Melrose a TT natural

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 January, 1999, 12:00am

After Sunday's TT exploits, it's party time again at Happy Valley tomorrow night where there is a juicy jackpot of $19.36 million.

The in-form combination of trainer Peter Ho, jockey Eric Saint-Martin and Melrose Star look set to run into the placings in the third event which opens the world's best bet and justify banker status.

Melrose Star has come to himself since encountering Class Five opposition and while he is dropping back from placed efforts at 1,800 and 2,200 metres, he has enough natural ability in this grade to run home late into the tierce.

Down the card, watch out for a much better effort from Big Treasure who had excuses last time and has trialled well since.

Eagle Supreme was not beaten far on his first start in Class Five last time and would have been even closer had he and Gerald Mosse not run out of room in the last 100 metres in the race won by Charity Supporters.

Grand Vefour goes well course and distance while City Fortune should relish the move to a mile.

Bambi loves the Valley mile, was always travelling like a winner last time and must be afforded TT respect.

Mr Happy is top of the TT bill in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin. He put in a huge effort to come storming into fourth over the Valley mile last time out when ridden by the unfashionable Raymond S. M. Tam and now has the excellent Steven King on board.

Bill tops the weights and he can go well fresh. He is ridden by Roger Yu, who is still value for his claim despite it having been reduced to seven pounds.

Star Of Wah Yuen is irresolute but possessed of enough ability to place.

Broadway Hit ran better last time and could sneak into the placings. Jade Dynasty was lucky to beat Rugby Supreme last time but still looks good enough to anchor bets in the sixth event which concludes the TT.

Sensible Choice goes particularly well at the Valley and has to be considered on that basis alone.

The Establishment has been working well and could sneak into the first three as could Race To Honour who hasn't had much luck at his past few starts.

Nansen has been racing really well all season and must also be respected. My Way is best of the rest.