R4 COLLECTION HANDICAP

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Sha Tin (M55) - Sunday, 17 March 2019

14:30 HK TIME

summary


SPLENDOUR AND GOLD has had over a month between runs, but there was a lot to like about both his career starts and the fact that the handicapper has left him in this class (4) is a bonus. He did a great job to overcome a steady tempo last time over 1,400m and he will be better over a mile and a little freshen-up isn’t a major negative going off what I’ve seen. He can win again. WINNING CONTROLLER is going in to this third-up in his current prep and will strip a fitter horse. His final-800m (46.04) was excellent last start and he will be one to include in exotics. EMPIRE STAR is often costly but he maps quite well and should get his chance to figure in the finish. Both HIGH REV (blinkers back on) and CIRCUIT THREE have shown some potential in a handful of starts with the former likely to get a good run during the race as well. I’m happy to recommend small win bets on Splendour And Gold and Winning Controller here.

selections


2 SPLENDOUR AND GOLD

(rp – $4.50)

1st @ $3.85 & $1.65 ($6.00 best corporate)

1 WINNING CONTROLLER

(rp – $7.50)

3rd @ $4.40p

9 HIGH REV

(rp – $6.50)

4th

7 EMPIRE STAR

(rp – $7.00)

10th

strategy


2 SPLENDOUR AND GOLD

WIN (small units)

1 WINNING CONTROLLER

WIN (smaller units)

speed


There isn’t much speed on paper here with SOCCER MASTER, COOLCELEB and WINNING CONTROLLER the three most likely horses to be ridden forward here. MANAGEMENT STAR has drawn barrier 1 and can sit close and DASHING DART might be asked to muster early by Moreira and find a more prominent position than is often the case.


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