Racing

Numero Uno gets the No. 1 jockey

Hong Kong (Happy Valley) preview

RACE 1 (2,200M)

5 AUDACITY improved out of sight with a step up to 1,800m and the switch to Happy Valley last start. His pedigree suggests the 2,200m will be right up his alley, as a son of Smadoun out of a Monsun mare, and he does have a good draw with Neil Callan aboard. He can break through.

2 TELEPHATIA is the only C & D winner in the race, having won two from seven at the Happy Valley 2,200m. He has also placed three times to give him quite a stellar record in this scenario. He has run some strong races this season and shapes as a contender again.

8 LOYAL CRAFTSMAN started favourite in a similar race three back but ran poorly after a wide trip. He can be forgiven for that effort and should be around the mark.

7 MY FOLKS should relish this trip and does get Joao Moreira.

RACE 2 (1,650M)

11 GENTLEMEN has now dropped well into Class 5 after looking capable of breaking through at the bottom of Class 4. The drop back to 1,650m looks a plus and he did produce an OK run over 1,200m at his one Happy Valley attempt.

7 DANEWIN EXPRESS is winless from 36 Hong Kong starts, although he has placed on nine occasions. His recent form suggests a win is near when the breaks fall his way.

3 MY BLESSING had an ideal run before breaking through two back and he was gallant last time out over the 1,800m. Zac Purton returns to the saddle and he should be fighting out the finish.

4 AGIAAL is certain to have his admirers with Joao Moreira jumping back into the saddle but he is now three years out of the winners' circle and may be worth opposing.

RACE 3 (1,200M)

10 PACKING STARCRAFT looked a very nice horse in the making after a strong debut at Happy Valley, but in five starts since at Sha Tin, he has been somewhat one-paced. The return to the city track means he is worth one more chance here.

4 NASHASHUK finally broke through two back and ran a creditable race last time out from a wide gate. Joao Moreira gets the nod from a better gate and with a nice trail behind the speed, he should be hard to beat.

9 SHOWING CHARACTER won two races over this C & D in Class 5, but hasn't been disgraced in two efforts up in class since. He could sneak into the placings.

3 HOT HOT PEPPER is in good form and is a chance. He's a must-include in exotics.

RACE 4 (1,000M)

7 BEST STEP has performed well twice over the Sha Tin 1,000m, finishing fourth on both occasions. Last time out, he finished over five lengths from the winner Sight Leader, but the race looks a solid form guide and if he can transfer his form around a bend, he will be a leading player.

1 MR RIGHT has not missed the board in his last six runs in Class 4. Earlier this season, he turned his form around completely at his first start back down in grade to win over this course and distance. Expect something similar here.

3 BEAUTY CONNECTION has been knocking on the door this season, but hasn't quite converted it to a victory. He is likely to be around the mark but may be worth opposing on a win line.

4 FISH N' CHIPS is a tough, honest competitor who rarely runs a bad race in this grade.

RACE 5 (1,650M)

5 GREAT JOY looks a horse with ratings points in hand after two very good runs at both tracks at the end of last year. The step up in trip looks suitable now, especially with Joao Moreira now in the plate, and he should enjoy all favours from the inside gate.

12 GENTRY has been steadily improving with more racing experience. His last run over this course and distance was strong enough behind Winaswewish, making up solid ground from back in the field, and a win looks near.

2 AMAZING FEELING continues to disappoint despite hitting the board at seven of his eight runs this season - so much so, he has arguably attained the title of Hong Kong's best maiden. He just needs the pieces to fall into place.

1 NEVER BETTER is an honest conveyance and can find his way into the placings again with a good run from gate three.

RACE 6 (1,000M)

7 SMART DECLARATION is approaching another win with his rating below the mark of two wins last season. His last couple of runs have been good, including an effort over this C & D and distance behind Travel Comforts last time out. With an eight-pound turnaround in his favour, as well as meeting that day's runner-up Wayfoong Vinnie three pounds better, it looks ripe for Smart Declaration to score.

2 WAYFOONG VINNIE has finally found his groove in Hong Kong, having always looked a promising horse. He looks capable of working his way up into Class 2 in time and he should be hard to beat.

1 TRAVEL COMFORTS rises six pounds in the weights after making most last time out. With Dylan Mo's claim, he still only has to carry 118 pounds and speed can be a lethal attribute over this C & D.

Next best, 9 HAPPY COOPERATION, who returns after nine months on the sidelines with leg issues. He has looked good in the mornings and could sneak into the placings at odds.

RACE 7 (1,200M)

7 NUMERO UNO is a C & D winner off a similar rating in June. He returns to Happy Valley after two poor runs at Sha Tin, and while he will need things to go his way, he does get Joao Moreira aboard.

3 DIAMOND MASTER is not the easiest horse to ride as he can get quite keen in his races, but he has a suitable rider in Brett Prebble aboard. The last 50 metres will be the test with him.

1 MOMENT OF POWER is one-dimensional in that he needs to find the front to be a contender. He might find the front here but there looks a few other speed options so he is a risk.

4 ALL GREAT FRIENDS got his rating well into Class 2 territory before he hit a brick wall in early 2015. He has not won since. From a good gate, he can surprise.

RACE 8 (1,650M)

7 JADE FORTUNE flew home for second behind High Volatility last start. Zac Purton jumps aboard now and this looks his chance to get on the board.

6 HERO LOOK has been nothing but a disappointment since impressing on debut 18 months ago. However, he did show a glimpse of form last time out. Expect him to be coming home strongly with a late run.

10 AGREE also ran in that race, finishing fourth. He is nearing a mark where he should be able to break through, although he is yet to place after seven Hong Kong starts.

1 FANTASTIC KAKA finally returned to form last time out and looks set to enjoy a gun run from gate three.