Bankable Marcus holds strong Triple Trio hand
Multiple champion jockey Basil Marcus once again looks the man to have on your side when attacking tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
Marcus, riding as if his life depended on beating back Douglas Whyte's sustained challenge, has three solid form chances in races three, four and six which comprise the TT.
His mount in the opening leg, a modest Classes Five and Six 2,200-metre event, could well be the best of them and is recommended as a strong banker candidate.
Marcus partners Fairview Star for rookie trainer Peter Ho, indeed all three of Marcus' mounts in the TT are for Ho.
Fairview Star stays the trip, certainly in this grade, and looks to be contesting an easier race than when a good second to Sunshine Dancer over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin recently.
On that occasion Fairview Star went down by a neck to Sunshine Dancer, who has since acquitted himself well in a higher grade, and had the third some 4.75 lengths away.
A reproduction of that effort would surely see Fairview Star win, let alone run into the first three, which is all he has to do as a banker.
Andy Leung's Toy Baron went very firmly into the notebook last time and could be worth including in TT bets, especially with the talented Brett 'Double' Doyle stepping aboard.
Now that John Moore's stable is beginning to fire, it could be worth including Asian Glory who is a confirmed stayer. Moore has taken the trouble to engage Whyte for the ride and that is a tip in itself.
Action Win pops up now and again in this grade while Joyful Victory and Green King are lightweight chances of running into the placings.
Marcus rides the improving Lucky Guest in the fourth and merits definite TT thought.
However, the best banker could be the Leung-trained Palette Star who had definite excuses last time and should benefit from racing in the fourth event which is the last before the track is rolled so there should be less of a premium on being on the speed. Palette Star likes to come from off the pace.
Race To Honour is a much better horse than he's shown so far and almost certainly wasn't right when disappointing last time.
He should be respected while it is possible that Will It Figure could flash home late into the placings. He was most unlucky not to beat Multi-Colours last time.
Mabrouk was disadvantaged by the pace and the track bias last time and could improve as could Win It All.
Marcus renews his association with the improving Blessing in the sixth.
Again they have definite form claims, though it could be Leung's Northern Celadon who is the one they all have to beat.
Bill is improving, Bordeaux should appreciate the drop back in distance, while Sir Lancelot should relish the drop in grade. The last named is open to improvement.