Tips and analysis for Hong Kong Wednesday:
HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday September 26, 2018)
RACE 1: #6 Multimax, #2 Perfect Choice, #9 Cour Valant, #10 Trendiful
RACE 2: #6 Top Ace, #1 Chiu Chow Kid, #3 Dutch Windmill, #8 Celebration
RACE 3: #5 Young Empire, #2 Navas, #6 Universal Go Go, #12 Raichu
RACE 4: #5 Country Star, #6 Naboo Star, #2 Winning Supreme, #4 Peace N Prosperity
RACE 5: #4 Red Warrior, #3 Rickfield, #5 Happy Life, #10 Amazing Satchmo
RACE 6: #4 Sparkling Sword, #9 Speedy Wally, #5 Bundle Of Energy, #12 Fine With Me
RACE 7: #6 Mighty Maverick, #4 Storm Signal, #5 Smart Boy, #8 Top Score
RACE 8: #12 King Opie, #5 Alcari, #3 Starlight, #1 Blocker Dee
RACE 1: HEUNG YIP HANDICAP
#6 Multimax has been out of the winners’ circle for two years and one would struggle to recognise him as the same horse that once beat G1 winner D B Pin. If he can jump cleanly with blinkers on for the first time, he is likely to roll on the lead and he may prove hard to run down under those circumstances. #2 Perfect Choice steps out in Class 5 for the first time and can improve dramatically down in class. #9 Cour Valant carries no weight in the cellar grade. He could be another who takes a massive step forward for his new trainer Manfred Man. #10 Trendiful can perform well at his first start for Jimmy Ting.
RACE 2: ISLAND HANDICAP
#6 Top Ace has proved a bitter disappointment since arriving in Hong Kong, dropping from Class 2 to Class 5 without a single victory. There aren’t too many opportunities left for him, but perhaps he is worth a shot in this spot. #1 Chiu Chow Kid ran well at his first start in Class 5. He gets Zac Purton aboard now and should enjoy this sort of a trip. #3 Dutch Windmill is rarely far away and should be in contention, while #8 Celebration can bounce back after a disappointing first-up effort.
RACE 3: NAM FUNG HANDICAP
#5 Young Empire returns to the scene of three course and distance wins, the latest of which was fresh last season. He should enjoy a nice run from gate three and in a fairly even race he is one who can put his hand up. #2 Navas will relish getting down to Class 4 again, with a win and a third from two starts in the grade. Matthew Poon’s five-pound claim only helps his cause and he is the main danger. #6 Universal Go Go has drawn wide but looks capable of progressing on a first-up win. #12 Raichu is a threat down in the weights.
RACE 4: NAM FUNG HANDICAP
#5 Country Star ran very well on debut for fourth. It is very difficult to perform as well as that on debut over the Happy Valley 1000m and, with the step up to 1200m now and a good draw, he will be very hard to beat. #6 Naboo Star has trialled very nicely ahead of his first start, including a flashing effort from last at this course. He’s worth watching. #2 Winning Supreme will be in front for a long way and can’t be overlooked. #4 Peace N Prosperity is not without claims.
RACE 5: THE HONG KONG COUNTRY CLUB CHALLENGE CUP
#4 Red Warrior ran well at his first Hong Kong start, finishing fourth over 1200m. The step up in trip suits now and the three-year-old, a winner of three from four in the UK when named Rusper, can open his Hong Kong account. #3 Rickfield will find this an appropriate starting point before he steps up in trip. He is a two-time winner in this grade and a good effort here wouldn’t shock. #5 Happy Life has only raced twice in the last 15 months. He is one worth watching with a run under his belt. #10 Amazing Satchmo was in good form last term and could run a strong race fresh.
RACE 6: TAI SHUE WAN HANDICAP
#4 Sparkling Sword ran a bold race fresh, never shirking his task. If Matthew Poon can get him out and rolling from gate three, he will be tough to run down. #9 Speedy Wally is at a mark where he is usually consistent without winning. Expect him to be somewhere around the placings. #5 Bundle Of Energy can improve off a decent first-up effort, when he was only beaten a length. #12 Fine With Me creates interest at his first run for Jimmy Ting.
RACE 7: WONG CHUK HANG HANDICAP
#6 Mighty Maverick steps out for Caspar Fownes for the first time. He found form at the end of last season and the stable change should allow him to go higher yet, even now as a seven-year-old. #4 Storm Signal has his hoof on the till and he won’t be long out of the winners’ circle this term. #5 Smart Boy may still need to shed a few points in the ratings but he’s worth including from a good draw. #8 Top Score is next best.
RACE 8: WONG CHUK HANG HANDICAP
#12 King Opie won impressively first-up. He steps up into Class 3 now but with even luck he can continue his ratings rise. #5 Alcari is a consistent type who had a big preparation for a three-year-old. He steps out as a four-year-old for the first time here and, if he’s strengthened up over the off-season, he’s a player here. #3 Starlight has an awkward draw but he’s at a mark where he’s always capable of bobbing up. #1 Blocker Dee is a chance down in grade and back to 1200m.