10:10 SHA TIN (Hong Kong) 21 May 2017

Gladiolus Handicap (2YO plus)

Winner 100,284 HKD - 15 run - Draw Advantage: None

9

1m

No. (Draw) Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1 (12)
56-1321
i
Gold, purple v and armlet (The Hon Lau Wong Fat & Lau Ng Mui Chu)

Citron Spirit (IRE)  21 

b g Invincible Spirit - Citron Presse (Lemon Drop Kid)

CD
5 9-7
80
M F Poon (10)P F Yiu
2 (1)
709909
i
Dark green, pink inverted triangle, dark green sleeves, pink armlets, white cap, pink stars (So Kai Sing)

Let Us Win (AUS)  14 

br g Sebring - Steal My Love (Nowadays)

5 9-7 b
80
S ClippertonJ S Moore
3 (6)
3-77029
i
Blue, yellow v, yellow stars on rose sleeves, yellow star on rose cap (Kathleen Shi Pui Ka)

Fantastic Kaka (IRE)  31 

br g Anabaa - Lanciana (Acatenango)

CD
7 9-6
79
O DoleuzeL Ho
4 (3)
9-04305
i
Brown, gold v, brown stripe on white sleeves and cap (Cheng Ying Yim)

Ishvara (NZ)  34 

ch g Coats choice - Asiana

C D
7 9-4
77
M L Yeung (2)T P Yung
5 (11)
305-730
i
Orange & gold halved, white & orange checked cap (Focuson Syndicate)

Amazing Agility (FR)  84 

b g King's Best - Wings Of Glory (Shoe Danzig)

CD
5 9-3
76
K C Leung (2)D E Ferraris
6 (5)
1-10065
i
Red, white sleeves, red cap (Hui Sai Fun)

Volitation (NZ)  21 

b g Shocking - Mostly (A.P. Indy)

C
5 9-3
76
K TeetanJ Size
7 (7)
009
i
Royal blue, red braid, blue & red hoop on sleeves (Ronald Jeffrey Yang Yiu Chong)

Play It (GB)  18 

b g Paco Boy - Tereshkina (Sadler's Wells)

4 8-13
72
C Y Ho (2)C Fownes
7 (7)
i
Royal blue, red braid, blue & red hoop on sleeves (Ronald Jeffrey Yang Yiu Chong)

Play It (UNR)  

b g Paco Boy - Tereshkina (Red ransom)

4 8-13
-
C Y Ho (2)C Fownes
8 (9)
4-02632
i
Orange, gold braid and sleeves, gold & orange quartered cap (Johnny Shih Jar Yi)

Home Run (AUS)  21 

b g Hinchinbrook - Truly Kissed (Carnegie)

C
5 8-12 b
71
N CallanY S Tsui
9 (4)
046
i
Rose, yellow braces, yellow stars on rose sleeves, rose star on yellow cap (Michael Chan Se Ping & Law Lai Wan)

Winwin Ruby (NZ)  21 

b g Pluck - Spirit Of Karlu

4 8-11
70
Z PurtonK L Man
10 (2)
832387
i
Yellow, red chevron, white sleeves, red cap, yellow stars (Wong Ho Yam)

Cheerful Boy (NZ)  8 

b g Road To Rock - Hanabananah

CD
6 8-9
68
H T Mo (10)C S Shum
11 (13)
809
i
light green, orange diamonds, orange chevron on green sleeves, maroon hearts on orange cap (Noble Wife Syndicate)

Rule Thee (NZ)  21 

b g Tavistock - Dantessa (Our Poetic Prince)

5 8-7
66
K C Ng (5)P O'Sullivan
12 (8)
014664
i
Blue, yellow chevron hoop, yellow and red halved sleeves, blue armlets, yellow cap, red stripe (Fung Kok Po)

Smiling Charm (AUS)  34 

b g Fastnet Rock - Kaimana (Tale Of The Cat)

C
5 8-5
64
D WhyteC W Chang
13 (14)
846070
i
Black, white cross sashes, pink sleeves, white and black checked cap (Kwok Siu Ming)

Beauty Flare (UNR)  21 

b g Makfi - Tell The Wind (Mujadil)

4 8-3
62
K K Chiong (5)A S Cruz
14 (10)
72214
i
Purple and mauve halved horizontally, white hoop, white and purple halves sleeves, white cap, mauve stars (Wong Ting Bor)

Rattan (NZ)  34 

br g Savabeel - Grand Princess (Fayruz)

CD
4 8-3
62
J MoreiraR Gibson
15
i
Purple with gold stars, purple stars on white sleeves, gold stars on white cap (The Joy Of Giving Syndicate)

The Joy Of Giving (IRE)  

b c Thewayyouare - Vera Mont (Danehill Dancer)

3 8-11
70 12
Reserve 1C W Chang
Verdict

Rattan relished the step up to 1600m two starts back to break through in Class 4, and then he raced handier last start at his first attempt in Class 3 and he wasn't disgraced. Joao Moreira takes the ride for the first time, but it would be better if he returned to racing midfield before swooping home. If so, he will be hard to beat. #10 Cheerful Boy is always worth including underneath, even if his last two efforts have been poor. The noted front-runner is best when allowed to stride along out in front, and perhaps from gate two he can get to that position easier than at his last two starts. #1 Citron Spirit has been racing consistently of late to get his rating to the cusp of Class 2 territory. He gets Matthew Poon aboard to offset a six-point rise in the ratings after a last-start win, and he appears capable of winning again in this grade. Next best, #8 Home Run, who is worth including based on his consistency alone.

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