Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, January 26, 2022)
Race 1: #2 Special M, #3 Stoltz, #7 Like That, #1 Namjong Sings
Race 2: #9 Gorgeous Inheritor, #3 Daily Beauty, #1 All You Know, #6 Happy Jai Jai
Race 3: #6 Sunny And Gold, #5 Oriental Amigo, #2 Mission Smart, #12 Raging Blaze
Race 4: #10 Mister Arm, #9 Chater Pins, #4 V Chevaliers, #6 Courageous Knight
Race 5: #7 Bulletproof, #2 Dr Winning, #6 Toycoon, #3 More Than Enough
Race 6: #11 Mega Bonus, #3 Wind Speeder, #2 Triple Triple, #8 Regency Star
Race 7: #10 Star Of Wuyi, #3 Forte, #8 Pretty Queen Prawn, #4 Scotch Tycoon
Race 8: #10 Oscar Glory, #4 Invincible Missile, #11 Sky Forever, #1 Maldives
Race 9: #12 H Z Tourbillion, #1 Astrologer, #2 Decisive Twelve, #5 A Smile Like Yours
Race 1: Babington Handicap
#2 Special M is chasing back-to-back wins. He’s hit his straps nicely and his rise looks far from over. Race experience and winning form can carry him a long way here. #3 Stoltz has done little wrong. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton and is coming to hand in Hong Kong very, very quickly. #7 Like That slots in light. He draws favourably and on his day he has a sharp turn of foot. #1 Namjong Sings has claims. He’ll be finishing fast from the rear of the field.
Race 2: Pok Fu Lam Handicap
#9 Gorgeous Inheritor closed rapidly first-up this campaign to grab fourth. He has his fair share of talent and he looks ready to win now. #3 Daily Beauty is competitive in his spot. He’s down to a winnable mark now; the question is the wide gate – which makes things difficult here. #1 All You Know is also stepping away off a suitable rating. #6 Happy Jai Jai is chasing back-to-back wins. Joao Moreira sticks aboard and gate two gives him his chance once more.
Race 3: Po Shan Handicap
#6 Sunny And Gold is unlucky not to already be a winner. He’s gone close a number of times and with even luck from gate two he shapes as the one to beat. #5 Oriental Amigo slots into a similar category. Strong booking of Vincent Ho here commands respect. #2 Mission Smart has shown flashes of ability at times. He’s got his fair share of ability but race-fitness might be against him first-up. #12 Raging Blaze should get a nice run from the middle draw. Don’t discount.
Race 4: Lyttelton Handicap (2nd Section)
#10 Mister Arm is a winner in the grade below. Still, he did well last start in this grade and it wouldn’t surprise to see him put his best foot forward here. Expect he gets every opportunity close to the speed under Vagner Borges. #9 Chater Pins will give them a head start. He’s racing well and a first win looks close. #4 V Chevaliers loves the course and distance. He’s a threat off this figure. #6 Courageous Knight is coming to hand. Gate two gives him his chance in a tough contest.
Race 5: Lyttelton Handicap (1st Section)
#7 Bulletproof narrowly missed last time out. Zac Purton hops up and once again he gets his chance. He’s the in-form horse of the field. #2 Dr Winning has come to hand of late. He’s a winner already in this grade and he pairs favourably with Joao Moreira. #6 Toycoon is still without a win. Don’t discount as his turf form – albeit not equal to his dirt form – is still good. It wouldn’t surprise to see #3 More Than Enough reverse his form. This course and distance is suitable.
Race 6: Kotewall Handicap
#11 Mega Bonus is racing well. He got off the mark well two starts ago and if he can offset the tricky gate he remains the one to beat. He just needs a clean run close to the speed. #3 Wind Speeder is coming to hand. He did well in a muddled race last start. Expect further improvement here. #2 Triple Triple is capable here. He gets his chance and does appear fit enough. #8 Regency Star draws favourably. He’s a threat from gate two with Alexis Badel engaged.
Race 7: Hatton Handicap
#10 Star Of Wuyi rattled home last time out but was slightly unlucky in the finish. He’s on an upward trajectory and with a clean run he can finish over them. The light weight is ideal. #3 Forte can improve again with one run under his belt. Strong booking of Zac Purton warrants respect. #8 Pretty Queen Prawn is coming to hand. Gate six and the engagement of Jerry Chau has him commanding some respect. #4 Scotch Tycoon roared home for an almighty win at 27/1 last start. He’ll contest again.
Race 8: Conduit Handicap
#10 Oscar Glory was narrowly touched off in a tight finish last start behind Navas Two. This is the right form – especially with that horse winning again. He’s the one to beat. #4 Invincible Missile is after back-to-back wins. He’s holding his condition. #11 Sky Forever chased hard for a close-up second last time out. He’s improving each with each run. #1 Maldives draws favourably. Gate one is ideal for Zac Purton to get the best out of him.
Race 9: Breezy Handicap
#12 H Z Tourbillon trialled very well. He showed ability early on and he should be favoured by a hot tempo here. He looks wound up to perform first-up with the light weight. #1 Astrologer is already a two-time winner from four starts. He has the talent but does have to contend with a hefty impost. #2 Decisive Twelve is better than his record lets on. Expect him to be in the thick of things here. #5 A Smile Like Yours is next best. He should get the right run from gate five.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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