|Sha Tin Races
|Sha Tin Racecourse – Tai Po Rd, Sha Tin District, Hong Kong
|Monday, February 12, 2024
|12:30pm HKT (3:30pm AEDT)
Hong Kong racing heads to Sha Tin for a rare Monday meeting, with the Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup (1400m) headlining a blockbuster 11-race program. The rail is in the A position for the afternoon, and with no rain likely to hinder proceedings for locals, all participants should anticipate stellar conditions for racing. The opening event is set to get underway at 12:30pm local time.
Chinese New Year Cup: Mugen
Only a small field of six gallopers have accepted for the Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup (1400m), and although this might be a tricky setup for our top selection, we’re confident Mugen can produce in the grade at the first time of asking. He monstered his rivals at this course and distance on January 21, as the son of Deep Field flew by his opposition to score by two lengths in Class 2 company. He gets in on the minimum 52kg once again, and with this race likely to be a tactical affair, we’ll take the risk Mugen is versatile enough to get the job done in Monday’s Sha Tin feature.
Chinese New Year Cup
Race 8 –
5yo Gelding | T: Pierre Ng | J: Karis Teetan (52kg)
Best Bet at Sha Tin: Ka Ying Rising
Ka Ying Rising has been nosed out in his last two starts by an ultra-impressive Wunderbar and finally gets away from that key rival on Monday. Prior to those efforts, the son of Shamexpress produced an eye-catching victory at this track and trip on December 3, continuing his strong campaign, and despite finishing runner-up on both occasions, the three-year-old cleared out on all other runners. He appears ready to peak fourth-up now, and with Zac Purton electing to stick aboard Ka Ying Rising, we’ll take that as the ultimate guide heading into Monday.
Race 7 –
3yo Gelding | T: David Hayes | J: Zac Purton (58.5kg)
Next Best at Sha Tin: Galaxy Patch
Galaxy Patch will be seeking to maintain his undefeated record on the Sha Tin turf course and continue his meteoric rise through the grades. The four-year-old is looking to notch his fourth win on the trot after storming through the wire in his latest start, careering away with the prize by 1.5 lengths. He did it so with relative ease for Karis Teetan, sitting mid-field throughout the journey before blousing his rivals. He only needs to reproduce that effort on Monday, and if he does, Galaxy Patch may be targeting much bigger targets in the future.
Race 10 –
4yo Gelding | T: Pierre Ng | J: Karis Teetan (59.5kg)
Best Value at Sha Tin: Parterre
Parterre has been crying out for a step back in grade for some time and finally gets his chance to compete in Class 4 company for the first time this season. The gelding by Flower Alley has been far from disgraced against tougher opposition, finishing five lengths away from the likes of Wunderbar and Ka Ying Rising in his latest attempt. The seven-year-old has only found himself in this grade on two occasions, with his last effort also being his last victory in July of 2023. He maps to get the one-one if he can hold a position from gate three, and provided the breaks fall his way, Parterre should be right in this.
Race 3 –
7yo Gelding | T: Chris So | J: Lyle Hewitson (61kg)
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