Citadeed ready to hit his straps
LAWRENCE WADEY, Racing Editor
A small but nevertheless attractive Triple Trio jackpot of $5.7 million is carried forward to tomorrow's Happy Valley fixture which features one of the best mile races seen at the city venue for some time.
It is necessary, and extremely difficult, to find the first three, in any order in races three, four and six, to scoop the Triple Trio pool.
Tomorrow night's fourth event is probably the hardest of the three Triple Trio puzzles with a host of useful milers engaged, none more exciting than the Group One-placed first-season imports Citadeed and Adjareli.
Citadeed makes the greater appeal and has made so much improvement in his recent trackwork that he must be included in all Triple Trio wagers.
His form to date has been poor, that much has to be confronted. He found 1,200 metres too short behind Hong Kong Supreme first time out and was then not ready when it came to the 1,800 metres of the Derby.
But he has too much top-quality overseas form not to stamp his authority on a Class One event in the near future.
His recent work with Privilege and then on Saturday with Winning Spirit has been a revelation.
He left Winning Spirit toiling in a proper grass gallop on Saturday morning and appears ready to show much improved form.
A watching brief is advised on Adjareli as he is rated 107 on the strength of one run, a second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas which was run at no pace and led to a poor Topspeed rating.
Adjareli is starting in handicap company for the first time in the territory and he may need the blinkers back on and a drop down the weight scale. He certainly needs to be found cover so the extreme outside draw is massively against him.
Also watch out for a much-improved effort from Super Freighter who is starting for the first time for the Wong Tang-ping stable in this fourth event.
Super Freighter is well handicapped on his best form of earlier in the season and so often horses starting for a trainer for the first or second time are the ones to be on.
Ready went much better in the visor in his grass testing gallop on Saturday morning and must also be included while Equine Supremo is a handicap snip on his Derby fourth. Don't leave him out.
Red Wine looks the standout banker in the third event after his brilliant but luckless effort over 1,000 metres here last time.
He was badly checked by Cosmolife and lost far more ground than by which he was beaten by Raymondo.
The move up to 1,200 metres will suit and it is hard to see Red Wine finishing out of the first three.
Similarly Mr Wonderful in the sixth.
Mr Wonderful has grown a leg since joining first-season local training sensation Ricky Yiu and has struck a very competitive field where dangers are thin on the ground. Any rain would make Mr Wonderful a near certainty.
In the fifth, the concluding leg of the Double Trio, Mick Kinane is a significant booking for Power Rangers though Better Choice is the form pick while expect Polygain to be there.
He's needed his past two runs and is now much fitter.