Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, May 15, 2019)
Race 1: #5 Hong Kong Win, #6 Everbrave, #4 Hainan Star, #2 Super Lucky
Race 2: #6 This Is Class, #2 Oriental Elite, #1 Hero Time, #8 Mischievous Sundae
Race 3: #9 God Of Dragon, #1 Fearless Fire, #2 Let’s Take It Easy, #11 Lady First
Race 4: #10 Enjoy Life, #2 Happy Rocky, #6 Shamport, #8 Shining On
Race 5: #4 Magic Legend, #7 Frustrated, #12 Noble Delight, #8 Healthy Luck
Race 6: #4 True Grit, #6 Mr Darthvegar, #12 The Joy Of Giving, #5 My Family
Race 7: #1 Racing Fighter, #12 Split Of A Second, #6 E Master, #4 Harrier Jet
Race 8: #9 Ruletheroost, #2 Brave Legend, #10 Cinquante Cinq, #8 Vigor Fame
Race 1: Deauville August Yearling Sales Handicap
#5 Hong Kong Win turned his form around to finish second last start following a less than impressive debut performance. He’s open to further improvement and against this field he’s capable of breaking through. #6 Everbrave was slow out last start but once he found a spot on the speed, he managed to stick on gamely for fourth. He’s winless from 19 outings but he’s nearing a winning mark. #4 Hainan Star was trapped wide last start from the wide gate (11). Prior to his last start failure he was performing well, having placed in three from three and if he recaptures that form, he’s in with a chance. #2 Super Lucky is not without claims.
Race 2: French Racing & Breeding Committee Handicap
#6 This Is Class scored an excellent win two starts back, before finishing runner-up in his latest. He’s racing well and from the draw (5), should get every chance to score. #2 Oriental Elite struggled at the rear of the field last start. However, he was an excellent winner prior and although he has drawn wide, he should push forward to give himself every opportunity up on the speed. #1 Hero Time has improved returning to Class 4 racing. Strong push with Zac Purton booked to ride and if he can shoulder 133lb, he’ll be thereabouts. #8 Mischievous Sundae turned his form around last start. He’s capable of finishing inside the placings.
Race 3: Parislongchamp Racecourse Handicap
#9 God Of Dragon has been racing well of late. He was close to breaking through two starts back at Sha Tin, before finishing fifth in his latest at Happy Valley. He still has plenty of upside and although he is winless, he commands plenty of respect in an open race. #1 Fearless Fire has been consistent of late without winning. He’s ready for the step up to 1650m and his narrow placing earlier this season over 1650m commands respect. #2 Let’s Take It Easy is a three-time course and distance winner. He’s drawn awkwardly (12) but against this field he has claims. #11 Lady First should find himself in the right spot.
Race 4: Equidia Racing Channel Handicap
#10 Enjoy Life doesn’t win out of turn but he raced on the speed last start which saw him finish under a length off the winner. He’s drawn to capitalise again and it won’t take much for him to win again. #2 Happy Rocky is chasing his third consecutive win. He was a last-start Conghua winner over 2200m and although he returns to 1650m at the Valley, he’s capable of making it count. #6 Shamport has been nothing short of a disappointment since arriving in Hong Kong from Australia. However he isn’t without a chance from the rails draw under Karis Teetan. #8 Shining On was trapped far too back in the field last start with too much work to do. He can’t be discounted stepping up to 1650m.
Race 5: Le French May Trophy (Handicap)
#4 Magic Legend has the class edge on this field and his last-start runner-up effort indicated a sharp return to form. Zac Purton takes the reins which is a solid push and from the draw he should receive all the favours throughout. #11 Look eras comes into this having placed in his last four races, all over this course and distance except one. He’ll make his own luck in the lead and prove tough to reel in. #7 Frustrated is a two-time winner from five starts, all over 1000m at Happy Valley. He raced wide last start at his Class 3 debut and from there, struggled. He’s drawn (2) favourably this time in and he’s capable of getting a soft run in transit under Victor Wong, who takes a handy 5lb off his back. #12 Noble Delight gets in with just 114lb on his back. He hasn’t won since the tail-end of last season but he rarely produces a poor effort and he should be given consideration, #8 Healthy Luck has placed in his last two. He’ll be thereabouts with the right run.
Race 6: France Galop Members’ Department Handicap
#4 True Grit knuckled down nicely to win following a six month hiatus at Conghua. He’ll have taken plenty of residual fitness from his first up run and he’s capable of winning his way into Class 3. #6 Mr Darthvegar was narrowly beaten last start by The Full Bloom who paid 166-1. He gets the services of Zac Purton on for this and if he finds his best, he can’t be dismissed. #12 The Joy Of Giving has been in career-best form this season (11: 2-5-2). He gets in light with just 114lb on his back and the Michael Chang yard is starting to fire at the minute. #5 My Family got off the mark at his most recent. This is a much tougher assignment but another win wouldn’t surprise.
Race 7: The France Galop (Handicap)
#1 Racing Fighter got off the mark five starts ago and since then has placed in all four of his runs. He doesn’t meet an overly strong Class 3 and he could take honours with the right run. #12 Split Of A Second is a two-time winner already this season. He’s been consistent since stepping up to Class 3 and he deserves another win this term. #6 E Master settled far too back in the field last start and left himself with far too much work to do. He’ll be in the finish if he can settle in a forward position. #4 Harrier Jet is racing well and shouldn’t be discounted.
Race 8: Arc De Triomphe Champions Handicap
#9 Ruletheroost steps up to Class 3 for the first time following two wins in Class 4. He’s been impressive across his short career and from the inside draw (1) he’s more than capable of notching up another win. #2 Brave Legend was and impressive winner recently before being withdrawn from his latest due to lameness. He’s since trialled fairly and if he returns to his best, he’s in with a chance. #10 Cinquante Cinq finished a narrow second to Rickfield last start at his Class 3 debut. He has plenty of upside and if he’s held his form from that run, he’s an excellent chance of scoring again. #8 Vigor Fame is winless in Hong Kong. He produced an improved effort to finish second last start and off that, he’s a place chance.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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Racing at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club