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 22, 2017)
RACE 1: #2 Scarborough Fair, #1 A Fast One, #10 Glory Horsie, #9 Haymaker
RACE 2: #4 Savannah Wind, #7 Le Panache, #8 Sweet Bean, #2 Audacity
RACE 3: #2 California Aspar, #10 Peace Combination, #11 Our Honour, #7 The Full Bloom
RACE 4: #6 Golden Effort, #12 Happy Happy, #3 All You Know, #1 Happy Happy Star
RACE 5: #4 Sangria, #3 Sichuan Boss, #8 Empire Star, #11 Multigogo
RACE 6: #1 Storm Signal, #12 Merrygowin, #7 Diamond Master, #3 Blaze Stamina
RACE 7: #2 Wonderful Fighter, #1 Super Fluke, #7 Charity Glory, #12 Sharp Hunter
RACE 8: #9 Relentless Me, #7 Smart Boy, #1 Go Beauty Go, #6 Full Glamour
RACE 1: DUMBARTON HANDICAP
#2 Scarborough Fair gets the drop into Class 5 now. He has been steadily improving recently, although he was dismal last start on the dirt. Still, with the drop in class, he’s among the chances. #1 A Fast One ran well enough last time out over the 1200m on dirt. He’s got another good draw but he’ll need a clean getaway, something that has been lacking of late. #10 Glory Horsie is better over 1000m but bears close watching first time out for Michael Freedman. #9 Haymaker is a contender from a better draw.
RACE 2: FIFE HANDICAP
#4 Savannah Wind improved markedly last start with the class drop. He might still be finding his feet but he should see out every yard of the 2200m and he’s worth a chance. #7 Le Panache is racing well. He will be coming home strongly late and is certain to be around the mark yet again. #8 Sweet Bean is always a contender in these sorts of races and must be included. #2 Audacity was woeful second-up but he was a course and distance winner in April. Expect improvement.
RACE 3: HAMILTON HANDICAP
#2 California Aspar has not won from 12 Hong Kong starts but appears to be nearing a mark where he should be able to be competitive. He has a gun draw and should enjoy a perfect run just behind the speed. #10 Peace Combination has finished in the top four 12 times since his last win almost two years ago. He’s going to be hard to topple here, but he’s worth opposing on a win line. #11 Our Honour should get a soft run and can get into the placings, while #7 The Full Bloom deserves another chance too.
RACE 4: HAMILTON HANDICAP
#6 Golden Effort has looked good enough at the trials. Trainer Danny Shum has produced a number of winning debutants this season and the son of Reward For Effort can join the list. #12 Happy Happy improved markedly last start. He needs to go on with it now but he’s heading the right way and should get a nice run from the draw. #3 All You Know gets blinkers on now and that could prove all the difference at his Happy Valley debut. #1 Happy Happy Star has been a disappointment but Class 4 suits. Barrier 11 is a concern.
RACE 5: THE ST ANDREW'S CHALLENGE QUAICH
#4 Sangria has been racing well down in Class 5, often when not having a great deal of luck. If he finds any sort of luck here, he’ll be right in the mix back at Happy Valley. #3 Sichuan Boss was no match last time out but still stuck on fairly well. He’s another who should be well-suited in this spot. #8 Empire Star has run strong thirds at his last two efforts over the 1400m at Sha Tin. The Happy Valley 1650m should suit. #11 Multigogo is proving frustrating but will win soon.
RACE 6: IRVING HANDICAP
#1 Storm Signal looked promising pre-import, when he won four from four in South Australia. His barrier trials before his Sha Tin debut were nice enough and there was merit in that effort over the straight 1000m. He gets the blinkers on now and he looms as a contender. #12 Merrygowin will have plenty of admirers as he goes up in grade but down to the bottom of the weights. He’ll be tough to run down. #7 Diamond Master is still consistent and should be somewhere around the mark. #3 Blaze Stamina must be included in exotics.
RACE 7: IRVING HANDICAP
#2 Wonderful Fighter has taken time to race back into fitness but his last effort was good. From another good gate, he looms as a player. #1 Super Fluke has returned in terrific order for new trainer Dennis Yip. He’s finally showing the talent he always looked to have, and Happy Valley in the past has been no concern. He doesn’t look to have reached his ceiling yet. #7 Charity Glory should be around the mark, while #12 Sharp Hunter deserves consideration from the inside gate.
RACE 8: STIRLING HANDICAP
#9 Relentless Me has been yearning for a gate, with four double-digit draws since he won on debut. With a softer run on the cards, expect him to go close. #7 Smart Boy has drawn awkwardly but looks to be suited by the step up to 1650m. He’s been racing so well of late, he has to go in. #1 Go Beauty Go should race somewhere near the speed and end up in the finish. #6 Full Glamour improved significantly at his first run for Frankie Lor. Expect much of the same second-up.
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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