1. Ares
Happy Valley Race 5, 18:45 PM


2. Golden Dash
Happy Valley Race 8, 20:15 PM


12. Nordic Warrior
Happy Valley Race 7, 21:45 PM

Race 1 – 1200m Shan Pui River Hcp (C4) 18:45pm
Selections: 8-6-4-1

This is reasonably open but Farm Bumper has been in good form and should appreciate the step up to 1,200m on the back of a few solid performances over the minimum trip. Gintoki will strip fitter and the HK maiden maps nicely for Champion hoop Zac Purton. Management Supreme is having his third career start and looks progressive, while Goodluck Goodluck gets a drop in grade and his recent trial was solid.

Race 2 – 1800m Tan Shan River Hcp (C4) 19:15pm
Selections: 7-3-9-8

Salto Olimpico doesn’t win out of turn but showed marked improvement last time and has a decent record over the course and distance. The booking of Joao Moreira is a positive. Shadow Breaker led all the way over the track and trip last time and warrants respect if able to find that form again. Dionysus Collin has proven costly for punters but is consistently running well without winning, perhaps Zac Purton can help him break his maiden status. Pretty Bauhinia can fill a minor place.

Race 3 – 1650m Tai Shing Stream Hcp (C4) 19:45pm
Selections: 6-5-10-3

Lightning Steed was very brave in defeat last time and with a more conservative ride near the lead, he should prove hard to run down. Blooming Spirit has been a model of consistency and maps nicely. Seize The Spirit should have finished closer on his last outing and is competitively weighted. Focus has run well over the track and trip his last two but has also had his chance and might be a touch of unders.

Race 4 – 1000m Kam Tin River Hcp (C3) 20:15pm
Selections: 3-2-9-5

A competitive race but Be Ready should stalk a hot pace and gets his chance to notch his first HK win. Zac Purton sticks with him and the low draw is a big plus. Explosive Witness will enjoy a similar run and he is close to a win. G Unit will appreciate coming back to the minimum trip and merits respect. Flying Genius will need some luck from a middle alley but he is a specialist over this distance.

Race 5 – 1200m Shan Pui River Hcp (C4) 20:45pm
Selections: 1-2-8-6

Ares is the best on the card. He had clear excuses on his last outing and his recent trial was outstanding. He looks better than this grade. Hero Time maps nicely and his first up win over the course and distance was sound. Lucky Quality has shown glimpses of potential while Golden Glory mixes his form but his best should see him competitive. However, Ares is the standout.

Race 6 – 1200m Shan Pui River Hcp (C4) 21:15pm
Selections: 4-8-2-5

It is hard to knock the last two wins of Simply Fluke who has been impressive since joining Douglas Whyte’s yard but a wide gate and where he settles in the run will make it a tall order to make it three in row. Both Jade Phoenix and Interstellar have solid claims. The former has very good form lines from earlier this preparation and his recent trial was solid. Interstellar displayed marked improvement with the blinkers last time and looks the leader. Harrier Jet might inject some value in to the exotics.

Race 7 – 1650m Nam Chung River Hcp (C3) 21:45pm
Selections: 12-7-11-1

A number of chances in this event and there might be a reasonable value play with Nordic Warrior. He hit the line superbly last start with some brilliant closing sections and he might be suited up to the mile. Brave King has upside and is building nicely this preparation. Chairman Lo was sound in defeat last time and shouldn’t be far away while Magnificent brings the same form.

Race 8 – 1200m Lam Tsuen River Hcp (C3) 22:15am
Selections: 2-8-9-1

Golden Dash looks the one to beat here. The booking of Zac Purton and his third-up profile and both positives and he can turn the tables of California Rad who beat him last time. What A Legend had clear excuses last time and with better luck could make it interesting. The Runner is a progressive galloper who rises in grade but drops in weight. Californiadeepshot is another that has had excuses and probably gets a softer run here.

Race 9 – 1200m Ho Chung River Hcp (C2) 22:50am
Selections: 8-4-1-7

A tough race with many genuine contenders. Amazing Star will be popular in the market given he has won 4 of 5 this season and his best rates very well. However, conceding quite a bit of weight to the likes of Larson and This Is Class will not be easy. Larson is in a purple patch of form and 1,200m poses no issues. This Is Class has won three of four this term and also has upside. If Shining Gem isn’t too far off them then he too can make his presence felt.

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