September 24 / 9.05 Sha Tin

9.05

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Hong Kong University Alumni Association Challenge Cup (Handicap) (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £110926.52
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 10 runners
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Hong Kong University Alumni Association Challenge Cup (Handicap) (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
9 (5)
Yellowfin

5/1 (Won)

Form: -32421 CD

Last run: 98 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Very consistent in Class 4 for most of last season then displayed sudden jolt of improvement to win comfortably by just over 3l here in June; went up 9lb for that and now moves up in grade; needs to prove that performance wasn't a flash in the pan.
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3rd

2

(4)

18th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

09:50 Sha Tin

Yellowfin

9st 9lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

in touch in midfield, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on well from 1 1/2f out, not quite able to challenge

4/1

3rd

2

(8)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Yellowfin

9st 8lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

led, ridden clear 1 1/2f out, driven and no extra final 150yds, headed 50yds out

5/1

4th

4

(9)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Yellowfin

9st 5lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

led, pressed from 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven final furlong, headed 150yds out, no extra closing stages

5/2

OUR TIP
2nd
3 (2)
Taj Dragon

11/4

Form: 041721 CD

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
2-8 in Hong Kong, with both wins gained over C&D towards end of last season; Zac Purton keeps the ride for today's reappearance outing; respected.
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7th

8

(8)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Taj Dragon

9st 0lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

towards rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, switched inside final furlong, kept on final 100yds, never dangerous

20/1

1st

8

(7)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Taj Dragon

8st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P C Ng

midfield, ridden 2f out, stayed on strongly from 1 1/2f out, led 150yds out, readily

20/1

1st

12

(9)

10th Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

10:00 Sha Tin

Taj Dragon

8st 4lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P C Ng

towards rear of midfield, ridden and stayed on strongly from 1 1/2f out, led 100yds out, pressed final 50yds, driven out

8/1

3/1

Form: 214191 CD

Last run: 134 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Won three times over 6f here last season and took form to new level with C&D success in May; not seen since and he's another 6lb higher today but remains unexposed over this trip.
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9th

1

(1)

19th Nov 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Brave Dreams

9st 9lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: A S Cruz

mid-division, pushed along and effort 2f out, ridden just inside final furlong, kept on same pace

14/1

6th

2

(9)

29th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

09:50 Happy Valley

Brave Dreams

9st 6lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

in touch in midfield, ridden and took closer order 2 1/2f out, no further impression from 2f out, no extra final 75yds

10/1

8th

3

(14)

15th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

10:15 Sha Tin

Brave Dreams

9st 6lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: A S Cruz

Won three times over 6f here last season and took form to new level with C&D success in May; over 2l behind Taj Dragon when staying-on third here three weeks ago but is 2lb better off today and remains unexposed over 7f.

8/1

Form: -88876

Last run: 102 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Smart 2yo when trained in Britain and began Hong Kong career with some encouraging 6f runs towards end of last season; this step up in trip probably needs to unlock some improvement, though.
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6th

4

(9)

18th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Show Respect

9st 7lb

J: Ben E Thompson

T: Mark Newnham

midfield, ridden 3f out, kept on well from 1 1/2f out, not quite able to challenge

10/1

6th

14

(1)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Show Respect

8st 8lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Mark Newnham

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

66/1

9th

12

(2)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Show Respect

8st 6lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Mark Newnham

held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous

16/1

5th
5 (6)
Marado

20/1

Form: 111-60 CD

Last run: 224 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Made rapid progress for Pierre Ng towards end of 2022, winning three in a row over C&D, but not seen since a duff effort in February; now with another new stable.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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14th

12

(12)

28th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Marado

8st 9lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: W Y So

always in rear

25/1

7th

12

(8)

17th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Marado

8st 11lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: W Y So

in touch in midfield, ridden under 3f out, wide entering straight, effort and chased leaders 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, no extra final 100yds

20/1

6th

11

(8)

26th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Marado

8st 11lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: W Y So

midfield, ridden under 3f out, short of room 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong, not going pace to threaten

25/1

6/1

Form: -05066 C

Last run: 98 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Not yet fully exposed in Hong Kong and signed off for David Hayes with two very respectable C&D runs at end of last season; starts off for new stable in a lower grade; each-way claims at least.
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5th

5

(6)

28th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Flagship Warrior

9st 5lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: C Fownes

held up towards rear, ridden and headway from 2f out, short of room 1 1/2f out, not clear run 1f out, kept on well final furlong, not going pace to challenge

7/1

4th

1

(11)

26th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:45 Sha Tin

Flagship Warrior

9st 8lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: C Fownes

held up towards rear, ridden under 2f out, driven and good headway from 1 1/2f out, no further impression final 100yds

12/1

5th

2

(5)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:40 Happy Valley

Flagship Warrior

9st 5lb

J: James McDonald

T: C Fownes

midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, driven under 2f out, outpaced 1 1/2f out, stayed on inside final furlong

25/1

Form: 668625

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
Not an instant success in Hong Kong but fared better towards end of last season, most notably when staying on for close second over 6f; made satisfactory reappearance this month and now tries a new trip; a possible.
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Verdict Starting price

13

(13)

18th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

Solid Shalaa

9st 2lb

T: David A Hayes

0-14 in Hong Kong but appeared to enjoy his first start on this surface when making the frame over C&D last month; place contender at the very least.

3rd

5

(2)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Sha Tin

Solid Shalaa

9st 3lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: David A Hayes

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, nor clear run over 1f out, driven and stayed on well final 150yds, nearest finish

7/1

14

(14)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Solid Shalaa

9st 3lb

T: David A Hayes

Twice in the frame this season (6f/7f) but his latest run was disappointing and his Hong Kong strike-rate now stands at 0-12.

8th
8 (9)
Harrys Hero

66/1

Form: 11d1-0 D

Last run: 85 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
2-4 as a 2yo in Britain but came last of 14 when a big-priced outsider for Hong Kong debut in July (6f).
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

9

(11)

18th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

07:00 Sha Tin

Harrys Hero

9st 1lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: P F Yiu

held up towards rear, not clear run and snatched up 2f out, soon ridden and no impression

12/1

6th

4

(2)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 0y

11:15 Sha Tin

Harrys Hero

9st 3lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: P F Yiu

towards rear of midfield, quick forward move to lead over 5f out, ridden under 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

13/2

6th

3

(7)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

07:00 Sha Tin

Harrys Hero

9st 7lb

J: K De Melo

T: P F Yiu

midfield on wide outside, lost place 2f out, ridden under 2f out, kept on well final furlong, not going pace to threaten

25/1

Form: 752827

Last run: 83 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
0-7 in Hong Kong but has gone very close three times, most recently over 1m here in June; slightly disappointing on final start last season but has a fighting chance if boosted by today's change of headgear.
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6th

10

(8)

28th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Beauty Missile

8st 10lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: F C Lor

midfield, ridden 2f out, driven 1 1/2f out, some headway inside final furlong, driven and no extra final 100yds

12/1

6th

9

(3)

13th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Beauty Missile

8st 5lb

J: Angus Chung

T: F C Lor

Close second three times last season (7f/1m) but all four runs this term have been disappointing and it takes a big leap of faith to support him at present, even off a career-low mark; first-time eyeshields.

12/1

6th

8

(7)

17th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Beauty Missile

8st 12lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: F C Lor

in touch, chased leader 2f out, ridden under 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, no extra final 100yds

33/1

66/1

Form: 182-00

Last run: 259 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in 1m4f Group 2 in Australia last year but well beaten on first two Hong Kong starts (7f/1m1f); switched stables during the close season.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(8)

21st Feb 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

8st 12lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: T P Yung

led, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven over 1f out, headed 1f out, weakened final 150yds

4/1

2nd

3

(4)

7th Feb 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

9st 1lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

prominent, led after 1 1/2f, headed 3f out, ridden and every chance from 1 1/2f out, driven and kept on final furlong, not pace of winner final 100yds

11/2

8th

2

(9)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

9st 6lb

J: Zac Purton

T: T P Yung

led, ridden under 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

7/2