Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Selections – Wed., June 12

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, June 12, 2024)
Race 1: #1 Dragon Pride, #6 Speedstar, #10 Viva A La, #3 Keen Unity
Race 2:
#1 E Legend, #3 Mister Dapper, #4 Dragon Star, #7 Courier Magic
Race 3:
#8 Gold Tack, #7 Precise Express, #11 Jubilation, #2 Satirical Glory
Race 4:
#4 Golden Rise, #5 Flying Wrote, #9 Spicy Gold, #6 Happy For All
Race 5:
#7 Chill Chibi, #3 Moments In Time, #8 Outgate, #4 Flaming Rabbit
Race 6:
#2 Fortune Warrior, #1 Ma Comet, #11 Happy Horse, #4 Happy Soul
Race 7:
#9 Super Joy N Fun, #7 Amazing Victory, #6 Golden Empire, #11 California Deeply
Race 8:
#5 Midori Glory, #4 Fast Serve, #9 Youthful Spirits, #2 Magic Control
Race 9:
#11 Jumbo Legend, #6 Star Contact, #12 Big Red, #3 Never Too Soon
Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Selections for Wednesday morning
 
Race 1: Aster Handicap (3.40am PDT, 6.40am EDT)
 
#1 Dragon Pride gets back to Class 5, where he returned his most recent win. He can bounce back with a step down to the bottom grade. One to beat. #6 Speedstar is unlucky not to be a multiple winner already. He’s in super form and his pairing with Zac Purton is worth keeping a close eye on. He’s ready to run a big race and can do so here. #10 Viva A La finds a favourable inside draw. He ran well last start and isn’t expected to see his form slip. #3 Keen Unity is steadily finding his best. He’ll be in the finish once again.
Race 2: Bellflower Handicap (4.10am PDT, 7.10am EDT)
 
#1 E Legend makes a welcome return to Class 4, where has won multiple times before. He goes about his racing well and has been competitive in Class 3 this season. He has the class-edge to defeat this group. #3 Mister Dapper is hard to get a gauge on, although he does appear to flourish over this distance. Next in line. #4 Dragon Star is nothing short of consistent and he should get his opportunity racing on the speed from gate one. #7 Courier Magic can make his presence felt. He’ll be charging late. Don’t discount.
Race 3: Camellia Handicap (4.40am PDT, 7.40am EDT)
 
#8 Gold Tack is ever so close to winning his first race. He’s pieced together a few solid performances and deserves to breakthrough now. One to beat. #7 Precise Express is capable and he should receive a sweet run from gate one. He gets his opportunity here. #11 Jubilation slots in with a light weight. He’s proven himself in this grade and Keith Yeung has a good relationship with the galloper. #2 Satirical Glory is seeking back-to-back wins. He’s in the best form of his career now.
Race 4: Dianthus Handicap (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)
 
#4 Golden Rise returns to Happy Valley. He has previously raced well at this course and Hugh Bowman’s pairing catches the eye. He’s in solid form and gets a super chance here, especially from gate four. #5 Flying Wrote is lightly raced, although he has shown a stack of potential already. He can keep improving for trainer Tony Cruz. #9 Spicy Gold is another who keeps improving. He did well to grab second last start and that effort bodes well for a contest such as this one. #6 Happy For All is next best.
Race 5: The EWO Challenge Trophy Handicap (5.40am PDT, 8.40am EDT)
 
#7 Chill Chibi has done his best racing at Happy Valley and he makes a favourable return to the city course this week. He still has some improvement to come and an in-form Danny Shum stable commands a heap of respect. #3 Moments In Time is the stablemate to Chill Chibi and one of three for Shum in the race. He’ll lead and give them all something to reel in. #8 Outgate is another who can press forward. He’s in solid form and gets an opportunity here. #4 Flaming Rabbit is next in line, he’s another possible pace angle.
The Impact of the Hong Kong International RacesRace 6: Heather Handicap (6.10am PDT, 9.10am EDT)
 
#2 Fortune Warrior is dangerous off this mark and his recent efforts have been superb. He’s ready to win again, especially in this grade with Zac Purton engaged. #1 Ma Comet clearly has ability and his most recent outing was strong when he finished second. He’s clearly much better suited to racing in Class 4. #11 Happy Horse is a two-time winner, both times this season. He’s found his groove and gets an opportunity this week, even from the wide draw. #4 Happy Soul won well two runs back. Next best.
Race 7: Thistle Handicap (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)
 
#9 Super Joy N Fun is a serious horse on the improve and he can return to winning ways this week. He has the ability and is still learning his craft, although he will need to overcome an awkward gate. #7 Amazing Victory knows what it’s about and his recent efforts have been solid. Karis Teetan sticks with him and he gets his shot. #6 Golden Empire finished second last time out. He continues to perform. He’ll press forward early in a bid to overcome the gate. #11 California Deeply is next best.
Race 8: Violet Handicap (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)
 
#5 Midori Glory was super impressive on debut. He won well that day and appears well placed to score again, especially from the middle gate. One they all must beat following his first-up effort. #4 Fast Serve returned in super condition last start following setbacks. He’s a two-time winner who can mount a serious challenge to this group. #9 Youthful Spirits is going to find the front and should do so with ease from barrier two. He’ll take reeling in. #2 Magic Control debuts. He’s worth keeping a close eye on.
Race 9: Chamomile Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)
 
#11 Jumbo Legend needs plenty to go his way, however, his latest effort for fifth was solid. He is clearly ready to win again and his pairing with Vincent Ho enhances confidence. #6 Star Contact is regularly underestimated and the same should occur here, even while he’s in a super vein of form for trainer David Hayes. #12 Big Red was a deserving winner last start and he should receive his opportunity once more, even up in grade. He’s a nice horse. #3 Never Too Soon has quality and gets his chance.

Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Selections – Wed, May 29

SHA TIN – Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Selections
(Wednesday, May 29, 2024)

Race 1: #3 All For St Paul’s, #4 Adefill, #1 Telecom Fighters, #5 Yellowfin
Race 2:
#5 Diamond Soars, #12 Dashing Glory, #4 Cool Blue, #2 Speedy Fortune
Race 3:
#10 Triumphant Warrior, #8 Flying Dragon, #2 Sunny Darling, #9 Sky Song
Race 4:
#2 Go Hero, #4 Charming Steed, #7 Perfect Peach, #5 Medic Elite
Race 5:
#10 Strive For Glory, #3 Self Improvement, #11 Crazy Treasure, #5 Prime Mortar
Race 6:
#6 Lucky Banner, #11 Brave Witness, #7 Starship Eighty, #1 Kimberley
Race 7:
#1 Sing Dragon, #3 Victory Moments, #11 Lightning Bolt, #5 Capital Delight
Race 8:
#4 Perfect Team, #3 Apache Pass, #2 Woodfire Bro, #1 Berlin Tango

Race 1: Chun Shek Handicap (4.15am PDT, 7.15am EDT)

#3 All For St Paul’s is dangerous out in front. Expecting he’ll roll forward and give this group something to reel in, which is where he performs at his best. One to beat. #4 Adefill is a nice horse and he goes about his racing well. He rises to Class 2, although the weight relief is an advantage. #1 Telecom Fighters can press forward. He has the class and recent form to make his presence felt. #5 Yellowfin has consistency on his side and the low weight. He’ll be thereabouts.

Race 2: Mei Lam Handicap (4.45am PDT, 7.45am EDT)

#5 Diamond Soars is suited in Class 5. He has the right gate and has previously raced well on the dirt. The inside draw should see him do next to no work in the run. #12 Dashing Glory slots in light and his most recent trial on the dirt was sound. Expecting improvement this week. #4 Cool Blue mixes his form but he clearly has some ability. The awkward draw does make things difficult though. #2 Speedy Fortune gets the services of Zac Purton. He can improve with the step down to this grade.

Race 3: Hin Yiu Handicap (2nd Section) (5.15am PDT, 8.15am EDT)

#10 Triumphant Warrior continues to make the right headway. Zac Purton is aboard and he’s taking all the right steps towards a first win. One to beat. #8 Flying Dragon has lost his way a touch, however, he does know how to perform strongly over this course and distance. He can bounce back. #2 Sunny Darling gets down in grade. His latest trial on the dirt was nothing short of impressive. He’ll make his presence felt. #9 Sky Song is next in line. He’s lightly raced and is open to further improvement.

Race 4: Shui Chuen O Handicap (5.45am PDT, 8.45am EDT)

#2 Go Hero is closing in on a first win. He narrowly missed last start and can improve again from an ideal draw with Zac Purton up, especially in Class 5. #4 Charming Steed has the draw to overcome. He’s in the right vein of form and has shown his quality in the past, noticeably in this grade. #7 Perfect Peach is hard to catch at times. He’s racing well and has claims here. #5 Medic Elite is on the quick back-up. He rarely runs a bad race and gets his chance again.

Race 5: Hin Yiu Handicap (1st Section) (6.15am PDT, 9.15am EDT)

#10 Strive For Glory mixes his form, however, he is a two-time winner over the course and distance this season. He’s worth taking a chance on here to bounce back. #3 Self Improvement is consistent and has won once already this season. Zac Purton reunites with him as he aims for another win. #11 Crazy Treasure continues to make headway. He’s going about his racing well of late and the low weight is incredibly ideal as he seeks a first win. #5 Prime Mortar is seeking back-to-back wins. Keep safe.

Race 6: Lee On Handicap (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)

#6 Lucky Banner does his best racing on the dirt. He has an inside gate and is expected to fire forward and lead this race. One to catch, especially after nearly pinching his latest outing. #11 Brave Witness is nearing a first win. He’s improving with every start and gets a few favours from the positive draw. #7 Starship Eighty has an awkward barrier to overcome. He does have the right experience, however, he is up against here even after a string of nice efforts. #1 Kimberley is next best. Dipping to Class 4 is ideal.

Race 7: Chung On Handicap (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)

#1 Sing Dragon is seeking a fourth consecutive win. He has the wide gate to overcome, which makes things difficult, although his best form holds has him being very competitive here. Expecting he crosses early for the front. #3 Victory Moments is aiming to turn the tables on Sing Dragon. These two have been sparring partners for some time and Victory Moments receives one of his better chances from gate three. #11 Lightning Bolt slots in light and has claims. #5 Capital Delight is next best. Don’t discount.

Race 8: Fung Wo Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)

#4 Perfect Team is a course and distance winner already this season. His recent form has been sound and his latest barrier trial ahead of returning from a setback recently was superb. He’s the one they all must beat. #3 Apache Pass hasn’t won for quite some time. Still, he’s been racing well and his latest effort was one of his best this season. #2 Woodfire Bro has been superb all season except for his form blip two starts ago. He’s a threat. #1 Berlin Tango has the class edge over many of these. Next best.

Expert Horse Racing Selections for G1 Champions & Chater Cup

Sunday at Sha Tin! The Sunday card at Sha Tin (late Saturday night/early Sunday 12:45 a.m. ET) features the Champions & Chater Cup (G1), and the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Declan Schuster provides his selections and analysis for the big race.

RACE 7: CHAMPIONS & CHATER CUP (G1)

#2 Straight Arron can bounce back. He has the class, although his first start back in Hong Kong after racing in Dubai was poor. Taking a chance on him here as his best is more than up to winning this contest. He should be value, too. #1 Rebel’s Romance is the clear one to beat; however, he won’t be any sort of winning price. He’s not worth supporting at his quote, which will be super short. #3 Five G Patch will relish any rain around, which is forecast. He loves the trip. #7 Massive Sovereign is next in line. Weather concerns.

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.

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 Selections – Wednesday, Feb. 21

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, February 21, 2024)

Race 1: #1 Savvy Chic, #2 Wood On Fire, #5 Kilindini, #4 Glory Cloud
Race 2:
#2 Happy Together, #3 La City Blanche, #7 Mr Ascendency, #4 Dancing Code
Race 3:
#4 Great Achiever, #2 Jolly Companion, #11 Alloy King, #3 Happy Fat Cat
Race 4:
#3 Son Pak Fu, #6 Bundle Of Charm, #1 Duke Wai, #8 Tomodachi Kokoroe
Race 5:
#10 Kyrus Unicorn, #11 Sunny Baby, #6 Mr Aladdin, #12 Turtle Again
Race 6:
#10 Noble Win, #2 Win Win Fighter, #5 Galvanic, #1 Gallant Valour
Race 7:
#8 Escape Route, #12 Red Hare King, #4 Tourbillon Prince, #1 Galaxy Witness
Race 8:
#3 Copartner Ambition, #1 Wonder Kit, #7 Bon’s A Pearla, #5 Winning Icey
Race 9:
#9 Atomic Energy, #1 Explosive Witness, #5 Happy United, #3 Heroic Master

 

Race 1: Wang Tak Handicap (2nd Section) (2.40am PST, 5.40am EST)

 

#1 Savvy Chic gets down to Class 4. His last run in this grade returned a win and he draws suitably for this contest with Karis Teetan aboard. He’s the one they all must beat. #2 Wood On Fire is favoured with the 10 pounds coming off his back. He loves the track and can make his presence felt here. #5 Kilindini has a tricky gate to overcome but he is racing well. He’s a threat. #4 Glory Cloud was sound on debut and can improve second-up. He has the scope to do so and just needs luck from the gate.

 

Race 2: Shan Kwong Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

 

#2 Happy Together is a seriously good horse and he raced without luck last start at Group 3 level. He was a winner in that grade two starts back and a return to that level of form should see him go on with it here. #3 La City Blanche rarely runs a bad race and he deserves a win. He’s been in sound form of late and should contend strongly. #7 Mr Ascendency slots in light and should get an opportunity. He’s versatile and comes into this off the back of a strong effort for third. #4 Dancing Code is next in line.

 

Race 3: Wang Tak Handicap (1st Section) (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

 

#4 Great Achiever has ability and it wouldn’t surprise to see him bounce back here. He draws ideally and is worth taking a chance on this week. #2 Jolly Companion can mix his form but there is definitely some talent there. He’s suited in this grade and it wouldn’t surprise to see him turn it around. #11 Alloy King knows what it’s all about over this course and distance. He slots in light and is in the right vein of form at the minute. #3 Happy Fat Cat can roll forward and lead. He’ll give this group something to reel in.

 

Race 4: Singapore Pools Handicap (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

 

#3 Son Pak Fu was a competitive fourth last start at Group 1 level. He’s racing well at present and a return to his preferred course and distance suggests he’ll be hard to beat. #6 Bundle Of Charm is in the form of his life and he hasn’t put a step wrong of late. He’ll be fighting this one out. #1 Duke Wai has the class-edge but will be forced to lug the hefty impost. He’ll be right there in the thick of things though. #8 Tomodachi Kokoroe slots in light and is advantaged at the bottom of the handicap. He’ll need to step up but does get a serious shot.

 

Race 5: Yuk Sau Handicap (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

 

#10 Kyrus Unicorn made a stack of ground late last start and he can take another step forward this week. He’s going the right way and gets a superb chance here. #11 Sunny Baby won well last start and he might be able to surprise as he goes back up to Class 4. #6 Mr Aladdin is tracking the right way and if his setback is a thing of the past then he’s a worthy inclusion. #12 Turtle Again slots in light and just has the gate to overcome. He is in very good form and can figure in this grade.

 

Race 6: Yik Yam Handicap (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

 

#10 Noble Win is in the right vein of form and he’s shown that a first win is close. He’s worth taking a chance on here under Matthew Poon from the ideal draw. #2 Win Win Fighter is racing well and was a solid winner two runs back. He’s remained at the level of form and gets another super shot here off a suitable mark. #5 Galvanic has the ability but is struggling to piece it all together. Gate one should afford him the right chance. #1 Gallant Valour has sprung to prominence this season. He just has the awkward draw to overcome.

 

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

 

#8 Escape Route finds a suitable contest. He’s been super consistent of late and any luck can see him go on with it here. The lightweight is a bonus. #12 Red Hare King is in terrific form with three seconds and one win from his last four starts. He’s lowly weighted and gets his chance. #4 Tourbillon Prince can mix his form but does have serious potential on his day. #1 Galaxy Witness loves to run home without winning. He’s consistent though and a hot tempo could easily bring him strongly into contention.

 

Race 8: Sing Woo Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

 

#3 Copartner Ambition is the one they all must beat as he chases a fifth win this season. He’s got a stack of ability and his ascent can persevere here, especially from an ideal gate. #1 Wonder Kit just doesn’t know how to run poorly. He’s consistent and is a huge threat under a familiar pair of hands. #7 Bon’s A Pearla finally got on the board earlier this campaign. She’ll get back and finish strongly. #5 Winning Icey is third-up and returns to his preferred course and distance here. Keep safe.

 

Race 9: King Kwong Handicap (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

 

#9 Atomic Energy goes about his racing very well, especially at Happy Valley. He gets a super chance to win here and does appear to still have plenty of rating points in hand. One to beat. #1 Explosive Witness won well last start and can continue to race at that level of form. He has the big weight to contend with, however, his recent form has been superb. #5 Happy United continues to raise the bar and this is another test for him. #3 Heroic Master can easily reverse his form and take his shot at this group. Next best.

HKJC Expert Horse Analysis for Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Hong Kong

HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS
(Wednesday, January 10, 2024)

Race 1: #6 Goodmanship, #1 Happy Horse, #3 Multimore, #2 August Moon
Race 2:
#4 Running Ahead, #2 Simply Maverick, #5 Fearless Fire, #6 To Infinity
Race 3:
#4 Red Hare King, #1 Samarkand, #11 Affirm, #5 Super Baby
Race 4:
#10 Valhalla, #5 Great Achiever, #11 Mr Good Vibes, #4 High Rise Soldier
Race 5:
#1 Happy Fat Cat, #5 Gold Tack, #6 Lyrical Motion, #2 Joy Coming
Race 6:
#9 Happy Together, #7 Helene Feeling, #11 La City Blanche, #4 Telecom Fighters
Race 7:
#3 Turin Mascot, #6 Lean Hero, #9 Intrepid Winner, #5 Escape Route
Race 8:
#9 Healthy Healthy, #6 Never Too Soon, #3 Brave Star, #4 Copartner Ambition

Race 1: Paterson Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

#6 Goodmanship has raced well this season. He pairs favourably with Karis Teetan here and a return to the city circuit for him is a big plus. He’s capable of returning to his best and with that proving very tough to get past. #1 Happy Horse is in superb form with a win two runs back. Hugh Bowman’s pairing commands respect. #3 Multimore gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back with the apprentice up. Expecting a sound effort from him, especially near the head of the field. #2 August Moon is next in line.

Race 2: Kingston Handicap (2nd Section) (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

#4 Running Ahead was sound second-up and he can improve following that run. He draws ideally, which could easily see him save the right amount of ground. One to beat. #2 Simply Maverick is versatile. He’s holding his form and gets another chance in Class 4 after his smashing win two starts ago. #5 Fearless Fire is consistent and can make his presence felt once again. He’ll be very competitive here. #6 To Infinity is after back-to-back wins. He has a suitable gate.

Race 3: Kingston Handicap (1st Section) (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#4 Red Hare King draws ideally and has raced well all season at Happy Valley. He comes into this following a pair of runner-up efforts over the course and distance. One to beat from gate one, assuming he receives an economical run in transit. #1 Samarkand can press forward to lead. He’s chasing a hat-trick of wins and does remain in Class 4, which suits. #11 Affirm slots in light and has found sound form. It’s taken time but his most recent run was decent. #5 Super Baby can roll forward. Keep safe.

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Race 4: Great George Handicap (2nd Section) (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

#10 Valhalla won well last start and rises to Class 4. This is a tougher task, however, he is in the right vein of form and continues to race well at his preferred track. #5 Great Achiever finished seventh first-up in Hong Kong. He can take another forward step, especially from barrier one. He performed well on debut and could be value. #11 Mr Good Vibes has been making ground of late and the light weight affords him his chance. He can improve. #4 High Rise Soldier has experience on his side. Keep safe.

Race 5: Great George Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#1 Happy Fat Cat can bounce back to his best in this grade. He draws ideally and should find the front against to lead, especially with five pounds taken off his back due to Angus Chung’s booking. One to catch. #5 Gold Tack returns first-up. He’s trialled well and was showing plenty of promise last season, enough so to suggest he can return a winner very, very soon. #6 Lyrical Motion gets 10 pounds removed with the apprentice up. He’s raced well all season. #2 Joy Coming is open to improvement. Next in line.

Race 6: G3 January Cup Handicap (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)

#9 Happy Together continues to improve and the light weight affords him and several others their chance against tough opposition. Taking a chance on him to win here, especially with the likely prospect of a fast tempo, which will suit him. #7 Helene Feeling is another who keeps raising the bar. He has his fair share of quality as a four-time winner already. #11 La City Blanche slots in light. He’s suited in this grade with Karis Teetan up. #4 Telecom Fighters has claims. Expect he rolls forward for his chance.

Race 7: Cleveland Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

#3 Turin Mascot has performed all season. He’s consistent and tends to do very little wrong. He can win again this term with the right run from a slightly tricky draw. #6 Lean Hero loves the course and is a winner over this trip. He’s favoured from gate one, which should allow him to save ground throughout. Next best. #9 Intrepid Winner is after back-to-back wins. He can make his presence felt again. #5 Escape Route has been racing well all season. He’s a major player off his current rating.

Race 8: Causeway Handicap (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

#9 Healthy Healthy is a superb talent. He’s chasing a fourth win this season and third in succession. The draw is suitable and he can win again after proving his worth in this grade last time out. #6 Never Too Soon is a two-time winner from three starts this campaign. He returns to Happy Valley, which is a plus. #3 Brave Star has gone close each start this season. He deserves another chance. #4 Copartner Ambition has won three out of his last four starts. Hugh Bowman hops up and he can test this group.

HKJC Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday

SHA TIN SELECTIONS
(Saturday, December 23, 2023)

Race 1: #9 Little Fairy, #1 Mister Dapper, #2 Nicholson Returns, #11 Jubilation
Race 2:
#4 Gangnam Star, #6 Second To None, #12 Vantastic Choice, #5 Ruby Sailing
Race 3:
#8 New Power, #6 Good Happy Heart, #1 Super Legends, #10 The Absolute
Race 4:
#13 Angels Hunter, #11 Starship Eighty, #6 President’s Choice, #14 Hang’s Choice
Race 5:
#3 Harry’s Hero, #7 Lucky Banner, #2 Nordic Star, #4 All Are Mine
Race 6:
#10 Fighting Machine, #4 Happy For All, #11 Devas Twelve, #3 Perfetto
Race 7:
#2 Five G Patch, #4 La City Blanche, #8 Awesome Fluke, #10 Ensued
Race 8:
#4 Wings Of War, #2 Cotton Fingers, #3 I Give, #6 Joyful Hunter 
Race 9:
#3 Ching, #7 Adefill, #4 Yellowfin, #1 Everyone’s Delight
Race 10:
#3 Massive Action, #6 The Heir, #5 Pins Prince, #9 Silver Up

Expert Horse Racing Analysis for Saturday:

Race 1: Amaryllis Handicap (9.00pm PST, 12.00am EST)

#9 Little Fairy is in form and appears ready to take the next step. This distance will suit and he’s still open to a fair bit of improvement, especially as a four-year-old. #1 Mister Dapper has a bit of class about him. He’s racing well and was a tidy winner over the mile last time out. This is a step up again but he has the quality to be hugely competitive, even if this distance doesn’t suit. #2 Nicholson Returns will improve with a step back to Class 4. #11 Jubilation is next in line with no weight and sound form of late.

Race 2: Cedar Handicap (9.30pm PST, 12.30am EST)

#4 Gangnam Star caught the eye first-up when third. He made up a stack of ground that day and further improvement is expected here, enough so to suggest that he can win. #6 Second To None makes his debut. He’s moving well and showed a fair bit of quality in his latest trial. Keep a close eye, especially with Vincent Ho up. #12 Vantastic Choice gets a handy weight relief and it wouldn’t surprise to see him roll forward to lead. #5 Ruby Sailing has class but is struggling to piece it together. Keep safe.

Race 3: Erica Handicap (10.00pm PST, 1.00am EST)

#8 New Power did well on debut to close into fifth position. He’s in sound form and is open to more improvement, especially from a suitable draw against a sizeable field. He’s worth supporting. #6 Good Happy Heart has done a stack of work with Zac Purton ahead of his debut but will be paired with Lyle Hewitson this weekend. He’s showing ability and Purton’s pre-race pairings hint at this. #1 Super Legends is the only winner in the race. He should get a sweet run from barrier six. #10 The Absolute is next in line.

Hong Kong Golden SixtyRace 4: Hibiscus Handicap (10.30pm PST, 1.30am EST)

#13 Angels Hunter can improve after narrowly missing first-up this season. He appears ready to win now and gets an excellent shot here, especially from a suitable draw. #11 Starship Eighty won well last start and he can maintain that level of form as he remains in the same grade. #6 President’s Choice is much better suited to the bottom grade. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this weekend. #14 Hang’s Choice is in career-best form and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to maintain this level of racing.

Race 5: Holly Handicap (11.00pm PST, 2.00am EST)

#3 Harry’s Hero can improve in this grade and with a switch to dirt. He was a winner on the synthetic pre-import, so he might be worth taking a chance on here as he races on Sha Tin’s alternate surface for the first time. Suitable draw and conditions. #7 Lucky Banner is better than his inconsistent record reads. He draws ideally with James McDonald up. #2 Nordic Star flashed into third last start from well back in the field. He commands respect. #4 All Are Mine loves the course and distance. Next in line.

Race 6: Ivy Handicap (11.35pm PST, 2.35am EST)

#10 Fighting Machine draws ideally after two solid runs. He pairs favourably with Zac Purton this week and is open to further improvement as well. One to catch and comes from the right stable. #4 Happy For All is racing well and can find his best here, especially from the draw. #11 Devas Twelve caught the eye late last start. He can take another forward step here. #3 Perfetto is suited in this grade and can make his presence felt, that is, if he manages to offset the awkward draw.

Race 7: The Yan Chai Trophy Handicap (12.05am PST, 3.05am EST)

#2 Five G Patch can improve sharply with a return to Class 2, which is where he’s done his best racing so far in Hong Kong. Zac Purton hops up and this is a very suitable race. One to beat. #4 La City Blanche also makes the dip in grade. He’ll relish this drop and can make his presence felt in a big way. #8 Awesome Fluke has a bit of talent and he’s coming to hand quite quickly. He’ll be fighting out the finish here. #10 Ensued is a two-time winner from three starts. He’s got some class and can bounce back this weekend.

Race 8: Pine Handicap (12.35am PST, 3.35am EST)

#4 Wings Of War can improve second-up. He’s got a stack of class and his latest trial was nothing short of eye-catching when crossing the line in first spot. He can take the right steps forward and get on the board in Hong Kong this weekend. #2 Cotton Fingers has a bit of class and he nearly should have won last time out. He draws well once more and can make his presence felt. #3 I Give is chasing a sixth straight win. His form is superb and his racing pattern affords him every shot each time he races. #6 Joyful Hunter is next in line.

Race 9: Spruce Handicap (1.10am PST, 4.10am EST)

#3 Ching is worth a shot on dirt, especially as he is sired by Frosted, one of America’s leading dirt horses in recent years. He’ll take a liking to this surface and the inside draw gives him a good chance. #7 Adefill has class over this course and distance. He’s consistent and the booking of James McDonald bears close watching. #4 Yellowfin is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He’s in career-best form and can once again make an impact. #1 Everyone’s Delight dips to Class 3. Don’t discount.

Race 10: Poinsetta Handicap (1.45am PST, 4.45am EST)

#3 Massive Action is going to lead here, just as he has done successfully in the past. He gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back, which should see him prove difficult to catch. #6 The Heir has posted two runner-up efforts from a pair of starts in Hong Kong. He’s taken to life in new surroundings quickly and he should begin an ascent soon. #5 Pins Prince has the draw to afford him the run of the race. Strong booking with Zac Purton up. #9 Silver Up is next in line. He’s worth a chance on debut in Hong Kong.