By News Team
27th April 2020
We’re back under the lights on Wednesday as Happy Valley is once again the host as a bunch of competitive handicappers take to the stage at the inner-city Hong Kong track.
We’ve got another nine races to look forward to and here’s a run through of the best of the action.
Spark looks a Beauty of a bet
One of the highlights on the card is the Causeway Bay Handicap (3:50pm) and this can go the way of BEAUTY SPARK for trainer Frankie Lor. The four-year-old has been highly tried this season, running eight times, but has been the model of consistency – notably since the turn of the year, where he’s failed to finish out of the first three on all six appearances.
It’s his last three starts that are the ones to note in particular, though, as all give plenty of encouragement that he might be a horse on the upgrade. He finished a length-third to This Is Class in March and that looks a sound run given the winner has come out and won since, while the second ran a good race subsequently too. He followed that up with a one-and-a-quarter-length third to Winning Method – a horse who was only beaten a nose last time – while the fifth was only beaten a length into third on his latest outing.
The form of both runs left Beauty Spark spot on for a Happy Valley contest a couple of weeks ago, which he duly won by a length. He beat some solid types there and although he’s been given a six-pound rise in the weights, there must surely be more to come.
Colonel can restore order at the Valley
Happy Valley can, on occasion, be a bit of an unhappy hunting ground for short-priced favourites but hopefully that won’t happen to COLONEL in the North Point Handicap (1:15pm). Ricky Yiu’s three-year-old gelding has looked a promising type in his debut season in Hong Kong with a number of solid performances, notably a five-and-a-half-length fifth to Wellington in January.
Colonel also ran a very nice run when second to another highly-touted horse in Beluga – a run that saw him sent off just 1/2 to notch up his first victory at Sha Tin at the start of the month. Although, given his very short price, a fourth-placed finish was disappointing, there was plenty to like about the way he ran. It wasn’t like he was beaten out of sight either, with the son of Ferlax finishing just over a length behind the eventual winner, President’s Choice.
The fact he’s only run once at Happy Valley and it was his worst performance to date is a slight concern, though he seems to have improved markedly since then. It should be noted that connections are turning Colonel out pretty quickly after that run at Sha Tin and there is a strong possibility this is a horse who is much better than his current rating of 53.