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Happy Valley Best Bet - Will the extra trip suit Shining On?

Alex Marsh has previewed the Wednesday night meeting from Happy Valley.
Happy Valley Tips for Wednesday, October 9
Happy Valley stages a nine race card this evening (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Happy Valley Best Bets & Value Tips For Wednesday, October 9

Happy Valley celebrates Oktoberfest with a nine race card this evening.

The feature event on the program is the Class 2 Japan Racing Association Trophy, which comes up in Race 7.

Happy Valley Best Bet

Race 5 No. 9 Shining On

Although the winning strike rate is becoming a concern for this six-year-old, he is generally thereabouts and his first-up return last month suggests he's comeback in good order.

He has strung together a competitive stretch of efforts in this grade without quite threatening but there was plenty of merit to the closing fresh effort over 1200m.

In that half a length defeat, he was clearly the pick of those making ground where the runners that rounded out first, second and fourth in the finish, where all in the top three on settling.

Steps up in trip which looks ideal being out of a Savabeel mare who is a half sister to a group three winner and down in the weights with the likelihood of settling closer, he gets his chance.

Happy Valley Best Bet: Shining On - $4.80 via Ladbrokes

Happy Valley Next Best Bet

Race 3 No. 5 Bright Kid

Hasn't greeted the winners stall since he raced as "Pah Terie" when holding off the honest Queensland campaigner in Bold Endeavour at Doomben last year but he has made improvements this preparation.

This son of Show A Heart comes under the care of retired champion jockey and now trainer Douglas Whyte, where he only just missed third on September 1 when resuming at Sha Tin.

We're willing to put a line through the last start effort where he drew out, covered extra ground throughout and was still only beaten three lengths without any favors.

Chad Schofield takes the reins this evening who has barrier three at his disposal and with a softer run in transit, he can make his presence felt.

Happy Valley Next Best Bet: Bright Kid - $5.50 via Neds

Happy Valley Best Each Way

Race 2 No. 1 God Of Dragon

A dual listed winning two-year-old in Queensland back in 2017 is this now Tony Cruz trained runner that missed the whole of 2018 before eventually building back in to some touch as 2019 wore on last season.

Goes straight to the 1650m tonight following two trials leading in where he held ground for third on September 3 before doing his best work late when finally getting room in his most recent hit-out.

Has the weight to carry but does have an important drop in grade coming back to a Class 4 in his first attempt at this level and only missed by a pimple via one of his Class 3 runs back in March.

If they want to use him up early, he does have the tactical speed to offset the draw over this trip where Karis Teetan sticks from the back-end of his last campaign and the trials.

Happy Valley Best Each Way: God Of Dragon - $6.00 BetEasy

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It's competitive at Happy Valley at the best of times but even more so early in the season as we try to get a stronger gauge on all runners.

Shining On should get his chance down in the weights via the fifth whilst Bright Kid and God Of Dragon both have each way hopes earlier in evening.

Best Bet: Shining On @4.80 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units
Next Best Bet: Bright Kid @5.50 at Neds - 3 Units
Best Each Way: God Of Dragon @6.00 at Beteasy - 2 Units

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