RACE 1: 11:45 – SUPER LUCKY @ 13/2
A class 4 handicap to kick off proceedings and there’s every chance that SUPER LUCKY will return to the winners’ enclosure. Caspar Fownes’ six-year-old was a staying-on second on his most recent start over course and distance (C&D) last month, following victory in a similar contest prior to that.
Despite the fact that he doesn’t win as much as you’d like, he’s a hugely consistent sort in this grade. The obvious danger is likely favourite Monkey Jewellery for Joao Moreira and John Size but he had every chance last time out over C&D and would need to improve to win here.
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RACE 3 12:45 – YEE CHEONG PEGASUS (nap) @ 3/2
A huge case can be made for YEE CHEONG PEGASUS here after a hugely encouraging run on his most recent start over C&D.
Tony Millard’s five-year-old has been a revelation this season, with a win and three seconds to his name and his last run was perhaps his best yet when he got going all too late to flash home, only beaten ¾ length. It’s also hugely encouraging that Joao Moreira takes a rare ride for Millard in partnering the five-year-old for the very first time.
He’s the banker on the card.
RACE 4 13:15 – MISSION SMART @ 11/2
It’s safe to say that Mission Smart has been an eye-catcher in his three career runs to date.
Frankie Lor’s charge had been doing his best work in the closing stages on his first two starts and that was once again the case when he stayed on strongly over 1,400m on his latest run, only beaten three lengths. Stepping up to 1,650m here will surely play to his strengths and judged on what we’ve seen so far, there’s unlikely to be many coming home stronger than him.
RACE 5 13:45 – HARMONY N HOME @ 4/1
If solely judged on his latest effort at Happy Valley, HARMONY N HOME won’t be winning this, but it’s his run before that which still stands out.
On that occasion, Danny Shum’s charge sprouted wings in the last 200m to finish a close second after being last for much of the race. A good draw in barrier one also helps his chances, as does the first time booking of Moreira. It’s also worth noting that Destine Jewellery, a last-time out winner, is overlooked by ‘The Magic Man’ in favour of Harmony N Home.
RACE 6 14:15 – BE READY (NB) @ 5/2
Both Larson and BE READY locked horns over C&D last month, when the former had a length to spare in breaking his maiden tag at the eighth time of asking. He has since been touched off in a similar contest.
Going back to that race last month however, Larson was in receipt of 5lbs from Be Ready, who was reeling in the winner close home. Today, there’s an 8lbs swing for just one length.
And with Zac Purton having ridden both horses last time out, it’s also saying something that he’s plumped for Be Ready here.
RACE 9 15:50 – ENRICHMENT @ 7/2
Dances With Dragon and ENRICHMENT, with Purton and Moreira on board, were involved in a great duel over 1,800m here last month, with the former narrowly coming out on top by a head.
On that occasion, Moreira tried to take the sting out of the winner but it was stamina which won the day. Back over 1650 here, we might have a different result with Moreira’s mount also a further 3lbs better off.
That means Enrichment is getting 10lbs from Dances With Dragon and throwing into the equation the step back in trip, we might get a different result.
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