Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster.
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, October 13, 2021)
Race 1: #10 Oriental Amigo, #2 Free Foal, #4 Ming Warrior, #5 Daily Beauty
Race 2: #8 Travel Glory, #5 Sun Of Makfi, #6 Zhan Jiang Rocks, #3 Cheerful Leader
Race 3: #1 Ares, #6 Whiskey Neat, #8 Happily Friends, #7 Honest Way
Race 4: #11 Super Kin, #4 Ka Fortune, #3 Super Hong Kong, #7 Go Ballistic
Race 5: #6 Inno Legend, #8 Peak To Peak, #9 Lucky Maryknoll, #5 Baltic Whisper
Race 6: #4 Diamond Brilliant, #10 All Beauty, #12 Wild West Wing, #3 Family Folks
Race 7: #6 Sunshine Supreme, #5 Excellent Chariot, #2 Decisive Twelve, #3 Simply Fluke
Race 8: #5 Harmony Spirit, #2 Everyone’s Delight, #1 Sunny Star, 6 Incanto Prepared
Race 1: Quarry Bay Handicap (2nd Section)
#10 Oriental Amigo draws well and it wouldn’t surprise to see him use the gate and lead. He’s gone winless across three seasons but the booking of Joao Moreira signals intent and this contest isn’t overly strong. #2 Free Foal has a bit of class. He’s a winner at Sha Tin who is capable of bouncing back from last-start’s struggles. #4 Ming Warrior mixes his form but is closing in on a first win. He’s next best. #5 Daily Beauty is competitive in his spot and deserves respect. He can bounce back too at this track.
Race 2: Quarry Bay Handicap (1st Section)
#8 Travel Glory closed well first-up and with improvement he appears well placed to figure prominently here. He tuned-up with a trial recently and the inside gate should afford him every opportunity here. #5 Sun Of Makfi is another who closed well upon resumption. He was a winner three starts ago who remains in solid form. #6 Zhan Jiang Rocks narrowly missed third-up last campaign. Suspect he’s set to peak here with Joao Moreira engaged. #3 Cheerful Leader gets a chance.
Race 3: North Point Handicap (2nd Section)
#1 Ares can roll to the front here and make his own luck. He won first-up last prep and he appears forward enough to push for the same again. #6 Whiskey Neat rarely runs a bad race. He’s consistent and if the cards fall his way he just might be the one to pick them up. #8 Happily Friends is a solid performer over this course and distance. The inside gate suits him. #7 Honest Way is aligned with Joao Moreira for the first time. Suspect he’s been primed for this, especially as a winner in the grade above.
Race 4: Wan Chai Handicap
#11 Super Kin was run off the track last start while appearing to close off nicely around the field. Suspect he can atone for that luckless effort here. #4 Ka Fortune did well first-up and he’ll have taken plenty of benefit from that run. He gets his chance under Alexis Badel. #3 Super Hong Kong rattled into third last-start from well back in the field. He can’t give away a head-start like that if he wants to win but the manner in which he finished off the race deserves plenty of respect. #7 Go Ballistic has claims.
Race 5: North Point Handicap (1st Section)
#6 Inno Legend tries hard and is nearing a first win. Suspect Joao Moreira will use gate four to his advantage here in an attempt to run his rivals into the ground. #8 Peak To Peak is better than his record suggests. He trialled well at Conghua and looks a threat in this contest off that effort. #9 Lucky Maryknoll won well two starts ago. She draws well and should get her chance close to the speed under familiar ally Ruan Maia. #5 Baltic Whisper is looking for back-to-back wins. He’s a threat.
Race 6: Causeway Bay Handicap (1st Section)
#4 Diamond Brilliant didn’t have the smoothest of runs first-up. He can atone for that here after travelling wide last time out. #10 All Beauty scored a commanding win last time out. He faces a step-up in grade here but the manner of his win can’t be ignored. #12 Wild West Wing slots in light and gets his chance. Joao Moreira hops up from gate three. #3 Family Folks is a three-time winner from 10 starts. He just needs to offset the wide draw.
Race 7: Causeway Bay Handicap (2nd Section)
#6 Sunshine Supreme has been trialling well and he appears worth taking a chance on here at a price. Suspect he’s forward enough to fire first-up, especially off the back of two eye-catching trials, one at the Valley and one behind Courier Wonder. #5 Excellent Chariot is looking for back-to-back wins. He’s a classy type who can fire first-up. #2 Decisive Twelve can bounce back. He draws well. #3 Simply Fluke is next best. The draw suits him and he’s fit.
Race 8: Fortress Hill Handicap
#5 Harmony Spirit closed well first-up for fourth, especially as running room got tight for him in the straight. He gets an excellent chance to go on with it here over a suitable trip. #2 Everyone’s Delight is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He races well fresh and does appear to have held his condition between seasons. #1 Sunny Star won second-up last term. He returned in excellent order first-up and should have taken plenty of improvement out of that run. #6 Incanto Prepared should be thereabouts.
Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
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Winning treble for Matthew Chadwick at Sha Tin on Sunday, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club