Sha Tin Tips January 16

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Sha Tin is one of two racecourses staging feature horse racing in Hong Kong with the other being Happy Valley racecourse.

 

Making his racing debut in Hong Kong today, the Danny Shum-trained LIGHTNING BOLT (best odds $4.60 with Sportsbet) comes off a winning double in Britain and looks a big show here today. Last start, the British bred gelding recorded a big win in a Class 5 over 1207m on the Windsor track. Carrying 61kgs, he crossed the line more than two lengths ahead of his rivals that day. That was back in June last year. Since his arrival on Hong Kong soil, he has trialled four times, placing in three of those. His last trial was here on 28 December where he finished second, (nosed-out by Astrologer) over the 1200m distance. Alex Badel has the honour of riding him first-up today. It is a case of wait and see but at the odds, he is worth a small investment here.

 

Another from the Danny Shum stable is RISE BRETHREN (best odds $8.50 with Sportsbet) who is third-up today and looks a solid each-way chance in this company. Last start, the son of Lope De Vega was second-up off a six-month absence when he lined-up in a Class 3, here over the mile. His race was run at barrier rise when he missed the jump by three lengths and settle a dozen off the pace. Looking 100-1 on the turn, Alex Badel spent the entire run home threading his way through traffic and somehow managed to cross the line in third place. He ran the trip, 4.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best here and set a new personal best for himself as well. He also recorded the fastest final 200m sectional for the race. Fitter for those two runs, all he has to do here is jump with them, settle near mid-field and he could give this contest a real shake at odds today.

 

The Tony Cruz-trained CALIFORNIA SPANGLE (best odds $1.45 with Sportsbet) is very skinny with the bagmen but is all but assured of seeing us finish with a winner today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner gelding crossed them and led on settling, dictating the pace to the turn. On straightening, he was challenged strongly (and momentarily headed) by Fantastic Way, but showing great spirit and fight, he got the upper hand and went on to win by a length on the line. He ran the trip, 7.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best in this line-up, half a length behind Valliant Dream who steps up in class here. Ideally drawn in gate three today, He gets the gun-run and will probably lead on settling. Zac Purton is back from injury now and is reunited with the four-year-old and together, they look the best of the day.

 

 

What are the big horse races in Hong Kong?

World famous races like the QE II Cup and Champions Mile take place on the island across the year with the best of action being staged at Sha Tin.

The best of the racing is undoubtedly at the Hong Kong International meeting in December each year, which features four Group 1s in the shape of the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase and Hong Kong Sprint.

Some of the best racehorses from across the globe head to Hong Kong to take on the locals, with gallopers from Britain, Ireland and France joined by Australian and New Zealand stars to create a real international flavour.

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