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Watch Buddy, Bentley lands a Valley brace

The English jockey also scores on Eighteen Palms to bring his HK season’s tally to 14

HONG KONG - Harry Bentley notched a double at the Feb 7 Happy Valley night meeting, as the Englishman continued to build crucial impetus at the mid-season point of the Hong Kong racing season.

Bentley struck with Eighteen Palms in the Class 3 Hong Kong Park Handicap (1,650m) for Danny Shum, before producing a nerveless display on Ricky Yiu’s Watch Buddy to clinch the second section of the Class 3 Victoria Park Handicap (1,200m).

“It’s obviously great to get a double, whether it’s here or Sha Tin – they always mean a lot,” said Bentley, after boosting his tally of wins for the season to 14.

“I’m very happy. I’ve ridden two nice horses. Watch Buddy is a very generous horse, he’s got a big heart.

“I was always very comfortable with how I was going and I thought I had the leader Healthy Healthy covered a long way out.

“But, fair play to that horse, he really battled it out with me and two big-hearted horses going at each other – a proper race.”

Bentley scored in the previous race to present Shum with a brace.

Shum earlier combined successfully with Alexis Badel and Romantic Fantasy in the Class 4 Fa Hui Park Handicap (2,200m).

The four-year-old held a short-head margin over Sharpen Bright, with Serangoon third, a similar margin away.

Sugar Sugar’s consistency for Caspar Fownes was rewarded when Alfred Chan closed a competitive meeting, driving the Star Turn gelding along the fence to land the first section of the Victoria Park Handicap (1,200m).

It was Sugar Sugar’s fourth win over the track and distance after notching three minor placings this season.

Dan Attack, a Hong Kong International Sale graduate, proved too strong in the first section of the Class 4 Kowloon Park Handicap (1,200m) under Antoine Hamelin, as Jamie Richards continued a strong season at the city circuit.

The Deep Field gelding, benefiting from a ground-saving ride, was too strong in breaking through at his seventh start to reward the stable’s patience.

It gave Richards his 13th win at Happy Valley for the season and 17 overall.

“He’s been a very frustrating horse. He’s always shown a lot of ability,” said Richards.

“The boys at home have done a wonderful job with him because he hasn’t been the easiest.

“It’s very rewarding when you get a horse to win that you’ve always thought a bit of and that has under-performed.

“Time and patience, it’s a wonderful thing.”

Super Joy N Fun made an impressive debut with narrow victory in the second section of the Class 4 Kowloon Park Handicap (1,200m) for Benno Yung.

By What’s The Story, the three-year-old continued Jerry Chau’s strong season in scoring by a head.

Lovero, a Lord Kanaloa gelding, broke through at his fifth start for Tony Cruz, snaring the Class 4 Morse Park Handicap (1,650m) under Angus Chung.

Medic Elite continued a remarkably consistent season with an easy victory in the second section of the Class 5 Shan Kwong Road Park Handicap (1,650m) for Pierre Ng and Zac Purton. HKJC