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THE FAST TRACKER’S PICKS FOR TONIGHT
Mizani steps out tomorrow at Happy Valley for the first time and with Richard Fourie in the saddle again.
(Source: Apple Daily)
Ollie Doleuze who has been riding with renewed confidence and is trainer Richard Gibson’s first choice as the jockey for his horses must be thinking someone’s put the mock on him: Every time he has a chance to ride one of Gibbo’s good ones, he gets suspended, someone else then jumps on, and if they win on it, the very professional trainer doesn’t screw with a winning combination- even if Mizani came a disappointing third at its last start.
And so Fourie who won the Jockey Challenge on Sunday and has differed his suspension, keeps the ride- a ride, I’m sure, he wouldn’t like to see go to someone else. Horses like Mizani don’t come around every day.
(Source: Apple Daily)
Though riding in great form and despite Derek Leung being suspended for his ride on Sunday on Fay Deep which nearly brought down fellow jockey Tommy Berry on Graceful Kingdom, Fourie is said to have incurred the wrath of several jockeys for his navigational skills aboard T-Bolt in the same race.
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To many of us who watched the race without all the different camera angles available to the Stewards, Fourie seemed set for another long suspension though, on further viewing, the chain reaction of events started with Leung.
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Still, there are many experienced racing men and women who believe that Fourie has taken on a win-at-all-costs approach to riding and after his role in the events of race five on Sunday is not exactly the most popular person in the jockeys room.
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As for the race- the 1800 metre Happy Valley Vase- it’s one of the best to be staged at the Valley track with the other the rest of the field including three runners from the Tony Cruz yard- Pure Champion, Willie Cazals and Beauty Lead, and two from Caspar Fownes with Rainbow Chic being the most interesting.
Despite racing under lights and at Happy Valley, I keep coming back to Mizani with Willie Cazals and Rainbow Chic being its main dangers. But whatever wins, this promises to be one helluva race.
As for the rest of the card, The Zac Attack, three winners behind the suspended Dougie Whyte in the jockeys premiership race, has not fared well when it’s come to barrier draws. Barrier eight is the lowest draw those tumbling dice have managed to give him.
(Source: The Thoroughbred)
Apart from Bundle Of Love and the Willie Cazals-Mizani quinella, nothing really stands out and the results could be very evenly spread with me leaning towards certain runners from the Michael Chang, David Hall and Tony Cruz yards whereas I just might take a bet on either Ollie Doleuze or Brett Prebble in the Jockeys Challenge.
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Yes, it’s a tough, even looking hard and let’s hope a breeze blows through the Beer Garden which I am tipping to be packed on one of the best nights of racing at the Valley.
Below are my suggestions for tonight with a few notes to myself on what I might bet on depending on the odds after sitting out the first two races.
R2: 10-5-3-1* betting race
R3: 7-8-1-9* nightmare start to six up!
R5: 6-5-4-1* betting race
R7: 6-5-10-7* betting race
R8: 7-5-4-11* betting race
NOW WE CAN, E.B?
Now We Can, the French-based horse owned by HKJC CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, a true racing man in every aspect of the present and future of the sport, took a step closer to being eligible for The Melbourne Cup and is certainly getting its share of column inches in the racing pages in Oz.
This follows the Nicholas Clement-trained four-year-old which has won its five starts, winning Sunday’s Group 2 Grand Prix De Chantilly over 2400 metres and, one hears, stirring the loins of several high profile buyers for various reasons.
As for Now We Can, can it run further? Is the Pope Catholic?
We have seen two of its wins over staying distances and all we can say is, Yes It Can! And no, Chris Munce won’t be riding it.
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TODAY’S SELECTIONS FOR Happy Valley (From @ThirdDividend)
Race 1: MR MARFACH (2) Young Hero (6) Humongus (9) Danesouth (4)
Race 2: NAUGHTY BABY (10) Prosperity Aethon (5) Novel Start (7) True Courage (6)
Race 3: TWIN TURBO (9) Panther Run (7) Uwillbeglorious (1) Liberty Valance (3)
Race 4: RIYADH (7) Sight Lover (1) Easy Ahead (10) Ambitious Dragon (9)
Race 5 (Q1): BUNDLE OF JOY (6) Beauty Sparkle (5) Mr Ginger (1) Croesus (10)
Race 6 (Q2): SUPREME ESSENCE (3) Euro Swiftly (11) Flying Unicorn (1) Happy Champion (8)
Race 7 (Q3): MIZANI (6) Wille Cazals (5) Rainbow Chic (10) Pure Champion (1)
Race 8 (Q4): JAZZY FEELING (11) B Choice (7) Perfect Finish (5) Ensemble (4)
Race 2: NAUGHTY BABY (10)
Race 3: TWIN TURBO (9)
Race 5: BUNDLE OF JOY (6)
Quaddie $100 gets you 39%)
ON THE maRK WITH THE WEATHERING FOR A HAPPY WEDNESDAY.
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The two acts playing at Happy Valley tonight will be local Indie act The Weathering comprising Jeff and Leora Caylor who perform at the Beer Garden whereas the young and extremely talented progressive jazz quartet maRK play at Adrenaline for the first time.
The Weathering is an excellent outfit and here’s hoping the Beer Garden audience will warm to their originals whereas at Adrenaline, maRK is well worth listening to and with most eyes on the excellent Anna Fang on drums. This girl is VERY good.
HARLOW DALI PIC TIPS FOR TONIGHT
CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW
When we received our message in an empty of rum, we could tell that the good Captain was on the high seas and in high spirits.
(Source: Lord Soft The Drinks)
What he scrawled in his message as horses with value were AMBITIOUS DRAGON (RACE 8,9), EURO SWIFTLY (RACE 6, 11) and METALLIC STAR (RACE 8,1).
He also sent a warning to watch out for value and an outsider in RACE 3 and not to fall too much in love with any BUNDLE OF JOY.
Yes, Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum!
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Despite one of our favorite girls in Natalie crashing in the first leg of Sunday’s Six Up when Fay Deep ran third, her other selections went very close to the money.
With a huge six up jackpot supposed to reach over $3 MILLION tonight and where the idea is to try and get the six winners of the last six races.
Remember, even if your horses all come second, you’ll win the Six Up consolation.
Justin who has met and interviewed a number of jockeys steps forwards tonight along with racing specialist Sarika Choy, below to pick our newbies’ six up.
It sure looks like they don’t want to lose at the first hurdle judging by the number of horses picked! Right, Sarika?
For a half a Six Up ticket