July 13 / 13.15 Happy Valley

13.15 Happy Valley

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Sung Tak Handicap (Div I) (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course B) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £56189.57
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Sung Tak Handicap (Div I) (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course B) (Turf)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

Form: 667415 CD BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Has now won three times at this level so no surprise to see him heading the weights; not disgraced at all last time under this 7lb higher mark after a decisive C&D victory last month; has a stiff task at face value but the introduction of 5lb claimer Alfred Chan puts him right back in the picture; one to consider.
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5th

2

(2)

22nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:15 Happy Valley

Pleasant Endeavor

9st 6lb

J: K C Leung

T: P F Yiu

Gained his third Hong Kong success when staying on strongly over C&D three weeks ago; 7lb rise requires a career best but there still may be more to come.

6/1

Form: 547557 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Placed all three previous outings under Zac Purton; a wide draw scuppered his chance when dropped back into this class last time; in the circumstances did well to make late headway without every troubling the leaders; with a better gate to start from this time and on a mark just 2lb higher than when a good C&D winner in March, rates a leading contender.
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7th

1

(11)

6th Jul 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Triple Triple

9st 9lb

J: Blake Shinn

T: F C Lor

towards rear, ridden and headway inside 2f out, kept on final furlong, not going pace to threaten

8/1

5th

13

(7)

19th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

10:10 Sha Tin

Triple Triple

8st 3lb

J: H W Lai

T: F C Lor

Scored over 6f in Class 4 at Happy Valley in March but has found things tougher since upped to this grade.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 153412 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Three Sha Tin wins since December have put him on a mark 19lb higher than when that run started; good C&D performance when close third in March when he started from the same stall as he has drawn for this; place hopes once again.
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No Results Found

Form: 442543 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Has been very consistent since opening his account in February; that was a C&D success and he's made the frame 6-9 when tackling this 6f; there's a possibility he's hit his ceiling in terms of winning for now but quite capable of vying for a share of the minor honours.
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7th
5 (10)
Blissful Life

Form: 080070

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Triple winner in Australia from 6f to 7f; 0-7 in Hong Kong and usually sent off among the outsiders; has won a trial in the not too distance past but has to translate training to when it counts; others preferred.
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No Results Found

Form: 240818 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Four successes have all come at this venue, with three over 5f before adding C&D win in May; safely held off this mark last time, though, and has the outside draw today.
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3rd

4

(2)

28th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Oversubscribed

9st 3lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: D J Hall

9/2

8th

7

(12)

8th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Oversubscribed

8st 12lb

J: K C Leung

T: D J Hall

towards rear, ridden inside 2f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous

16/1

Form: 126310 CD

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Has enough early pace to overcome stall 9 and take the lead; made all to pick up a C&D victory last month but was unable to follow up from this 7lb higher mark on Sunday; unable to get to the front that day which might be a valid excuse but on the whole, this quick return is made with question marks against his ability to shine.
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No Results Found

Form: 860452

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict
Showed a little promise in first five starts and then put it all together to finish a close second over C&D last time out; a slow start did not help his cause that day but with the ground slowed by rain, he was able to recover; Joao Moreira rides for the first time so there will be strong support too; serious player.
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2nd

10

(12)

8th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:45 Happy Valley

Sugar Sugar

8st 8lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C Fownes

started slowly, towards rear, ridden and good headway on inside 1 1/2f out, stayed on final furlong, took 2nd 75yds out, not reach winner

14/1

Form: 900281 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Took advantage of a career-low mark to put to an end a lengthy losing run with a sixth win (his fourth over C&D) last month; has gone up 6lb for that hard-fought success but he has won from higher marks than this in the past; he's an 8yo now so not sure to be able to replicate former efforts.
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1st

12

(4)

22nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:15 Happy Valley

Ambitious Heart

8st 3lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: T P Yung

Well-handicapped based on old form and took a step back in the right direction when finishing runner-up over C&D on his penultimate start; may prove a danger to younger rivals.

20/1

Form: 162028 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
His sole Hong Kong win came in a lower class, although he has been placed 4-14 in this grade; consistency is a worry though and he ran poorly last time having previously chased home Pleasant Endeavor; expect to see him close up from the off but there's no guarantee he will still be there at the business end.
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8th

9

(12)

22nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Take What You Need

8st 6lb

J: L Hewitson

T: Douglas Whyte

Won off much reduced mark in lower-grade company in March and runner-up twice since returned to Class 4 but looks up against it from stall 12 today.

14/1

2nd
11 (6)
Touch Faith

Form: 016904 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 44

Form & Verdict
There has been only a modicum of promise in this grade since scraping home in Class 5 company on the Sha Tin dirt in May; one of those encouraging runs was last time when a 3l fourth, although he was found wanting late on.
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4th

10

(2)

6th Jul 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Touch Faith

8st 8lb

J: Zac Purton

T: J Size

midfield, ridden and headway inside 2f out, driven and chased leader over 1f out, no extra final 50yds

8/1

10th

11

(6)

22nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:15 Happy Valley

Touch Faith

8st 7lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: J Size

Dual Class 5 winner this season with the latest of those victories coming on his dirt debut last month; yet to make much of an impact in this grade so a step forward is needed.

16/1

10th
12 (2)
Happily Friends

Form: 800074 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 42

Form & Verdict
Consistent performer at beginning of the season before losing his way; C&D winner at this level, there were signs of a revival with his 2l fourth behind Dragon Kingdom; he's now a well-handicapped horse, 1lb below his last victory; on the shortlist.
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No Results Found

Form:

Last run:

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Has fared okay in trials both in New Zealand and at Sha Tin; related to several performers with good form in this part of the world but likely to come into his own over further.
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No Results Found

Form: 8-9477

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Thre has been encouragement in his short career (C&D second on debut and a good run when not beaten far in May) but he looks a likely type for when he gets his chance to drop into Class 5.
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7th

8

(7)

22nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Singapore Spirit

8st 9lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: A S Cruz

Unexposed after only five starts and made the frame over C&D in April, after a break; managed only seventh from favourable draw last time, though, and will need to find something extra today.

10/1

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Betting Forcast

11/2 Pleasant Endeavor, 4/1 Triple Triple, 7/1 August Moon, 8/1 Bingo Bingo, 40/1 Blissful Life, 66/1 Oversubscribed, 11/2 Dragon Kingdom, 7/2 Sugar Sugar, 10/1 Ambitious Heart, 33/1 Take What You Need, 12/1 Touch Faith, 12/1 Happily Friends, Packing Monkeyking, Singapore Spirit

Verdict

Having gone through a quiet patch, there was a much better effort from HAPPILY FRIENDS last time, suggesting he might be ready to return to winning ways from a handicap mark he is quite capable of exploiting. A viable alternative is topweight Pleasant Endeavor for whom Alfred Chan’s 5lb claim takes the eye, while Triple Triple and Sugar Sugar are also worthy of consideration.