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Preview and form for Happy Valley

Preview and form for the meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Selections by Declan Shuster.

(Wednesday, January 19, 2022) 

Race 1: #7 Lucky Missile, #8 Success Allstars, #3 Wonder Win, #1 Dionysus Collin
Race 2:
#12 Passing Fashion, #5 Charizard, #10 Viva Popcorn, #1 Seaweed Fortune
Race 3:
#5 Telecom Rocket, #10 Ice Legend, #6 Great Harvest, #4 Charming Steed
Race 4:
#3 Mission Bravo, #2 Total Power, #1 Loyal Baby, #4 Amazing News
Race 5:
#7 Ahead A Head, #6 Thunderstrike, #1 Vamos, #10 Loriz
Race 6:
#2 Sunny Star, #6 Beauty Joy, #5 Solar Wai Wai, #8 Sunshine Warrior
Race 7:
#4 Excellent Chariot, #7 Equilibrium Turbo, #11 Seizing The Moment, #9 Mercurial
Race 8:
#3 Everyone’s Delight, #1 Amazing One Plus, #6 Gorytus, #9 Ready Player One
Race 9:
#10 Let’s Do It, #7 Majestic Star, #9 Toronado Phantom, #2 Loving A Boom 

Race 1: Po Toi Handicap 

#7 Lucky Missile has returned to form. He was unlucky two starts ago and his latest effort showed that he is back on track and ready to peak. This contest appears suitable. #8 Success Allstars has claims. He draws well and should get the run of the race. #3 Wonder Win has returned this season in good order. The step up in trip looks a plus here. #1 Dionysus Collin should arguably be more than just a two-time winner. He can bounce to his best in Class 5. Strong booking of Vincent Ho warrants respect.  

Race 2: Peng Chau Handicap (2nd Section) 

#12 Passing Fashion reeled off some sharp closing sectionals last time out. He looks like he’s taken a bit of time to come to hand but now, he does appear ready to win. Alexis Badel hops up at the right time. #5 Charizard is racing well. He’s favoured from gate three after a ground-covering effort last start. #10 Viva Popcorn pairs favourably with Joao Moreira who collected a four-timer last Sunday. #1 Seaweed Fortune won well two starts ago. The inside gate favours him – as does remaining in Class 4.  

Race 3: Green Island Handicap (1st Section) 

#5 Telecom Rocket pairs favourably with Vincent Ho. He should get a charmed run from gate one and with even luck his ability and race-experience can see him over the line. #10 Ice Legend has more ability than his lightly raced record lets on. He’s a strong win and place chance here with no weight on his back. Back accordingly. #6 Great Harvest is coming to hand again. He loves the city circuit and Joao Moreira’s services command respect. #4 Charming Steed is coming to hand. Must include.  

Race 4: Peng Chau Handicap (1st Section) 

#3 Mission Bravo might be worth taking a chance on here. He showed prowess in Australia over this trip and stepping down to Class 4 looks a positive. The inside gate should ensure him every opportunity. #2 Total Power does his best racing in this grade. He can atone for a luckless run last time out. #1 Loyal Baby rarely runs a bad race. He’s knocking on the door and another bold run is expected. #4 Amazing News is coming to hand. He’s on the constant improve for the in-form Caspar Fownes.   

Race 5: Green Island Handicap (2nd Section) 

#7 Ahead A Head has a stack of potential. He did well first-up before being entitled to fade out after an awkward run throughout. He can bounce back here. #6 Thunderstrike has shown ability on not just the dirt but turf also. He’s in solid form and the booking Joao Moreira warrants respect. #1 Vamos has potential. Expect a better run second-up after he pulled his head throughout last start. The wide gate the concern. #10 Loriz is next best with the light weight.  

Race 6: Lantau Island Handicap 

#2 Sunny Star is nothing short of consistent. He’s been giving them an almighty head start of late but with a clean run late he can steamroll this lot. Expect a big run – once more. #6 Beauty Joy should roll forward. He can control the pace and make this race his own. Still, concerns are there if he is pestered up front. #5 Solar Wai Wai is one of those who should sit close in the run. He’s a course and distance specialist who steps out off a suitable rating. #8 Sunshine Warrior can finish off. Don’t discount.  

Race 7: Cheung Chau Handicap (2nd Section) 

#4 Excellent Chariot is closing in on an overdue win. He’s racing well and he rattled home impressively last time out. Expect yet another fast-finishing effort. #7 Equilibrium Turbo put in an eye-catching effort last start to finish sixth. He can do better here with slight improvement. Strong booking with Alexis Badel remaining aboard. #11 Seizing The Moment gets his chance with no weight assigned. He’s a lightly raced talent who is on the improve. #9 Mercurial should find the front from the inside draw. He’ll look the winner at some stage. 

Race 8: Lamma Island Handicap 

#3 Everyone’s Delight pairs favourably with familiar ally Alexis Badel here. He has more ability than his last two runs indicate, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce back to form here. #1 Amazing One Plus has a stack of class. He narrowly missed last start and is still after an overdue first win Hong Kong. #6 Gorytus is racing well. He closed off nicely last start. Don’t discount. #9 Ready Player One is next best. He looks better than his record suggests. Has claims.  

Race 9: Cheung Chau Handicap (1st Section) 

#10 Let’s Do It is progressing nicely towards a first Hong Kong win. He has a powerful finish on his day and two starts ago he reeled off an impressive closing time. He should be good value. #7 Majestic Star has plenty of ability. He can take another step forward following an impressive seasonal return last start. #9 Toronado Phantom is chasing back-to-back wins. The form is around him and he gets his chance once more. #2 Loving A Boom rarely runs a bad race. His consistency holds him in good stead. Class 3 suits.

Form for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's meeting at Happy Valley on Wednesday.

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En Pointe and Joao Moreira winning at Sha Tin on Sunday, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club