Wai Yip Handicap Tips (Race 3)
His recent form doesn't read well but it is a decent drop in grade for this six-year-old this evening and although he's been well held of late, he hasn't been disgraced at Class 4 level.
With four winners over the last 12 months for trainer David Ferraris, jockey Blake Shinn has been the most successful hoop in that period for this stable and he takes the reins here, where from barrier six, he'll be looking to settle off a good speed.
While they do mix the distances for After Me, he was competitive three starts back over the Happy Valley 1000m in a much tougher assignment to this and he is a winner over this track and trip, so is worth thought for at least the exotics at big odds.
Hoi Yuen Handicap Tips (Race 5)
This progressive middle distance/staying type has been thereabouts in both Hong Kong outings to date and although there is a query with Zac Purton jumping off to ride the favourite, it does mean a good each-way price is available.
Recording back-to-back wins in Australia when racing as 'Holly Run' before being sold, Looking Great found the line well for a fifth-place finish on debut at Sha Tin when racing in restricted room and was fair on January 31 in an event set up for those swooping out wider.
The four-year-old had a look at Happy Valley via a December 18 trial where he led throughout before being grabbed late by Glorious Dragon, a recent Group Three winner and with more improvement predicted, he's in the mix tonight.
Hung To Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Admittedly this gelding was a huge price in his Hong Kong debut on January 20, but it was hard to miss his effort from the rear over the 1650m when making big inroads for an eventual fourth-place finish and was clearing out from the rest.
With 15 winners this season at Happy Valley and a positive ROI of 34%, the Danny Shum stable has been profitable one for punters follow and in readiness for this 2200m assignment, Charity Fun was kept ticking over with a 1600m trial on February 2.
He doesn't look to be blessed with great early speed which is the knock, but Karis Teetan does have barrier one at his disposal should he decide to kick-up and as a ten-furlong winner at start two before coming to Hong Kong, this extra journey should be ideal.
Hip Wo Handicap Tips (Race 8)
The winning strike rate isn't flash but this son of All Too Hard is pretty well an each-way chance in whatever they place him in and racing consistently at present, this is an event where he could chime in over the top should they over-do it up front.
What is well worth respecting this evening is the engagement of champion jockey Zac Purton on this Rick Yiu-trained galloper, a combination that have recorded 10 winners at an excellent strike rate of 37% over the last 12 months, so he's certainly the go-to hoop for this yard.
Although he's drawn wide, Purton was likely heading back irrespective on Alcari while with Ares and potentially Beauty Amigo working across early, it could set it up for the back-markers and this gelding is arguably the pick of them.