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Niigata Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course B) (Turf)

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  • 1m 0f 55y
  • 14 runners
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Niigata Handicap (Class 4) (3yo+) (Course B) (Turf)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
11 (4)
Dragon Star

11/4 (Won)

Form: 862332

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 42

Form & Verdict

Earns top marks for consistency this season but still yet to find that elusive maiden victory; looks only a matter of time before he get his head in front; big danger if allowed to dictate the pace.

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1st

11

(4)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Dragon Star

8st 9lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

made all, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, pressed closing stages, driven out

11/4

2nd

12

(11)

29th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

07:10 Happy Valley

Dragon Star

8st 5lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

raced keenly, led, ridden clear 2f out, driven over 1f out, pressed entering final furlong, headed 125yds out, no extra final 50yds

7/1

3rd

10

(4)

11th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

15:15 Happy Valley

Dragon Star

8st 5lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

led, ridden 2f out, driven and high head carriage over 1f out, headed 100yds out, kept on

5/1

3rd
12 (12)
Prosecco

10/1

Form: 323753 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 40

Form & Verdict

Longstanding local maiden; has improved with each run this season and almost took full advantage of a brief dip into Class 5 company last month; may go well from today's low weight.

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3rd

12

(12)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Prosecco

8st 7lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: W Y So

held up in rear, headway into midfield 3f out, ridden under 2f out, wide into straight and lost place, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish

10/1

3rd

2

(4)

22nd Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Prosecco

9st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: W Y So

in touch, ridden and chased leaders under 3f out, driven and pressed leaders over 1f out, led briefly 125yds out, headed 100yds out, no extra and lost 2nd close home

4/1

5th

14

(12)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

08:35 Sha Tin

Prosecco

8st 4lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: W Y So

towards rear of midfield on outside, ridden 2f out, headway and chased leaders over 1f out, kept on final furlong, short of room final 50yds, not able to challenge

10/1

Form: 078421 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Closer with each start this season and gained a well earned third career success when scoring over C&D last month; 5lb rise and better company to overcome here.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

13

(11)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

Yee Cheong Warrior

8st 8lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: D J Hall

held up towards rear, ridden and no impression from 3f out, wide entering straight

13/2

4th

9

(1)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Yee Cheong Warrior

8st 12lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: D J Hall

midfield, ridden over 2f out, driven and stayed on from over 1f out, not going pace to challenge

8/1

1st

2

(2)

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:15 Happy Valley

Yee Cheong Warrior

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: D J Hall

C&D winner last year and only just denied a repeat on his latest start; raised 2lb since that effort but remains 3lb below his last winning mark; from another good draw, he looks the one to beat.

7/4

16/1

Form: 009

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Failed to show any significant improvement when stepping up in trip last month; remains lightly raced but hard to see him making much of an impact today.

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1st

10

(5)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:30 Happy Valley

Simply Maverick

8st 10lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P F Yiu

chased leader, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, driven and quickened clear from over 1f out, soon in command, readily

5/1

5th

8

(10)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Simply Maverick

9st 0lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: P F Yiu

chased leader, ridden over 2f out, driven over 1f out, no extra final 50yds

16/1

9th

11

(10)

22nd Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

07:30 Sha Tin

Simply Maverick

8st 12lb

J: L Hewitson

T: P F Yiu

started slowly, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, good headway from 1 1/2f out, driven 150yds out, weakened final 100yds

33/1

6th
1 (2)
Kasa Papa

8/1

Form: -90567

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict

Habitual slow starter nowadays and has 0-13 strike-rate in Hong Kong; continues to slip down the weights but others have much more appealing profiles; blinkers removed.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

3

(10)

29th Nov 2023

Good

1m 3f 0y

12:10 Happy Valley

Kasa Papa

9st 3lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

held up towards rear, ridden under 2f out, driven and kept on from over 1f out, nearest finish

10/1

6th

1

(2)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Kasa Papa

9st 9lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

towards rear of midfield, ridden under 2f out, stayed on final 100yds, not going pace to challenge

8/1

13

(13)

8th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

Kasa Papa

9st 8lb

T: T P Yung

Habitually a slow starter nowadays and has 0-13 strike-rate in Hong Kong; continues to slip down the weights but others have much more appealing profiles.

14/1

Form: 770806 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Yet to get seriously involved in seven local starts although his latest effort on the Sha Tin dirt was an improvement; others are still preferred.

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1st

10

(6)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

All Are Mine

8st 10lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

raced keenly in midfield, not clear run from over 2f out, ridden and quick headway to chase leader inside final furlong, challenged 100yds out, edged ahead closing stages, ridden out

12/1

7th

6

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

All Are Mine

9st 2lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

towards rear of midfield, ridden 1 1/2f out, not clear run and switched 150yds out, kept on final 100yds

14/1

6th

3

(9)

25th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 55y

13:15 Sha Tin

All Are Mine

9st 1lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

Yet to show a great deal of promise in six local starts, including on last month's dirt debut; others readily preferred.

14/1

Form: 7-3455

Last run: 143 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced last season but posted some creditable efforts, notably over today's C&D; lack of recent match practice may just be his downfall today; first-time visor replaces blinkers.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(7)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Ready Player One

9st 7lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: Jamie Richards

towards rear of midfield, ridden and dropped towards rear over 2f out, wide entering straight, kept on final furlong, never dangerous

12/1

5th

2

(10)

25th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

11:00 Sha Tin

Ready Player One

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: Jamie Richards

in touch, forward move to lead 5f out, headed over 4f out, led 2 1/2f out, ridden and headed inside 2f out, no extra final furlong

6/1

5th

2

(6)

7th Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Ready Player One

9st 7lb

J: C Y Ho

T: Jamie Richards

Placed over C&D when dropped to this grade for stable debut in February and was denied clear run when fourth here in April; deserted by Zac Purton today but can make his presence felt again.

7/2

16/1

Form: 986598 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 53

Form & Verdict

Scored three times over 1m1f here last season; made a pleasing return when fifth over C&D in September but has failed to build on that run in two outings since.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(6)

29th Nov 2023

Good

1m 3f 0y

12:10 Happy Valley

Flying Silver

9st 0lb

J: James McDonald

T: C S Shum

in touch, pushed along and headway to chase leader 2 1/2f out, ridden over 2f out, driven and led over 1f out, headed 150yds out, soon no extra

10/1

9th

5

(8)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Flying Silver

9st 6lb

J: L Hewitson

T: C S Shum

held up towards rear, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous

16/1

8th

3

(10)

29th Oct 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

08:40 Happy Valley

Flying Silver

9st 4lb

J: L Hewitson

T: C S Shum

held up towards rear, ridden 1 1/2f out, keeping on when not clear run and forced to switch 1f out, kept on again final 100yds, never dangerous

12/1

11th
10 (9)
Spangle Fortune

16/1

Form: 700607

Last run: 49 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 44

Form & Verdict

Polytrack winner when based in France but yet to get seriously competitive in eleven local starts; should be sharper for his return run so may be one to consider at a price.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

10

(9)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Spangle Fortune

8st 11lb

J: K C Leung

T: K L Man

in touch, ridden over 2f out, driven and weakened final furlong

16/1

7th

6

(8)

27th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Spangle Fortune

8st 9lb

J: K C Leung

T: K L Man

chased leader, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven final furlong, headed 150yds out, weakened final 100yds

20/1

14th

10

(4)

16th Jul 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

11:00 Sha Tin

Spangle Fortune

8st 13lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: K L Man

midfield, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

20/1

12th
7 (11)
Yeaboi

20/1

Form: 001000 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Made his local breakthrough when making all over C&D in June but has been safely held off his revised mark since; eyeshields now removed.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

11

(8)

3rd Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Yeaboi

8st 10lb

J: K De Melo

T: C H Yip

started slowly, towards rear, smooth headway from 2f out, not clear run from 1 1/2f out, briefly ridden 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, ridden and kept on final 100yds, too much to do

66/1

12th

7

(11)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Yeaboi

9st 2lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: C H Yip

always in rear

20/1

14

(14)

8th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

Yeaboi

9st 1lb

T: C H Yip

Just held on to make all over C&D in June but well down the field all three starts since, the last twice this season, and still 3lb above his winning mark.

OUR TIP

Form: 855725

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(3)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Haydock

Prince Alex

10st 2lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

C&D winner whose losing run goes back two years, to a 1m6f win (soft) at Glorious Goodwood; has not had much racing since but he did keep responding when third of six on yard debut back at Goodwood last month (1m6f, soft) and has realistic claims in this company.

15/8

Form: 432848 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

32

(18)

9th Oct 2021

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Newmarket

Snowalot

8st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: James Ferguson

Progressive in staying handicaps but Goobinator stole a march on him over 2m at Haydock last month (good to firm; has won on good to soft) and what looked a promising challenge petered out; has an even stiffer test here.

20/1

Form: 565625 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 50

Form & Verdict

Seemingly on a workable mark after suffering a narrow defeat over 1m1f here in September; can make his presence felt if getting a run.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

6

(8)

22nd Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:10 Happy Valley

Win Win Fighter

9st 1lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

Three good runs this season, most notably a close second over 1m1f here two starts ago; remains on a good mark as is likely to make his presence felt again.

6/1

13

(13)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

Win Win Fighter

9st 3lb

T: K W Lui

Seemingly on a workable mark after suffering a narrow defeat over 1m1f here in September; can make his presence felt if getting a run.

5th

5

(11)

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Win Win Fighter

9st 1lb

J: L Hewitson

T: K W Lui

Not really firing on all cylinders this year but handicapped accordingly now and lost out only by a neck here (1m1f) three weeks ago; has awkward draw today but should be fine back at 1m; each-way claims at least.

11/2

14 (14)
M Unicorn

Form: 385214 CD BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Came good at tenth attempt, with emphatic C&D success in September; posted a creditable effort off his elevated mark latest; likely more to come.

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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(4)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:40 Happy Valley

M Unicorn

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: C Fownes

midfield, ridden under 2f out, driven and good headway from 1 1/2f out, led 150yds out, driven out

5/2

1st

8

(8)

22nd Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

12:10 Happy Valley

M Unicorn

8st 12lb

J: C Y Ho

T: C Fownes

Runner-up over 6f at Sha Tin before ready C&D win from stall 10 two starts ago; raised 8lb for that victory but was not beaten far into fourth on his only appearance since; leading player.

5/2

14

(14)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

11:40 Happy Valley

M Unicorn

9st 2lb

T: C Fownes

Came good at tenth attempt, with emphatic C&D success in September; posted a creditable effort off his elevated mark latest; likely more to come.

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