hoop once again.

This is a much tougher test, but with even luck, he should be thereabouts out wide.

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Race 6: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 5:00pm
No. 3 Winning For All

Winning For All has plenty of form lines around this distance and rates as a serious winning hope in his Hong Kong debut.

The Shooting To Win gelding has won first-up previously and also finished fourth behind Alligator Blood in the Listed Gold Edition Plate at Eagle Farm back in December.

He maps to settle well back in the field under Vincent Ho and should be running on late.

Race 7: Class 4 Handicap (1400m), 5:35pm
No. 12 City Legend

This looks a suitable contest for City Legend to finally break through for his maiden.

The six-year-old New Zealand import has raced well without winning so far in his career and has been thereabouts recently finishing a length second three starts back over the track and distance.

His two efforts since have been brave behind some very talented horses, and with only 53.5kg on his back again and Antoine Hamelin on board, he should come close again.

Race 8: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 6:05pm
No. 4 California Concord

The lightly-raced California Concord could be in line for another win on Sunday after breaking through for his first win in Hong Kong two starts back over the track and distance.

The son of Fastnet Rock wasn’t disgraced when third in his last start, and Karis Teetan should have plenty of options at his disposal from the inside draw.

He doesn’t discriminate on the turf or the All-Weather and should be thereabouts once again.

Race 9: Class 4 Handicap (1600m), 6:35pm
No. 4 Telecom Rocket

This looks a wide-open contest with some genuine middle-distance stars set to battle it out.

Telecom Rocket is the one for mine coming off a last start second over the mile just under a month ago. He’ll strip fitter and I like the fact the Tsui stable has chosen to stick with Antoine Hamelin.

The son of Tavistock is a genuine improver with a run under his belt, as we found our late last year in his second crack at the mile.

If Thunder Stomp and California Legend go forward as predicted, he should be there to pounce late.

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Race 10: Class 3 Handicap (1400m), 7:10pm
No. 10 Hinyuen Swiftness

Hinyuen Swiftness has drawn the car park, but as we’ve learned previously, he doesn’t seem to mind running on from out wide.

The seven-year-old was a winner two starts back from gate 14 over the 1200m in a Class 4 and has since had a run under his belt at Class 3.

I’m yet to see him run a bad race on the turf and I expect him to improve significantly here.

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Race 11: Class 2 Handicap (1200m), 7:45pm
No. 11 Armando

Armando put in a brave performance in his Hong Kong debut last month when fourth over the track and distance under Karis Teetan.

The winning hoop is again in the saddle on Sunday carrying only 54kg and has won previously second-up.

He should be doing his best work late from the wide draw.