Sha Tin Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: May 11, 2:25 AM

May 12 2021

10:25 PM

Race 1: #4 Valiant Elegance, #9 The Abraxas, #12 Ka Ying Brilliance, #5 Jade Theatre

Race 2: #7 Fairy Floss, #12 Proud Sky, #11 Fortune Patrol, #2 Aerosonic

Race 3: #1 Winner Method, #4 Carroll Street, #5 Utopia Life, #3 Metro Warrior

Race 4: #2 Striking Mr C, #6 Happy Tango, #10 Demons Rock, #4 Divine Era

Race 5: #10 Infinite Power, #5 Gallant Legacy, #4 Handsome Rebel, #9 Little Thunder

Race 6: #7 Gold Comet, #8 Coolceleb, #5 Blotting Paper, #4 Lady First

Race 7: #9 Super Winner, #1 Spend, #11 Everyone’s Delight, #4 Star Performance

Race 8: #11 Sky Show, #9 Golfman Star, #5 Man Star, #2 California Concord

Race 1: Tung Lung Chau Handicap

Jerry Chau and Douglas Whyte have been in strong form with four and five wins from the last two meetings, respectively. The combine here with #4 Valiant Elegance who should roll forward and take catching. #9 The Abraxas steps out from gate one with Zac Purton engaged. Suspect he’s found a suitable race and Me Tsui’s solid record on the dirt commands respect. #12 Ka Ying Brilliance slots in light and gets his chance from gate four. #5 Jade Theatre is next best.

Race 2: Waglan Island Handicap

#7 Fairy Floss is in a rich vein of form with two wins from his last four starts. He’s racing well and his latest trial on the dirt suggests that he is ready to go once again. #12 Proud Sky is racing well. He gets his chance with no weight on his back from a good draw. #11 Fortune Patrol is consistent in his spot. He’ll need every metre of the nine furlongs on offer here. #2 Aerosonic steps onto the dirt for the first time. The booking of Joao Moreira here bears close watching.

Race 3: Grass Island Handicap

#1 Winner Method is unbeaten in three runs. He’s a serious talent on the rise who appears awfully hard to beat once again in Class 3, despite the heavy weight he has to lug. #4 Carroll Street is a worthy challenger. He’s coming off a strong win down the straight and the engagement of Jerry Chau’s five-pound claim holds him in good stead. #5 Utopia Life is consistent in his spot, especially down the straight. #3 Metro Warrior falls into the same category. He can test this bunch.

Race 4: Ninepin Group Handicap (1st Section)

#2 Striking Mr C can roll forward and take catching, just as he has done in the past. The inside gate favours his racing pattern which allow him to find the front with relative ease. #6 Happy Tango won well over this course and distance last start. He remains in Class 4 which suits and he’s another who should be close to the pace from the good gate. #10 Demons Rock is competitive in his spot on the dirt. It wouldn’t surprise to see him run on for prize money. #4 Divine Era is lightly raced. He’s trialled well on the dirt previously, so a sharply improved run is expected.

Race 5: Ninepin Group Handicap (2nd Section)

#10 Infinite Power closed for a narrow fourth last start at his first attempt on the dirt under race conditions. He’s taken a liking to the surface and with that experience under his belt, he is the one to beat, especially with Zac Purton engaged. #5 Gallant Legacy gets a handy five-pound claim from apprentice Jerry Chau. Suspect he rolls forward and tries to make all, just as he did two starts ago. #4 Handsome Rebel is favoured from gate four. Joao Moreira takes the reins and he commands respect. #9 Little Thunder is next best as a winner over the course and distance two starts ago. He can finish thereabouts.

Race 6: Tiu Chung Chau Handicap

#7 Gold Comet has proven his worth on the dirt with a pair of top two finishes from four starts on the surface. Joao Moreira takes the reins and from gate one he gets his chance to go on with it. Also, he is a half-sibling to Invasor, the 2007 Dubai World Cup winner. #8 Coolceleb draws well and is a three-time course and distance winner. He can figure with the right run close to the speed. #5 Blotting Paper could take catching from the front. He’ll look the winner at some stage. #4 Lady First is next best.

Race 7: Kau Sai Chau Handicap

#9 Super Winner is looking for a hat-trick of wins. He steps up in grade but he’ll roll forward to get every chance and with a light weight he rates as the one to beat. #1 Spend turned his form around to grab third last start behind the brilliant Courier Wonder. This is the right form and he looks capable of taking another step forward. #11 Everyone’s Delight slots in light and is favoured from gate four. #4 Star Performance gets the services of Zac Purton. He doesn’t win out of turn but he’s showing signs that a long-awaited second win is nearing.

Race 8: Kat O Handicap

#11 Sky Show narrowly missed over the course and distance two starts ago by a short head. He can bounce back here returning to the dirt, especially from the inside gate with a light weight. #9 Golfman Star needs to offset the awkward gate but does get the services of Zac Purton which suits. #5 Man Star draws well and shouldn’t be too far away. #2 California Concord is looking to snap two consecutive runner-up efforts. He’s a two-time winner on the surface and with Joao Moreira opting to ride, he deserves respect.