Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: March 02, 12:04 AM

March 03 2021

7:04 PM

Race 1: #7 Galaxy Racer, #1 Baby Storm, #10 Happy Hour, #3 Tailor Made

Race 2: #11 Gold ‘N’ Bold, #7 Nunchuks, #2 Lady First, #3 Owners’ Star

Race 3: #11 Mission Smart, #5 Sunny Baby. #3 Wood On Fire, #2 Mercurial

Race 4: #12 Smart Cousin, #1 Dynamic Eagle, #11 Perfect To Play, #2 Methane

Race 5: #8 King’s Trooper, #5 Hurry Hurry Gain, #11 Majestic Conqueror, #2 Shining On

Race 6: #6 Sea Elite, #1 Ever Force, #9 Gracylove, #5 The Mint

Race 7: #3 Parterre, #5 Royal Bomb, #10 Villa Fionn, #8 Wealthy Delight

Race 8: #10 Excellent Chariot, #1 Inner Flame, #11 Jazz Steed, #7 Most Welcome

Race 9: #1 Savaquin, #3 Naboo Star, #6 Gift Of Lifeline, #12 Farshad



Race 1: Tin Lok Handicap

#7 Galaxy Racer turned his form around to grab a competitive third last start, missing by only a head. Zac Purton is engaged now and he looks more than capable of breaking through. #1 Baby Storm won well two starts ago. He remains in Class 5 which suits. #10 Happy Hour narrowly missed two starts. He can bounce back to form. #3 Tailor Made is next best.

Race 2: Morrison Hill Handicap

#11 Gold ‘N’ Bold put in a career-best run two starts ago before being set a task last start at the rear of the field. He can return to form if he can offset the awkward draw. #7 Nunchuks is consistent in his spot. He draws well and gets his chance. #2 Lady First gets a handy seven-pound claim from apprentice Jerry Chau. He can figure. #3 Owners’ Star is looking to go one better. He’s consistent in his spot. 

Race 3: Matheson Handicap (3rd Section)

#11 Mission Smart made an excellent seasonal return last start, narrowly missing by under a length. He draws well and looks ready to get off the mark now in Hong Kong. #5 Sunny Baby closed strongly well for third on debut. He gets his chance. #3 Wood On Fire draws awkwardly but does get the services of champion jockey Zac Purton to help offset this. #2 Mercurial is looking for back-to-back wins. He’s on the up but this contest does appear more difficult than his last.

Race 4: Percival Handicap

Zac Purton is one for one aboard #12 Smart Cousin. He’s a course and distance winner who gets his chance once again from the good gate. #1 Dynamic Eagle has hit a purple patch of form with two wins from his last three starts. He sticks to Class 4 which suits and does bring his best form into this contest. #11 Perfect To Play is nothing short of consistent. #2 Methane can figure with the right run.

Race 5: Matheson Handicap (1st Section)

#8 King’s Trooper has returned to his mark. He was run off his feet last start but he was first-up for the season and he look set to improve sharply with race-fitness under his belt. #5 Hurry Hurry Gain grabbed second first-up in Hong Kong. He’s open to further improvement here and the booking of Zac Purton bears close watching. #11 Majestic Conqueror has shown glimpses of ability. Suspect he rolls forward and plays catch me if you can out in front. #2 Shining On is nothing short of consistent. He’ll be in the finish.

Race 6: Matheson Handicap (2nd Section)

#6 Sea Elite turned his form around to snatch a close-up third last time out. He’s steadily improving and it wouldn’t surprise to see him go on with it. #1 Ever Force is looking for back-to-back wins. He draws well and gets his chance again in Class 4. #9 Gracylove has ability and bears close watching. #5 The Mint steps out on debut. He trialled well at the Valley and is worth respecting.   

Race 7: Canal Handicap (2nd Section)

#3 Parterre turned in a reasonably poor debut run, however, prior to his first-up effort he did catch the eye at the trials and since then he has done the same, crossing the line first by over six length on the grass at Sha Tin. He’s worth taking a chance on. #5 Royal Bomb is one-time winner in Hong Kong from five starts. He has plenty of ability and with the right run he can figure. #10 Villa Fionn is looking for back-to-back wins. He just needs a race run to suit from the tail of the field. #8 Wealthy Delight is in form and commands respect from the good gate.

Race 8: Bowrington Handicap

#10 Excellent Chariot is a two-time winner this campaign. He rates as the one to beat with next to no weight on his back. #1 Inner Flame turned his form around with the blinkers applied. Chances are he rolls forward and takes plenty of running down. #11 Jazz Steed is nothing short of consistent. He gets his chance. #7 Most Welcome steps out on debut. He’s trialled well and is worth including. 

Race 9: Canal Handicap (1st Section)

#1 Savaquin is looking for his third consecutive win. He’s on the up and looks set for a Class 2 berth next start with victory on Wednesday night. #3 Naboo Star makes his first start for David Hayes. He’s got plenty of ability and with a clean start he can figure. #6 Gift Of Lifeline was a solid winner three starts ago. He’s since been racing well and draws a good gate for new boy Ruan Maia. #12 Farshad is next best with no weight on his back.