What Else But You can provide the good fortune punters are seeking
What Else But You
8.05 Sha Tin
8.40 Sha Tin
9.50 Sha Tin
Happy new year to all readers of this column, or Kung Hei Fat Choy, as the locals would say, for the first meeting of a fresh year in the Chinese calendar, one which superstitious punters believe dictates how lucky you will be for the next 12 months.
Whether it is luck or skill, the deadly combination of trainer John Sizeand jockey Joao Moreira are always hard to beat.It is a trend that is likely to endure in the Year of the Pig, and their contenderWhat Else But You (8.05) has the right credentials to land the Class1 Chinese New Year Cup over 7f on a cracking holiday card at Sha Tin.
There are six runners for this interesting handicap– an unusually small field byHongKongstandards– but What Else But You put the writing on the wallon his last outing when finishing strongly from back in the field to take fourth behind the smart Conte.
The selectionwas only a length and three-quarters adrift at the line, having produced a runwhich prepares him perfectly for this assignment.
It will be no pushover, however, as John Moore runs one of his keyHongKongDerby contenders, Solar Patch, who has been on the sidelines for six months through injury, while Frankie Lor saddles Morethanlucky, who was a solid second in Conte's race last time.
Size and Moreira are set to follow up withGamechangers (8.40) in the Class3 6f handicap, a typically competitive heat.
Gamechangers was breaking the ice inHongKongat the 16th attempt when winning a 6f handicap at Happy Valley, and there is no doubt an inside draw played a big part in that narrow victory.
Again, luck is on their side as the gelding starts from stall one, which should again give him a slight edge.
The 11th race is the finale on this bumper card, and the Class3 1m contest features the reappearance of the progressive Follow Me, whose task is made harder by an outside drawin 14.
Given that, we can take Silvestre de Sousato capitalise aboard the very handyCordyceps (9.50), who is a model of consistency.
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