GRANT WINNING IN HONG KONG
Trevor Reid: South African jockey Grant van Niekerk was successful when scoring in the last race on the opening race meeting and repeated that feat when winning the last race on Sunday.
Superstitious punters will be hoping that (10) Xiang Bai Qi can get the job done in Race 8 at Happy Valley today but he is a long shot at R14 currently on The TAB.
This David Ferraris trained four-year-old has yet to win but was not disgraced in his last two starts and could well have improved since.
Van Niekerk only has 3 carded rides on the day with (6) Wealthy Fortune in Race and (11) General Iron being his other rides.
The well-tried Wealthy Fortune is never too far behind but is more likely to place than actually so is probably best included in Trifectas and Quartets. He will find (8) Holy Unicorn a tough nut to crack.
General Iron is badly drawn for this race and ran possibly his worst run for some time last time out but is clearly capable of better and is quite capable of earning some money.
Currently leading the Hong Kong Jockeys Championship on 4 winners is C Ho with 4 winners with Zac Purton, Van Niekerk and Karis Teetan all just one behind.
Once again Purton has the pick of the rides as far as the current prices on the commingled tote as he is set to ride the favourite in all of races 3-7. Yip that is 5 favourites in the 8 races.
On a competitive looking day it is brave to pick which of those 5 will win but from pole position draws both (2) Victory Power and (3) Turf Sprint should go close to winning their respective races.
Callan Murray has yet to get off the mark but this is not an easy task as he has generally been riding big priced runners but hopefully that will change soon and he has got 5 rides today.
(4) The Joy Of Giving R14 on the TAB in Race 1. (5) California Elite (R38) in Race 2. (3) I’m The Conquist (R20) , (5) G-One Lover in Race 6 (R12) and Race 7 ( 4) Jade Theatre are his hopes.
Teetan rode a treble on Sunday and he could be the jockey that gives Zac Purton the most to think about this season and it is definitely worth looking at his 5 rides.
(10) Proud Sky is a R10 a win in the first and this gelding may have just needed his seasonal debut last time so could improve and finish in the money.
The Mauritian and trainer Tony Millard are a formidable team and (4) Super Form in Race 3 could go close to winning. Super Form is course and distance suited.
Teetan rides the R25 a win (7) True Grit in Race 4. (1) Sichuan Boss in Race 5 and (10) Cheer Win In Race 6 are his other rides.
(all projected tote returns correct at the time of writing but subject to change)