R5 CHEUNG SHA WAN HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M68) - Wednesday, 1 May 2019

21:15 HK TIME

summary


ENDEARING was our best the last time he went around and he shapes as the best this time as well and is still the horse to beat in this race by my assessment. He was terrific when winning off a moderate tempo last time and it appeared he was holding off the challenge from E MASTER who meets him 2kg better in the weights tonight. E Master might have been a better chance to beat Endearing had he drawn better, so he will need more than his share of luck and tempo. DRAGON PIONEER has won a trial since his last run where he just positioned too close to a hot tempo and he could easily bounce back with an easier run in transit. He also returned with blood in the trachea so had an additional excuse. LOVING A BOOM has shown glimpses of potential this season and perhaps leading on him last time didn’t suit. He deserves another chance and has the blinkers-on and replacing the cheek-pieces for the first time tonight. He seemed to respond positively to that gear change when he trialled on the dirt just over a week ago. The main bet is Endearing and there‚Äôs value in the quinella with E Master.

selections


4 ENDEARING

(rp – $3.50)

3rd @ $1.65p

10 E MASTER

(rp – $5.50)

4th

5 LOVING A BOOM

(rp – $6.00)

2nd @ $1.55p

1 DRAGON PIONEER

(rp – $12.00)

11th

strategy


4 ENDEARING

WIN (5 units)

4 with 10

QUINELLA (1 unit)

speed


The overall speed here should be GOOD with VERY RICH MAN the most likely leader from potentially EAGLE. HARBOUR ALERT and DRAGON PIONEER are capable of going forward and PRANCE DRAGON is drawn to get a good run behind these horses.