Happy Valley Track Spy, May 20

Video Replay Stars

Race 1 Number 2 HAPPY GOOD GUYS

Was an impressive winner here three starts ago, drawing clear by 1 1/4 lengths over up-and-comer Ares (who is hard to beat later on the card in Race 5), before racing without much luck at two subsequent starts.

Two starts ago, he raced tight over concluding stages in the straight and wasn’t properly tested, finishing 1 1/4 lengths into fourth, before completely bombing the start most recently as favourite when rearing and never really in it from there. He remains well drawn in barrier 2, has Moreira in the saddle and with a bit of luck looks the one to beat.

Race 8 Number 2 GOLDEN DASH

Looks on track to score a fourth career win after two promising runs back from a lengthy spell. First-up he checked home a sound second, before doing a lot of early work from barrier 12 at his second-up run, sitting second in running before fading late in the piece off a hectic early tempo where they clocked 8 lengths over par to the 400m.

Coming into barrier 1 this week should ensure a far more economical run in transit, crucial over the sprint trips at Happy Valley and on the C+3 course. And with Purton replacing Poon in the saddle, that can also be considered a big tick.

 

Sectional Time Stars

Race 3 Number 10 SEIZE THE SPIRIT

Returned the 4th fastest last 400m in his race at this track and distance 21 days ago, which had good merit to it given the jockey appeared in a state of confusion as to whether to shift in or out at the 300m, from where he was briefly held up before doing his best work inside the final 150m, checking home for a better-than-it-reads fourth. Vincent Ho takes over the reigns from Victor Wong this week.

Race 4 Number 2 EXPLOSIVE WITNESS

Still a maiden after seven starts but he returns to Happy Valley’s 1000m, where his best form currently stands with three thirds from five starts. And based on his fast finishing efforts in three prior runs here, he appears capable of surprising in the small field of nine.