Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: December 14, 8:31 PM

December 16 2020

3:31 PM

Race 1: #11 Exaltation, #2 Bundle Of Delight, #1 Owners’ Star, #10 Sweetly Baby

Race 2: #8 Carry The Diamond, #1 Momentum Galaxy, #2 Telecom Puma, #4 Phenomenal Combo

Race 3: #9 Green Generation, #8 Strapping Bauhinia, #3 Even Keel, #2 Smart Cousin

Race 4: #5 Branding Power, #3 A Smile Like Yours, #7 Peak To Peak, #10 Daily Beauty

Race 5: #3 Faithful Trinity, #8 V Chevaliers, #12 Red Brick Fighter, #2 Happy Warrior

Race 6: #6 Angel Of My Eyes, #10 Total Power, #4 Mission Tycoon, #3 Delightful Laos

Race 7: #6 Fabulous Eight, #4 We The South, #8 Diamond Brilliant, #7 Flying Genius

Race 8: #4 Scores Of Fun, #5 High Rise Soldier, #2 Ka Ying Master, #7 Harmony N Home  



Race 1: Shelley Handicap  

#11 Exaltation slots in light with bottom weight and he returns to the course and distance where he does do his best racing. He is winless but can break through against this bunch. #2 Bundle Of Delight has shown glimpses of ability and, does do his best racing at the city circuit. #1 Owners’ Star has the class edge and is a course and distance winner up in grade. He will relish added distance. #10 Sweetly Baby has performed well in Class 4 after winning in Class 5 three starts ago. Keep safe.  

Race 2: Graham Handicap (1st Section) 

#8 Carry The Diamond is better than his last-start 11th suggests and if he can recapture his form prior, then he is the one to beat with the right run from the wide draw. #1 Momentum Galaxy draws suitably and is a Class 4 winner already this term. He’s a different horse with his bad gate manners a thing of the past. #2 Telecom Puma is better than his record suggests, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce out of the ground soon enough. #4 Phenomenal Combo only needs to reproduce his debut second-placed effort to be competitive here.  

Race 3: Staunton Handicap  

#9 Green Generation flashed into second last start and off that, looks well placed to go one better here with the same run as he steps up in trip. #8 Strapping Bauhinia got off the mark three starts ago and since then, has been racing well. He’s a course and distance winner who should get every chance from the inside draw. #3 Even Keel has no early speed but should fare well with a fast tempo. #2 Smart Cousin drops down to Class 5 and should relish racing against the weaker company.  

Race 4: Graham Handicap (2nd Section) 

#5 Branding Power closed off nicely for sixth on debut and he bears close watching in this contest. The inside gate suits and he appears to have a bright future. #3 A Smile Like Yours rattled into second on debut at 76/1. Joao Moreira hops up and it would not surprise to see him go one better here. #7 Peak To Peak has shown he is capable and with one run under his belt it wouldn’t shock to see him improve considerably. #10 Daily Beauty is next best, he just needs to overcome the awkward ally.  

Race 5: Lyndhurst Handicap 

#3 Faithful Trinity has gone to a new level this campaign. He’s honest and his forward-style of racing always offers him a winning chance. #8 V Chevaliers is a two-time winner already this term. He’s in solid form and appears to be holding his condition well. #12 Red Brick Fighter has drawn well and is looking to snap back-to-back runner-up efforts. #2 Happy Warrior gets a handy claim from apprentice Jerry Chau who could look to roll forward and take up the lead from gate four.  

Race 6: Gage Handicap 

#6 Angel Of My Eyes is racing well and although he’s drawn wide, it isn’t too much of a hindrance if he plans to settle near the tail of the field once again. He can finish over the top of this bunch. #10 Total Power is looking for back-to-back wins. He slots in light, although, he does step up sharply in grade. #4 Mission Tycoon can find the front from the draw and with Alfred Chan’s claim he gets in well at the weights, especially as the likely leader of the race. He’s a Hong Kong Classic Cup winner who has the class to turn this field over, should he manage to recapture his best.  

Race 7: Cochrane Handicap 

#6 Fabulous Eight is a talent and he can continue his impressive ascent up the handicap here. He draws a touch awkwardly but if Vagner Borges fires him out and settles close to the speed then he should get every chance to go on with it. #4 We The South is in a similar boat. He’ll roll forward to offset the draw and play catch me if you can as he usually likes to. He’s a tough on-pacer who will look the winner a long way from home. #8 Diamond Brilliant is worth including. He’s a model of consistency. #7 Flying Genius is next best with Zac Purton hopping up.  

Race 8: Elgin Handicap 

#4 Scores Of Fun is as honest as they come and with another forward ride he should be able to figure in the finish. He’s drawn to get the gun run for championship leading jockey Joao Moreira who should ensure he gets every chance. #5 High Rise Soldier is racing well and he’s unlucky to not already be a winner with seven top-three efforts from 13 runs. This could well be his day but he’ll have to offset an awkward draw. #2 Ka Ying Master is a two-time winner this season. He gets a handy seven-pound claim and he’s a threat in his spot. #7 Harmony N Home can’t be dismissed.