Sunday's Hong Kong (Sha Tin) form analysis

The full bloom looks good

The Full Bloom is one from one in Class 5 and he has been looking good in his trackwork. Zac Purton is a positive jockey booking and he will be very hard to beat.
The Full Bloom is one from one in Class 5 and he has been looking good in his trackwork. Zac Purton is a positive jockey booking and he will be very hard to beat.PHOTO: HKJC

RACE 1 (1,200M)

6 Ruletheroost ran home OK for third behind Romantic Bonanza at his first start. He meets Romantic Bonanza seven pounds better and he looks like he has taken great benefit from that first run.
12 Witness Hunter makes his debut. He has trialled well and deserves consideration from a good draw with Zac Purton in the saddle.
8 Romantic Bonanza made big improvement from start one to start two. He carries a penalty but he's not without a hope.
3 Nordic Warrior is not ready yet but he could finish in the placings.

RACE 2 (1,200M)

10 Snowhooves doesn't win out of turn, having landed the spoils at only one of his 42 starts. However, he has been racing well since changing stables and a victory doesn't appear too far away.
6 Corre Rapido has run well on the dirt at his last two outings. He's not going to be far away again.
2 Ever Strong deserves respect with Zac Purton once again jumping aboard.

RACE 3 (1,400M)

1 The Full Bloom is one from one in Class 5 and he has been looking good in his trackwork. Zac Purton is a positive jockey booking and he will be very hard to beat from a good gate in this spot.
6 Young Dreamer has been racing well this season. He is probably better suited at the Happy Valley 1,200m but he gets in well, thanks to Victor Wong's 10-pound claim.
7 Yourthewonforme has drawn awkwardly but he should be right in contention under Joao Moreira.

RACE 4 (2,000M)

4 Glorious Forever looked like a potential Group horse in the making when winning by four lengths last time out. The step up to 2,000m should only suit him and he should be hard to run down on the lead. That said, both 2 Insayshable and 1 Stimulation will prove tough competition second-up. Insayshable returned with a distant second at Happy Valley behind Doctor Geoff, but he should improve dramatically and he's a contender. Stimulation, the first son of Deep Impact in training in Hong Kong, didn't look anywhere near fit first-up when second to the lightly weighted Pikachu.
5 Super Chic is next best.

RACE 5 (1,200M)

4 Bellagio debuted well last month, struggling to get a clear run before dead-heating for third. He should take only improvement for that effort and, even from the awkward gate, he will be hard to beat.
2 Khaki steps out for Tony Millard for the first time. He has trialled well, Millard has a good record with stable transfers and Chad Schofield is the yard's go-to jockey, so even though he has shown very little in nine Hong Kong starts.
7 Cordyceps ran third at a big price first time out. Joao Moreira jumps aboard from a good gate and he can't be overlooked.

RACE 6 (1,200M)

1 Amazing Moment has run well at his last two starts over this C&D. He's drawn another good gate with Zac Purton legged up again, so he's going to be hard to beat.
4 Giddy Giddy has run admirably since dropping in grade and he is likely to be around the mark again.
7 Elite Spirit ran poorly last time out but his two runs before that had been good. Expect him to run a better race.

RACE 7 (1,600M)

9 Jolly Gains has been racing well without winning. He has a plum draw and he should enjoy a nice run in transit, so if he can present at the right time, he can take this contest.
10 Winning Controller ran well enough last time out at big odds. Joao Moreira takes the mount and he can take another step forward.
6 Jin Jin King has shown better signs in his last two starts. The step up to 1,600m suits and improvement can be expected.
3 Sunny Power is next best.

RACE 8 (1,200M)

4 Encore Boy makes his first appearance on dirt. He has a running style that should be suited to the surface and he shapes as a major contender. Hong Kong debutant
8 Simply Big won his last two races on synthetic surfaces in the UK. He has trialled a treat and he looks one to watch.
1 California Archer continues to run well. Like last time, a wide draw doesn't look a major negative, it is more about the amount of pressure he will face.
2 Mr Wealth can run well if he can take a step forward on his last effort.

RACE 9 (1,400M)

7 Pakistan Friend makes his debut. A graduate of the International Sale, where the chestnut turned plenty of heads, the three-year-old Not A Single Doubt gelding has shaped as though he will be far better for the outing. Still, he's clearly got some sort of talent so he can't be overlooked.
2 Enjoy Life has been racing very well. He gets in well with Victor Wong's claim and, from another good gate, he's a contender again.
3 Impeccable Fellow is improving and he deserves respect. 4 Big Bully gets Zac Purton aboard and he merits close attention.

RACE 10 (1,200M)

5 Patch Baby ran well at his last two starts. As a son of More Than Ready, he creates interest switching to the dirt with Zac Purton taking the ride again.
8 Hard Promise is another dirt debutant with a fascinating pedigree for the surface, being by Hard Spun. He hasn't shown much recently but there are signs that, at his first run in three months, he could produce a better effort.
3 Raging Blitzkrieg ran well enough at his first start on the surface. He deserves consideration here.
10 Exceptional Desire has a forward racing style that could see him suited on the dirt.

RACE 11 (1,400M)

3 Penang Hall had shown nothing at all this season until his last start, when he stuck on well for fifth behind Marzouq. Stepping back to 1,400m might prove a good move and he's worth a chance.
8 Chung Wah Spirit gets blinkers back on and he's at a rating where he should prove competitive again. Zac Purton, who won on the horse before, takes the ride again and he will be right in contention.
5 Taking Aim has found form and it won't take much for him to figure from a good gate.
1 Bombay Blitz is steadily improving and he deserves respect.


 • 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 July 07, 2018, with the headline 'The full bloom looks good'. Print Edition | Subscribe