R5 SAI KUNG HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M48) - Wednesday, 20 February 2019

21:15 HK TIME

summary


The second local start from SHINING GEM caught the eye when he posted the best final-400m (22.49) at the meeting on January 9. He should appreciate the step up in 1,200m and whilst he will need a touch of luck from the barrier, he looks like a play. There is also an interesting newcomer from New Zealand in Joyful Union (ex. Boss). This is not an overly strong Class 3 contest and this fellow has been to Happy Valley for a nice trial and seems to have struck a race that he can win on debut. That said, it is never an easy task for that to happen. BUOYANT BOY has been holding his form well and should get a nice run from the barrier. LOVING A BOOM has also shown some potential but this will be his first run around the tight circuit. He’s come up short enough and the market seems to have placed a lot of stock in his second to Tornado Twist. Whilst it reads well, I didn’t rate it as highly as others by the looks. DOUBLE VALENTINE was quite good on his last start on the all-weather track and is on the brink of a drop in grade, so that must be considered, but he is well-handicapped and he can fill a minor spot.

selections


3 SHINING GEM

(rp – $4.50)

4th

4 JOYFUL UNION

(rp – $4.80)

7th

7 BUOYANT BOY

(rp – $7.00)

9th

5 LOVING A BOOM

(rp – $8.00)

2nd @ $2.20p

11 DOUBLE VALENTINE

(rp – $11.00)

3rd @ $2.80p

strategy


3 SHINING GEM

WIN (3.5 units)

4 JOYFUL UNION

WIN (3.5 units)

speed


The pace looks genuine here with SPEED VISION setting things up in front, with DOUBLE VALENTINE and MIDNIGHT RATTLER others that can go forward. JOYFUL UNION maps to get the run of the race from LOVING A BOOM.

SEASON 2018/19 FINAL TOTAL STATS UPDATE:


88

MEETINGS

2292.8

TOTAL OUTLAY OF UNITS

+239.8

UNITS (10.46% PROFIT)