Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: December 08, 12:03 AM

December 09 2020

7:03 PM

Race 1: #3 Shanghai Dragon, #1 Roman Impero, #6 Baby Storm, #8 Nitro Express

Race 2: #11 Kwai Chung Elite, #4 Ka Fortune, #5 Speedy Optimist, #6 For Fun’s Sake

Race 3: #3 Charity Wings, #5 Incanto Prepared, #1 Zhan Jiang Rocks, #8 Shanghai Grace

Race 4: #12 Oversubscribed, #9 Hey Pal, #3 Very Sweet Orange, #2 Jazz Steed

Race 5: #3 Royal Racer, #2 Right Honourable, #5 Fearless Fire, #10 Universal Go Go

Race 6: #10 Wins All, #7 Inno Legend, #12 Noble Man, #4 Colonel

Race 7: #9 Hall Of Champ, #5 Lightning Steed, #1 Reel Bizzy, #11 Sunny Lad

Race 8: #12 Harmony N Blessed, #2 Grateful Heart, #6 Flying Bonus, #9 What A Legend

Race 9: #11 Maximus, #4 Green Luck, #2 Savvy Nine, #1 Butterfield



Race 1: Australia Handicap

#3 Shanghai Dragon is unlucky not to already be a winner. He tried to make all last time out but was narrowly caught in the finish. Expect he tries the same again here. #1 Roman Impero is racing well and gets a favourable draw. He clearly relished the drop to Class 5 and further improvement is expected here. #6 Baby Storm is racing well but just needs to offset the wide draw. #8 Nitro Express draws well and has race experience on his side. 

Race 2: Brazil Handicap

#11 Kwai Chung Elite rarely runs a bad race although he is winless from 19 starts. Still, He draws favourably and gets conditions to suit if good enough. #4 Ka Fortune has clocked two close-up runner-up efforts at his last two outings and with those under his belt, he does rate as a leading player. #5 Speedy Optimist should get the right run from gate three and bears close watching with Zac Purton up. #6 For Fun’s Sake mixes his form but does get the services of Joao Moreira. Keep safe.

Race 3: France Handicap

#3 Charity Wings is consistent and meets a suitable contest here form gate one with familiar ally Alexis Badel aboard. He should get the right run. #5 Incanto Prepared finished a close-up second last time out. He’s proven a consistent customer over this course and distance and with the right run, he could take beating. #1 Zhan Jiang Rocks has improved back in Class 3. He draws well and deserves respect. #8 Shanghai Grace is next best.

Race 4: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship 1st Leg

#12 Oversubscribed surged into a close-up third last time out and from that first-up effort, should have taken plenty of residual fitness out of it. He draws well and slots in light. #9 Hey Pal kept on soundly for third last start. He does draw well and should relish the switch back to the grass. #3 Very Sweet Orange draws well and should find the front from gate three. #2 Jazz Steed is next best.

Race 5: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship 2nd Leg

Joao Moreira teams with familiar ally #3 Royal Racer who he drove to an easy success last time out. He draws poorly here in gate 12 but his last-start win is hard to ignore and the luck of drawing Moreira’s services bodes well. #2 Right Honourable is better than his recent record suggests. Blinkers go on first time and it wouldn’t shock to see him sharpen up big time. #5 Fearless Fire has found his niche at the Valley. Purton aboard suits, as does drawing gate one. #10 Universal Go Go draws well and rates strongly for this.  

Race 6: Mauritius Handicap

#10 Wins All draws awkwardly but will still more than likely not push for a forward position. He has the ability to offset this minor hiccup. #7 Inno Legend is looking to snap a streak of two runner-up efforts. He draws well in gate five and retains the services of Zac Purton. #12 Noble Man slots in light with only 119lb on his back. Gate two is a positive and he will be in the finish. #4 Colonel is the likely leader. He’ll take catching off the back of an impressive last-start win. 

Race 7: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship 3rd Leg

#9 Hall Of Champ is looking for back-to-back wins. He steps back up to Class 3 now which makes things tricky but does come off a very tidy win. #5 Lightning Steed has drawn poorly but will more than likely roll forward to try and lead. He’ll look the winner for the majority of the race. #1 Reel Bizzy sits on the cusp of a Class 2 berth. He’s looking to snap a run of two second-placed efforts. He draws well and his last two efforts hold him in good stead. #11 Sunny Lad is looking for back-to-back wins. He draws awkwardly but gets a light weight to offset the rise to Class 3.

Race 8: LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship 4th Leg

#12 Harmony N Blessed is a talent who won with supreme authority on debut. He’s looking to remain unbeaten and with no weight on his back, he’s capable of winning again. #2 Grateful Heart is looking for a hat-trick of wins. He remains in Class 3 which suits and draws favourably in gate one. #6 Flying Bonus will roll forward and get every chance under Zac Purton. #9 What A Legend is next best.

Race 9: United Kingdom Handicap

#11 Maximus closed off nicely in his Hong Kong debut. He arrived in Hong Kong as unbeaten Listed Stakes winner with plenty of ability and he should relish the step up in trip to 1800m. #4 Green Luck loves the course, he just needs to overcome the wide gate. #2 Savvy Nine has continued to trial well and it wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce out of the ground shortly enough. #1 Butterfield is next best.