Whyte, Legrix lead way in hunt for Triple Trio riches
Tomorrow night's $21.7 million Triple Trio jackpot holds centre stage at Happy Valley with Right On and Top Practitioner looking the main chances in the third event which opens the exotic bet.
The TT regularly offers small and big punters alike a chance of winning a fortune and it is hard to think of a racing jurisdiction outside of Hong Kong which offers the same opportunity.
For this reason enough praise can't be showered upon just whoever it was within the Jockey Club who devised and then argued the case for the introduction of this wager. Indeed, it would be interesting to learn just which individual the Club credits with the bet's creation.
As for tomorrow night's TT, it appears eminently gettable with all three of the legs - races three, four and six - looking to have three or four main chances around which to plan your attack.
Right On is reappearing after a spell but so well does he look in himself at the track that he has to be given serious banker consideration. He's been much improved this season, stays a mile and has Douglas Whyte riding for Wong Tang-ping.
This is always a significant combination and Whyte will be especially keen to bang home a winner or two, let alone a TT placegetter, after receiving what must have been an infuriating one-meeting ban for breaching the controversial advanced marker pole regulation on Holy Grail last Saturday.
Top Practitioner scored a good win over the Valley's mile course and distance early in the season and has had plenty of excuses on his most recent outings.
The accomplished French rider Eric Legrix is back in the saddle tomorrow night and looks set to play a big part in this ordinary Class Three event.
Dolphin is well worth another chance on his second start for impressive rookie trainer Peter Ho whose stable is on fire at present.
Dolphin goes well at the Valley and is slipping to an attractive handicap mark. He would welcome any more rain.
Nervous Witness has place claims while Knight Commander can be forgiven his last-start disappointment at the Valley as he was backing up very quickly.
Mission Sealed has strong form claims and can't be left out of the TT though the apprentice booking does not inspire confidence.
My five against the field in the fourth event are topweight Seattle Pride, the consistent types Small Wonder and Midas King, Lucky Lord who has been a revelation since being ridden back and who went firmly into the notebook last time on his debut for the Bruce Hutchison stable, and Cossack who had no luck last time.
Seattle Pride could be the best of them now that he drops into Class Three, which looks a most suitable grade, and drops to a more suitable mile trip. He has been running well for a long way against tougher staying competition than he faces here and could be hard to beat.
Hutchison's Mughal Prince is bidding to complete a rare treble for lucky owner Syed Pervey Hussain in the sixth event which concludes the TT.
Hutchison has already scored with Hussain's potential top Class One performer Trobis while David Hayes has produced Hussain's youngster Mughal Palace to win in progressive fashion.
Mughal Prince is the only one of the three yet to oblige but he gets his chance tomorrow from barrier one over a suitable 1,000 metres where he looks the natural leader.
Barish and Turf King are worth TT respect as is Winning Man, despite the apprentice booking, and Lickety Split who was badly but not incompetently ridden last time and now has Basil Marcus on board.