Hong Kong racing tips: Jim McGrath with three bets for Sha Tin's Sunday card
6.00 Sha Tin
8.05 Sha Tin
9.45 Sha Tin
Trainer Jimmy Ting is hopefulSuper Football can produce a performance that propels him into Hong Kong Derby contention when he contests theDaisy Handicap (9.45) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
With the Classic only two weeks away, Super Football is leaving it late to stake a claim but that has been the story of his life. A late-maturing type, he arrived as a seven-start maiden from New Zealand and only broke through on his third start locally.
But his progression since has been impressive, posting two wins over a mile in lower grades, all the while hinting that he would relish a longer trip.
The positives are that he has ace lightweight Karis Teetan aboard for the first time, as well as an attractive inside draw, which he can put to good use, though don’t expect him to be closer than mid-division on settling.
He faces tough opposition that includes Tsar, who was three from five for John Gosden before export. He has looked unhappy in his new surroundings but something clicked 11 days ago when he flew home for an eyecatching second at Happy Valley. He has a big chance if repeating that performance.
Berlin Tango, the ex-Andrew Balding-trained winner of a Kempton Classic Trial, has yet to show his form locally.
Smart 7lb claimer Jerry Chau is overdue a win on smart sprinter Duke Wai, whoisdropped back to 5f on the straight course in theCornflower Handicap (6.00).
The five-year-old looked unlucky two starts ago beforefinishing an admirable second to the promising Wellington, both those runs came over a longer trip and he looks primed for a step back to the minimum distance.
With Joao Moreira still suspended, Zac Purton teams up again with John Size, this time whenJuneau Park lines up in the Dendrobium Handicap (8.05).
Juneau Parkflew home to takesecond over this course and distance on his most recent start, for which he received a modest 2lbrise in the handicap.This consistent type should have the beating of likely improver Divine Regulus.
3 Bullish Unicorn
4 Dragon Fortune
2 So We Joy
6 Juneau Park
10 Divine Regulus
5 Lucky Fun
1 Flagship Glory
12 Leading Fortune
13 Super Football
Bets can be placed into HK pools with the Tote, Coral and Ladbrokes, first race at Sha Tin due off at 5am