Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday May 23, 2018)
RACE 1: #1 Aeroluminance, #5 Penzance, #10 Jolly Amber, #4 Loaded
RACE 2: #1 Lamarosa, #9 Master Viking, #2 Gallant Return, #5 Victory Power
RACE 3: #11 Nashashuk, #6 Thou Shall Sing, #12 Raichu, #7 Dominator
RACE 4: #8 Gold Velvet, #6 Jolly Gains, #2 Gentry, #11 All You Know
RACE 5: #9 Winning Faith, #4 Litterateur, #8 Circuit Glory, #2 Helene Charisma
RACE 6: #6 The Judge, #8 Har Har Heart, #2 Great Honour, #5 Multi Facets
RACE 7: #2 Super Turbo, #12 Gunnison, #4 Fortune Booth, #11 Moment Of Power
RACE 8: #6 Eighty Eighty, #1 Starlight, #3 Harrier Jet, #11 Nice Fandango
RACE 1: FRANCE GALOP OWNERS DEPARTMENT HANDICAP
#1 Aeroluminance drops back into Class 5, a grade where he has a fairly good record. He looks well-placed in this position and is right in contention. #5 Penzance showed a hint of form last time out. He’s finally starting to find his feet and he should appreciate this trip. #10 Jolly Amber was no match for Gold Velvet last time out but still ran on well. He’ll be around the mark again. #4 Loaded is racing well and is one of many chances.
RACE 2: FRENCH RACING & BREEDING COMMITTEE HANDICAP
#1 Lamarosa drops down to Class 4 for the first time in his Hong Kong career. He has been a shadow of himself this season but he’s been showing more in recent starts and the return to Happy Valley, coupled with the booking of Zac Purton once more, suggests that he can be competitive down in this grade. #9 Master Viking ran a bold race last week after missing the start. If Karis Teetan can get him into a more forward position, he’s a strong hope. #2 Gallant Return still appears to be finding his feet but there is talent there. He can’t be dismissed. #5 Victory Power has performed well in two starts to date. He can run well again despite a wide draw.
RACE 3: DEAUVILLE AUGUST YEARLING SALES HANDICAP
#11 Nashashuk has drawn a good gate and should be able to perform well fresh. He’s a definite chance. #6 Thou Shall Sing has not raced since February but he showed talent in his two starts. The switch to Happy Valley should prove a good move and he can figure with pacifiers applied. #12 Raichu has been performing well down in grade and creates interest back in Class 4 with no weight on his back. #7 Dominator has trialled well and can run a race on debut.
RACE 4: EQUIDIA RACING CHANNEL HANDICAP
#8 Gold Velvet made a big statement at his first start for Tony Millard last time out, racing clear for a three and a half length win. He looks a horse who can measure up to Class 4 and he can perform again, even drawn in gate 11. #6 Jolly Gains has found form and a first Hong Kong win is near. #2 Gentry gets a significant jockey upgrade with Zac Purton taking over from Eddy Lai. He is racing into form and deserves consideration. #11 All You Know is showing signs of coming around now and he is a player.
RACE 5: LE FRENCH MAY TROPHY
#9 Winning Faith had won three from three over the Happy Valley 1650m before pulling up lame at his last start over that course and distance last time out. He steps up to 1800m for the first time now and, with no weight on his back, he looms as a major threat in this spot. #4 Litterateur shapes as a horse who should appreciate 1800m, although he failed at his one attempt at the trip. Still, he can’t be underestimated here. #8 Circuit Glory can improve back to Happy Valley and he’s a contender. His stablemate #2 Helene Charisma runs here instead of tackling Pakistan Star in the Champions & Chater Cup. He could improve out of sight.
RACE 6: PARISLONGCHAMP RACECOURSE HANDICAP
#6 The Judge finally broke through two starts back before performing well enough last time out. He only needs to hold that form to figure here. #8 Har Har Heart may once again find this a little sharp, even though he was a three-time course and distance winner earlier in the season. He is racing like 1800m is more suitable these days but he can still finish around the mark. #2 Great Honour is slowly finding his feet in Hong Kong. He can take another step forward in this spot. #5 Multi Facets ran well enough at his first start for Tony Cruz but proved his own worst enemy in the straight, hanging in significantly. Coming to Happy Valley may spark him to life, just as it did for stablemate Time Warp at a similar point in the season last term.
RACE 7: THE FRANCE GALOP CUP
#2 Super Turbo has had a restricted season due to injury. However, his course and distance record is stellar and he can only be expected to improve for his first-up last over the Sha Tin 1000m. He can surprise. #12 Gunnison ran fourth in that same Sha Tin straight contest. He might appreciate the cushion underfoot here at Happy Valley and it won’t take much for him to figure from a favourable gate. #4 Fortune Booth is racing well and should be somewhere around the mark. #11 Moment Of Power steps up into Class 2 for the first time, but he has been racing well and he’s a chance in here with no weight on his back.
RACE 8: ARC DE TRIOMPHE CHAMPIONS HANDICAP
#6 Eighty Eighty had been building up something of a reputation as an ungenuine horse when he won only one of his first four starts, despite going off at short odds each time. His latest start, another narrow win, was more impressive, however, as he fought on after copping some serious mid-race pressure. He’s drawn to take advantage. #1 Starlight ran on well enough last start and will be better suited from a better gate. He’s a chance. #3 Harrier Jet is sure to have plenty of admirers but he is hard to catch. He’s in the mix but he might be worth opposing if he is too short. #11 Nice Fandango steps up in grade. He can finish in the placings with a soft run on speed.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
The eight race broadcast commences at 9.15pm AEST, 7.15pm HKST, on Sky Racing1 and Thoroughbred Central.
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Racing at The Valley on Wednesday night, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club