Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, 11 December, 2019)
Race 1: #1 Excel Delight, #4 La Bomba, #9 Exponents, #12 Whistle Up
Race 2: #1 Loriz, #6 Iron Boy, #9 Nice Fandango, #11 Fortune Patrol
Race 3: #3 Eight Trigrams, #7 The One, #1 Navas, #4 Here Comes Ted
Race 4: #11 Cheerful Star, #3 Magnetism, #2 Perfect To Play, #1 Heavenly Thought
Race 5: #2 Confucius Day, #3 Hero Time, #8 Dr Respect, #10 After Me
Race 6: #1 Perfect Glory, #2 Racing Luck, #6 Surrealism, #12 Fresh Power
Race 7: #2 Sonic Fighter, #4 City Legend, #10 Speedy Wally, #12 Everyone’s Elite
Race 8: #10 Utopia Life, #7 Harmony And Rich, #4 Special Stars, #11 Winning Method
Race 9: #3 Le Terroir, #10 Starlight, #1 Cue The Music, #5 Shining Ace
Race 1: Frigatebird Handicap
#1 Excel Delight turned his form around to grab second last start. He can progress further with that run under his belt for the in-form Joao Moreira. #4 La Bomba has placed in his last two outings. He has the wide gate to contend with but he’s racing well and remains a big chance. #9 Exponents gets Zac Purton. He’s seasoned and he’s done it before, so another win would not surprise. #12 Whistle Up is down in the ratings. He’s next best.
Race 2: Albatross Handicap
#1 Loriz caught the eye last start. He can repeat here with the right run for Vincent Ho. #6 Iron Boy gets the services of Joao Moreira. He hasn’t won for two seasons but his consistency warrants respect. #9 Nice Fandango should find the front. He can run them along from the good gate for Jack Wong. #11 Fortune Patrol makes his debut for Tony Millard. He’s appeared sound in his trials and a bold run first-up wouldn’t shock.
Race 3: The Hong Kong Golf Club Centenary Cup (Handicap)
#3 Eight Trigrams is looking to snap a run of two placings. He’s racing in excellent form and the inside gate should afford him every opportunity. #7 The One has taken his time to acclimatise. His last-start third caught the eye and he might be ready to finally go on with it. #1 Navas gets the services of Zac Purton, who was the last jockey to win on him. He can win his way back into Class 3. #4 Here Comes Ted is next best.
Race 4: Mesia Handicap
#11 Cheerful Star’s racing pattern has been costly but if he can use the gate to settle closer in the run here, he might be ready to finally deliver. #3 Magnetism mixes his form but with the right run here, he can figure for Karis Teetan. #2 Perfect To Play raced competitively over 2200m last start. He’ll relish the step back in distance. #1 Heavenly Thought improved dropping down to Class 4 last start. He’ll be thereabouts.
Race 5: The Swedish Cup (Handicap)
#2 Confucius Day has the wide gate to contend with but his latest effort reads well for this. Strong booking of Zac Purton signals intent. #3 Hero Time has returned in excellent order this season. He struggled at the tail of the field but with a positive ride here, he can figure. #8 Dr Respect has shown he has the talent. He has the good gate and Joao Moreira on his side here. #10 After Me got off the mark two starts ago for the in-form Ricky Yiu.
Race 6: Nightjar Handicap
#1 Perfect Glory turned his form around last start stepping back to Class 3, where he is a two-time winner. This is well within his reach. #2 Racing Luck has the wide gate to contend with but he can figure racing over his favourite course and distance. #6 Surrealism hasn’t been too far away of late. This isn’t overly strong and the good draw will afford him every opportunity. #12 Fresh Power can back his last win up with another bold race here. Although, the step up to Class 3 doesn't make things easy.
Race 7: Robin Handicap
#2 Sonic Fighter returned a competitive fifth first-up last start. He was fancied as a 3.9 chance which commands respect and improvement can be expected with that run under his belt. #4 City Legend is consistent. He has the wide gate to contend with but he’s in-form and with the right run he can figure. #10 Speedy Wally deserves respect with Zac Purton taking over. #12 Everyone’s Elite is next best.
Race 8: Sand Martin Handicap
#10 Utopia Life is unlucky not to have broken through for his first Hong Kong win yet. Expect Silvestre de Sousa to roll forward aboard him and with even luck, take running down. #7 Harmony And Rich commands respect on debut with Zac Purton taking the reins. His Australian form pre-import caught the eye as have his Hong Kong trials. #4 Special Stars was excellent when winning last start. He can figure again and in his favour is the inside draw. #11 Winning Method is next best.
Race 9: Sea Eagle Handicap
#2 Le Terroir is racing in very good form having won four of his last five starts. If he can cross and find the front with ease, he’s going to take a power of beating. #10 Starlight grabbed a competitive third last start. He’s had five starts this season and with that fitness under his belt, he might be ready to go on with it. #1 Cue The Music is a South African G3 winner pre-import. He’s shown plenty of promise and with Zac Purton aboard now, he’s going to be in the finish. #5 Shining Ace shared the spoils with Aurora Pegasus last start. He has claims.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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Karis Teetan at Happy Valley, picture Hing Kong Jockey Club