Happy Valley Picks

By Hong Kong Jockey Club

Posted: August 10, 7:17 PM

May 06 2020

6:51 PM

Race 1: #3 Monkey Jewellery, #1 Super Lucky, #2 Loriz, #5 Noble Desire
Race 2: #11 Royal Racer, #10 Dionysus Collin, #3 Rich And Lucky, #2 King’s Man
Race 3: #2 Good Shot, #4 Yee Cheong Pegasus, #3 Compassion Star, #8 Bright Kid
Race 4: #7 Polymer Luck, #9 Eptiwins, #1 Methane, #4 Lightning Steed
Race 5: #2 Momentum Galaxy, #3 The Runner, #1 Harmony N Home, #7 Millennium Falcon
Race 6: #8 Flying Genius, #3 Be Ready, #2 Larson, #7 Very Sweet Orange
Race 7: #7 Such A Happiness, #1 Sunshine Warrior, #9 Chairman Lo, #2 Magnificent
Race 8: #2 Golden Dash, #3 Island Shine, #7 Winning Feeling, #6 Whiskey Neat
Race 9: #6 Happy Dragon, #1 Dances With Dragon, #8 Enrichment, #7 Hezthewonforus




Race 1: Gladiolus Handicap (3rd Section)

#3 Monkey Jewellery has been consistent this term albeit with only one win next to his name from 11 runs. Still, he is racing well and he’s drawn to get the gun run this time for Joao Moreira who sticks aboard following the duo’s close-up third last start. #1 Super Lucky has gone to a new level of late, finishing inside the top his last five runs including a win two starts ago. He can figure in the finish but gate 12 from the 1200m chute makes things tricky. #5 Noble Desire is next best but again, is another who is awkwardly placed having drawn wide.


Race 2: Lotus Handicap (1st Section)

#11 Royal Racer has been consistent all campaign without winning. He’s drawn to utilise the inside gate which could see him prominent early and from there, prove difficult to reel in. The booking of Joao Moreira also, warrants respect. #10 Dionysus Collin is running out of chances to get that elusive win as a six-time placegetter this term. Still, he has gone close a number of times and off his current mark he can still be a factor. #3 Rich And Lucky gets Zac Purton again who won aboard him three starts ago. He can figure with the right run. #2 King’s Man is next best.


Race 3: Gladiolus Handicap (2nd Section)

#2 Good Shot won well last start at 45/1 after largely struggling on debut as a well fancied 4.5 chance. He remains in Class 4 which suits off that win and at the course and distance he won at. He’s drawn to get the right run and it wouldn’t surprise to see him win his way into Class 3. #4 Yee Cheong Pegasus has gone to a new level for Tony Millard and he can add to his impressive record here. He’s shown no signs of training off and this contest is well within his reach. #3 Compassion Star is getting up in the ratings now but Victor Wong’s five-pound claim does bring him down to a suitable level. #8 Bright Kid bears close watching at his first start for new trainer Chris So and champion jockey Zac Purton.


Race 4: Lotus Handicap (2nd Section)

#7 Polymer Luck has drawn wide but if he can cross it might find the front and lead in a race that appears to lack pace on paper. He can control the race if so, but still gate 11 will see him do a fair bit of work early. #9 Eptiwins has shown plenty of ability although is, still a maiden across 12 starts for two trainers. He’s going to breakthrough soon enough but here now, with Zac Purton taking the reins now, he could well go around under the odds and if there’s no value, he might be worth opposing. #1 Methane sits on the cusp of Class 3. He’s an honest, consistent customer who can make his presence felt here. #4 Lightning Steed is next best as a course and distance winner previously.


Race 5: Gladiolus Handicap (1st Section)

#2 Momentum Galaxy gets the services of Zac Purton for the first time now. This booking alone warrants respect and if he manages to put his best foot forward it would not shock to see him go on with it. #3 The Runner steps out still in search of his first win. He closed nicely for second last start and off that performance rates well to go one better here. Antoine Hamelin is a man in-form and the inside gate suits. #1 Harmony N Home became unstuck from gate 12 last start. He’s drawn gate one this time which suits and with a more favourable run throughout, he can figure. #7 Millennium Falcon has upside as a lightly raced prospect.


Race 6: Carnation Handicap

#8 Flying Genius looks set to try and make all from gate two as he has done twice before previously over this course and distance. Karis Teetan knows the horse well and another win together is possible. #3 Be Ready has become a costly conveyance, missing on a number of occasions. He does though get a favourable draw this time as well as the retention of Zac Purton’s services which should see him go around a leading contender. #2 Larson’s chances are hindered by gate 12, especially from the 1000m chute but if he can find the right spot he can still run on for prize money. #7 Very Sweet Orange won’t get his own way in the and is another who may struggle from the draw.


Race 7: Chamomile Handicap

Tony Millard has an exceptional record with stable transfers and #7 Such A Happiness can join that list. He is racing well for his new handler and from the handy draw at Happy Valley he might find himself settled closer to the speed. #1 Sunshine Warrior is looking for a hat-trick of wins. He’s looked ultra-impressive his last two starts and although he has to lug 133lb this time in, he should be fighting out the finish. #9 Chairman Lo broke though for that elusive first win last start after finishing runner-up on five occasions. He’s drawn to lead them up here and if he’s held his condition out of that win then he’ll find himself in the thick of things. #2 Magnificent is next best off his latest effort.


Race 8: Celosia Handicap

#2 Golden Dash returned from a lengthy layoff last start to finish a close-up second to Beauty Amigo. The gate makes life hard here from the 1200m chute but if he can overcome this obstacle and find a forward position, then he’s going to be testing these. #3 Island Shine is looking for back-to-back wins. He’s drawn to get the right run and does appear to still have a number of ratings points in hand, so his current mark of 73 isn’t likely to be his ceiling. #7 Winning Feeling won well three starts ago over this course and distance and has since held his condition well. He’ll find himself in the right spot. #6 Whiskey Neat is a big, strong horse. He’s shown glimpses of ability but as a type, he’s lovely to look at and with Joao Moreira up this time he might be ready to make his presence felt.


Race 9: Camellia Handicap

#6 Happy Dragon finds similar conditions to that of when he won first-up this term and in the same grade, from the good gate, he’s capable of doing so again. #1 Dances With Dragon has gone to a new level for trainer Caspar Fownes having won two out of his last three starts. He can win again off his current mark and the retention of Zac Purton warrants respect. #8 Enrichment is looking to snap a streak of three runner-up efforts. He’s capable of doing so but once again has been dealt a wide gate, which could prove costly. #7 Hezthewonforus is next best.