R7 BUSAN HANDICAP

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Happy Valley (M66) - Wednesday, 24 April 2019

22:15 HK TIME

summary


This is a difficult race on paper and a lot will get down to who gets the best ride, according the tempo set. HAPPY DRAGON (third), ROCKETEER (fifth), CHEERFUL STAR (sixth) and KUNGFUMASTER PANDA (11th) all come out of race 534 won by Helene Charisma where the pace was solid through out the running of the 2,200m event. Happy Dragon fared the best and probably will again, although Rocketeer ran with some merit. However, with 60.5kg here, Happy Dragon might be vulnerable. I’d be more interested in backing DYNAMIC EAGLE in this one even though he isn’t a straightforward horse. He didn’t get the pace to suit last time, but flashed home (race-best final 400m of 22.93). He is competitively weighted here, can map nicely just behind the speed and looks a solid each way chance. DANCES WITH DRAGON comes back a grade and was gallant behind Right Choice last time. He can carry weight and is in the mix from a draw that should allow him to position midfield or even closer to the speed.

selections


9 DYNAMIC EAGLE

(rp – $5.00)

7th

2 HAPPY DRAGON

(rp – $4.20)

3rd @ $1.25p

1 DANCES WITH DRAGON

(rp – $6.50)

6th

8 ROCKETEER

(rp – $7.50)

5th

strategy


9 DYNAMIC EAGLE

WIN & PLACE

speed


There isn’t an abundance of speed here on paper with HIGH VOLATILITY and TRAVEL FIRST leading at steady fractions. HAPPY DRAGON can secure a perfect trail from PACKING WARRIOR. DYNAMIC EAGLE from barrier 5 should be able to slot into a spot just behind these horses.