Hong Kong tips: Jim McGrath with three bets for Happy Valley's Wednesday card
Star Of Wuyi
12.15 Happy Valley
2.15 Happy Valley
2.50 Happy Valley
Joao Moreira is ready to come roaring back at Wednesday’s nine-race Happy Valley meeting in response to the eight winners rival Zac Purton chalked up while Moreira served a two-day suspension.
Defending champion Purton whittled down Moreira’s lead to 22 in the championship and served warning he is back riding at his confident best.
His win on the David Hayes-trained So We Joy on Sunday was miraculous but the depth and quality to Moreira’s book of rides signals he could dominate, with trainer Caspar Fownes set to prove his staunchest ally as they combine with outstanding chances in the last three races.
The best of the trio, Capital Star, goes in search of consecutive course-and-distance wins when lining up in the 6f sprint handicap (2.15), in which the Purton-ridden Kinda Cool, back from a freshen-up at Conghua training centre in China, is his biggest danger.
The key to Capital Star, who has gone up 8lb in the ratings, is getting a good start and while stall six can sometimes prove tricky, the four-year-old has the class to cope.
Moreira and Fownes also have excellent prospects with Fast Pace, who is going to appreciate another crack at 1m1f in an interesting handicap (1.45) but better value can be found with stablemateAurora Pegasus in the finale (2.50).
Aurora Pegasus put together three wins on the trot last term and following a winless streak of four this season he has been given some relief by the handicapper and dropped to a reasonable mark.
Richard Gibson has booked Karis Teetan for Nordic Warrior, who can be expected to get to the back early and then rattle home, with Ka Ying Master also having a chance.
The Francis Lui-trained Star Of Wuyi, who comes with high price tags from the Sydney and Hong Kong sales rings, is tipped to break through on his fourth start when contesting the 6f sprint handicap (12.15). He is a new ride for Moreira who takes over from Vincent Ho.
8 Star Of Wuyi
1 Stock Legend
6 Romantic Trove
4 Joyful Win
8 Spicy So Good
10 Fast Pace
11 Xiang Bai Qi
4 Capital Star
6 Kinda Cool
9 Aurora Pegasus
12 Nordic Warrior
2x2x2x2x2x2 = 64 lines
Bets can be placed into HK pools with the Tote, Coral and Ladbrokes, first race at Happy Valley is off at 10.45.