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Davis Files : Happy Valley Preview - 2nd December 2020

Race 1

#7 Kungfumaster Panda lines up for his fourth race this season and the recent addition to the Paul O'Sullivan stable looks in fabulous condition. The former Irish trained galloper, who commenced his career in the United Kingdom, arrived to Hong Kong on a particularly high handicap rating of eighty points. The day following his Hong Kong race debut he suffered a lameness issue to his right front leg, which further developed in to a chronic lameness problem a few months down the track. Since then his recovery has been a slow process taking many months to regain any continuity with both training and racing.

Tonight he'll arrive on track with three solid and consistent performances underneath the saddle and most importantly, no reoccurring leg issues. Therefore in light of the luckless nature of his most recent start and the fact his current rating is now forty three, you'd expect him to atone.

#2 Above also ran in the aforementioned race at shatin and looked highly competitive dropping back in to the easier competition. He certainly knows how to win having won four races in the past and the fact he recently displayed a strong finish with weight, suggests he's fit and feeling well. His record over the 2200m is sound and I expect him to be one of the hardest to beat.

#6 Dynamic Eagle also arrives with form through the aforementioned race at shatin where he found the line well, but initially he got to far back after being bumped out the gates. That small check on jumping cost him a position early and ultimately a winning chance. I've been tipping him to win for quite a while now and with the advantage of barrier one he again has very sound claims. There's every chance I've jumped off at the wrong time but after three on top selections and no result, you get relegated.

#1 Methane was ordinary first up but looked strong behind the winner last start at Happy Valley. He's now back in the right company with the 7lb claim expected to assistive greatly, particularly over this longer distance. Had this race been 1650m or 1800m Id have tipped him to win but I'm not convinced he'll run out a strong 2200m, even with the claim.

#9 Pretty Bauhinia steps to the 2200m with the tongue tie, plus blinkers going back on for his fifth run this campaign. He's a three time winner in class 3 at his best, however he hasn't been seen at his best for quite a while. It does appear in the later stages of his career that he's appreciating the slower initial tempo, as it most likely assists his breathing. He ran an appalling race first up when suffering breathing problems but his last two runs have been better. He's not the ruffest in this.

Selections : 7,2,6,1,9

R2 - 6,9,12,10,8

R3 - 2,8,10,11,7

R4 - 5,1,6,2,9

R5 - 5,3,1,6,2

R6 - 9,4,6,11,2

R7 - 3,2,1,12,7

Race 8

#2 Mig Energy returned to the winners list in fine fashion last start after being given time to settle, then find his feet through the first half of the race. Whoever was responsible for the decision, allowing him to settle early opposed to charging forward with speed, deserves a medal. All his best form in Hong Kong had clearly demonstrated his effectiveness when held up, which was evident again when recently winning. Provided connections adopt the same or similar tactics, which they surely must, he's a sensational chance and I think he'll win again.

#6 Scores Of Fun is still in the infancy of his career but he's demonstrated, in a short space of time, that he's well aware of the task at hand and what he's out there to achieve. There's plenty to work with physically and it's of interest that John Size has transferred his racing to Happy Valley and away from Shatin. He's predictable regarding race tactics and pattern so you can be assured he'll be in this for a very long way.

#4 Compassion Spirit found the line fabulously well last start but he did receive the favours, with strong sectionals up front bringing him in to the race when it counted. Tonight's contest appears tactically different and it may end up a sedate speed requiring him to be handy, or he'll have to add another string to his bow. It remains to be seen if he's as effective when asked to sit and dash, rather than close over the top.

#7 Le Terroir reminded us last preparation how potent he can be when feeling good and racing at his peak. There's been a lull in his form for sometime now but a recent effort suggested that may soon be coming to an end. Its likely he'll require further relief in the handicaps but he has been spotted lurking dangerously in behind recent winners. Which sends out a vibe that he's not to faraway.

#9 Harrier Jet is not dissimilar to a nice bottle of red as he's getting better with age. It took him a long time to pick up his most recent win but he's since continued to race well. It's likely he'll need to drop back a class to win again but he shouldn't be overlooked for exotics.

Selections : 2,6,4,7,9

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