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Happy Valley: Best Bets and Tips - 20 January

Happy Valley: Best Bets and Tips - 23 December 2020

Racing this Wednesday sees a competitive nine-race programme at Happy Valley Racecourse with a host of top quality racing on offer, the top bet and value bet, which should be followed closely. 

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VALUE BET – FAST PACE
BEST BET – LEWIS

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R

Time

Conditions

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

1

12:45

2200m – Class 5 Handicap

   3

8

2

1

7

2

13:15

1200m – Class 4 Handicap

11

8

1

 10

9

3

13:45

1000m – Class 5 Handicap

5

4

2

10

1

4

14:15

1200m – Class 4 Handicap

5

3

1

  8

4

5

14:45

1650m – Class 4 Handicap

3

5

2

12

4

6

15:15

1200m – Class 4 Handicap

1

3

7

11

2

7

15:45

1650m – Class 3 Handicap

1

11

6

8

10

8

16:15

1200m – Class 3 Handicap

2

3

7

9

10

9

16:50

1200m – Class 3 Handicap

4

5

8

1

11


RACE 1

SKY GEM showed signs of a form return last time. He is drawn best of all and has found one better on two occasions so far this season. If putting his best foot forward then he should give a good account of himself in the opening contest. SOCKET ELITE was one-paced last time but his prior form is quite attractive. It is encouraging that Teetan has kept faith in the ride and he can find a swift return to form. PRETTY BAUHINIA brings mainly moderate form. He doesn’t take on the strongest field this evening and has claims if repeating his penultimate effort. 

RACE 2

This is a competitive race where some caution is advised. The narrow first selection is SMART CHARADE. He brings the most decent form into this race having placed in his last two starts on this course. He looks fairly handicapped in this contest and the seven-year-old can go one better. WOOD ON FIRE likes to his best work late and he is much better than his flat latest suggests. He won his penultimate run in fine fashion and a repeat of that effort could find himself in the winner’s enclosure. CHAMP PATROL is the class in the race. He won his penultimate start under Moreira and the pair are quickly reunited.

RACE 3

PRAWN YEAH YEAH finished well last time under this apprentice. He is coming along the right way and his form suggests he is approaching a competitive handicap. Apprentice Chau retains the ride and he is a leading contender. ARDENODE is much better than his last outing. His prior form is fairly attractive and with Belgian ace Soumillon in the saddle, he is capable of finishing in the money. OVERSUBSCRIBED’S last win was over this c&d and he was making up good ground in his fair latest. FLYING MONKEY had excuses last time with blood in trachea but his prior form is consistent and he must be respected.  

RACE 4

A SMILE LIKE YOURS is still relatively unexposed. He produced a promising debut effort and wasn’t disgraced in his two starts after that. He definitely has the ability to win in Class 4 and with the expected natural improvement on offer, he should take a power of beating. AMBITIOUS HEART will be without Moreira this time as he rides the top selection but his form merits healthy respect and he also drops in class. WINSTON’S LAD has gone off the boil since reeling off a hat-trick of wins. He will have to shoulder top weight but is the class in the race and can get back to his best. 

Jockeys Ride Horses

RACE 5

FAST PACE was finishing positively last time under Callan. He hasn’t been far off the winner since his triumph in November and the manner in which he has been finishing off his races suggests another win may be around the corner. He definitely represents decent each-way value for Hong Kong racing pundits. MORE THAN A ENOUGH made a welcome form return last time. Callan has opted to ride the top selection this time but he is not out of it. GLORIOUS LOVER has been thereabouts in his last three starts. He gets Moreira in the saddle who may be able to coax a little bit extra out of him where it matters most.

RACE 6

COLONEL is inconsistent and will have to shoulder top weight but the manner in which he won his last start caught the eye. He hit the front at the 150m marker and it was race-over. It is encouraging that Purton has kept faith in the ride and can make it back-to-back triumphs. ORIENTAL AMIGO has no luck in running last time. He has claims on his penultimate run and with a clear passage in the race, he could make his presence felt. STOCK LEGEND returns from just over a three-month break. He faces stronger this evening but gets the current leader of the Hong Kong Jockeys Championship aboard. 

RACE 7

LEWIS is the best bet on the card. He is relatively unexposed and was only narrowly beaten last time under an apprentice. He makes his course debut and if suited to the track then he should take an absolute power of beating. WEALTHY DELIGHT produced a career-best performance last time. If repeating that type of effort then he should be able to pose a threat to the top selection. SUNNY STAR finished well in his latest from off the pace. He may prefer racing at Sha Tin but definitely has the ability to run into the money. 

RACE 8

SPARKLING DRAGON produced a good last effort over this c&d. He remains in Class 3 and gets Teetan aboard, who will give all the necessary assistance from the saddle. SCORES OF FUN is arguably unlucky to have not yet earned another win. He has finished second on five occasions since his last win in September and looks the obvious threat on paper. HARMONY N HOME hasn’t finished far off the winner in his last two starts. His last win came under Purton and it is intriguing to see the pair reunited once again.

RACE 9

KINDA COOL is in search of a hat-trick of victories. All three of his wins this season have come at Happy Valley and he looks very difficult to oppose in the lucky last. WIND AND GRASS will benefit from a lucky decent pace. He finishes strongly from off the pace and is much better than his moderate last outing suggests. SMOOTHIES is a capable pacesetter on his day. He is not in form at the moment but should get across from his draw without using up too much energy and he must be considered. 

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