Sweet In Defeat

Sha Tin (M35) – Sunday, 6 January 2019

By Hutchi


The Sha Tin turf track presented in GOOD condition with the running rail at the outermost “C+3” position. The AWT was also rated GOOD.


RACE 1: C5 - 1200m
Course: AWT     Going: GOOD

This race rated about on average for Class 5. Sunny Orient defied the race-shape when closing strongly and perhaps this track and trip might be his chance to finally win a race, but I won’t be holding my breath for the form to be confirmed out of this event. 

RACE 2: C5 - 1400m
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

An average rating was generated for this event. The Full Bloom had a ‘gun run’ until the straight and should have won a touch easier, but he probably needs to find his way back to this grade before he wins again. Savvy Seven is looking for more ground and was sound in defeat after missing the start. Bonito has improved with each run this preparation and might be close now, although he has been sparingly raced over the past three seasons. 

RACE 3: GROUP 3 - 1000M
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

Around four lengths covered the field and this race, for the class, didn’t rate very well. All that said, Wishful Thinker was given an ordinary ride and clearly should have won. 

RACE 4: C4 - 1200M
Course: AWT    Going: GOOD

This race rated okay for Class 4. Generous Heart (SID) was taken back at the start and conceded far too much ground before being held-up and running on very well indeed. It was a huge run in defeat and back to this grade he looks ready now. 

RACE 5: C3 - 1650M
Course: AWT     Going: GOOD

A muddling-run race and that probably didn’t suit Top Laurels. He is however becoming costly to follow. Famous Warrior handled the surface okay and considering he missed the start he ran well. Overall this event rated quite well so I expect the form to stack up out of it.

RACE 6: C4 - 1400M
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

A fast pace was set here which set it up nicely for the back-marker Golden Four. Any runner close to the speed had excuses (ie Touch Of Luck) and quite clearly Hurricane Hunter (SID) would have nearly won with even luck in the running. He couldn’t get a run at a key stage and lost all momentum. 

RACE 7: C4 - 1200M
Course: AWT     Going: GOOD

A reasonably quick first sectional was set here and then just a steady pace with Winning Supreme leading from start to finish. Deal Maker (SID) was given too much do but hit the line very well indeed. This was just his second start of the season and his first on this surface, and there should be a race for him based on this performance.

RACE 8: C4 - 1800M
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

The pace was solid here and different tactics applied to Dynamic Eagle made all the difference. The race overall rated quite well, and because he was dominant, Dynamic Eagle could win a Class 3 if he is ridden in a similar manner and gets a tempo to suit. Bring It On was actually quite solid given how hard he went in the lead, it was a forgive run and he can bounce back. 

RACE 9: C3 - 1400M
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

A solid tempo was set here and this was the best rating race of the day. Cordyceps (SID) was very good settling on a fast speed and he was only collared late in the event. He has been racing consistently and he should find a similar race and get the verdict soon. Star Majestic might be one to follow if he goes back to the city circuit.

RACE 10: C2 - 1600M
Course: TURF "C+3"     Going: GOOD

They just crawled in this event and it ended up being a 400m sprint home, so the race didn’t rate that well overall. That said, the winner Ka Ying Star still clocked an exceptional final-400m (22.03). As a Derby guide, it didn’t give us a lot although Enrichment was outstanding in defeat. His momentum was hampered at a key stage but his final 200m (11.23) was the same as the eventual winner. Charity Go didn’t produce the same sort of finish off another slow tempo as he did previously but he is worth giving another chance. Helene Leadingstar was also better ridden with a touch more patience. 

Sweet In Defeat "Black Bookers"

  • Generous Heart

  • Hurricane Hunter

  • Deal Maker

  • Cordyceps