Horse racing comes thick and fast from all over the globe on Wednesday, including action from Happy Valley and Will Rogers Downs.
Much of the Australasian action takes place during the early hours, but there are twilight meetings at Sonoda and Mombetsu, respectively.
The pick of the evening US racing comes from Will Rogers Downs, and Bling Springsteen could be interesting in the opener at 19:15. Martin Lozano’s four-year-old was second here two starts back and will be looking to go one better this time round.
Undoubtedly, the stand-out meeting of the day is the nine-race jamboree at Happy Valley which runs from 11:45 until 15:50 UK time. Our trader Tim Smith has previewed the card with all eyes be on star jockey Chad Schofield who has a full book of rides.
Chad Schofield has nailed eleven wins from his last eight meetings and he needs only four more winners to equal his personal best for a season. Schofield is 12/1 to ride four or more winners at Happy Valley on Wednesday. He will start the day on the quietly-fancied Aurora Steed in the 11:45 opener.
However, surely the mount he is most looking forward to getting his leg over is the John Moore-trained Above in the feature 1m 3f handicap at 12:45. Championship leading jockey, Joao Moreira would usually take this ride but he is suspended, and Schofield would be delighted to take advantage of Moreira’s misdemeanours with a victory here.
The New Zealand-bred gelding was a bit of a slow learner (it took him eleven starts to win a race) but he is really hitting his straps now, and he cruised to a six-length win last time. He will take plenty of stopping in Wednesday’s showpiece.
One Hong Kong-based rider who UK punters will need no introduction to is Irishman Neil Callan, and the Grade 1 winning rider has seven rides at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
One who catches the eye is Speedy Luck in the 6f handicap at 12:15. The five-year-old went into a few notebooks when sneaking into fifth as an unfancied 33/1 pop at Sha Tin earlier in the month. If he can build on that then he could reward an each-way wager, and he certainly has the right jockey for the job. Callan is 2/1 to ride a winner on the card.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.