Concert in tune for banker role
No Triple Trio jackpot, none of Thursday's TT excesses but the world's best bet is still worth having a crack at on tomorrow's Happy Valley card.
It opens with a modest Class Five third event which features a number of disappointing types.
Concert Kaiser had every possible chance when a course-and-distance fourth last time out but remains a strong candidate for the role of banker.
He goes well over the Valley mile and could well get a soft lead. When he gets that, he's dangerous and local rider Eddie Lai can rate them well enough in front.
Towards the top of the weights, the Ivan Allan-trained Popular Acclaim is worth TT respect despite his temperament and despite a poor recent effort.
He appeals as well graded down in Class Five and is quite capable of running into the placings.
Action Plan was brought undone by the track pattern last time but prior to that was in the process of mounting a strong challenge over the Sha Tin mile only to be stopped in his tracks. He's worth including, especially from barrier four with Mick Kinane on top.
Ascot Hero remains in good heart. He finds winning hard but has to be an outstanding place contender and would have been the banker bar for Concert Kaiser looking set to have it easy at the head of affairs.
Well Gain is well handicapped and ran reasonably well over a staying trip last time and could place.
Victory Way has poor form but has worked better in the blinkers which he now wears for the first time.
The fourth, the TT's middle pin is, like the third event, a decidedly modest Class Five mile handicap.
It could well be worth taking another chance on Chief's Fortune who was beaten by the track bias last time and is now blinkered for the first time.
His form had been good prior to that and this looks to be the easiest company he's faced.
Money Come-In ran well on his first start for the David Hill camp last time when he was rushed forward after his customary slow getaway.
The outing should have brought him on and he is potentially well handicapped on a mark of 35.
Time Honour could be the surprise package down at the bottom of the weights.
He could also be at big odds with 10-pound claimer Eric Lee replacing Michael Hills.
Time Honour was yet another brought undone by the track pattern last time when unplaced behind Intrepid Star whom he now meets on 10-pound better terms for 5.25 lengths.
Place chances must also be afforded to So Great, Super Lord and Mastana - the last named should relish the move up in distance.
Lynx could be the best banker in the sixth event which concludes the day's TT. He's been racing well with no luck of late, especially last time when his run style was undermined by the track bias which gave those racing on the speed a serious advantage.
Billion Delight has been racing well and should go close again, as should We Know When who would have finished even closer than 2.25 lengths third last time but for being squeezed for room on the far rail.
YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial - 1,150m: 1, GREAT HONOUR (W. Woods); 2, Splendid Timing (W. Y. Kan); 3, Wing's Honour (F. Coetzee). Others (in finishing order): Crystal Charm, T197. Time: 1:00.5 (25.9). Distances: neck, .5 length. Winner trained by Francis Lui Kin-wai.
Second trial - 1,150m: 1, SMOOTH EDGE (K. S. Yu); 2, Greenmore (W. Woods); 3, Gems (F. Coetzee). Others: Citihunter, Crown Shift. Time: 1:09.9 (24.3). Distances: neck, .5 length. Winner trained by Leung Ting-wah.
Third trial _ 1,150m: 1, ELECTRIC FLASH (W. M. Lai); 2, Plenty-Plenty (D. Whyte); 3, Supreme Bases (F. Coetzee). Others: Viva Boy, High Powered, New Gimmicks. Time: 1:10.7 (26.1). Distances: .5 length, 1 length. Winner trained by Gary Ng Ting-keung.