Alexis Badel hopes to capitalise on a positive start to the 2021/22 season when the Frenchman reunites with in-form Everyone’s Delight in the Class 3 Shantou Handicap (1650m) at Happy Valley on Sunday (31 October).
Occupying third place in the jockeys’ championship with 10 wins to trail only Zac Purton (26) and Joao Moreira (17), Badel has nine rides on the 10-race programme and is optimistic Frankie Lor-trained Everyone’s Delight can make it three wins on the trot, despite rising 10 pounds in the handicap to 133lb.
“Well that’s a lot of weight, but the horse seems to be improving,” Badel said. “The 1650 (metres) at Happy Valley seems to be a good trip for him. I’m sure he’s a quality horse. I’m happy with his attitude and he’s getting more mature with his toughness.
“He’s got early speed, which is very useful at Happy Valley.”
Badel was sidelined on 7 July when Zac Purton piloted Everyone’s Delight to a two and a half length victory at the city circuit, where two of the Australian import’s four triumphs have come.