Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: March 15, 8:42 PM

March 17 2021

4:42 PM

Race 1: #8 Fortune Patrol, #3 Sky Gem, #4 Can’t Touch This, #10 The Joy Of Giving

Race 2: #11 Wins All, #1 A La King, #8 Raging Blaze, #5 Melbourne Hall

Race 3: #7 Viva Chef, #11 Land Power, #4 Peak To Peak, #8 Amazing Knight

Race 4: #11 Smart Hunter, #4 Spontaneous, #3 Good Shot, #10 Courageous Dragon

Race 5: #5 Winning Steed, #2 Ever Laugh, #1 Bright Kid, #4 Superbella

Race 6: #2 Brave King, #6 Bright Vision, #11 Cheerful Star, #12 Good Days

Race 7: #11 Sky Show, #10 Momentum Galaxy, #1 Loving A Boom, #7 Nordic Wellstar

Race 8: #3 Incanto Prepared, #1 Naboo Star, #2 Star Performance, #11 Gallant Crown

Race 9: #1 Will Power, #11 Kurpany, #4 Racing Fighter, #3 Gold Chest



Race 1: Wiltshire Handicap

#8 Fortune Patrol gets a welcome step up in distance. He shapes as the one to beat with race-fitness on his side as well as the services of championship leading jockey Joao Moreira. #3 Sky Gem is consistent in his spot. He draws well for Vincent Ho and Caspar Fownes who combined to win the last race on Sunday. #4 Can’t Touch This draws well and might be worth taking a chance as he steps up in trip. #10 The Joy Of Giving is a course and distance winner. He’s racing well and gets his chance down in the handicap.


Race 2: Lancashire Handicap (3rd Section)

#11 Wins All is nothing short of consistent having finished no worse than fourth this season from seven runs, including four consecutive top three efforts and a first-up win. He draws well and rates as the one to beat. #1 A La King won nicely on debut. He draws a touch awkwardly but deserves respect. #8 Raging Blaze is better than his debut eighth suggests. He can bounce into form here for Joao Moreira and John Size. #5 Melbourne Hall is next best as a winner already this season. 


Race 3: Lancashire Handicap (2nd Section)

#7 Viva Chef is a course and distance winner already this term. He rarely runs a bad race and this contest appears suitable from the good draw. #11 Land Power gets the blinkers first time. Chances are he rolls forward here and plays catch me if you can under the apprentice. #4 Peak To Peak is a lightly raced talent. He’s ready to bounce out of the ground. #8 Amazing Knight is next best with the runs on the board.


Race 4: Lancashire Handicap (1st Section)

#11 Smart Hunter is on the up. He’s racing well and has shown significant improvement across his short five-start career in Hong Kong. #4 Spontaneous won well two starts ago when first-up from a lengthy break. He’s held his condition and rates as a leading player. #3 Good Shot mixes his form but does have plenty of ability. He’s worth including. #10 Courageous Dragon is nothing short of consistent. Strong booking of Joao Moreira bears close watching.


Race 5: Renfrew Handicap

#5 Winning Steed is closing in on a first Hong Kong win. He’s narrowly missed on a number of occasions now but still, he does have a stack of ability and draws to get the right run for Vincent Ho here. #2 Ever Laugh is consistent in his spot. He draws a touch awkwardly but is racing well. #1 Bright Kid is a two-time winner in this grade. Zac Purton retains the ride and he demands respect. #4 Superbella has shown steady improvement. He’s next best from gate four.


Race 6: Selkirk Handicap

#2 Brave King has a stack of ability and with the right run he is capable of finishing over the top of this field. Zac Purton takes the reins here and he appears ready to shed his maiden status. #6 Bright Vision turned in a career-best performance last start. Chances are he tries similar again, and he should have taken improvement from that run. #11 Cheerful Star slots in light and gets a handy gate. He’s consistent. #12 Good Days rarely runs a bad race. He’s worth respecting.


Race 7: Durham Handicap

#11 Sky Show slots in light and gets his chance to put another win on the board. He’s a lightly raced talent who can bounce back to the winner’s stall after keeping on strongly last start against a hot field. #10 Momentum Galaxy is racing well. He slots in light and gets his chance albeit in a strong contest. #1 Loving A Boom draws awkwardly but is competitive in this grade as a winner previously. #7 Nordic Wellstar is next best.


Race 8: Hereford Handicap

#3 Incanto Prepared is nothing short of consistent with three wins from his last five runs. Yet again he gets his chance and the retention of Joao Moreira’s services catches the eye. #1 Naboo Star has the class edge and is a three-time course and distance winner. He’ll get his chance from gate six with Zac Purton up. #2 Star Performance doesn’t win out of turn but does have the capabilities to do so. If he can offset the awkward gate then he’s in the mix. #11 Gallant Crown is looking for his fourth consecutive win. He only needs to handle the class rise.


Race 9: Chester Handicap

#1 Will Power narrowly missed in a similar race earlier this year and with even luck he rates as the one to beat as a proven force on both the dirt and the turf. #11 Kurpany is a two-time winner from his last four starts. He slots in light and gets his chance with Joao Moreira engaged. #4 Racing Fighter is looking for back-to-back wins. He shapes as a leading player in this grade. #3 Gold Chest can figure with the right run.