Peace On Earth can help the Magician pull another from the hat
Peace On Earth
Happy Valley 12.15
Happy Valley 1.15
Happy Valley 1.45
Memo to Ascot's Head of International Racing Nick Smith – there is a leading Hong Kong jockey who is desperate to ride in the Shergar Cup and has exactly the right profile for the August extravaganza.
Step forward Karis Teetan – aka the Mauritian Magician – whose combination of strength in the saddle and easy charm out of it has taken him to third in the HK championship and made him a firm fan favourite.
Teetan has come a long way since leaving Mauritius to learn his trade in South Africa and can add to his breakthrough season when Peace On Earth lines up for Happy Valley's Ice House Handicap at 12.15.
There is no complicated story with this gelding. He's speedy, bang in form after being pipped in a three-way photo by subsequent winner Spring Win over course and distance, and stall one is an added bonus in a very winnable race. In short, he's value at 2-1 or better.
The bronze medallist in the aforementioned photo was Look Eras. Stall 12 will worry many people on a rare spin over the minimum trip in the 11.15 but those drawn close to him aren't that quick and he's very capable of getting across to run another solid race.
Aussie star Zac Purton needs to make the most of the fact that arch rival Joao Moreira is suspended in order to reduce a gap of seven atop the table and High Volatility makes plenty of appeal in the Connaught Handicap at 1.15.
Francis Lui's freewheeling chestnut has dropped to a mark 3lb below his last win and looks poised to strike after a noteworthy second here recently.
Crown Avenue took his measure late that day, but the clock suggests High Volatility paid a price for powering through a punishing penultimate split and the combination of a 5lb pull and a slightly later kick for home this time will make him very tough to catch.
Three more tough handicaps round the card off and, as ever, tactics and a little luck will play a significant role.
Chater Legend and Charity Glory are worth keeping on side for Neil Callan and Purton in the 2.15 and 2.50 respectively, but Royal Mojito is a progressive youngster at the right end of the handicap and his fine third at Sha Tin makes him worthy of the third recommendation of the day in the 1.45.