R8 WANGFUJING HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M62) - Wednesday, 10 April 2019

22:50 HK TIME

summary


This is a competitive race to finish the Valley card. HAPPY FORCE will have plenty of admirers with the booking of Zac Purton and the likelihood of him settling on pace. He is tough, consistent and seems a likely type for the Valley mile, in a race where only MIDNIGHT RATTLER can pressure him in the lead. That said, he doesn’t actually have to contest the lead if they go too hard and Purton might chose to sit off the pace. TOP LAURELS, MERRYGOWIN and HAR HAR HEART all have good claims. Top Laurels could have easily won a few races this season and might be the forgotten galloper. He’s drawn to get a sweet trip and looks too big a price in the early markets. Merrygowin was given a poor ride last time and it proved costly, but from a wide draw he is likely to go back and need some luck again. Har Har Heart is arguably on his mark in the handicap, but probably gets his chance with the run he will get also. MAGNETISM had the race run to suit him last time, but his last couple of performances have been quite good and he can figure in the finish at big odds. If going wide in one quaddie ticket, he’s worth including. Overall though I’m happy backing both Happy Force and Top Laurels here.

selections


9 HAPPY FORCE

(rp – $4.00)

5th

5 TOP LAURELS

(rp – $6.50)

11th

2 HAR HAR HEART

(rp – $6.50)

4th

7 MERRYGOWIN

(rp – $9.00)

3rd @ $3.40p

6 MAGNETISM

(rp – $20.00)

6th

strategy


9 HAPPY FORCE

WIN (small units)

5 TOP LAURELS

WIN (smaller units)

speed


There’s not much speed on paper here with MIDNIGHT RATTLER and HAPPY FORCE contesting the lead. TOP LAURELS is drawn to trail this pair from HAR HAR HEART.