Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday November 29, 2017)
RACE 1: #7 Brilliant Monkeys, #4 Victory Follow Me, #6 Fun Manager, #12 Golden Cannon
RACE 2: #3 Royal Chocolate, #2 London Master, #5 Jumbo Bus, #7 Numero Uno
RACE 3: #8 Happy Rocky, #6 Istanbul Bey, #5 Fancy Music, #2 Happy Contender
RACE 4: #4 Golden Deer, #8 Seven Luck, #3 Good Method, #2 Cheers Conqueror
RACE 5: #4 Showing Character, #5 Cheerfuljet, #3 House Of Luck, #6 Starlot
RACE 6: #4 Harbour Alert, #7 Master Albert, #8 Fun Machine, #3 Chung Wah Spirit
RACE 7: #4 Gamechangers, #1 Mega Heart, #7 California Fortune, #6 Jolly Convergence
RACE 8: #1 Victory Boys, #8 King Of Mongolia, #9 Top Act, #5 Goodheart Success
RACE 1: TO KWA WAN HANDICAP
#7 Brilliant Monkeys ran strongly at his first start for Frankie Lor at Sha Tin. He’s generally been better at the bigger track but he’s at a mark where he can win now, especially from the good gate. #4 Victory Follow Me gets into another good gate after a poor run at Sha Tin last time out. He’s nearing a first Hong Kong win. #6 Fun Manager might be better over further but if he finds his September form, he’ll be hard to beat with Joao Moreira aboard. #12 Golden Cannon is racing well and should be around the mark.
RACE 2: KOWLOON CITY HANDICAP
#3 Royal Chocolate, as a son of So You Think, should eventually appreciate further. However, he has been good in two starts over this course and distance to begin his career and with another good draw, he looks well placed here. #2 London Master came right away last start. He now has to carry plenty of weight, but should still be around the mark. #5 Jumbo Bus has looked forward enough at the trials and should run a bold race on debut. #7 Numero Uno should be included in all exotics.
RACE 3: MA TAU WAI HANDICAP
#8 Happy Rocky won over this course and distance in January 2016, but has been unplaced in three efforts over the Happy Valley 2200m. He’s now down at a mark where he looks well-placed and a win is near. #6 Istanbul Bey creates interest at this trip now that he is down at this mark, and should be included. #5 Fancy Music was described recently as a “stubborn horse” who does what he wants and sometimes simply won’t stretch out. He doesn’t need to run to his best to win this, though. #2 Happy Contender is a chance down in class.
RACE 4: SAN PO KONG HANDICAP
#4 Golden Deer got up to Class 2 in February 2015, but has been on a downward spiral ever since. He has his best chance in some time here. #8 Seven Luck was very good in winning first-up for Frankie Lor at Sha Tin, while things didn’t go his way last time out. He should get a nice run in transit and prove hard to beat. #3 Good Method has had an injury-interrupted campaign but he has run well in two starts this season. He must be included. #2 Cheers Conqueror has drawn awkwardly but down in class, he’s a chance.
RACE 5: KOWLOON CITY HANDICAP
#4 Showing Character is a model of consistency. He hasn’t won in Class 4 before but he has produced a number of good runs in the grade and with a nice run from gate three, he should be in the finish. #5 Cheerfuljet is still learning the caper but he hasn’t been too far away of late. He must be included. #3 House Of Luck is at a mark where he managed to win in January 2016. He has not raced since April but he deserves inclusion. #6 Starlot is capable of going back-to-back if the penny has now dropped.
RACE 6: HO MAN TIN HANDICAP
#4 Harbour Alert has run well at his last two starts over this course and distance. Reproducing those two efforts here will see him go very close. #7 Master Albert has disappointed insofar as he had been expected to win by now and simply hasn’t. He’s still got to be included, but he might be worth opposing until he breaks through. #8 Fun Machine can bob up at his first run in almost a year. #3 Chung Wah Spirit creates interest back down to 1200m.
RACE 7: HO MAN TIN HANDICAP
#4 Gamechangers ran well first-up and if he has taken a step forward from that effort, he will be hard to beat. #1 Mega Heart had looked promising heading into his debut and while he was just even first-up, he produced a big effort to score second-up. He can finish around the mark again. #7 California Fortune is another who can be expected to improve at his second Hong Kong start. #6 Jolly Convergence should enjoy a nice run in transit and can get into the placings.
RACE 8: HUNG HOM HANDICAP
#1 Victory Boys was lucky not to come down in the straight first-up. With that run under his belt, expect a vastly-improved effort. #8 King Of Mongolia is racing well currently. In his current vein of form, he will be right in the finish. #9 Top Act is a long way from his G3-winning mark. New trainer Michael Freedman is still trying to figure him out, but he’s liable to turn his form around at any time now. #5 Goodheart Success is one-for-one over this course and distance. He deserves respect.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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