Fownes' pair look top TT choices by a mile

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 May, 1999, 12:00am

Long-serving trainer Lawrie Fownes appears to hold the key to the opening leg of tomorrow night's Sha Tin Triple Trio.

Fownes saddles both New Pegasus II and Sky Manna in the Class Six third event over a mile.

New Pegasus II didn't have the best of runs when third last time out as he was blocked at a vital stage.

He's gradually been getting his act together and his work leading into tomorrow night's contest suggests he's right on top of his game and more than good enough to prevail in the bottom grade.

Sky Manna lost his chance at the start last time. He's a bit of an enigma. Sometimes he's up on the speed, other times he doesn't go early.

Last time he was slowly away and performed with great credit thereafter to make ground at Happy Valley.

Sir Lancelot was also beaten by the track bias last time and is more than worth another chance.

Never Say No is suited by the voluntary demotion into Class Six. His cause is helped considerably by the booking of the boom seven-pound claimer Roger Yu, who is worth a good portion of his allowance.

Winning Luck has been racing well in similar races to this while Hung Hing Tai could lead by himself and prove hard to run down, given the rail is out to the 'C+3 Course'.

Fame And Fortune is a very interesting runner in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin. He's accomplished next to nothing on his handful of starts in Class Four. But he's been campaigned at sprint trips and is now pushed up to 1,400 metres to coincide with his debut in Class Five.

These lightly raced Class Four horses have an excellent strike rate when taking the voluntary demotion. He's always worked as if possessed of enough ability to win in Class Four, never mind Class Five, and trainer Geoff Lane has now reached for the blinkers for the first time in his races.

David Hill has his Manor Lord as well as it is possible to get him these days, while Super Star should appreciate the ease in grade. He's a difficult customer but has the ability to place in Class Five.

Tim's Dragon was another to benefit from the drop in grade when placed last time out.

Startrice might be able to lead by himself under his 10-pound claimer which would make him a TT possibility.

Surplus and Namjong Success could be the two to take against the field in the sixth event which concludes the TT.

Interstar should be fitter for a recent run at the Valley and has Roger Yu's seven-pound claim in his favour. Delight Express has thrived since moving to Wong Tang-ping. He can lead despite drawing barrier 14.