Why not leaves no room for doubt in triple trio
After two encouraging runs, Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Why Not gets his first chance from a decent barrier and can help punters find the jackpot-boosted Triple Trio at Sha Tin tomorrow.
Why Not's upside and a perfect draw make him the stand-out in a weak Class Four over 1,400m, the middle pin of a TT which is expected to reach HK$6 million.
Douglas Whyte has been with the three-year-old son of General Nediym through three of his four trials and both starts, where the gelding drew 11 and 12 and finished fourth twice at Sha Tin.
After a steady run-on effort over a clearly inadequate 1,200 metres, where Whyte dropped back at the start, Why Not went back to the trials and was then sent out 3.3 favourite over 1,400m.
This time Whyte tentatively looked to position midfield early, but when it became clear he would be trapped wide he took hold and ended up three-wide and last, with barely any cover.
Still last at the turn, Whyte pulled out the widest and unravelled the fastest final 400m sectional of the race (23.10), as upset winner Empire City sprung to the front after a soft box-seat run.
Even though Why Not has been snagged back in both runs and looked good running home, the negative tactics have been through necessity. His trials indicate a horse with above-average gate speed who should be able to take a handier position in the run, something he may have to do in a race without much obvious pace.
From gate three, Whyte will have Why Not where he wants, probably staying one off the fence and close enough to benefit from what will be a below-average tempo.
Peter Ng Bik-kuen's Fulgurite makes his seasonal debut. He showed good speed in his only trial this season and is likely to lead by default from gate one.
With a tough final leg, employing a double banker in one or both of the first two legs is an option, in order to play wide in the tough final contest.
Veteran Sohna (Tye Angland) should be included as a banker too, as he strikes regularly enough for the place and is in fine form.
Others to include are Mega Champion (Matthew Chadwick) and Master Key (Ben So Tik-hung).
A rare Class Five (1,200m) makes its way into the TT as the opening leg, and provides the usual headaches as players grapple with an unappealing lot.
Last-start winner Brothers In Arms (Whyte) has drawn well again in three, doesn't look to have much competition for the lead and, although his best recent runs have been on the dirt, he has won twice at the course and distance.
The Sean Woods-trained runner goes in as a banker, along with bottomweight Gorgeous Life (Mark du Plessis).
Why Not reeled off this final sectional in his last race, which should prove too good for tomorrow's opposition