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Connaught Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

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  • 1m 0f 55y
  • 12 runners
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Connaught Handicap (Class 3) (3yo+) (Course C) (Turf)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

1st
12 (6)
M Unicorn

2/1 (Won)

Form: 1411-4 CD BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

In-form 5yo who has already won three times over C&D this season; only fourth when warm favourite to cope with step up to this grade a fortnight ago but was awkward leaving the stalls and ended up poorly positioned on the wide outside; might still be on the upgrade; must be considered.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

6/1

Form: 95128- CD BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Has a tendency to race too freely but stayed on well to win readily over C&D in November and chased home Silver Sonic off new mark last month; below form when favourite for latest race but ended up trapped on the wide outside that day and remains one to be interested in.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

4

(11)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Quantum Patch

9st 4lb

J: Karis Teetan

T: P C Ng

held up in rear, ridden 2f out, wide entering straight, driven and stayed on strongly final furlong, pressed winner 50yds out, not quite able to challenge

6/1

8th

4

(3)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Quantum Patch

9st 0lb

J: Jerry Chau

T: P C Ng

held up towards rear, some headway on wide outside 2 1/2f out, midfield when ridden 2f out, no further impression from 1 1/2f out

4/1

2nd

4

(9)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:40 Happy Valley

Quantum Patch

8st 13lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: P C Ng

held up towards rear, ridden and headway from over 2f out, wide entering straight, driven 1 1/2f out, stayed on final furlong, took 2nd 100yds out, no impression on winner

11/4

Form: 6407-7

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Began this season with two very encouraging efforts (1m/1m1f) but his form dipped towards the end of last year and he's now 0-9 in Hong Kong; needs to up his game.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

(4)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

California Voce

9st 4lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: A S Cruz

towards rear of midfield, ridden under 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, not clear run closing stages, nearest finish

20/1

7th

4

(13)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

California Voce

9st 6lb

J: C Y Ho

T: A S Cruz

Kept on for fourth over 1m1f here in October and is also suited by today's trip but his last two runs were underwhelming and he's drawn wide today; others have more persuasive profiles.

50/1

7th

15

(15)

17th Dec 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

California Voce

9st 5lb

T: A S Cruz

held up in rear, wide entering straight, ridden 2f out, kept on well final furlong, never dangerous

16/1

4th
7 (10)
All Beauty

8/1

Form: 93434- CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

In the frame over C&D on all four appearances this season, most recently when keeping on well for fourth behind Star Contact 19 days ago; holds no secrets from the handicapper but fair to expect another good run.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(10)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

All Beauty

9st 0lb

J: Angus Chung

T: F C Lor

held up towards rear, ridden under 2f out, pushed very wide entering straight, driven and stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish

8/1

4th

6

(7)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

All Beauty

8st 10lb

J: James McDonald

T: F C Lor

towards rear of midfield, ridden and kept on well from 2f out, nearest finish

7/1

3rd

6

(4)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:40 Happy Valley

All Beauty

8st 11lb

J: L Hewitson

T: F C Lor

midfield, ridden under 2f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, took 3rd 50yds out

7/2

33/1

Form: 9457-0 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Very well handicapped on some of last season's form but has modest 1-25 strike-rate in Hong Kong and is unraced beyond 7f; not firing on all cylinders lately; others preferred.

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

7th

9

(3)

31st Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Solid Impact

8st 10lb

J: K De Melo

T: D J Hall

Took step back in right direction when fifth over C&D a fortnight ago and remains very well handicapped on older form but has modest 1-26 strike-rate in Hong Kong and others appeal more.

14/1

5th

8

(7)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Solid Impact

9st 0lb

J: K De Melo

T: D J Hall

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

33/1

10th

7

(8)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Solid Impact

9st 2lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: D J Hall

Has modest 1-24 strike-rate in Hong Kong but now 5lb lower than when making the frame over 6f here in November and didn't run badly from stall 14 over C&D last week; could have a say.

12/1

20/1

Form: 6159-5 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Opened Hong Kong account with C&D win under enterprising ride in October but safely held all three subsequent outings; not the percentage call.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

20/1

Form: 2657-9 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Runner-up over 6f here on seasonal debut in September but not in the same form again since and has stamina to prove on first venture beyond 6f.

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

7th

5

(1)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Lucky Eight

9st 3lb

J: Matthew Poon

T: P F Yiu

in touch, ridden 1 1/2f out, driven and no extra final 100yds

20/1

9th

2

(6)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

08:40 Sha Tin

Lucky Eight

9st 3lb

J: K De Melo

T: P F Yiu

towards rear of midfield, ridden under 2f out, driven and kept on at same pace final furlong

14/1

16

(16)

1st Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

09:50 Sha Tin

Lucky Eight

9st 5lb

T: P F Yiu

Runner-up over 6f at Happy Valley on seasonal debut in September but not in the same form again since; moves up in trip with some questions to answer.

Form: 23812- CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Came good in Hong Kong at seventh attempt, making all to win readily over C&D last month, and posted another good effort when second here 19 days ago; might still have more in the locker; likely contender.

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

8th

2

(9)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

9st 6lb

J: Zac Purton

T: T P Yung

led, ridden under 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

7/2

2nd

2

(9)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

9st 1lb

J: L J Ferraris

T: T P Yung

led, ridden under 2f out, driven and headed over 1f out, kept on final furlong

4/1

1st

5

(5)

13th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Tourbillon Prince

8st 10lb

J: Zac Purton

T: T P Yung

made all, ridden under 2f out, driven and kept on well from over 1f out, readily

7/2

OUR TIP

14/1

Form: 20019- CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Bounced back from two down-the-field runs when keeping on strongly to win comfortably over C&D last month but has disappointed again since and Zac Purton jumps ship today; not an easy one to predict.

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

9th

1

(5)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Silver Sonic

9st 6lb

J: Harry Bentley

T: K W Lui

midfield, ridden under 2f out, switched wide and lost place entering straight, kept on at same pace from 1 1/2f out

14/1

9th

1

(2)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Silver Sonic

9st 2lb

J: Zac Purton

T: K W Lui

midfield, ridden 2f out, pushed along and no extra final furlong

6/4

1st

8

(7)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:40 Happy Valley

Silver Sonic

8st 10lb

J: Zac Purton

T: K W Lui

in touch in midfield, ridden and chased leaders under 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, kept on strongly, comfortably

20/1

25/1

Form: 31/9-5

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Delivered on debut promise when winning 7f novice race in Britain in 2022 but, following a long absence, was safely held on both recent Hong Kong starts (1m/1m1f).

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

10th

11

(12)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

U S S Constitution

8st 11lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: J Size

with leader, ridden under 2f out, weakened over 1f out

25/1

5th

7

(2)

1st Jan 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

06:00 Sha Tin

U S S Constitution

8st 12lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: J Size

in touch, ridden and chased leaders over 2f out, driven and no extra final furlong

25/1

9th

6

(8)

13th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

U S S Constitution

8st 9lb

J: Brenton Avdulla

T: J Size

Delivered on debut promise when winning 7f novice race in Britain in September 2022; looks an interesting recruit to the Hong Kong scene but has fitness to prove after 466-day absence; sports first-time tongue-tie/blinkers.

14/1

6/1

Form: 37071- CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Returned to form and caused 26-1 surprise over C&D last month, keeping on strongly to win quite cosily in the end; not one to rely upon heavily but probably still on a workable mark after recent 5lb rise.

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

11th

9

(8)

17th Jan 2024

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:15 Happy Valley

Star Contact

9st 0lb

J: L Hewitson

T: David A Hayes

tracked leaders, ridden and pressed leaders under 2f out, weakened final furlong

6/1

1st

12

(6)

29th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

14:50 Happy Valley

Star Contact

8st 5lb

J: L Hewitson

T: David A Hayes

chased leader, ridden 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, cosily

25/1

7th

12

(8)

6th Dec 2023

Good

1m 0f 55y

13:40 Happy Valley

Star Contact

8st 7lb

J: Rachel King

T: David A Hayes

raced keenly, in touch, ridden and chased leaders over 2f out, driven and edged left over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

16/1

12th
10 (3)
Tradition

100/1

Form: 3726-0

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Dual 9.5f winner in Australia in 2022 but was last of 11 over C&D on recent Hong Kong debut and needs to have taken considerable benefit from that outing.

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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