R4 THE 18 DISTRICTS CUP HANDICAP

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Sha Tin (M63) - Sunday, 14 April 2019

14:00 HK TIME

summary


SHINING ACE is the runner to beat in this event. He will relish the move up to 1,400m and has progressed nicely in his first preparation. His last run when second he was no match for the eventual winner Golden Sixty, but that effort rated well enough to suggest he can go one better here. VOYAGE STAR will be popular with Zac Purton riding him and no doubt he will try and make every post a winner. The form around his fourth to Craig’s Star reads well and he probably had a track playing a touch against him on that occasion. DIAMOND LEGEND is racing in very good form and he closed stylishly when fifth to Band Of Brothers (Win Win was second and has won since) on his last outing. He is probably nearing his mark but his last couple of runs have suggested that he could land a race of this calibre. BEAUTY ENERGY and SONIC FIGHTER are the best of the rest, but Shining Ace looks ready to shrug his maiden status now and I’m happy to back him to win with quinellas taking Voyage Star and Diamond Legend.

selections


10 SHINING ACE

(rp – $3.40)

3rd @ $2.10p

3 VOYAGE STAR

(rp – $5.00)

11th

12 DIAMOND LEGEND

(rp – $6.50)

9th

1 SONIC FIGHTER

(rp – $7.50)

2nd @ $2.15p

strategy


10 SHINING ACE

WIN

10 with 3 & 12

QUINELLA

speed


There isn’t a great deal of pace here and Purton will probably look to lead here on VOYAGE STAR. THOU SHALL SING can race handy with GREAT HARVEST trailing alongside SHINING ACE.