Follow Millard and Rispoli at Happy Valley


Clint Hutchison: Hong Kong – Tony Millard and Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli are yet to team up for success this season from a handful of combinations but the pair have an excellent chance to land the silverware at Happy Valley with Super Form in The Japan Racing Association Trophy (Race 7).

This son of Azamour was a decisive winner over the Valley “mile” on his seasonal return and probably should have gone back-to-back when second over the same course and distance last month.

Millard has once again given this fellow a month between runs and kept him to the same track and trip and considering he is receiving substantial weight from his main rivals, looks a great Eachway bet. 

There is another sound Eachway bet earlier on the card in Race 5 where Australian rider Nash Rawiller reunites with Love Chunghwa.

He will be having his fifth start for the season but was a sound winner two starts back before a slow tempo and weight anchored him on his last outing.

The key this time is that he is not conceding too much weight to early favourite and key rival Exceptional Desire.

The other main danger Manful Star receives plenty of weight but has drawn badly, but with Joao Moreira on board, will still be a great chance to figure in the finish. These three can be used in a Trifecta and add Show Mission to the mix.

Best bet on the card is last-start winner Keep Moving in the Nakayama Handicap (Race 6).

He was brave on his seasonal return over the minimum trip at the city course when he had to do a reasonable amount of work in the middle stages and battled well to hold on.

He will strip fitter for that effort and the form of that race has taken a bit of a boost with the likes of E-Super and Beauty Master both finishing second subsequently. The main danger for Exactas is Money Boy who has been a model of consistency but rarely wins.

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