Hong Kong racing tips: Jim McGrath's best bets on a cracking Sha Tin card
6.45 Sha Tin
2pts winGolden Sixty
9.10 Sha Tin
2pts winChicken Dance
10.15 Sha Tin
2pts winGolden Sixty is confidently tipped to record his ninth consecutive win when clashing again with old warrior Beauty Generation in the Group 2 Sha Tin Trophy (9.10) over a mile on a fantastic ten-race card.
Now an eight-year-old, Beauty Generation’s best days are behind him but he showed there is still some spark left when he fought hard to dead-heat for second behind his younger rival in the Group 3 Celebration Cup three weeks ago.
This time,Golden Sixty meets Beauty Generation 7lb worse for a length-and-three-quarters, and frankly, that will still not bring them together given the account of his latest victory, especially given the longer trip will be in the younger horse’s favour.
Golden Sixty, a five-year-old Australian-bred son of Medaglia D’Oro, has been developed by trainer Francis Lui into a budding champion, and his regular partner Vincent Ho has excelled in riding him.
Only the second horse to have won Hong Kong’s demanding Four-Year-Old series, Golden Sixty has a key attribute always seen in champions– a devastating turn of footthat can overwhelm even the toughest of rivals.
The main supporting race on the cardis the Group 2 Premier Bowl (6.45), in which a similar clash of generations is set to take place. This time, rising star sprinter Computer Patch, now with Tony Cruz, is favoured to get the better of established Hot King Prawn, trained by John Size.
It is hard to imagine an easier sprint win than that recorded by Computer Patch over 5f in the Group 3 National Day Cup at Sha Tin at the start of the month and the step up to 6f will not faze him in his current form.
If there is one obstacle to clear it is his wide draw in stall seven, though Karis Teetan will have options, particularly with Hot King Prawn, his chief rival from whom he will receive 16lb, on his immediate inside.
Finally, don’t letChicken Dance slip under your radar in the Class3Pai Tau Handicap (10.15).
He returned from an 11-month spell on the sidelines with a most encouraging fourth at Sha Tin last time andcan get the better of Winning Dreamer and start making up for lost time.
Bets can be placed into HK pools with the Tote, Coral and Ladbrokes. First race atSha Tin on Sunday is 5.45am BST
Leg one (8.05):1 Triple Triple, 4 Sparky Star
Leg two (8.40):2 Striking Mr C, 7 Sunny And Gold
Leg three (9.10):1 Beauty Generation, 4 Golden Sixty
Leg four (9.40):9 Utopia Life, 11 California Concord
Leg five (10.15):3 Winning Dreamer, 6 Chicken Dance
Leg six (10.50):5 The Hulk, 8 President’s Choice
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