Hong Kong Expert Selections for Wednesday, May 15

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday May 15, 2024)

Race 1: #8 Timestorm, #1 Cheer For South, #10 August Moon, #2 Noble One
Race 2:
#4 Big Red, #9 Running Boy, #5 Strongest Boy, #10 Fruity Warrior
Race 3:
#2 Gallant Waking, #3 Noble Pursuit, #7 Flamingo Trillion, #9 Intrepid Winner
Race 4:
#9 Happihood, #3 To Infinity, #7 Big Two, #4 Master Of Luck
Race 5:
#6 Cosmo Navigator, #4 Glory Cloud, #3 Currahee, #1 Sunny Darling
Race 6:
#3 Ma Comet, #11 Joy In Joy, #2 Fortune Warrior, #5 Sergeant Pepper
Race 7:
#1 Affordable, #4 Dragon Star, #3 Turin Warrior, #9 Mr Aladdin
Race 8:
#11 Happy Feeling, #4 Prime Mortar, #3 Sight Supreme, #2 Double Bingo
Race 9:
#2 Copartner Prance, #9 California Touch, #10 Our Lucky Glory, #1 Winning Icey

Hong Kong Expert Selections for Wednesday:

Race 1: Dordogne Handicap (3.40am PDT, 6.40am EDT)

#8 Timestorm is still without a win. He’s been racing well this term and Hugh Bowman’s retention is an advantage. He was competitive in Class 4 earlier this season and it’s only a matter of time now before he does break through in the bottom grade. #1 Cheer For South makes the drop in class. Chances are he rolls forward under the apprentice in a bid to press for the lead. He’ll give them something to run down. #10 August Moon has the sweet draw. He’ll save ground and get his chance. #2 Noble One is a threat. Keep safe.

Hong Kong Happy Valley fireworksRace 2: Ciron Handicap (2nd Section) (4.10am PDT, 7.10am EDT)

#4 Big Red is favoured with the apprentice up. He’s yet to win in Hong Kong, however, he has shown all of the right signs suggesting that he can get on the board in the city. It’ll come soon and his form in the grade above holds him in good stead. One to beat. #9 Running Boy caught the eye late last start. He’s an improving type and the inside gate favours him. #5 Strongest Boy can bounce back, especially with Zac Purton taking the reins. #10 Fruity Warrior slots in light and is steadily improving. Next in line.

Race 3: Loire Handicap (4.40am PDT, 7.40am EDT)

#2 Gallant Waking has regained some form. His most recent efforts have been sound and he appears ready to make a return to winning ways. The gate is an advantage. #3 Noble Pursuit does his best racing at Happy Valley and his latest two efforts were superb. He’s still got a few rating points in hand. #7 Flamingo Trillion is after back-to-back wins. He’s hit his straps at present and is favoured if there happens to be any rain around. #9 Intrepid Winner has a featherweight impost. He’s already a course and distance winner.

Race 4: Rhone Handicap (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)

#9 Happihood is making steady improvement. He slots in light and the featherweight can really bring him on against this group. He gets his chance and could be decent value. #3 To Infinity has a suitable gate and jockey. He has the hefty impost, although he should get a sweet run throughout as he aims to offset his burden. #7 Big Two is looking to snap a run of five consecutive top-three finishes. He’s racing well and can’t be ignored this week. #4 Master Of Luck comes into this following a string of good runs. Next in line.

Race 5: The Sauternes Cup Handicap (1st Section) (5.40am PDT, 8.40am EDT)

#6 Cosmo Navigator has raced well over this course and distance. He gets his opportunity here and chances are he can outperform his odds, especially based on his first-up effort and most recent run. Worth an each way shout. #4 Glory Cloud is closing in on a first win. He goes about his racing well and is looking to snap a pair of top-three efforts. #3 Currahee clearly has ability and his debut effort at Sha Tin was solid. Expecting him to take a forward step this week. #1 Sunny Darling comes down in class. Next best.

Race 6: Rhine Handicap (6.10am PDT, 9.10am EDT)

#3 Ma Comet is lightly raced but clearly has ability. He can improve following his first run in Class 4 and this contest is well within his grasp. #11 Joy In Joy returns first-up following a lengthy out. He’s been trialling well and the light weight brings him strongly into contention, as does his racing pattern, which could easily see him lead. #2 Fortune Warrior is suited in this grade and can make his presence felt if he manages to overcome the wide gate. #5 Sergeant Pepper is next in line.

Race 7: Ciron Handicap (1st Section) (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)

#1 Affordable was luckless last start. He was caught without room late and clearly showed that he had much, much more to offer. He dips in grade here and shapes as decent value here. #4 Dragon Star has consistency on his side. He’ll press forward under Zac Purton and take his opportunity. #3 Turin Warrior is after back-to-back wins. He’s been solid across his entire career and the inside gate has him favoured once more. #9 Mr Aladdin slots in light and continues to develop. Keep safe.

Race 8: Garonne Handicap (2nd Section) (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)

#11 Happy Feeling slots in light. He was withdrawn due to a setback last start, although his most recent run prior to that was superb. Expecting him to take his chance here under the featherweight. #4 Prime Mortar has swapped stables. His latest trial was outstanding and chances are they cross early in a bid to offset the wide draw. #3 Sight Supreme finished fifth first-up. He can improve again and is suited with Zac Purton, especially as he aims to overcome the wide draw. #2 Double Bingo is next best.

Race 9: Seine Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)

#2 Copartner Prance is an exciting horse. He continues to raise the bar and will seek a fourth straight win this week. Zac Purton retains the ride and he’s the clear top pick from an in-form stable. #9 California Touch has found his feet and is aided with gate one as a potential pacesetter. #10 Our Lucky Glory is seeking a hat-trick of wins. He rises in grade, although his past two wins have been superb. He looks up to the challenge. #1 Winning Icey has the apprentice engaged. He’s much better suited now in Class 3.

Source:

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Selections – Sunday, May 5

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Sunday, May 05, 2024)

Race 1: #8 La Forza, #5 Santorini, #9 Run Yes Run, #4 Meaningful Dragon
Race 2:
#7 Arthur’s Kingdom, #1 Colourful Baron, #3 Superb Daddy, #10 Green Laser
Race 3:
#8 Speedy Smartie, #3 Circuit Eleven, #1 Must Go, #10 Joyful Life
Race 4:
#1 Packing Hurricane, #4 Holy Lake, #6 Sunstrider, #3 Star Mac
Race 5:
#9 Yoda’s Choice, #5 Bottomuptogether, #2 Multisuper, #12 Ruby Sailing
Race 6:
#9 Joy Of Spring, #13 Chilli Baba, #2 Aestheticism, #1 Laugh Tale
Race 7:
#4 Ariel, #7 Call Me Supreme, #8 Storming Dragon, #12 Top Peak
Race 8:
#4 Five G Patch, #9 Ka Ying Generation, #1 Russian Emperor, #11 Unbelievable
Race 9:
#2 Victory Moments, #9 Nebraskan, #6 Monta Frutta, #3 Capital Delight
Race 10:
#8 Ka Ying Rising, #11 Gorgeous Win, #3 Packing Treadmill, #2 Bundle Of Charm
Race 11:
#3 Superb Kid, #9 Super Goldi, #4 Golden Artie, #8 Magnificent Nine

Race 1: The Argonaut Plate (9.30pm PDT, 12.30am EDT)

#8 La Forza finished second on debut. He ran well that day and will have taken plenty of improvement from that effort. He’s the one to beat here, especially with Zac Purton retaining the ride. #5 Santorini finished third in the same race. He’ll roll forward once more and give this group something to worry about. #9 Run Yes Run is another with race experience on the board. #4 Meaningful Dragon is first-up. He comes from the right stable and is worth keeping safe. Next best.

Hong Kong horse racingRace 2: Special Cargo Handicap (10.00pm PDT, 1.00am EDT)

#7 Arthur’s Kingdom is still yet to win in Hong Kong. He’s done his best racing this season and the weekend’s course and distance could be exactly what he is after to finally win, especially if there’s rain around. Taking a chance on him. #1 Colourful Baron is in superb form and he returns after narrowly missing last start. #3 Superb Daddy knows what it’s all about and he steps away from a favourable draw. He goes about his racing well. #10 Green Laser mixes his form but the featherweight impost has him fancied.

Race 3: Manicou Handicap (10.30pm PDT, 1.30am EDT)

#8 Speedy Smartie is only a one-time winner but he doesn’t know how to run a bad race. Expecting him to lead here and the return to his preferred course and distance is a big advantage. #3 Circuit Eleven floundered on debut, however, he can improve significantly by switching to the dirt course. He showed plenty of prowess in his trials on the surface and Zac Purton’s services are noteworthy. #1 Must Go is in sound form and his win two starts back was solid. #10 Joyful Life is next in line.

Race 4: Insular Handicap (11.00pm PDT, 2.00am EDT)

#1 Packing Hurricane is a nice horse and he gets a handy 10 pounds removed from his back here with Ellis Wong engaged. The inside gate suits and he was a winner in this grade three runs back. #4 Holy Lake is after back-to-back wins. He continues to improve and is usually underestimated. He gets his chance here. #6 Sunstrider is lightly raced but does appear to be coming to hand nicely. #3 Star Mac is racing well and he has a powerful finish on his day. He gets an opportunity.

Race 5: Isle Of Man Handicap (11.30pm PDT, 2.30am EDT)

#9 Yoda’s Choice did incredibly well last time out and that sort of performance has him favoured this weekend. He can take another step forward and Vincent Ho’s retention is ideal. #5 Bottomuptogether makes his debut. His latest trial was super impressive and he appears well placed to contend first-up. Zac Purton takes the ride. #2 Multisuper scored a well-deserved victory last time out. He knows how to win now and gets his chance this weekend. #12 Ruby Sailing is next in line.

Race 6: Norman Conqueror Handicap (12.00am PDT, 3.00am EDT)

#9 Joy Of Spring is in superb form. He’s so close to a first win and once again he gets a great chance to score breakthrough victory. One to beat, even from the wide gate. #13 Chilli Baba slots in light. He tends to mix his form, although his runs this campaign have been solid. He closed off nicely last start and can make his presence felt here. #2 Aestheticism has the wide draw to overcome. He’s a two-time course and distance winner already this season. #1 Laugh Tale is lightly raced but does have the scope to improve.

Race 7: Monaveen Handicap (12.35am PDT, 3.35am EDT)

#4 Ariel gets the 10 pounds taken off his back. He’s racing well and should be able to roll forward with ease here from gate five. One to catch. #7 Call Me Supreme again draws awkwardly but his latest effort for fourth was solid. He can improve and the services of Hugh Bowman once again are worth consideration. #8 Storming Dragon grabbed third on debut. He’s another who can improve significantly with more experience. #12 Top Peak slots in light and should get a sweet run from gate three.

Race 8: G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (1.05am PDT, 4.05am EDT)

#4 Five G Patch is on the quick back-up. He’s a nice horse and his run at Group 1 level last Sunday was very, very good. This is the sort of race he can make his presence felt in, especially over this sort of trip. #9 Ka Ying Generation was superb last start in the BMW Hong Kong Derby when finishing third. He’s an improving horse and he has run well over this trip before in Ireland. #1 Russian Emperor has the class to win. The hefty impost is the concern. #11 Unbelievable is improving and deserves respect.

Race 9: Game Spirit Handicap (1.35am PDT, 4.35am EDT)

#2 Victory Moments is a classy operator and he’s a winner already this season. He boasts some strong form behind Sing Dragon, enough so to suggest that he could win this weekend’s test. #9 Nebraskan returns for his second start. He trialled well on the dirt prior to his debut and has a suitable gate here. #6 Monta Frutta needs to overcome the barrier, although his recent form has been superb. #3 Capital Delight is next in line for an in-form Fownes/Ho combination.

Race 10: Brandy Snap Handicap (2.10am PDT, 5.10am EDT)

#8 Ka Ying Rising is a seriously smart horse. He’s won three times from five starts in Hong Kong and will make his Class 2 debut this weekend. The step up appears well within his grasp, especially from gate five under a low weight. #11 Gorgeous Win slots in light and continues to race well. He can test this group. #3 Packing Treadmill will get his shot on the speed or even in the leading position. He’ll get the right run from gate one. #2 Bundle Of Charm is in career-best form this season. Keep safe.

Race 11: Inch Arran Handicap (2.45am PDT, 5.45am EDT)

#3 Superb Kid is a talent and his last-start victory was superb. Zac Purton retains the ride and he should find a soft lead from gate one. He’ll take beating if can maintain his upward trajectory. #9 Super Goldi returned to his best in fine style last start. He has the gate to overcome, although he is open to improving again. #4 Golden Artie narrowly missed last start. He’s drawn poorly but this contest isn’t an overly strong one. #8 Magnificent Nine is progressing well and he can do the same again this weekend.

UK Auction House Targeting Rich Millennials for Racehorse Ownership

Owning a racehorse is the latest way for rich millennials to brag

Why Show Betting is the Ideal Horse Racing Bet for New FansHenry Beeby, the chief executive of the thoroughbred racehorse auctioneers Goffs, said that his employer, which dates back to 1866, is targeting millennials because “they’ve got the money”, and they are about to become even wealthier as “the great wealth transfer” flows to children of an older generation of super-rich people who are expected to pass on a total of $70tn over the next two decades.

“There’s nothing quite like the thrill of ownership,” Beeby said. “There’s nothing like seeing your horse and your jockey in your colours on the track, and – my word – if it happens to win and you can share that joy with your friends.

For example, Cameron Sword, a 22-year-old business student, invested £3,700 in a runner named Corach Rambler as part of a seven-strong syndicate in 2020. The 10-year-old Irish-bred thoroughbred won last year’s Grand National, and was the favorite to coming into this year’s race [he unseated the rider and lost]

For the full article from the Guardian on racehorse ownership

Hong Kong Horse Racing Selections – Wed., April 10

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS

Hong Kong Horse Racing Selections

(Wednesday, April 10, 2024)

Race 1: #11 Green Laser, #4 Happy Hero, #3 Colourful Baron, #9 Diamond Winner
Race 2:
#5 E Universe, #1 Happy Golf, #2 Street Conqueror, #8 Super Eagle
Race 3:
#2 Mr Ascendency, #3 Moments In Time, #5 Galaxy Witness, #8 Outgate
Race 4:
#1 Copartner Prance, #3 Sky Song, #10 Tattenham, #12 My Intelligent
Race 5:
#5 Devas Twelve, #8 Sturdy Ruby, #10 Mr Aladdin, #9 Sure Joyful
Race 6:
#6 Winning Heart, #8 Crystal Powerful, #1 Telecom Speed, #4 Great Achiever
Race 7:
#2 Capital Legend, #4 Gallant Valour, #8 Chater Gold, #1 D Star
Race 8:
#5 Show Respect, #2 Winning Dragon, #1 Hameron, #7 Lovero
Race 9:
#2 Colourful Emperor, #11 Nebraskan, #9 Sweet Briar, #8 Sports Legend

Race 1: Flamingo Flower Handicap (3.40am PDT, 6.40am EDT)

#11 Green Laser slots in light and does so off a very dangerous mark. He closed off nicely last start and any further improvement from that effort holds him in good stead. One to beat under an in-form Keith Yeung. #4 Happy Hero can turn his form around. He’s better than his recent struggles suggest and the inside gate is favourable. #3 Colourful Baron has the gate to offset, although over this trip he has enough time to do so. #9 Diamond Winner has the closing speed to make his presence felt.

Race 2: Freesia Handicap (3rd Section) (4.10am PDT, 7.10am EDT)

#5 E Universe steps out off a dangerous mark. He’s led and won before, so chances are he tries the same again here with Lyle Hewitson going up from gate five. One to catch. #1 Happy Golf scored a win full of merit two starts ago and he’s remained in super condition. Hugh Bowman’s engaged and he’ll get his shot. #2 Street Conqueror has the wide gate to overcome but is open to improvement. Zac Purton’s booking bodes well for this week’s contest. #8 Super Eagle is next in line.

Hong Kong Happy Valley fireworksRace 3: Geranium Handicap (4.40am PDT, 7.40am EDT)

#2 Mr Ascendency is seeking a hat-trick of wins. He’s versatile, has the class and draws favourably as he looks to maintain his winning run. He’s the one they all must beat. #3 Moments In Time got on the board last start. He gets the services of Zac Purton here and chances are he rolls forward once more. #5 Galaxy Witness continues to race well without winning. There are no reasons to suggest he won’t do so again. #8 Outgate looks ready to be tested at this level. He gets his chance with no weight allotted.

Race 4: Freesia Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)

#1 Copartner Prance broke through in fine style last start. Expecting he continues his advance here, especially as he remains in the same grade after that win with Zac Purton engaged. #3 Sky Song did well to grab third on debut in Hong Kong. He goes about his racing well and can take another forward step this week. #10 Tattenham has the wide gate to overcome, however, he does have the ability to take out a race like this one. #12 My Intelligent is next in line. He slots in light and has claims.

Race 5: The Lusitano Challenge Cup Handicap (1st Section) (5.40am PDT, 8.40am EDT)

#5 Devas Twelve was a tidy winner two runs back. He’s still improving and this race shapes as ideal for him, especially from gate four with Zac Purton up. #8 Sturdy Ruby has raced well all campaign without winning. He’s in the right vein of form to contend strongly this week. #10 Mr Aladdin has been knocking on the door for some time now. He has a suitable gate and a positive racing pattern, both of which will aid him. #9 Sure Joyful knows what it’s about. Huge threat.

Race 6: Freesia Handicap (2nd Section) (6.10am PDT, 9.10am EDT)

#6 Winning Heart is seeking back-to-back wins. He was impressive last start and remains in the same grade following that effort. He’s the one to beat here. #8 Crystal Powerful is a two-time winner this term. He can return to form from a suitable draw. #1 Telecom Speed is suited in this grade and pairs favourably once more with Hugh Bowman, who steered him to victory three starts ago. He’s capable of overcoming the hefty impost. #4 Great Achiever is better than his form suggests. He’s the value in this one.

Race 7: Lavender Handicap (2nd Section) (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)

#2 Capital Legend is racing well and has improved in Class 4. He narrowly missed last start and a replication of that run should see him take beating. Hugh Bowman retains the ride, which is a huge positive. #4 Gallant Valour has the draw and he should be able to get the best run. Zac Purton sticks aboard and he’s the main danger. #8 Chater Gold has actually been racing well and he’s worth a throw at the stumps. #1 D Star has the apprentice up and is suited in this grade. Next best.

Race 8: Kalanchoe Handicap (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)

#5 Show Respect is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He’s in superb form and his ascent can continue here, especially from gate two and in Class 3 again. #2 Winning Dragon is nothing short of consistent and he continues to show up each and every start. He has an affinity with this course and will be making a big impact this week. #1 Hameron turned his form around last start. He’s progressive and has a bit of improvement still to come. #7 Lovero is honest and just has the wide draw to overcome.

Race 9: Oncidium Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)

#2 Colourful Emperor goes about his racing the right way. He’ll fly forward to lead this group and from there take plenty of catching, just as he has done in his most recent two starts which returned wins. #11 Nebraskan makes his debut. He’s looked smart in his trials and his two wins in Australia were sound. He is well placed to make his presence felt first-up. #9 Sweet Briar is nothing short of consistent and he deserves a reward for all of his efforts. #8 Sports Legend is next in line. He won well last time out.

Macao Ends Horse Racing

MACAO — After more than 40 years, Macao’s horse racing track hosted its final races on Saturday, bringing an end to the sport in the city famous for its massive casinos.

In January, the city’s government said it would terminate its contract with the Macao Jockey Club in April. The decision came at the request of the Macao Horse Race Company, which cited operational challenges as part of the reasons for the closure.

A Rare Kind of Filly Dazzles at the RacetrackOn Saturday, gamblers congregated in the half-full stands and placed their final bets. Some tourists also visited the track.

Mai Wan-zun, a student from mainland China in Macao, said she wanted to get a taste of the atmosphere. “We could come to see horse racing here in Macao, but not in mainland China,” she said.

Helena Chong, a Macao resident, decided to visit the racecourse for the first and last time to see what it’s all about.

“It’s a pity to see the end of all this gambling and entertainment,” she said.

Horse racing in the former Portuguese colony has struggled with economic challenges in recent years and has yet to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its jockey club had accumulated operating losses of over $311 million, the Macau News Agency earlier reported.

Under the termination arrangement, the horse racing firm had pledged to arrange for transportation of owners’ horses to other locations by March 2025, and handle the company’s employees according to the law, the government said.

In neighboring Hong Kong, horse-racing remains popular and profitable. Its jockey club runs various gambling activities and is the city’s major donor of many charity works.

source: Associated Press

Hong Kong Horse Racing Expert Selections – Sun., March 31

SHA TIN SELECTIONS

(Sunday, March 31, 2024)

Race 1: #12 Hero Icon, #5 Hearty Wish, #8 Young Horizon, #14 Tsuen Wan Glory
Race 2:
#7 Sweet Diamond, #3 Rattan World, #2 Noble One, #6 Smart Leader
Race 3:
#4 Mugen, #7 Superb Boy, #2 All For St Paul’s, #5 Flaming Rabbit
Race 4:
#2 The Great Master, #7 The Perfect Match, #14 Prosecco, #1 Super Commander
Race 5:
#2 Daring Pursuit, #3 Golden Rise, #4 Flying Mojito, #9 Gimme Five
Race 6:
#3 Voyage Samurai, #8 Packing Wisher, #11 Patch Of Time, #12 Chilli Baba
Race 7:
#4 Superb Kid, #8 Beauty Fit, #11 Beauty Missile, #1 Huge Wave
Race 8:
#4 King Miles, #6 Storming Dragon, #2 Super Legends, #1 You’remyeverything
Race 9:
#13 Winning Data, #9 Silver Up, #3 Frantanck, #8 Beato
Race 10:
#1 Gorgeous Win, #7 James Tak, #8 Kaholo Angel, #13 Golden Long

 Race 1: New Asia Alumni Handicap (9.45pm PDT, 12.45am EDT)

 #12 Hero Icon turned in a solid effort last start and he can take another forward step here. He’s shown he’s capable of winning and does appear in the right vein of form at present. #5 Hearty Wish can mix his form but is going about his racing the right way. The inside gate suits him this week. #8 Young Horizon turned his form around last start and he could easily remain at that level of form this week. #14 Tsuen Wan Glory slots in light as he chases a hat-trick of wins. He draws ideally.

 

Hong Kong horse racingRace 2: Chung Chi Alumni Handicap (10.15pm PDT, 1.15am EDT)

 #7 Sweet Diamond is racing well and he deserves another win. He’s placed in three out of his last four outings and has proven before that he is able to overcome wide draws. #3 Rattan World won well three starts ago and he’s still in great condition. He’s since trialled at Sha Tin and he’s more than capable of winning here. #2 Noble One was a winner two starts ago and he can easily bounce back to his best, especially with Zac Purton up. #6 Smart Leader has a suitable draw and gets an opportunity.

 

Race 3: United Alumni Handicap (10.45pm PDT, 1.45am EDT)

 

#4 Mugen is a seriously good horse and he can beat this group. He’s a three-time winner this season with the form, ability and gate to win again. #7 Superb Boy is looking to snap a trio of runner-up efforts. He slots in light and continues to finish thereabouts. #2 All For St Paul’s continues to defy market expectations by either winning from the front or running very well, which once again, he is capable of doing here under familiar ally Matthew Poon. #5 Flaming Rabbit is better than his form suggests. He can bounce back.

 

Race 4: Faculty Of Education Alumni Handicap (11.15am PDT, 2.15am EDT)

 

#2 The Great Master gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back. Expecting him to lead early in a bid to try and pinch this one. #7 The Perfect Match makes his debut with Zac Purton aboard. He’s been trialling well and definitely appears forward enough to figure on debut in Hong Kong. #14 Prosecco continues to race well even without winning. He slots in light and ticks several boxes once again. #1 Super Commander has the class edge. He’ll roll forward in a bid to offset the wide ally.

 

Race 5: The CUHK Alumni Cup Handicap (1st Section) (12.10am PDT, 3.10am EDT)

 

#2 Daring Pursuit is chasing back-to-back wins. He has the scope to keep improving and is favoured this weekend with 10 pounds taken off his back due to the apprentice’s booking. #3 Golden Rise won well three starts ago and has continued to race well. Zac Purton’s aboard and he gets his chance from gate three. #4 Flying Mojito is much better suited to this grade and he can begin to show something now. #9 Gimme Five has been consistent across two runs in Hong Kong. He’ll race well once more.

 

Race 6: Graduate School Alumni Handicap (2nd Section) (12.40am PDT, 3.40am EDT)

 

#3 Voyage Samurai has his fair share of talent and his two runs so far in Hong Kong have been superb, finishing second last start after winning on debut. He draws ideally and gets his chance here. #8 Packing Wisher is on the quick back-up after racing at the midweek fixture. Zac Purton hops up and he bears close watching. #11 Patch Of Time is lightly raced but does appear to steadily be piecing it all together. He does have the wide draw to overcome though. #12 Chilli Baba is still open to more improvement and he has claims.

 

Race 7: Shaw Alumni Handicap (1.10am PDT, 4.10am EDT)

 

#4 Superb Kid has done well throughout his first season of racing in Hong Kong. He’s a one-time winner and this contest appears more than suitable, especially with Zac Purton electing to ride. #8 Beauty Fit has been remarkably consistent all season, aside from a few of his recent runs. Expecting him to bounce back to his best here. #11 Beauty Missile slots in light and finds a suitable draw. He’s in sound form and he should be able to make his presence felt. #1 Huge wave turned his form around last start and deserves respect.

 

Race 8: Lee Woo Wing Alumni Handicap (1.40am PDT, 4.40am EDT)

 

#4 King Miles hit the ground running in Hong Kong with an excellent effort to finish fourth first-up. He can improve out of that run and shapes as the one they all must beat. #6 Storming Dragon makes his debut. His latest trial was solid and he can make an impact this weekend. #2 Super Legends is lightly raced but does have his fair share of ability. He goes about his racing well and the inside gate is favourable. #1 You’remyeverything has returned to form in Class 4. He can contend strongly with five pounds coming off his back.

 

Race 9: CW Chu And Wu Yee Sun Alumni Handicap (2.15am PDT, 5.15am EDT)

 

#13 Winning Data is in career-best form with a trio of wins from his last four starts. He draws ideally once more and is worth taking a chance on up in grade. #9 Silver Up continues to improve and he’s proven consistent so far in Hong Kong. He gets a super chance to breakthrough this weekend. #3 Frantanck got his win two starts back and should get an opportunity here from the suitable gate. #8 Beato has been racing well and deserved his win three starts back. He can make his presence felt with Zac Purton up.

 

Race 10: Morningside And S.H. Ho Alumni Handicap (2.50am PDT, 5.50am ET)

 

#1 Gorgeous Win is talented and he’s chasing a hat-trick of wins this weekend. He remains in Class 3 following recent efforts and gets another chance here. He has the class edge and is the clear top pick. #7 James Tak is open to further improvement. He’ll make an impression against this group. #8 Kaholo Angel gets the 10 pounds removed and may not know himself under the featherweight. #13 Golden Long has a bit of ability and he’s worth consideration here.

Hong Kong Expert Selections – Wed., March 27

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, March 27, 2024)

Race 1: #2 Windicator Family, #7 Atomic Beauty, #1 Viva Hunter, #10 Mach Ten
Race 2:
#2 Pegasus General, #1 Romantic Fantasy, #8 Palace Pal, #3 Precise Express
Race 3:
#10 Brother Pearl, #5 Master Of Luck, #4 Diamond Diamond, #11 Foxhunter Way
Race 4:
#11 Winning Heart, #2 Golden Luck, #6 Yoda’s Choice, #8 Lucky Quality
Race 5:
#2 Comet Splendido, #7 Turin Warrior, #5 Snowalot, #11 Po On Way
Race 6:
#6 Super Taichi, #3 Ernest Feeling, #1 King Eccellente, #4 Happy Soul
Race 7:
#6 Beauty Waves, #7 Harmony Fire, #5 Happy United, #2 Great State
Race 8:
#7 Star Contact, #3 Quantum Patch, #10 Show Respect, #8 Lucky Eight
Race 9:
#11 Captain Win, #4 Beauty Infinity, #12 Joy Coming, #1 Pleasant Endeavor

 

Race 1: To Kwa Wan Handicap (2nd Section) (3.40am PDT, 6.40am EDT) 

#2 Windicator Family steps down in grade. He’s been making inroads in Class 3 and is far better suited here, even from the wide draw, which should see him shuffle back to the tail of the field early on. #7 Atomic Beauty is consistent and his reward for effort shouldn’t be too far away. He’s suited here. #1 Viva Hunter has the class-edge and pairs favourably with an in-form Karis Teetan. #10 Mach Ten slots in light and has claims, especially from the positive draw which should afford him the right run.

 

Race 2: Ma Tau Wai Handicap (4.10am PDT, 7.10am EDT) 

#2 Pegasus General has been racing well and he’s closing in on another win. He’s drawn ideally here for Hugh Bowman, who can easily find the right spot and ensure he gets every opportunity. #1 Romantic Fantasy is lightly raced but was a solid winner two runs back. He’s remained in suitable form and gets his shot here. #8 Palace Pal finally broke through last start. Expecting another strong run from him here, although he can be a touch weak over the concluding stages. #3 Precise Express is better suited to this grade. Next in line.

 

Race 3: Wang Tau Hom Handicap (4.40am PDT, 7.40am EDT)

 

#10 Brother Pearl is closing in on a first win for Dennis Yip. The in-form trainer won the BMW Hong Kong Derby last weekend and he has this guy in the right vein of form. #5 Master Of Luck exploded to an impressive victory last start. He’s in the form of his life and another strong showing is expected. #4 Diamond Diamond has been around the mark all season and his pairing with Zac Purton catches the eye. #11 Foxhunter Way slots in light and has a suitable draw. He narrowly missed last start and can go close again.

 

Race 4: Lok Fu Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)

 

#11 Winning Heart has a low weight and appears close to winning his first race in Hong Kong. Tony Cruz has the horse going very well and he steps away here off a suitable mark. #2 Golden Luck can roll forward and give this group something to reel in. He’ll cross in a bid to offset the awkward draw and look the winner at some stage. #6 Yoda’s Choice is lightly raced but continues to make inroads. He has a positive gate and should get his opportunity. #8 Lucky Quality has been consistent all term. He gets a handy five pounds off his back.

 

Race 5: To Kwa Wan Handicap (1st Section) (5.40am PDT, 8.40am EDT)

 

#2 Comet Splendido comes down in grade and draws ideally. He can mix his form, however, his last run was superb in defeat and that’s the sort of effort that he can transcend into victory. #7 Turin Warrior has the capabilities, although still finds himself without a win. He’ll get his chance and be around the mark once more. #5 Snowalot has a tricky gate to contend with this week. Expecting Zac Purton to cross early in a bid to offset this hindrance. #11 Po On Way is next in line. There’s something there and he shapes as the value runner.

 

Race 6: Lok Fu Handicap (2nd Section) (6.10am PDT, 9.10am EDT)

 

#6 Super Taichi makes his debut. He’s been trialling well and is worth a shot here, especially with Karis Teetan electing to ride first-up in Hong Kong. #3 Ernest Feeling is a super little horse, especially in this grade. He continues to make his presence felt and the inside gate is favourable. #1 King Eccellente gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back. He’s going about his racing the right way now and gets another chance this week. #4 Happy Soul is after back-to-back wins. He should get a sweet run from the gate.

 

Race 7: Hok Yuen Handicap (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)

 

#6 Beauty Waves is seeking a first win. He’s hit the ground running in Hong Kong and the inside gate is a big plus, especially with Zac Purton engaged. One to beat. #7 Harmony Fire is chasing back-to-back wins. The 10 pounds comes off his back and he just has the tricky draw to overcome this week. #5 Happy United has been in super form all season and the inside gate affords him yet another great opportunity. He’s lightly raced and has a few rating points still in hand. #2 Great State was sound on debut and any improvement brings him right into contention.

 

Race 8: Ma Tau Kok Handicap (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)

 

#7 Star Contact is a winner already this season and his recent form has been solid. He gets another chance this week and any luck afforded can easily him see him deliver again. #3 Quantum Patch deserves another win this season. He’s been performing with plenty of merit and Zac Purton’s booking ensures his chance. #10 Show Respect is seeking back-to-back wins. He slots in light as he returns to Class 3. #8 Lucky Eight has returned to a winning mark and he remains a threat this week.

 

Race 9: Kowloon City Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)

 #11 Captain Win has been superb in his last two starts, twice finishing second at Happy Valley. He gets another opportunity here under the light weight and stepping from a good gate. He’s deserving and ready to win again. #4 Beauty Infinity is a lightly raced talent. He keeps improving and can do so once more under Zac Purton. #12 Joy Coming is chasing back-to-back wins. He slots in light and deserves his chance up in grade. #1 Pleasant Endeavor gets a handy 10 pounds removed from his back. Keep safe.

Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Analysis – Wed, March 6

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, March 06, 2024)

Race 1: #7 Young Horizon, #6 Nordic Combined, #1 Rattan World, #8 General Ace
Race 2:
#1 Jazz Club, #8 Charming Steed, #4 Big Two, #2 Stormtrouper
Race 3:
#10 Kyrus Unicorn, #1 Absolute Sunshine, #3 Serangoon, #2 Darci Joy
Race 4:
#4 Lucky Archangel, #7 Beauty Glory, #5 Colourful Emperor, #6 Act Of Faith
Race 5:
#4 Quantum Patch, #7 Red Hare King, #2 Winning Dragon, #1 Gallant Waking
Race 6:
#1 Solar Partner, #8 Country Dancer, #3 Ragnarr, #9 Super Eagle
Race 7:
#8 Happy Trio, #1 Watch Buddy, #4 Kaholo Angel, #3 Golden Empire
Race 8:
#9 Po On Way, #3 Sure Joyful, #8 Strongest Boy, #12 United Endeavors
Race 9:
#10 Joyful Life, #2 Togepi, #7 Flying Phantom, #3 Lyrical Motion

Race 1: Kwoon Chung Motors Handicap (2.40am PST, 5.40am EST)

#7 Young Horizon is now in the bottom grade after performing well in Class 4. He’s suited here, especially with his one and only win coming in Class 5. The inside gate is ideal he can easily turn his form around. #6 Nordic Combined can mix his form but with even luck rates strongly, especially with Zac Purton up. He’ll be coming home hard and fast. #1 Rattan World is a winner in this grade. He can save ground throughout from the inside gate. #8 General Ace is seeking back-to-back wins. He gets his chance.

Race 2: Kwoon Chung Cross Boundary Service Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

#1 Jazz Club gets down to Class 5. He was racing well in the grade above and has a clear class-edge over this group. One to beat. #8 Charming Steed is on the quick back-up after finishing third last Sunday. He’s been in solid form of late and is worth keeping very safe this week. #4 Big Two can mix his form but has done his best racing over this course and distance. His sole win came from barrier one, which he draws here. #2 Stormtrouper ran well last start and he can improve out of that effort. Next best.

Race 3: Trans-Island Chinalink Handicap (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

#10 Kyrus Unicorn narrowly missed last start. He can take another forward step following that effort and rates strongly here, especially racing over a suitable course and distance. #1 Absolute Sunshine drops in grade. He’ll relish facing weaker opposition under Hugh Bowman. #3 Serangoon is chasing consecutive wins. He’s in career-best form at the minute and only needs to navigate his way from an awkward draw. #2 Darci Joy has claims and can easily roll forward from the positive gate.

Race 4: Kwoon Chung Intercontinental Limousine Handicap (1st Section) (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#4 Lucky Archangel is a three-time course and distance winner this season. He’s since remained in sound form and gets a super chance here from gate one. Expecting him to save ground and take this opportunity. #7 Beauty Glory mixes his form but deserves respect with Zac Purton going up. #5 Colourful Emperor is the pace in the race. He’s aiming for a first win and shouldn’t be discounted. #6 Act Of Faith can position on the speed and prove competitive.

Race 5: New Lantao Bus Handicap (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

#4 Quantum Patch gets his chance again. He’s raced well all season and is deserving of another win. The suitable draw and booking of Zac Purton will see him go close. #7 Red Hare King is consistent and rates strongly. He was a tidy winner three starts ago and is favoured from an inside gate. #2 Winning Dragon is chasing consecutive wins at the Valley. He’ll make his presence felt once more. #1 Gallant Waking has a powerful finish on his day. He’ll be rattling home late under Hugh Bowman.

Race 6: Kwoon Chung Inclusive & Accessible Service Handicap (2nd Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#1 Solar Partner returns to Class 4. His last two runs in the grade were victories and this contest is suitable, especially with Hugh Bowman up from a positive draw. #8 Country Dancer is beginning to find his feet with more experience. He has the gate to overcome, however, remains open to a fair bit of improvement. #3 Ragnarr turned his form around last start. He’s in the right vein of form and can continue to develop. #9 Super Eagle is super consistent and will figure strongly again. Next in line.

Race 7: The Kwoon Chung Bus Cup Handicap (2nd Section) (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)

#8 Happy Trio is a two-time winner this season. His first run in Class 3 last start was slightly inconclusive as he was inconvenienced in the home straight. He can take the necessary steps forward and is worthy of another chance here. #1 Watch Buddy is in the form of his life and he’ll be fighting out another finish. #4 Kaholo Angel has gate one and chances are he fires forward to take up the lead. He’ll look the winner at some stage, especially under the apprentice. #3 Golden Empire knows what it’s about. Next best.

Race 8: KC Smart Mobility Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

#9 Po On Way has a powerful finish. He’s yet to win, however, gets a super chance here under the light weight. The wide draw isn’t a concern with his get-back style of racing. #3 Sure Joyful is in career-best form and he remains a massive threat. Hugh Bowman is up and his recent form has been superb. #8 Strongest Boy can mix his form but is so close to a first win. He gets that chance with Zac Purton sticking aboard. #12 United Endeavors slots in light and can surprise stepping up in grade.

Race 9: Tai Fung Coach Handicap (1st Section) (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

#10 Joyful Life is steadily improving and he’s shaping as a very nice horse. He did well last start and looks ready to take the next step. He’s from the right stable and is favoured under the light weight. #2 Togepi steps back to Class 4, which is where he returned his most recent win. He’s a major threat against this group. #7 Flying Phantom is lightly raced but clearly has what it takes to be winning soon enough. #3 Lyrical Motion is consistent and continue to make his presence felt. Must respect.

Hong Kong Horse Racing Analysis for Wednesday – Feb. 28

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, February 28, 2024)

Race 1: #10 Loyal Ambition, #3 Palace Pal, #8 Brilliant Pioneer, #12 Mighty Star
Race 2:
#3 Fire Ball, #1 Chiu Chow Brother, #7 Double Show, #6 Tactical Command
Race 3:
#10 Circuit Seven, #3 Parents’ Love, #12 Lean Master, #5 Oversubscribed
Race 4:
#7 Gold Tack, #3 Dragon Star, #2 Samarkand, #5 Sturdy Ruby
Race 5:
#1 Superb Capitalist, #5 Raging Blizzard, #6 Wings Of War, #3 Healthy Healthy
Race 6:
#2 Super Joy N Fun, #9 Crystal Powerful, #3 Golden Bull, #10 Tattenham
Race 7:
#4 M Unicorn, #5 Ivy League, #3 Eighteen Palms, #2 Silver Sonic
Race 8:
#2 Joyful Hunter, #8 Denfield, #4 Sugar Sugar, #7 Chain Of Gold  
Race 9:
#11 Dan Attack, #1 Beauty Infinity, #7 Vantastic Choice, #3 Jumbo Legend

 

Race 1: Sai Kung Handicap (2.40am PST, 5.40am EST) 

#10 Loyal Ambition is racing well and he’s so, so close to recording another win. He gets that opportunity here under Karis Teetan, even from the widest draw. #3 Palace Pal has a powerful finish and he’s on the cusp of landing a first win. He’s better than Class 5, however, his get-back style of racing is proving costly. #8 Brilliant Pioneer was solid last start and he can continue to race at the level of form here. He’ll shuffle back early before closing late. #12 Mighty Star slots in light and managed to turn his form around last start. Next best.

 

Hong Kong Happy Valley fireworksRace 2: Tai Po Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST) 

#3 Fire Ball was a tidy winner two starts ago and he remains in Class 5. He’s racing well and gets a suitable chance this week. He’ll take beating on recent form. #1 Chiu Chow Brother’s last start in Class 5 returned a win. Chances are he rolls to the front from the gate and tries to play catch me if you can. He can take reeling in. #7 Double Show is a winner already this season and he’s holding his condition. He gets his chance. #6 Tactical Command has mixed his form but perhaps from gate one he can use this to his advantage. Next best.

 

Race 3: Fanling Handicap (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST) 

#10 Circuit Seven won well last start and he gets another chance in the grade here. Zac Purton hops up and his winning form might be too much this group. #3 Parents’ Love is doing plenty right and he’s lightly raced with a stack of upside. Expecting further improvement from him this week. #12 Lean Master slots in light and gets his opportunity. He has a stack of gate speed and could easily take up the running here. #5 Oversubscribed knows how to win at Happy Valley and he has a strong closing speed. Next best.

 

Race 4: Sheung Shui Handicap (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST) 

#7 Gold Tack has returned in sound condition this season. He’s gone close several times across his career and gets another super chance returning to Happy Valley. Conditions suit and he’s the one they all must beat. #3 Dragon Star rarely runs a bad race. He’ll roll forward and make his own luck from there. #2 Samarkand is a two-time winner this season. He’s still racing well and is worth keeping an eye on. #5 Sturdy Ruby charged into second position last start. Expecting similar again from him here with Zac Purton sticking aboard.

 

Race 5: The Rotary Centenary Challenge Cup Handicap (1st Section) (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST) 

#1 Superb Capitalist can roll to the front and give this group something to catch. He’s a solid talent who can use the inside gate to his advantage. One to catch, even though he can mix his form at times. #5 Raging Blizzard has a few rating points still in hand. He’s lightly raced but has a stack of potential. #6 Wings Of War narrowly missed last start. He can take another step forward this week and has shown that he’s close to a first win. #3 Healthy Healthy has been in superb form this season. He gets his chance.

 

Race 6: Tsuen Wan Handicap (2nd Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST) 

#2 Super Joy N Fun won in fine style on debut and he has the scope to further improve this week. He’s a super talent and his best is yet to come. One to beat. #9 Crystal Powerful failed in his bid to capture a hat-trick of wins last start, still, he managed to make up significant ground and with luck he should go close this week. #3 Golden Bull is yet to win but has always been around the mark. This shouldn’t change, especially with Zac Purton aboard. #10 Tattenham is next in line. He goes about his racing very well.

Read the recap of the 2024 Saudi Cup

Race 7: Tsing Yi Handicap (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST) 

#4 M Unicorn is a four-time winner this season. He’s rapidly rising and his ascent appears far from over, especially with Hugh Bowman hopping up from an ideal draw. He’s the one they all must beat. #5 Ivy League is in the right vein of form this term. He’s a winner now and remains a factor this week. #3 Eighteen Palms is chasing back-to-back wins. Remaining in Class 3 is a plus, especially with Harry Bentley engaged once more. #2 Silver Sonic is better than his form suggests. He can make his presence felt from gate one. Don’t discount.

 

Race 8: Kwai Chung Handicap (2nd Section) (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST) 

#2 Joyful Hunter can mix his form but he is seriously good on his day. His latest effort was sound for fourth and he should be able to take another forward step here. One to beat. #8 Denfield slots in light with Zac Purton engaged. He’s consistent, aside from his effort two starts ago, and this should be rewarded soon enough this season. #4 Sugar Sugar got on the board last time out and that level of form holds him in good stead here. #7 Chain Of Gold has improved across his only two starts in Hong Kong. Keep safe.

 

Race 9: Tsuen Wan Handicap (1st Section) (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST) 

#11 Dan Attack was an impressive winner last start and he can continue to step up this week. He remains in Class 4 which suits and carries another light weight, even against strong opposition. #1 Beauty Infinity is lightly raced and continues to progress. He’ll take beating under Zac Purton, even with top weight assigned. #7 Vantastic Choice is a two-time winner from his last three starts. Expecting he’ll lead and give this group something to run down. #3 Jumbo Legend is better than his last start suggests. He’ll reverse that form here.

Dust Settles in the Desert: A Recap of the Thrilling 2024 Saudi Cup!

The sand has barely settled on the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, but the echoes of hooves and cheers still reverberate after a thrilling day of racing at the 2024 Saudi Cup. With purses totaling a staggering $35 million, the world’s richest horse racing event contested on Saturday, February 24 lived up to its billing, delivering nail-biting finishes and unexpected heroes.

Señor Buscador Steals the Show:

The main event, the $20 million Saudi Cup, saw a dramatic come-from-behind victory by 13-1 longshot Señor Buscador. Ridden by Junior Alvarado, the American-trained gelding trailed the pack for most of the race before launching a powerful late surge in the final furlong to snatch the win from Charoleton. This emotional victory capped a lifelong dream for owner Joey Peacock and New Mexico trainer Todd Fincher, proving that heart and determination can conquer even the toughest odds.

“He was unbelievable,” said jockey Junior Alvarado. “That horse that finished second passed us at the sixteenth pole. I was saying, ‘C’mon boy. C’mon boy. Keep going here.’ He kept going right down to the wire.”

REY DE ORO SEEKS REDEMPTION IN LONGINES DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSICDerby Delight for Forever Young:

The G3 Boutique Group Saudi Derby saw a dominant performance by Japanese champion Forever Young. Despite encountering early trouble, the rising star displayed incredible stamina to power through the field and cross the line first. This win cemented Forever Young’s status as a global force in horse racing and set the stage for an exciting future.

Bargain Buy Blazes to Sprint Glory:

The G3 Neom Turf Sprint witnessed a fairytale ending for Anaaf. This modestly priced gelding, ridden by Rossa Ryan, defied the odds to take home the win in a thrilling photo finish. His victory proved that talent can shine through, regardless of pedigree or price tag.

Other Notable Wins:

  • Remake captured the G3 Riyadh Dirt Sprint, showcasing his impressive speed on the dirt track.
  • Desert Hero triumphed in the G3 1351 Turf Cup, adding another chapter to his impressive career.
  • Mubasher claimed the G3 Neom Turf Cup, demonstrating his dominance in the staying division.

Beyond the Winners:

The 2024 Saudi Cup wasn’t just about the top finishers. The event showcased the incredible athleticism of the horses, the skill of the jockeys, and the dedication of trainers and owners from around the world. It served as a platform for international sporting collaboration and cultural exchange, bringing together horse racing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.