Chris Baker: Four bets in Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon

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

Yesterday’s selection Top Max (advised at 11/2) showed a really good attitude to win the feature handicap at Saint-Cloud. I am hoping to follow up today and have picked out four bets at Happy Valley. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Happy Valley Tips

13:15 – Race 4 (5f handicap)

ALLIED AGILITY can follow up his victory over this course and distance last month and record a fifth career success. That latest win came despite having to endure a wide trip with no cover and saw him run on well to defeat Larson, who has since won in impressive style and lines up in the feature race on today’s card. Explosive Witness and Classic Unicorn – both in opposition again today – finished third and fourth respectively in that race, and the 6 point rise allocated by the handicapper is offset by the claim of jockey Alfie Chan, who rode this horse to victory on his 2020 seasonal reappearance.  Be Ready, the mount of Zac Purton, should also go well.

14:45 – Race 7 (8.5f handicap)

The top-weight Magnificent has finished second in his last two starts and should go well again, but slight preference is for GREEN REIGN with Joao Moreira back on board. This son of Lope De Vega is yet to win at Happy Valley, but he has finished second on three occasions and been within two lengths of the winner in all six of his races here. Trainer Caspar Fownes has opted to use a visor for the first time – replacing the usual blinkers - and that could make the difference. The wide draw isn’t ideal, but the tactically astute Moreira is trusted to overcome that.

15:15 – Race 8 (6f handicap)

The lightly raced GOLDEN DASH finished second here on his return from a 46-week break and again went close on his second start back two weeks ago. He tired late on that day having worked hard to get to a prominent position from a wide draw. He has got barrier 1 today though so Zac Purton, who returns to the saddle for the first time since winning on him last summer, should be able to race in the box seat and conserve enough energy to finish strongly. Overall, he has finished in the first three places in seven of his eleven starts to date and should be hard to beat. Beauty Spark, who has put together a string of consistently good performances, should also go well but he would be a bigger danger if it wasn’t for his wide draw.

15:50 – Race 9 (6f handicap)

Leading jockey Zac Purton can land another winner courtesy of AMAZING STAR (NAP), who looks to have an excellent chance in the feature race on the card. This talented five-year-old sprinter comes into today’s race having won four of his five starts since November (all here), and he has been given a short break since his course and distance success back in March. A recent trial should have put him spot on for today, and although there is another rise in the weights to defy, he possesses both speed and stamina over this six-furlong trip and can still improve more. Larson, an impressive winner last time out, steps up in class and distance and can continue his good recent form. This Is Class has won his last three and should also go well.  This is a very good race to end today’s nine-race card.

Recommendations

13:15 at Happy Valley - ALLIED AGILITY – 1 point win bet at 9/2.

14:45 at Happy Valley - GREEN REIGN – 1 point win bet at 4/1.

15:15 at Happy Valley - GOLDEN DASH – 1 point win bet at 9/4.

15:50 at Happy Valley - AMAZING STAR (NAP) – 1 point win bet at 9/4.

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