Never mind Magic Man Joao Moreira or Australian star Zac Purton, if you’re a punter chasing a winner at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, look no further than Harry Bentley.

Bentley, 29, has ridden a winner at the last four Happy Valley meetings and is now making the most of any opportunities that come his way after a slow start to life in Hong Kong.

“Things have been going really well for the last five or six weeks, I’m delighted with the momentum I’ve got and I want to do my best to keep it that way,” Bentley said.

“I’m getting some nice support and the main thing is that with the opportunities I’m given, I want to make sure I do my best on them and I feel like I’m doing that at the moment.”

The Englishman has 12 winners on the board this season and is now starting to pick up mounts in some of Hong Kong’s biggest races.

He competed in only his second Group One in the city when seventh aboard Kings Shield in the Stewards’ Cup on the weekend and will get the leg up on Lucky With You in the Classic Mile this Sunday.

“I’m delighted to pick up a nice one in the Classic Mile,” Bentley said. “[Lucky With You] has got to prove himself stepping up in distance against good horses, so it’s a tough ask, but he stepped up to 1,400m last time and he appeared like he stayed every yard of it, so hopefully another 200m will be all right.

“It’s a competitive race, for sure, but with Fantastic Treasure out it opens things up a little bit more and he’s going to be going there with some sort of a chance.

“It’s one thing getting a ride in a good race but to actually go in with a chance is definitely what you want to be doing.”


Bentley holds every chance of heading into the weekend off the back of yet another winner with six rides at Happy Valley on Wednesday and, in the Class Three Conduit Handicap (1,650m), he’s looking forward to getting back on board Invincible Missile, who was victorious last time under James McDonald in December’s International Jockeys’ Championship.

“I had him tuned and ready to win last time,” Bentley said. “He’s coming into the race off a win and I watched a trial from Conghua a couple of weeks ago and he looked in great form. He’s had a bit of a freshen-up and I certainly like his chances. He’s a straightforward horse and he really tries hard.”

Secure in his future, Harry Bentley is on the hunt for more winners

It’s a sign of the opportunities that Bentley has grasped in the last couple of months that he heads to Happy Valley with more than just one live chance of saluting and the rider feels Colonel is also in with a shot in the Class Three Breezy Handicap (1,200m).

“His form is pretty solid, he’s not been that far off them in his last four or five runs so he’s knocking on the door. We’ve got a good draw [in two] and I like his chances,” he said.

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