Sunday's Hong Kong (Sha Tin) form analysis

Rise High heading higher

Impressive last-start winner Rise High, who is running in the final event at Sha Tin on Sunday, looks capable of heading higher and potentially making it into Group company.
Impressive last-start winner Rise High, who is running in the final event at Sha Tin on Sunday, looks capable of heading higher and potentially making it into Group company.PHOTO: HKJC

RACE 1 (2,200M)

1 Bullish Glory is his own worst enemy in that he can often miss the start badly, but he's at a mark where his talent should get him a win regardless. As long as he doesn't end up too far back, this is a very winnable race for Bullish Glory.

6 Audacity failed last time after a string of good efforts. If he can return to form, then he is a strong contender.

9 King Bountiful is a quirky customer but still is capable on his day.

2 Cloud Nine is likely to go to the lead and can hang on for a placing.

RACE 2 (1,400M)

13 Snowhooves improved significantly at his first run for new trainer Chris So, running on well for second at Happy Valley last start. He should be even better suited over this course and distance and a win looks very possible.

6 Golden Cannon does plenty wrong in his races but he clearly has the ability to win off his current rating if he races tractably.

9 Otouto carries no weight with Victor Wong aboard and is again some chance.

5 Triumphal Trumpet gets blinkers for the first time and deserves respect.

RACE 3 (1,400M)

2 Solar Patch has gone to a level that suggests he will make it in Class 2 at the very least in his new home. This race is not overly strong and he has every chance to make it two from three.

8 Top Beautiful's last effort was very sound and he should get another chance to get into the finish.

3 Volitation is racing well and should be around the mark.

6 Lady First is still acclimatising but clearly has talent.

RACE 4 (1,400M)

1 Starship returns to Class 4. His record in this grade has been good and he doesn't need as much to go his way to be able to figure.

3 Leisured Feet's return to the Sha Tin 1,400m is some query, but on paper, it should suit him.

14 Top Ace does have claimer Victor Wong aboard which means he only has to carry 105 pounds (47.7kg). Expect a good run.

4 Bossiee has another wide gate but is racing well enough to place.

RACE 5 (1,000M)

3 Montreal ran a terrific race on debut in Hong Kong, sticking on for fourth. He will have only improved fitness-wise for that effort and, with the blinkers on, he should prove very hard to beat.

2 Mr Lumieres disappointed last time out but his two runs before that were very good over this course and distance.

1 Money Boy rarely runs a bad race over this course and distance and he can't be ruled out.

8 Wayfoong Vinnie won last time out. He's not the type to put two together, but he's not without a hope.

RACE 6 (1,400M)

2 Kiram is yet to miss the board from five starts in Class 4 but he just hasn't quite been able to break through. Perhaps the switch to the Sha Tin 1,400m can be the change he sorely needs to gain another victory.

4 Vital Spring is racing very well and still looks capable of being competitive on his current mark.

14 Magic Success is nearing a drop in grade but his recent trial was OK. He has a raft of gear changes and can perhaps improve now.

5 Absolucool debuts here. A graduate of last year's Hong Kong International Sale, he caught the eye in his most recent trial.

RACE 7 (1,200M)

2 Goodluck Goodluck was sent off a short price on debut and couldn't go on, but he took a big step forward to finish second last time out. He should appreciate the step-up to 1,200m and the booking of Zac Purton is a positive sign.

7 Mighty Maverick has to overcome an awkward gate but has shown at two of his last three starts that he is nearing a win again.

12 Multimax has no weight in here and there have been hints of a turnaround recently.

4 Team Spirit ran well on debut and can take a step forward.

RACE 8 (1,400M)

1 Green Energy has been mixing his form but he deserves plenty of attention on his first run for new trainer Danny Shum.

10 Intrepic has found form at his last two starts and the booking of Joao Moreira is a strong pointer.

2 Baba Mama is always a chance in these sorts of races but he does need everything to go his way.

3 Taking Aim is slowly finding form and is not far away from scoring a first Hong Kong victory.

RACE 9 (1,200M)

2 Handsome Bo Bo has had an easy lead at his last three starts and has been able to win comfortably on each occasion. He might be able to sneak a win here before he gets up to Class 2.

4 Star Shine ran on well enough behind Handsome Bo Bo last time out. He has an 11-pound swing on that horse and can't be dismissed.

1 Attention had some handy Australian form. He has trialled satisfactorily and, with Victor Wong's 10-pound claim, is well-weighted.

8 Midnight Rattler is getting down to an attractive rating.

RACE 10 (1,600M)

4 Rise High was a very impressive winner last time out. He looks capable of heading higher and potentially making it into Group company.

3 Morethanlucky was a good third to Nothingilikemore and Singapore Sling over this trip. That form reads well for a race of this nature and he's right in contention.

1 Citron Spirit gets a weight break with the 10-pound claim of Victor Wong. He can't be dismissed.

8 Doctor Geoff ran well enough last time out and deserves consideration with the weight turnaround on Rise High.

• 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 May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Rise High heading higher'. Print Edition | Subscribe