Raw­iller sounds warn­ing with Gold­ing­ton Horn

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RACE 1 (1,000M)

5 RAICHU has been slowly im­prov­ing in his re­cent starts. He has a win in this grade and, with a good tempo ex­pected, he should be able to sit just off the lead­ers be­fore swoop­ing in late. 1 LYRIC ACE is likely to be one of those lead­ers, but he has also shown an abil­ity to sit just be­hind the speed too. Zac Pur­ton jumps aboard and he should be around the mark.

10 KIM GLORY went close a month back. Joao Mor­eira gets the leg-up and he’s at a winnable mark.

Ex­pect im­prove­ment from IDYL­LIC WIND.

RACE 2 (1,650M)


6 GOLD­ING­TON HORN hasn’t looked a chance in six starts over the 1,000m at both cour­ses. Now, he steps up to a much more suit­able 1,650m with Nash Raw­iller jump­ing aboard. He should be hard to beat over this trip.

3 GOBI STORM has had the lead to him­self in re­cent starts and has proven hard to catch. He’ll be in front for a long way.

2 SMART SALUTE has only won one from 30 but his sole win came over this course and dis­tance. He’s a lead­ing player. 12 SPICY DOU­BLE is capa- ble of re­peat­ing on his cur­rent mark.

RACE 3 (1,200M)

3 PHAN­TOM FAL­CON had strung to­gether four run­ner-up fin­ishes be­fore an av­er­age run from a wide gate last start. He has drawn well again in gate 2 and the seven-pound (3.18kg) claim of Dy­lan Mo looks ideal.

8 PLANET STAR ended up a long way back from a wide gate last time out, be­fore strug­gling to get a clear run for much of the straight. He’s into a much bet­ter draw and should be a con­tender. 11 KWAICHUNG BROTH­ERS is rac­ing well and de­serves con­sid­er­a­tion.

2 GAL­LANT RE­TURN ran okay in a July griffin race. He can get into the fin­ish.

RACE 4 (1,650M)

3 PER­FECT CHOICE doesn’t have a lot to show for seven starts but he steps up to the ex­tended mile and can im­prove markedly.

8 LETSGOFREE won well first-up over 1,200m but had al­ways looked like he needed fur­ther last sea­son. He’s ca­pa­ble of an­other strong run with the step-back up to 1,650m.

7 NEVER BET­TER is usu­ally around the mark, al­though he’s been poor in his last two. Mor­eira jumps aboard from gate 1, so he’s a chance.

11 DAR­ING HEART ran bet­ter last time out and, from an­other good bar­rier, he is one for ex­otics.

RACE 5 (1,200M)

12 SHOW MIS­SION demon­strated last start that he had a Class 4 win in him, es­pe­cially at the bot­tom of the grade, with a strong third from a wide gate. He gets a bet­ter gate here and should en­joy a lovely pace-trail­ing run.

3 EX­CEP­TIONAL DE­SIRE was only just caught last time out. He’s sure to have plenty of ad­mir­ers again.

7 SE­CRET AGENT hasn’t done much in two runs this cam­paign. He is likely head­ing for Class 5 but he has an­other win left in him in this grade.

1 LOVE CHUNGHWA is next best.

RACE 6 (1,000M)

5 LAMAROSA spent last sea­son chas­ing a good draw be­fore in­jury ended his cam­paign. He fi­nally gets that ideal gate, so even though he is first-up in al­most eight months, he must be a strong con­tender here.

12 MONEY BOY is not the strong­est horse go­ing around, but he’s rac­ing so well that he must be considered a threat.

7 PEACE N PROS­PER­ITY has been woe­ful in his first two runs this prepa­ra­tion but, with a good gate, he can im­prove.

1 FOR­TUNE BO BO had ex­cuses first-up and would not shock if he got into the fin­ish.

RACE 7 (1,650M)

7 TOP LAU­RELS is not the most straight­for­ward type but he’s a horse who looks more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning in the mid­dle of Class 3. The Happy Val­ley 1,650m should prove suit­able, too. 8 PHO­TON WIL­LIE is now at the low­est rat­ing he has ever been at in his 37-start Hong Kong ca­reer. This course and dis­tance brings out his best, so ex­pect sharp im­prove­ment soon.

3 VIC­TORY BOYS may be vul­ner­a­ble first-up but he’s such an hon­est horse, he de­serves con­sid­er­a­tion.

10 SU­PER FORM’s record over this course and dis­tance is stel­lar. He’s a chance again.

RACE 8 (1,650M)

12 STAR MA­JES­TIC has run some good races in Class 2 with­out win­ning. He didn’t have much luck last time out. If he gets a clear pas­sage, he’s a chance in an open race.

10 LUCKY GIRL is an awk­ward, gan­gly horse who’s hard to catch. How­ever, his last run was good, so he might be able to snatch one in Class 2.

5 BIG BANG BONG is rac­ing well and should be around the mark again.

9 BEAUTY PRINCE can fig­ure once more from a nice draw.


Nash Raw­iller, jockey of Gold­ing­ton Horn.

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