Gladiolus Handicap Tips (Race 1)
Happy Valley Value Bet - Race 1 No. 2 Tom's Style
A seven length Maiden winner when racing as 'Hinchrider' in Australia prior to being sold, Tom's Style was mostly uncompetitive throughout his first campaign in Hong Kong but coming back to Class 4 level this preparation, we've seen improvement.
After settling back under Neil Callan and pinching ground along the inside, this five-year-old was hard to miss over the concluding stages on December 23 when balancing up over the last 100m and finishing strongly.
He had excuses last start after covering ground but now they finally draw well in five, the option is there to settle closer early and at the very least get some cover, which will help offset the 59.5kg impost.
Peach Blossom Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Happy Valley Roughie - Race 6 No. 7 Top Score
While this son of High Chaparral admittedly has a poor record over this distance, hence the price, he does find a modest Class 4 and with recent competitive runs at Class 3 level, is a nearly a top three/four chance here by default.
Top Score came back to this grade on January 27 but with the 60kg over 1200m, never came into calculations but stretching over this further journey, he is capable rolling forward and even potentially sit outside Ever Laugh, who looks the likely leader.
It's an open contest to kick-off the Happy Valley Quaddie on Wednesday and with a 2kg drop in the weights, this veteran can be competitive with a pinch of luck early from that wide draw.
Azalea Handicap Tips (Race 8)
Happy Valley Best Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Kurpany
Following just an event effort at Sha Tin when beaten two and a half lengths on resumption, it was impossible to miss the December 16 performance as runner-up from this four-year-old who is closing in on his first Hong Kong victory.
Prepared by leading trainer Caspar Fownes, who has notched up 22 winners at Happy Valley this season, Kurpany backed up that second-up effort with a very comfortable victory on January 6, strolling away late to record a three and a half length margin on the line.
After bombing the start and still having the audacity to rattle home on January 27, we'll forgive that blemish and with leading rider Joao Moreira now taking the reins, he looks well placed to bounce back with a cleaner getaway this evening.
Cineraria Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Happy Value Bet - Race 9 No. 7 Equaletta Blitz
An ex-Australian galloper who won a Benchmark 70 at Caulfield when leading throughout in late 2019 before being sold, Equaletta Blitz has been steadily improving with each Hong Kong outing and without luck, the January 20 performance was brave.
Racing three-wide throughout that 1200m journey, which is always a big negative on this tight Happy Valley circuit, the four-year-old continued to whack away in the straight and there was plenty of merit in the losing margin of 2.8 lengths considering.
Joao Moriera takes the reins this evening and under the "Magic Man", he also draws for a much kinder run on the speed from barrier three and with less ground to cover, this does look a nice chance to break the Hong Kong duck.