Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: November 16, 6:25 PM

November 18 2020

1:25 PM

Race 1: #8 Galaxy Emperor, #7 Master Galaxy, #2 For Fun’s Sake, #10 One Step Ahead

Race 2: #2 Right Honourable, #6 Faithful Trinity, #9 Anonyma, #10 Sweetly Baby

Race 3: #5 Vital Spring, #2 Ka Fortune, #9 Kwai Chung Elite, #11 Fire And Gold

Race 4: #6 Lucky Missile, #7 V Chevaliers, #4 Incanto Prepared, #1 Eligere

Race 5: #6 Carry The Diamond, #2 Wild West Wing, #9 Ardenode, #8 Brilliant

Race 6: #5 Happily Friends, #2 Sprint Forward, #6 Daily Beauty, #3 Won Ball

Race 7: #10 Keep You Warm, #11 Emerald Spur, #9 Hardly Swears, #1 Storm Warnings

Race 8: #4 Green Luck, #7 Bear Again, #10 Flying Quest, #8 Panfield

Race 9: #12 Nextmodel, #6 Scores Of Fun, #5 Exceed The Stars, #9 Xponential



Race 1: Wah Fu Handicap (1st Section)

#8 Galaxy Emperor is racing well and has shown that he is nearing a first Hong Kong win. The blinkers should sharpen him up and from gate two he should get every chance close to the speed. #7 Master Galaxy is another who is winless but returned an eye-catching first-up run before fading poorly last time out. He’s worth considering if he can turn it around. #2 For Fun’s Sake gets the services of the in-form Alexis Badel who on Sunday, bagged a treble. #10 One Step Ahead can finish off strongly.

Race 2: Shun Lee Handicap (2nd Section)

#2 Right Honourable finally draws a good gate after stepping away from gate 11, 10 and 11 across his last three starts. He’s capable of settling closer to the speed which should mean, is task isn’t as difficult as it has been because he is racing well, especially following his narrow defeat last time out. #6 Faithful Trinity is shooting for his third win this campaign. Gate one suits, as does Jerry Chau’s seven-pound claim. #9 Anonyma bounced out of the ground with a close-up second last start. He can figure with that run under his belt, especially from the good gate. #10 Sweetly Baby steps up to Class 4. He gets a light weight which enhances his claims to record back-to-back wins.

Race 3: Wah Fu Handicap (2nd Section)

#5 Vital Spring returns to his preferred course and distance and from the inside draw, he should get his chance to return to the winner’s stall, especially if he manages to replicate his first-up run, which saw him miss narrowly. #2 Ka Fortune relished the step down to the bottom grade last start and with Zac Purton up now, it wouldn’t surprise to see him go one better. #9 Kwai Chung Elite is winless. He’s consistent and gets his chance once again. #11 Fire And Gold is next best.

Race 4: Shun Lee Handicap (1st Section)

#6 Lucky Missile has the ability and is a course and distance winner previously. He strikes a small field here and if he finds his best, he can be the winner. #7 V Chevaliers is a winner out of two of his last three runs. He was an impressive winner last start at his Class 4 debut and again with an even gate, he should get every opportunity. #4 Incanto Prepared hasn’t exactly set the world alight but he is consistent, which does hold him in very good stead, especially from gate three over this course and distance. #1 Eligere has mixed his form but the seven-pound claim from apprentice Jerry Chau should help him finish around the mark.  

Race 5: Hing Man Handicap

#6 Carry The Diamond has hit the ground running in Hong Kong with four close-up efforts and now, if he can offset the wide gate, he is capable of having his consistency rewarded with a win. #2 Wild West Wing won well two starts ago. He’s since held his condition well and another win in this grade, would not surprise. #9 Ardenode is doing everything right except win. He’ll find his race soon enough, but is, aided by the booking of French ace Antoine Hamelin for this. #8 Brilliant is lightly raced but does appear to be on an upward trajectory. 

Race 6: Oi Man Handicap

#5 Happily Friends turned his form around last start and he just might be ready to finally go on with it here. He’s drawn well for Neil Callan who should ensure he gets every chance. #2 Sprint Forward is looking to snap two runner-up efforts. He’s holding his condition well and it’s only a matter of time before he does get his nose in front. #6 Daily Beauty has drawn well and steps out for championship leading trainer Caspar Fownes. #3 Won Ball is on the up and the booking of Zac Purton bears close watching.

Race 7: Fu Cheong Handicap (1st Section)

#10 Keep You Warm has finished runner-up in his past two runs. He’s racing well and this does look a suitable contest for him to break through in. #11 Emerald spur can rattle home from the rear. He slots in light and with a fast pace, can figure. #9 Hardly Swears is in-form and is a three-time course and distance winner, including once in this grade. He owns a slick personal best over this course and distance which holds him in good stead. #1 Storm Warnings has hit the ground running in Hong Kong. He just needs to offset the awkward gate. 

Race 8: Cheong Hong Handicap

#4 Green Luck has drawn well again and from the gate should be able to run another competitive race. He’s a course and distance who has talent and can run a bold race in his spot. #7 Bear Again is a three-time course and distance winner who has proven competitive in this grade. #10 Flying Quest slots in light and gets a favourable draw. He can figure if he can get the right splits at the right time. #8 Panfield is an interesting runner. He’s a three-time Chilean G1 winner who has caught the eye in his trials.

Race 9: Fu Cheong Handicap (2nd Section)

#12 Nextmodel can find the front here under Vagner Borges and from the good gate, he could manage to pinch this from the front, as he does have the ability to do so. #6 Scores of Fun is an impressive talent who struggled from the awkward gate last time out. Gate four this time means there should be no excuses. #5 Exceed The Stars gets the services of Zac Purton following two mediocre runs. He bears close watching with this booking alone. #9 Xponential can figure with the right splits at the right time.