The final meeting of the Hong Kong season and the last chance for a little while to get involved in the huge commingled pools in the Far East.
Wednesday’s Happy Valley card also plays host to the Hong Kong Placepot, with some lofty dividends in recent months.
We’ve taken a look at the final three legs of the Placepot, and the Hong Kong season, to help you nail your colours to the mast.
14:45 - Broadwood Handicap
In an interesting race where some of those in the best form have question marks about the track and trip, while those 1000m Happy Valley specialists have been dealt less than favourable draws. Brilliant Fortune has been consistent in his four Hong Kong runs so far, but his fourth on his one foray away from the straight Sha Tin course was the weaker of his runs. His likely dividend doesn’t leave much room for manoeuvre, so we’re taking a chance on one at a price.
Be Ready has shown improved form this season since being fitted with a visor, and while he’s been kept to 1200m, he does have some solid course and distance form to his name, having hit the frame here three times last season. The most recent of those came off a 4lb lower mark, but with his new headgear apparently eking out some improvement, he’s an each-way candidate.
15:15 Wong Nai Chung Handicap
Flagship Glory was a usefulperformer for Roger Varian in the UK last season, then known as Establish, winning a decent Newmarket handicap a year ago off a mark of 87. He’s done well since arriving in Hong Kong, doing what many horses can’t and has hit the ground running. He’s been kept to mainly 1400m, but on his three runs over a mile-plus he’s hinted that there’s more to come.
He overcame an awkward start at Sha Tin in March to run out a cosy winner off a rating of 77, before having no luck whatsoever over the same course and distance a fortnight later. Last time out though, he was an eye-catching third, powering home from the back behind the subsequent Sha Tin Mile third The Rock. He gets another 100m to wind up here and should be coming there late for Vincent Ho.
15:50 - Sports Road Handicap
The final race of the Hong Kong season looks a good opportunity for a Tote Swinger bet, known as a Quinella Place in the Far East. Loving A Boom is admirably consistent, finishing in the frame on six of his last seven starts without winning. That is a worry for Win backers, but with Jerry Chau taking 7lb off his back, another big run can be expected.
War Weapon won both his races in Australia before being shipped to Hong Kong and has started with a flurry. His outing over 1400m tapered off in the final yards last time out, so a return to the course and distance that saw him finish second in May looks ideal. From a nice draw, he’ll surely be on the premises.