R3 KINGSTON HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M36) - Wednesday, 9 January 2019

20:15 HK TIME

summary


Once again, on paper there looks as though there should be genuine speed in this event. The good barrier draws for SPLIT OF A SECOND and JIMSON THE DRAGON should ensure both get economical runs and they look the main contenders to me. Split Of A Second posted the best final-400m (22.35) at the IJC meeting (December 5) when swooping from back in the field and there was more authority in the performance than the margin suggests. His win prior he settled closer to the leaders which should be the case here tonight with a clean getaway. In addition, he defeated Hard Promise then, who won by two lengths on New Years Day. Jimson The Dragon is a progressive galloper having career start number two and came through his debut well. Obviously, venturing to the city circuit for the first time for a race means he enters unknown territory. That said he handled his trail at the Valley in mid-December pretty well. SHARPMIND closed well last time when ridden negatively from a wide gate and he warrants respect this time. I like the blinkers going on LONDON MASTER but from the outside gate he has a tough task even though he might get the tempo to suit his racing pattern.

selections


1 SPLIT OF A SECOND

(rp – $3.50)

3rd @ $1.65p

5 JIMSON THE DRAGON

(rp – $5.50)

10th

7 SHARPMIND

(rp – $8.50)

6th

11 LONDON MASTER

(rp – $15.00)

8th

strategy


1 SPLIT OF A SECOND

WIN (4.5 units)

5 JIMSON THE DRAGON

WIN (2 units)

speed


The speed should be on the FAST side of GOOD here with ALL GREAT FRIENDS and EXCEPTIONAL DESIRE setting the speed from WAH MAY PRINCESS and GOOD COMPANION. MISCHIEVOUS SUNDAE, HAPPY COOPERATION and SPLIT OF A SECOND can find positions tracking these lead horses.

SEASON 2017/18 TOTAL STATS:


88

MEETINGS - SEASONS END

2485

TOTAL OUTLAY OF UNITS

+39.8

UNITS (1.6% PROFIT)