Race 1: #9 Won Ball, #11 Sight Hero, #3 All You Know, #10 Happy Gathering
Race 2: #1 Glorious Dragon, #3 Time Warp, #6 Butterfield, #9 Helene Leadingstar
Race 3: #2 Waikuku, #1 Southern Legend, #6 Champion’s Way, #3 Ka Ying Star
Race 4: #6 Durham Star, #3 Beauty Cheers, #10 Trader, #8 Super Flames
Race 5: #11 Killer Bee, #3 Tornado Twist, #9 Decisive Twelve, #2 Noble Steed
Race 6: #12 All Joyful, #11 Gracylove, #1 Super Winner, #6 Cheeky Prawn
Race 7: #1 Pure Legend, #2 Maldives, #3 Leading Fortune, #5 Vukan
Race 8: #7 Biz Power, #8 Hurry Hurry Gain, #10 Sky Show, #1 Ka Ying Master
Race 9: #3 Wellington, #12 Sky Field, #7 Voyage Warrior, #13 Winning Dreamer
Race 10: #4 Perfect To Great, #11 Kasi Farasi, #6 All For South, #2 Winning For All
Race 1: Lugard Handicap (1st Section)
#9 Won Ball bears close watching having his first start for trainer Paul O’Sullivan. The booking of Zac Purton also commands respect and if he continues to show steady improvement then he has claims albeit from an awkward draw. #11 Sight Hero is on the up. He’s another showing steady improvement and he does look ready for 1200m. #3 All You Know has race-experience on his side. He gets his chance. #10 Happy Gathering is next best.
Race 2: The Peak Handicap
#1 Glorious Dragon is racing in supreme form as a G3 winner two starts ago before finishing fourth at G1 level in his latest. He only needs to shoulder top weight duties to be a factor here. #3 Time Warp finds a suitable race. Expect he’ll roll forward and play catch me if you can. #6 Butterfield is looking for back-to-back wins. This is a stiff class rise but he does appear ready. #9 Helene Leadingstar is next best with no weight on his back.
Race 3: G2 Chairman’s Trophy
#2 Waikuku has been one of this season’s standout milers and he looks hard to beat off the back of a comfortable G1 score last time out. This contest is more than suitable. #1 Southern Legend has been the main danger to Waikuku all season. Suspect this trend can continue. #6 Champion’s Way is consistent enough to warrant respect. He can finish in the money. #3 Ka Ying Star draws well and should find the front. He’ll look the winner a long way from home.
Race 4: Lugard Handicap (2nd Section)
#6 Durham Star closed off nicely on debut from the rear of the field. He draws favourably this time and with even luck he appears capable. #3 Beauty Cheers is on the improve. He clocked a career-best fifth last start and although he’s drawn poorly, he rates as a leading hope. #10 Trader steps out on debut off the back of an impressive trial. Suspect he’ll roll forward to sit handy but having drawn in gate 11 will make his task a difficult one on debut. #8 Super Flames is not without a hope. He’s open to further improvement.
Race 5: Harlech Handicap (2nd Section)
#11 Killer Bee won with plenty in hand on debut and he looks more than ready to face Class 3 for the first time here. Suspect he can take catching again and his claims are enhanced by the booking of Joao Moreira. #3 Tornado Twist has race-experience on his side and does get a favourable draw. Suspect he can turn in an improved effort. #9 Decisive Twelve is on the up. He slots on light and bears close watching. #2 Noble Steed is next best with a soft gate.
Race 6: Peel Handicap
#12 All Joyful is better than his record suggests and he might be worth taking a chance on here. He has ability and if ridden with a sit he does posses a powerful turn of foot. #11 Gracylove turned in a career-best second last start. Zac Purton hops up and he looks ready to take the next step. He draws well and bears close watching. #1 Super Winner bolted in from the front last time out. He gets his chance once again in Class 4. #6 Cheeky Prawn has claims.
Race 7: Severn Handicap
#1 Pure Legend steps back in grade. He draws well and with the seven-pound claim he rates as the one to beat. He has ability and this contest appears more than suitable for him to break through in. #2 Maldives is racing in supreme form. He gets his chance again from the good gate. #3 Leading Fortune gets the services of champion jockey Zac Purton who on Wednesday bagged a four-timer. He’s competitive in his spot. #5 Vukan is a lightly raced talent. He won well two starts ago and does give the impression that stepping up to the mile suits.
Race 8: Harlech Handicap (1st Section)
#7 Biz Power switches back to the turf which looks suitable. He’s notched a number competitive runs this term and he has shown that is only a matter of time before he does get a first Hong Kong win. He draws well and gets his chance with no weight. #8 Hurry Hurry Gain is looking for back-to-back wins. He slots in light but does need to handle the step up in grade. #10 Sky Show is a talent. He bears close watching having his second start for new trainer Caspar Fownes. #1 Ka Ying Master is in solid form. He’s aided by the retention of Zac Purton’s services.
Race 9: G2 Sprint Cup
#3 Wellington is a supreme talent on the rise who is looking to remain unbeaten over the course and distance. This is his first foray at G2 level but his blistering win last start has him at the top of the pecking order, especially after the withdrawals of Classique Legend and Hot King Prawn. #12 Sky Field is lightly raced and on the up. Strong booking of Zac Purton bears close watching. #7 Voyage Warrior won this race last year. He has strong claims but does need to reverse a rather poor run last start. #13 Winning Dreamer won his first six races in succession. He’s a gifted sprinter who logged a competitive fourth last time out.
Race 10: Homestead Handicap
#4 Perfect To Great is lightly raced but comes into this off the back of two consecutive career-best performances. He draws well and with the right he can have the last crack at them here. #11 Kasi Farasi bears close watching Joao Moreira engaged. He mixes his form but gets his chance. #6 All For South draws awkwardly but is proven in this grade albeit on the dirt. #2 Winning For All is next best with a step back in grade.