Victor can show Purton who is Boss aboard in-form Sichuan
2.15 Happy Valley
3.15 Happy Valley
When the Brazilian is away, the Aussie will make hay.
So goes the popular script for Wednesday’s card at Happy Valley but Zac Purton isn’t the only rider with plenty to look forward to as he bids to capitalise on the fact that his arch rival Joao Moreira is suspended.
Purton looks poised to partner at least half the favourites on an eight-race card and the former Italian Derby winner Super Chic looks bound to be hard to beat in a small field for the Elgin handicap at 12.45.
However, it’s hard to find real value when the market skews so hard in one rider’s favour and there could be mileage in focusing more on Victor Wong instead.
HK’s newest apprentice has yet to open his Valley account but the fact that he has seven rides for four different handlers on just his third visit to the city track shows how much trainers value his 10lb allowance.
Popular South African trainer Tony Millard is guiding Wong’s early days carefully and gave the youngster free rein to make the running aboardSichuan Boss here three weeks ago.
The effort of setting a searching gallop from a wide draw took its toll close home, but Sichuan Boss should be able to use his energy more efficiently from stall five in the Shelley Handicap at 2.15 and that could make all the difference.
Those drawn 1-6 round the Valley’s 1200m “A” track finish placed twice as often as those drawn 7-12 and fellow Millard galloper Young Dreamer has the speed to make the most of Wong’s valuable claim from stall three in a winnable Lyndhurst Handicap at 1.15.
Purton will corner a large chunk of the market on recent all-the-way Valley winner Dragon Pioneer in the Staunton Handicap at 3.15, butHealthy Luck finished clear in second that day and a 7lb pull makes the runner-up a viable win and place alternative under Vincent Ho from stall one.
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