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Happy Valley Tips for May 8th - Quaddie opens with key Purton rides

Last updated: 08 May 2024
Alex Marsh 08 May 2024
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  • The May 8 nine-race program at Happy Valley includes betting tips for key races
  • 'Denfield' and 'Chain Of Gold' are tipped to win in their respective races
  • 'Mr Aladdin' is expected to be a favourite while 'Ever Smart' could be a value bet
Happy Valley Tips for 20.03.2024
Nine races feature on Wednesday's Happy Valley program. (Getty)

Happy Valley will run a nine-race program on May 8 and our preview for Wednesday night is available below.

Here are our free Hong Kong racing tips for Happy Valley today...

Happy Valley Tips on May 8th

Wyndham Handicap Tips (Race 2)

Happy Valley Value Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Ever Smart

A close relation to Fastnet Rock (dual Group 1 winner and champion sire) is Ever Smart, a Frankie Lor-trained galloper who was okay without luck on debut last month.

In a leader-dominated race that was taken out by an impressive Full Credit, Ever Smart was back, wide and exposed early, yet he stuck on bravely for a sixth-of-fourteen finish.

The three-year-old started at $30 in that Sha Tin Class 4 despite impressing in a few of his trials, which included a fourth at Happy Valley via his latest heat on March 15.

Ever Smart was able to settle closer in that workout and he had led in some previous trials, so expect a more positive ride from barrier six, with Harry Bentley staying aboard.

Wyndham Handicap Tips (Race 4)

Happy Valley Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Denfield

This son of Deep Field looks somewhat the obvious selection here, with the gelding back in grade this evening following competitive performances at Class 3 level.

Denfield appears to be a Happy Valley specialist, as the four-year-old has shown almost nothing in four Sha Tin attempts, but he's been thereabouts in all 12 Happy Valley outings.

His biggest defeat on this circuit came last start and there was still merit to that run, where he was at the rear in a muddling race and he's since completed a nice tick-over trial.

He lumped 61kg when saluting over this track/trip via his last appearance in Class 4 grade and after the 1.5kg claim from apprentice Angus Chung, Denfield carries 59.5kg here.

Glenealy Handicap Tips (Race 6)

Happy Valley Favourite - Race 6 No. 8 Mr Aladdin

One of the more overdue horses in Hong Kong is Mr Aladdin, a Pierre Ng-trained galloper who hasn't had any luck via his last three starts and they've all been over this track/trip.

After being held-up at key stages on March 13, the entire should've won on March 27, as he was bolting in transit via a prominent stalking role before finding trouble in the straight.

A sleepy ride proved costly last time out, with Mr Aladdin unable to build momentum when it counted whereas the winner was rewarded for an early move from the rear.

Connections now turn to Zac Purton in search of a breakthrough victory and although he has a somewhat tricky draw to overcome, the champion hoop can roll forward early.

Graham Handicap Tips (Race 7)

Happy Valley Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 10 Chain Of Gold

Another galloper who is bursting to win is Chain Of Gold, while he also gets the services of Zac Purton and this jockey switch can be as effective as a gear change in Hong Kong.

Although the gelding isn't blessed with much tactical speed, a low draw at least allows them to kick up and hold a position, especially now he's campaigning over longer trips.

The four-year-old stepped up 1650m for the first time on April 10 and his big finish was again on display despite the distance rise, so he has gone someway to ticking that box.

Now with barrier two and staying down in the weights with 53kg, this looks his copportunity to pounce, as Chain Of Gold gets weight off all three of his main rivals in the market.

On Lan Handicap Tips (Race 8)

Happy Valley Roughie - Race 8 No. 7 Link

He needs to improve figures-wise, however but with only three starts to his name and over what looks to a more suitable journey fourth-up, Link has the platform to progress.

Nothing was expected on Hong Kong debut over 1200m at Sha Tin and he ran accordingly, with the son of Exosphere finding the six furlongs far too sharp in that attempt.

Link put in a much-improved showing at start two when stepping to seven furlongs, where he made inroads from off the speed to finish sixth-of-fourteen on March 24.

The gelding was seemingly looking for this extra distance last start when staying at 1400m, however, he still picked off a few late in what was an on-speed dominated race.


Our Happy Valley tips for Wednesday, May 8 are:

Best Bet1: Denfield To Win @29/10 at Boylesports - 3 Units
Best Bet2: Chain Of Gold To Win @17/5 at Hollywood bets - 3 Units
Best Bet3: Mr Aladdin To Win @3/1 at Grosvenor Sports - 3 Units
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