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The opener is a Class 4 over the 2200m and it might be worth sticking with DYNAMIC EAGLE (4) after the seven-year-old scored at the track and trip six weeks ago. On that occasion, he led all the way, scoring by half a length from Above, while that pair gapped the rest. That was just his second go at the distance and while he rises in weight, he might be able to dictate again from the nice barrier. EXALTATION (11) is a 23 start Maiden but just missed out when runner-up behind Bundle Of Delight over the 1800m at his most recent run and a similar performance will see him go close here. Joao Moreira sticks on board. OWNERS’ STAR (5) comes out of the same race and was 3rd on that occasion. The Charlie Shum-trained galloper shouldn’t be too far away in the run. MORE THAN A HORSE (1) drops in grade and should find this easier.
UNIVERSAL GO GO (12) can go close in Race 2 of the evening. The six-year-old has not won in two years but has been edging closer as his rating has dropped and comes off a last start 3rd behind Here Comes Ted over the 1200m here on December 23. The Francis Lui-trained galloper is likely to settle just worse than midfield and should be suited by the likely tempo in the race. DAILY BEAUTY (10) is another that will get back and comes off a couple of recent minor placings. He ticks plenty of boxes with Moreira on board for trainer Casper Fownes, who leads the Trainer’s Premiership by six from Frankie Lor. PEAK TO PEAK (8) is a possible leader that has shown a bit in his two runs. The three-year-old will look to cross over from the barrier 8 and comes off a 4th behind Noble Birth on December 16. FOCUS (7) hasn’t had much luck at his past few and can challenge for the minors at a bit of a price.
BABY STORM (10) can break the duck in Race 3 of the evening. The 14-start maiden has placed 3rd at his past three runs and overcame a wide draw last time to run on strongly, finishing just under a length behind Run The Table. From barrier 3, he shouldn’t be too far away in the run with Moreira on board. WONDERFUL TIGER (9) comes out of the same race and led them up that night before just fading late. He should be in it for a long way. VIRTUS STAR (7) won three on the trot before a last start effort that saw him place 3rd behind Perfect To Play. The Frankie Lor-trained galloper will get back and comes into it with an even tempo or better. GO BALLISTIC (2) was 3rd over the 1800m here two starts ago and didn’t have much luck at his latest. Include.
HAPPY WIN WIN (9) can get the job done in Race 4. The Dennis Yip-trained galloper was a winner at Sha Tin three starts ago before producing a bit of a forget run at that venue. He last stepped out on December 16 at Happy Valley over the 1650m on December 16 and ran on from a midfield spot to fill the exacta behind V Chevaliers. That pair gapped the rest. Zac Purton rides and the pair have drawn barrier 4. ZHAN JIANG ROCKS (1) comes off a series of minor placings and filled the runner-up slot behind Incanto Prepared at the track and trip last Wednesday. The six-year-old will get back and just needs an even tempo or better. Pace could be muddling and it will be interesting to see what Moreira does on KING DRAGON (10). The four-year-old settled back last time after drawing wide but has landed in a better spot this time around. The Manfred Man galloper is winless in 15 starts but has placed in three of his past five. METHANE (4) should be thereabouts.
The sprinters go at it over the 1000m in Race 5 of the night and JAZZ STEED (1) can go close with the 3kg claimer, Alfie Chan, on board. The five-year-old rarely runs a bad race and has finished in the top four in nine of his past 10, winning two of those. At his most recent start he overcame the wide gate to finish 4th behind Gouten Of Garo, while he was runner-up prior to that. U W BROTHER (10) shouldn’t be too far away. The four-year-old was a big winner at Class 5 level three starts back before rising in this grade and finishing runner-up at his past two. Moreira rides and the pair have drawn barrier 5. FARM BUMPER (5) performs well at the track and trip and tracked out wide when 5th in the Gouten Of Garo race last time. He should enjoy a nice time of it from the low marble and is another solid contender here. TRAVEL DATUK (11) never wins but has placed at his past three and can land in the first four.
Race 6 is another Class 4, this time over the 1200m and WHISKEY NEAT (4) can chalk up his first win since coming over from New Zealand in 2019. The four-year-old struggled at the higher level in 2020 but has been edging closer since his rating has dropped and was narrowly beaten by Wood On Fire on December 9 at the track and trip. In that race, he ran on well and he won’t be too far away in the run from barrier 4 with Moreira to ride. NOBLE BIRTH (5) might be the danger. The four-year-old was a strong winner at the track and trip at his most recent run and is another that has drawn well. Purton rides and the pair will race near the lead. MASTER ALBERT (1) dropped to this grade two starts ago and hasn’t been too far away. He got back from the wide gate last time before running on and with luck in transit he can go close. SPEEDY OPTIMIST (12) gets his shot at this level after claiming a Class 5 last time and can land in the first four.
HARMONY N BLESSED (6) creates a stack of interest in Race 7 of the evening at Happy Valley. The David Hayes-trained galloper has taken out his first two career starts in stylish fashion and might have a bit of upside in comparison to some of these. The son of Magnus loomed up to them in the straight last time before edging clear and holding off his rivals. He rises in weight but has drawn well with Blake Shinn to ride. WHAT A LEGEND (10) was 5th behind Harmony N Blessed at his most recent run and meets the winner 3kg better at the weights for a two-length margin, while he has drawn better this time around. HARRIER JET (8) is a veteran that has finished in the top three in each of his past six runs. The nine-year-old has drawn perfectly in barrier 4 and shouldn’t be too far away. TRIPLE TRIPLE (11) is another that has been around the mark in recent times and can land in the first four.
SMILING CITY (10) should be hard to beat in Race 8 of the evening. The Douglas Whyte-trained galloper was a winner at the track and trip late last season at Class 4 level and has been working towards a win this time around. At his most recent start he settled on the speed before just missing out behind Gift Of Lifeline over the 1650m here. The son of So You Think has drawn wide but has the early speed to cross over and might be able to dictate with Moreira on board. INCANTO PREPARED (7) shouldn’t be far away in the run and comes into calculations on the back of two recent wins at Class 4 level. The five-year-old won by a three-length margin last time. NOBLE STEED (3) ran on well to land in the runner-up slot last time behind Reel Bizzy and comes into it with any speed in the race. DELIGHTFUL LAOS (1) is a last start winner that rises in weight but has drawn well.
The final event of the night is a Class 3 over the 1200m and GOOD BEAUTY (6) can go close after a last start effort that saw him finish within a length of Juneau Park at Sha Tin on Boxing Day. In that race, the six-year-old settled in a midfield spot and closed off well behind the winner. He should be suited by the tempo in this race and is a previous track and distance winner. THE RUNNER (9) hasn’t been far away at his past few and has drawn well. The Frankie Lor-trained galloper finished 3rd behind Baby on December 16 and races well at the track and trip. He won’t be too far away in the run. SHOUSON (8) will need an ounce of luck from the gate but is another contender in an even race. The five-year-old was runner-up behind Kinda Cool here two starts ago before placing 5th here last week. FLYING BONUS (7) wasn’t far behind Harmony N Blessed here two starts ago when 3rd and was 5th to Kinda Cool on December 23. Include.