Keep powder dry for weekend TT

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 March, 1999, 12:00am

Triple Trios are never easy but tomorrow's Happy Valley looks about as difficult as they come.

If you must have a crack at it, probably the best policy is to keep the TT outlay to the barest minimum because as well as comprising three wide-open affairs, there is no jackpot carried forward.

And on top of all this, the $25 million jackpot which should have been paid out on Saturday is carried forward to the weekend.

So it's probably best to cut back on tomorrow's outlay, waiting for a much bigger crack at Sunday's pot.

It's hard to find a banker in tomorrow night's third event which opens the TT. Perhaps, Natural Winner and Boy Dragon are the ones to choose between.

Natural Winner was unlucky last time as he clipped heels and nearly came down as they turned into the back straight in an incident from which it was surprising there was no inquiry - that's if there is anything left from this stewards panel to cause a surprise.

Despite that incident Natural Winner still managed to run a good second to Super Competitor who himself suffered interference in running.

Boy Dragon probably would have beaten both Dancing Surpass and Super Competitor last time if he'd been ridden by a senior jockey.

It was the first time his good trackwork had been translated into decent race form and it could well be that his natural speed makes him well suited to the Valley's twists and turns where the ability to race handy can be such an advantage.

Robbie Fradd now replaces the stable apprentice.

Leprechaun's last run is best forgotten. He had all manner of excuses while Charity First ran a lot better than it looked last time and Antonhill Boom is improving and should be finishing strongly.

His trainer, Bruce Hutchison, has his team running well.

Grand Prize looks best of the others.

Lekker could be the best banker in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin and probably the most competitive leg where it is hard to rule out any bar the non-staying Super Boy and Eternity who can find things happening a bit too quickly for him over the Valley mile.

Lekker ran well on his first start in Class Six over 1,200 metres last time when he would have finished much closer but for being hampered. He's worked well since.

Lake Titicaca is now back to top form and his Class Six course-and-distance win came in a pretty competitive affair.

The King Of Honour is dangerous in this grade while Woods Venture, though vulnerable at the distance, appears to have come to himself in the mornings.

Sky Manna has solid form claims as does Power Rangers.

Super Competitor looks a good banker in the sixth which concludes the Triple Trio.

He had no luck in the straight when promoted from third to second in the race won by Dancing Surpass from Toy Dragon and has been racing consistently all season.

Watch out for a much-improved effort from Northern Flyer who has grown a leg since his debut.

King's Glamour is always a place chance while Word From Rome is another of the Hutchison stable who appears to be in the pink just now.

The drop in distance should help Take Off while Mr Happy and Cossack lurk dangerously at the bottom of the weight scale.