By News Team
Last Updated: 24th March 2020
Hard luck stories at Happy Valley are two a penny, with races won or lost at the break from the stalls or when the doors slam shut in the short home straight.
It’s not too dissimilar to Chester in all honesty, where pace, draw and fortune all play a vital part.
Galaxy can race to Valley victory
You’re on the lookout for a horse who ticks enough boxes and GALAXY RACER does just that in the opening race on Wednesday (11.15am GMT).
Having struggled to find his feet in hot sprint contest at Sha Tin, Casper Fownes – known as the King of the Valley thanks to the success he has at the track – has now stepped the four-year-old up in trip and down in grade.
He had a golden opportunity to break his maiden over course and distance last time out, but blew his chances by being a little keen early on in the race.
Recent Hong Kong Derby-winning jockey Vincent Ho will hopefully either be able to get him to settle better early on or let him run a little more up with the pace this time around and his time can’t be too far away.
Casa looks a Forca in competitive handicap
CASA DE FORCA has been handed a nice draw in stall five for the second (11.45am GMT) on the card.
He’s been eased just a pound in the handicap in his last two starts but that’s because he’s been knocking right on the door.
He won three times in the UK when in the care of Ed Walker, including twice over today’s distance, and should go well under superstar jockey Joao Moreira.
Further interest lies in the £140,000 Class 2 handicap (2.15pm GMT) for UK racing fans, as Sunny Lad, formerly know as Honest Albert when trained by John Gosden, makes his debut.
If he’s a double-figure price then he could be worth risking for a place, but it’s more likely he’ll take some time to acclimatise and will be seen to better effect next season.
Gibson’s Patrol looks a Champ in waiting
Instead, Richard Gibson’s CHAMP PATROL should be a fair price and looks set to make a better account of himself after a promising barrier trial last week.
He’s finished way down the field in both his career starts so far, but he’s clearly been lacking race experience and should go better if settling from the break.