R8 KING KWONG HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M46) - Wednesday, 13 February 2019

22:15 HK TIME

summary


The clear horse to beat in this event is NICCONI EXPRESS. Perhaps the 1800m tested his stamina last time but ultimately he was too close to a quick tempo and it took its toll late in the race. Back to the mile will suit Nicconi Express and he should map nicely from gate 3 for Moreira in a race that could lack tempo overall. ENCOURAGING has to be given decent claims having won two of his four starts for John Moore since leaving Michael Freedman. With the extended rating band of this event, he can run well and go close again in this class. EPIC was sound on his first Hong Kong start when fifth to Good Standing over the Sha Tin mile and he will no doubt derive a lot of fitness from the experience. He ventures to the Happy Valley for the first time but promotes some interest. Of the remainder, SACRED IBIS should be running on strongly but is unlikely to get the pace to suit him while NORDIC WARRIOR shouldn’t be far away and could be a horse to include in the thin end of multiples.

selections


4 NICCONI EXPRESS

(rp – $2.20)

6th

1 ENCOURAGING

(rp – $5.00)

1st DH @ $2.55 & $1.65 ($6.00/2 best corporate)

2 EPIC

(rp – $12.00)

11th

6 SACRED IBIS

(rp – $14.00)

7th

strategy


4 NICCONI EXPRESS

WIN

4 with 1

QUINELLA

speed


MISTER MONTE can lead this race at a speed on the SLOW side of GOOD. NICCONI EXPRESS can get an ideal run with EPIC a chance to work forward from barrier 12. ENCOURAGING is drawn in a tricky spot, but with a positive barrier ride he could find a slot two-off in the first half of the field.

SEASON 2018/19 FINAL TOTAL STATS UPDATE:


88

MEETINGS

2292.8

TOTAL OUTLAY OF UNITS

+239.8

UNITS (10.46% PROFIT)