Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster:
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, June 09, 2021)
Race 1: #11 Fortune Patrol, #2 Cheerful Star, #1 Hay Run, #4 President Star
Race 2: #5 Packing Victory, #6 Winning Delago, #2 Universal Go Go, #8 Sight Hero
Race 3: #11 King’s Trooper, #1 Telecom Smart, #6 Ultimate Focus, #5 Ice Legend
Race 4: #7 Win Win Star, #8 A Smile Like Yours, #10 Coolceleb, #2 Summit Cheers
Race 5: #6 Heart Conquered, #4 Larson, #11 Trader, #10 Cantstopthefeeling
Race 6: #2 More Than Enough, #1 Jolly Honour, #7 Good Buddy, #11 All Joyful
Race 7: #8 Noble Steed, #2 Gift Of Lifeline, #9 Smoothies, #3 Tashidelek
Race 8: #6 Shining Gem, #9 Harmony And Rich, #7 Lucky More, #1 Grateful Heart
Race 9: #3 Loving A Boom, #2 The Crown, #8 Transcendent, #7 Sight Success
Race 1: Yan Chau Tong Handicap
Competitive Class 5 staying event to kick off proceedings. Suspect #11 Fortune Patrol is ready to run a big race over this trip with no weight on his back. Strong booking of the in-form Matthew Poon is a big positive. #2 Cheerful Star is racing well without winning. Joao Moreira retains the ride and he’s a threat as he steps up in trip. #1 Hay Run has bounced into form in the bottom grade. He’ll get the right run from gate three. #4 President Star is next best as a two-time winner already this campaign, albeit over shorter.
Race 2: Port Shelter Handicap (3rd Section)
#5 Packing Victory has trialled well in the lead-up to his debut. He gets gate one here which suits and the booking of Zac Purton commands respect. He’ll roll forward give them something to run down. #6 Winning Delago has race experience on his side having finished a solid second on debut last month. He can take another step forward here. #2 Universal Go Go is competitive in his spot. #8 Sight Hero is racing well without winning. He’s aided by the good gate and services of championship leading jockey Joao Moreira.
Race 3: Port Shelter Handicap (2nd Section)
#11 King’s Trooper was awfully unlucky last time out. Suspect he can bounce back with a clean run and even luck here. #1 Telecom Smart is racing well but is struggling to get his nose in front when it counts having notched three consecutive runner-up efforts. Still, he’s in the right grade and is a threat once again. #6 Ultimate Focus steps out on debut with champion jockey Zac Purton engaged. He commands respect off the back of a number of solid trial performances. #5 Ice Legend turned his form around to finish a close-up second last time out. He can continue to progress here, especially from the good gate under Blake Shinn.
Race 4: Port Shelter Handicap (1st Section)
#7 Win Win Star can snap a lengthy run of outs for Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia. He needs to offset the tricky gate, but his gritty fifth last time out commands respect, especially stepping out to 1200m which he could well prefer. #8 A Smile Like Yours clocked a career-best run on debut but since then has appeared to struggle at times. Still, Joao Moreira hops up and with the right run he’s a leading player. #10 Coolceleb mixes his form but on his day is more than capable. He draws well and could be value at big odds here. #2 Summit Cheers scored nicely on debut before finishing fifth at his latest outing. Don’t discount.
Race 5: Deep Bay Handicap
#6 Heart Conquered is racing well without winning this term. He’s on the steady improve and with the right run he is more than capable of finishing over the top of this bunch. His time is nearing. #4 Larson rarely runs a bad race. He draws well and gets the services of Zac Purton off a favourable mark in this grade. #11 Trader has disappointed twice since his blistering debut victory. Still, down in the weights with Joao Moreira engaged suggests that he’s holding his condition nicely. He bears close watching. #10 Cantstopthefeeling won two starts ago. He’s in-form and warrants respect.
Race 6: Silver Mine Bay Handicap
#2 More Than Enough soared into second last time out. He loves the course and distance and from the good gate maps to get the run of the race under Neil Callan. #1 Jolly Honour is competitive in his spot. He draws well and is racing in sublime form now back in Class 4. #7 Good Buddy is lightly raced but is showing considerable ability. He gets the right run with Zac Purton engaged once again. #11 All Joyful slots in light and warrants respect. He’s capable of bouncing out of the ground at any time as he shown glimpses of considerable ability.
Race 7: Mirs Bay Handicap
#8 Noble Steed does his best racing over this course and distance. He might be the forgotten horses in this field and from the good gate with a smooth run in transit, he could take a bit of catching. #2 Gift Of Lifeline is looking for back-to-back wins. He won well last start and is capable of going on with it again from gate one. #9 Smoothies is racing well but is struggling to get his nose in front when it counts. However, Zac Purton retains the ride and he shouldn't be too far away. #3 Tashidelek is capable over this course and distance. He’s the value runner from gate five with apprentice Jerry Chau engaged.
Race 8: Castle Peak Bay Handicap
#6 Shining Gem mixes his form but on his day he is more than capable in this grade. He proved that with a narrow short-head defeat over the course and distance first-up this campaign - he’s worth taking a chance on here, albeit from the sticky draw. #9 Harmony And Rich won with plenty in hand last start. He’s a two-time winner from his most recent three starts and he only needs to handle the class rise to be competitive once again. #7 Lucky More is an impressive lightly raced talent. He draws well and gets his chance to go one better under Zac Purton. #1 Grateful Heart has probably found his mark but does get a few favours here from gate one. Keep safe, especially with Alexis Badel getting the leg-up.
Race 9: Kat O Hoi Handicap
#3 Loving A Boom has a powerful finish when required and he should be able to capitalise on it here if gets a fast-run-race. He gets a favourable draw which should see him expend next to no energy in the run, permitting a strong finish under Frenchman Alexis Badel. #2 The Crown is lightly raced and on the up. He commands respect with Joao Moreira hopping up and he’s another who will appreciate a strong tempo. #8 Transcendent is looking for back-to-back wins. This is a tough contest but the booking of Zac Purton suggests he is still in tip-top condition. #7 Sight Success won three on the bounce before finishing seventh and sixth, respectively, at his most recent two starts. His best is up to this level of racing and he’s worth considering here. Keep safe.
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