Racing this Wednesday sees an entertaining card at Happy Valley Racecourse which includes the running of nine competitive handicaps. The best bet, value bet and bi-pot must be followed closely.
VALUE BET – MANAGEMENT SUPREME ridden by K. Teetan
BEST BET – EVERYONE’S DELIGHT ridden by Z. Purton
Race 1 – Time: 12:45 Class 5 Handicap – 1650m
SURE WIN WIN won well last time under this apprentice on the All-Weather course. He is drawn pole, remains in Class 5 and if transferring that form onto turf can make it quick back-to-back wins. DIAMOND STAR finished runner-up last time despite racing three-wide throughout. If overcoming his wide draw he should give a good account of himself.
Race 2 – Time: 13:15 Class 5 Handicap – 1650m
CALIFORNIA LEGEND produced a fair effort on the All-Weather course last time despite being unbalanced in the latter stages. Purton takes the ride and with better luck in running, he could be one to cause an upset. KA FORTUNE raced three-wide in his last start and still managed to finish in the money. He is drawn in gate 2, should find a much better position in the running and can challenge the top selection.
Race 3 – Time: 13:45 Class 4 Handicap – 1200m
A SMILE LIKE YOURS produced a fair effort last time despite receiving a bump out the starting stalls. He made steady progress on that occasion which caught the eye. He looks fairly handicapped and with Hamelin in the saddle, should be right there at the business end. FIRE BALL has finished runner-up in his last two starts and on form has obvious claims. He won over this C&D in March and merits healthy respect.
Race 4 – Time: 14:15 Class 4 Handicap – 1650m
SAVVY KINGMAN got going too late last time when narrowly beaten at the wire. He brings ultra-consistent form into this race, has cracked another good draw and can get back to winning ways. RAINBOW LIGHT quickened well at the 500m mark last time and was only outrun in the final furlong. He drops back to a mile, will benefit from Chau’s apprentice claim and can give the top selection a run for his money.
Race 5 – Time: 14:45 Class 4 Handicap – 1000m
AMAZING ROCKY impressed in his last start under Purton. The pair went from gun to tape on that occasion and if overcoming the wide draw, can make it quick back-to-back wins. PARTY WARRIOR produced an eye-catching debut over this distance. He is an unexposed sort with plenty of scope and should be up to the task at hand.
Race 6 – Time: 15:15 Class 4 Handicap – 1200m
MANAGEMENT SUPREME fought hard last time when narrowly beaten at the wire. He is likely to settle just off the pace and if repeating his last effort, definitely represents decent each-way value for Hong Kong racing pundits. BEAUTY CHEERS finished well up the rail last time. He has cracked pole position once again, reunites with Moreira and rates a big danger in this contest.
Race 7 – Time: 15:45 Class 3 Handicap – 1200m
SIMPLY FLUKE was cramped for galloping room at the 350m mark and still finished strongly to win his last start over this C&D. He won under this apprentice in January and the pair merit healthy respect. EQUALETTA BLITZ was asked to dictate matters last time and only tired in the latter stages. He is the class horse in the race and despite shouldering top weight, is a strong contender.
Race 8 – Time: 16:15 Class 3 Handicap – 1200m
TELECOM SMART followed up his most recent win with a fair effort over this distance. He raced on heels at the 150m mark on that occasion and probably should have finished closer as a result. He is well-drawn, reunites with Teetan and should take a power of beating. TRANSCENDENT was an ultra-impressive winner in his last start over this distance. He won with plenty in hand and it will be no surprise to see him in the winner’s enclosure again.
Race 9 – Time: 16:50 Class 3 Handicap – 1650m
EVERYONE’S DELIGHT is the best bet on the card. He drew away from the opposition last time which suggests there is plenty more to come from this individual. He seems to be over the issues of his penultimate run and from pole position is very difficult to oppose. KA YING EXCELLENT has found one better in his last two outings. He was clearly second-best last time but the form of his penultimate run catches the eye when narrowly beaten over this distance.