5th Oct 2016
Price Bloodstock’s Happy Surveys pushed his prizemoney through the $4 million barrier at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and his jockey has no doubt that there is still more to come with the John Size-trained five-year-old.
Characterised by his consistency, Happy Surveys had been battling to get back into the winner’s list at the end of last season, but he showed with his first-up third that the freshen up over the summer was what he wanted and he went right on with the job on Wednesday night, rounding them up from the tail of the field to win the Class Three.
“He didn’t have a lot in his favour,” said jockey Brett Prebble. “A big weight, an awkward draw, but he showed great turn of foot and he had more there at the finish I felt – if something had come at him, I think he would have found again. “
The win was the fourth for Happy Surveys over the Valley 1,200m, although he has shown some versatility with minor placings at Sha Tin on both the turf and all weather tracks.
Wherever he goes next, Prebble said he would be confident that Happy Surveys can make the grade even getting up to Class Two now.
“The can win a few in Class Four and Class Three but Class Two sorts the men from the boys in most cases,” he said. “But getting up in class with the light weight next time, I think Happy Surveys is good enough to show that he belongs there. He’s not done with yet.”