Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Andrew Hawkins.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday May 16, 2018)
RACE 1: #1 I'm A Witness, #3 Wonderful Tiger, #10 Gold Talent, #7 Rugby Diamond
RACE 2: #9 Master Viking, #5 Split Of A Second, #1 Call Me Awesome, #8 Love Chunghwa
RACE 3: #1 Country Melody, #8 Smart Declaration, #2 Money Boy, #9 Dragon Pioneer
RACE 4: #10 Sparkling Sword, #12 Victory Follow Me, #1 Super Lucky, #5 Enormous Honour
RACE 5: #8 Honest Horse, #10 People's Champion, #11 Adonis, #1 Super Eighteen
RACE 6: #5 Fantastic Feeling, #11 Super Leader, #6 Super Hoppy, #7 Master Albert
RACE 7: #1 Victory Boys, #4 Willie Way, #2 Super Chic, #6 McQueen
RACE 8: #11 Silverfield, #10 Outlawed, #5 Unicron Jewellery, #1 Lucky Girl
RACE 1: CORNWALL HANDICAP
#1 I'm A Witness started this season in Class 3, but he has spent the majority of the term dropping through the grades. He hasn’t been terrible – he’s only been beaten more than four lengths three times from 14 runs – but he’s now got his rating down to Class 5 territory. Joao Moreira jumps aboard from a good draw and he looks a likely winner quickly against this company. #3 Wonderful Tiger also gets the drop in grade for the first time. He’s improved of late since a February stable shift and, with Chad Schofield aboard from barrier four, he should get his chance. #10 Gold Talent has been running well recently, bar a dirt failure in March, and he might have one more win left in him. #7 Rugby Diamond has given no impression that he will see out a strong mile, but if he can get an uncontested lead, he could stick on for some minor money at a big price.
RACE 2: DORSET HANDICAP
#9 Master Viking is a six-time course and distance winner. He’s been out of form for much of the season, but he’s started to come right again in recent starts. He’s a fairly uncomplicated horse and, if Victor Wong can get him into a good spot, the apprentice’s 10-pound claim may make all the difference. #5 Split Of A Second has run well at the course and distance at his last two starts. He looms as a chance yet again. #1 Call Me Awesome appears to have a win in him soon and, with Zac Purton taking the mount for the first time from the inside gate, he’s right in contention. #8 Love Chunghwa can be around the mark with even luck.
RACE 3: THE ST GEORGE'S CHALLENGE CUP
#1 Country Melody is not the same horse he once was, but given that he peaked at a rating of 97, he deserves consideration off a mark of 78 – particularly with Victor Wong’s 10-pound claim taking his weight down to 122 pounds. He should enjoy every chance in the run from gate one and it won’t take much for him to figure. #8 Smart Declaration looms as the main danger. The horse has been good in three course and distance runs since joining Fownes, including a win in February, and a better gate can make all the difference. #2 Money Boy is still not the easiest to catch but, if he can get a nice trail into the race, he’s not without a hope. #9 Dragon Pioneer is improving all the time and deserves respect.
RACE 4: LANCASHIRE HANDICAP
#10 Sparkling Sword has come to life in his last two course and distance runs, even though he wasn’t able to lead as he has characteristically done in the past. Joao Moreira jumps aboard now, with the Brazilian having been in the saddle for all four of the galloper’s victories in the past, and now looks the time for him to score. #12 Victory Follow Me returns to Class 4 after performing strongly at the top of Class 5. He hasn’t raced since bleeding in February but he can run well fresh. #1 Super Lucky makes his Class 4 debut. He showed enough at times up in grade to suggest that he’s some hope with a quiet ride. #5 Enormous Honour ran on well enough for fourth last time out, despite jockey Alberto Sanna dislocating his shoulder aboard the galloper at the 100 metres. The blinkers go on again and he can get into the placings.
RACE 5: DORSET HANDICAP
#8 Honest Horse has been tried out in trip at his last two starts but it is an experiment that has failed. He was good first-up this term off an 11-month break and back to the 1200m, he’s a chance in this spot. #10 People's Champion has performed well in two of his three starts. He gets a better draw here and with the right run he’s right in the mix. #11 Adonis has started to put it together in recent starts. He deserves consideration. #1 Super Eighteen is one of a number of last-start winners in this race. Victor Wong’s 10-pound claim sees him get in well again and the Casamento four-year-old creates interest at his Happy Valley debut.
RACE 6: NORFOLK HANDICAP
#5 Fantastic Feeling generally performs well over this course and distance, although he didn’t produce last time out. Still, with another nice draw, there’s no reason he can’t find the winners’ circle now. #11 Super Leader has been running fairly in recent starts. He’s now at a mark below his winning rating in September and, with a hint of luck, he can get into the finish. #6 Super Hoppy promised a lot early with two good runs over the Sha Tin 1200m late last year, but three runs since have been poor. He returns to the races for the first time since changing stables in February and he also makes his Happy Valley debut with Zac Purton jumping aboard. He’s worth watching. #7 Master Albert is another who hasn’t lived up to his promise but he’s a must-include in all exotics.
RACE 7: SUFFOLK HANDICAP
#1 Victory Boys just seemed to find his limit in Class 2 but he wasn’t disgraced up in grade, placing once from three attempts. He’s more at home in Class 3 and his last two runs since returning to the grade have been very good. He’s got a solid record at the course and distance and it won’t take much for him to be in the finish here. #4 Willie Way has found his niche on the Sha Tin dirt, particularly over this distance, but he’s not hopeless at Happy Valley and he is racing well. It wouldn’t surprise to see him in the finish. #2 Super Chic came with a big run to score last time out over 2200m. He may find this a bit sharp but if he receives a similar ride from Zac Purton from the inside gate, he could dash home well again. #6 McQueen has been finding form in recent starts and is not without a hope.
RACE 8: WARWICK HANDICAP
#11 Silverfield has been very consistent this season and has performed well at two Happy Valley efforts at his last two starts. He appears near another win and the eight-year-old can add another victory to his record. #10 Outlawed has dropped below a winning mark from September. He will likely press forward and he should be somewhere in the mix at the finish. #5 Unicron Jewellery has hit a wall after winning two races well in January. However, he’s still racing well and perhaps the trip across town can spark him to life again. #1 Lucky Girl is always a chance in this grade.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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Racing at The Valley on Wednesday night, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club