The first meeting of the any new racing season is when everyone wishes to get off on a winning note – jockeys, trainers, owners, the members, Joe Public.

For those who know squat about horse racing and wish to, attending this race meeting on Sunday at Shatin is the best way to start getting to understand how it all works.

Many eyes will be on Number 5 in the first race of the new season at Shatin when Hong Kong will see Aussie jockey Tim Clark in action for the first time.

He’ll be going all out to get himself off the mark – and quick.

What a fairy tale beginning for the talented young rider if he can get off to a winning start!

And also if he can do this on one of the horses trained by David Ferraris who has shown his support by legging the jock aboard quite a few from his stable.

But, can he make this a fairy tale beginning?

Boy, that first race is a toughie!

If really needing to back something as it always feels good to win something in this first race of the season, we would follow the odds

Back the third favourite to place and cross your fingers and other body parts.

What do we like?

Well, with some shocking barrier draws to overcome and despite his incredible knack of being drawn on the outside and finding the fence in a flash, we won’t be taking any short odds on Douglas Whyte winning the Jockeys Challenge. Plus, apart from Delish – and it has a bad barrier – we think he has quite a “light” book of rides and so might wait for “The Durban Demon” to strike next weekend or when trainer John Size brings in his new army of horses.

On Sunday, Size looks to have entered many from last season who might be holding their form and fitness. And with the astute horseman only taking a few days off during the Summer break, he might be out to prove those wrong who say he “always” has a slow start to every season. It’s just all too risky for us and we’re simply not confident about following the stable on Sunday.

As for the Jockeys Challenge, take Whyte away and it looks wide open, especially with Brett Prebble and Tye Angland riding in Japan.

He might not have a full book of rides, but Zac Purton appears to be on some with strong chances, as do Matthew Chadwick and Alvin Ng.

Purton, we feel, could go close to winning the first race of the season.

We would like to see the odds for Shibala ridden by Olivier Doleuze. Could be a value horse as could Fun Heroes in the last.

We do like the David Ferraris-trained “Bear Hero” and believe the horse will win with a leg in the air.

Ridden by the very good 10-pound claimer Alvin Ng – a ride that was originally going to go to Whyte until the owner insisted on going with the apprentice who won on the horse last season – and why not? If the wheel ain’t broke…

How this young horse does on Sunday will have everything to do with his proposed trip Down Under to take on some very seasoned Aussie horses. Is it all too soon, ask many? But David Ferraris knows what he is doing. And after last season’s annus horribilis, we’re tipping the South African trainer to make quite a comeback. Well, as much of a comeback as he can with the limited “stock” in his stable.

In the SAR Chief Executive’s Cup, we cannot see beyond Little Bridge and, possibly, Multiglory.

More importantly, we have to wonder if the HKJC’s CEO – Winfried Englbrecht-Bresges – will be having a quiet word about co-mingling with Hong Kong’s beloved Chief Executive – The Donald – as he walks him up to prize presentation area.

It’s always dangerous when trainers enter more than one horse in a race and in one, Casper Fownes has three runners.

Whatever stable apprentice Vincent CY Ho is on should be the stable pick.

In the 1000 metre sprint John Size has two excellent chances whereas in a few races, Tony Cruz has multiple entries.

And when old Cruzy does that, one needs to look twice – or even thrice – as things might not be what they seem.

All in all, it’s a very tough-looking and even card to start the season.