10/26/2017 3:16PM

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Sunday, October 29, 2017

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HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS

(Sunday, October 29, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #2 Telephatia, #8 Loyal Craftsman, #3 Sweet Bean, #1 Le Panache

RACE 2: #7 Sacred Ibis, #1 Love Chunghwa, #5 None Other, #8 Sichuan Chief

RACE 3: #2 Regency Honey, #3 Raichu, #8 Rocket Let Win, #12 King's Steed

RACE 4: #1 Merrygowin, #2 Hero Look, #11 Sharpmind, #12 Show Mission

RACE 5: #1 Quick Return, #3 Good For You, #11 Megatron, #4 Sichuan Boss

RACE 6: #6 Healthy Luck, #3 Powermax, #10 Mr Picasso, #2 Fortune Booth

RACE 7: #2 E-Super, #9 Money Boy, #11 Silver Spun, #8 Mr Right

RACE 8: #6 Ultimate Glory, #1 Thunder Stomp, #4 Jumbo Happiness, #9 Relentless Me

RACE 9: #4 Big Bang Bong, #12 Litterateur, #7 Gonna Run, #1 Sichuan Dar

RACE 10: #4 Southern Legend, #11 Jumbo Luck, #10 Key Witness, #6 Mr Genuine

 

RACE 1: HEUNG YIP HANDICAP

#2 Telephatia has not won since April 2015, but his last two wins came over this course and distance. He’s placed at the Happy Valley 2200m since, but this looks a perfect chance for him to break the drought. #8 Loyal Craftsman is still a maiden after 29 starts. He is now among Hong Kong’s lowest-rated horses, but this appears a suitable race for him. #3 Sweet Bean is always a chance in these sorts of races, while #1 Le Panache remains a hope but last start was his first notable run and he needs to hold that form.

 

RACE 2: ISLAND HANDICAP

#7 Sacred Ibis didn’t do much on debut but he drew poorly over the Sha Tin 1000m and couldn’t get into the race. He will appreciate further than the 1200m, but with blinkers applied, he can win on his way to better races over a trip. #1 Love Chunghwa won well last time out and is in great order. The claim of Matthew Poon offsets the rise in weight and he’s a chance again. #5 None Other is now near a mark where he can win again. #8 Sichuan Chief bears close watching at his first run as a gelding.

 

RACE 3: NAM FUNG HANDICAP

#2 Regency Honey has his quirks but gets the drop into Class 5 and the blinkers applied for the first time. #3 Raichu is getting down to an attractive mark. Derek Leung is riding in terrific form and if he can get onto the back of the speed, Raichu can score his first Hong Kong win. #8 Rocket Let Win is a shadow of his former self and the South African G1 winner has dropped 55 points from his highest rating. Still, he looks to have one last hurrah left in him. #12 King's Steed should get a nice run.

 

RACE 4: ISLAND HANDICAP

#1 Merrygowin produced a barnstorming effort from last first-up and now gets an ideal draw. He should be winning here on his way to Class 3. #2 Hero Look has been nothing but disappointing and now makes his Class 4 debut after looking a potential Class 1 horse at one stage. He goes in at his first run in the grade. #11 Sharpmind was flattered last time out but is drawn to get a nice run again and can get into the placings. #12 Show Mission can run boldly up in class with only 110 pounds to carry.

 

RACE 5: THE HONG KONG COUNTRY CLUB CHALLENGE CUP

#1 Quick Return drops to Class 4 for the first time and gets the blinkers added. He ran some good races in Class 3, so he is worth a play with the headgear applied. #3 Good For You makes his Happy Valley debut here. He is racing as well as he ever has in Hong Kong and can figure with a nice run. #11 Megatron gets in with no weight and in his current form, is likely to be somewhere around the mark. #4 Sichuan Boss has disappointed, but he is capable of turning it around quickly.

 

RACE 6: PO CHONG WAN HANDICAP

#6 Healthy Luck should have taken improvement from a first-up third to Starlight last month. He gets into a better draw now and looks hard to beat here. #3 Powermax is nothing if not consistent, finishing top four in all of his 11 starts. The blinkers get switched out for a visor this time around and he should be around the mark yet again. #10 Mr Picasso is quirky but ran well fresh. He’s drawn awkwardly but will have the last shot. #2 Fortune Booth, who raced in Sydney as Taj Mahal, can show up at his Hong Kong debut.

 

RACE 7: SHUM WAN HANDICAP

#2 E-Super has returned a revitalised horse this preparation. Seven-pound claimer Matthew Poon jumps back aboard now and, with a good run from gate three, he can continue his good start to the season. #9 Money Boy returns to Happy Valley after four varying runs at Sha Tin. He should enjoy a speed-tracking run from gate one and he’ll be right in the finish with luck. #11 Silver Spun has nothing to carry and will be getting home strongly. #8 Mr Right also gets in well with Dylan Mo’s claim and his speed can be utilised from gate two.

 

RACE 8: TAI SHUE WAN HANDICAP

#6 Ultimate Glory is a two-time course and distance winner and rarely runs a bad race over the Happy Valley 1650m. However, he is banned from racing under lights, so there is only one race a year for him these days. He was plain first-up, but he’s intriguing here. #1 Thunder Stomp gets into a better draw and will be hardest to beat. #4 Jumbo Happiness steps out to a mile for the first time, which he should relish. #9 Relentless Me is still on an upward spiral but will find it tough from gate 12.

 

RACE 9: WONG CHUK HANG HANDICAP

#4 Big Bang Bong got a late call-up last week and held his ground after a wide run behind Nothingilikemore. He returns to Happy Valley, which suits, and a good gate is the cherry on top. #12 Litterateur has been as quirky as they come after two impressive wins late last season. He will find this tougher but gets significant weight relief, so he’s a chance. #7 Gonna Run just got up to score over the course and distance recently. Gate 12 will make it difficult but he’s always a chance. It is a similar story for #1 Sichuan Dar.

 

RACE 10: YIP FAT HANDICAP

#4 Southern Legend charged home for a good second to Pingwu Spark, giving him 13 pounds, at Sha Tin on National Day. He won impressively at his sole course and distance effort in July and looks capable of scoring here before heading to better races. #11 Jumbo Luck was fifth in that same race. He’s drawn favourably here and looks hardest to beat. #10 Key Witness has raced well in two starts this preparation. He should get a good run and can figure. #6 Mr Genuine cannot draw a gate but should get back anyway. He’ll be flying home.