Punters can bank on improving Gagne Vite
TRAINER Gary Ng Ting-keung has equitrack specialist Gagne Vite ready to run a huge race in the fifth event at Happy Valley tomorrow night and Double Trio fans should look no further for a banker.
Gagne Vite ran a bold race three starts back on the turf at Sha Tin when narrowly failing to catch stablemate King Spot but was kept to the grass at his next start and did not flatter over 1,600 metres.
Switched to equitrack last time Gagne Vite came from significantly off the pace to fail by just over two lengths to catch Family Of Wah Yuen, ridden enterprisingly by Tony Cruz.
The winner had been a shade disappointing but Cruz elected to send him right on and the tactics were absolutely right. Gagne Vite, shaken up and responding, came too late to catch Family Of Wah Yuen who scored decisively.
But Gagne Vite looks absolutely primed to run a top race here for regular rider Raymond K. L. Tsui.
The chief danger would seem to be Let It Be, another stout equitrack performer, who was not disgraced when finishing fourth last time.
He has drawn barrier one and may well be driven along early to hold a position which does make him look a logical selection for a DT place.
Ibis reserves his better performances for the synthetic surface but may find this too long while Revision, although going better, may still have it to do.
The dark horse in the field is Many Treasure, now demoted into Class Five, and looking dangerous. There was great merit to his run two starts back and he now has the services of Valley king, Basil Marcus.
He is untried on equitrack which is clearly a concern but it could pay to keep him safe.
The first leg of the Double Trio is a moderate Class Five event over 1,600 metres and champion trainer John Moore will be hopeful that he can increase his lead with Caramba.
Caramba is no superstar but he clearly responded to the attentions of his new trainer at his last start when winning, course and distance, in lesser company.
Well drawn in barrier four, Caramba can either make the pace or be sitting just off it for Darren Beadman and he looks certain to be involved.
Topweight Little Big Horn made all over this trip last time and has gone up nine pounds for his efforts which clearly makes it harder but he must remain a solid chance to run the quinella.
Mr Nice Guy and Karaoke, who both finished behind Little Big Horn last time, may still find it hard to reverse the form if the Lawrie Fownes-trained galloper shoulders the weight.