Happy Valley Tips & Preview – Wednesday, May 13

Race 1: Class 5 Handicap (1200m), 6:45pm
No. 1 The Abraxas

The Abraxas is stepping back down to Class 5 company and looks a serious chance if Joao Moreira can overcome the wide draw.

The five-year-old has won over the distance in the past and should take great improvement away from his last start fourth over the same distance.

Jockey H T Mo was forced to go forward from a three-wide position, but I thought The Abraxas showed a great turn of foot to lead right up until the final 100m mark.

With a few top chances also drawing tricky gates, he looks a good chance here.

Race 2: Class 4 Handicap (1650m), 7:15pm
No. 6 Sumstreetsumwhere

Sumstreetsumwhere gets the services of Zac Purton for the first time following his last start third over the course and distance.

The New Zealand import was forced to go forward from the wide draw but still managed to charge the line strongly to finish three lengths behind Tangmere.

The five-year-old old should receive a much more comfortable run off the speed from barrier 4 and is peaking at the right time with one of Hong Kong’s finest in the saddle.

Race 3: Class 5 Handicap (1200m), 7:45pm
No. 8 Fox Cheunger

Fox Cheunger was a winner over the course and distance five starts back with Matthew Chadwick on board and I think he looks a good chance for it.

The Francis Lui-trained gelding has drawn awkwardly at the barriers since his last win but has still managed to sneak in for third on two occasions.

Looks better suited here from barrier 6 with Chadwick retaining the ride.

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Race 4: Class 4 Handicap (1200m), 8:15pm
No. 9 Happy Tango

Happy Tango looks a decent each-way shout at time of publish.

The four-year-old trained by Douglas Whyte has raced well without winning in his career and can easily breakthrough for a maiden if he overcomes the wide draw.

His latest effort saw him beaten narrowly at the line by Hero Time where he ran on wide from barrier 11. If Chad Schofield can get the right run, the pair should be in this.

Race 5: Class 4 Handicap (1000m), 8:45pm
No. 9 Daily Delight

The lightly raced Daily Delight is the one for mine here coming off an impressive third over the 1000m a fortnight ago.

The son of Smart Missile worked his way into a lovely spot along the rails from a wide draw and showed an enormous turn of foot over the final 100m to find the placings.

Blake Shinn has struggled with awkward gates on the three-year-old thus far, but now has plenty of options from barrier 4.

Race 6: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 9:15pm
No. 3 Smart Leader

Smart Leader returned to the races in good order last September winning first-up over the course and distance with Joao Moreira in the saddle.

The five-year-old has failed to go on with it but does rate highly here with Moreira taking over the reins from Blake Shinn.

Despite some lacklustre performances, Smart Leader did bolt in for third two starts back and I do like the fact he’s coming off a 49-day let-up. Barrier 2 also gives Moreira plenty to work with, so I’m willing to give the pair a chance.

Race 7: Class 3 Handicap (1200m), 9:45pm
No. 8 Shamport

The Caspar Fownes-trained Shamport remains down in the weights and can return back to his best form with Vincent C Y Ho retaining the ride.

The five-year-old gelding is a three times winner over the course and distance this time in and rates highly from the wide draw.

Split of a Second could also run a cheeky race second-up with two wins over the course and distance to his name. He gets in light at the weights and should be in the finish from barrier 4.

Race 8: Class 3 Handicap (1800m), 10:15pm
No. 2 Cinquante Cinq

Cinquante Cinq should relish the step up to the 1800m based on his narrow second over the mile a fortnight ago behind Acclaimed Light.

The Tavistock gelding has won twice at Happy Valley in the past, but has developed a reputation for finishing runner-up five times in his 11 starts.

Zac Purton retaining the ride counts for a lot though, and he should have plenty to work with from barrier 8 aboard a horse that really should have more wins to his name.

Race 9: Class 3 Handicap (1650m), 10:50pm
No. 9 Happy Warrior

Happy Warrior steps up to Class 3 here and is capable of a strong showing over his preferred distance.

The six-year-old was a last start winner over the course and distance under Zac Purton and won’t know himself this time around dropping 5.5kg with Vagner Borges on board.

Tangmere also has to be included in the minors shooting for a hat-trick. The New Zealander has gone to another level with Purton in the saddle and remains down in the weights from another inside gate.