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Happy Valley tips – Wednesday 12 January 2022

Winning Form share their best bets and tips for Wednesday’s racing coming your way from Happy Valley on 12 January 2022.

Hong Kong Racing - Winning Form Tips Happy Valley Sha Tin

Winning Form share their best bets and tips for Wednesday's racing coming your way from Happy Valley on 12 January 2022.

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VALUE BET – GALLANT CROWN (race 9) ridden by J. Moreira
BEST BET – STOLTZ (race 8) ridden by M. Poon

12:45 – Race 1 | Class 4 Handicap | 2200m

Selections: 5/8/7

RED IMPACT has placed in his last three outings and Purton interestingly makes his comeback. He has cracked pole position and on form, should give a good account of himself in this opening contest. GO BALLISTIC followed up his recent win well when runner-up behind Awe. Moreira retains the ride and he only has 51.5kgs to shoulder.

13:15 – Race 2 | Class 5 Handicap | 1200m

Selections: 10/3/11

ONE STEP AHEAD is a one-time winner with attractive form. He finished second in this class last time, looks fairly handicapped and could be one to cause an upset. ZACIAN has consistent recent form and was beaten narrowly in his last two starts. He is still winless but has strong credentials in this type of line-up.

13:45 – Race 3 | Class 4 Handicap | 1000m

Selections: 4/1/7

LIGHTNING STORM was a narrow winner on debut over this C&D and could be anything. He doesn’t take on the strongest of Class 4 rivals and still has massive scope for improvement. JAZZ STEED drops in class and his last win came under Moreira in September. All three of his wins have been recorded at this course and is capable of returning to best form.

14:15 – Race 4 | Class 4 Handicap | 1200m

Selections: 1/7/2

PRANCE DRAGON finished close-up behind subsequent winner A Smile Like Yours last time. He will have to shoulder top weight but on form, looks difficult to oppose. HAPPILY FRIENDS has entered the frame in his last four starts and Ho knows him well. He was only beaten by half a length in his last two starts and can earn his second career victory.

14:45 – Race 5 | Class 4 Handicap | 1650m

Selections: 7/6/1

WINNING VOLATILITY was only beaten a length by Sacred Ibis on this course last time. He should be at peak fitness now and Purton may be able to coax a little extra out of him where it matters most. GLORIOUS LOVER has finished closer-up in his last two starts on this course. He has a 70% place strike rate over this distance and should be right there at the business end.

15:15 – Race 6 | Class 3 Handicap | 1200m

Selections: 5/1/3

PARTY WARRIOR followed up his recent win well when beaten just under a length by A Smile Like Yours. He looks nicely handicapped with 54 kgs on his back and should put in another bold effort. ELON won on the All-Weather course last time and despite having to shoulder top weight must be considered.

15:45 – Race 7 | Class 4 Handicap | 1200m

Selections: 2/9/3

SAVVY NINE has been beaten under a length in both career starts to date. He is a horse that is still on the upgrade, is coming along the right way and will have plenty of followers. SO AWESOME finished a length behind Meridian Genius who went close next time out. SMART IDEA finished right behind the second selection last time and from his neat draw, is hard to ignore.

16:15 – Race 8 | Class 3 Handicap | 1000m

Selections: 8/7/3

STOLTZ was beaten a head on this course last time by SPECIAL M. He is 2kgs better off at the weights, should strip fitter and looks one of the better bets on the card. JOYFUL WIN has backed up the favourite status in his last two starts and is in search of a hat-trick. He is likely to adopt front-running tactics and may be difficult to peg back.

16:50 – Race 9 |Class 3 Handicap | 1650m

Selections: 6/7/2

GALLANT CROWN has finished 1.5 lengths behind the winner in his last two starts. He produced a decent last effort in the International Jockeys Challenge and all four career wins have been recorded on this course. He represents decent each-way value for Hong Kong racing pundits. SMOOTHIES is consistent and was only beaten a head by Bear Again before the break. If returning fit and well, he should be one of the leading contenders in the lucky last.

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