Bank on leaders for TT's opener
Stick with championship leaders David Hayes and Basil Marcus as banker material in the opening leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio, for which a bumper $26 million jackpot is carried forward to the Sha Tin meeting.
If there is a better bet than the Triple Trio available to punters anywhere in the world, then I don't know it and the $26 million jackpot more than compensates for the atmosphere-challenged Sha Tin dirt.
Hayes has his stable in tremendous form and Marcus has been riding winners like he's shelling peas.
In tomorrow night's third event they have Diamond King in the field and he looks set to run the tierce.
Diamond King is very much a proven dirt performer and while he was just run out of the quinella last time by King of Flash, who reopposes here, Diamond King had a much tougher run-up at fierce pace that night.
Since that third to Ablaze, Diamond King has been working as fluently as ever and barrier 10 doesn't have to be a disadvantage on the dirt, where being wide can mean an advantage in being out of the kickback.
King of Flash remains one of the other main chances and he was noted working well on Saturday morning with Electronic Zone.
Trainer Tony Cruz has refitted the blinkers for King of Flash and Cruz is a master at getting these seemingly irresolute customers to run to near their potential.
He conjured a win from King of Jewelry at the weekend, who has previously looked as if he has lacked fighting heart, he's transformed Health First and he may well be poised to get King of Flash to finally live up to his earlier promise.
Each Own Way has been running way below form on the grass leading into this but trainer Wong Ting-ping is himself fast becoming a dirt specialist and Each Own Way loves this surface.
It could be dangerous to leave him out as there has been plenty to like about his work, despite his inexplicably bad race form on the grass.
Encore had no luck first time out and should have finished much closer.
He could possibly run into the tierce, while Feodor has strong recent grass form. Mission Sealed is consistent though handicapped up to his best form.
Perpetual Harmony is a complete standout banker in the fourth, despite starting on the dirt for the first time.
He looks a lot better than Class Three and it is hard to imagine him not placing.
He could go all the way to Class One and is working nothing short of brilliantly.
Kowloon Jazz was made far too much use of last time but it would be churlish to blame the now-retired apprentice M. C. 'The Hammer' Poon for that as it was his last ride.
The Hammer, a personality rider despite his brief career, never lacked enthusiasm and he was determined to go out in a blaze of glory, but only resulted in burning Kowloon Jazz.
Patrick Payne is now on board and they loom as top Triple Trio chances in the fourth.
My Way shaped most encouragingly indeed first time out and could improve to run the race.
Fortune Ring and Determinator fought out a dirt finish last season and are clearly big chances in the Class Six sixth event which provides the denouement to tomorrow's Triple Trio.
But Owners' Success, from the Tony Cruz stable, is the best banker.
Owners' Success ran a good second to Well Known Supreme last time and is exactly that kind of enigmatic type with which Cruz, a horse-training Dr Doolittle, excels.
Treasure Spring has very solid Class Six form and has to be considered, as does Be A Friend who comes into this working as sweetly as ever.