Blooming Spirit, Grand Harbour, and Raging Blitzkrieg appeal on the All Weather Track when racing continues at Shan Tin in Hong Kong on Wednesday, June 12.
Photos by LeeMingDonald
Racing continues at Sha Tin on Wednesday and all eight races for the night will be run on the All Weather Track. There is no racing next Wednesday, 19th June, which means that this is the second of four consecutive race meets at Sha Tin.
Our correspondent recommends the following three races as betting propositions.
Fourth Race - # 10) Blooming Spirit had finished 2 hundredths of a second behind Lucky Thought when they last met. At that time, Lucky Thought was giving Blooming Spirit eight pounds. On Wednesday night, Lucky Thought will have to give Blooming Spirit eighteen pounds once we factor apprentice jockey, Alfred Chan`s ten-pound allowance. Blooming Spirit will also benefit from jumping from barrier 4 instead of barrier 11 from which he was hard ridden to track the leaders last time out. From a pure weights perspective, Blooming Spirit appeals as a bet. Lucky Thought will be ridden by jockey Zac Purton and has had an impressive barrier trial where he beat the Class 2 Baltic Whisper. Lucky Thought had hung out slightly and was noticed to be racing with its mouth open and may benefit from the change from the Lugging bit to the Ring bit that his trainer Danny Shum has made. Viva Council has won this season over the 1200 meter All Weather course and is fit as evidenced from his last forward run. Elite Boy always attracts attention based on his form over this course and distance last season, but he is a difficult horse to follow and is a known bleeder.
Fifth Race - # 6) Grand Harbour had won well in his last effort over the same course and distance and will now be ridden by Chad Schofield as Joao Moreira who rode him to victory last time out rides the John Size trained Bond Elegance. Grand Harbour`s trainer Michael Chang win percentage with his last outing winners is 25% and Grand Harbour is galloping very well as evidenced by his blazing 50.2 second workout on Saturday. Star Luck has not repeated his winning form from three starts ago, but has a chance because of the 10 pounds claimed by his rider.
Seventh Race - # 5 Raging Blitzkrieg won over this course and distance and has then finished second in five of his six subsequent starts. He is the most consistent performer and should be able to beat Fortune Booth and King Genki. Speed Vision would probably win the prize for the most inconsistent performer in this race. He has won two of his last five starts but finished down the field in the other three.
Here are the selections for the card
These selections are based on the Race Card available at the time of writing and do not factor in any standby horses that are promoted. While considering the tips above, please pay attention to the names of the horses – the number of a horse that is withdrawn will be assigned to the promoted standby horse.