Speedy Zephyr can breeze in before Sha Tin stars come out to play
6.00 Sha Tin
1pt each way
10.15 Sha Tin
Hardon the heels of Champions Day comes a Sha Tin showcase featuring Hong Kong's past, present and possibly future stars.
An early Sunday alarm call is well worthwhile for some high-class action shown live on RUK and ATR and squeezing the quart into a pint pot is tricky.
The admirable Lucky Bubbles looks just about the pick of an exceptional group of sprinters in the Group 2 Premier Bowl (9.10), though the market will reflect that and there are too many live dangers to recommend a strong bet as he builds towards even bigger targets ahead.
Last year's Hong Kong Mile winner Beauty Only takes another step towards the December showpiece in the Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy(9.40) and he's poised to go close despite conceding plenty of weight to some smart rivals.
The unbeaten Nothingilikemore is being talked about as a looming danger to Beauty Only and the other Group 1 milers this season, so nothing less than a decisive success from a mark of 98 in the finale at 10.50 will suffice.
Simply Invincible and Jolly Jolly look the strongest Quinella candidates to go with John Size's exciting four-year-old, but the two value single options could surface in the handicaps which help form a strong supporting programme.
Only the earliest of British and Irish birds will be up and about for the opening Piaget Handicap at 6am but there's an interesting horse on show in the speedy shape of Lunar Zephyr.
This gelding went off much too hard in a vain attempt to offset a high draw at Happy Valley recently but stall 12 can be a big plus over Sha Tin's straight 1000m and Lunar Zephyr's best course form gives him very strong claims.
The latter comment also applies toDaring Fit (10.15), who faded late over 1400m on his latest start but has the valuable edge of Matthew Poon's 7lb allowance for the first time as he steps back to 1200m in the Zenith Excellent Handicap.