Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: October 26, 4:39 PM

October 28 2020

12:39 PM

Race 1: #6 U W Brother, #8 Aurora Steed, #4 Happy Winner, #3 Speedy Optimist

Race 2: #11 Green Generation, #5 Great Smart, #3 President Star, #8 Master Roman

Race 3: #11 Super Eighteen, #2 What A Legend, #5 Carry The Diamond, #3 Lucky Quality

Race 4: #8 Happily Friends, #2 Whiskey Neat, #1 Harrier Jet, #11 Fantastic Fabio

Race 5: #2 Naboo Star, #3 Cinquante Cinq, #5 Flying Sword, #7 Leap Of Faith

Race 6: #11 Happy Ichiban, #3 Faithful Trinity, #1 Regency Master, #5 Maldives

Race 7: #7 Hardly Swears, #6 Sky Darci, #1 Storm Warnings, #3 Mig Energy

Race 8: #1 Tornado Twist, #2 Falcon Turbo, #3 Island Shine, #9 Le Terroir

Race 9: #1 Columbus County, #2 Reliable Team, #6 Amazing One Plus, #11 Tianchi Monster 



Race 1: Sir John Handicap  

#6 U W Brother comes into this third-up off the back of two solid efforts at Sha Tin. Joao Moreira retains the ride which suits and from the inside gate he should get every possible chance to break through. #8 Aurora Steed is racing well and slots in light with a good draw. #4 Happy Winner is slowly coming to hand. He mixes his form but he has shown flashes of ability, especially over this course and distance. #3 Speedy Optimist has an awkward gate but does get the services of Zac Purton. He bears close watching.  

Race 2: Gold Mount Handicap 

#11 Green Generation has been closing off his runs nicely and now, with Zac Purton up, from a good draw, he gets every chance to win. #5 Great Smart is consistent, and he narrowly missed by half a length last time out. He is capable of going one better here. #3 President Star has drawn awkwardly but his best has been over this course and distance. #8 Master Roman has been sound across his short 14-start career. He’ll relish the added furlong on offer here.  

Race 3: Amazing Star Handicap (1st Section) 

#11 Super Eighteen narrowly missed first-up and off that run he rates as a leading player in this. #2 What A Legend is capable and with the inside gate there’s a chance he rolls forward and tries to pinch this. #5 Carry The Diamond is lightly raced but is on the up. Zac Purton takes the reins and this booking bears close watching. #3 Lucky Quality is racing well and has shown that it’s only a matter of time before he does win. Joao Moreira and Caspar Fownes have been a red-hot combination this term and they deserve respect here.  

Race 4: Amazing Star Handicap (2nd Section) 

#8 Happily Friends raced well first-up before struggling at his latest. Suspect he’s better ridden with a sit just behind the pace as he did last time and he’s worth taking a chance on because he does have the ability. #2 Whiskey Neat has steadily improved and should do so once more. He’s closing in on a win and he is a strong chance to do exactly that here. #1 Harrier Jet has the runs on the board as well as the race-experience. He can shape up in this contest. #11 Fantastic Fabio will look the winner for a long way.

Race 5: The LONGINES Cup Handicap  

#2 Naboo Star stormed home in excellent order first-up and if replicates that performance here, then he is the one to beat. He’s going to take a power of beating here as long as he doesn’t set himself too much of a task from well back in the field. #5 Cinquante Cinq has ability and with the right run he can make his presence felt. #5 Flying Sword is only a small horse and he’s much better than his last start failure. He can turn it around. #7 Leap Of Faith won back-to-back races before finishing fifth at his latest. He should be around the mark again.  

Race 6: Flying Elite Handicap 

#11 Happy Ichiban slots in light. He’s suited by the favourable draw which should see him get a nice run in transit. He should run well off the back of a nice trial. #3 Faithful Trinity can roll forward from the draw and play catch me if you can from there. He’s a two-time winner already this term and he’s going to look the winner for a long way. #1 Regency Master has the class but the big weight and the wide draw are concerns. #5 Maldives definitely has ability. He’s going to win a race soon but the wide draw here is the issue.   

Race 7: Speed Vision Handicap (2nd Section) 

#7 Hardly Swears flashed home from the tail of the field last time out. He is a talented horse who as a three-time course and distance winner is capable of adding another here. #6 Sky Darci is a lightly raced two-time winner. He looks ready to fire first-up off the back of an impressive trial at Conghua. #1 Storm Warnings also caught the eye at the trials. The Purton/Whyte combination deserves respect. #3 Mig Energy is consistent and he gets a handy 10-pound claim from apprentice Jerry Chau.  

Race 8: Speed Vision Handicap (1st Section) 

#1 Tornado Twist has found his groove again and he gets an excellent chance here from gate four with Zac Purton engaged. He gets down to Class 3 now which suits and if he can shoulder top weight then he is the one to beat. #2 Falcon Turbo is consistent and is a two-time winner in this grade. He’s racing well for his new handler and his last-start runner-up effort bodes well for this contest. #3 Island Shine has ability and if he can offset the wide gate then he’s a leading player. #9 Le Terroir won well last start and with luck can finish around the mark.  

Race 9: Time Warp Handicap  

#1 Columbus County put his best foot forward last time out to win well in this grade over 1800m at Sha Tin. He’s finally coming to hand now and his latest trials at Conghua have been encouraging to suggest a winning first-up run. #2 Reliable Team has ability as a four-time winner. He can roll forward from the draw and give himself every chance from there. #6 Amazing One Plus flashed home last start to finish an eye-catching third. He can finish around the mark again with a similar run. #11 Tianchi Monster is racing well. He’s next best.