Here follows a race-by-race preview of the Happy Valley meeting on Wednesday 16 September 2020
Race 1: Focus can lead in this race and be hard to run down. Trialled well under Joao Moreira for his return. Telecom Rocket video replay showed last run was very good. Perfect To Play backing up quickly from last week, can run well. Shadow Breaker form is good and must be rated a solid chance as an on-pace runner. All You Know drawn well and should gain a nice run in transit, ran on well in a recent trial.
Race 2: Mig Energy resuming from a break and trialled well recently. Last run was still good despite beaten as favourite and Purton sticks with. Shamport looks overdue for a win and enters this race in good form, however generally gets well back in running. The Runner last start winner who remains in the same grade and can run well again. Jolly Good Heart’s recent barrier trial was good suggesting a good run can be expected. Master Albert backing up quickly from a good last start effort and can run well again.
Race 3: Smart Thinker changed trainer recently and can improve; trialled much better and drawn in barrier 1 gives him every chance to score. Vital Spring nice effort last start when storming home, appears ready to win. Sweetly Baby trialled very well in blinkers and is one to follow, however barrier 12 looks tricky. Chunghwa Jingshen’s last run suggested a win was very near. The One drawn well and should gain a nice run in transit under the in-form Teetan.
Race 4: V Chevaliers changed trainer and trialled very well recently; prior runs also suggested a Class 5 win was near. Dragon Pride changed trainer and trialled very well recently. Joy Master was an easy last start winner and must be respected with Purton aboard. Royal Chocolate will be suited by the rise in distance and can run well, going well for the new stable. Virtus Star remains a maiden galloper but clearly gets a chance to win here from a low draw under Teetan.
Race 5: Lightning Steed backing up quickly from a good last start effort and can run well again – big chance from barrier 1 and with a good ride. Heavenly Thought ran on well in a recent trial and should be considered with Moreira in the saddle. Jolly Honour fast beginner who may be able to sneak a place under the right race shape. Tangmere changed stables recently and has improved, good chance on best form. Xiang Bai Qi always finishes close up and must be rated a chance at this level.
Race 6: Lucky Quality had genuine excuses last start and can be considered again. Incanto Prepared remains a maiden galloper but clearly gets a chance to win here. Hercules trialled very well in blinkers and looks for big improvement, however barrier 10 seems awkward. Victory In Hand drops down in grade. Blinkers added a chance on best form, however will need luck from stall 11. Hin Yuen Bis gelded after his last start and can improve.
Race 7: Sell My Sole nice horse who is a model of consistency and looks a big chance from barrier 1 under Moreira. Ready to win. Daily Beauty last start winner who retains good form and can run well again. Sprint Forward changed trainer and trialled very well recently, looks an improver. Supreme Plus last start winner who rises in class but may have found form to measure up. Compassion Star changed stables recently and has improved, consider in exotic bets.
Race 8: Green Aeon resuming from a break and trialled well recently, can go close to winning at his second Hong Kong start. Flying Genius had genuine excuses last start and consider again, go on previous consistent form. Saul’s Special’s recent barrier trial was good suggesting an improved effort can be expected. Eternal Harvest was an easy last start winner and must be respected. Nextmodel backing up quickly from last week, can run well up in class but down in the weights.
R5. #6 Win
R7. #3 Win
Best Bet: R2. #2 Mig Energy
Longshot: R6. #8 Hin Yuen Bis
Andrew Le Jeune:
Best: R5. #6 Lightning Steed
Eachway: R7. #11 Run The Table
Best: R8. #8 Eternal Harvest
Next Best: R7. #3 Sell My Sole.
Value: R6. #5 Lucky Quality
Best: R4. #3 V Chevaliers
Longshot: R6. #11 Jade Theatre – HKJC