THE arrival of highly-rated Hong Kong apprentice jockey Kei Chiong has created a buzz around Saturday’s Adelaide meeting at Morphettville Parks.
Chiong, 23, rode 37 winners in the 2015-16 Hong Kong season to finish sixth in the jockeys’ premiership.
She begins her South Australian stint amid much fanfare with six rides on Saturday, but the Punters Show’s Adelaide expert Aaron Barby has hinted she may struggle to record her first winner on the card.
“Everyone is talking about Kei Chiong's first rides in Australia but it wouldn't surprise me if it was an anticlimax and she didn't ride a winner,” Barby said.
“I'm respecting Pomp (Race 3, $2.50) and Never Be Discreet (Race 4, $3.30) obviously but neither are over the line and her other rides don't inspire much confidence.”
One race Chiong won’t be riding in is the second event, a Benchmark 82 Handicap over 2400m.
But it is a race Barby feels he has an edge in, with slightly over 20% of the market taken up by Pure Tango ($4.50), a horse with a number of question marks over its recent form.
“Pure Tango is backing up from last Saturday at Gawler where she was the beneficiary of one of the strongest on-fence biases you'll see.
“She looks to get a soft lead but I have to be against her at that price.
“Hoylake ($3.20) raced flat last time but his previous run was very good and will have the sit on Pure Tango.
“The Matthew Neilson booking is a positive - he isn't riding at Murray Bridge on Friday, not sure why but hope he is okay for tomorrow as he has a good book of rides.”
Aaron Barby’s Adelaide sets provide punters with a full breakdown of each race on the Saturday metro card, with rates prices and a staking plan included.