An extended midweek day meeting for Hong Kong this week at Sha Tin, with a May Day public holiday on Wednesday.
Tommy Berry was the talk of the town after winning the QE II Cup on Sunday and he has a number of chances on Wednesday to keep that momentum going.
In the sixth race, he rides Star Of Wai Bo, a 9-lengths last at his only start down the straight course, but he was fancied in the betting there and is likely a big improver second up changing surfaces. He is by Lucky Quality, whose stock have been a sensation on the artificial all-weather track in Hong Kong and, since that first-up failure, Star Of Wai Bo has trialled brilliantly on the surface.
Berry also has some chances on horses with more obvious form, like Gold Edition in the ninth, who is a winner at his last two starts, and Rumba King, a dirt specialist in the tenth.
The Douglas Whyte-John Size juggernaut is ready to pick up momentum again, with a strong team numerically headed in terms of quality by Hypersonic in the eight. After winning two out of two in Class Four, he rises to Class Three on the back of a very impressive dirt sprint victory and returns to the same course and distance.
The duo will also combine with first starter Dr Good Habit, who has trialled well in preparation for his debut, and Size is supreme in Hong Kong racing at getting inexperienced debutants to produce.
Zac Purton’s best chance looks to come in the final race with Why Not. Part of the Dennis Yip stable that is going so well, Why Not has won his last three for Purton, has been freshened since his last win in March but should take some benefit from the time off.
By Nathan Mody