Clint Hutchison: There is no feature race on the eight-race card at Happy Valley this week but there are some good wagering opportunities and the first of those is in the opening event with John Size’s Remarkable.
This Hong Kong maiden has found himself in the lowest class after just six local starts and looks very well placed to notch his first win following an eye-catching run on his last outing. He settled last throughout over the Sha Tin 1600m before showing a good turn-of-foot down the stretch and clocked some of the best final sectionals of the day.
It was highly encouraging for many reasons, but, ultimately, he has been given further relief in the handicap and now tackles far weaker opposition. Although he travels to the city circuit for the first time, he has participated in trials there and seemed to get around alright. It is a rarity for the Champion trainer to have a horse in this grade and Size obviously feels there is plenty of scope for this lightly-raced galloper. He makes plenty of appeal as an Eachway bet and should prove very hard to beat with the move up to 1800m.
Later on the card, Don’t Miss is bidding for a hat-trick of wins following two dominant wins over the Valley 1600m. Although he has managed to attain a soft lead on each occasion, and has more weight to carry this time, he might get a cheap lead once again.
The best part of his recent wins is that he has been very strong through the line and with a cumulative winning margin of 5.5 lengths, considering he stays in the same grade he should prove hard to beat again. There are three key dangers. Firstly, Charity Wings who closed quite well behind Don’s Miss last time and he will meet that rival on better terms. And Har Har Heart was very unlucky when he last competed when held-up for clear running and could have nearly won. Tony Millard’s Super Clan was an eye-catcher when flashing home from last on the turn when he last went around and he can improve. A Win bet of Don’t Miss looks a sound option with a trifecta with the three key rivals.
In the penultimate event, Cheerfuljet deserves another chance considering his luckless run when he last competed over 1200m at the city course a month ago. He was looming in to the race like he was going to win when the door was closed around the 200m mark and was basically eased down thereafter. He possesses gate speed, can go forward and settle prominently. That being the case, he could easily return to the winners’ enclosure for the third time this season. He should be Eachway odds and that bet looks the best option.
RACE 1 NO 2 EACHWAY
RACE 5 NO 1 WIN, 1 banker with 4-6-8 TRIFECTA
RACE 7 NO 8 EACHWAY