Styling City can get the better of last year's champion sprinter Ivictory
6.00 Sha Tin
9.10 Sha Tin
Easy Go Easy Win
9.45 Sha Tin
Eight favourites won on the 11-race New Year’s Day card at Sha Tin, an incredible statistic that wasn’t universally welcomed by hard-bitten locals, who see long-priced winners as reassuring proof that a big payday at the track is always a possibility.
That said, a winner at any price is preferable to a big odds loser in my book, and there will be no grumbles in this corner shouldStyling City land the Group 3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (6.00) on the straight 5f course.
Rarely will you see a horse find his way through traffic in the closing stages like Styling City did when he recorded a miraculous course-and-distance win in weaker company last time.
This son of July Cup hero Starspangledbanner is undoubtedly a budding star, but trainer John Moore is not going to grow old wondering– he has pitted Styling City against last year’s champion speedster Ivictory in this high-class sprint, with the young talent asked to run from 12lb out of the handicap.
Lunacy would be the first reaction to such placing, but as it is Moore who has made the entry, you have to side with him. He usually gets it right.
Interestingly, the John Size-trained Ivictory may be on the way back. He lost form earlier in the season but recently won a barrier trial byten lengths, fitted with blinkers for the first time. He will wear the headgear again on Sunday.
Size and Joao Moreira combine for a likely winner inFollow Me in the Class3 7f handicap (9.10) later on the card.
This lightly raced type understandably found it slightly harder last time when stepping up in grade but still finished a creditable second over course and distance. There is little doubt he is well up to winning at this level, and it might be today.
TheclosingClass 2 mile handicap (9.45) features nine horses with Hong Kong Derby aspirations, so it should be a cracker.
Tigre De Terre, an ex-Richard Hannon import, failed by a nose at odds of 141-1 in a similar race lasttime and will have plenty of backers, as too will Mongolian King, who was a close fourth.
ButEasy Go Easy Win was only a length and three-quarters behind the winner (albeit tenth) in that race, making ground all the while.
Early in the race, Silvestre de Sousa was having trouble settling his mount, but connections will have addressed that issue and he can be given another chance in this hot contest.
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