Photos by LeeMingDonald
Mid-week racing continues at Sha Tin on Wednesday night with an eight-race card on the All-Weather Track. In a typical season, about 13% of the races are conducted on the All-Weather track. Wednesday`s card is the fourth race meet of the current 2018-19 season which features a`complete All-Weather meeting`.
Three winners from the previous complete All-Weather meeting` held on 3rd April, 2019 - General Dino, Corre Rapido, and Ping Hai Treasure are all set to repeat their winning form on Wednesday. Two of these (General Dino and Ping Hai Treasure) appeal as betting propositions along with two other bets.
The following four races seem the most appealing from a betting perspective.
Fifth Race - # 2) General Dino steps up from 1650 to 1800 meters and will be ridden by jockey Karis Teetan. It was Karis`s forceful and persistent urgings that had propelled this David Ferraris trained five-year old across the wire for his second win from his 26thstart. General Dino seems to have hit a purple patch and should get the better of Bundle of Energy and Crown Avenue.
Sixth Race - # 7) Royal Performer is up in class after his last win (second up for this season) over the same course and distance. Royal Performer earned a good speed rating and is our first choice to beat the two horses trained by Frankie Lor Fu-chuen - Glorious Artist (who is the trainer`s first preference) and Turin Redstar (who is the trainer`s second preference).
Seventh Race # 1) Encore Boy has won on the Turf Track at both Sha Tin and Happy Valley. This season however, Encore Boy has been campaigned exclusively on the All-Weather track at Sha Tin (where he has also won last season). This Ricky Yiu Poon trained gelding had gained more than five lengths while finishing third in his last start on the same course and distance. With apprentice Alfred Chan claiming 10 pounds, Encore Boy can land the spoils over Just Not Listening and Coby Oppa (who is trained by apprentice jockey Alfred Chan`s master Frankie Lor Fu-chuen).
Eighth Race # 7) Ping Hai Treasure finished half a length behind Royal Performer who we will watch with interest in the Sixth Race. That run over the same course and distance warrants further merit as Ping Hai Treasure was wide without cover for nearly half the trip. Ping Hai Treasure now draws Barrier 10 which is not optimal for this front running type, but is better than his last start barrier 13. He will have to stave off a challenge from Chung Wah Spirit who had won handily with his jockey Zac Purton looking back. An interesting runner in this race is Nuclear Power who had gained seven lengths to come from a nearly impossible position over a shorter trip and who should relish the step up to the extended mile.
Here are the selections for the card