10/09/2017 12:35PM

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS

(Wednesday, October 11, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #2 Forever Fun, #4 Show Mission, #8 Seven Luck, #7 Sakura Fighter

RACE 2: #3 Sangria, #2 Merrygowin, #12 Happy Fiery Dragon, #1 Bond Elegance

RACE 3: #1 Perfect Choice, #4 Love Chunghwa, #6 Letsgofree, #10 Great Toplight

RACE 4: #8 Ho Ho Feel, #2 Heroic Guru, #7 King Of Mongolia, #9 Rule Thee

RACE 5: #6 The Jazz, #7 Curling Luxury, #2 Speedy Wally, #11 Torney

RACE 6: #11 Istanbul Bey, #5 Cheerful Boy, #1 Chung Wah Spirit, #6 Dr Win Win

RACE 7: #1 Archippus, #7 Country Melody, #8 Mr Genuine, #6 Premiere

RACE 8: #11 Grace Heart, #3 Double Valentine, #6 Fairy Twins, #12 Good Companion

 

RACE 1: TOUR AND HOTEL SERVICE HANDICAP

#2 Forever Fun won at his last course and distance attempt in this class. He gets back down into Class 5 now with Zac Purton jumping aboard and, with a nice speed-tracking run from the inside gate, he will prove tough to beat. #4 Show Mission was just beaten at his return. This race should suit and he will be in the mix. #8 Seven Luck was a big winner over the straight 1000m at his first run for Frankie Lor. He can figure once again. #7 Sakura Fighter can improve significantly with a good draw.

 

RACE 2: KWOON CHUNG BIPENGGOU TOURISM SERVICE HANDICAP

#3 Sangria ran a much improved race last time out and now looks to have acclimatised to Hong Kong. He should have a win in him soon if the penny has now dropped. #2 Merrygowin should only be better for the off-season. The wide gate is a concern but he should win his way into Class 3 before too long. #12 Happy Fiery Dragon has no weight on his back and can figure before he gets the drop in class. #1 Bond Elegance returns to Class 4 and is some chance.

 

RACE 3: STUDENT SERVICE HANDICAP

#1 Perfect Choice has not shown much in six Hong Kong starts, although his run two back was fair. He gets the class drop now with Brett Prebble jumping back aboard and he can turn his form around. #4 Love Chunghwa ran home strongly to finish second over this course and distance last start. He can run well again. #6 Letsgofree is in terrific form. He may need further now but he can still be in the finish. #10 Great Toplight also looks in need of ground, but he can get into the minors.

 

RACE 4: EMPLOYEES' SERVICE HANDICAP

#8 Ho Ho Feel has been mostly luckless over the past year, but ran a good race last start for second at Sha Tin. He is stronger over this course and distance, so he should be hard to beat. #2 Heroic Guru ran a bold fourth last Thursday, charging home late. He has a win in him now that he’s back up in distance. #7 King Of Mongolia ran well first-up and if he can hold that form, he can finish around the mark. #9 Rule Thee improved out of sight late last preparation and can place on that run.

 

RACE 5: INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE HANDICAP

#6 The Jazz simply didn’t look fit first-up. He’s come on for that effort and returns to the Happy Valley 1650m, while the booking of Neil Callan looks a positive indicator. #7 Curling Luxury dead-heated to score his first win down in Class 5, while he added an outright victory a week later in this grade. He has drawn awkwardly but should push forward regardless. #2 Speedy Wally has won his last two, and in his current form, shouldn’t be dismissed. #11 Torney looks a coming winner, but might need to drop a little further.

 

RACE 6: RESIDENTS' SERVICE HANDICAP

#11 Istanbul Bey was a reserve when he got a run on National Day in an unsuitable race. He should be more suited here, although he’d be better down in class, and he’s worth playing. #5 Cheerful Boy ran well second-up and looks like he should get a similar pace setup here. He is a chance if left alone on the lead. #1 Chung Wah Spirit makes his Happy Valley debut here. He ran well at Sha Tin last start and should be hard to beat if he brings that form. #6 Dr Win Win is on an upward spiral.

 

RACE 7: THE KWOON CHUNG BUS CUP

#1 Archippus is a grand horse. The half-brother to Australian Derby winner Tavago has proven better over sprint trips, but has got to a rating that hardly looked possible earlier in his career. He may be on his mark but there is plenty of speed and he can swoop late. #7 Country Melody has run well in two starts for Frankie Lor and has been a third-up winner the last two seasons. He’s a danger. #8 Mr Genuine should appreciate plenty of speed on and will be running on late. #6 Premiere looks to have scope to head higher.

 

RACE 8: NEW LANTAO BUS (1973) SERVICE HANDICAP

#11 Grace Heart ran boldly from a wide gate first-up. He now gets into gate two and off that effort, should be hard to beat, especially given he has won off this mark in the past. #3 Double Valentine arrived in Hong Kong with decent form, including a third to Churchill last July, but he has taken time to acclimatise. His last run was better and he looks on the right path now. #6 Fairy Twins has plenty of talent but is quirky. On his best, he’d be a big chance here. #12 Good Companion is next best.