September 24 / 8.00 Sha Tin

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University Hall Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £69776.36
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • 13 runners
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University Hall Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
9 (7)
Always Fluke

7/2 (Won)

Form: 6783

Last run: 83 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict
Wears cheekpieces for the first time; appeared to be regressing until finishing an eye-catching third in his last race (Island Golden second and there should be little between them again); only had the four races and if the change in headgear ekes out any improvement, he looks a leading contender.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(8)

5th Nov 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Always Fluke

9st 5lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

tracked leaders, ridden and pressed leaders 2f out, weakened final furlong

5/2

2nd

5

(10)

15th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

07:30 Sha Tin

Always Fluke

9st 3lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, headway to press leaders over 1f out, kept on final furlong, led narrowly 100yds out, headed close home

5/1

1st

9

(7)

24th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:00 Sha Tin

Always Fluke

8st 13lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

started slowly, towards rear of midfield, ridden and steady headway from 2f out, driven and stayed on well final furlong, led last stride

7/2

Form: 426015 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Failed to win in first 13 appearances but came good with a C&D win on his penultimate start; a 4lb higher mark for that narrow win scuppered a follow-up bid and off the same mark today a similar scenario is anticipated despite him having the best of the draw.
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Verdict Starting price

10th

12

(9)

18th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Commanding Missile

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: C W Chang

midfield, ridden and effort 2f out, driven and no extra final 150yds

16/1

14

(14)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

13:15 Sha Tin

Commanding Missile

8st 7lb

T: C W Chang

Went close on turf here in September but seems badly to have lost his way in recent months, and he was well down the field on his only previous dirt start.

10th

11

(2)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Commanding Missile

8st 10lb

J: Angus Chung

T: C W Chang

led, went clear 2f out, ridden under 2f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened quickly

50/1

Form: -80092 CD

Last run: 83 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Won easily over C&D on debut back in October; six heavy defeats followed but he showed much more zest when runner-up on his latest start in July; 1lb higher today but solid claims from a good draw for a trainer whose runners have been going well since the break.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

12/1

Form: 900015 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Five-time winner with two C&D triumphs on his CV; ran well on his return two weeks ago and has won from higher marks than he races from this time; often surprises at big odds and cannot be discounted.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

11

(14)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Lucky Quality

8st 12lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: C Fownes

in touch in midfield, ridden 2f out, no extra final furlong

16/1

11th

7

(6)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Lucky Quality

8st 13lb

J: K H Alfred Chan

T: C Fownes

always towards rear

14/1

6th

7

(9)

29th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Lucky Quality

8st 13lb

J: K H Alfred Chan

T: C Fownes

in touch in midfield, ridden and kept on at same pace from 2f out

9/2

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: -17800 CD

Last run: 70 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Off the mark over C&D in January on his second start; appeared to struggle with a 5lb higher mark in three subsequent races but there was more encouragement on his latest start in first-time cheekpieces off a 1lb lower rating; down another 2lb today and could be a lively outsider if ready to go after the break.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(14)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Fun Together

9st 1lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

chased leader, pressed leader going well under 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven final furlong, no extra final 100yds

6/1

1st

11

(6)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Fun Together

8st 11lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

Bang-in-form 5yo who won consecutive C&D races in October/November; moves up in grade today but still enters calculations.

8/1

1st

4

(11)

26th Nov 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

07:40 Sha Tin

Fun Together

9st 8lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

led after 1 1/2f, ridden under 2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, ridden out

5/1

33/1

Form: 278699

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 44

Form & Verdict
Belied 50-1 odds when second over C&D on debut in March but is yet to build on that performance after another five runs including on his reappearance seven days ago; support would require a leap of faith.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

7th
11 (4)
Lucky Fun

20/1

Form: 800970 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Won three times during the 2020-21 season (including C&D) but losing run now stretches back over more than two years and 19 races; fortunes have not improved since dropped into this grade and new trainer tries first-time blinkers in attempt to halt the slide; passed over.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

1

(6)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Lucky Fun

9st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

always towards rear

10/1

7th

13

(1)

19th Nov 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Lucky Fun

8st 6lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

mid-division on inner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, unable to quicken, kept on same pace inside final furlong

14/1

6th

10

(11)

25th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Sha Tin

Lucky Fun

8st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P C Ng

Failed to build on his creditable seasonal/stable debut when finishing down the field over the minimum trip here two weeks ago; return to today's surface doesn't look the obvious move.

16/1

10/1

Form: 220166 CD

Last run: 83 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Has shown progressive form this year and he was a decisive winner over this C&D in May; a 9lb rise for that victory looked set to anchor him but he hasn't been disgraced in two subsequent runs; place hopes.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

11

(8)

18th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Speedy Fortune

8st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong

7/2

3rd

12

(12)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Speedy Fortune

8st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

in touch, ridden under 2f out, pressed leaders entering final furlong, driven to lead 150yds out, headed 50yds out, kept on

9/2

3rd

9

(1)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Speedy Fortune

8st 12lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: J Size

led, ridden clear under 2f out, driven 1f out, headed 150yds out, no extra final 100yds

3/1

9th
3 (10)
Go Hero

12/1

Form: 4

Last run: 98 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 53

Form & Verdict
Recovered from a sluggish start to finish an encouraging fourth over C&D in June; should know more this time although the 1lb rise and stall 10 temper enthusiasm and others are preferred.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

14th

12

(2)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Go Hero

8st 8lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: Y S Tsui

in touch in midfield, quickly lost place 3 1/2f out, soon eased, virtually pulled up

16/1

9th

10

(12)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Go Hero

8st 10lb

J: L Hewitson

T: Y S Tsui

in touch, ridden over 2f out, gradually weakened from 1 1/2f out

25/1

11th

6

(9)

13th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Go Hero

8st 12lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: Y S Tsui

Yet to be placed after four starts but last month's fifth at Sha Tin (7f) was a fairly good effort; not out of this if today's step up in trip suits.

12/1

20/1

Form: 000009

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
2yo Group 2 winner when trained in Ireland but has struggled to make an impact in Hong Kong; eased another 5lb (now 30lb lower than the start of last season) but has plenty to prove.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

(10)

15th Feb 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:10 Happy Valley

Atomic Beauty

8st 11lb

J: Zac Purton

T: A S Cruz

chased leaders into first turn, steadied in mid-division, ridden and headway on outer 2f out, unable to match eventual winner from 1f out, stayed on

3/1

3rd

10

(10)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

Atomic Beauty

8st 11lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: A S Cruz

chased leader, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, driven over 1f out, headed 125yds out, kept on, lost 2nd 50yds out

6/1

3rd

9

(3)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:10 Happy Valley

Atomic Beauty

8st 12lb

J: K H Alfred Chan

T: A S Cruz

took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden 1 1/2f out, pressed leaders 1f out, kept on, not quite able to challenge

6/1

11th
5 (12)
Affirm

14/1

Form: 6

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Prominent in the market when finishing sixth over 5f here on May's debut; steps up to 6f now and can pose a threat if building on that run but stall 12 is a negative.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

(5)

18th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Affirm

8st 5lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P F Yiu

towards rear of midfield, ridden and no impression from 2 1/2f out

10/1

2nd

1

(13)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Affirm

9st 9lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P F Yiu

chased leader, ridden 2 1/2f out, challenged 1f out, led 125yds out, kept on well, headed close home

14/1

9th

11

(8)

10th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:10 Happy Valley

Affirm

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: P F Yiu

chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out

13/2

Form: 09-807 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Last season was truncated in January due to illness, but he was a triple C&D winner in his previous campaign and, if his run over C&D 14 days ago has blown away the cobwebs, he could outrun his odds off this reduced mark.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

5

(12)

15th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

10:40 Happy Valley

August Moon

9st 3lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Jamie Richards

raced wide in midfield, ridden 2f out, not speed to challenge, no impression closing stages

12/1

3rd

2

(7)

10th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

August Moon

9st 5lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Jamie Richards

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish

7/1

4th

4

(6)

29th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

August Moon

9st 2lb

J: K C Leung

T: Jamie Richards

led, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, no extra final 50yds

12/1

Form: 11-008

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Ended his days in Australia with two wins (7.2f/1m); showed nothing in his two Hong Kong outings in Class 3 but dropped a level for his return to action seven days ago and if building on that for his shrewd trainer he is one to note if getting a run.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

10

(11)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

07:00 Sha Tin

Ninja Derby

8st 10lb

J: M L Yeung

T: David A Hayes

always towards rear

25/1

9th

11

(3)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Ninja Derby

8st 10lb

J: M L Yeung

T: David A Hayes

in touch in midfield, ridden and no impression from 1 1/2f out

25/1

12th

11

(7)

26th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

07:10 Sha Tin

Ninja Derby

8st 12lb

J: L Hewitson

T: David A Hayes

always towards rear

50/1