Who To Follow At Sha Tin On Sunday - 12/12/21

Sha Tin - December 12 2021
Sha Tin 06:00
Martin Dwyer


Martin Dwyer
William Muir & Chris Grassick
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
Days: 29

The first selection of the afternoon from Hong Kong comes in the Group One Hong Kong Vase and the British raider Pyledriver is primed to run a big race from stall 3.

The now four year old was a real success story for the fairly small yard last term having made his seasonal debut in June when finishing second at Kempton, but since then improving with every run and showing he is a real black type contender.

He headed to Royal Ascot for his second start of the season and he was a shock winner of the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes.The colt was given a Derby entry and went to Epsom but having being bumped in the big field early on he ran no race and as a far as Muir was concerned they drew a line through that run.He proved how special he can be next time out when taking the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor meeting, being eased down in the final stages.

The St Leger was next on the agenda and with many pundits fearing he would not stay, they were proved wrong as the three year old finished a length third behind winner Galileo Chrome.

Although seeing out the marathon trip his trainer believes he is best over 1 mile 4 furlongs, but he did not give his best running on his final start of the season when only seventh of 10 in the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Back for another season this term the son of Harbour Watch finished a decent second in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket behind the smart Sir Ron Priestley.

With that run under his belt Muir, as ever, was bullish about the chances of his star in the Group One event at Epsom and in a very gritty fashion, he got back up late on when passed by Al Aasy to land the Coronation Cup.

A setback saw him miss some big engagements, but the camps targets turned to this event and ahead of it he had a prep run at Lingfield in the Listed Churchill Stakes where he narrowly won, with his class telling all.

He has travelled over well and is primed to go close.


Trainer To Follow - John Size

John Size has been having winners all over Hong Kong for many years and on International weekend he looks to have some big chances.

One of his best chances in the Group One events comes from his Hot King Prawn in the Hong Kong Sprint, with the seven year old drawn well and also holds good black type form.

Another nice runner for the yard on Sunday comes in the six furlong Class 2 Handicap with the highly consistent Fantastic Way looking for his fifth win in seven races.

Size heads into the meeting in taking form, currently running at a 25% strike rate for the last two weeks with nine winners from 36 runners.

Jockey To Follow - Joao Moreira

Joao Moreira is one of the specialist riders when it comes to Hong Kong racing and on Sunday he could clean up once more.

In the first race of the day he sits on the talented Master Delight for John Size, who is looking for back to back wins over course and distance.

Another nice runner for the jockey is Glory Vase in the Hong Kong Vase who has been knocking on the door in similar events and. now has a big chance to go even closer.

Other nice rides for the experienced jockey include Courier Wonder, Fantastic Way and Sky Darci.

It would be very surprising to not see this guy in the winners enclosure come Sunday, especially running at a 21% strike rate for the last two weeks.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing