Hong Kong racing tips: Jim McGrath with three bets for Sha Tin's Sunday card
8.05 Sha Tin
8.35 Sha Tin
9.10 Sha Tin
Progressive importCharity Fun attempts to record another wide-margin win intheTai Po Kau Handicap (8.05) at Sha Tinas he seeks a rating boost toassure a place in the Hong Kong Derby on March 21.
Karis Teetan couldn’t believe what he was hearing when trainer Danny Shum told him to win by as far as possible on Charity Fun over 1m3f at Happy Valley 11 days ago. Following instructions, he won by four lengths.
In an environment where every pound in the handicap counts, jockeys are expected to win cleverly when possible, but in this case connections were aware their promising stayer could earn a mark sufficiently high in the handicap to get into the Classic.
Charity Fun, who is out of a Teofilo mare, has loads of stamina in his pedigree but faces a different challenge this time as he drops back in trip and starts from a wide draw (11). He can win again, but expect the Caspar Fownes-trained Arrogant to provide strong opposition.
Ruan Maia is the latest Brazilian jockey to try his luck in Hong Kong and he has picked up an impressive book of eight rides on his first day under contract as a Jockey Club rider.
Maia, 32, progressed from São Paulo to Macau, where he was twice champion, and then to Singapore, where he captured headlines when riding seven winners on a card at Kranji. With a career total of 600 winners, he joins a successful line of Brazilian jockeys to come to Hong Kong.
Maia’s best chance could beWine And Wine for Benno Yung in thePat Sin Leng Handicap (8.35), in which compatriot Joao Moreira will be hard to beat on the John Size-trained Fantastic Way,an impressive winner in a lower grade on his debut.
Shum’s stable continues to be in great form and Winner Method, who is set to be ridden by Alexis Badel, can continue the trend in theNam Wan Handicap (9.10), in which both Super Axiom and Joyful Fortune are out to salvage their reputations.
Zac Purton cannot make the weight on Winner Method, otherwise he would surely have continued the partnership that saw the three-year-old son of Deep Field win comfortably last time.
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Bets can be placed into HK pools with the Tote, Coral and Ladbrokes, first race at Happy Valley due off at 10.45am