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Nightjar Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

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  • 1m 0f 55y
  • 11 runners
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Nightjar Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course A) (Turf)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
4 (10)
Gallant Waking

11/2 (Won)

Form: 89372- C

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Placed on two of his three starts this season, more recently when staying on well to snatch second over C&D three weeks ago; drawn wide again today but can make his presence felt.

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

8th

1

(7)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Gallant Waking

9st 9lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: K W Lui

In good form this season and posted career-best performance when winning a shade cosily over C&D four weeks ago; effectively only 3lb higher today if Jerry Chau's useful claim is considered; respected.

6/1

1st

4

(10)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Gallant Waking

9st 2lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

held up towards rear, ridden 2 1/2f out, switched wide entering straight, driven and stayed on well from over 1f out, led 50yds out, shade cosily

11/2

2nd

3

(12)

13th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Gallant Waking

9st 1lb

J: C Y Ho

T: K W Lui

held up towards rear, ridden and headway from 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, snatched 2nd close home

6/1

10/1

Form: d/895-

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Group 1 winner when trained in Chile; began Hong Kong career with two low-key runs but, having dropped to this grade, last month's C&D fifth was much more encouraging.

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

9th

4

(8)

4th Feb 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

08:05 Sha Tin

Moments In Time

9st 0lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: C S Shum

in touch, ridden 3f out, outpaced 2f out, driven and weakened over 1f out

20/1

2nd

1

(2)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Moments In Time

9st 9lb

J: Angus Chung

T: C S Shum

chased leader, ridden to lead under 2f out, kept on well final furlong, headed 50yds out, soon held

10/1

14

(14)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Moments In Time

9st 9lb

T: C S Shum

Group 1 winner when trained in Chile; began Hong Kong career with two low-key runs but, having dropped to this grade, this month's C&D fifth was much more encouraging.

3rd
7 (1)
Thesis

7/2

Form: 70024- D

Last run: 50 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Signed off with some disappointing efforts for Richard Gibson last season but made the frame over C&D on both starts for new stable this term and has the inside draw today; likely contender.

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

10

(9)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Thesis

8st 10lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: F C Lor

Signed off with some disappointing efforts for Richard Gibson last season but has made the frame over C&D on all three starts for new stable this term, most recently when third behind Gallant Waking three weeks ago; probably in the mix again.

6/1

3rd

7

(1)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Thesis

8st 8lb

J: Alexis Badel

T: F C Lor

tracked leaders, ridden under 2f out, driven and pressed leaders 1f out, no extra final 50yds

7/2

13

(13)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Thesis

8st 8lb

T: F C Lor

Signed off with some disappointing efforts for Richard Gibson last season but has made the frame over C&D on both starts for new stable this term; will warrant consideration if he gets a run today.

4th
11 (4)
M Unicorn

2/1

Form: 21411- CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Bang-in-form 5yo who has already collected three C&D wins this season; moves up in grade today but this race is not very competitive and he needs to be taken very seriously in his current mood.

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

1st

12

(6)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

M Unicorn

8st 8lb

J: C Y Ho

T: C Fownes

towards rear of midfield, ridden and good headway on wide outside from 2 1/2f out, led over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, driven when pressed 50yds, kept on well and asserted close home

2/1

4th

11

(4)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

M Unicorn

8st 4lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: C Fownes

awkward leaving stalls, soon in midfield, ridden and headway on wide outside from 2 1/2f out, wide entering straight and lost place, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, not able to challenge

2/1

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

16/1

Form: 46159- CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Opened Hong Kong account with C&D win under enterprising ride in October but safely held off today's mark twice since.

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

4th

7

(4)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Ivy League

8st 11lb

J: Matthew Chadwick

T: Douglas Whyte

Opened Hong Kong account under under enterprising ride here in October but has not kicked on from that success and may still be a shade too high in the weights.

16/1

15

(15)

28th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Ivy League

8st 13lb

T: Douglas Whyte

Opened Hong Kong account under under enterprising ride at Happy Valley in October but has not kicked on from that success and may still be a shade too high in the weights.

6th

6

(2)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Ivy League

9st 1lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: Douglas Whyte

midfield, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong, not going pace to threaten

20/1

12/1

Form: 33740- CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Built upon satisfactory reappearance seasonal debut when fourth over C&D in October and is on a workable mark now but needs to bounce back from a poor performance in November; blinkers added to headgear ensemble.

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

5th

3

(10)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Winning Dragon

9st 6lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

Well handicapped on some of last season's form but was just a respectable sixth over C&D when blinkers were added to his headgear collection four weeks ago and he's drawn much wider today; needs to up his game.

20/1

6th

2

(3)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Winning Dragon

9st 6lb

J: L Hewitson

T: A S Cruz

midfield, ridden over 2f out, keeping on when short of room 125yds out, no extra final 50yds

12/1

12th

2

(7)

15th Nov 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Winning Dragon

9st 9lb

J: Angus Chung

T: A S Cruz

in touch, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight and lost place, weakened and eased final furlong

12/1

OUR TIP

20/1

Form: 58650- CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D off this mark in May but is yet to hit top gear after five starts this season and his latest run was his worst of the campaign.

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

1st

10

(8)

10th Jan 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

14:15 Happy Valley

Prime Minister

9st 4lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: P F Yiu

held up towards rear, pushed along and steady headway from over 2f out, ridden 1/2f out, driven and stayed on well final furlong, led last stride

25/1

7th

3

(11)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Prime Minister

9st 5lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: P F Yiu

held up in rear, ridden 2 1/2f out, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, never dangerous

20/1

11th

2

(11)

10th Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

05:35 Sha Tin

Prime Minister

9st 8lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: P F Yiu

always towards rear

12/1

Form: 00009-

Last run: 12 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Ex-Australian 4yo; unable to land a significant blow on any of first five Hong Kong starts and needs to take a big step forward.

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

13

(13)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Absolute Sunshine

8st 5lb

T: David A Hayes

Ex-Australian 4yo; unable to land a significant blow on any of first seven Hong Kong starts and now eligible for a drop in grade.

9th

11

(2)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Sha Tin

Absolute Sunshine

8st 6lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: David A Hayes

midfield, ridden 2 1/2f out, wide entering straight and lost place, soon no impression

66/1

15

(15)

13th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:10 Sha Tin

Absolute Sunshine

8st 3lb

T: David A Hayes

Ex-Australian 4yo; unable to land a significant blow on any of first six Hong Kong starts and despite a reduced mark he needs to take a big step forward.

7/1

Form: 69546-

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Ex-Australian 4yo; 0-4 in Hong Kong but ended last year with three very respectable runs (7f-1m) and has each-way claims today.

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

2nd

2

(7)

4th Feb 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

06:30 Sha Tin

Foolish Heart

9st 8lb

J: K C Leung

T: C W Chang

in touch, ridden 2f out, driven 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, took 2nd 125yds out, not reach winner

10/1

9th

10

(5)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Foolish Heart

8st 6lb

J: K C Leung

T: C W Chang

towards rear of midfield, dropped towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, wide entering straight

7/1

6th

12

(9)

13th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Foolish Heart

8st 4lb

J: K C Leung

T: C W Chang

Ex-Australian 4yo who is unexposed in Hong Kong and kept on to make the frame over C&D three weeks ago; contender if first-time visor has any positive effect today.

7/1

10th
9 (9)
Viva Hunter

25/1

Form: 06609- CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Arguably ran better than finishing position suggests when sixth over C&D in November but two lesser efforts have followed and he remains a difficult horse to enthuse over.

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

3rd

1

(6)

24th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 55y

12:15 Sha Tin

Viva Hunter

9st 9lb

J: Ellis Wong

T: K L Man

midfield, ridden 2f out, not clear run from 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final 150yds, nearest finish

8/1

10th

9

(9)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Viva Hunter

8st 5lb

J: H T Mo

T: K L Man

led, ridden and headed under 2f out, weakened final furlong

25/1

9th

13

(9)

17th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

09:15 Sha Tin

Viva Hunter

8st 9lb

J: M L Yeung

T: K L Man

led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, rallied over 1f out, no extra final furlong

25/1

11th
8 (6)
Tradition

16/1

Form: 53726-

Last run: 201 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

2-12 when trained in Australia; absent since below-par run in 1m1f handicap last June and probably best watched on Hong Kong debut; sports first-time blinkers.

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

12th

10

(3)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Tradition

8st 12lb

J: Antoine Hamelin

T: P C Ng

always towards rear

100/1

11th

8

(6)

4th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:45 Happy Valley

Tradition

8st 8lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

started slowly, short of room slowly after start, recovered and raced in midfield, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong

16/1

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