Video Replay Stars
Race 10 Number 10 HAPPY ALUMNI
Boasts way more ability than his one-from-fourteen record states, but he is his own worst enemy – as seen last start when he was reluctant to proceed to the starting gates, jumped awkwardly and lost considerable ground, settled well back in the run but powered home into second over 1200m.
He is knocking on the door for another win while from barrier 4 (provided a clean getaway), he looks to map kindly as he sees 1400m for a third time.
Race 11 Number 3 HAPPY FUN
Raced fresh over 1650m at Happy Valley 18 days ago and was backed into $7.20 from high $9s, however he had his work cut out for him jumping from barrier 10. A reliable on pace runner, he showed his usual tactical speed to try and find a position but raced very wide for the first 650m.
While all this was unfolding, the early sectionals of the race were sizzling; Happy Fun recorded splits of over 10 length above standard to the 800m, which explains why he faded into ninth after entering the straight. He returns to a preferred track and distance here, gets Purton back aboard and, just as important, comes into barrier 2 from 10, which should result in a far more economical run.
Sectional Time Stars
Race 2 Number 8 NOBLE DESIRE
Remains unplaced from six starts to date, however he has been far from disgraced in his last three starts and looks typical of an ISG type, which seem to improve with racing. Last time out over 1200m at Happy Valley, he was slow to begin and settled well back at the rear, before posting good mid-race and late race splits to check home three lengths into sixth. He looks a good chance to be in the money this week, and gets in well at the handicap under Chau’s 10lb claim.
Race 7 Number 7 FAST PACE
Debuted at this track and distance 15 days ago off very moderate trials, which would help explain the lack of market confidence, as he drifted from $27 out to an SP of $55. Despite the market loathing, the four-year-old ran a scorcher into fourth and should have at least placed if not for a questionable hands and heels ride by A Hamelin. It was a big run, which defied the race shape, and with Purton jumping on from barrier 1, he looks the one to hold out.