Happy Valley preview and tips: Wednesday, February 24

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Hong Kong racing is at Happy Valley on Wednesday and there are nine races on the programme.

Here is our preview of the action

READ: Tips from the HK TV crew

The Class 5 gallopers tackle the 1800m in the opener and GOOD DAYS (1) should be hard to beat in this grade. The seven-year-old drops to this level for the first time and was 5th behind Dynamic Eagle on February 3, beaten three lengths. He won’t be too far away in the run from barrier 4 and gains the services of Joao Moreira, who is 29 wins ahead of Zac Purton in the Jockey’s Premiership. Purton rides SHINEALOT (6) and that contender shouldn’t be too far away. He settled on speed when finishing 5th to Pretty Bauhinia over the 2200m on January 20 and drops back in trip. SANGRIA (3) gets out to the 1800m and closed of well when 4th behind Shanghai Dragon at Sha Tin on January 17. WONDER WIN (5) is next best.


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RIGHT HONOURABLE (4) shapes as an each-way player in Race 2 of the evening. The seven-year-old has not won since 2019 but has produced some handy performances in recent times and was doing his best work late when runner-up behind Gallant Crown at his latest. The Richard Gibson-trained galloper should be suited by the tempo here and will be strong at the business end. KING DRAGON (6) is a last start winner that rises in weight and has drawn wide and one that comes out of the same race that should finish closer is SUPERBELLA (5). The Frankie Lor-trained galloper was posted wide before being flattened but still managed to make up some ground when 4th, beaten just over a length. Moreira rides. HAPPY WARRIOR (8) might push forward and can hang on for a first four finish.


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One of the two feature races of the night comes early and a couple of the key contenders are STAR SHINE (3) and SUNSHINE WARRIOR (7). Star Shine has closed off well to place at his last couple and has drawn ideally in barrier 3. His most recent run came at Sha Tin on February 14 when he was runner-up behind Beauty Smile, while he races well here. Sunshine Warrior gets the steer from Moreira and ran on for 4th behind Delightful Laos on January 27. He was a winner at the track and trip three starts ago. FAST MOST FURIOUS (2) was 3rd in the Beauty Smile race and comes into it with a solid tempo. MAGINFICENT (9) might kick up to lead or box seat from barrier 1 and can hang on for a top four finish.


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The Class 3 sprinters tackle the 1000m and a couple of the key fancies come out of the race won by Kurpany on February 10. FLYING GENIUS (1) and SAUL’S SPECIAL (2) filled the minors that day and little might separate that pair again. Saul’s Special has drawn slightly better and will settle handy. Flying Genius will look to push up to his outside and both should be prominent for a long way. MR LUMIERES (5) shapes as a possible improver. He hasn’t had much luck with barriers in recent times but should get a cushy run this time around with Matthew Poon to ride. NORDIC WELLSTAR (7) comes out of the Kurpany race and will be running on.


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Race 5 features three runners that make their debut as well as a further three that have had two or fewer starts. Monitor betting for the debutants, including RAGING BLAZE (4) but it is one with the advantage of race experience that should be hard to beat and that horse is MY MY MY (2). The Frankie Lor-trained galloper really caught the eye behind Moment Of Power on January 27 and was a trial winner prior to that. He can save ground from barrier 1 and if the breaks come at the right time, he will be hard to hold out. VIVA CHEF (10) was unlucky behind My My My when 6th in the same race and has since finished 3rd behind Hercules. The four-year-old was a winner at the track and trip late last year and has drawn well. HARMONY FIRE (3) is next best.

SELECTIONS: 2-4-10-3

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This is the second of the Class 1 features for the evening and it is both GRATEFUL HEART (5) and BEAUTY APPLAUSE (3) that will be going for the hat-trick. Grateful Heart has won four of his last five with three of those coming at the track and trip. He rose to Class 2 level on February 2 and settled just behind the speed before edging clear late. Beauty Applause knocked over the handy Wellington on January 17 before winning over the 1200m at Sha Tin. SKY FIELD (9) had little luck in a separate race behind Wellington over the 1200m recently at Sha Tin and has drawn to do no work from barrier 1. EXPLOSIVE WITNESS (4) will be running on.


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We drop back to Class 4 level for Race 7 and if HAPPY PROFIT (6) can run up to his last start performance he can take this out. The Danny Shum-trained galloper has had three starts and had excuses at his first two before running on well to just miss out behind Shining On at his latest. He has drawn barrier 12 but Zac Purton may opt to push forward from the gate and if the Aussie hoop can find a spot early on, his mount should be hard to beat. WINNING FEELING (2) drops in grade and has some form that is better than it looks. The five-year-old has just faded late at his last two but was a big winner the last time he stepped out at this level and he has drawn well enough in barrier 7. DAILY BEAUTY (3) is a last start winner that will attract support. The Casper Fownes-trained galloper rises in weight but won with a bit in hand from Jolly Good Heart on February 10, while he will be ridden by Moreira from barrier 1. COURAGEOUS DRAGON (10) should be thereabouts.

SELECTIONS: 6-2-3-10

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This shapes as an interesting betting race and it is KURPANY (7) that will be out to make it back to back wins after scoring here on February 10. The Casper Fownes-trained galloper was strong to the line that day and while he rises in weight, he does appear to have a bit of upside. Moreira from barrier 4 is more than a bonus. MASSIVE POCKET (3) might be the danger. The seven-year-old drops in grade and wasn’t too far away when 4th to Grateful Heart on February 3. He will look to slot in to a midfield spot from barrier 9. Tempo looks solid and that might play into the hands of SMART LEADER (5), who is likely to get back from the wide gate. The six-year-old likes it at the Valley and comes into this fresh. SCORES OF FUN (1) must be included on the back of a last start win. He is maxed out at the 60.5kg but has drawn well enough and is as consistent as they come.


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We conclude with a Class 3 over the 1650m and GREEN LUCK (2) should find this easier than recent runs. The Casper Fownes-trained galloper drops in grade after running 10th behind Assimilate on January 24. The son of Street Cry settled handy that night before just fading late but he was under three lengths from the winner He drops back to the 1650m and has an excellent record at the track and trip. ALPHA HEDGE (6) is another that hasn’t been far away of late. He was 4th behind The Rock on February 6 at Sha Tin and is another that races well here. CELESTIAL POWER (3) drops sharply in grade after missing out behind Excellent Proposal on January 24. He won two on the trot prior to that and comes into it with an even tempo or better. REEL BIZZY (1) is a possible leader that is dangerous if left alone, Include


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