R3 CASTLE PEAK BAY HANDICAP

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Sha Tin (M59) - Sunday, 31 March 2019

13:45 HK TIME

summary


The third event features a Frankie Lor-trained debutant that has looked okay at the trials EVERYONE’S JOY. He’s a son of Redoute’s Choice (as well as being a half-brother to dual New Zealand Group 1 winner Xtravagant) and has shown good speed in all of his hit outs. Zac Purton should be able to position him ideally on the speed and he should be given his chance in what is another weak Class 4 sprint. REGENCY DARLING could get a reasonable time on the lead here and he is capable of running in the money. He was caught wide at his last start, that shouldn’t happen here this afternoon and he can bounce back. WONDERFUL JOURNEY hasn’t won for more than two years, but down to this class if he can settle in the first half of the field then he’s capable of placing and boosting exotic dividends. HASTA LEUGO debuted as an odds-on favourite down the straight and he didn’t handle the pressure of raceday that well to my eye. He’s trailed again since and was okay on the dirt, but again I wonder about his greenness at this stage of his career and I just couldn’t have him as short as the early market. Alfred Chan makes his Hong Kong riding debut on BINGO. The new 10-pound claiming apprentice might be asked to roll along on his mount, which might make the tempo quicker than expected. A small outlay on Everyone’s Joy is worthwhile here and there’s a little value in quinellas with Regency Darling and Wonderful Journey.

selections


4 EVERYONE’S JOY

(rp – $3.50)

1st @ $2.75 & $1.10

8 REGENCY DARLING

(rp – $6.00)

8th

1 WONDERFUL JOURNEY

(rp – $10.00)

3rd @ $3.35p

5 HASTA LEUGO

(rp – $7.50)

5th

strategy


4 EVERYONE’S JOY

WIN (small units)

4 with 1 & 8

QUINELLA (small part units)

speed


REGENCY DARLING can lead and BINGO will probably join him, but how fast will apprentice Chan ride the John Moore-trained horse from barrier 13? EVERYONE’S JOY can secure an ideal trip and HASTA LEUGO might be able to hold the trail.