Sha Tin Tips January 24

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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.


In search of that elusive Group 1 title, HOT KING PRAWN lines up here for his 7th attempt at Group 1 glory and looks well placed to finally achieve that goal. Two starts back, the Denman gelding was second-up, here in the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) where he proved too strong for his opposition that day. He ran that 1200m in a sizzling 1:08 flat which would take beating in any contest. Then last start, he lined up in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) where they went hard early and the grey gelding had to be happy settling fifth two pairs back. In the run home, he was badly crowded for room and was then involved in a charge to line. Still looking a top-three contender, they came from everywhere in the final 50 metres, leaving the six-year-old crossing the line in seventh place, but beaten just 1.5 lengths in the end. Despite going down, he still the trip out, 8.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the third best in the race. His personal best of 11.5 lengths better than benchmark was achieved on the Sha Tin track over the 1200m trip. If he reproduces just close to that here, he would prove hard to beat. All three placegetters of that Hong Kong Sprint are absent today which makes the job a little easier. He is (by far) the best performed galloper at the track with his resume reading 21 starts for 10 wins and seven minor placings. Leading jockey, Joao Moreira has been aboard for every ride this preparation and sticks with the John Size-trained galloper here. Ideally drawn in gate two, he should settle on speed without any trouble and if he dictates the pace, this lot will struggle to run him down today.


The David Hayes-trained SHADOW HERO is third-up today and looks ready to win. Two starts back, the former Australian galloper made his Hong Kong debut and on this track, he couldn’t have started any worse. Slow out, he settled last in the big field of 14 and over the 1400m trip, never really recovered, finishing mid-field, still only beaten 2.5 lengths in the end. Then last start, with Zac Purton remaining aboard, he blew the start again, but managed to recover well enough to settle mid-field. In the run home, he managed to get clear after being blocked for room and was progressing nicely when hampered yet again. He then weaved his way through the crowd and was doing his best work over the final 100 metres and managed to grab third prize on the line in the longer 1600m contest. He closed off his 600m, 6.5 lengths quicker than benchmark and his personal best (8 lengths under benchmark) compares to his opposition here. Nicely drawn again (in gate 5), Purton remains in the saddle as he comes off a recent trial, winning that comfortably in the end. If he has improved his gate manners, he should manage to settle near mid-field (or better) and fitter for those first two runs, prove hard to beat here at juicy each-way odds.


Unbeaten in two starts, the John Size-trained SIGHT SUCCESS has impressed at his first two starts and looks well placed here to bring up the hat-trick. On debut, he drew the car park, coming up with gate 14 (of 14) in a Class 4, here over 1200m. Trapped three-wide to the turn, he swung even wider but showed an amazing turn of foot from there. He quickly put three lengths on them and over the final 150 metres, Joao Moreira put the brakes on and still crossed the line 1.5 lengths clear. He ran his last 600m, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark and ran the 1200m in 1:09.2 (eased). Then last start, he made the step up to Class 3 company and over the same track and trip, franked that first win in better time. Punters sent him out a white-hot $1.15 favourite that day. Jumping nicely, he settled second (on the fence), but soon after straightening, shook off the leader and again, showed a good turn of foot to put a gap in them, then go on to win just as comfortably in the end. He ran that 1200m, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark, two lengths faster than his debut win. The four-year-old Magnus gelding will probably line up here around the same price but has an extra 3kgs to carry and is back out in the car park, drawing gate 12 today. He looks a very special type and apart from his two winning runs to date, it’s worth noting he trialled five times before making his debut, and won the lot. Fitter for those first two runs, and so much upside, he looks the best of the day.



Where to bet on Sha Tin racing…

Hong Kong stages some of the biggest racing in the world and several bookmakers offer you the chance to bet on the every race and get Sha Tin betting odds and market as well as Happy Valley tips and predictions.

Most bookmakers offer fixed odds on all Happy Valley and Sha Tin races now throughout the year. Some have markets up quicker than others with LadbrokesBetEasy and Sportsbet among those to lead the field with odds available.



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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