Chris Baker: Four bets at Sha Tin on Sunday morning

There's racing at Sha Tin this morning.
There's racing at Sha Tin this morning.

There are four bets for today’s racing at Sha Tin. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Sha Tin Tips

09:05 – Race 7 (1m)

The consistent CHEERFUL LEADER (NAP) has raced exclusively at Sha Tin and comes in to this race with recent form figures of 323132. His win here three starts back was in Class 4 company over this one-mile trip, and he has since coped well with the step up to this higher grade. Joao Moreira looked to have timed the run to perfection last time out, but he went down by half a length to a horse that had come down the middle of the track. Tung Wah Glory - up in class but open to improvement – is the biggest danger.

09:35 – Race 8 (1m1f)

THINKIN’ BIG (EW) was a dual Group 3 winner in Australia before the switch to Hong Kong, and although he is yet to win in three starts here, he’s had excuses on each occasion. His latest run came in the Group 1 Champions Mile, a thrilling contest that saw Southern Legend beat the red-hot favourite Beauty Generation. This four-year-old travelled strongly but couldn’t go with them when the pace quickened in the straight. This is a significant drop in grade, and he should relish the step back up in trip given that he’s won over further. Blinkers will be worn for the first time, he’s well drawn and the talented apprentice Jerry Chau takes over in the saddle. The shortlist is completed by Amazing Beats and Private Secretary.

10:10 – Race 9 (7f)

TEAM PLAYER has made a good start to his career and has improved with each of his four starts to date. He appeared to be well-suited by the step up to seven-furlongs here last time out and looked to win with some in hand, especially when considering that he was hampered on several occasions in the straight. He eventually found a gap and ran on strongly having been third with a furlong to go. This son of Excelebration goes in to a higher grade today but will carry just 51.5kg. Smoothies, a winner over this course and distance in March, can chase home the selection.

10:45 – Race 10 (6f)

INNER FLAME won his first three carer starts between December 2019 and February 2020 but was disappointing when last seen in March and finished down the field. He’s not raced since that defeat but has run well in two recent trials under the excellent Joao Moreira, who will ride him in a competitive race for the first time today. Moreira’s biggest task will be to overcome the draw in stall 11, but this horse has plenty of speed and has won twice from stall 9 over this course and distance, so it is certainly not an impossible task. The hat-trick seeking President’s Choice should also go well.

Recommendations

09:05 at Sha Tin - CHEERFUL LEADER (NAP) – 1 point win bet at 7/4

09:35 at Sha Tin - THINKIN’ BIG – 0.5 point each-way bet at 10/1

10:10 at Sha Tin - TEAM POWER – 1 point win bet at 9/2

10:45 at Sha Tin - INNER FLAME – 1 point win bet at 7/2

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