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Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS

(Wednesday, October 18, 2017)

 

RACE 1: #2 Winfull Patrol, #4 Winning Controller, #7 Haymaker, #8 Rocket Let Win

RACE 2: #6 Cheerfuljet, #1 Great Joy, #8 Mr Kool, #5 Beauty Connection

RACE 3: #1 Grand Harbour, #2 Istanbul Bey, #6 Polymer Luck, #4 Wah May Baby

RACE 4: #3 Fruitful Life, #2 Gold Velvet, #7 Sweet Bean, #1 Audacity

RACE 5: #2 Leisured Feet, #4 I'm A Witness, #3 Generous Heart, #9 Enjoy Life

RACE 6: #6 Master Albert, #10 Charity Glory, #4 Best Step, #9 All Best Friends

RACE 7: #10 Smart Boy, #2 Wonderful Journey, #9 Radiant Treasure, #1 Fantastic Feeling

RACE 8: #1 Gonna Run, #9 Super Form, #7 Who Dat Singa, #5 Photon Willie

 

RACE 1: BANK STREET HANDICAP

#2 Winfull Patrol is a speedy type who has had his problems. He drops down to Class 5 for the first time now and should be able to win once again in due course. #4 Winning Controller also makes his Class 5 debut. He showed glimpses of ability last season and with the summer underneath him, he can produce an improved effort down in grade. #7 Haymaker ran home well last time out and is nearing another victory. #8 Rocket Let Win can add some value to the exotics from a better draw.

 

RACE 2: JACKSON HANDICAP

#6 Cheerfuljet ran a much-improved race first-up, setting the pace before holding on for third. With that run under his belt, he can get into the finish. #1 Great Joy is better over further but he also shapes as a horse heading higher. With Matthew Poon’s claim, he gets in well and fresh, he can show up over this trip. #8 Mr Kool also tends to need further but is worth watching at his first start for Frankie Lor. #5 Beauty Connection has not seen out a strong 1200m but looks in need of the added trip this time in.

 

RACE 3: THE WAYFOONG CENTENARY BOWL

#1 Grand Harbour enters with no notable form of late but drops back down to Class 4 and gets Matthew Poon aboard. He’ll likely be somewhere near the front and he’s always hard to run down under those condtions. #2 Istanbul Bey gets the drop in grade for the first time. He has found Class 3 a little tough but should be able to pick up a race shortly. #6 Polymer Luck was just fair fresh but should be improved for the effort. #4 Wah May Baby has performed well this preparation and is sure to have his admirers.

 

RACE 4: DES VOEUX HANDICAP

#3 Fruitful Life improved out of sight at his first run for Frankie Lor, combined with the class drop. If he’s progressed from that first-up effort, there’s no reason he can’t score here. #2 Gold Velvet ran well enough fresh and now gets Joao Moreira aboard. He ranks as a chance yet again second-up. #7 Sweet Bean is hard to catch but has drawn well and should be around the mark. #1 Audacity might need further but he bears close watching.

 

RACE 5: JACKSON HANDICAP

#2 Leisured Feet won very softly at the end of last season to stamp himself as one to watch. He’s a horse that should improve over further, but with a soft draw, he can win at his Happy Valley debut before he tackles Class 3. #4 I'm A Witness should be improved for two runs this preparation and should be somewhere in the finish. #3 Generous Heart ran some good races at the bottom of Class 3 last season but should be even better in this grade. He hast trialled well, too. #9 Enjoy Life is an improving type.

 

RACE 6: QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL HANDICAP

#6 Master Albert has finally drawn a good gate after three wide barriers from three starts. That should make all the difference and the talented galloper can notch his first Hong Kong win. #10 Charity Glory was heavily backed last start and flew home, just failing to grab Best Step. A win looks near for him. #4 Best Step should take plenty from that first-up effort and he’s a chance again despite barrier 11. #9 All Best Friends is worth including in all exotics.

 

RACE 7: QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL HANDICAP

#10 Smart Boy only won narrowly last time out but getting up in grade with a light weight, he can go back-to-back, especially from the good draw. #2 Wonderful Journey may still need to shed a few points in the ratings but he was a three-time course and distance winner last term and Matthew Poon’s claim does help. #9 Radiant Treasure is improving slowly and can get into the placings. #1 Fantastic Feeling has been honest of late and is worth including.

 

RACE 8: SUTHERLAND HANDICAP

#1 Gonna Run was blocked for a run on the dirt last time out but still found the line solidly. He’s going to be winning a Class 3 event very soon. #9 Super Form was beaten by big margins in this grade while he was still acclimatising. Now, he is two from three over this course and distance and looms as a threat. #7 Who Dat Singa can bob up at his Valley debut. Outlawed and Kiram could easily go in for fourth, but perhaps it is worth including #5 Photon Willie in all exotics back to Happy Valley.