Hong Kong Diary

Hong Kong is gearing up for G1 action at Sha Tin on Sunday but there is some strong midweek action at Happy Valley this Wednesday. A hot Class 2 sprint is the highlight at 3.50 but there is plenty of interest across the card with all the action covered live on Sky Sports Racing from 12.15.

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Purton in Party mood after another four timer

Sunday’s Sha Tin card featured a four timer for Zac Purton completed by the progressive former David Simcock galloper Uncle Steve.

Champion’s Way came up just short behind stablemate Red Warrior in his bid to make it six out of six in the Class 2 finale, but perhaps the most impressive winner of the day was Big Party.

Frankie Lor’s gelding put memories of a wayward display on his previous start well behind him by trouncing a fair field, failing by a fraction to break the Class 3 course record and clocking the fastest final 400m of the day even though Purton was easing him down close home.

The powerful grey has been raised 13lb to a mark of 87 on the back of his third win from five starts. That’s one of the biggest hikes of the HK season so far. And it still might not be enough to stop Big Party from winning again.

Fiery pace can help Turtle and Twist

A handful of fiery front runners promise to make the featured Suffolk Handicap over 1200m at 3.50 a terrific race to watch.

Yee Cheong Baby looks bound to attack from the inside draw under Purton judged on his winning HK debut over 1000m here, while Handsome Bo Bo, Little Bird and Montreal can all be expected to come out swinging.

Logic suggests the door is open for a couple of stalkers to have a say when it matters most and Fat Turtle and Tornado Twist both have plenty to recommend them.

Tornado Twist’s tendency to miss the break may not be so much of a hardship as usual given the way this race is likely to develop and he looks sure to be strong at the finish under Joao Moreira.

Fat Turtle has the speed to go with the pace from stall 2, but Karis Teetan will probably defer early and this improving gelding still looks on a good mark having been raised 3lb for a clear second over course and distance.

Ho has eyes on the Prize

Vincent Ho has been one of the breakthrough stories of the season in HK and, with the first half century just four winners away after a weekend double, the leading homegrown rider is in the form of his life.

Ho has confirmed that he plans to return for a spell with Mark Johnston this summer but more pressing business at hand when Jumbo Prize bids to make it third time lucky in the Dorset Handicap at 1.45.

It’s interesting to note that this Caspar Fownes-trained gelding has been very well found in the market on both his starts thus far.

He’s yet to justify the support but went down fighting behind a much more experienced rival over course and distance last month and is well drawn (stall 4) in what looks a very winnable contest this time.

Alert a live longshot with Moreira back aboard

There aren’t many former Gordon Elliott-trained horses in Hong Kong but Loving A Boom is one and the Fairyhouse winner bids to open his HK account in the Norfolk Handicap at 2.45.

The four-year-old will be justifiably popular with Purton aboard for the first time after a fine Valley second, while Planet Star is fresh from a gutsy course win and Golden Dash promises to be well suited by the return to 1200m.

It’s a shade of odds on that the winner emerges from this trio, but don't be surprised if Harbour Alert runs a bold race at a much bigger price.

This gelding has dropped from a mark of 76 to 67 since joining Michael Chang and showed signs that he might be on the way back last time when helping force too strong a pace in the race in which Loving A Boom finished second.

A more measured ride looks the order of the day with Joao Moreira back aboard for the first time since 2015 and it’s also well worth noting that the Magic Man has won three times from just five rides for Chang this season.

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