Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: December 11, 9:38 PM

Happy Valley

December 13 2023

3:24 AM

Race 1: #1 Magic Traveller, #10 Vamos, #11 Double Show, #6 Multimore

Race 2: #6 Regency Happy Star, #7 Millennium Falcon, #10 Viva A La, #1 Cordyceps One

Race 3: #6 Ready Player One, #7 Forever Glorious, #12 Splendid Star, #4 Serangoon

Race 4: #3 Togepi, #9 Happy Soul, #6 Run Run Timing, #8 Beauty Destiny

Race 5: #8 Must Go, #2 Humble Star, #6 Atomic Energy, #9 Happy United  

Race 6: #3 High Rise Soldier, #1 Scotch Tycoon, #5 Travel Golf, #4 Young Life Forever

Race 7: #7 Win Win Fighter, #2 Beato, #9 Strongest Boy, #8 Dragon Star  

Race 8: #12 Foolish Heart, #4 Hoss, #5 Tourbillon Prince, #9 Maldives

Race 9: #10 Ace Victory, #6 A Americ Te Specso, #11 Happy Day, #3 Brave Star

Race 1: Ngau Tau Kok Handicap
#1 Magic Traveller can improve in this grade. He’s been out his depth in the class above but he should be able to put his best foot forward now. The inside draw should afford him every possible chance. #10 Vamos has a suitable gate and Zac Purton up. He’s racing well, always consistent and we should see the same again this week. #11 Double Show has the weight advantage. He’s suited here and can bounce back after last start. #6 Multimore is the pace in the race and he should find a forward position. Next in line.


Race 2: Sau Mau Ping Handicap
#6 Regency Happy Star has been knocking on the door for some time now and he gets a super chance here with the five pounds coming off. He draws well and is capable of winning this one. #7 Millennium Falcon has the right draw and the services of Karis Teetan. He can mix his form but with a ground-saving run he should be able to test these. #10 Viva A La can use the positive gate to find the front, which is where he has won from in the past. He’ll give them something to run down. #1 Cordyceps One is next best.


Race 3: Ngau Chi Wan Handicap
#6 Ready Player One can improve second-up. He’s yet to win but has shown his capabilities on several occasions. He draws well and can take the right steps forward this week. #7 Forever Glorious is competitive in his spot. He is coming to hand with three runs under his belt. Zac Purton hops up and he gets his chance. #12 Splendid Star slots in light and is in the form of his life at the minute. He rises in grade but Douglas Whyte has him going very good. #4 Serangoon has ability and can show something here. The inside gate is a plus.


Race 4: Kwun Tong Handicap (1st Section)
#3 Togepi caught the eye late last start. He’s in the right vein of form now and can put his best foot forward here. He just needs a touch of luck from the wide ally. There’s still some improvement to come. #9 Happy Soul put in a forgive run last start. He’s better than that and can show it this week. #6 Run Run Timing did well to finish third on debut. Expecting improvement here, especially with James McDonald taking the reins. #8 Beauty Destiny is hard to get a gauge on with his behaviour, however, he does have a stack of talent.


Race 5: Choi Wan Handicap
#8 Must Go can improve after his first-up run. He got a little lost down the straight, however, going around a bend can spark him up. He’ll be value and is worth taking a chance on. #2 Humble Star is chasing a hat-trick of wins. Zac Purton stays on and the inside gate will see him be super competitive once again. #6 Atomic Energy has a suitable draw. He can save ground and make his presence felt, just as he normally does. #9 Happy United was a super strong winner last start. He faces a class-rise but does appear to have enough talent.


Race 6: Kwun Tong Handicap (2nd Section)
#3 High Rise Soldier pairs favourably with Vincent Ho, who knows the horse well. He has a suitable draw and is a winner in this grade at the track and trip. One to beat. #1 Scotch Tycoon bounced back to his best last time out. He has a suitable draw and remains in the grade, which is a big plus. #5 Travel Golf should already be a winner. He’s gone close so, so many times and once again gets a super chance here. He’ll be finishing off the race late. #4 Young Life Forever has a suitable draw and James McDonald up. Keep safe.


Race 7: Lam Tin Handicap
#7 Win Win Fighter has been racing well this season. He’s a winner in this grade previously and the inside gate can afford him every opportunity. One to beat. #2 Beato has been knocking on the door for some time. James McDonald takes the ride and draw one holds him in very good stead. #9 Strongest Boy has a decent finish but he’ll need a solid tempo if he is to steamroll this group. Zac Purton’s pairing is an advantage. #8 Dragon Star can lead again and run this group along. He’s consistent and tenacious out in front.  


Race 8: Kowloon Bay Handicap
#12 Foolish Heart is a nice horse and he’s quickly getting used to racing in Hong Kong. He slots in light here, enough so to suggest he could easily pinch this contest. He’s worth taking a chance on. #4 Hoss has been in sound form and chances are gate one sees him roll forward. He’s a major threat in this grade. #5 Tourbillon Prince has his fair share of ability, it’s just a matter now of him putting it all together. Perhaps he does this with Zac Purton engaged from an ideal draw. #9 Maldives is next best.


Race 9: Jordan Valley Handicap
#10 Ace Victory makes his debut. This is a difficult contest, however, he looks primed after setbacks to run a huge race first-up, especially after his latest eye-catching barrier trial. #6 A Americ Te Specso is in the right vein of form. He was a strong winner two runs back and gets his shot again from a suitable draw with Zac Purton up. #11 Happy Day slots in light as he rises in grade seeking a hat-trick of wins. He has a stack of class but this is tougher. He’ll be making ground late. #3 Brave Star is a talent. He has the draw to overcome.