Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: June 07, 1:51 PM

June 08 2022

9:51 AM

Race 1: #8 Natural Storm, #3 Rise Brethren, #2 Above, #4 Blastoise

Race 2: #2 Circuit Elite, #3 Cordyceps One, #8 This Is Charisma, #5 Daily Beauty

Race 3: #5 Soulmate, #3 Beluga, #1 Savaquin, #2 Money Catcher

Race 4: #1 Surrealism, #7 Chater Pins, #2 Kyrus Unicorn, #4 Lucky Diamond

Race 5: #6 Shining Fortune, #2 Leslie, #4 Hardly Swears, #11 Harrier Jet

Race 6: #9 Methane, #7 Dragon Pride, #4 Big Two, #10 Charizard

Race 7: #5 See U Again, #7 Master Of Luck, #4 Holi Moli, #2 Excellent Peers

Race 8: #11 Kai Xin Dragon, #1 Be Ready, #3 Special M, #9 Xponential

Race 9: #4 Smart Idea, #1 Drops Of God, #7 Valiant Elegance, #6 Classic Posh



Race 1: Camellia Handicap

#8 Natural Storm is racing well and did win well over this course and distance three starts ago. He slots in light here which can make a very, very big difference over this trip. #3 Rise Brethren has a bit of class about him and does pair favourably with Zac Purton. He’s a threat. #2 Above knows what it’s all about, especially over this course and distance with two wins already this campaign. #4 Blastoise can surprise. He won well two runs back and should contend here. Next best.

Race 2: Lavender Handicap

#2 Circuit Elite is capable and should relish the step down to Class 5. He closed well last start on rain affected ground and was one of the few that day to perform well. Expect he can take a step forward here in this grade from gate one. #3 Cordyceps One is closing in on a first win. He’s always improving and only needs to offset the wide draw. #8 This Is Charisma is always thereabouts. He’s had a number of chances but once again gets his opportunity with Zac Purton booked to ride. #5 Daily Beauty is in form. Next best.

Race 3: Bellflower Handicap

#5 Soulmate can roll forward and lead this group. He draws favourably and has been racing well all season with three wins under his belt. Expect he tries to make all here with Lyle Hewitson up. #3 Beluga has the class edge on this group. He should get a charmed run throughout from gate one. #1 Savquin can bounce back. He’s better than his last-start struggles suggest. #2 Money Catcher is nothing short of consistent, even though he isn’t winning out of turn. Don’t discount.

Race 4: Hibiscus Handicap

#1 Surrealism makes a favourable dip into Class 4. He’s been very, very competitive in the grade above and should make the most of his time in this grade. Luke Ferraris knows him well and he gets his chance here. #7 Chater Pins can mix his form but on his day he has what it takes to be winning here. The light weight gives him an edge. #2 Kyrus Unicorn saluted under a supreme Blake Shinn ride two runs back. He’s got claims here. #4 Lucky Diamond has what it takes on his day. Don’t discount.

Race 5: Dandelion Handicap (1st section)

#6 Shining Fortune put in a total forgive run last start. If he can recapture his best from two runs ago then he is the one to beat here. He’s on the improve and does jump from a much better draw here under Zac Purton. #2 Leslie is lightly raced but could almost be a winner already in Hong Kong. He’s knocked a number of smart runs together and his best has him in the thick of this race. #4 Hardly Swears looks ready to perform third-up. His best holds him in good stead. Close watch with Vincent Ho aboard. #11 Harrier Jet is next best.

Race 6: Geranium Handicap

#9 Methane can spring to form on dry ground. He’s got a touch of class and on his day he’s got what it takes to win a contest like this. Expect he bounces to form here under Vincent Ho. #7 Dragon Pride can do no wrong as a four-time winner already this term. He’s holding his condition and is proven in this grade. #4 Big Two is nothing short of consistent. He’s racing well and is expected to contend here. #10 Charizard has claims. Next best. 

Race 7: Dandelion Handicap (2nd Section)

#5 See U Again is ever so close to a first win. If he manages to put it all together here then he is the one to beat, especially if he runs anywhere close to his previous form. #7 Master Of Luck didn’t get his namesake last start in a tight finish. He’s on the improve and a clean run gives him his chance here. Each way chance. #4 Holi Moli has moved well in his trials and looks well placed to make an impact first-up. #2 Excellent Peers is after back-to-back wins. He’s the in-form horse of the race.

Race 8: Calla Lily Handicap (2nd Section)

#11 Kai Xin Dragon gets his chance with no weight on his back. Expect he rolls forward to take luck out of the equation and from there he could prove very, very difficult to reel in. Strong booking of Alexis Badel bodes well for this contest. #1 Be Ready is racing consistently and steps out in a bid to snap a trio of top-three finishes. #3 Special M is nothing short of consistent. Joao Moreira takes over now and he has claims. #9 Xponential finds a suitable contest. He’ll have his opportunity close to the speed.

Race 9: Calla Lily Handicap (1st Section)

#4 Smart Idea comes from the right yard and has the right form this season to be winning again. He closed well last start and with a tad more luck he nearly could have won that contest. He gets his opportunity from gate four. #1 Drops Of God has been competitive in the grade above. This suits, as does his pairing with Joao Moreira. #7 Valiant Elegance is after his fourth win in a row. He showed a stack of versatility last start by coming from off the pace. #6 Classic Posh hits this race at the right time. Expect another improved effort here.