Kicking off the Sha Tin card this Sunday is a Class 5 race over 7 furlongs, with plenty of experience in this race and I’m siding with one of those in Hurricane Hunter.
This 6-year-old has had 30-lifetime starts, winning only two of them but the interesting fact is that both times when winning was over this distance so this is his optimum trip, he also has been placed on three of his last four runs so at a price he should run a solid race, has strong claims and is overdue a victory.
Race 4 is a wide-open race, with a couple of unexposed debutants that could be worth keeping an eye on in the future but I’m going for the most in-form horse Quadruple Double who was a very impressive winner last time out.
He has had seven races over C&D with four wins and placed twice, my only concern would be the jockey as it’s his first time onboard but you’d still think he is a class horse and among those to have leading claims.
Race 6 wouldn’t be the strongest of races with only one horse who won last time out. I like WinWin ThirtyThree – it could be that many runs before he does win, as he has 16 starts and is yet to nail one, but he is a really consistent sort as, from his five outings this year, he has managed to place on four occasions.
The only time he didn’t was last time out, but he did make some late headway on that run with the winner gone. Not leaving himself too much to do in this could see him run into a place again or possible shed his maiden tag.
The final race is also the best race on the card with most of the line-up coming back following an absence. When Lucky More was last seen in March he was a winner. He is a promising colt who has won his two prep trials leading to this, he has already won three of his six races – that’s a 50%-winning strike rate and a 67% place strike rate – so is on an upward curve now, and one to keep an eye on. The jockey Zac Burton is also flying, from his nine rides on Wednesday he managed to win on three of them and placed on a further two more.