Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: February 28, 10:12 PM

March 02 2022

5:12 PM

Race 1: #2 Sunshine Warrior, #4 Presence, #6 Storm Legend, #1 Amazing One Plus

Race 2: #3 All You Know, #6 Dragon Pride, #12 Diamond Star, #7 Heroic Champion

Race 3: #4 Royal Bomb, #5 Super Ten, #6 Zone D, #9 Viva Hunter

Race 4: #2 Pakistan Friend, #1 Nothing Impossible, #10 Hyperion Tree, #5 Lucky Diamond

Race 5: #11 Valiant Elegance, #2 Gallant Waking, #4 Ice Legend, #7 Blissful Star

Race 6: #10 Joyful Genius, #2 Regency Star, #4 Super Mission, #9 Shadow Runner

Race 7: #11 Chater Pins, #1 Ever Laugh, #5 Viva Popcorn, #12 Happy Jai Jai

Race 8: #10 Nothing New, #8 Nicconi County, #3 Atullibigeal, #11 Forte

Race 9: #11 Happy Daily, #12 Lucky Sweynesse, #2 Toronado Phantom, #9 Prance Dragon 



Race 1: Bulkeley Handicap (2nd Section) 

#2 Sunshine Warrior is competitive in this grade. He mixes his form but a step down to this class should spark sharp improvement. Expect a big run with Jerry Chau engaged. #4 Presence is getting close to a first win in Hong Kong. He draws well and is favoured here. #6 Storm Legend turned his form around to log a fast-finishing second. He’s open to further advancement with Joao Moreira up. #1 Amazing One Plus has the ability but has refused to win several times. Still, there is the talent there.  

Race 2: Wuhu Handicap 

#3 All You Know is not without his chance here. He steps out off a dangerously low mark in Class 5, and he is armed with gate one. He’s the one to beat here with the right run. #6 Dragon Pride is in career-best form. Still, he must do it again and this field has several capable types. #12 Diamond Star is edging closer and closer to a first win in Hong Kong. The light weight and Joao Moreira gives him his chance to get on the board. #7 Heroic Champion is not without a hope here. He can find the right spot throughout.  

Race 3: Bulkeley Handicap (1st Section) 

#4 Royal Bomb is capable, but he’s mixed his form since his last win. Still, his most recent run over this course and distance caught the eye. Alexis Badel hops up and he looks ready to win again. #5 Super Ten should find the front under Blake Shinn. He’ll look the winner at some stage. #6 Zone D is after back-to-back wins. He’s in red-hot form and is expected to be a factor once more. #9 Viva Hunter slots in light and pairs favourably with Joao Moreira. He can use the inside gate to his advantage.  

Race 4: Po Loi Handicap 

#2 Pakistan Friend has a bit of class. He races well over these distances and is expected to roll forward from the draw to take up the running out in front. He’ll make his own luck. #1 Nothing Impossible steps down in grade. Expect a sharp turnaround in form with this guy, especially with Zac Purton hopping up to ride. #10 Hyperion Tree is lightly raced but showing talent. Don’t discount. #5 Lucky Diamond is doing nothing wrong. He’s in solid form and his good fortune can continue.  

Race 5: Chatham Handicap (2nd Section) 

Expect #11 Valiant Elegance rolls forward to try and pinch this. He’s racing well and has proven himself on both the turf and dirt in the past. Good gate is a plus and Lyle Hewitson knows him well. He’s the one to run down. #2 Gallant Waking set the track alight last start with a rousing debut win. He’ll be thereabouts. #4 Ice Legend draws well and was a winner two starts ago. He’s in sound form and is expected to be competitive again. #7 Blissful Star is lightly raced but on the improve. Strong booking of Zac Purton warrants respect.  

Race 6: Chatham Handicap (1st Section) 

#10 Joyful Genius has been knocking on the door for some time now. He’s doing everything right except winning and once again, he looks like a real chance. Luke Ferraris knows him well and this contest is well within his grasp. #2 Regency Star is after back-to-back wins. He draws favourably and remains in Class 4 which suits. #4 Super Mission is in form. He only needs to offset the awkward gate to be competitive. #9 Shadow Runner won well two runs ago. He can bounce back.  

Race 7: Gillies Handicap 

#11 Chater Pins is closing in on a first win. He’s gone close at times and with even luck, coupled with no weight, he shapes as the one to beat. #1 Ever Laugh has the class-edge, favourable draw and Zac Purton to his advantage. He’ll take a power of beating. #5 Viva Popcorn is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He draws a touch wide but gets his chance again with Jerry Chau booked. #12 Happy Jai Jai rises in grade following two very, very good wins. He’s a light weight chance at the bottom of the handicap.  

Race 8: Baker Handicap (1st Section) 

#10 Nothing New has done well since switching yards to trainer Douglas Whyte – twice narrowly missing by under a neck. Alexis Badel hops back up here and he gets his chance. #8 Nicconi County steps out on debut. He trialled well at Sha Tin alongside Sky Field and does appear ready to perform first-up for Caspar Fownes. #3 Atullibigeal steps out for his second start in Hong Kong. He looks like he has ability and is worth consideration. #11 Forte is racing well and gets his chance again. Don’t discount.  

Race 9: Baker Handicap (2nd Section) 

#11 Happy Daily has a stack of ability and he looks well placed under these conditions to win. The wide gate is a slight concern but even still, his ascent up the handicap looks far from over. He’s a nice horse. #12 Lucky Sweynesse scored with plenty in hand on debut. He gets in light and looks a chance to upstage better credentialed and more experienced rivals here. #2 Toronado Phantom is nothing short of consistent. He’s a danger again. #9 Prance Dragon is in winning form. Don’t discount.