Tuesday 21 May 2019 5:51 pm

Hong Kong Horse Racing Tips: My Ally can defy handicapper and bowl over his rivals

SUCH is the handicap system in Hong Kong, with relatively few racehorses totalling around 1300, it’s guaranteed that the majority of races are going to be tight and exciting finishes.

Horses that collect penalties for a win will always find it hard to successfully follow up unless they are very progressive or potentially smart gallopers.

Mostly, horses that win at the Valley have to wait their turn for their next success, be it when their handicap rating has dropped down again or they attempt a new trip.

In the 1.15pm race over the extended mile at Happy Valley, the Richard Gibson-trained MY ALLY jumps out of the form book looking like a well-handicapped horse and one who has been ear-marked for this contest for some time.

This former French-bred gelding, who was placed in Group company in his home country, finished third beaten a length by Racing Luck over course and distance in January and now finds himself 18lbs better off with that rival.

That’s because Gibson subsequently chose to run him over inadequate trips of six furlongs, and on the all-weather, and as a result his rating has dropped back down to an attractive mark.

This looks a competitive and tightly-knit handicap, with the closely matched Racing Luck, Big Bang Bong, Last Kingdom and Magnetism having raced against each other on numerous occasions this season.

Add the likes of the unexposed Gold Win, Xiang Yin and Win Win and it will be hard to find who will start favourite.

My Ally is likely to go off at attractive odds and rates a good each-way proposition.

POINTERS


My Ally e/w 1.15pm Happy Valley

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