There’s another quality mid-week card on offer at Happy Valley on Wednesday and we have cast our eyes across all nine races below!
*All times are Hong Kong local*
Smart Missile gelding Loriz is back to the 1200m and looks a strong chance from a low draw. The four-year-old was a winner over the course and distance back in November stepping back from the 1400m and now gets Zac Purton on board for the first time in a similar leadup. Monkey Jewellery has only one win in 11 starts this prep but should take big improvement out of his last start third when two lengths behind Compassion Spirit. The five-year-old is well overdue for a win and has to be included in exotics with Joao Moreira retaining the ride.
King’s Man and Swot Troopers Wind both come out of the same Class 4 Handicap run on April 22 over the course and distance where they placed second and third respectively behind Electric Lightning. Swot Troopers Wind raced up on the speed and fought on bravely when the pressure mounted, but I’d like to see what he can do settling midfield here from a better gate. King’s Man flew home over the final furlong to grab second and maps to get a similar run in transit. Both should take great improvement from their last start and should be right in the finish again.
Flying Godspell was a winner four starts back over the course and distance but has struggled at the barriers ever since. The Kiwi finished 10 of 11 in his last start from the wide draw but came close in the start prior when half a length third behind Super Lucky. Matthew Poon retains the ride and with four wins over the distance to his name and, most importantly, an inside gate, he rates as a decent each-way bet.
Incanto Prepared can be forgiven for his last start when 11th of 14 over the 1400m at Sha Tin. I thought he was impressive two starts back though where he stormed the line to miss out narrowly behind Charge On. He enjoyed a lovely run along the rails that day and I think he should relish the step up to the mile still in search of his maiden. Chad Schofield jumps back in the saddle and has plenty to work with from barrier 9, while the month off in between runs is an added bonus.
Everything lines up nicely for The Runner off his last start second less than a length behind Sky Treasure. The four-year-old by Snitzel was enormous over the final 100m where he burst clear and, if Antoine Hamelin gets going a little earlier he should prove tough to run down. The gate suits and Hamelin is one of Hong Kong’s in-form hoops at the moment, so this could be one of the best bets of the evening.
The combo of Karis Teetan and Flying Genius has been kind to punters with the pair combining for a win back in December. The lightly raced three-year-old by All Too Hard rates highly on Wednesday down in the weights from a good gate and should take plenty of improvement away from his last start second behind Baltic Success at Sha Tin. With two wins on this course already, he looks tough to fault.
Such A Happiness has shown consistent progression throughout his prep after venturing over to the Tony Millard stable. The Savabeel gelding ran third two starts back over the 1400m at Sha Tin with Karis Teetan on board and the pair link up again here as a serious chance. The six-year-old is a three times winner over the distance and with a little luck, can figure in the finish from a good gate.
Island Shine is a 3.5kg claimer following his latest win (albeit it narrowly) over the course and distance. The gelding has to be respected though with Zac Purton booked to ride and it’s fair to say his best is yet to come. Whiskey Neat looks a useful type if you’re looking for some value. He’s starting to show signs of progression and has drawn low both in terms of weight and barrier. The three-year-old has plenty of ability without breaking through for a win in Hong Kong and this could be his chance with Joao Moreira steering.
New Zealand galloper Happy Fun was a winner second-up this prep over the 1400m at Sha Tin and has been thereabouts ever since for trainer Danny Shum. The six-year-old ran third over the mile five starts back and wasn’t far off the winners in his most recent appearance over the 1400m on March 22. He’s coming off a 45 day let up here and should be in the finish with Antoine Hamelin in the saddle for the first time.