Graham Handicap Tips (Race 2)
Happy Valley Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 2 Telecom Puma
Although he disappointed on December 6 when coming back to Class 4 company, the Sha Tin All Weather circuit can accentuate a losing margin and this six-year-old never looked comfortable when racing wide throughout on that occasion where he was never allowed to find his feet early.
Off the prior start in a Class 3 over the five furlongs at Happy Valley on November 8, he'd be the one to beat in the contest after rattling from the rear there and his last victory came over the 1200m when carrying this same 60.5kg impost via that higher grade, so the weight isn't an issue if right.
The Blake Shinn engagement is a big positive this evening, who'll look to settle midfield or just a little worse with cover and if he can find anything close to that touch from two starts back, then he should be in the mix here at an each-way price.
Graham Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Happy Valley Value Bet - Race 4 No. 6 Ever Force
By the boom up and coming stallion Toronado is this galloper from the Danny Chum stable who is set to make his debut over the 1200m at Happy Valley this evening following some promising work at the trials.
Ever Force has displayed good early toe in all three-public hit outs to date where he firstly cruised to the line behind Water Diviner (Class 2 winner last season) and had a look at Happy Valley courtesy of a November 11 trial where he led from start to finish when holding a safe margin under a good hold.
He's drawn well for jockey Anthony Hamelin in barrier four and in what isn't a vintage Class 4 event, this three-year-old is capable of giving a sight on the speed at a double figure quote.
Elgin Handicap Tips (Race 8)
Happy Valley Best Bet - Race 8 No. 5 High Rise Soldier
It's a tough December 16 program from Happy Valley for a standout but with champion hoop Zac Purton remaining with this son of Snitzel who arrives off a string of competitive efforts, he can breakthrough in the last race of the program.
Following an even return at Sha Tin where he didn't have the dash late off a muddling tempo, High Rise Soldier has looked better suited by the naturally faster run contests on this circuit where he caught the eye behind Grateful Heart second-up, an in-form sprinter who won his next outing before running into a very handy Harmony N Blessed last Wednesday.
This gelding was again only half a length away on November 11 and the key this evening will be if an early speed battle eventuates with Ka Ying Master and Harmony N Home potentially pushing forward from out wide to pressure the favourite Scores Of Fun, which will bring this gelding right into it.