Horse racing tips: 5 to keep an eye on at Sha Tin on Sunday

A fine day for some early morning action.



07:00 Sha Tin (Group 3) – Thanks Forever

This is a scorching hot renewal with plenty of these horses coming into this race having run in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint last month. Zac Purton is the main man here and is riding the ultra- consistent and likely market leader Thanks Forever. The 4-year old was third in the Chairman’s race and has now placed a couple of times this campaign in Group 1 company.

Trainer John Moore has sounded very confident this week saying that he and his team believe they have cracked the code with this horse. Also, Zac Purton mounts will be very popular this Sunday. He rides Exultant in the big group one later on the card and I just feel he’ll end the day with a few winners. This horse has a great chance in what should be a cracking race for the early birds.

08:00 Sha Tin – Regency Poet

This horse certainly has ability and has been threatening to lose his maiden tag recently. Last time out this horse ran well to finish second at Happy Valley. Jockey Karis Teetan rode that day and retains the mount.

A 32-day layoff and wide draw are the obstacles to overcome here but if the signs are right this horse will be right there at the business end. I also think it may be a better value bet than Zac Purton’s mount Kinda Cool, who only found one too good on debut.

09:05 Sha Tin (Group 1) – Exultant to win & Savvy Nine e/w

What a race this is going to be folks! Zac Purton will be licking his lips at the prospect of Exultant landing a fifth Group 1 win. The horse comes into the race on the back of an impressive win last month in the QEII Cup, on what was his first appearance in 70 days.

You’d expect the 6-year old to come on from that run. He is the one they all have to try and beat. The rain-forecast may be causing nerves in the Exultant camp but I wouldn’t be jumping ship betting-wise. One that could go well and run into the places is Joao Moreira’s ride Savvy Nine. I’ve tipped this horse up before and it has bags of ability. Decent Jockey, trip should suit and 2nd in a Group 3 last time out. Ticks plenty of boxes.

10:15 Sha Tin – Regency Bo Bo

I have gone with the Zac Purton mount yet again. I just see him having a few winners today. This is a box ticking exercise for me and there is lots to like about Regency Bo Bo. This horse goes well fresh and likes the track at Sha Tin, having won here five times in the past.

The 7f trip won’t pose any problems either as the 6-year old has won over it before. Horse was 7th last time out back in early February but had a wide draw. Purton has also placed on the horse himself in the past too, so there is a lot to like about his chances. 

10:50 Sha Tin – Will Power

Will Power is one horse I am looking forward to backing this Sunday. This horse is an improving sort and I expect that to continue here. The 4-year old has won three times from five runs and comes in here on the back of a course and distance 3rd just over a month ago. Also, Jockey Karis Teetan has rode a couple of winners in the last few days and looks to be coming into a bit of form.

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