THE beginning of a racing season is always a tough nut to crack for bettors, with so many imponderables to consider.
After a six-week break due to the stifling heat in July and August, punters have to consider whether a horse is fit enough on his comeback run, has improved during the close season and whether the stable is firing on all cylinders.
A quick look at the early results suggest trainers Tony Cruz, Danny Shum and Francis Lui have their horses in prime condition, while first season trainer Douglas Whyte, with his meticulous preparation, has already yielded a couple of winners.
Both Lui, who saddles Doctor Geoff, and Cruz, associated with Circuit Glory, will be hoping for further success when their horses compete in the highlight event of the afternoon, the £200,000 Class 2 handicap (1.50pm) over the extended mile.
Add the Joao Moreira and Caspar Fownes partnership with improving Green Luck into the equation and this promises to be a race to savour.
Surprisingly, Classic-winning trainer Frankie Lor has yet to get on the scoresheet this season, but with a stable full of high quality horses, it’s only a matter of time before he hits the bullseye.
Lor saddles top-class galloper MISSION TYCOON, who makes his debut at the Valley, but still looks the ideal type to enjoy the tight track.
This Australian bred five-year-old won last season’s HK Classic Cup over 1800m and made the frame in the HK Classic Mile, while he ran well in a Group Three event in June.
He is drawn for an ideal journey in stall two, and having won his prep trial in good style, everything looks in place for a big performance.
Mission Tycoon 1.50pm Happy Valley