Joao Moreira’s mount The Abraxas drops in grade after reaching the frame from a double-digit stall over C&D a week ago and commands respect but he’s poorly drawn again and perhaps it might be worth chancing SUPREME PLUS. Frankie Lor’s 4yo needs to better his recent efforts but lurks on a dangerous handicap mark and has a much more favourable draw today. Jimson The Dragon and Harbour Alert are others to consider.
Sumstreetsumwhere was placed off today’s mark over C&D three weeks ago and has the services of Zac Purton today but this can go to HOME MADE, who finished well over 6f in higher-grade company on his last two appearances and, if his smart middle-distance form in Australia is a guide, ought to benefit significantly from today’s step back up in trip. Courageous Dragon was slightly disappointing when upped to 1m last month but was in good form over 7f beforehand and remains of interest.
Flying Monkey has new headgear fitted for his stable debut and looks quite interesting but it’s hard to be swayed from AURORA STEED, who posted a good effort in defeat over C&D last month and, with the assistance of Joao Moreira, can exploit his favourable draw. Exponents is next on the list, ahead of Fox Cheunger.
Compassion Spirit appeared to have quite a bit left in the tank when scoring over C&D four weeks ago, while Happy Tango is another lightly raced contender who performed very well when last in action. However, both are berthed in wide stalls today and a more speculative option to consider is MAGIC SUPREME, who is yet to be placed in Hong Kong but ran okay over 5f recently, has a very good draw and might respond well to the fitting of cheekpieces.
Winning Ways can go very close if he enjoys better luck than on his last two outings but lightly raced 3yo DAILY DELIGHT recovered from a tardy start to finish third over C&D three weeks ago and is taken to open his account from a more favourable draw today. Everbrave and Forza Angel are berthed in double-digit stalls but both will be suited by today’s drop back to 5f and have each-way claims.
Smart Leader won off a slightly higher mark under Joao Moreira in the early part of the season and, from stall 2, is respected but STAR LUCK has an even better draw and comes here after some very creditable efforts at Sha Tin this year. He gets the nod. Namjong Sings and Big Fortune complete the shortlist.
This isn’t the strongest race and Hong Kong debutant California Concord comes under serious consideration. He was a two-time winner when trained in Australia and has shown promise in his trackwork. It may pay to focus on more tried and tested Hong Kong form and VICTORIAM is taken to claim a fourth win. He won in this grade in April and things didn’t work out for him from a wide draw last time, he can bounce back here.
Purton and Moreira square off on a pair of likely challengers. Cinquante Cinq won over 1m here in January, he has continued to run well form his revised mark since and the step up in trip should suit. He may have to settle for a place behind ABOVE. John Moore’s 4yo ran out a wide margin winner over 1m2f at Sha Tin in March and can add to his tally here.
Delightful Laos is a fascinating contender returning to the scene of his winning Hong Kong debut. He was 59-1 that day but pulled away from a decent field late on. he remains open to improvement and warrants respect. Surrealism has the right partner for his hold up style and the handicapper may have opened the door to him. Hat-trick seeking TANGMERE is taken to claim another victory under Zac Purton. The manner of his most recent C&D win suggests there should be more to come.