R3 THE GRIFFIN TROPHY

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Sha Tin (M31) - Sunday, 23 December 2018

13:30 HK TIME

summary


The Griffin Trophy attracts a clash between two progressive gallopers PERFECT MATCH and WITNESS HUNTER who are each bidding for a hat trick of wins. On raw Hong Kong ratings, Perfect Match (69) has a six-point advantage over Witness Hunter (63) but on face value that is due to the assessment of the local handicapper following a hefty penalty for Perfect Match when he won his last race by 4.5 lengths. That being said, the win rated alongside the Class 3 race on the day and to my assessment he deserved the penalty. If they each run to the level of their last couple of starts then Perfect Match should have the measure of Witness Hunter and the former maps to advantage with his on pace racing pattern. SHINEALOT, who was defeated by Perfect Match (race 218), meets that rival on better terms by 2kg and he is open to improvement. He closed with some decent sections when third last start, however has to turn around a margin of more than five lengths on the line. Much the same can be said for LE TERRIOR who comes out of the same race and could fill a minor spot. However, the clear play here is Perfect Match who whilst being very short in early betting, should prove very hard to beat.

selections


1 PERFECT MATCH

(rp – $1.70)

1st @ $1.30 & $1.01 ($1.40 best corporate)

2 WITNESS HUNTER

(rp – $4.50)

4th

4 SHINEALOT

(rp – $15.00)

8th

8 LE TERROIR

(rp – $33.00)

5th

strategy


1 PERFECT MATCH

WIN

speed


There isn’t much pressure on paper here, but PERFECT MATCH should roll along in the lead at GOOD speed. QUADRUPLE DOUBLE should sit second with WITNESS HUNTER stalking the pair in third.

SEASON 2017/18 TOTAL STATS:


88

MEETINGS - SEASONS END

2485

TOTAL OUTLAY OF UNITS

+39.8

UNITS (1.6% PROFIT)