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Speedy Wally can win Race 3

Wednesday's Hong Kong (Happy Valley) preview

RACE 1 (1,650M)

4 LITTLE ISLAND faded first-up after being crowded at the start. All three of his wins have come over this course and distance. He'll prove tough to beat.

1 CALLING THE SHOTS gets down to Class 5. He might be ready to piece it all together against weaker company.

2 THE JOY OF GIVING gets Zac Purton aboard first-up. He races well fresh and, if he can overcome the awkward gate, he should get his chance.

5 LUCKY SHINY DAY closed nicely for fourth upon first-up. He'll have taken improvement from that outing and the booking of Joao Moreira signals intent from the Peter Ho yard.

RACE 2 (1,000M)

6 EXPONENTS has twice placed over this C & D from three attempts. He struggled first-up after having a torrid run in transit, however, the good gate on offer should afford him every chance to roll forward and pinch this.

2 GREAT SON is a two-time course winner. He's a much better horse second-up and, with that run under his belt, he should be fit and ready to pour the pressure on this bunch.

8 SHOW MISSION comes into this third-up. He rarely runs a bad race and, if he can tack on somewhere close to the speed, he'll be in the finish.

10 RAICHU gets the services of leading jockey Joao Moreira again. That's a plus.

RACE 3 (1,650M)

10 SPEEDY WALLY is looking to end a run of two runner-up efforts with a win. He comes into this following two game performances. Although he's drawn awkwardly, Zac Purton should be able to use his gate speed to ensure a forward position throughout.

9 MISCHIEVOUS SUNDAE displayed steady improvement second-up last start when closing rapidly from the tail of the field to grab third. He steps up in distance, which suits.

12 MULTIMAX impressed first-up before struggling last start, finishing dead last. There were issues. He can return to form with an easier run in transit.

1 AMAZING SATCHMO is next best.

RACE 4 (1,650M)

2 NOT USUAL TALENT seeks a hat-trick of wins. He's done nothing but impress in his short career and this race looks well within his reach, especially following an impressive trial.

8 BRAVE LEGEND is a much better second-up horse. He should get a fast-pace to suit his get back style of racing. With clear running room, he'll be rattling home fast.

1 HELENE CHARISMA has returned in excellent order, placing first-up before winning his latest. He remains at his preferred course and is a winning chance.

3 RUTHVEN is the likely leader of this. He placed last time out and he's capable of clinging on for some prizemoney.

RACE 5 (1,200M)

3 ALL WONGCHOY sat on the speed and got home to win by a narrow margin. Suspect he does similar again and he rates as a leading chance.

7 LITTLE THUNDER has shown steady improvement across both of his outings this season. He has an awkward gate to overcome. He can place.

2 ORIENTAL ELITE returns first-up. He's been up at Conghua throughout the off-season and, although he might need the run, his class should still hold him in good stead for this.

1 VERY RICH MAN is expected to set a cracking tempo under Dylan Mo. His racing pattern should see him challenge for a top-three finish.

RACE 6 (1,200M)

2 SPLIT OF A SECOND won second-up last season and his first-up performance this campaign suggests that he's on a similar path. Matthew Poon retains the ride and a major improvement is expected second-up.

3 HAPPY TIME dictated terms in a recent barrier trial, scoring by 6.5 lengths under Zac Purton. He's the likely leader off that performance and, from the inside gate, he should be afforded every chance run away with this.

4 SHAMPORT broke through for his first Hong Kong win upon resuming this season. He's still racing well and he should receive all the favours from the inside gate.

1 SPEEDY LUCK is winless across eight outings. He might be getting down to a competitive mark, so he could be worth keeping safe, especially with Joao Moreira up.

RACE 7 (1,650M)

1 COT CAMPBELL turned his form around last start, finishing fast to grab second last start at Sha Tin over 1,400m. He gets a welcome rise in distance to 1,650m and, with a race run to suit, he can finish around the mark.

6 RELIABLE TEAM struggled up on the pace last start, engaging in a speed battle which clearly cost him the race. He's a much better horse than that, as his first two wins suggest. He can bounce back.

8 BIG BANG BONG should be around the mark again. He is one for those novelty players.

RACE 8 (1,200M)

|5 LE TERROIR returned a brilliant first-up victor, scoring by nearly three lengths over this course and distance. He can repeat that performance again, especially as he remains in Class 3 following that win.

2 JUMBO HAPPINESS was narrowly defeated first-up. He'll have taken plenty of improvement from that performance and, with Zac Purton sticking aboard, he deserves respect.

7 FIRST RESPONDER has mixed his form but he's shown on a number of occasions that he is capable of breaking through. He's another who will have come on from his first-up effort and his progress bears close watching this season.

3 SMART LEADER broke through first-up. He still has a number of ratings points up his sleeve. He is one of those which can go into the quartet bet.

RACE 9 (1,200M)

9 CUE THE MUSIC caught the eye on debut, closing strongly behind Aethero to grab fourth alongside Thanks Forever. He displayed plenty of natural talent in that performance, enough to suggest that he would make his presence felt in this.

1 YEE CHEONG BABY was undefeated before his last start struggle on the dirt. He's since won a trial by over 14L and, if he brings that performance on race day, he's going to be in the finish.

3 TORNADO TWIST returns first-up following a debut campaign which saw him register four wins from nine outings. He's proven in this grade and he deserves respect.

COMMENTS COURTESY OF THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

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