R9 COX’S HANDICAP

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Sha Tin (M57) - Sunday, 24 March 2019

17:15 HK TIME

summary


Back to the all-weather track for this event and there looks to be good each way play in the race. GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR takes a step up to 1,650m, which he should relish and his form on this surface over shorter distances has been very sound. In addition, this is a race that lacks pace, so I expect that he can settle handy and take some catching, if not leading, then sitting just off the leader. The early favourite, CHUNG WAH SPIRIT, was somewhat flattered on his last win when a brutal tempo played right into his hands. He has won one from 24 in the class and while he will run well again, he is well-enough exposed not to get carried away by his recent winning margin. ULTIMATE GLORY is another that makes a little appeal. They have the option to run in a grade lower but perhaps this race has been a target and he was solid-enough against the race pattern last time. He might inject some value in to the exotics and isn’t without a winning chance. SUPER GIANT tries this surface for the first time, but comes through some strong form races and can be kept safe. All in all I’m happy to bet Gameplayer Emperor each way here. If taking a quaddie, make sure you include Ultimate Glory on one ticket.

selections


5 GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR

(rp – $4.00)

2nd @ $1.70p ($6.50 & $2.40 best corporate, quinella with 8 @ $6.95)

12 ULTIMATE GLORY

(rp – $7.50)

3rd @ $2.50p (trifecta/tierce with 8 & 5 @ $57.30)

8 CHUNG WAH SPIRIT

(rp – $5.00)

1st @ $2.25 & $1.25 ($2.70 best corporate)

7 SUPER GIANT

(rp – $8.50)

12th

strategy


5 GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR

WIN & PLACE (2 x 4)

speed


MIDNIGHT RATTLER and GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR are the most likely to contest the lead here, and I don’t expect the pace to be strong. CHUNG WAH SPIRIT maps to get a great run following the speed from ULTIMATE GLORY and VOLPINO.


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