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Purton should steer Eighty Eighty to victory

Wednesday's Hong Kong (Happy Valley) preview

RACE 1 (1,800M)

2 SWEET BEAN is no star but he always wins his couple of races every season. The now eight-year-old, a seven-time winner in Hong Kong, is worth following.

6 WEALTHY FORTUNE is down in the ratings now and should prove competitive.

5 EASTERN PROWESS has had a run already this season and can use that fitness edge to his advantage.

1 PROUD SKY deserves respect at his first run for Peter Ho.

RACE 2 (1,200M)

1 ALL YOU NEED makes his Happy Valley debut, although he has trialled around the circuit. The switch to the city track with a run under his belt might prove the spark he needs.

2 LONDON CITY returns to Class 4 after proving uncompetitive in Class 3. He may need to shed more points yet, but he should enjoy a nice run on or near the speed.

3 PAKISTAN BABY rarely sticks around in Class 4 for long and it wouldn't shock to see him make his way back towards Class 3 in no time at all.

12 SUPER EURO STAR could get into the placings at odds, even though he's right on the cusp of a drop in grade.

RACE 3 (1,650M)

5 SLEEP EDUCATION is on a rating where he should have every chance to break through after a number of good efforts to close out last term.

4 SUPER FORM has a great course and distance record and he shapes as the main danger.

2 FRIENDS OF KA YING backs up after fighting on doggedly on Sunday at Sha Tin. Unfortunately, that's his go and wins have been very hard to come by for him in Hong Kong.

9 FAITHFUL TRINITY is near a drop in class but he's at a mark where he can win.

RACE 4 (1,200M)

1 MR PICASSO has, for a variety of reasons, failed to reach the level that he should have. Still, back in this grade, he should be right in contention.

2 VICTORY POWER has yet to win but with three seconds at his last four starts, he's on the verge of breaking through. If he settles behind the speed, he could be running on.

11 APPLAUSE has his first run for Jimmy Ting. He is capable of rapid improvement.

8 CAPTAIN BOSS made up ground first-up last week and can do so again with no weight to carry.

RACE 5 (1,650M)

4 RIGHT HONOURABLE returns to Class 4 after a few fair efforts in Class 3. He produced a tremendous run to win in this grade in December and it won't take much for him to reproduce that effort.

2 TEN FLAMES has only run in this grade four times in the last three years for two wins and two seconds. He's older now but a good fresh run can be expected.

1 SICHUAN BOSS gets the blinkers back on and he's likely to be somewhere in the mix.

8 GARLIC YEAH needs further, but he's worth watching here. He could sneak into the placings at odds.

RACE 6 (1,000M)

7 SUPER WISE received a pass mark at his only run in May, but trying out the Happy Valley 1,000m might prove the key to victory. If he can end up on the back of the speed, there's no reason he can't emerge on top.

6 MY BEGINNER'S LUCK ran a good race at this distance at Sha Tin in January, flanked by two poor efforts. From the good draw, he should run a good race.

3 TURF SPRINT is clearly at a mark where he is able to win, while stablemate 4 PRINCE HARMONy is interesting at his first time at the Happy Valley 1,000m.

RACE 7 (1,200M)

8 EIGHTY EIGHTY showed promise last season but still looked a little weak. Returning now with a summer under his belt, he should get every chance from the good draw.

5 SMART BOY may need the run and may also need to drop a few points in the ratings. Still, he's drawn to take advantage and he could end up somewhere around the mark.

1 BREEDERS' STAR deserves consideration back in this grade.

6 SPEEDY KING still looks to have points in hand. He's right in the mix.

RACE 8 (1,650M)

5 WINNING FAITH impressed when finding form last season, only to lose his way a bit once getting up to Class 2. He still looks capable of winning in the grade with even luck, and perhaps fresh is the time to chance the hand, particularly with five-pound claimer Dylan Mo in the saddle.

9 CIRCUIT GLORY is with his third Hong Kong trainer now, having previously raced for Peter Ho and John Moore. He has trialled well and he is more than capable off that mark.

3 LITTERATEUR has been racing more consistently of late, although he still is headstrong at times. He should get a nice run and he has the right rider aboard in "iron man" Neil Callan.

6 HELENE CHARISMA, for one reason or another, is a shadow of the G1-winning three-year-old he was in France. This is probably the last chance he gets.

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