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Happy Valley Selections for 30th November 2016

Hong Kong Racing Happy Valley Selections for 30th November 2016

Happy Valley Selections for 30th November 2016

Selections for the complete card at Happy Valley on Wednesday.

RACE 1: #4 No Laughing Matter, #1 Manhattan Striker, #8 Snowhooves, #3 Forever Fun

RACE 2: #2 Rock The Tree, #5 Safari Magic, #3 Laughing Lord, #9 Friends Forever


RACE 3: #1 Superior Boy, #4 Master Steed, #10 Yo-Yo Da, #5 The Full Bloom

RACE 4: #3 Jumbo Happiness, #4 Mr Picasso, #2 Sea Jade, #6 Love Chunghwa

RACE 5: #7 Expectator, #5 King Bountiful, #4 Bo Duke, #2 Ashkiyr

RACE 6: #6 Flying Force, #11 Wayfoong Vinnie, #10 Sharp Hunter, #3 Charity Glory

RACE 7: #4 Dinozzo, #10 Victory Boys, #2 Inventor, #5 Sharp Sailor

RACE 8: #8 Wonderful Journey, #3 Happy Bao Bei, #5 Who Else But You, #12 I’m A Witness

RACE 1: DUNBAR HANDICAP

A tough Class 5 to open the night. #4 No Laughing Matter backs up after running a fair seventh at Sha Tin on Sunday. A return to 1200m looks a positive for him and he reunites with Nash Rawiller, who is riding with incredible confidence currently. Expect a strong showing, despite the fact he is also entered to run for a third time in a week on Sunday. #1 Manhattan Striker has been mixing his form as of late, so it is hard to know what to expect from him. However, if he reproduces the form that saw him place twice already this season, he will be hard to beat. #8 Snowhooves is likely to be short here after finally breaking through last start. Joao Moreira retains the ride but he is not the sort of horse that shapes as reliable. In fact, the dirt seemed to really suit him, so a return to Happy Valley, where he is unplaced from nine starts, may not be in his best interests. #3 Forever Fun is a likely pace influence who can improve with a positive jockey change to Sam Clipperton.

RACE 2: FORFAR HANDICAP

The scratching of original top selection Yeung Sing makes this even more of a lottery than it looked originally. #2 Rock The Tree drops into Class 5 for the first time for what appears a ready-made plan. Brett Prebble replaces Alex Lai, while the blinkers are reapplied – the first time they were applied, he broke his Hong Kong maiden just over two years ago under Mirco Demuro. He might find the 1650m too short, but the drop in class should give him every hope. #5 Safari Magic has been struggling to make a clean getaway this season, either missing the break or just striking interference. If he can begin with them, he should race near the speed and he can be in the mix. What is impressive, though, is that he has hit the board 20 times in his 30 attempts at 1650m, but he has never won. #3 Laughing Lord may be a risk from the awkward gate but he is starting to find form and will be a winner soon, while #9 Friends Forever makes his Happy Valley debut and is nearing a mark where he can win.

RACE 3: INVERNESS HANDICAP

Nothing went right for #1 Superior Boy last time out at Sha Tin, when he finished a disappointing 11th up in Class 3. Before that, he had been consistent, finishing on the board in eight of his other nine starts without winning. He makes the trip to the city track for the first time, and if he can get a nice trip in running, he should prove hard to beat. #4 Master Steed returned to form last time out in his first run for the season, rushing home to finish second to House Of Fun. A return to Happy Valley looks a plus, in conjunction with a better draw, which should allow him to lay up closer. #10 Yo-Yo Da should be able to get a box-seat run here and he is racing in good form, so he should be around the placings, while #5 The Full Bloom hasn’t quite lived up to expectations but looks to be nearing a mark where he should be competitive.

RACE 4: INVERNESS HANDICAP

#3 Jumbo Happiness is quite interesting here. The Fastnet Rock gelding, out of a half-sister to Excelebration, should eventually find his niche over further, but he looks to have come to hand fairly quickly for Caspar Fownes. He was just plain on debut behind fellow Hong Kong International Sale graduate Jing Jing Win, being restrained to the tail of the field and pretty much staying there. Last time out, though, he showed improvement in a solidly run race to finish fifth over 1000m behind Junzi. He hasn’t raced since mid-October, instead trialling last week, where he was untested but looked nice again. This may still be too soon but he may be worth testing here. #4 Mr Picasso makes the trip to Happy Valley for the first time in what shapes as an educational run for the quirky character. He has plenty of talent, far more than his one-from-six record suggests, but he is headstrong and also needs a lot to go right. Back to 1200m is a plus and he should learn a lot from this. #2 Sea Jade is likely to go forward here but still seems to be learning what the caper is about, while #6 Love Chunghwa is racing well and gets Joao Moreira aboard but has been dealt a rough hand with barrier 11.

RACE 5: LOMOND HANDICAP

#7 Expectator is a true Happy Valley specialist who looks spot on now after a closing fourth at Sha Tin last time out. He may be set to back up next week to run for the fourth time on LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship night – a card where he has a record of one win and two seconds from three runs over his career – but it wouldn’t shock to see him heading there off the back of a win here. #5 King Bountiful stepped back from 2200m to 1650m last time out and just prevailed. The extra six pounds with the outside gate looks a little tricky, and he doesn’t look to be a horse that will get much higher in the ratings, but the step back up to 1800m is a plus, he is honest and that will take him a long way. #4 Bo Duke is racing in good form having won his last two by running his rivals into the ground. He’s very one-paced but if ridden appropriately, he could be in the mix again. Next best, #2 Ashkiyr, who is a long way from the horse who once ran Akeed Mofeed to a nose in the HKG3 Centenary Vase but he is racing well enough to include yet again.

RACE 6: THE ST ANDREW’S CHALLENGE QUAICH

An open race for the night’s feature. #6 Flying Force has spent the majority of his recent racing career at Sha Tin after five of his first seven runs were at Happy Valley. He did win at Sha Tin while he remains a maiden at Happy Valley, but it looked a matter of time before he broke through at the city track and he returns in good form. He has a good draw with gate four and he should be able to win for the first time this season. #11 Wayfoong Vinnie unleashed a nice turn of foot to win second-up at the Valley two weeks back. He rises in class but gets a 15-pound weight drop and Joao Moreira jumps aboard from a similar good gate (two). #10 Sharp Hunter is racing well, having won his last two starts after taking two and a half years to win again. Given how well he is racing, the step up to Class 3 may be to his benefit, particularly as he drops 13 pounds in the ratings. #3 Charity Glory began the season strongly, but his form has begun to taper off. He might need some more relief in the ratings but he has always shaped as though Happy Valley should suit him, especially over the 1200m.

RACE 7: THE AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUB TROPHY

#4 Dinozzo has looked a very promising galloper in his two starts to date, finishing a luckless third on debut behind Wah May Baby before simply being unable to reel in all-the-way leader Packing Dragon last time out. Now third-up, he should be ready to fire and he looks the one to beat. However, it is a strong race with a number of chances behind him. #10 Victory Boys has emerged from seemingly nowhere to win three of his last five starts – and his other two races were seconds, defeated by a short head and a neck. He also finished second to Packing Dragon last time out, although in a different (earlier) race. Still, he looks on a mark where he is capable of doing some damage. Joao Moreira jumps aboard for the first time, but a slight query for the five-year-old may be the draw, gate two, especially with his hold-up style. #2 Inventor has been remarkably consistent since being stepped up in trip at Happy Valley, with three wins and two placings at his last five starts. He was just behind Dinozzo last time out and should be in the mix again. His stablemate #5 Sharp Sailor had no luck in running at Sha Tin last time out and looks to be rounding into form.

RACE 8: STIRLING HANDICAP

#8 Wonderful Journey ran a tremendous race to just be nosed out by very progressive galloper Super Turbo last Wednesday. He may face more pressure here, but if he can get any sort of breather on or near the speed, he’s going to be right in contention yet again. #3 Happy Bao Bei was bitterly disappointing last time out after hitting the board at his previous six starts. It may be best to forgive him that poor effort and if he can return to form, he might finally be on the cusp of breaking through. #5 Who Else But You has resumed this term with two narrow seconds, both times hitting the front but being outgunned in a slog to the wire. That’s a concern for him again, especially with a bit more speed engaged, but he has a perfect draw here and should once again be in this for a long way. Next best, #12 I’m A Witness, who is a bit one-paced but is racing well enough.

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