Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: April 19, 4:57 PM

April 21 2021

12:57 PM

Race 1: #1 Golden Spectrum, #3 Arrogant, #7 Pakistan Friend, #2 Vincy

Race 2: #5 Apollos Bow, #4 Winning Strikes, #10 Red Majesty, #2 Valiant Elegance

Race 3: #11 Wonder Brahma, #6 Victorious Leader, #7 Great Harvest, #10 Tigerlad

Race 4: #5 Land Power, #1 Bright Kid, #9 All Joyful, #7 Thunder Stomp

Race 5: #6 Brave King, #2 Pure Legend, #5 Zhan Jiang Rocks, #8 Savvy Kingman

Race 6: #3 Monster Kaka, #2 Flaming Passion, #8 Fire Ball, ##11 Dollar Reward

Race 7: #1 Harmony Fire, #2 Joyful Win, #6 Spicy So Good, #4 Victory In Hand

Race 8: #3 Mig Energy, #11 H Z Tourbillon, #10 Hercules, #1 Capital Star

Race 9: #1 Yoo Yoo King, #2 Be Ready, #7 Ever Force, #9 Island Shine



Race 1: Pottinger Handicap

#1 Golden Spectrum mixes his form but does have ability on his day. He draws well, gets his chance and looks favoured stepping up in trip. #3 Arrogant gets the services of Joao Moreira. Expect he rolls forward and plays catch me if you can. #7 Pakistan Friend is another who should roll forward and contest the front. He gets his chance. #2 Vincy is hard to catch but is more than capable on his day.

Race 2: Duddell Handicap (1st Section)

#5 Apollos Bow can roll forward and find the front. He’s a winner over the course and distance already this campaign and with even luck he could do it again. #4 Winning Strikes is in his grade. He’s shown glimpses of capability and it wouldn’t shock to see him bounce out of the ground. #10 Red Majesty gets Zac Purton for the first time. He mixes his form but does draw well and is not without a hope. #2 Valiant Elegance is nearing a win. He draws well and rates in his spot.

Race 3: Duddell Handicap (2nd Section)

#11 Wonder Brahma steps out for his second start under the care of Caspar Fownes. He turned in a solid effort last start to finish second and he looks ready to build off that here. #6 Victorious Leader mixes his form but is racing well. Suspect he can finish off with the right run. #7 Great Harvest is closing in on a second Hong Kong win. He only needs to offset the wide draw to be competitive. #10 Tigerlad was a winner two starts ago. He falls into a similar category though, regarding the wide draw.

Race 4: Edinburgh Handicap (2nd Section)

#5 Land Power should be able to camp in the right spot from gate five and from there, get every chance to return to the winner’s stall. The seven-pound claim suits and he rates as the one to beat. #1 Bright Kid is in his grade. He’s narrowly missed across his last few runs and his consistency alone warrants respect. #9 All Joyful draws well. He’s worth including. #7 Thunder Stomp will get every chance close to the pace.

Race 5: Edinburgh Handicap (1st Section)

#6 Brave King is better than his last-start failure suggests. He can bounce back here stepping back to a preferred trip. #2 Pure Legend is racing well without winning. His time is coming and from the draw he should get every chance. He bears close watching at Happy Valley for the first time. #5 Zhan Jiang Rocks mixes his form but does race well at the city circuit. #8 Savvy Kingman draws well and should get a few favours in the run.

Race 6: Garden Handicap

#3 Monster Kaka finished runner-up last start. He can go one better here with Zac Purton engaged. #2 Flaming Passion is lightly raced but has shown considerable ability early on. He draws well and gets his chance for Karis Teetan. #8 Fire Ball is looking for back-to-back wins. He draws well and remains in Class 4 which is suitable. #11 Dollar Reward slots in light. His consistency should hold him in good stead.

Race 7: Pedder Handicap

#1 Harmony Fire is racing well as a winner two starts ago. He’s drawn a touch awkward but he’s doing very well with only three starts under his belt and the booking of Vincent Ho warrants respect. #2 Joyful Win is a two-time winner from his most recent three outings. He’s in scintillating form and he remains a threat. #6 Spicy So Good is on the up. He only needs to continue on an upward trajectory to be a danger. #4 Victory In Hand is consistent and should find himself in the finish.

Race 8: Queen’s Road Central Handicap (1st Section)

#3 Mig Energy mixes his form but is a winner over this course and distance. Zac Purton hops back up now which commands respect and with even luck he rates as the one to beat. #11 H Z Tourbillon won well last time out. He faces a class-rise but with no weight on his back, he is in with a strong chance. #10 Hercules is consistent in his spot. #1 Capital Star is a talent. He won well two starts ago before being overrun last start. He draws well and can return to form. 

Race 9: Queen’s Road Central Handicap (2nd Section)

#1 Yoo Yoo King returns first-up. He caught the eye last term before injury derailed his career. Still, he’s going to go around a big price and if so, he’s worth supporting as he has previously raced well in the above grade. #2 Be Ready is looking for back-to-back wins. He won with plenty of merit last start and the engagement of jockey Zac Purton again suggests he’s holding his condition. #7 Ever Force is looking for a hat-trick of wins. He gets his chance though, it is going to be hard for him at his first try in Class 3. #9 Island Shine is next best.