Hong Kong: Selections for Happy Valley May 22

May 21st, 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: Chester Handicap

#4 Go Go Go is ever so close to a first win. He narrowly missed last start and a replication of that run will see him take beating. He's the clear top pick, especially with Zac Purton retaining the ride. #12 Green Laser gets in light. He can mix his form, however, the featherweight impost and recent efforts suggest he can run well again. #5 Happy Hero has performed strongly over this track and trip before. #1 Keen Unity can improve getting out over further. This grade suits him. Keep safe.

Race 2: Hereford Handicap (3rd Section)

#6 Talents Supremo has proved consistent all season. He has a suitable draw this week and is deserving of another win this campaign, especially after proving competitive a number of times of late. One to beat. #8 Mister Fox keeps improving and his latest effort was sound. He can take another step forward. #5 So Treasure turned his form around last start, narrowly missing at odds of 31-1. He'll give this group something to worry about. #11 Travel Golf is still without a win. He's better suited to Happy Valley.

Race 3: Lancashire Handicap (2nd Section)

Surprising to still see #6 Master Tornado without a win. He's been consistent all season and deserves a breakthrough triumph. The inside draw gives him every possible chance. #4 Beer Palace mixes his form but clearly has some ability. He's worth keeping safe here from an in-form Mark Newnham stable. #2 Fighting Machine returned off a lengthy lay off earlier this month. He can improve again with that run under his belt. #10 Palace Pal doesn't know how to run a bad race. Next in line.

Race 4: Hereford Handicap (1st Section)

#7 Flying Wrote did well to grab fifth on debut. He can improve with that run under his belt and this contest is more than suitable. One they all must beat. #10 Lean Master has a positive racing pattern. He'll press forward and from there get his shot. #11 Speedy Chariot continues to take the right steps forward. He pairs favorably with Andrea Atzeni and the light weight affords him his opportunity. #9 Sky Prophet has twice been too far back in the run with too much work to do. Don't discount.

Race 5: The St George's Challenge Cup Handicap (1st Section)

#7 Can't Go Wong has the draw to overcome, however, he is currently in career-best form. He's found his groove and gets his chance here, even from out wide. Taking a chance on him to offset an unfavorable gate. #3 Kasa Papa has always shown his capabilities as a winner in waiting. His recent form has been sound and Hugh Bowman's pairing is a plus. #8 Packing Wisher should get a sweet run from the inside gate. He can go close. #1 Cordyceps One can press forward and lead. He'll take reeling in.

Race 6: Hereford Handicap (2nd Section)

#1 Telecom Speed narrowly missed last start. He goes about his racing well and should get every chance this week, especially from an ideal gate. One to beat. #2 High Percentage is seeking a hat-trick of wins. He remains in Class 4, which suits. The only knock is that he will have to overcome an awkward draw against a formidable group of rivals. #4 Togepi will give this group a head-start before charging home. #7 Beauty Destiny has ability, although he does show signs of inexperience. Don't discount.

Race 7: Renfrew Handicap

#1 Beauty Waves is chasing a hat-trick of wins. He's a serious talent on the rise and his latest two efforts have been super. Zac Purton retains the ride and the horse remains in Class 3, which holds him in very good stead. #2 Celestial Colours is lightly raced but does have ability. He's a winner in this grade and does appear suited getting back in distance. #8 Fast Serve returns first-up this season after setbacks. He's got ability and his latest trial at Happy Valley was encouraging. #5 Brave Star is next best.

Race 8: Selkirk Handicap

#4 Sweet Briar deserves another victory. He's placed six times this season without winning and gets another super chance here. Zac Purton's aboard and his recent form suggests he'll prove hard to beat. #6 Romantic Laos has an ideal draw. He placed last start and can further build on that effort here, especially over his preferred distance. #3 Ivy League has turned his form around this season as a two-time winner. #2 Giddy Up can save ground throughout. Next in line.

Race 9: Wiltshire Handicap

#3 Kurpany returns after an extended break at Conghua following a setback. He gets a handy seven pounds taken off his back and his recent trackwork has appeared very, very good. He's a winner in this grade already this season. Taking a chance on him at odds. #5 Colourful Emperor is a three-time winner from his last four starts. He's in career-best form and will get his shot here. #8 Superb Capitalist can press forward and get his chance. #4 Tomodachi Kokoroe draws well. Next in line.