Sunday's Hong Kong (Sha Tin) form analysis

Time warp hard to catch

Last December's Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp should get a soft lead in tomorrow's Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup and win.
Last December's Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp should get a soft lead in tomorrow's Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup and win.

RACE 1 (1,200m)

4 Hong Kong's Folks looks to have ability and has trialled well in preparation for his debut.

10 Harbour Century should enjoy a nice run in transit from a good draw and can run at them late.

13 Winner St Paul's, a rejuvenated galloper under new trainer Frankie Lor, moves up into Class 4 now but this is not overly strong. Can figure.

12 Formula Galore is able to figure with a light weight.

RACE 2 (1,600m)

2 Easy Go Easy Win is performing strongly and he should be hard to beat.

3 Simply Invincible ran well last week with no weight on his back. The step-up in trip should suit.

4 Lockheed looks held by Easy Go Easy Win on form, even though he meets his younger rival four pounds (1.8kg) better this time.

6 Spicy Sure will be out in front and may prove hard to run down.

RACE 3 (2,000m)

8 Sweet Bean is the epitome of a Class 5 stalwart. He's no star but he's consistent in this grade.

7 My Gift has run well enough this season. He returns to Sha Tin now and, with luck, he can be there.

2 Savannah Wind and 1 Rock The Tree have drawn the outside two gates. They both have a lot of weight to carry, but if the race is run to suit, both can finish thereabouts.

RACE 4 (1,200m)

3 Hinyuen Swiftness had a few excuses and probably would not have finished a great deal closer last week. He deserves consideration from a good gate.

1 Golden Dash, who won nicely over the straight 1,000m on debut, steps up to 1,200m and looks a chance if there is no pressure.

13 Bingo should sit just behind the speed. He has no weight to carry and looms as a threat.

7 My Winner has trialled well enough to suggest he can show up on debut.

RACE 5 (1,200m)

2 Gamechangers should get a good run from his favourable gate and can break through.

12 Lean Perfection is unbeaten from two starts. There's no reason he can't continue to progress.

7 Voyage King, who won three races in Queensland when known as Pure Luck, has trialled well and looks to have upside.

3 Big Fortune had a better race record Down Under, placing at Group 2 level when named Feng Chu. He may still be acclimatising but he can figure.

RACE 6 (1,400m)

8 Multigogo should be suited by the Sha Tin 1,400m if he can get near the lead.

14 The Show is sure to have plenty of admirers with Joao Moreira maintaining the mount.

11 Royale Elegance is racing well and needs only a sliver of luck to get into the finish.

6 Ka Ying Brilliance performed well on debut and can be somewhere around the mark.

RACE 7 (1,600m)

14 Triumphant Light can lead if need be but he should be able to settle just behind the speed. He's just coming to life.

9 Red Elysees should be suited over 1,600m with a good draw. He'll be around the mark.

3 Desmios showed a hint of form last week over 1,800m when not having the clearest of runs.

4 Compassion Star has won his last two starts and still appears to be on an upward spiral.

RACE 8 (2,000m) GROUP 1 CITI HONG KONG GOLD CUP

1 Time Warp won December's Group 1 Hong Kong Cup comfortably by dictating throughout. He looks to get as soft a lead and will be hard to catch.

3 Pakistan Star has not raced since June last year but he has looked outstanding at the trials. A first-up win wouldn't shock as he appears the most talented horse in training in Hong Kong.

2 Werther gets blinkers back on, which should suit. But he still looks at something of a tactical disadvantage. He's a chance on his day, though.

4 Seasons Bloom looks more a miler but can finish in the placings up to 2,000m again.

RACE 9 (1,400m) GROUP 1 THE QUEEN'S SILVER JUBILEE CUP

6 Fifty Fifty is in top form. He ran a solid second in the Group 1 Stewards' Cup over 1,600m last start, coming off the back of a good win in the Group 3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup over this course and distance on New Year's Day.

4 Beat The Clock has emerged as a big-race player this season with placings in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup and the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup over 1,200m.

1 Helene Paragon has not won since taking this race last year. If he bounces back, there's no doubting his ability against this field.

11 Pingwu Spark is having his first test against stakes company, but he shapes as though he will measure up at some point.

RACE 10 (1,400m)

1 Encouraging performed poorly on debut when missing the start by many lengths, but improved significantly for third last time out. If he takes another step forward, he can win.

14 Super Missile has plenty of talent but is still putting it together. He's a tantalising prospect with only 114 pounds to carry.

12 Royal Mojito has been running well in recent starts and appears likely to break through shortly.

4 Sleep Education is improving and will be around the mark.

RACE 11 (1,600m)

10 Lady First has improved with every run. With a kinder gate, he should get his chance to break through.

14 Everest looks well and perhaps the blinkers sparked him to life. He can run well with no weight.

3 New Elegance had a tough trip last time out and still ran well. He can bounce back.

5 Fearless Fire is still acclimatising but can finish in the placings.

•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 February 24, 2018, with the headline 'Time warp hard to catch'. Print Edition | Subscribe