Marcus can lift Red through TT minefield

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 June, 1999, 12:00am

Red In Green looks to be in the pink and banker material for tomorrow night's Sha Tin Triple Trio for which there is a carryover of $7.34 million.

The New Zealand-bred three-year-old contests the fourth event, the TT's middle leg, and should be very hard to keep out of the placings now he's back to the New Territories' venue.

Since winning over a mile at Sha Tin, trainer David Hayes has twice sent out Red In Green over a mile at Happy Valley.

Red In Green has run well but on both occasions his win supporters have had their fingers burnt by On Fire.

Happy Valley, though, doesn't really look to be Red In Green's track as he shapes like a thorough staying type who will battle away relentlessly, rather than zip around the Valley bends.

Tomorrow night's move to 1,800 metres should also suit, and Red In Green comes into this Class Three event off the back of some pleasing trackwork.

Lawrie Fownes' Bellagio appears to be improving. He's another to consider, especially as he may not have been suited by a wet track last time and still ran fourth. Prior to that he had no luck at all.

Ningbo Warrior is a lovely staying type. He's more one for next season, but could run into the placings on natural ability.

Strategic Move found the slow tempo against him last time so did well to run fourth while Hayes' other runner, Celestial Fortune, is by no means out of it. His work has been very fluent.

God Of Wealth could be best of the others.

Down the card, the likes of Authorised, Mr Winner, Thank Heavens, Universal Winner and Taurus could be the five to take against the field in the third event, which opens the TT.

And of these, Universal Winner may be the best chance as his work suggests he's returning to the form that marked him down as a potential Class One performer earlier in the season, especially that fourth to Helene Honour, Whytellyou and Commander Charlie.

Authorised would have finished much closer to Mughal Palace last time but for being held up for a run. He's racing in tremendous form.

Mr Winner wouldn't have been placed at the Valley last time but he, too, was interfered with close home and should have been closer. Generally he's been racing well.

Thank Heavens had useful form in England and should strip fitter.

Taurus should also be in peak condition following two runs back from a short spell. He wasn't far behind Universal Winner last time out and has been racing consistently well for some time.

Championship looks as good a chance as any in the night's feature, the Piaget Gold Cup, which concludes the TT. He'd be a most appropriate winner as he represents Hayes and stable jockey Basil Marcus, who seem set to defend their respective titles.

Championship is blinkered for the first time and should get a good run in them from barrier three. He's ideally suited by the 1,400 metres and comes into the race off a decent second to Danzighill and good trackwork.

Fastest Star hasn't had the best of rides on each of his past two starts and should go close.

Kingston Treasure is hard to assess. He relished the move to a mile when beating top sprinter Fairy King Prawn in a set-weights contest last time, for which he's been raised 16 pounds.

It's hard to leave him out of the TT, but he could be worth taking on in the win and quinella pools.