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 December 13, 2017)
RACE 1: #3 Great Toplight, #9 Telecom Boom, #1 A Fast One, #6 Pearl Furu
RACE 2: #4 Gracious Ryder, #3 Zero Hedge, #9 Manful Star, #7 Clear Choice
RACE 3: #3 Raichu, #6 Scarborough Fair, #2 Otouto, #10 Catchmeifyoucan
RACE 4: #1 Great Joy, #11 Savannah Wind, #2 High Volatility, #9 Aeroluminance
RACE 5: #2 Enormous Honour, #3 Hinyuen Swiftness, #6 Polymer Luck, #9 Trendy Win
RACE 6: #12 Winning Faith, #2 California Joy, #5 Outlawed, #4 Land Grant
RACE 7: #3 Jade Fortune, #2 Go Beauty Go, #10 Mister Monte, #8 Easy Hedge
RACE 8: #10 Smart Boy, #3 Gamechangers, #4 Lamarosa, #2 Golden Harvest
RACE 1: ASTER HANDICAP
#3 Great Toplight had been looking for a mile before last start, when he finally stepped back up to the trip. He was far from disgraced from the outside gate, either. He will be better back at Happy Valley and with a good draw, he should be hard to beat. #9 Telecom Boom is racing in good heart currently. He’s going to be in the mix again. #1 A Fast One has run well in all his starts this season. He’ll be a contender again. #6 Pearl Furu looks to be rounding into form.
RACE 2: BELLFLOWER HANDICAP
#4 Gracious Ryder was still not the complete package last season but performed well to win one of his five starts. Zac Purton jumps back aboard for his first start of the season, he gets blinkers on – which seemed to sharpen him up in a turf gallop last week – and he looks hard to beat now. #3 Zero Hedge ran a good race last time out over the straight 1000m and creates interest over the softer Happy Valley 1000m. #9 Manful Star has a good draw and can get into the finish. #7 Clear Choice can improve.
RACE 3: DANDELION HANDICAP
#3 Raichu ran well to just miss last time out. He steps up to 1200m now and should be winning soon, if not here. #6 Scarborough Fair has performed well at two of his last three starts, both at Happy Valley. Joao Moreira takes the mount now and from an inside gate, he should be able to get into the finish. #2 Otouto drops down to Class 5 for the first time and should be around the mark. #10 Catchmeifyoucan is next best.
RACE 4: THE HONG KONG GOLF CLUB CENTENARY CUP
#1 Great Joy has run well in three starts this season and arguably should have won last start on the dirt. He looks a certain winner in the weeks to come and can kickstart his season here. #11 Savannah Wind produced a strong staying effort to win over 2200m in Class 5 last start. With Matthew Poon’s claim, he now carries 22 pounds less up in grade and can figure. #2 High Volatility ran well with the class drop over 1200m. He makes a huge leap in trip but has run OK in the past. #9 Aeroluminance can take some minor money.
RACE 5: HIBISCUS HANDICAP
#2 Enormous Honour has held his ground in his last two runs at Sha Tin. The return to Happy Valley should be a plus and he can score a second Hong Kong win. #3 Hinyuen Swiftness ran well over 1200m last start. He steps up to 1650m at Happy Valley now and if he brings that form, he’ll be around the mark. #6 Polymer Luck’s form is strong and he should go close. #9 Trendy Win has decent course and distance statistics and can figure.
RACE 6: HYDRANGEA HANDICAP
#12 Winning Faith makes his first trip to Happy Valley here. It remains to be seen if the 1650m is really what he is looking for but if he handles the trip, then he will be very hard to beat from gate three. #2 California Joy is racing well back down in Class 3. He gets seven pounds off with Matthew Poon aboard and deserves consideration. #5 Outlawed returns to the Happy Valley 1650m, where he has won two from four. #4 Land Grant’s course and distance efforts have been good and he can place.
RACE 7: HYDRANGEA HANDICAP
#3 Jade Fortune’s run some solid races of late. He is hard to catch but this might be the time to try and lock him down. #2 Go Beauty Go usually goes forward and makes his own luck. He has the look of a horse on his mark, but if he gets a nice run out in front, he can figure. #10 Mister Monte is nearing a win and should be hard to beat, although he is likely to be unders. #8 Easy Hedge mixes his form. This is on the sharp side but he is at a winnable mark.
RACE 8: ROSELLE HANDICAP
#10 Smart Boy perhaps did not quite see out the 1650m last start, although he did have excuses. Back to 1200m from a kind draw, he has to be considered a leading chance again. #3 Gamechangers is nearing a win and looks right on track now. He must go in. #4 Lamarosa ran poorly first-up but with the run under his belt, quick improvement can be expected. #2 Golden Harvest is a long way from the galloper he was when he ran fifth in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint but can still prove competitive off his current mark.
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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