FAMILY Of Wah Yuen will be very hard to beat in the opening event on tonight's Happy Valley equitrack card. The artificial surface lends itself to course specialists and there are two in opposition in this Class Four dash round the minimum trip of 1,030 metres. Family Of Wah Yuen takes on Irene's Pet and six other rivals and should get the run of the race despite being drawn in barrier four. The Eddie Lo-trained five-year-old is fast out of the gates and has very good early speed. He should be able to lead or sit handy throughout. In contrast, it will be very hard for Irene's Pet to get the run of the race because he is drawn in barrier six and while he is quick, he may not be quick enough to cross Family Of Wah Yuen. The jockey bookings also confirms this view. Dashing English jockey Darryll Holland is on board Family Of Wah Yuen, replacing apprentice Stanley K. M. Chin. Holland has made a big impression since arriving in the territory and will know very well that to lead is so often to win on the equitrack. He will be doing his best to keep Irene's Pet, who is apprentice ridden, on his outside. A good apprentice can be worth his weight in gold, but at the start - which is really crucial in these minimum sprint efforts - the senior riders so often come out on top. Here it comes down to brute strength and experience. Holland wins on both counts. There is also plenty to like about Family Of Wah Yuen's recent form. Last time out he ran a really close third to the bolter Castlepeaktreasure in a harder race than this with subsequent Class Two winner, Top Performance in second. Only three-quarters of a length separated the first four with, interestingly, Irene's Pet the fourth home. He is now three pounds better off with Family Of Wah Yuen and strictly on weights, should reverse the form. But Irene's Pet drew barrier two that night and had that man Basil Marcus, the king of the equitrack, doing the pushing. Tonight, the change in barriers and the change in riding engagements should see Family Of Wah Yuen win this particular battle. But still keep Irene's Pet as the main quinella bet. It is hard to see who can stop him running second. Saafi looks the one to be on in the night's seventh event, following a promising reappearance effort when chasing home Bambi. The David Oughton-trained gelding did not get the run of the race, having missed the start. Mick Kinane, on board again tonight, did absolutely the right thing in bringing Saafi into the race as soon as they had straightened up down the back stretch as it was hard to make ground. But given Saafi had blown the start, it meant that he was forced to challenge wide round the home turn and could not quite peg back the winner. Saafi probably needed the run, as most of Oughton's do on their seasonal reappearances as the in-form English handler is never one to rush them. On his best form of last season, Saafi comes into this attractively weighted. For instance, he ran to a handicap rating in the low 60s according to my private handicap when a couple of lengths third to Royal Pride in Class Three over 1,400 metres on the equitrack 12 months ago to the day and competes here from a mark of 53 in Class Four. He may have most to fear from Mr Bunny, who has put in two good runs on each of his past two starts, and Sandal Emperor who has been gradually finding his form and looks to be in peak condition after three runs. The difficult horse to assess is Gary Ng Ting-keung's Dolphin, though he probably won a bad contest over 1,235 metres in Class Five last time out when he also had the run of the race as they left him alone in front. This is much more competitive and these youngsters, striking the dirt for the first time, so often fail at cramped odds. The one thing in Dolphin's favour is the step up in distance. He should appreciate the move to a mile. Lam Hung-fie appears to have set Real Perfect for the night's third event. He won the corresponding race last season. He put in an eye-catching run at Sha Tin last time and has worked strongly since.