Happy Valley Track Spy, December 26

Video Replay Stars

Race 6 Number 1 Best Smile

You can put the pen through his last start track and distance effort when he was beaten as the odds on favourite. After leading them up and fading to sixth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in its right front leg. Prior to that he was swamped late on the line by Hardly Swears, who subsequently won his next two starts.

Resumes first-up off a 71-day break and looked well in a recent trial where he showed his customary early speed. With better luck, he can be in the money.

Race 8 Number 5 Super Oasis

Arguably was the run of the race when on debut over the mile at Sha Tin 18 days ago. Travelled in fourth position throughout in what was a very fast run race, returning figures of +5.6L above average to the 800m and +4.5L above average to the 400m and as all others on pace weakened inside the final 200m and the backmarkers figured, he held his ground to finish fifth, beaten two lengths.

Looks a talented four-year-old capable of measuring up in the upcoming Classic Series and he can be in the money second-up.


Sectional Time Stars

Race 3 Number 3 Winning Endeavour

Got too far back in the run on IJC night 22 days ago after being steadied from a wide barrier, standing the leader 5 ¾ lengths at the 400m. Ran home the fastest into fourth, beaten ¾ of a length and an inside draw can see him handier and a winning chance this week.

Race 7 Number 12 Tangmere

Two back he narrowly missed in a very slow run race at this track and distance, but returned the best late splits in the race, before getting too far back at his most recent start but returning the third fastest last section. There is good speed in this race which will suit his chances.