08:00 SHA TIN (Hong Kong) 23 Apr 2017

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Trophy (handicap) (2YO plus)

Winner 202,999 HKD - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

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No. (Draw) Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1 (6)
211213
i
dark blue, red chevron, light blue sleeves, dark blue spots, dark blue cap (Albert Hung Chao Hong)

Invincible Dragon (IRE)  35 

b g Invincible Spirit - Cephalonie (Kris S)

CD
Non Runner
2 (9)
88-4398
i
Pink, purple star, pink & purple hooped cap (Cheung Pui Chu)

Lucky Year (AUS)  14 

b g Holy Roman Emperor - Natural Lil (Naturalism)

C
6 9-7
108
M F Poon (10)C S Shum
3 (8)
301011
i
purple, gold stars, hooped sleeves, gold stars on purple cap (Larry Yung Chi Kin)

Western Express (AUS)  21 

ch g Encosta de Lago - Alsatia (Marauding)

CD
5 9-6
107
J MoreiraJ Size
4 (3)
0130
i
Silver, rose star, white stars on silver sleeves, white stars on blue cap (Chua Hwa Por)

Limitless (IRE)  35 

b g Lope De Vega - Portelet (Night Shift)

CD
4 8-8
95
U RispoliL Ho
5 (7)
23-1257
i
blue, yellow sash and armlet on sleeves (Liang Lo Ching Yung)

California Whip (USA)  53 

ch c Giant's Causeway - Canterbury Lace (Danehill)

4 8-7
94
M ChadwickA S Cruz
6 (4)
70-3115
i
Purple with red chevron, purple chevron on red cap (Mr & Mrs Lam Kwok Yan)

Fight Hero 18 

b g Footstepsinthesand - Jarhes (Green Desert)

6 8-5
92
H N Wong (7)Y S Tsui
7 (10)
616-709
i
Red and black striped, red sleeves, red cap (Siu Pak Kwan)

Gonna Run (FR)  28 

b g Hurricane Cat - Realdad (Victory Speech)

C D
6 8-4
91
M L Yeung (2)C Fownes
8 (5)
40-0408
i
Gold, blue v, gold & blue checked sleeves and cap (Victor Cheng Hok Hung)

Lucky Girl (AUS)  21 

b g Onemorenomore - Bani Yas

C
6 8-4
91
H T Mo (10)C S Shum
9 (1)
75-1787
i
White, green hoop, green stripe on white cap (Dr Edward Cheung Wing Yui, Lam Man Chun & Jason Tam Siu Keung)

Midnight Rattler (AUS)  35 

blk g Clang - Mezentseva

CD
6 8-4 b
91
C Y Ho (2)J S Moore
10 (2)
007015
i
Black, green stripes, white sleeves, black cap (Mr & Mrs James Tien Pei Chun)

People's Knight (AUS)  21 

b g Exceed and Excel - Allegra (Niniski)

CD
5 8-4
91
K TeetanJ S Moore
Verdict

Western Express has won four of his eight starts in Hong Kong, but crucially, he remains unbeaten below a mile, winning once at 1200m and three times at 1400m. His last win was only narrow, but he did pass the honest New Asia Sunrise and given the way the track was playing, it was a better win than it appears. He has to carry plenty of weight again but he looks capable of winning once more here. #4 Limitless returns to the 1400m after failing to see out 2000m in the BMW Hong Kong Derby. He looks like he will make his name as a sprinter-miler here in Hong Kong, and this race appears suitable for him before he faces another stiff test in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. #5 California Whip returns after a short freshen-up here. He looks to still have ratings points in hand and if he bounces back to form, he will be very competitive with only 119 pounds on his back. #2 Lucky Year has been just fair since winning the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup at the start of the season. Matthew Poon's 10-pound claim may prove crucial if he is to return to the winners' circle.

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