Shek Kip Mei Handicap Tips (Race 1)
Happy Valley Next Best Bet - Race 1 No. 7 Happy Time
Blake Shinn and Chris So combine in the opener at Happy Valley with this son of Smart Missile who was sent out as our Roughie play on the January 6 meeting where it briefly looked as though he pinched it, but tired late for third.
While he did fail prior to that, there was some excuses in that December 2 attempt, so Happy Time is ticking along okay and although the big odds aren't available this time around, the set-up does look more favourable from barrier one.
With tactical versatility which gives Shinn a few options early and given the only two rivals with better peak figures are badly out of form, he only needs a slightly softer time of things to be winning this off recent form.
Tai Wo Ping Handicap Tips (Race 3)
Happy Valley Value Bet - Race 3 No. 2 Dynamic Eagle
With 11 winners at a positive ROI of 31.7%, trainer Danny Shum has been a profitable one to follow this season at Happy Valley and he gets a good chance to build on that via this staying contest over the 2200m
Dynamic Eagle has found his niche as a rolling, go forward galloper over these longer journeys, and was rewarded with a much-deserved victory on December 2, hanging on late over the in-form Score, with a massive space back to third.
After finding the box-seat last start, this gelding arguably should've won again as he was shuffled back at key stages (cost him momentum) but should lead here and despite the rise in weight, that levels out with both Victorius Seeker and Exaltation receiving penalties.
Stonecutters Island Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Happy Valley Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Brave King
In now his third attempt at Class 4 level and running into mostly limited opposition here, this son of Zoffany won't see a better chance to record a debut Hong Kong victory following a return to form on January 13.
After six very competitive Class 3 performances, Brave King put in an absolute shocker when coming down in grade via the Boxing Day card from Sha Tin although to be fair, he did cover some ground early with 60kg over that 2000m journey.
Given the petrol spent via a wide and early sustained attempt last start, his tenacity to still hang on for second despite being vulnerable a long way out was admirable and with a smoother run-in transit, this looks his chance to breakthrough.
Lai Chi Kok Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Happy Valley Roughie - Race 9 No. 8 Hardly Swears
A son of All Too Hard and out of the dam Sworn To Secrecy (a Group Two winning mare) is this gelding prepared by trainer Jimmy Ting, a stable that get a winner at long odds (eight Happy Valley winners at an average winning quote of 25/1 this season).
Following three placings and then a two-length defeat into fourth on November 11, Hardly Swears was given a little freshen-up and resuming on January 6, did catch the eye late in a midfield finish where he was working home in restricted room.
Given they were likely heading back anyway, the wide gate is no issue with his racing pattern and having raced consistently for this whole season versus similar company, this six-year-old is a big each-way price in the last.