September 24 / 8.35 Sha Tin

8.35

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HKU Business School And Faculty Of Engineering Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £110926.52
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • 14 runners
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HKU Business School And Faculty Of Engineering Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

14/1 (Won)

Form: 001041 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 8st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Readily made all over 6f here on final start last season and is also suited by 5f but a 7lb rise enforces today's return to Class 3 and will probably leave this 7yo vulnerable.
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10th

4

(4)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:00 Sha Tin

Sparkling Knight

9st 1lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: C H Yip

in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1 1/2f out, eased final 100yds

14/1

15

(15)

26th Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Sparkling Knight

9st 4lb

T: C H Yip

Scored over C&D on seasonal debut in September and lost out by only a neck here last month but his latest run was disappointing and his current mark demands a career-best performance.

13th

5

(3)

3rd Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Sparkling Knight

9st 3lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: C H Yip

led, headed 2f out, ridden under 2f out, driven and regained lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened final 150yds

7/1

2nd
10 (4)
Cotton Fingers

33/1

Form: 392-61

Last run: 421 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
2-8 in Australia, the latest win gained in 6f handicap in February; probably best watched on today's Hong Kong debut.
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4th

2

(1)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Cotton Fingers

9st 5lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: W Y So

Ex-Australian 5yo who has hit the crossbar on two of his four local starts; an early breakthrough looks likely; strong claims from today's inside plum draw.

11/4

6th

2

(2)

23rd Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Cotton Fingers

9st 3lb

J: James McDonald

T: W Y So

in touch in midfield, ridden and headway 2f out, pressed leaders from 1 1/2f out, no extra final 75yds

5/2

2nd

5

(1)

26th Nov 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Cotton Fingers

9st 1lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W Y So

tracked leaders, ridden and chased leader 2f out, driven and kept on well final 100yds, pressed winner closing stages

6/1

Form: 305433 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Front-runner who has gained all three Hong Kong wins over C&D; ended last season with two creditable thirds over C&D and has been given a chance by the handicapper; likely to make a bold bid.
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3rd

1

(13)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Metro Warrior

9st 9lb

J: K C Leung

T: David A Hayes

prominent, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven and every chance 1f out, kept on at same pace final furlong

12/1

2

(9)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Metro Warrior

9st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: David A Hayes

Three-time C&D winner; on the downgrade now but posted sound effort when fourth here last month and is sure to appreciate today's ease in grade; likely to make a bold bid from the front under Zac Purton.

7/2

14

(14)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Metro Warrior

9st 9lb

T: David A Hayes

Best known for his exploits over 5f on turf here; made the frame off today's mark recently but was safely held on only previous dirt start and again looks opposable over this C&D.

100/1

Form: 531440

Last run: 119 days

W: 8st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Dual 6f dirt winner in Class 4 last season; struggled when upped to this grade on turf in May, though, and will be of much greater interest when dipping back into Class 4 and returned to his preferred surface.
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11th

7

(10)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

13:15 Sha Tin

Shining Fortune

9st 2lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: J Size

midfield, took closer order over 2f out, ridden under 2f out, driven and weakened over 1f out

33/1

15

(15)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Shining Fortune

9st 1lb

T: J Size

Dual winner on dirt last season but badly out of form in recent weeks.

13th

3

(4)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Shining Fortune

9st 3lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: J Size

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, making headway when not clear run under 2f out, not clear run and lost place 1f out, eased inside final furlong

33/1

Form: -08027 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Long in the tooth now and not one to rely upon but was unlucky not to end last season with a 5f win at Happy Valley and again encountered traffic there on recent reappearance outing; can't be ruled out.
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1st

4

(8)

13th Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

12:40 Happy Valley

Explosive Witness

9st 3lb

J: James McDonald

T: C Fownes

Yet to add to his Group 3 handicap win at Sha Tin in January 2021 but has made the frame on his last five appearances (four times over C&D) and probably won't be far away.

6/1

4th

3

(7)

29th Nov 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Explosive Witness

9st 7lb

J: James McDonald

T: C Fownes

raced keenly, prominent, ridden 1 1/2f out, outpaced entering final furlong, kept on

11/2

40/1

Form: 483050 C

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Kept on strongly to win quite comfortably over 7f here in January and was placed twice off a mark 4lb higher than today's in the following weeks; had gone off the boil by April/May, though, and today's drop to 5f is a questionable move.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(13)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Sinba

9st 3lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

held up towards rear, outpaced 2f out, driven and stayed on final furlong, nearest finish

10/1

4th

3

(11)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Sinba

9st 2lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: A S Cruz

held up towards rear, headway on wide outside from 2 1/2f out, ridden under 2f out, driven and pressed leaders 1f out, kept on final furlong, not able to challenge

16/1

11th

3

(10)

6th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:10 Happy Valley

Sinba

9st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Jamie Richards

held up in rear, ridden 1 1/2f out, keeping on when not clear run final 100yds, never dangerous

50/1

OUR TIP

Form: 352486 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Recovered from slow start to take respectable sixth on seasonal debut at Happy Valley 11 days ago; also suited by this C&D and has possibilities if that recent outing has brought him on.
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12th

3

(4)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

California Deeply

9st 0lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: A S Cruz

always towards rear

20/1

5th

3

(8)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

12:40 Happy Valley

California Deeply

9st 2lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: A S Cruz

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, driven final furlong, stayed on well final 100yds, nearest finish

8/1

8/1

Form: 321119 CD

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Made excellent progress and won four times over C&D last season; signed off with a substandard run in May but further improvement is not out of the question this term.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

1

(10)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Flying High

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: W Y So

in touch in midfield, tracked leaders 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, short of room and squeezed out over 1f out, no extra final furlong

4/1

2nd

1

(11)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:00 Sha Tin

Flying High

9st 8lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W Y So

midfield, not clear run from 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, short of room 100yds out, nearest finish

11/4

2nd

1

(4)

3rd Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Flying High

9st 8lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W Y So

in touch in midfield, smooth headway to press leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead 125yds out, kept on well, headed close home

9/2

8/1

Form: 17-416 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Did well for new stable last season, winning three times over C&D; drawn on the wing today but could still have a bit more to offer.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

5

(7)

22nd Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:00 Sha Tin

Ka Ying Spirit

9st 3lb

J: Angus Chung

T: C S Shum

in touch, outpaced 2f out, weakened over 1f out

16/1

9th

7

(1)

24th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Ka Ying Spirit

9st 2lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: C S Shum

midfield, ridden under 2f out, weakened final 100yds

8/1

Form: 331272 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Won comfortably over C&D in March and was placed on five of his others six starts this year, most recently when second to a very exciting prospect here at the end of last season; major player.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

8

(13)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Cheval Valiant

8st 9lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Douglas Whyte

disputed lead, outright leader 2f out, ridden under 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong

5/1

3rd

10

(10)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:00 Sha Tin

Cheval Valiant

8st 9lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Douglas Whyte

quickly away and led, soon clear, ridden under 2f out, kept on well until headed 50yds out, no extra closing stages

9/2

5th

6

(11)

26th Dec 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Cheval Valiant

8st 13lb

J: K De Melo

T: Douglas Whyte

led, ridden under 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on at same pace

12/1

11th
4 (11)
Run Run Cool

5/1

Form: 782368 CD

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Ended last season with two below-par runs but was placed off higher marks on consecutive C&D starts in May and the booking of Zac Purton catches the eye today.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

9

(2)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Run Run Cool

8st 12lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: F C Lor

tracked leader, ridden 2f out, driven over 1f out, short of room 1f out, weakened final 150yds

33/1

14

(14)

7th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Run Run Cool

9st 0lb

T: F C Lor

Very well handicapped on some of last season's 5f form but has not been firing on all cylinders in recent months.

5th

4

(5)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Run Run Cool

9st 1lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: F C Lor

towards rear of midfield, ridden under 2f out, not clear run and switched wide 1 1/2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish

50/1

12th
11 (12)
Amazing Rocky

33/1

Form: 750219 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Two Class 4 wins last season, the latter over C&D in June; found things tough (albeit from wide draw) when returned to this grade at Happy Valley 11 days ago and is probably up against it again here.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

(3)

4th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

13:15 Happy Valley

Amazing Rocky

8st 7lb

J: Angus Chung

T: T P Yung

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

16/1

12th

11

(12)

24th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Amazing Rocky

8st 10lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened final furlong

33/1

9th

7

(10)

13th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

15:15 Happy Valley

Amazing Rocky

8st 9lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

Two Class 4 wins last season, the latter over the straight 5f at Sha Tin in June; has combination of rise in grade and double-digit draw to overcome today.

14/1

10/1

Form: 315234 CD

Last run: 106 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Did very well over C&D last season, winning twice and making the frame on seven of his other eight starts; resumes on a tough mark but probably won't be far away.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

8

(11)

21st Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Pleasant Endeavor

9st 1lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: P F Yiu

always towards rear

10/1

4th

2

(5)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Pleasant Endeavor

9st 7lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: P F Yiu

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

8/1

1st

3

(7)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

07:00 Sha Tin

Pleasant Endeavor

9st 2lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: P F Yiu

in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, led 50yds out, readily

11/2

10/1

Form: -64548

Last run: 147 days

W: 8st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Raced too freely over 7f on final start last season but made pretty solid start to his Hong Kong career over sprint trips beforehand; nicely drawn against the nearside rail today and could have a say; now back in the care of Mark Newnham, who trained him in Australia; swaps hood for blinkers.
Place /
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

2

(13)

19th Nov 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

04:30 Sha Tin

Happy Mission

9st 8lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Mark Newnham

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

10/1

8th

12

(3)

18th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

15:50 Happy Valley

Happy Mission

8st 5lb

J: K C Leung

T: Mark Newnham

squeezed out soon after start and dropped towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never in contention

20/1

14th

12

(14)

24th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Happy Mission

8st 7lb

J: K C Leung

T: Mark Newnham

always towards rear, weakened final furlong

10/1