R7 SAN ANTONIO HANDICAP

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Sha Tin (M5) - Saturday, 22 September 2018

16:05 HK TIME

summary


I think HELENE CHARISMA is a vulnerable favourite here in race 7. Firstly, this stakes-winning import is yet to win in Hong Kong. Secondly, his figures out of his first-up Happy Valley run were nothing special when measured up against his rivals here and thirdly he will have 5.5kg more to carry. Last start he was also suited by the fast tempo, which he doesn’t look likely to get today, so, who wins? ROCKETEER is the class performer here and he doesn’t need to far off his mark from his final two starts of last term to win. He’s looked okay in his work and moved well-enough when asked to in a recent dirt trial. The 4.5kg claim of Victor Wong, who will ride FRIENDS OF KA YING, makes the Caspar Fownes-trained galloper very well handicapped. He is an excellent each way play, as his last run in defeat is clear of his rivals and being an “on-pacer” should make him slightly easier to handle for the apprentice. I’m not overly interested in any other runners than these.

selections


6 FRIENDS OF KA YING

(rp – $4.00)

7th

1 ROCKETEER

(rp – $4.50)

4th

4 HELENE CHARISMA

(rp – $6.50)

5th

strategy


6 FRIENDS OF KA YING

WIN & PLACE (4 x 6)

speed


I don’t see a huge amount of pressure here with BEAUTY SPIRIT a potential leader. CLOUD NINE can sit forward and FRIENDS OF KA YING close. The latter horse could even be ridden to lead.

SEASON 2017/18 TOTAL STATS:


88

MEETINGS - SEASONS END

2485

TOTAL OUTLAY OF UNITS

+39.8

UNITS (1.6% PROFIT)