Preview and form for Happy Valley
Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday November 8, 2017)
RACE 1: #9 Rock The Tree, #1 Gold Velvet, #6 Wealthy Fortune, #5 My Gift
RACE 2: #6 Noble De Boy, #8 Don't Miss, #10 Ever Strong, #9 Peace Combination
RACE 3: #6 Multigogo, #1 Leisured Feet, #5 Formula Galore, #10 Otouto
RACE 4: #6 Curling Luxury, #1 Mister Monte, #2 Grand Harbour, #7 Forever Posh
RACE 5: #11 Sam's Love, #2 Fantastic Eight, , #10 Smart Boy, #1 Golden Harvest
RACE 6: #1 California Joy, #2 Brave Legend, #12 The Sylph, #6 Heroic Guru
RACE 7: #11 Generous Heart, #2 Harbour Alert, #8 Dollar Reward, #6 Triumphant Jewel
RACE 8: #12 Starlight, #5 Super Turbo, #7 California Whip, #11 Spotlight Dream
RACE 1: TAI LAM CHUNG HANDICAP
#9 Rock The Tree is racing well enough currently. He needs things to fall his way so that he can close over the top of these, but he might just get that here if Le Pegase can apply some pressure. #1 Gold Velvet should be around the mark again from a good draw and must be considered. #6 Wealthy Fortune should improve second-up with the step up in trip and he should be somewhere in the finish. #5 My Gift was heavily supported at his first run in Class 5. Expect a better effort.
RACE 2: SHEK PIK HANDICAP
#6 Noble De Boy was sent out at a short price last time out, but from a wide gate he struggled and he was diagnosed as a roarer. He is drawn to get an easier run and that could prove crucial. #8 Don't Miss is steadily improving. From the inside gate now, he might be at a mark where he can threaten. #10 Ever Strong is a son of Savabeel so he should want further than 1000m, but he’s still worth including. #9 Peace Combination ran well last start but will find it tougher with a wider gate.
RACE 3: PLOVER COVE HANDICAP
#6 Multigogo’s form may suggest he’s a disappointing horse, but he has had circumstances against him at a number of his runs and still performed OK. He’s drawn well again and this race isn’t overly strong so he deserves another chance. #1 Leisured Feet won very well last season but was just fair fresh. He might need another run before he is ready to fire again. #5 Formula Galore should be suited by the return to Happy Valley. #10 Otouto is hard to catch but is nearing a win.
RACE 4: KAM SHAN HANDICAP
#6 Curling Luxury has run well at his last three from wide gates. Last time out, he pulled up with blood in his trachea and he was lame, so it’s an effort best forgotten. He will press forward and will be in front for a long way. #1 Mister Monte is drawn to take a box-seat spot here. He gets down into Class 4 for the first time so expect improvement. #2 Grand Harbour is honest and should be around the mark in this grade. #7 Forever Posh should appreciate the added trip and deserves consideration.
RACE 5: THE AMERICAN CLUB CHALLENGE CUP
#11 Sam's Love resumes and makes his Happy Valley debut. He has drawn well and if he has strengthened over the off-season, he should be winning very quickly off a mark of 61. #2 Fantastic Eight also makes his Happy Valley debut. The gallant gelding with the awkward action has drawn wide, but he will push on anyway so he will be in the firing line for a long way. #10 Smart Boy deserves respect given his consistency this season. #1 Golden Harvest is a shadow of his former self, but is getting to a mark where he can figure again.
RACE 6: HIGH ISLAND HANDICAP
#1 California Joy returns to Class 3 now. He may need to drop down further in the ratings but he is drawn to capitalise and he should enjoy a nice run handy to the speed. #2 Brave Legend won very well first-up, but has been only fair in two starts since. The 1650m should suit him now and he must be considered. #12 The Sylph finds it hard to win but he can finish around the mark. #6 Heroic Guru should be finishing strongly.
RACE 7: TAI TAM HANDICAP
#11 Generous Heart was backed off the map first-up and won despite an unfavourable race shape. He should be tough to beat with the lighter weight up in Class 3. #2 Harbour Alert found the line nicely from midfield last time out. He’s drawn better here so can run well again. #8 Dollar Reward finished sixth in that same race, making OK ground late. He’s a chance. #6 Triumphant Jewel is one to throw in at big odds.
RACE 8: ABERDEEN HANDICAP
#12 Starlight is racing in great heart currently, winning his last three in a row and four of his last five. He gets up to Class 2 now, but given his efforts of late, he should be well suited with just 114 pounds to carry. #5 Super Turbo is a model of consistency. He took some time to hit his straps last season, but he looks further forward this time around and so can find form quickly. #7 California Whip creates interest at his Happy Valley debut, even with the step back to 1200m. #11 Spotlight Dream is next best.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
The eight race broadcast commences at 10.15pm AEST, 7.15pm HKST, on Sky Racing1 and Thoroughbred Central.
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