TT hunters can bank on Bounty
LAWRENCE WADEY Racing Editor
A healthy $13 million is carried forward to tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Sha Tin for which Bounty Guard looks banker material in the final leg.
The popular exotic wager operates as usual on races three, four and six and requires punters to find the first three, in any order, in all three events.
Tomorrow night sees a mixed card with the first four on the dirt and the last three on the grass.
These mixed meetings have proved popular in Macau this season with turnover holding up very well.
Bounty Guard has very consistent recent form and looks ideal banker material in the sixth, a Class Three event over 1,800 metres.
But bear in mind that it is going to be very difficult indeed staying alive in the Triple Trio until the last leg.
Last time out, Bounty Guard ran arguably his best race when staying on well to be two heads third to Sir Galway over tomorrow's course and distance on a good to yielding track.
As this is a night meeting, the track will retain at least some moisture and be riding slower than Sunday's lightning fast affair.
That close third to Sir Galway is better than the bare form suggests as Bounty Guard was forced to travel wide off the home bend and he appears to have gone on with it in his work since.
He is ridden by star English rider Alan Munro tomorrow night and Munro, who has gone a few meetings without a winner, will be ultra keen to kick a goal.
Each Own Way has never raced better and could add value to the tierce in this sixth event for which the likes of Wonderful Winners, Top Practitioner, The Greatest and Timah must also be respected.
Wonderful Winners is a question mark at the distance but if any jockey can nurse him to the line it is the stalking South African, Piere Strydom.
Top Practitioner had no luck last time when he was blocked for a run at a vital stage while The Greatest has improved significantly since moving to David Hill for whom he has run two good races.
Timah is starting for the first time for Alex Wong Siu-tan tomorrow night and is now down to an attractive rating.
Charity First has improved from race to race for Peter Ng and appreciated being ridden more prominently last time when losing his maiden tag.
He is an unknown quantity on the dirt but given his ability to race up near the speed and keep going on the grass, he has all the attributes to handle the artificial track and is probably the best banker in the third.
Intermac Joker is starting to come right and should be suited by the move to 1,800 metres. He could surprise.
Mount Sapphire ran his best race last time and should be respected along with Mr Brinker and Sunshine Dancer, who will both see out the 1,800-metre trip.
Trainers Ivan Allan and David Hayes could hold the key to the fourth race, the middle pin to the Triple Trio.
Both the Allan runners, Active Way and Mr Zillionaire, are in there with solid form chances while Diamond King has already won over course and distance of a mile on the dirt this season.
He has raced even better since on the grass.
Diamond King, a free going type, is exactly the kind of horse who excels on the dirt and he could be the best banker.
Others in this fourth event to include are On Shan Speedie and Rocket Green, both of whom are very adept on the dirt.
Look out also for Sir Galway whom the in-form Anton Marcus, currently riding with his head high, could well drive to the front and give them all a big run for their money.