Joao Moreira to rely on Luck as he bids to extend winning start to season
12.45 Happy Valley
1.50 Happy Valley
3.55 Happy Valley
Joao Moreira, who signalled normal service had resumed when½ riding a treble at the weekend, is tipped to continue his sparkling run of success at the season's first Happy Valley meeting on Wednesday.
Moreira has a full book of eight rides and could easily come away with another three wins– or more.Green Luck (1.50), in the Class2 handicap over 1m½f, looks to be his best.
Trainer Caspar Fownes is known as ‘King Of The Valley’ because of his dominance at the city course, and the rapidly improving Green Luck is typical of the type he can mould into a track specialist.
The winner of two of his three starts in minor races in Queensland, Green Luck showed an immediate liking for the Valley, where he raced in seven of his 11 starts in his firstHongKongseason.
Both his local wins came over course and distance and the progress he made can be gauged by his 20lb rise in official ratings. He starts the new season on a reasonable mark of 90.
The Frankie Lor-trained Mission Tycoon looks the main danger in a trappy contest.Raichu(12.45), a moderate sprinter whose rating has plummeted from 38 (when he notched his only local win in April 2018) to his present mark of 23.
He has drawn stall one in this Class5 5f handicap sprint and the jockey is sure to want to make use of the inside draw and be in the firing line most of the way.
The other Moreira mount of interest is the Tony Cruz-trained Smart Leader(3.55) in the finale, a Class 36f handicap.
The five-year-old won three races in Australia for Tony McEvoy, including a decent contest at Flemington, but he is 0-15 inHongKongfor Cruz. He has slowly dropped down the handicap and is now placed to win.
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