Jewel Of Kentucky a Triple Trio gem

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 January, 1999, 12:00am

It won't reach the giddying heights of Wednesday's monster pool but there is still a handsome $8.9 million Triple Trio jackpot in operation for tomorrow's Centenary Vase meeting at Sha Tin.

That seems somewhat puny in comparison with the midweek largesse but it would be a huge carry forward anywhere else in the world.

In England they get warm all over when the Tote has a jackpot of GBP100,000 ($1.3 million).

There's also something of an irony concerning these TT jackpots that lure the big players in the same way H. G. Wells' Eloi were mesmerised in The Time Machine.

With over 48 million chances and a minimum unit stake of $5, the TT isn't necessarily a natural habitat for the good judges, be they computer-driven or otherwise.

One of the best non-computer authorities now only plays them in a very small fashion.

He lamented: 'It got to the stage last season that I was actually praying there wouldn't be a jackpot because I couldn't help but chase it. I was pouring so much money into the TT and I usually didn't get past the first leg.' Jewel Of Kentucky, Light Print and Full Throttle should give a good account of themselves in the third event, a Class Four mile contest on the dirt, which opens the TT.

David Hill's horses could well have started their second-half-of-the-season march. He had another winner on Wednesday with Super Fairway and Jewel Of Kentucky put the writing on the wall with a much-improved effort last time out.

He is now up in distance and has always given the impression that he would go well on the dirt.

Full Throttle likes to race up on the speed and he goes well in the wet.

He looks ideal dirt material and should be able to lead from Happy Success.

Light Print made up a considerable amount of ground in an 1,150-metre dirt dash last time and would have finished closer but for being denied a clear run.

He was probably flattered by the tempo but is dropping back into Class Three and the run certainly merits TT respect.

Victory Drum, Expedient and Destination jump out as the three main form picks in the fourth, the TT's middle pin.

Victory Drum is the first reclassified griffin winner of the season and he has come in on a mark of 67 - two points below the maximum allowed under the new rules.

He hasn't beaten much but has worked like Phar Lap since.

Expedient benefited considerably from having Alan Munro replace Jimmy Ting when scorching home last time when the drop back to 1,400 metres also played its part.

Expedient has always worked as if a pretty smart youngster and should go well again.

Destination has been improving with each run.

All Win, who kept on strongly last time despite a bad check, could be best of the others.

Espresso could be coming right and is worth anchoring TT bets around in the sixth which concludes the world's best bet.

Straight Way could be the dark horse. His work has been good, much better than his recent form.