Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: October 05, 11:01 PM

October 07 2020

7:00 PM

Race 1: #4 Gouten Of Garo, #9 Corre Rapido, #10 Flying Monkey, #1 Apollos Bow

Race 2: #5 Lady First, #7 Jade Theatre, #3 Faithful Trinity, #4 Daily Beauty 

Race 3: #3 Jolly Honour, #6 Naboo Star, #7 Blastoise, #2 Flying Sword

Race 4: #10 Authentic Champ, #5 Winning Feeling, #2 Ares, #3 Jazz Steed

Race 5: #8 Starlit Knight, #11 V Chevaliers, #4 Melbourne Hall, #1 Zhan Jiang Rocks

Race 6: #5 Good Shot, #3 Simply Fluke, #4 Sell My Sole, #2 Kinda Cool

Race 7: #12 Mehboob, #5 Hardly Swears, #7 First Responder, #2 Mig Energy

Race 8: #3 Highland Fortune, #10 Allied Agility, #9 Classic Unicorn, #7 Golden Dash



Race 1: Tai Lam Chung Handicap

#4 Gouten Of Garo can give himself every hope up on the speed. The weight relief from apprentice Jerry Chau suits and he should be in the thick of things here. #9 Corre Rapido caught the eye down the straight last time out. Suspect he can improve with that run under his belt and he remains a threat. #10 Flying Monkey’s last win came off a figure of 54 and since then he has plummeted to a mark of 24. He has the class but is getting on in age as an eight-year-old. #1 Apollos Bow made all last time out for his first win. He’ll try the same again although, isn’t likely to get an easy time of it out in front.

Race 2: Shek Pik Handicap

Although #5 Lady First is winless he has gone close on a number of occasions, including his second-up effort last term, which he is here. #7 Jade Theatre should improve off his first-up run and if he can offset the awkward draw, then he is a leading chance. #3 Faithful Trinity is the likely front-runner of this. He’ll need to roll across from the wide ally but if he can, he’s capable of dictating the race to suit himself. #4 Daily Beauty is still on-the-up and he can figure from the good draw.

Race 3: Plover Cove Handicap

#3 Jolly Honour won second-up last term and rates strongly to do the same here off the back of an impressive first-up run. Zac Purton takes the reins here and he’s the one to beat. #6 Naboo Star has plenty of ability and if he’s wound up for his first up run, then he’s a chance to test these. He bears close watching, especially for championship leading trainer Caspar Fownes. #7 Blastoise resumes. He loves the course and distance and in his favour is the book of apprentice Jerry Chau who takes 10 pounds off his back. #2 Flying Sword steps out for Matthew Chadwick and Tony Cruz who have had two wins together recently. He’s a danger with one run under his belt already.

Race 4: Shek Lei Pui Handicap (2nd Section)

#10 Authentic Champ has ability and has shown significant improvement. He’ll need a race run to suit, but if he gets it, he can rattle into the finish. #5 Winning Feeling is much better than his latest run suggests. He can slot in on the speed and as a winner in this grade last season, he rates strongly. #2 Ares has significant ability and does get the services of Zac Purton. He returns from a short stint at Conghua and if he can offset the awkward draw, then he’s a threat. #3 Jazz Steed is looking for back-to-back wins, though, his latest effort saw him share the win with Shining On. He’s drawn well again and can’t be dismissed here.

Race 5: Shek Pik Handicap

#8 Starlit Knight can roll forward and pinch this for Jack Wong and Me Tsui. He’s drawn to find the front with ease and from there, he could prove tough to reel in if he held his form from last season. #11 V Chevaliers won first-up and he returns here but steps back up to Class 4. He’s drawn well and should be able to get the run of the race for Vincent Ho. #4 Melbourne Hall is looking for back-to-back wins. He steps up in trip off the back of that win and if he can handle it, then it’s possible he claims another win here. #1 Zhan Jiang Rocks returns to Class 4. He scored a win at his last run in this grade although, against him is the wide gate and 133 pounds he’ll need to lug.

Race 6: Shek Lei Pui Handicap (1st Section)

#5 Good Shot resumes. He has ability and is a course and distance and although he’s first-up off the back of no trials, he could surprise from the good gate with a familiar friend in Matthew Chadwick aboard, just as he did with his first win at 45/1. #3 Simply Fluke is nothing short of consistent and has considerably improved since arriving to the Douglas Whyte barn. He grabbed second first-up and he can build on that run here. #4 Sell My Sole is a talent on the rise with three placings from his four starts. Don’t discount. #2 Kinda Cool is next best off the back of a recent trial at Conghua.

Race 7: Kam Shan Handicap

#12 Mehboob closed off nicely last time out from an awkward draw and this time, from a good gate, he can figure strongly. He slots in with a light weight and gets an excellent chance jag another win here and he might good value to do so. #5 Hardly Swears is a three-time Happy Valley winner who returned a first-up second this season. He has ability and as a Class 3 winner already it would not surprise to see him add another here. #7 First Responder closed off nicely first-up to prove his worth in Class 3. He can figure. #2 Mig Energy has potential but may struggle from the wide ally.

Race 8: High Island Handicap

#3 Highland Fortune appears to have a number of rating points still in hand and from the inside gate, with Zac Purton engaged, he should prove tough to beat. #10 Allied Agility kept on strongly for second last time out and this time draws favourably if he does elect to roll forward and try to make all. #9 Classic Unicorn has drawn a touch awkwardly but does have plenty of ability. If he can offset the draw then he’s a hope. #7 Golden Dash has returned in fine form and it won’t be too long before he bags a win.