Lane's Weapon can hit TT target

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 September, 1997, 12:00am

Heavy Weapon looks the right kind of banker for the third event which opens Thursday afternoon's special National Day meeting at Happy Valley.

The Geoff Lane-trained griffin has always worked like an above-average sort. He should appreciate the Class Four company and race prominently all the way before battling on for at least one of the placings.

The son of Nureyev almost certainly needed his opening race of the season where he was up on the speed for most of the way and predictably dropped out over the last 200 metres.

That pipe-opener appears to have done him the world of good and he has looked appreciably fitter in the mornings.

He hasn't struck a particularly strong field either and should be able to get a nice sit in behind Right On, who is the likely leader and is drawn inside him in barrier one.

Basketball Leader ran well enough last Wednesday night behind Sound Win and can't be ruled out of the tierce, despite his apparent lack of resolution when it comes to winning.

Big Treasure looks fitter while Greenfield lost it on the home bend under his apprentice rider last time and now has the stable's senior rider, Eric Legrix, jumping on board.

Key Man has to be considered for the placings as he was checked out of contention under his inexperienced claimer last time and now has the demon Douglas Whyte in the saddle.

Sky Time has reasonable form for this but doesn't look to have developed much physically.

Forget King Of Kings' run last time behind Kinling Superstar as he was twice badly checked down the back straight in the same race that Greenfield ran in.

The feature event, the Chinese Recreation Club Challenge Cup, is the middle pin of the Triple Trio and is going to take some sorting out.

Twin Dragons will benefit from the move to 1,800 metres and if Take Off takes on Elite, he could get the fast pace he requires.

Elite has looked very well in himself in the mornings and is moving well. Jade Lake has summered well and was very much on the upgrade last term, as was Rainbow Seeker.

Cricket Lord will relish the extra distance but may need even further while American Champion had everything go right for him when he won as those on his inside were blocked for a run as he whizzed clear round his field.

Master Magic had no sort of run behind surprise scorer Golden Duke at Sha Tin last time and is worth one more chance.

Good Fortune was probably ridden too prominently last time and did well to finish so close to Golden Duke. When he won last season he came from way off the pace.

Classa Speed has done well for Tony Cruz while Canadian Champ was another to suffer bad luck in running last time. He was one of those baulked behind American Champion.