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Spruce Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Dirt)

  • Prize money: £122257.72
  • 1m 0f 55y
  • 15 runners
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Spruce Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Dirt)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Dirt

Weather:

1st
7 (3)
Adefill

5/1 (Won)

Form: 322344 C BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row over 6f when switched to dirt at start of the year and has remained in good form on this surface since; costly to follow this season (including when behind Yellowfin latest) but ought to be right in the thick of things again.

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2nd

4

(3)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Adefill

9st 4lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: P F Yiu

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on strongly from over 1f out, nearest finish

9/2

1st

7

(3)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Adefill

8st 10lb

J: James McDonald

T: P F Yiu

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, not clear run and switched wide under 2f out, stayed on strongly from over 1f out, led close home, ridden out

5/1

4th

4

(11)

3rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

08:05 Sha Tin

Adefill

9st 1lb

J: James McDonald

T: P F Yiu

held up towards rear, ridden 2 1/2f out, wide entering straight, good headway from over 1f out, no further impression final 100yds

11/4

2nd
14 (11)
Frantanck

8/1

Form: 907393 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Placed in two of his last three starts and looks interesting with this switch to the dirt based on AW form in Britain; draw could have been kinder but one to note for market support.

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5th

10

(4)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Frantanck

8st 7lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

raced keenly, in touch, tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden and chased leader 2f out, no extra final 100yds

3/1

2nd

14

(11)

23rd Dec 2023

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09:10 Sha Tin

Frantanck

8st 3lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

tracked leaders, ridden and pressed leader 2f out, driven 1 1/2f out, led 150yds out, kept on well, headed close home

8/1

3rd

10

(5)

29th Nov 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Frantanck

8st 7lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

pulled hard, led, ridden under 2f out, driven 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, no extra final 100yds

16/1

16/1

Form: 076195 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Opened Hong Kong account with clearcut C&D win in October; found life tougher off today's 6lb higher mark since and although he could have untapped potential on dirt will need a step forward.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

5

(7)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Perfect Team

9st 2lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: C Fownes

started slowly, in rear, ridden and stayed on well from under 2f out, nearest finish

10/1

3rd

6

(5)

23rd Dec 2023

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Perfect Team

8st 13lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: C Fownes

held up towards rear, steady headway from 2 1/2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, not clear run and switched off rail 125yds out, nearest finish

16/1

5th

3

(10)

3rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

08:05 Sha Tin

Perfect Team

9st 3lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: C Fownes

started slowly, in rear, wide entering straight, ridden under 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous

6/1

4th
4 (9)
Yellowfin

5/2

Form: 421161 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Took form to new level with a commanding C&D victory at the start of the month (his third win from his last four starts); now 7lb higher in better company but cannot ignore in current mood.

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3rd

2

(8)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Yellowfin

9st 8lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

led, ridden clear 1 1/2f out, driven and no extra final 150yds, headed 50yds out

5/1

4th

4

(9)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

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Yellowfin

9st 5lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

led, pressed from 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven final furlong, headed 150yds out, no extra closing stages

5/2

1st

5

(5)

3rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

08:05 Sha Tin

Yellowfin

9st 0lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

made all, went clear going well 2f out, ridden and kept on well from 1 1/2f out, very comfortably

7/1

5th
10 (14)
So We Joy

11/2

Form: 346972 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

C&D winner; appeared to be regressing until bouncing back to form behind Yellowfin at the start of the month; very well treated these days and one to consider if building on that improved showing but has the worst of the draw.

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1st

9

(11)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

So We Joy

8st 9lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: C W Chang

held up towards rear, pushed along and headway into midfield 2 1/2f out, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on strongly final furlong, led 50yds out, soon clear, readily

12/1

13

(13)

7th Jan 2024

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0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

So We Joy

8st 11lb

T: C W Chang

Three-time winner on dirt but always over 1m; placed over that trip two starts ago but makes only limited appeal back at 6f.

5th

10

(14)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

So We Joy

8st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: C W Chang

held up in rear, good headway from under 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not going pace to threaten

11/2

33/1

Form: 790079

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Out of sorts since winning a 7f turf handicap at this level in May; handicapper has given him a chance by dropping him 4lb below that latest winning mark, but the evidence suggests this surface and trip are unlikely to help end the barren run.

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8th

14

(14)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Seizing The Moment

8st 5lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: J Size

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, not going pace to threaten

20/1

6th

13

(1)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Seizing The Moment

8st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: J Size

in touch in midfield, not clear run 2f out, ridden under 2f out, outpaced and no impression final furlong

20/1

6th

9

(12)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Seizing The Moment

8st 6lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, keeping on when not clear run 1f out, kept on steadily final 125yds, not going pace to threaten

33/1

7th
12 (1)
Solar Gogo

50/1

Form: -52009

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

8.5f maiden winner when trained in Australia but well beaten on first three Hong Kong starts (7f/1m) including on dirt debut latest; significant improvement required.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

12

(1)

23rd Dec 2023

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09:10 Sha Tin

Solar Gogo

8st 3lb

J: M L Yeung

T: D J Hall

midfield, ridden and took closer order over 2f out, gradually weakened from over 1f out

50/1

9th

9

(3)

3rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

08:05 Sha Tin

Solar Gogo

8st 9lb

J: K De Melo

T: D J Hall

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, outpaced and no impression from over 2f out

33/1

14th

9

(13)

26th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Solar Gogo

8st 12lb

J: K De Melo

T: D J Hall

always towards rear

100/1

8th
3 (2)
Ching

12/1

Form: 131057 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Four course turf wins over 1m this year; respectable efforts in two run this campaign but remains on a tough mark and not certain to be suited by the switch to this surface.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

(2)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Ching

9st 6lb

J: L Hewitson

T: C W Chang

midfield on outside, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong

12/1

7th

10

(4)

26th Nov 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Ching

8st 10lb

J: L Hewitson

T: C W Chang

held up towards rear, ridden 2 1/2f out, stayed on final 100yds, never dangerous

10/1

5th

6

(1)

5th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

07:00 Sha Tin

Ching

9st 2lb

J: L Hewitson

T: C W Chang

midfield, ridden 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, kept on final 125yds

7/1

Form: 4-0000

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Ex-Australian 4yo; soundly beaten in all four local starts; will need to find plenty of improvement for this switch to dirt to trouble the principals.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13

(13)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Absolute Sunshine

8st 5lb

T: David A Hayes

Ex-Australian 4yo; unable to land a significant blow on any of first seven Hong Kong starts and now eligible for a drop in grade.

9th

11

(2)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Absolute Sunshine

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: David A Hayes

midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, wide entering straight and lost place, soon no impression

66/1

15

(15)

13th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Absolute Sunshine

8st 3lb

T: David A Hayes

Ex-Australian 4yo; unable to land a significant blow on any of first six Hong Kong starts and despite a reduced mark he needs to take a big step forward.

14/1

Form: 295326 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Triple 6f winner on this surface; unexposed as a miler but not certain to reverse placings with the improving Yellowfin on these revised terms.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(8)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

14:15 Sha Tin

Fiery Diamond

9st 2lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: T P Yung

in touch in midfield, ridden under 2f out, weakened final furlong

20/1

10th

5

(8)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Fiery Diamond

9st 1lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, weakened over 1f out, short of room 1f out, eased final 100yds

14/1

6th

2

(9)

3rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

08:05 Sha Tin

Fiery Diamond

9st 5lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

midfield, outpaced and no impression from over 2f out

7/2

11th
13 (13)
Lovero

33/1

Form: 236000

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

2-8 when trained in Japan, with both wins gained on dirt (7f/8.5f), but has offered little in two local starts on this surface; something to prove now although not written off.

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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

(1)

10th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Lovero

9st 9lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

tracked leaders, ridden under 2f out, took 2nd inside final furlong, kept on well, no impression on winner

8/1

15

(15)

7th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Lovero

9st 9lb

T: A S Cruz

2-8 in Japan but has offered very little in three local dirt starts; can only be watched if getting a run today.

11th

13

(13)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Lovero

8st 3lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

prominent, very wide around first two turns, ridden 2 1/2f out, weakened over quickly over 1f out, eased inside final furlong

33/1

10/1

Form: 000093 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Dual 1m Group 1 winner in Brazil last year and showed his first local form when finishing third (behind Yellowfin) on his dirt debut this month; one to consider.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

1

(10)

24th Jan 2024

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1m 1f 0y

11:15 Sha Tin

Kimberley

9st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: Jamie Richards

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 2f out, not clear run 1 1/2f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous

8/1

4th

10

(4)

1st Jan 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Kimberley

8st 8lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: Jamie Richards

led, ridden 2 1/2f out, driven when pressed under 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra final furlong

33/1

12th

11

(7)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Kimberley

8st 4lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: Jamie Richards

towards rear of midfield, ridden 3f out, lost place 2f out, soon struggling

10/1

OUR TIP

12/1

Form: 000009 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Posted career-best performance when scoring over C&D in February; quiet since but now 1lb below that winning mark and can't be discounted back down in Class 3 company.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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13th

2

(4)

23rd Dec 2023

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1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

True Legend

9st 8lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W K Mo

with leader, ridden 2 1/2f out, weakened 2f out, eased over 1f out

12/1

9th

9

(8)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

07:35 Sha Tin

True Legend

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W K Mo

always in rear

40/1

10th

5

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

True Legend

8st 12lb

J: K H Alfred Chan

T: W K Mo

midfield, ridden and lost place 2 1/2f out, weakened over 1f out

33/1

20/1

Form: 000079 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Just held on to cause a 26-1 surprise over C&D in March; subsequent turf/dirt form has been underwhelming but he's beginning to look well treated and drops in grade.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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12th

1

(6)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Everyones Delight

9st 9lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: F C Lor

tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place 2 1/2f out, struggling from 2f out, eased over 1f out

33/1

14th

1

(6)

23rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

09:10 Sha Tin

Everyones Delight

9st 9lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: F C Lor

towards rear of midfield on outside, wide into straight and dropped to rear, soon beaten and eased

20/1

9th

7

(9)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Everyones Delight

8st 10lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: F C Lor

always towards rear

25/1

Form: 008000

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Regressive 6yo who finished well down the field on all three starts this season (6f/7f); late in the day to be making his debut on this surface and difficult to enthuse over at present.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

8

(5)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Oriental Smoke

8st 5lb

J: M L Yeung

T: David A Hayes

towards rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, not going pace to challenge

25/1

10th

10

(4)

28th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Oriental Smoke

8st 9lb

J: K C Leung

T: David A Hayes

midfield, ridden 2f out, driven and no impression final furlong

100/1

10th

8

(5)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:45 Sha Tin

Oriental Smoke

8st 11lb

J: K H Alfred Chan

T: David A Hayes

Gained all four wins over 6f; stays 7f perfectly well but has looked short of his best this season (four runs) and needs to turn a corner.

20/1

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