Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: July 11, 6:59 PM

July 13 2022

2:59 PM

Race 1: #7 U W Brother, #8 Day Day Rich, #12 Raging Blaze, #6 Whiskey Neat 

Race 2: #1 Victorious Seeker, #4 Diamond Star, #6 Sky Gem, #9 Fortune Triple

Race 3: #10 Nextmodel, #1 Sergeant Pepper, #8 Vamos, #3 Fabulous Eight 

Race 4: #5 Blissful Life, #2 Triple Triple, #8 Sugar Sugar, #11 Touch Faith 

Race 5: #10 Jolly Honour, #3 More Than Enough, #4 Blissful Star, #7 Go For Tea

Race 6: #4 Regency Star, #1 Wood On Fire, #5 Timestorm, #6 Durham Star 

Race 7: #11 E Legend, #1 Looking Great, #8 Comet Splendido, #2 Escape Route 

Race 8: #8 Stormtrouper, #12 Young Life Forever, #6 Excellent Peers, #1 Ping Hai Galaxy

Race 9: #7 Hinchinlove, #9 Prime Minister, #8 Packing Award, #12 My Ecstatic 



Race 1: Link Handicap
#7 U W Brother won third-up last term and he’s done enough this campaign to suggest that he could repeat those heroics again. He draws well and should get every chance for Matthew Chadwick and Me Tsui. #8 Day Day Rich is so close to a first win. Expect he rolls forward and takes a bit of running down under Lyle Hewitson, who in Hong Kong, has garnered a reputation aboard front-runners. #12 Raging Blaze gets a handy pull at the bottom of the handicap. Strong booking of Zac Purton could see the gelding’s consistency be rewarded. #6 Whiskey Neat steps away from an ideal draw. He’s next best.
Race 2: Ventris Handicap
#1 Victorious Seeker gets into Class 5. This is a suitable dip in grade, especially as a winner in Class 4 earlier this season. Strong booking of Zac Purton is ideal and the distance is of no concern. #4 Diamond Star is nothing short of consistent. He’s had a fair share of runs this term but his fitness has maintained throughout. #6 Sky Gem could well take a chance at a mid-race move here, as he has done in the past. Handy five pound claim from Alfred Chan has him favoured. #9 Fortune Triple has claims. Next best.
Race 3: Broadwood Handicap
#10 Nextmodel finally draws a gate and with this he should find an early lead. He has more than enough ability to pinch this one and from the front, at times, he can prove awfully hard to reel in. #1 Sergeant Pepper is racing with plenty of merit at present. He’s holding his condition and should be thereabouts once more. #8 Vamos has a powerful finish on his day. He’ll give them a little head start but should be finishing fast for Zac Purton. #3 Fabulous Eight narrowly missed last time out. He’s in good condition for the in-form Ricky Yiu.
Race 4: Sung Tak Handicap (2nd Section)
#5 Blissful Life is much, much better than his record suggests. Two starts ago he caught the eye behind runners without luck before putting in a total forgive run at his most recent outing. Expect with a clean run he could overhaul this group, especially if they run along at a fast tempo. #2 Triple Triple is holding his condition and looks well suited back in Class 4. Strong booking of Zac Purton for the in-form Frankie Lor. #8 Sugar Sugar turned his form around to grab second last start. Keep safe. #11 Touch Faith gets in light. He has claims.
Race 5: Hau Tak Handicap
#10 Jolly Honour caught the eye last start from the rear of the field. He’s tumbled down the handicap and is a big, big chance off his current rating. #3 More Than Enough should find the front and run this group along. He’s got talent and will prove hard to run down. #4 Blissful Star is looking to snap a run of three consecutive second placings. Zac Purton retains the ride following that narrow defeat late last month. #7 Go For Tea is chasing back-to-back wins after breaking through last start. He won with authority and the rise in class isn’t a hindrance.
Race 6: Sung Tak Handicap (1st Section)
Tricky contest but if #4 Regency Star rolls forward then he could prove very difficult to run down. He has a bit of class when required and if he takes closer order he can fend off this group. #1 Wood On Fire makes a crucial dip to Class 4. He’s been consistent up in grade but this drop should be what he needs to really press for a win. Strong booking of Zac Purton bears close watching. #5 Timestorm has mixed his form but is not without a chance if he can garner any added improvement. #6 Durham Star caught the eye last start. Next best.
Race 7: Oi Kwan Handicap
#11 E Legend is racing well and is favoured with no weight on his back. He’s a two-time winner already this season and with the right run he looks well placed to add a third. #1 Looking Great just needs to offset the wide gate. He did well last time out under tricky circumstances, clearly catching the eye of Zac Purton who takes over now. #8 Comet Splendido steps away from an inside gate. He can improve off the back of a solid debut effort on rain affected ground. #2 Escape Route is consistent and can figure.
Race 8: Sports Road Handicap
#8 Stormtrouper did well last start to finish a close-up second. He’s done everything right this term except win more races having only been able to score once, all while, finishing runner-up five times. He gets his chance and should be a decent price to do so. #12 Young Life Forever has the ability it’s just a matter of when he decides to show it. Take a chance on him here with a clean run from the rear. #6 Excellent Peers chases a hat-trick of wins. He needs to handle the class rise now which could bring him undone. #1 Ping Hai Galaxy is next best.
Race 9: Wong Nai Chung Handicap
#7 Hinchinlove has been a model of consistency all season. He’s racing well without winning but does appear to have returned to a winning mark. He should be a decent price here and is well worth taking a chance on. #9 Prime Minister has hit red-hot form of late. He’ll make a dash at these with a clean run home. #8 Packing Award is a very, very nice horse. He’s holding his condition and it doesn’t appear as though he’s reached his ceiling yet. #12 My Ecstatic chases a hat-trick of wins. Keep safe.