Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: February 01, 10:32 PM

February 03 2021

5:32 PM

Race 1: #7 Happy Time, #12 Mission Smart, #8 Happy Profit, #1 Cheerful Leader

Race 2: #8 Top Military, #2 Classic Posh, #1 Bright Kid, #12 Fortune Hero

Race 3: #6 Bullish Glory, #7 Exaltation, #2 Dynamic Eagle, #3 Crown Avenue

Race 4: #5 Fortune Carrier, #1 Telecom Puma, #9 Universal Go Go, #12 Supreme Plus

Race 5: #10 Thunder Stomp, #8 King Dragon, #4 Maldives, #2 Brave King

Race 6: #3 Shining Ace, #5 Grateful Heart, #7 Multimillion, #1 Explosive Witness

Race 7: #7 Incanto Prepared, #4 Gift Of Lifeline, #2 Kyrus Unicorn, #10 Xiang Bai Qi

Race 8: #1 Inner Flame, #10 Harrier Jet, #8 Aurora Pegasus, #4 Alcari

Race 9: #3 Igniting, #1 Scores Of Fun, #6 Capital Star, #5 Happy Alumni  



Race 1: Shek Kip Mei Handicap (2nd Section) 

#7 Happy Time can find the front and play catch me if you can in the opener. He made all gamely last start and while overrun, he did manage to keep on strongly for second. He could prove difficult to run down. #12 Mission Smart returns first-up. He displayed plenty of ability last season and he did catch the eye in a recent trial on the dirt. #8 Happy Profit steps out for the in-form Danny Shum team. Zac Purton takes the reins and he bears close watching. #1 Cheerful Leader makes the class drop. He’s capable on his day.  

Race 2: Shek Kip Mei Handicap (1st Section) 

#8 Top Military is hard to catch but in this grade he is more than capable. He deserves forgiveness after copping interference last time out. He’s since trialled well and could be worth taking a chance on. #2 Classic Posh is doing everything right this term. Zac Purton takes over from the good draw and he bears close watching. #1 Bright Kid makes the class drop. His last run in Class 4 returned a win. #12 Fortune Hero is next best with no weight on his back.    

Race 3: Tai Wo Ping Handicap 

#6 Bullish Glory doesn’t win out of turn but he has returned to a competitive mark. Strong booking of Vincent Ho commands respect. #7 Exaltation is looking to snap two consecutive runner-up efforts. He draws well and gets his chance for Joao Moreira. #2 Dynamic Eagle steps out for the in-form Danny Shum yard. He won well two starts ago and remains a chance to return another win here. #3 Crown Avenue bears close watching with Zac Purton atop.  

Race 4: Shek Kip Mei Handicap (3rd Section) 

#5 Fortune Carrier gets the blinkers first time to sharpen him up. He has ability and his most recent trial caught the eye. #1 Telecom Puma gets a handy seven-pound claim from apprentice Alfred Chan. He’s worth including. #9 Universal Go Go is looking for back-to-back wins. He remains in Class 4 which suits and with even luck he can figure. #12 Supreme Plus is capable he just needs circumstances to fall his way. He’s worth respecting.  

Race 5: Stonecutters Island Handicap 

#10 Thunder Stomp mixes his form but is capable as a five-time winner from 70 starts in Hong Kong. Chances are he’s found a suitable race and he is more than capable of winning off this mark, the lowest figure he’s ever rated. #8 King Dragon is consistent and is unlucky to not already be a winner. Joao Moreira retains the ride and it wouldn’t shock to see him throw down a big challenge once again. #4 Maldives is looking for back-to-back wins. Zac Purton sticks aboard which suits. #2 Brave King is next best.  

Race 6: Cheung Sha Wan Handicap 

#3 Shining Ace finds a suitable contest and the booking of Joao Moreira bears close watching as the Brazilian’s last two pairings with the gelding have resulted in wins. #5 Grateful Heart couldn’t have been more impressive last start. He faces a stiff class rise here but is working his way through the grades nicely and does deserve respect once again. #7 Multimillion is consistent in his spot. #1 Explosive Witness has a powerful finish and was a top Group 3 winner last start. He commands respect.  

Race 7: Sham Shui Po Handicap 

#7 Incanto Prepared steps out for the in-form John Size stable. The smart son of Per Incanto is a three-time winner this season and with even luck, from the good gate, he is the one to beat. #4 Gift Of Lifeline has a powerful finish which he showed last start over this course and distance. He can win again. #2 Kyrus Unicorn has ability and does get the services of Zac Purton. He bears close watching. #10 Xiang Bai Qi is next best.  

Race 8: Lai Chi Kok Handicap (1st Section) 

#1 Inner Flame gets the blinkers applied in his bid to recapture his brilliant best from last season. Chances are he rolls forward from gate four and from there, plays catch me if you can. He has the class edge. #10 Harrier Jet is nothing short of consistent with seven top-three efforts this season including one win. #8 Aurora Pegasus is capable but has only been mediocre of late. Still, the strong booking of championship leading jockey Joao Moreira commands respect. #4 Alcari is next best off the back of a close-up runner-up effort last time out.   

Race 9: Lai Chi Kok Handicap (2nd Section) 

#3 Igniting is looking for back-to-back wins. He couldn’t have been more impressive last start and with even luck from the good draw he is more than capable of bagging another. #1 Scores Of Fun is competitive in his spot. He rarely runs a bad race and only needs to offset the heavy weight to be a factor again. #6 Capital Star finished a close-up second on debut. He’s quickly taken to life in Hong Kong and it wouldn’t surprise to see him put in another strong performance. #5 Happy Alumni is next best.