Happy Valley Tips & Preview – Wednesday, May 20

Race 1: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 6:45pm
No. 8 Farm Bumper

Farm Bumper has raced well since stepping up to Class 4 and he looks more than capable of taking out the first at Happy Valley on Wednesday.

The Manfred Man-trained gelding was a winner three starts back over the 1000m and has finished runner-up twice since rising in grade.

The son of Tycoon Ruler ran on well last time out, bursting clear along the rails to finish a neck behind We The South.

It looks like he wants further now, and although Chad Schofield will carry 2kg extra, he should have plenty of options from barrier 7.

Race 2: Class 4 Handicap (1800m), 7:15pm
No. 9 Dionysus Collin

Dionysus Colin looks a strong chance to finally break through for his maiden with the services of Zac Purton on board.

The four-year-old Australian import has placed in eight of his 19 career starts to date and couldn’t have been more impressive last time out where he charged the line for second behind all the way winner Rich and Lucky.

The Francis Lui-trained gelding has also placed in four of his six starts over the 1800m and rates highly to find the winner’s stall after what has been a very consistent campaign.

Race 3: Class 4 Handicap (1650m), 7:45pm
No. 3 Focus

Karis Teetan was a winner aboard Focus two starts back over the course and distance where the pair overcame the wide draw to beat home Electric Lightning.

The gelding by Per Incanto went on to produce a strong runner-up performance behind Happy Warrior in his latest and will now take a power of beating coming off a handy three week break.

This is a very open race, so I like the fact Teetan retains the ride. He should have plenty to work with from the inside chute for a second win aboard the four-year-old.

Race 4: Class 3 Handicap (1000m), 8:15pm
No. 5 Flying Genius

Flying Genius has turned into a bit of a horse for this course with back-to-back wins over the track and distance last year.

The three-year-old by All Too Hard struggled stepping up to the 1200m but has returned to his old ways since getting back to his preferred trip.

Karis Teetan has finished runner-up in his last two starts aboard the gelding and retains the ride on Wednesday. He was the winning rider in Flying Geniuses last start and the pair rate highly to add another.

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Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 8:45pm
No. 4 Monkey Jewellery

New Zealand sprinter Monkey Jewellery mixes his form but has been thereabouts ever since Joao Moreira stepped in to ride.

The pair have found the placings in back-to-back starts and should take some beating here if they can overcome the wide gate.

The son of Exceed and Excel charged the line strongly in his last start for third behind Loriz and maps to get a similar run here off the speed.

With two wins over the distance to his name, the five-year-old looks a decent each-way hope.

Race 6: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 9:15pm
No. 4 Jade Phoenix, No. 2 Simply Fluke

I like the setup here for Jade Phoenix stepping back from the 1400m to the 1200m.

The lightly-raced three-year-old is getting his first look at Happy Valley, but don’t hold that against him.

He found the placings on three consecutive occasions over this distance at Sha Tin and looks well-placed here from the inside alley with Zac Purton retaining the ride.

It’s also hard to knock the form of Simply Fluke. The New Zealand sprinter is two-from-two since venturing over to the Douglas Whyte yard.

The knock if the 4kg claim and the wide draw, but he does remain among Class 4 company where he’s been tough to fault of late.

Race 7: Class 3 Handicap (1650m), 9:45pm
No. 1 Magnificent

Magnificent gets the 1.5kg claim with apprentice Dylan Mo in the saddle, but holds serious claims having narrowly missed out on a win in each of his last two starts.

The five-year-old was beaten by a nose in his latest outing over the course and distance behind Reel Bizzy after overcoming the wide draw.

He’s finally drawn a gate in barrier 3 and can easily go one better here leading from the front.

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Race 8: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 10:15pm
No. 9 The Runner

The Runner was a last start winner over the course and distance in Class 4 company and now gets a chance to prove himself stepping up in grade for the second time.

The Snitzel gelding will need to perform at his best against a proven field of Class 3 winners, but he’ll have every opportunity from the inside draw over his preferred distance.

The four-year-old won’t know himself dropping 5kg with apprentice Ben So on board. Based on recent performances, he looks a little over the odds for mine.

Race 9: Class 2 Handicap (1200m), 10:45pm
No. 2 Shining Ace

It’s tough to find fault with Shining Ace as he continues to rise through the grades.

The four-year-old has won three times already this term and should strip fitter for his last start fourth behind Computer Patch over the 1200m at Sha Tin.

The Australian import drops a kilo here and should be doing his best work late from the inside draw.

The booking of Moreira alone commands respect, while the fact Shining Ace has managed to find the placings in nine of his last 10 starts also leaves me feeling confident.