Racecards

6:40 Sha Tin (HK)

Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Group 1) (Class 1)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 6f
  • Surface: Turf
  • HK$18,500,000 added
  • Winner: HK$11,654,996
  • 2nd: HK$3,700,000
  • 3rd: HK$1,850,000
  • 4th: HK$1,295,004
Weighed In
  • Off Time: 06:43:11
  • 14 Ran
1(4)
Silk - white, red chevron, checked sleeves, red cap

Lucky Nine (IRE)

21 hb CDCD
5/1
  • Form 7-15215
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 120

2(11)
Silk - Emerald green, silver triangle, silver peak on cap
25/1
  • Form 111110
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 110

3(5)
Silk - WHITE, red striped sleeves, check cap

Sole Power

70 BF
8/1
  • Form 711148
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 118

4(3)
Silk - orange, blue epaulettes, orange sleeves, white halves, blue cuffs, orange cap, blue diamonds
10/1
  • Form 315600
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 118

5(8)
Silk - Royal blue and black checks, checked cap
16/1
  • Form 7333174
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0

6(2)
Silk - red, white maltese cross, white cap
  • Form 822321
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 118

7(10)
Silk - blue, white chevron hoop, white chevrons on sleeves, pink cap, white peak
20/1
  • Form 022281
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0

8(6)
Silk - orange, orange and mauve halved sleeves, mauve spots on yellow cap

Peniaphobia (IRE)

21 pt CDCD
4/1
  • Form 213211
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 101

9(7)
Silk - Pink, emerald green chevron, pink armlets on emerald green sleeves, mauve cap, pink stripe, white peak
9/2
  • Form 111210
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0

10(12)
Silk - Grey, Yellow lightning bolt, halved sleeves, yellow star on grey cap
16/1
  • Form 240232
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0

11(9)
Silk - Orange, yellow chevron, striped sleeves, halved cap
25/1
  • Form 760503
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0

12(14)
Silk - red, orange spots, orange sleeves, orange spots on red cap, silver peak

Golden Harvest

21 t DCD
33/1
  • Form 337154
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0

13(13)
Silk - black, white triple diamonds, yellow armlets, black cap, white peak
  • Form 113302
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-10

14(1)
Silk - black, white sash, white hoops on light brown sleeves, pink cap, white peak
16/1
  • Form 803411
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-10

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Japan have won this for the past two years and SNOW DRAGON looks their main hope this time around. The almost white six-year-old overcame a poor draw to land the Group 1 Sprinters' Stakes from today's rival Straight Girl on home soil in October and, though not ideally berthed here, can reward each-way support at decent odds. Lucky Nine is a six-times course and distance winner who won this in 2011 and Caspar Fownes' sprinter showed himself to be world class when landing the Group 1 KrisFlyer at Kranji in May for the second time. He was behind the former Richard-Fahey-trained Peniaphobia here in the warm-up for this last month but didn't get the best of rides and can turn the tables. Brazilian Jaoa Moreira is currently well clear in the jockey's championship here and his mount, Sterling City, was a bit unlucky not to be placed last year and showed his class when landing the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March. Eddie Lynam's Sole Power couldn't get to Japanese super sprinter Lord Kanaloa a year ago but ran a brilliant race to finish runner-up and has continued in superb form with victories in the Nunthorpe and King's Stand Stakes. Spalato is joint-top in the International Ratings with Lucky Nine by virtue of winning six consecutive races in Singapore from 5f to 1m2f. Australian raider Buffering has won 16 races including four at Group 1 level and beat Lucky Nine on home soil last year. But British Champions Sprint winner Gordon Lord Byron could do with some rain and Aerovelocity finished last on his latest start here, though that was obviously not his true form.

Formwatch

Lucky Nine (IRE) (9-2) 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Spalato (NZ) (9-2) 13th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Sole Power 13-8fav (9-10) 8th of 18, 1 3/4l behind Move In Time (9-10) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.

Sterling City (AUS) (9-2) 12th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Buffering (AUS) (9-3) won at Moonee Valley(AUS) 6f stk gd in Sep beating Lankan Rupee (9-3) by hd, 5 ran.

Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders on near side rail, strong burst between horses final 100 yards to lead 50 yards out, ran on strongly and won going away, won at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) hvy in Oct beating Tropics (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.

Snow Dragon (JPN) (9-0) won at Niigata(JPN) 6f Grp 1 (1) fm in Oct, 18 ran.

Peniaphobia (IRE) (8-11) won at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov beating Smart Volatility (8-11) by 1/2l, 14 ran.

Aerovelocity (NZ) (8-11) last of 14, 5l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Smart Volatility (AUS) (8-11) 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Flagship Shine (AUS) (8-11) 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Golden Harvest (8-11) 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Peniaphobia (8-11) at Sha Tin(HK) 6f stk gf in Nov.

Straight Girl (JPN) Fuji Kiseki mare out of Never Period.

Little Gerda (USA) (8-7) 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Seiko Raiko (8-11) at Niigata(JPN) 5f Grp 3 (1) fm in Aug.