08:00 SHA TIN (Hong Kong) 21 May 2017

The 18 Districts Cup (handicap) (2YO plus)

Winner 100,284 HKD - 11 run - Draw Advantage: Low

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No. (Draw) Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1 (7)
9648
i
White, maroon hoop, white, maroon hooped sleeves, white, maroon quartered cap (10/11 John Moore Trainer Syndicate)

Hair Trigger (AUS)  21 

b g Smart Missile - Touch of Greatness (Hero's Honor)

4 9-5
73
D WhyteJ S Moore
2 (2)
222722
i
Red, pink chevron hoop, pink & red checked sleeves, red star on pink cap (Wong Shing Ngai)

Regency Bo Bo (NZ)  21 

b g Denman - Tsukioka

CD
4 9-4
72
J MoreiraA S Cruz
3 (1)
518126
i
Royal Blue, Light Green sleeves, halved cap (Right Track Syndicate)

Right Call (NZ)  21 

b g Darci Brahma - Sweet Caroline (Squill)

CD
6 9-3 b
71
K TeetanJ Size
4 (4)
i
White, rose stripes and stripe on cap (Stewart Leung Chi Kin & Eliza Leung Sze Man)

Quick Return (NZ)  

br g Bachelor Duke - Tithe (Pulpit)

5 9-2
70
H T Mo (10)C S Shum
5 (3)
737
i
Red & white halved, gold stars on red cap (Chung Wah Racing Syndicate)

Chung Wah Spirit (AUS)  34 

b c Dash For Cash - Letter From France

4 8-13
67
Z PurtonC H Yip
6 (5)
000
i
Pink & black halved, purple stars on pink sleeves, pink stars on black cap (Mr & Mrs Chan Tak Wa)

Smart Baby (IRE)  11 

b g Shamardal - Marine City (Carnegie)

4 8-13
67
C Y Ho (2)C Fownes
7 (8)
i
Yellow & black checks, black armlets on yellow sleeves, black star on yellow cap (Cheung Hon Kit, Joanna Cheung Wai Sze & Jonathan Cheung Yu Shing)

Alcazar 

b g Rio De La Plata - Zarkiyna (Sendawar)

3 8-12
66 11
O DoleuzeK L Man
8 (6)
867005
i
Silver, red cross belts and star on cap (Mr & Mrs Philip Ng Yuk Wing And Michael Ng Mun Kit)

Enormous Honour (AUS)  14 

b g Encosta de Lago - Myrrh (Salse)

7 8-11 b
65
H N Wong (7)Y S Tsui
9 (10)
6-604
i
Red, white braid, white sleeves, white & purple checked cap (Sincerely Yours Syndicate)

First Fontein (AUS)  21 

b g Turffontein - Cloudcatcher (Catcher In The Rye)

5 8-11
65
M F Poon (10)W Y So
10 (11)
702109
i
Red, yellow sash, emerald green and yellow halved sleeves, emerald green stripe on yellow cap (Chiu Man Hin)

Grand Harbour (NZ)  31 

br g Savabeel - Haberdashery (Araafa)

C
7 8-7
61
W M LaiC W Chang
11 (9)
000058
i
Yellow, brown chevron hoop, brown stars on on sleeves, yellow star on brown cap (Boniface Ho Ka Kui)

Sichuan Boss (AUS)  11 

b g Pins - Nahayan (Zabeel)

5 8-6
60
C MurrayA T Millard
Verdict

Regency Bo Bo is likely to be a heavy favourite here, but with five seconds to his name since making the step up to Class 3, he is a favourite worth opposing. The horse with which to oppose him is #5 Chung Wah Spirit. He has plenty of promise, but he's still trying to put it all together after arriving from Australia. He will be winning a race shortly, but he will need a few things to go his way for it to be here. Still, he has a sharp turn of foot and if he can display that here, he can win. #2 Regency Bo Bo is clearly the leading chance in here and has been consistent over this course and distance without winning. He's got a good gate and should get a soft run, so he will be the hardest to beat. #1 Hair Trigger is still acclimatising to his new home, but he has looked like he is slowly getting there and he appears capable of winning a race before the end of the season. This could prove his opportunity. Right Call is the logical fourth selection, but for exotics, it might be worth including #11 Sichuan Boss instead with Callan Murray aboard. He has improved with every run, although he was slightly disappointing over the extended mile at Happy Valley last start. The Sha Tin 1400m should suit.

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