RACING resumes at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday after an eight-day break.
Sha Tin can be described as Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood all rolled into one.
With an idyllic setting of mountains and a river as a back-drop, the 1180m (just short of six furlongs) circular flat track has been racing for just under 40 years
The average race day crowd is 46,000 and Sha Tin provides its customers with world-class facilities in an exciting atmosphere.
As there are only three race meetings left in the 88-season calendar, it’s worth looking for potential winning horses who still have some petrol left in the tank.
Remember, there are only around 1200 horses racing in Hong Kong.
Some horses race up to 20 times a season, and with the temperature rising into the 30’s – and the humidity so high you need to change your shirt every five minutes – it’s tough for both horses and jockeys after a long and competitive year.
With racing starting in the early hours of Sunday morning – available to watch live on both At The Races and Racing UK – it could prove both wise and profitable to wait until Race 6 (8.35am) when former champion jockey Zac Purton climbs aboard SUPER WISE.
The Australian wizard has just passed the 100 winners mark for a season in Hong Kong – only three jockeys in HK racing history have reached that landmark – and is riding full of confidence.
When he teams up with former champion trainer Dennis Yip, it’s always worth taking note.
Super Wise is stepping up in distance to six furlongs for the first time, and makes his racing debut on dirt.
Sired by Group One winner Zoffany, whose offspring have already shown they take well to the dirt surface, this three-year-old looks primed to show his best following an impressive winning trial over the track and trip recently.
With only a handful of runs this season, he looks ready for this and should be hard to beat.
Sunny Win with Joao Moreira in the saddle, and last start winner Silly Buddies look the obvious threats, while three-time course and distance winner Elite Spirit is coming back to form.
Purton could strike again in the following race (9.05am) when he teams up with FULL GLORY.
Purton and trainer Tony Cruz have been a partnership to follow all season – they have combined 46 times with nine winners and 17 places.
Full Glory has proved both an unpredictable and unreliable character, needing a strongly run race – you don’t get too many of them in HK – to show his best.
After trying his luck over longer trips all season, he dropped down to seven furlongs last time, and ran better than his finishing position suggested with an apprentice aboard.
He now steps up to a mile and with the early speed tempo likely to be quick he could have the race run to suit.
Keep an eye on Such A Happiness too. He had a desperate run on his last start when caught wide for most of the race and finished out of the places.
He’d have a big chance on previous form and no-one would begrudge jockey Neil Callan some belated 40th birthday celebrations.
Super Wise (win) 8.35am Sha Tin
Full Glory (win) 9.05am Sha Tin