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Venus Handicap (Class 5) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

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  • 0m 6f 0y
  • 14 runners
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Venus Handicap (Class 5) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

11/2 (Won)

Form: 000885

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 35

Form & Verdict

Promising 2yo winner in Australia but yet to reach the frame in 15 appearances since arriving in Hong Kong; has shown more in three starts since being gelded and is on a career-low mark; can't be discounted but he has lacked a change of gear.

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

1st

11

(6)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

12:10 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

8st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: W K Mo

in touch in midfield, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, led 100yds out, readily

10/1

1st

6

(2)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

9st 4lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: W K Mo

Promising 2yo winner in Australia but yet to reach the frame in 15 appearances since arriving in Hong Kong; has shown more in three starts since being gelded and is on a career-low mark; can't be discounted but he has lacked a change of gear.

11/2

5th

5

(2)

6th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

10:30 Happy Valley

Crystal Powerful

9st 5lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: W K Mo

midfield, ridden 2f out, involved in some scrimmaging from 1 1/2f out until inside final furlong, kept on final 100yds, not going pace to challenge

8/1

12/1

Form: 016370 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 23

Form & Verdict

Looked ill at ease on dirt debut last time and ran flat behind Alloy King prior to that; returns to the course and distance of his only win, which came in June; 3lb higher this time but serious player if showing the form of his September third (5f).

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2nd

11

(3)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Circuit Splendor

8st 6lb

J: M L Yeung

T: T P Yung

Looked ill at ease on dirt debut last time and ran flat behind Alloy King prior to that; returns to the course and distance of his only win, which came in June; 3lb higher this time but serious player if showing the form of his September third (5f).

12/1

10th

12

(7)

3rd Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:30 Sha Tin

Circuit Splendor

8st 8lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

chased leader, ridden 1 1/2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out

40/1

7th

11

(2)

18th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:45 Happy Valley

Circuit Splendor

8st 9lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: T P Yung

Off the mark with a C&D success on his penultimate outing last season; made a pleasing return when making the frame over the minimum trip here last month; no reason why he shouldn't be in the mix again.

13/2

3/1

Form: 002255 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 30

Form & Verdict

Could force the pace with no obvious trailblazer in the field; gained both career wins (from 45 outings) over this track and trip, which has also been the catalyst for 14 first-four finishes from 27 attempts; has run well on all four starts this season and chased home Alloy King in October; found 5f too sharp last time but beaten just over two lengths; one to consider, with Zac Purton a notable booking.

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

14

(14)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Happily Friends

8st 11lb

T: W Y So

C&D winner; has been unlucky not to strike this season, making the frame in three of his six starts; arrives on a workable mark and a bold bid would not surprise.

11th

11

(7)

29th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Happily Friends

8st 9lb

J: Zac Purton

T: W Y So

tracked leaders, wide entering straight, ridden 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong

11/2

3rd

10

(8)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Happily Friends

8st 13lb

J: Zac Purton

T: W Y So

Could force the pace with no obvious trailblazer in the field; gained both career wins (from 45 outings) over this track and trip, which has also been the catalyst for 14 first-four finishes from 27 attempts; has run well on all four starts this season and chased home Alloy King in October; found 5f too sharp last time but beaten just over two lengths; one to consider, with Zac Purton a notable booking.

3/1

Form: 468997 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 37

Form & Verdict

Has made the frame in eight of his 17 outings over track and trip (one win) and has been placed in two of his three outings in Class 5; the unplaced effort came last time out on his return to this level for the first time in more than a year; might press the pace despite wide draw but something to prove on recent performances.

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

11th

10

(9)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Island Surprise

9st 3lb

J: K C Leung

T: K L Man

C&D winner in a Class 4 event last season; modest form this campaign but down another 2lb and likely to turn things around at some point.

14/1

6th

1

(8)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Island Surprise

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: K L Man

held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on steadily final furlong, never dangerous

13/2

4th

4

(10)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Island Surprise

9st 6lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: K L Man

Has made the frame in eight of his 17 outings over track and trip (one win) and has been placed in two of his three outings in Class 5; the unplaced effort came last time out on his return to this level for the first time in more than a year; might press the pace despite wide draw but something to prove on recent performances.

33/1

4/1

Form: 030043 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 30

Form & Verdict

Has a 1-34 strike-rate since coming to Hong Kong and lacks consistency (out of the money 25 times); has made a better fist of things this season with three decent efforts in five; nearest-at-finish third when favourite for a 5f event here last month.

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

5th

13

(13)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Fighting Star

8st 8lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: C H Yip

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on well from 1 1/2f out, nearest finish

9/2

5th

9

(1)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Fighting Star

8st 13lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: C H Yip

Has a 1-34 strike-rate since coming to Hong Kong and lacks consistency (out of the money 25 times); has made a better fist of things this season with three decent efforts in five; nearest-at-finish third when favourite for a 5f event here last month.

4/1

3rd

9

(5)

29th Nov 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Fighting Star

8st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: C H Yip

slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish

9/2

6th
8 (4)
Great Days

40/1

Form: 900967

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 35

Form & Verdict

Limited encouragement in novice events last season and the transition to handicap company has yet to ignite his fuse, be it over 5f, 6f or 7f; this first tilt at the Happy Valley 6f needs to spark a major change if he is to figure.

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

4th

12

(8)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Great Days

8st 10lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

midfield, steady headway from 2 1/2f out, ridden and kept on from 2f out, not going pace to challenge

16/1

9th

7

(10)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Great Days

9st 3lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: P C Ng

midfield, ridden and took closer order over 2f out, driven and chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong

10/1

6th

8

(4)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Great Days

9st 4lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: P C Ng

Limited encouragement in novice events last season and the transition to handicap company has yet to ignite his fuse, be it over 5f, 6f or 7f; this first tilt at the Happy Valley 6f needs to spark a major change if he is to figure.

40/1

13/2

Form: 879535

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 37

Form & Verdict

Slow starts have become a feature in his three starts this season and he seeks a first win at the ninth attempt; he tackled this course and distance for the only time two runs ago, when a staying-on third behind Spicy So Smart and the reopposing Charming Steed; claims if he can do better out of the stalls.

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

1st

7

(10)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Rattan World

9st 0lb

J: Zac Purton

T: Jamie Richards

towards rear of midfield, ridden 2f out, stayed on well from 1 1/2f out, challenged 50yds out, driven to lead close home

11/2

5th

3

(5)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Rattan World

9st 8lb

J: Zac Purton

T: Jamie Richards

slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish

5/1

7th

5

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Rattan World

9st 6lb

J: L Hewitson

T: Jamie Richards

Slow starts have become a feature in his three starts this season and he seeks a first win at the ninth attempt; he tackled this course and distance for the only time two runs ago, when a staying-on third behind Spicy So Smart and the reopposing Charming Steed; claims if he can do better out of the stalls.

13/2

20/1

Form: 510010 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 40

Form & Verdict

With five wins in this grade and four over track and trip, he is worthy of respect; his latest win came two starts back and he has since been well beaten off this handicap mark; requires a career best by some way and as a 7yo that is asking plenty of him.

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

2nd

12

(9)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:10 Happy Valley

Alloy King

8st 4lb

J: M L Yeung

T: Jimmy Ting

led, ridden clear 1 1/2f out, driven final 75yds, no extra closing stages, headed last stride

50/1

12

(10)

17th Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

13:45 Happy Valley

Alloy King

8st 5lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: Jimmy Ting

Won readily by 2l over C&D in Class 5 in October but two lesser efforts have followed and he looks vulnerable from stall 10 in this higher grade.

50/1

8th

1

(9)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Alloy King

9st 9lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: Jimmy Ting

With five wins in this grade and four over track and trip, he is worthy of respect; his latest win came two starts back and he has since been well beaten off this handicap mark; requires a career best by some way and as a 7yo that is asking plenty of him.

20/1

11/2

Form: 376254 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 37

Form & Verdict

Losing run stretches back to May 2022 when he scored a C&D success; he has made the frame in 11 of his 18 attempts at this 6f and has mostly run well this term; has three first-four finishes from five outings at this level; notable jockey booking; place hopes at least.

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

2nd

9

(10)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

12:45 Sha Tin

Charming Steed

9st 1lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C Fownes

tracked leaders, ridden and pressed leaders over 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, clear entering final furlong, driven when headed 75yds out, kept on

16/1

5th

6

(5)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Charming Steed

9st 6lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: C Fownes

towards rear of midfield, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not going pace to threaten

12/1

12th

9

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Charming Steed

9st 4lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: C Fownes

midfield, ridden 2f out, gradually weakened final furlong

12/1

10th
12 (11)
Noir Rider

16/1

Form: 640429 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 23

Form & Verdict

Out of the frame in 26 of his 31 Hong Kong appearances and more than two years since he won his sole race (5f here) since leaving Australia; tends to find his stride too late but certainly has place claims on last month's second.

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

4th

12

(6)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Noir Rider

8st 4lb

J: M L Yeung

T: C W Chang

Hinted at a return to form in November but his drought has continued in three subsequent starts; a long way below his last winning mark so should be showing more.

16/1

16

(16)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

12:45 Sha Tin

Noir Rider

8st 3lb

T: C W Chang

Hinted at a return to form in November but his drought has continued in three subsequent starts; a long way below his last winning mark so should be showing more.

13th

11

(7)

13th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Noir Rider

8st 5lb

J: K De Melo

T: C W Chang

prominent, led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, weakened quickly final furlong

16/1

Form: 108506 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 35

Form & Verdict

First-time tongue-tie; gained his win over this trip at Sha Tin but has finished out of the money on all seven appearances over this course and distance; well behind Alloy King two runs back and could never get on terms dropped to 5f last time; others make more appeal.

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

10th

9

(1)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Fingers Crossed

8st 11lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: Mark Newnham

chased leader, dropped to 3rd 2 1/2f out, soon ridden, weakened from 1 1/2f out

14/1

12th

10

(11)

21st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Fingers Crossed

8st 11lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: Mark Newnham

midfield, ridden under 2f out, weakened final furlong

20/1

8th

5

(2)

10th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Fingers Crossed

9st 3lb

J: K De Melo

T: Mark Newnham

with leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 150yds

10/1

OUR TIP
12th
2 (12)
Wind Speeder

8/1

Form: 529579 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 40

Form & Verdict

A single Hong Kong win from 32 starts doesn't set the pulse racing, but it did come over this 6f (July 2022); on the plus side, he drops into Class 5 for the first time and his rider's 5lb claim is useful; capable of making the frame on a good day.

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

7th

5

(3)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Wind Speeder

9st 8lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: Y S Tsui

Losing run dates to July 2022 but he put some lacklustre efforts behind him when hitting the bar over C&D last month; 1lb higher today but still well treated on best form; solid claims if proving that run was no fluke.

6/1

2nd

3

(5)

29th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Wind Speeder

9st 4lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: Y S Tsui

held up towards rear, ridden under 2f out, switched very wide entering straight, driven and stayed on well from over 1f out, nearest finish

10/1

12th

2

(12)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Wind Speeder

9st 9lb

J: Angus Chung

T: Y S Tsui

A single Hong Kong win from 32 starts doesn't set the pulse racing, but it did come over this 6f (July 2022); on the plus side, he drops into Class 5 for the first time and his rider's 5lb claim is useful; capable of making the frame on a good day.

8/1

Form: 537628 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 34

Form & Verdict

Another infrequent winner, whose sole success was gained over C&D in January of last year; close up until folded quickly in final furlong last time, having previously been a good second.

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

7th

6

(5)

10th Jan 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Goodmanship

9st 2lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: Douglas Whyte

held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, keeping on when not clear run and snatched up 75yds out, eased closing stages

9/2

6th

5

(9)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

05:00 Sha Tin

Goodmanship

9st 6lb

J: K C Leung

T: Douglas Whyte

tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, driven and chased leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

12/1

13

(13)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Goodmanship

9st 3lb

T: Douglas Whyte

Another infrequent winner, whose sole success was gained over C&D in January of last year; close up until folded quickly in final furlong last time, having previously been a good second.

14 (14)
Hercules

Form: 908052 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 40

Form & Verdict

Triple C&D winner who had several of these runners behind when he failed by a neck here two weeks ago; that effort puts him in the picture despite a 2lb rise in the handicap.

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

1st

2

(12)

31st Jan 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:10 Happy Valley

Hercules

9st 9lb

J: Hugh Bowman

T: C H Yip

C&D winner last season; back in form following recent dip into Class 5 and likely to play a big role although has the worst of the draw.

12/1

3rd

1

(3)

29th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Hercules

9st 6lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C H Yip

towards rear of midfield, ridden and headway from under 2f out, chasing leaders when not clear run and forced to switch 150yds out, soon driven and kept on well, not able to challenge

9/2

14

(14)

20th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

11:40 Happy Valley

Hercules

9st 9lb

T: C H Yip

Triple C&D winner who had several of these runners behind when he failed by a neck here two weeks ago; that effort puts him in the picture despite a 2lb rise in the handicap.

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