Taking an age to get to grips with the handicapping system

Daily Double dropped to a mark where he could win.

Dear handicapping department.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 2:46am

Packing OK is drawn to get all favours

Punters looking for the best last-start performance leading into today's ATV Cup will be left scratching their heads, as a hard to match-up and out-of-form field of milers get a golden opportunity in a HK$1.8 million handicap.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Merry has ability but is running on his last legs

Merry Anniversary probably moved into the 10 top-rated horses in Michael Chang Chun-wai's yard with his smart win in the Class Three Jinbao Street Handicap, but the trainer can't wait to see the back of him.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Woods wants handicappers to take it easy on seven-year-old

Sean Woods pleaded with handicappers not to crucify break through winner Champion Mount after the seven-year-old notched his first win at his 23rd start. The winning margin of 43/4 lengths was one of the most dominant this season, at least by margin, but Woods claimed it was against weak Class Four opposition and hoped his horse, rated 51 yesterday, would not go up in grade.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

No points, but Super plus takes prize

Six horses came into last night's Happy Valley meeting with a shot at winning the 1010 Million Challenge , but it was clubhouse leader Super Plus who fell into first despite not scoring a point, as Richard Gibson and Olivier Doleuze combined for a running double and stole the show.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Extended bands will kill off competitive races

We are always grateful to the Jockey Club's handicapping department for providing topics for discussion and one of our favourites has resurfaced in the past couple of weeks.

With turnover up at every meeting, there is almost nothing that puts the Jockey Club off its game or dampens enthusiasm at Sports Road for whatever gets churned out these days.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

PPs v PPGs - where's the value?

For all the money spent on Private Purchase (PP) horses for the four-year-old classics, the irony of today's Classic Mile is that the most likely players are predominantly horses which arrived as griffins, as did last year's eventual Derby winner and Horse Of the Year, Ambitious Dragon.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte's navigation will be the key

Douglas Whyte's powers of navigation will be tested, but Go Baby Go still looks the one they have to topple in the Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup (1,000m) at Sha Tin today.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Double happiness for trainer Lee

Almond Lee will chase the rich 1010 Million Challenge with Happy Valley specialist Happy Yeah Yeah after the under-rated sprinter's dominant victory at the city track last night, the second leg of a double for the trainer and his former apprentice Keith Yeung Ming-lun.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sapelli can topple hotpot Smart Giant

Underrated John Size-trained Sapelli returns to his best course in the Chek Keng Handicap (1,800m) at Sha Tin today and gets his chance to upset Derby-bound favourite Smart Giant.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

There's more in store for Prosper, says Chadwick

Producing a Private Purchase for a first-up win is a tough task, but Oriental Prosper made the handicapper's assessment seem spot on with a fighting win up the straight course.

The Tony Millard-trained sprinter won five from 11 in England, including four of his last five starts, but continuing a European sprinter's good form on arrival doesn't often go to plan.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Light weight can help Kyara upstage stable star

John Moore looks the trainer to beat in the Panasonic Cup (1,400m) at Sha Tin today, but the race presents a classic handicapping conundrum that gives lesser-light Kyara a chance to score an upset for the yard.

Doubtless punters will pin their hopes to Darren Beadman's mount of the three Moore-trained runners, Captain Sweet, and it is difficult to argue with their thinking.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Mosse offers juicy odds

Gerald Mosse has the right mix of rides, capped by exciting Beauty Touch in the last, to prevail in the Jockey Challenge tonight.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zeal helps Hall carry on the good work

The early season rejuvenation of the David Hall yard continued last night at Happy Valley with another promising type continuing his emergence for the Australian trainer.

Carry The Zeal made it three wins from five starts with a tidy come from behind win in a Class Three Handicap (1,200m).

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Handicappers in class struggle

Nice to see one of our favourites from recent seasons out bright and early, with the so-called Class One contest at Happy Valley tonight.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am