Crede can help feed Moore’s new year revival
8.35 Sha Tin
0.5 pts each-way
9.10 Sha Tin
Form is temporary, class is permanent.
It’s an old saying that is fairly questionable when you think about it but legendary Hong Kong handler John Moore will be hoping it rings true after a tepid start to the season.
The charismatic Aussie has seen his winning percentage drop to five per cent since September – below half his normal strike rate – but there have been positive recent signs and Experto Crede is a solid alternative to a familiar face in the Orchid Handicap at 9.10.
Simply Brilliant was known as Senator when he finished sixth in the Britannia Stakes for Richard Fahey and will become the first HK winner by Frankel if he confirms the promise of two placed efforts for new trainer Frankie Lor.
The step up to seven furlongs will suit, but Experto Crede (formerly trained by Ed Walker) is in equally good heart after a close second here and looks fair each way value at 7-1 or thereabouts.
Chris So is another trainer seeking to end a frustrating spell and lightly raced Amazing Star has plenty going for him in the 8.35.
That said, there is clearly some risk in wading in at skinny odds when the stable’s losing run is up to 45 and the unexposed Everbrave has been travelling strongly enough to appeal at what should be a double figure price.
The critically-acclaimed ‘Luck On Sunday’ returns to RUK at 8am after a festive break with a hot G3 sprint to get the ball rolling.
Premiere and House Of Fun will corner the market but Archippus ties in very closely with that pair on course form and is fresh from a career-best at Happy Valley.
Rivet makes his third start since joining Moore in the finale at 9.45 but the 2016 Racing Post Trophy winner hasn’t found his feet in HK yet.
Time To Celebrate certainly has after a front-running success here but Keen Venture caught the eye running on from a poor position in the same race and a stronger pace can make him a very live player.
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