Chris Baker: Four bets at Happy Valley this afternoon

There's racing at Happy Valley this afternoon.
There's racing at Happy Valley this afternoon.

There are four bets for today’s racing at Happy Valley. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Happy Valley Tips

14:15 – Race 6 (6f)

Although he is yet to win on turf, the bottom-weight STAR LUCK comes in to this race in good form having been placed in three of his last four starts. He’s had no luck with the draw in his last three outings but is perfectly positioned in barrier 1 today. He’s been given a chance by the handicapper, should be able to dictate matters from the front and has promising apprentice Alfred Chan in the saddle. The top-weight Beauty Amigo rates as the main danger. He was a winner over this course and distance two starts back.

14:45 – Race 7 (6f)

Victoriam should go well again and the booking of the superb Zac Purton is a positive.  However, slight preference is for GRADE ONE, who can win for the sixth time in his career. The six-year-old finishes off his races over this trip really strongly but has been inconvenienced by a wide draw in the majority of his recent runs. He’s got barrier 1 today though, so he won’t have to endure a wide trip or use up energy to gain a good position.  His win in March came in a lower grade but he has won at this level before.

15:15 – Race 8 (1m1f)

BLASTOISE (NAP) has made a fine start to his career by finishing in the first three places in seven of his twelve races to date with two of those being victories. His two previous visits to this track have resulted in a second-place finish back in December and a win over today’s distance two starts back. He ran well to finish second at Sha Tin last time out and remains open to plenty more improvement. This consistent four-year-old gelding appears to have a good attitude and is well drawn for a prominent racer. The excellent Antoine Hamelin takes over in the saddle. The biggest danger looks to be Above, the mount of Joao Moreira.

15:50 – Race 9 (extended mile)

This looks a good opportunity for HAPPY WARRIOR to follow up his recent victory over today’s course and distance. That was his third win here and built on a couple of placed efforts at the track. This John Moore-trained gelding steps back up in class today but has an excellent draw in barrier 2. That should allow jockey Vagner Borges to race in the ‘box seat’ before making his challenge in the straight. Delightful Laos, who caused an upset to win here last month on his return from a six-month break, should also go well.

Recommendations:

14:15 at Happy Valley - STAR LUCK – 1 point win bet at 10/3.

14:45 at Happy Valley - GRADE ONE – 1 point win bet at 13/2.

15:15 at Happy Valley - BLASTOISE (NAP) – 1 point win bet at 11/4.

15:50 at Happy Valley - HAPPY WARRIOR – 1 point win bet at 11/2.

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