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Old 02-26-2018, 05:39 PM   #195
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Hong Kong Racing Recap
Date: February 25, 2018
Track: Sha Tin
Track Bias: None
Races that have become Key Races after today’s results: 376 & 380

Notes for the day:
Race 1 (447): -95 Slight post time favourite Beaut Beaut (52) had to either check up when Striking Mr C (52) came over on him at the 700 metre mark or he became rank on his own, it’s hard to tell on the replays, but one thing is certain he lost his action for a moment and it eventually cost him at the line. Moreira’s ride on the first time starter Hong Kong Folk’s (52) was would you expect from a first time starter after going wide in the turn, took a while to change leads in the stretch and raced a little green, the best thing about the trip was that Moreira didn’t abuse him and just let him gallop to the wire. The winner Winner St Paul’s (47) took advantage of the weight allowance chasing down the favourite right before the line. Shining On (50) and Formula Galore (43) both had a little difficulty in their trips.

Race 2 (448): -102 Not the greatest of rides by Purton on Simply Invincible (89) had the winner measured entering the stretch after he was allowed setting easy fractions but when Purton went to ask he ride flattened out really quickly and went back and changed off his proper foot. On the other hand it was a perfect ride by Moreira on Easter Express (95), milked the pace and kept something for the final 200 metres, nice effort by Spicy Sure (88) looks like he is circling to a new top soon.

Race 3 (449): +93 Double Point (35), Golden Kid (34), Loyal Craftsman (14) and the eventual winner Hall Of Fame (28) were extremely wide going into the first turn and that usually spells doom for these bottom of the ladder runners going these long distances. Savannah Wind (40) was very rank right before he entered the first turn and never really relaxed properly for Purton. Fortune Giggles (37) was ridden to the wire by Rawiller like he bet on the horse only to get passed late, while Rock The Tree (40) made a big move in the stretch after racing most of the time in the rear.

Race 4 (450): 98 First time starter My Winner (52) was very green in his debut, was bumped around at the break then didn’t take the turn all that well and tried to drift out and that pushed another debut runner Little Bird (52) even wider than he was already running. As bad a ride as Purton (in my opinion) gave on the #3 in the second, he was the opposite here, was able to get Handsome Bo Bo (59) over to the rail without much exertion from the 12 hole and control the pace that left him plenty for the stretch run. Fresh Power (49) finished out well but was at the mercy of the pace and wasn’t able to catch the lone speed favourite. Pearl Champion (52) was flying at the end but was way too far back early on, look for him to go a little further next time out.

Race 5 (451): +102 Lean Perfection (80) is looking more and more like a class climber every time he goes to the track, he made a mockery of this field (a weak Class 3) but in a very fast time. Rawiller let Dragon Pioneer (69) get away from him on the backside and staggered home, the also eligible runner Orionids (66) tried to run with him but the pace was way too fast for his liking.

Race 6 (452): 95 Prebble is not having much luck these days, his ride here Royal Elegance (52) was blocked entering the stretch then had to wait for some runners in front of him to weave out of his way and when room became clear he charged to the wire only to be beaten on a bob. Sonic fighter (57) at the same time was having difficulty in finding running room, he was stuck down on the rail and looked like he didn’t want to split thru so Leung late in the stretch had to move him off the rail away from the tiring leaders all the while the longshot winner Great Treasure (55) was gaining momentum on the outside after running at the rear of the field. Smiling Charm (60) didn’t finish all that badly considering he was unable to get over on the backside after breaking from gate 14, look for a better draw and a change of riders next time out.

Race 7 (453): 97 Indigenous Star (46) and Viva Council (44) were bumped and forced to take up after the start, what with Viva Council taking the worse of it being a front runner type and it taking him away from his comfort zone. Winner Marqula (64) sat mid-pack biding his time while travelling wide in the turn and when straightened up he quickly ran away from the field, Red Elysees (55) ran into some traffic problems but don’t think he would have gotten up even with a clean trip. Namjong Plus (57) ran in his usual running position looking at rears for most of the trip but did put in a nice close after moving to the 8 path entering the stretch. Schofield was given days when he on Indigenous Star (46) came over onto Gorgeous Again (58) and Polymer Luck (48) at the 170 metre mark, it wouldn’t have effected either one’s finishing positions, for their races were most likely done at that point.

Race 8 (454): 113# The final figure was adjusted from a 121 to a 113, the final time was very fast on a slow track but if that number is used then every runner in here has run new tops that are way out of their scope, so after close scrutiny I decided on this, was hedging between it and 114 which still would have been high for everyone here. Wonder horse Pakistan Star (123) who’s been away for almost 8 months after he stopped running in his last race, leaped out of the gate costing him a couple lengths to the field. Purton gave the same ride on Time Warp (127) that he did in the Hong Kong Cup and had the same results, even though this time it was a little tougher down the lane, he was able to get the lead and said catch me if you can and nobody was able to. Werther (126) put in a good try but wasn’t fast enough to catch the front runner, as was Season Bloom (126).

Race 9 (455): 112 Helene Dragon (125) and Western Express (122) were both compromised at the start after breaking tardy and surrendering at least a length to the field. Another top ride by Purton on Beauty Generation (126), always forwardly placed, at the 170 metre mark Moreira tried to slip under him on Beat The Clock (125) but Beauty Generation refused to lay down and fought back after giving up the lead for a few steps. Fifty Fifty (123) had no excuse but just didn’t have the extra gear to head the leader, Beauty Only (122) closed nicely after a wide trip but was never going to get up for the win.

Race 10 (456): 102 Second time starter in Hong Kong Enjoyable Success (68) was pinched back at the start and was forced to race from the rear of the field, was full of run at the line and in the gallop out. Very impressive win by the chalk Super Missile (71) after travelling wide in the turn pulled up to the three front runners and quickly drew off to a very easy win, Moreira threw a few crosses showed him the stick once to keep his mind on matters and wrapped up on him at the 150 metre mark. Raging Blitzkrieg (76) made a valiant effort in the stretch to no avail, for his sake he better hope he doesn’t draw the winner again.

Race 11 (457): 100 One of the most impressive rides of the year by Schofield on longshot winner Super Form (75), saved ground on the rail moved off of it entering the stretch. Didn’t panic when there was no room, waited for his opening and at the exact moment it became available he placed him in the opening and was able to outrun the leaders without much coaxing. Moreira’s ride Lady First (70) looked at the top of the lane like he was going to be able and get up, but he either wasn’t fast enough or refused to pass Unicorn Jewellery (73) then was in tight when Agree (70) started tiring and drifted out into him, wasn’t asked afterwards and galloped out fine.

Horses to watch for next out list:
Race 8 (454) #3 Pakistan Star (123): Had been away from the races since he stopped abruptly on the backside in last year’s Premier Plate. Drew the rail and was very slow out of the gate when he took a nice leap when they opened, then was forced to chase the eventual winner Time Warp (126), in the stretch he looked raring to go but Purton on the winner didn’t leave any room in on the rail for him to get thru so Chadwick had to wait while being trapped with Werther (126) getting the jump on him on the run to Time Warp on his outside. Moved outside at the 150 mark but was unable to make the close at the wire while racing in between Werther and Seasons Bloom (126), should improve off that effort as long as he doesn’t go crazy again and stop running.

Horses to avoid next out:
Race 2 (448) #1 Eastern Express (95): Beat a very soft Class 2 field in a slow for par final time after getting a perfect trip.

*Speed figures length equalizations:
1,000 – 2.8
1,200 – 2.3
1,400 – 1.9
1,600 – 1.7
1,650 – 1.6
1,800 – 1.5
2,000 – 1.3
2,200 – 1.2
2,400 – 1

Pars :
Graded Stakes – 110
Class 1 – 107
Class 2 – 104
Class 3 – 100
Class 4 – 96
Class 5 – 92
Griffin – 85

*Speed figure notations:
Before the number:
+ - Race had an extremely fast early pace.
-- - Race had an extremely slow early pace.
After the number:
# - Figure was adjusted due to abnormal fast or slow final time.
? – Figure was not adjusted but may be out of line for their normal performance for the class.
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