Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: February 22, 8:07 PM

February 23 2022

3:07 PM

Race 1: #4 Champion Pal, #5 Victorious Seeker, #7 Legion Of Merit, #9 Asian One

Race 2: #3 Meaningful Star, #5 A La King, #8 Dr Winning, #2 Transcendent

Race 3: #10 Sparky Star, #7 Eevee, #5 Super Red Dragon, #11 Ernest Feeling

Race 4: #2 Wine And Wine, #4 Bingo Bingo, #6 Mega Bonus, #7 Touch Faith 

Race 5: #1 Scotch Tycoon, #7 See U Again, #3 Savvy Delight, #9 Pretty Queen Prawn

Race 6: #1 Harmony Fire, #6 Lightning Storm, #10 Awesome Treasure, #2 Special M 

Race 7: #1 Astrologer, #2 Rewarding Together, #3 Jolly Good Heart, #5 Armour Eagle 

Race 8: #2 Cheerful Days, #3 Beauty Joy, #8 Tsar, #6 Sunny Star 

Race 9: #1 Sight Success, #3 Voyage Warrior, #5 We The South, #7 Carroll Street  



Race 1: Yuk Sau Handicap 

#4 Champion Pal is competitive over this course and distance. He draws favourably with Zac Purton engaged. Strong booking with the Australian engaged and stepping away from the inside gate should give him every chance. #5 Victorious Seeker falls into a similar category. Trainer Paul O’Sullivan could easily collect a one-two finish here. #7 Legion Of Merit is a threat. He won well two starts ago and deserves respect here. #9 Asian One is progressing. He’s improved with each rise in distance and should be a factor under the light weight.  

Race 2: Tsui Man Handicap 

#3 Meaningful Star doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton – who on Sunday – collected a win in tandem with trainer Francis Lui. The draw only enhances his chances. #5 A La King is chasing back-to-back wins. He’s a threat in his spot. #8 Dr Winning is showing steady signs of further improvement. He won well last start, enough so to suggest that another was a possibility. #2 Transcendent mixes his form but does have a bit of class on his day. Don’t discount him up in grade.  

Race 3: Yik Yam Handicap 

#10 Sparky Star has taken time but looks close to a first win in Hong Kong. He turned in a career-best outing last start for second and looks well placed to improve on that effort here. Strong booking of Jerry Chau commands respect. #7 Eevee is mixing his form but is another who steps out off the back of a career-best effort. Strong chance from gate three. #5 Super Red Dragon has returned to a competitive mark. He’s favoured from gate one. #11 Ernest Feeling gets a handy pull in weight. He has the ability. Don’t discount.   

Race 4: Wang Tak Handicap 

#2 Wine And Wine steps back to Class 4. He’s favoured in this grade and from gate one he’s the likely leader of this contest. He could prove difficult to reel in. #4 Bingo Bingo is after back-to-back wins. His ascent up the handicap looks far from over after his latest effort. #6 Mega Bonus has found his groove. Expect Zac Purton tries to offset the draw by pushing forward. He’ll look the winner at some stage. #7 Touch Faith is next best. Don’t discount for the in-form Antoine Hamelin.  

Race 5: Village Handicap 

#1 Scotch Tycoon won well two starts ago. It wouldn’t surprise to see him recapture that form here for Zac Purton and Francis Lui. He can atone for a luckless run last time out. #7 See U Again looks like he has his fair share of ability. He was fair on debut but looks well placed to improve off that effort here. #3 Savvy Delight has claims. John Size’s stable is firing at the minute, and he looks capable of a first win very, very soon. #9 Pretty Queen Prawn is next best.  

Race 6: King Kwong Handicap 

#1 Harmony Fire has been without luck this season. Still, he has a bit of class and gate one gives him his chance here to score an overdue fourth career-win. #6 Lightning Storm is a two-time winner from three runs in Hong Kong. He’s on the rise and he should get the run of the race here. #10 Awesome Treasure should roll to the front in attempt to offset the sticky draw. Don’t discount. #2 Special M doesn’t know how to run poorly. This race should be no exception.  

Race 7: Sing Woo Handicap 

#1 Astrologer is doing plenty right as a two-time winner already in Hong Kong. Douglas Whyte captured another Group 1 on Sunday, and his red-hot form looks set to continue at the Valley. #2 Rewarding Together is after a hat-trick of wins. He remains in Class 3 which enhances his chances. #3 Jolly Good Heart should cross and try to find the front. Expect he’ll look the winner for a long way. #5 Armour Eagle is lightly raced but on the steady improve. He commands respect with Zac Purton aboard.  

Race 8: Shan Kwong Handicap 

#2 Cheerful Days has enjoyed a rapid ascent to stardom this season as a five-time winner from his last six starts. Trainer Francis Lui indicated the owner’s bonus at Happy Valley was his goal and his inclusion here indicates that they’re really going for it. Expect a big finish as usual from him. #3 Beauty Joy should find the front. He’ll run them along here. #8 Tsar has claims with no weight on his back. #6 Sunny Star is competitive in his spot. He draws ideally as one of three in the race for Francis Lui.  

Race 9: Blue Pool Handicap 

#1 Sight Success doesn’t know how to run a bad race. He’s a classy little sprinter for John Size who can collect another win here. #3 Voyage Warrior has returned to a competitive mark. He finished second in a hot race last start which holds him in good stead, as does his pairing with Zac Purton. #5 We The South should find the front and be there for a while. He draws favourably. #7 Carroll Street is favoured with the light weight. Don’t discount here as Douglas Whyte saddles a strong team after a big weekend at Sha Tin.