Yan Chau Tong Handicap Tips (Race 1)
Happy Valley Roughie - Race 1 No. 6 Speed Force
To be betting into Class 5 events you need to be getting a price and decent odds are available for this gelding who may have just found right race now stepping up to the 2200m third-up.
Following a third at the back end of last season in a Class 4 over the 1800m and honest in his first two starts this season, it's a little surprising that Speed Force hasn't been able to capitalise down in grade, but he's been building fairly of late.
The five-year-old was a much shorter quote third-up in December when asked to carry 60.5kg at this level, an event where he whacked away well and with just 54kg after claim here, should roll forward after not being suited second-up when ridden cold.
Port Shelter Handicap Tips (Race 2)
Happy Valley Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 5 Packing Victory
Having combined for 30 winners at an excellent trike rate of 23.3% over the last 12 months, the Zac Purton and Danny Shum partnership has been a successful one with the champion hoop jumping aboard this first starter this evening.
The Purton engagement does signal intent for Packing Victory here and the long striding son of Reliable Man has shown potential at the trials which includes a comfortable all the way win at Happy Valley on May 22.
That was easily the fastest of the 1200m heats that morning and from barrier one, they've got the rail to follow early, so he should get every chance in what isn't a strong Class 4.
Port Shelter Handicap (Race 3)
Happy Valley Value Bet - Race 3 No. 4 Hardly Swears
A son of All Too Hard and out of the dam Sworn To Secrecy (a Group Two winning mare) is this gelding prepared by trainer Jimmy Ting, a stable that can get a winner at long odds (11 Happy Valley winners at an average winning quote of $22 this season).
Following three placings and then a two-length defeat into fourth on November 11, Hardly Swears was given a little freshen-up and resuming on January 6, did catch the eye late in a midfield finish where he was working home in restricted room.
Coming back to Class 4 level on March 16, they were unlucky to run into a very progressive Master Eight who dictated that affair, but back to Happy Valley where all of his form is, this gelding should be thereabouts in a race of this strength.
Kat O Hoi Handicap (Race 9)
Happy Valley Best Bet - Race 9 No. 3 Loving A Boom
The poor winning strike rate is the obvious knock for this six-year-old although to be fair, wide gates and awful luck cost him on a few occasions last campaign, but he's still racing very consistently.
He does come up with barrier one again, a gate they drew on resumption via the May 26 program where simply, Sparkling Dragon just had a few too many favours and this gelding was only a few strides off winning.
With a predicted fast tempo to suit this Richard Gibson-trained galloper, this does a look a very winnable assignment for Loving A Boom who has a massive weight swing on Igniting from their last clash, with that runner narrowly heading the betting here.