Valley jackpot keeps TT fever at boiling point
Life isn't all that bad with an $18.3 million Triple Trio jackpot carried forward to tomorrow night's Happy Valley meeting.
Sir Clement Freud, onetime Liberal MP for the English constituency of Ely, all-time bon vivant and latter day racing scribe, wrote the other day that he'd never known anyone to commit suicide who had an unraced two-year-old in training.
Likewise, anyone with a view on the TT is surely going to preserve their life a little longer.
The point is, racing is all about dreams.
The TT, the best bet ever invented, provides a dream on a twice weekly basis.
What makes it both fantastic and yet realistic is that those dreams can be fulfilled for both the mega-big punter or the $500 man.
Heard the one about the guy who was so 'boracic lint' that he had his bags packed for the airport with his life savings in his pocket which amounted to just enough for the a cab, the airport tax and his TT bet? Well it's true. He got it.
Or what about the little guy from Sydney who's followed Hong Kong racing all his life and what a life he now has after he cracked the TT late last season. Thanks to the TT, he achieved his dream of attending the Arc de Triomphe the weekend before last and then flew Concorde to New York. Marvellous.
And it's all on again tomorrow night where Sound Lover, Able Regal and Splendid Timing could be the three to take against the field in the sixth event which concludes the TT.
It's going to be hard for Sound Lover to win as the rail is out to the 'B+2' position but he can certainly place.
He loves the Valley's unrelenting 1,200-metre trip as they tend to go so hard from trap to line which allows a horse who gets back, like Sound Lover, to rattle home in the closing stages.
Splendid Timing is likely to make a bold attempt to lead all the way from barrier one under the reasonable 10-pound claimer Vincent S. K. Sit.
Of the others, Nanning Treasure is a hope as are Your Turn and Real Courage.
Sharp Shooter, Speed Cat and Super Connections may be the three to side with in the third event which opens the TT.
Sharp Shooter has drawn the ace and for such a front-runner as he, that is a big advantage over the Valley's minimum sprint trip of 1,000 metres.
Sharp Shooter has started to go better in his trials and comes into this on a seemingly competitive rating of 32. He could be very hard to peg back, especially with the rail out.
Feodor has very good course and distance form over the Valley mile and looks as good a banker as any in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin.
Gainsborough's Boy caught the eye last time out and could well be best of the others.
Respect is also afforded to Prince Fortune, who should be suited by the drop into Class Three and should have a nice trip up on the speed, and to Basketball Leader who had consistent form last season and did well to make up so much ground for third last time.