March 19 / 5.00 Sha Tin

5.00

Good

Sky Darci Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £65559.11
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • 16 runners
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Sky Darci Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

10/1 (Won)

Form: 40

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Pleasing debut effort when fourth over C&D in January but hung left and finished much nearer last than first on his only start since; excused that effort based on abnormal scope post-race but has been handed a difficult draw for this retrieval mission.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

6

(2)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Call Me Dandy

9st 0lb

J: Angus Chung

T: K W Lui

tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, not able to challenge

2/1

2nd

4

(4)

17th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

07:05 Sha Tin

Call Me Dandy

8st 13lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

tracked leaders, ridden under 2f out, driven to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, headed 50yds out

16/1

8th

5

(3)

19th Nov 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Call Me Dandy

8st 12lb

J: M L Yeung

T: K W Lui

prominent, ridden 2f out, unable to quicken, weakened inside final furlong

7/1

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Debutant; sire was a Group 1-winning sprinter and the dam was placed at just shy of 1m; some speed in the pedigree, therefore, but has looked generally unimpressive in barrier trials; one to watch with a view to the future.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

13

(4)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Champion Instinct

8st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: D J Hall

in touch, tracked leaders going well 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, readily

8/1

2nd

13

(6)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Champion Instinct

8st 8lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: D J Hall

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on from 1 1/2f out, took 2nd 50yds out, not reach winner

12/1

5th

8

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

12:40 Happy Valley

Champion Instinct

8st 8lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: D J Hall

midfield, ridden and steady headway from over 2f out, driven and chased leaders entering final furlong, no extra final 100yds

6/1

3rd
3 (10)
June Planet

3/1

Form: 4

Last run: 74 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 53

Form & Verdict
Did not go unbacked prior to his debut over this trip at Happy Valley in January, and made good on the support by finishing a close-up fourth; the form of that race has been boosted since and he has performed reasonably well in barrier trials since; one for the shortlist.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

12

(1)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

June Planet

8st 7lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: C Fownes

held up in rear, hampered by loose horse after 1 1/2f, soon behind

16/1

10th

11

(6)

29th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

09:50 Happy Valley

June Planet

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: C Fownes

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, no extra final furlong

2/1

1st

2

(6)

4th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

June Planet

9st 7lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: C Fownes

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, switched wide entering straight, driven and stayed on strongly from over 1f out, led 100yds out, eased closing stages

5/2

OUR TIP

9/4

Form: 5-6241 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Won over C&D on racecourse debut in November 2021 and returned to winning ways for the first time since when getting up late on to win at Happy Valley (6f) 18 days ago; 5lb higher this time but that means he is still 2lb below his opening winning mark; claims.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

3

(11)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

Snowalot

9st 5lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: David A Hayes

held up in rear, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight, stayed on final 150yds, never dangerous

7/1

4th

1

(2)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:10 Happy Valley

Snowalot

9st 9lb

J: James McDonald

T: David A Hayes

in touch in midfield, ridden and chased leaders under 2f out, driven and kept on final furlong, not going pace to challenge

7/1

6th

3

(8)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

Snowalot

9st 6lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: David A Hayes

held up in rear, ridden 2 1/2f out, switched wide entering straight, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish

7/1

25/1

Form: 7-9

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Unplaced but not entirely disgraced in two starts so far (both C&D) but a greater concern is the fact that he has twice been withdrawn at the start after becoming fractious pre-race or in the stalls; has a handy draw to work with but a watching brief advised for the time being.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11

(5)

25th Jun 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

12:35 Sha Tin

Miraculous Honour

8st 10lb

J: M L Yeung

T: Y S Tsui

Placed for first time in five-race career when finishing well for close third on dirt debut three weeks ago; not out of this if that improvement can be transferred back to turf.

10/1

3rd

12

(6)

4th Jun 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

09:30 Sha Tin

Miraculous Honour

8st 9lb

J: M L Yeung

T: Y S Tsui

chased leader, dropped to 4th over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well final furlong, finished well

16/1

14

(3)

30th Apr 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

07:15 Sha Tin

Miraculous Honour

8st 10lb

J: K C Leung

T: Y S Tsui

Steadily progressive in four starts over 6f, and strongly suggested this longer trip will suit when a staying-on sixth here last time out; 2lb lower today from a handy draw; not ruled out.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Speedily bred debutant by Wandjina, whose progeny have a good record in Hong Kong; has looked a talented individual in several barrier trials under today's rider and represents a stable in fine form; warrants a close market check.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

11

(3)

15th Feb 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

14:50 Happy Valley

Flamingo Trillion

8st 8lb

J: K C Leung

T: F C Lor

led early, headed after 1 1/2f, chased leader, pushed along to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, soon hard pressed and headed final 150yds, lost second final strides

6/1

2nd

11

(5)

28th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Flamingo Trillion

8st 10lb

J: K C Leung

T: F C Lor

led, headed after 2f, chased clear leader, closed over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, led over 1f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, narrowly headed 100yds out

6/1

2nd

11

(9)

26th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:45 Sha Tin

Flamingo Trillion

8st 10lb

J: K C Leung

T: F C Lor

tracked leaders, ridden 2 1/2f out, led under 2f out, driven and headed 1f out, kept on well

25/1

13/2

Form: 90-329 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 43

Form & Verdict
Winless since scoring on racecourse debut over C&D in November 2020; has begun to rediscover some sparkle under the same conditions of late, notably when placed in consecutive runs in January/February, but underwhelmed last time out; each-way claims if on a going day.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

(8)

17th Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Soaring Tower

9st 5lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C S Shum

Yet to add to his debut success and was pulled up over 6f at the city track last month; capable of playing a role if no after effects of latest run.

12/1

0

6

(10)

8th Nov 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

10:40 Happy Valley

Soaring Tower

9st 4lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: C S Shum

always behind, eased from over 2f out, pulled up

13/2

13

(13)

29th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

04:45 Happy Valley

Soaring Tower

9st 4lb

T: C S Shum

Yet to add to his debut win in November 2020 but stayed on well for close second on his final outing last season; posted a creditable effort on last month's return and warrants respect if getting a run today.

8th
7 (13)
Plentiful

10/1

Form: 6

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Likely type on paper for this sort of trip and shaped nicely from an inside stall when finishing in mid-division on last month's debut, fading late after looking threatening turning for home; enters calculations based on that effort but a wide draw makes this a tricky assignment.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

9

(2)

6th Jul 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Plentiful

8st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance 1 1/2f out, no extra final 100yds

11/2

4th

12

(4)

31st May 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Plentiful

8st 7lb

J: Michael Dee

T: P C Ng

in touch in midfield, ridden over 2f out, driven and effort 1 1/2f out, kept on at same pace final furlong

33/1

13th

13

(1)

7th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:00 Sha Tin

Plentiful

8st 9lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: P C Ng

led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1 1/2f out

25/1

Form:

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Pedigree suggests this trip could be on the sharp side and that view was reinforced by an underwhelming debut at Happy Valley earlier this month (6f, good); sure to improve for that experience and has a better draw this time but rates an unlikely winner.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

3

(9)

29th Nov 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

12:40 Happy Valley

Travel Guide

9st 3lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Jimmy Ting

chased leader, ridden and dropped to 3rd over 2f out, weakened from 1 1/2f out

20/1

11th

3

(4)

1st Nov 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Travel Guide

9st 6lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Jimmy Ting

always towards rear

25/1

9th

1

(3)

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:15 Happy Valley

Travel Guide

9st 9lb

J: M L Yeung

T: Jimmy Ting

Yet to make any telling impression in six starts up to 1m; dips in grade on this return to action for his new trainer but can only be watched at present unless the first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) can unlock some unseen potential.

14/1

22/1

Form: 16000- CD

Last run: 116 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Struck over C&D in June of last year but has struggled this season; possible non-stayer upped to 7f here two runs ago but latest blowout over this trip at Happy Valley harder to forgive; now just 2lb above his winning mark but plenty to be taken on trust at present.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

7

(14)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

04:30 Sha Tin

Sweet Diamond

9st 6lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: P F Yiu

chased leader, ridden 2f out, driven over 1f out, no extra final furlong

6/1

2nd

5

(6)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Sweet Diamond

9st 1lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: P F Yiu

tracked leaders, ridden under 2f out, driven over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, led 50yds out, headed close home

14/1

3rd

9

(10)

13th Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

10:40 Happy Valley

Sweet Diamond

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P F Yiu

6f winner at Sha Tin in the Summer of 2022; ended last season with a decent effort but yet to really get going in three starts this term; 14lb below last winning mark.

16/1

11th
2 (11)
Island Golden

25/1

Form: 100-80 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Ready winner of a restricted handicap over C&D on racecourse debut in October but has looked out of his depth in open company since; remains 7lb above the mark from which he was successful and has a wide draw to contend with here; passed over.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

7

(7)

21st Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

10:40 Happy Valley

Island Golden

8st 13lb

J: Ben E Thompson

T: K L Man

midfield, ridden and lost place over 2f out, kept on at same pace until weakened final 75yds

16/1

14th

9

(13)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Island Golden

9st 0lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: K L Man

tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened 1 1/2f out, eased final furlong

33/1

7th

5

(13)

23rd Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Island Golden

9st 3lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K L Man

in touch in midfield, took closer order 2 1/2f out, ridden and pressed leaders 2f out, no extra final 150yds

14/1

50/1

Form:

Last run: 57 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
A sibling of winners at 6f/7f but did not look particularly sharp when finishing down the field over C&D on January's racecourse debut; has since switched yards but there were no obvious signs of improvement in his only subsequent barrier trial appearance; hard to fancy.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

5

(5)

17th Dec 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

06:35 Sha Tin

Gold Sterling

9st 2lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C H Yip

midfield, ridden 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong

6/1

2nd

4

(8)

29th Nov 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

12:40 Happy Valley

Gold Sterling

9st 2lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C H Yip

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, headway on inside from under 2f out, stayed on final furlong, took 2nd 100yds out, no impression on winner

10/1

8th

6

(7)

11th Nov 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Gold Sterling

9st 6lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: C H Yip

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, driven and kept on final furlong, not clear run 150yds out, nearest finish

20/1

33/1

Form: 0-9000

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 60

Form & Verdict
A Listed winner over 5.5f in Australia but has failed to live up to expectations in Hong Kong; well held all six local starts, including when failing to beat a rival over 7f here latest; drops in grade now with useful 10lb claimer booked but very difficult to make a case for from a wide draw.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

8

(11)

15th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

8st 13lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: W K Mo

towards rear on outer, second last and second widest entering straight, stayed on well inside final furlong, never able to challenge

8/1

1st

11

(6)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

12:10 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

8st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: W K Mo

in touch in midfield, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, led 100yds out, readily

10/1

1st

6

(2)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

9st 4lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: W K Mo

Promising 2yo winner in Australia but yet to reach the frame in 15 appearances since arriving in Hong Kong; has shown more in three starts since being gelded and is on a career-low mark; can't be discounted but he has lacked a change of gear.

11/2

33/1

Form: 000

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Has offered little in three starts over 5f, even though his half-brother Goko has excelled over that trip in Hong Kong; so, this step up in trip is not necessarily going to see him in a better light but the handicapper is at least starting to relent; hard to fancy nonetheless.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

8

(14)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

12:45 Sha Tin

Precision Goal

9st 3lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: T P Yung

prominent, led after 1 1/2f, ridden when headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong

10/1

13

(13)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:10 Happy Valley

Precision Goal

9st 2lb

T: T P Yung

Heading in the right direction this season and was unlucky not to break through when headed close home on last month's dirt debut.

6th

10

(8)

23rd Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Precision Goal

9st 2lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

led, ridden under 2f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra final 100yds

15/2

Form: 768-94

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 43

Form & Verdict
An 11-race maiden but has finished in the frame over C&D from higher marks in the past and was a creditable fourth just eight days ago; one to consider from an each-way perspective.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

(11)

29th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

04:45 Happy Valley

Starry Night

9st 7lb

J: Zac Purton

T: David A Hayes

missed break and lost about four lengths, towards rear, ridden under 2f out, not clear run 1f out, pushed along and stayed on final 150yds, never dangerous

7/2

13

(13)

25th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

12:45 Sha Tin

Starry Night

9st 7lb

T: David A Hayes

More might have been expected last time on his first outing at this level since winning over 5f on turf at Happy Valley in May but he was placed over C&D off 1lb higher the last time he encountered it so one to consider if securing a run.

6th

1

(6)

18th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:45 Happy Valley

Starry Night

9st 9lb

J: L Hewitson

T: David A Hayes

5f winner here in May on his last outing in this grade; has since struggled in better company but a return to this level gives him a chance.

10/1

Form: 0-1250 CD

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Capitalised on the drop into Class 5 company when winning over C&D in January but is 0-16 when racing in this grade; something to prove after disappointing over 7f eight days ago.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

13

(13)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Fighting Star

8st 8lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: C H Yip

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on well from 1 1/2f out, nearest finish

9/2

5th

9

(1)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Fighting Star

8st 13lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: C H Yip

Has a 1-34 strike-rate since coming to Hong Kong and lacks consistency (out of the money 25 times); has made a better fist of things this season with three decent efforts in five; nearest-at-finish third when favourite for a 5f event here last month.

4/1

3rd

9

(5)

29th Nov 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Fighting Star

8st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: C H Yip

slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish

9/2