Hong Kong: Selections for Happy Valley March 27

March 26th, 2024

Racing at Happy Valley begins at 6:40 a.m. ET. Selections and analysis by Declan Schuster of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Race 1: To Kwa Wan Handicap (2nd Section)

#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 favorably 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

#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. I'm 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

#10 Brother Pearl is closing in on a first win for Dennis Yip. The in-form trainer won the 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)

#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)

#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 Super Taichi makes his debut. He's been trialing 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 favorable. #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 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 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

#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.