February 12 / 8.05 Sha Tin

8.05

Good

Chinese New Year Cup (Handicap) (Class 1) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £209577.46
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • 6 runners
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Chinese New Year Cup (Handicap) (Class 1) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
4 (2)
Red Lion

7/2 (Won)

Form: 528-85 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Four-time C&D winner; just a respectable fifth here three weeks ago but now 2lb lower than when going close over C&D on seasonal debut in September, and the booking of Zac Purton catches the eye.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(2)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Red Lion

8st 13lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

in touch in fourth, quick forward move 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, driven when pressed 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, ridden out

7/2

5th

1

(7)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Red Lion

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: J Size

midfield, ridden under 2f out, kept on final furlong, not going pace to challenge, no extra final 50yds

8/1

8th

4

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Red Lion

8st 3lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: J Size

in touch, ridden over 2f out, keeping on at same pace when hampered and snatched up inside final furlong, no chance after

10/1

2nd
6 (1)
Mugen

Evs

Form: 011-31 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 5yo who scored twice over 6f here at start of this season and improved again when upped to 7f here three weeks ago, winning readily by 2l; another 8lb higher now but must be taken very seriously.
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2nd

6

(1)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Mugen

8st 3lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

held up in fifth, headway from 2f out, ridden under 2f out, driven and pressed leader 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, always just held

Evs

1st

12

(10)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Mugen

8st 3lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

held up in rear, headway from 2f out, ridden and stayed on strongly from over 1f out, led 75yds out, soon clear, readily

4/1

3rd

1

(5)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Mugen

9st 9lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on from 1 1/2f out, took 3rd close home, no threat to front pair

11/4

OUR TIP
3rd
2 (6)
Duke Wai

6/1

Form: 365-50 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Contested Group races on all six outings this season and gave excellent account when fifth in Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint over 6f here in December; well beaten in another 6f Group 1 last month but stays 7f well enough and has slipped to a good mark, even before Angus Chung's useful 5lb claim is considered.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(6)

21st Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

12:10 Happy Valley

Duke Wai

9st 9lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: P C Ng

held up in rear, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight, driven and kept on well final furlong, nearest finish

6/1

3rd

2

(6)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Duke Wai

9st 5lb

J: Angus Chung

T: P C Ng

raced keenly, led, ridden under 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, outpaced by front pair from over 1f out, kept on at same pace and held modest third final furlong

6/1

11th

7

(13)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Duke Wai

9st 0lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: P C Ng

held up towards rear, ridden and no impression from 2 1/2f out

33/1

Form: 6243-0 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
High-class sprinter on his day and ended last season with three good efforts over 6f here, including a Group 1 second; finished last in 6f Group 1 on belated reappearance a fortnight ago and not yet proven over 7f but will be dangerous in this grade if back on song.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(4)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Courier Wonder

9st 9lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Mark Newnham

tracked leaders, ridden under 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, kept on at same pace final furlong

8/1

10th

4

(12)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Courier Wonder

9st 0lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Mark Newnham

held up in rear, ridden under 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous

33/1

3rd

1

(1)

9th Jul 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

09:30 Sha Tin

Courier Wonder

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: J Size

held up in fifth, took closer order from over 2f out, pressed leaders going well under 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, headed and dropped to third close home

5/4

14/1

Form: 25070- CD

Last run: 78 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Dual winner for John Size last season (1m1f/1m2f) but soundly beaten on both starts for that yard this term; drops back in trip and sports first-time blinkers for stable debut; others look less risky.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

5

(5)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Running Glory

8st 13lb

J: L Hewitson

T: David A Hayes

held up in rear, ridden and kept on at same pace from 2f out

14/1

11th

3

(9)

26th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

08:10 Sha Tin

Running Glory

9st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: J Size

always in rear

14/1

7th

5

(8)

5th Nov 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Running Glory

8st 11lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

held up in rear, ridden and no impression from 2f out

9/2

12/1

Form: 767-60 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Won 5f Group 3 handicap in early part of last season but has not fired in any of three Group races for new stable this season (5f-6f); fine over 7f and sure to appreciate today's ease in grade but still has questions to answer.
Place /
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

3

(3)

12th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Super Wealthy

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P C Ng

chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened quickly under 2f out, eased inside final furlong

12/1

13th

9

(1)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Super Wealthy

9st 0lb

J: L Hewitson

T: P C Ng

in touch in midfield, outpaced under 2f out, soon beaten

66/1

6th

2

(10)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Super Wealthy

9st 3lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P C Ng

in touch, ridden 2f out, driven and kept on at same pace final furlong

28/1