Hong Kong tips: Jim McGrath's three bets for Happy Valley's Wednesday card
Hurry Hurry Gain
12.45 Happy Valley
1.15 Happy Valley
1.45 Happy Valley
Zac Purton faces an impossible task to retain his jockeys' title, but that won't stop him mopping up plenty of winners while arch rival Joao Moreira sits out another raceday under suspension.
Purton, who trails Moreira by 30 wins in the championship, has an impressive collection of nine rides, the best being Wealthy Delightin the 1m½f Class 3 handicap (1.45).
Trainer John Size may be Moreira's most loyal backer, but he doesn't hesitate to call on Purton in the Brazilian's absence, with Wealthy Delight a perfect example having been a course-and-distance winner and second for the magic man on his last two starts.
Both were from wide draws, so Purton can consider himself fortunate the four-year-old son of Lord Kanaloa starts from a more favourable gate fivethis time. With reasonable luck in running, he should be perfectly placed throughout, with likely improver Harmony Spirit his biggest danger.
Purton can win again on another regular Moreira mount, Savaquin, in the finale (2.50). He also took the ride when his rival was serving another ban last month, but he is short enough in the betting from his wide draw.
Perhaps Purton followers can get better value with the lightly racedHurry Hurry Gain in the Class 4 6f handicap sprint (12.45), as the gelding would only need to reproduce his excellent debut effort when second in a 5f sprint at Sha Tin last month to notch his maiden win.
Purton takes over from Vincent Ho on the three-year-old, who impressively won a barrier trial for Gerald Ryan in Sydney before export. Superb Daddy and Shining On should be considered for multiples.
Douglas Whyte's stableis coming back after a temporary lapse in form and Sea Elite, with the benefit of Jerry Chau's useful claim, can continue the upward trend in the Class 4 6f sprint handicap (1.15).
The selection ran a cracking third for Chau in a similar race last month, giving every indication he is close to breaking through. Ever Force, who has gone up 6lb for his last win, is the logical danger.
10 Kungfumaster Panda
12 Smart Cousin
4 Superb Daddy
5 Hurry Hurry Gain
1 Ever Force
6 Sea Elite
7 Harmony Spirit
8 Wealthy Delight
1 Inner Flame
4 Wind N Grass
4 Sunny Star
2x2x2x2x2x2 = 64 bets
Bets can be placed into HK pools with the Tote, Coral and Ladbrokes, first race at Happy Valley due off at 10.45am