Sunday's Hong Kong (Sha Tin) form analysis

Montreal appeals in lucky last

Last-start winner Montreal shapes up as a big chance in tomorrow's Race 10 at Sha Tin, although stepping up to Class 2 now.
Last-start winner Montreal shapes up as a big chance in tomorrow's Race 10 at Sha Tin, although stepping up to Class 2 now.PHOTO: HKJC

RACE 1 (1,400M)

4 Viva Council has been racing well in recent starts when getting it fairly easy near the speed. There doesn't appear to be much speed in this again, so he's a major threat.

1 Leisured Feet ran poorly last start but he had been working his way into form before that. If he can bounce back, he's a contender.

9 Magic Success is sure to have his supporters with Joao Moreira sticking solid. He still appears to be learning what the caper is all about and needs thing to go his way.

6 Hinyuen Swiftness is getting to an attractive mark.

RACE 2 (2,000M)

8 The Joy Of Giving hasn't won from 12 starts, primarily at Happy Valley. He steps up to 2,000m for the first time and, from a good draw, can score a first win.

7 Rock The Tree is his own worst enemy in that he ends up at the back in these races. If the pace is on, expect him to be in the finish.

6 Sweet Bean is rarely far away in these events. Zac Purton jumps aboard and the veteran will be somewhere around the mark.

4 Fortune Giggles is first-up since February. A late-season victory looks very possible.

RACE 3 (1,200M)

6 Destin doesn't win out of turn, having only won once from 16 starts in Hong Kong. However, he's rarely far away and, with a better draw, is right in the mix.

9 Blitzing makes his debut. The son of Jimmy Choux has shown talent at the trials and can figure.

7 Bellagio has been well-prepared for his first start and the booking of Zac Purton is a strong pointer.

3 Goodluck Goodluck is a chance with blinkers on, although he does have an awkward draw.

RACE 4 (1,200M)

14 Super Euro Star has no weight on his back, thanks to the claim of Victor Wong. He might be bound for Class 5 again but, if he gets it easy enough on the speed, he's going to be hard to run down.

8 Mighty Maverick is good enough to win off this mark. He has Moreira aboard from the inside gate and he should be very competitive.

3 Seventy Seventy is still acclimatising but he does have the talent to win in this grade.

1 All You Need sprinted nicely to win last start but gate 14 might make it difficult. Still, he's a contender.

RACE 5 (1,600M)

13 Presidentparamount had been racing into form before playing up in the stalls last start and appeared to have lost the race. He can easily return to form and deserves plenty of respect.

5 Strathspey has a better draw and he looms as a major threat.

6 Enjoy Life has an awkward gate but he also has the in-form Purton aboard. He is racing well enough to be competitive again.

1 Power Man drops into Class 4 for the first time. He gets blinkers on and steps beyond 1,200m for the first time. Expect sharp improvement.

RACE 6 (1,600M)

5 Magnetism doesn't win often but is always a chance with the right run. His last three runs have been good.

4 Sleep Education was simply outpaced over 1,000m last start. He's a contender with the step-up to 1,600m for the first time.

10 Amazing Agility gets the blinkers on again and appears at a mark where he should be able to break through again.

3 Super Form's last run should be forgotten. He can bounce back.

RACE 7 (1,600M) GROUP 3 LION ROCK TROPHY

8 The Golden Age will be much better suited over 1,600m. Moreira jumps aboard for the first time and, with no weight on his back, he shapes as a leading contender.

10 Sichuan Dar has some form that would make him competitive in a race like this, including a two-length fifth at set weights behind Group 1 winners Seasons Bloom, Helene Paragon, Beauty Generation and Beauty Only.

1 Werther returns after a three-month bleeding ban. He has plenty of weight but, fresh, he deserves respect ahead of a potential Japan excursion.

2 Beauty Only can run into the finish if he gets a tempo to suit.

RACE 8 (1,000M)

6 Saul's Special ran well last time out from an awkward gate behind promising galloper Refined Treasure. From a better draw, he can score his first Hong Kong win.

1 Ka Ying Legend stuck on well first time out behind Handsome Bo Bo. It is rare for Argentine form to hold up in Hong Kong, but the Group 3 winner at San Isidro when named Tan Creido looks capable of finishing in the mix.

12 Superich finished third in the same Refined Treasure race as Saul's Special. If he takes a step forward, he's a major threat.

13 Nice Fandango is a place chance from a good gate.

RACE 9 (1,400M)

3 Taking Aim is yet to hit the board from five Hong Kong starts, but he hasn't been terrible at his last couple of starts. If he can get the right sort of run, he can break through.

2 Roundabout is racing well and should be somewhere around the mark from a better draw.

7 Comfort Life is mixing his form but he ran well after being checked a couple of times last start and he's a live player.

10 Exceptional Desire creates interest stepping up to 1,400m for just the second time in his career.

RACE 10 (1,200M)

12 Montreal arrived in Hong Kong with big wraps and went some way towards justifying the hype when scoring over the Sha Tin 1,000m two weeks ago. He steps up into Class 2 now and he shapes as a big chance in a race of quite some depth.

5 Wishful Thinker won impressively at his last start in April, coming from a long way back to claim the scalp of rising star Hot King Prawn. He's a top contender again.

14 Mission Tycoon won nicely last time out and should have every chance from the inside gate, even stepping up in grade.

6 Gunnison probably relished a bit of give underfoot when winning at Happy Valley a week-and-a-half ago. Still, if any rain arrives during the meeting, that sting out of the track will go a long way towards him winning again.

•Comments by Andrew Hawkins, courtesy of The Hong Kong Jockey Club

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'Montreal appeals in lucky last'. Print Edition | Subscribe