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HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, November 25, 2020)
Race 1: #5 Virtus Star, #2 Telecom Missile, #4 Baby Storm, #9 Green Generation
Race 2: #9 Indigenous Star, #1 Total Power, #4 Play Wise, #7 Nunchuks
Race 3: #5 Momentum Galaxy, #9 Rewarding Together, #1 Hercules, #2 Prance Dragon
Race 4: #1 Cantstopthefeeling, #3 Jazz Steed, #8 Ambitious Heart, #4 Monkey Jewellery
Race 5: #12 Tom’s Style, #3 Grateful Heart, #8 Sky Show, #2 Good View Clarico
Race 6: #5 King Dragon, #1 Regency Master, #8 Royal Racer, #3 Kiram
Race 7: #2 Classic Unicorn, #1 Hong Kong Win, #7 Multimillion, #8 Joyful Union
Race 8: #8 Toycoon, #1 Holy Heart, #2 The Rock, #3 Easy Go Easy Win
Race 1: Yau Kom Tau Handicap (3.15am PDT, 6.15am EDT)
#5 Virtus Star is shooting for his third consecutive win and should get his chance to capture it. He’s in-form, draws well, remains in Class 5 and gets the services of a familiar ally: Alexis Badel. #2 Telecom Missile is racing well and Jerry Chau’s seven-pound claim holds him in good stead for this as he aims for a first win. #4 Baby Storm has steadily improved and from gate one, he should be able to finish around the mark. #9 Green Generation is next best.
Race 2: Tsing Lung Tau Handicap (1st Section) (3.45am PDT, 6.45am EDT)
#9 Indigenous Star is a two-time course and distance winner who has previously won off this mark before. He’s racing well and from gate five he should get his chance. #1 Total Power turned his form around to finish a close-up second at his final run of last season. He’s trialled leading into his first-up run and the booking of Zac Purton commands respect. #4 Play Wise was narrowly shrugged off last start. He’s notched two consecutive runner-up efforts and he can test this field. #7 Nunchuks is in-form and he shoots for back-to-back wins. He just needs to overcome the wide draw.
Race 3: Tai Lam Handicap (2nd Section) (4.15am PDT, 7.15am EDT)
#5 Momentum Galaxy won well first-up and since then he has been racing well. He should be able to bounce out into a nice position from the good draw and he’s the one to beat in his spot. #9 Rewarding Together did well first-up and he’ll have taken plenty improvement from that run. The draw suits, as does the booking of Joao Moreira. #1 Hercules sits on the cusp of Class 3. He’s in-form and he should improve switching back to the turf. #2 Prance Dragon catches the eye with Zac Purton up for the first time. He bears close watching, as he is a course and distance winner previously.
Race 4: Tai Lam Handicap (1st Section) (4.45am PDT, 7.45am EDT)
#1 Cantstopthefeeling receives a welcome step down to Class 4 and now, with Alexis Badel hopping back up, he shapes as the one they have to beat. #3 Jazz Steed is in-form and gets handy weight relief from apprentice Jerry Chau. He should get a charmed run from the inside draw for championship leading trainer Caspar Fownes. #8 Ambitious Heart draws favourably and does get the services of Joao Moreira, who on Sunday, bagged a running treble including a pair of G2 contests. #4 Monkey Jewellery looks primed with three runs under his belt and he deserves respect in his spot.
Race 5: Kap Shui Mun Handicap (5.15am PDT, 8.15am EDT)
#12 Tom’s Style has been working well and his latest trial at Conghua was sound. He’s first-up which is a slight concern but he has shown glimpses of ability and with no weight on his back, he just might be worth taking a chance on. #3 Grateful Heart was a tidy winner last start who looks to have plenty more rating points to come. #8 Sky Show is better than his first-up failure and he can atone for that performance with a switch back to the turf, at a course where is a one-time winner. #2 Good View Clarico is honest and should be around the mark again.
Race 6: Tsing Lung Tau Handicap (2nd Section) (5.45am PDT, 8.45am EDT)
#5 King Dragon only needs to overcome the awkward draw to be competitive in his spot. He narrowly missed two starts ago and he only needs to replicate that run here to be winning. #1 Regency Master sits on the cusp of a Class 3 berth. Top-weight isn’t ideal but he’s racing well and shapes as a major player in his spot. #8 Royal Racer rarely runs a bad race and this looks to be no exception. The Moreira/Fownes combination has been on fire this term and once again deserves respect. #3 Kiram is better than his form suggests. Expect an improved run with the seven-pound claimer up.
Race 7: Chai Wan Kok Handicap (6.15am PDT, 9.15am EDT)
#2 Classic Unicorn led and won impressively last time out. He rates to try and do similar again here, especially from gate one which should, allow him to roll forward under his own steam and play catch me if you can. #1 Hong Kong Win is classy, although his ascent up the handicap has appeared to have slowed. Still, he has ability and the favourable draw with the right run gives him every chance. #7 Multimillion should enjoy a good run in transit and he can finish around the mark. #8 Joyful Union is capable, only concern is that he is first-up this season, which poses a fitness query.
Race 8: Sham Tseng Handicap (6.50am PDT, 9.50am EDT)
Tricky contest to close the card with but #8 Toycoon might be worth taking a chance on as he steps up to 1650m for the first time this season. He was competitive over the trip last term and now with two runs under his belt, he looks ready for it. #1 Holy Heart scored a deserving win last time out. He is racing well and should take plenty of benefit from that run. Suspect he can be competitive in Class 2 should he make the step. #2 The Rock scored a classy first-up win and is looking to repeat the dose here for championship leading duo Joao Moreira and Caspar Fownes. #3 Easy Go Easy Win is looking to jump out of the ground at any time. He should be around the mark.
Nov 28 Sha Tin 11:45pm EST
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SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Late Sat. night/Early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020)
Race 1: #9 Super Axiom, #8 Romantic Trove, #2 Amazing Rocky, #7 Rhapsody
Race 2: #12 Blazing Partners, #3 Nuremberg, #1 Destin, #10 Adonis
Race 3: #6 Resolute, #3 Victory In Hand, #4 Jade Phoenix, #11 Star Superior
Race 4: #2 Czarson, #8 Gunnar, #1 Utopia Life, #7 All For South
Race 5: #13 Righteous Win, #10 Master Hero, #2 Glorious Lover, #7 Leading Fortune
Race 6: #10 Winning Steed, #2 Kasi Farasi, #7 Mercurial, #8 Robot Warrior
Race 7: #11 Lucky Express, #1 Buddies, #12 Sky Darci, #10 General’s Delight
Race 8: #4 Big Fortune, #1 Lockheed, #11 Beluga, #10 Juneau Park
Race 9: #14 Chevalier Prince, #2 Perfect To Great, #1 Mr Aldan, #7 Awe
Race 10: #6 Healthy Happy, #3 Shadow Hero, #12 Water Diviner, #7 Beauty Rush
Race 1: Chevalier Aluminium Engineering Handicap (8.45pm PDT, 9.45pm EDT)
#9 Super Axiom has shown plenty of early ability in his trials, especially in his latest at Happy Valley when he ran home comfortably under his own steam. He can make his presence felt on debut for trainer David Hayes. #8 Romantic Trove caught the eye at the trials and he deserves forgiveness for his debut ninth. #2 Amazing Rocky returns to the Sha Tin straight. His debut third was impressive and he can be competitive if he replicates that run here. #7 Rhapsody is limited but is a winner already. Don’t discount.
Race 2: Chevalier Car Dealership Handicap (9.15pm PDT, 10.15pm EDT)
#12 Blazing Partners has gone close this term. His best run this season came over this course and distance and he’s now at a mark he can win off. #3 Nuremberg returns following a solid trial effort at Conghua. Chances are he goes forward from the good gate and from there, sticks on for prize money. #1 Destin has the big weight but does step down to Class 5. Zac Purton hops up and he bears close watching. #10 Adonis gets the weight relief with Jerry Chau’s apprentice claim and the inside gate will give him his chance.
Race 3: Chevalier Construction Handicap (9.45pm PDT, 10.45pm EDT)
#6 Resolute is a smart, lightly raced galloper from the Tony Millard yard. He’s a dirt winner already this term who with gate one, can snag another. #3 Victory In Hand is only a small horse but he does have plenty of ability. He took to the dirt well last start and it wouldn’t shock to see him go one better here. #4 Jade Phoenix has done well on the turf across eight starts and on Sunday he makes his dirt debut. He’s worth including as his trials on the dirt have been sound. #11 Star Superior is next best with no weight to carry.
Race 4: Chevalier E & M Engineering Handicap (10.15pm PDT, 11.15pm EDT)
#2 Czarson is a three-time runner-up, who is, slightly unlucky not to already be a winner. Zac Purton takes over riding duties now and this is his race to lose. #8 Gunnar cruised to an easy four and a quarter length make all victory last time out. He steps up to Class 3 now but he gets his chance should the same tactics be employed. #1 Utopia Life’s last run in Class 3 returned a win. He can roll forward from the good draw which should give him every opportunity. #7 All For South has done well in both of his only two starts. He bears close watching.
Race 5: Chevalier Environmental Engineering Handicap (11.05pm PDT, 12.05am EDT)
#13 Righteous Win isn’t hopeless and now, from the inside draw, he just might be worth taking a chance on to pinch this, especially with no weight on his back if they do elect to roll forward. #10 Master Hero impressed with a debut second a fortnight ago. Joao Moreira hops up now for the suspended Vincent Ho and he remains a big player with plenty of upside. #2 Glorious Lover has the ability it’s just a matter of putting it together. #7 Leading Fortune can box on from the good draw with solid form behind him.
Race 6: Chevalier Healthcare Investment Handicap (11.40pm PDT, 12.40am EDT)
#10 Winning Steed has found his groove now following a close-up fifth last time out. He displayed immense ability in the trials and he’s now starting to realise it. #2 Kasi Farasi could roll forward from the good draw with the apprentice’s weight relief and although he’s not been performing well, it wouldn’t surprise to see him turn it around as he has done previously. #7 Mercurial narrowly missed at his latest. He deserves consideration. #8 Robot Warrior is third-up and now and looks set ready to peak.
Race 7: The Chevalier Cup Handicap (12.10am PDT, 1.10am EDT)
#11 Lucky Express closed off nicely last start in the Panasonic Cup to finish a close-up second to Buddies. He’ll relish the step up to the mile now and with a clean run he can win. #1 Buddies will roll forward from the inside draw and try to make all. He’s gone from strength-to-strength this term and deserves respect once again. #12 Sky Darci is looking for his third consecutive win. He’s on-the-up and is not without a chance again, although he does step into Class 1 for the first time which is not easy. #10 General’s Delight is better than his recent record suggests. He can figure.
Race 8: Chevalier Lifts & Escalators Handicap (12.40am PDT, 1.40am EDT)
#4 Big Fortune gets a handy bit of weight off his back from gate five which should give him every opportunity. His forward-style of racing regularly affords him every chance. #1 Lockheed finally got off the mark at his 24th attempt last start. Now that he’s done it once he might just know how to do it again. #11 Beluga is a two-time winner from four starts. The wide gate and class rise makes life difficult but he is a considerable talent nonetheless. #10 Juneau Park is a two-time winner from seven. The draw suits and he’s capable.
Race 9: Chevalier Property Development & Operations Handicap (1.15am PDT, 2.15am EDT)
#14 Chevalier Prince returned in excellent order first-up with a narrow defeat over the course and distance. He should be fitter now and ready to fire with Joao Moreira up. #2 Perfect To Great grabbed second last time out. He is capable of going one better here for the in-form championship leader Caspar Fownes. #1 Mr Aldan’s last run on the dirt was too bad to be true. He is better than that and it wouldn’t surprise to see him to turn it around. #7 Awe is able and has the benefit of two runs under his belt.
Race 10: Chevalier Property Investment Handicap (1.50am PDT, 2.50am EDT)
#6 Healthy Happy won well on debut, which is not an easy task for a PPG on a relatively high rating. He looks to have come on from that win nicely with a trial under his belt and he just needs to handle the added furlong on offer here. #3 Shadow Hero is a dual Australian G1 winner who makes long-awaited Hong Kong debut. He has the class and if he’s acclimatised well then it wouldn’t surprise to see him perform well on debut. #12 Water Diviner is a five-time winner. He needs a lot to go his way but is proven in this grade. #7 Beauty Rush made all nicely last time out and he’s drawn gate one in his bid for back-to-back wins. Must respect.
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