Tsang can lift Prodigy to Triple Trio heights

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 June, 1999, 12:00am

Prodigy can anchor Triple Trio bets in the sixth event on tomorrow night's final Happy Valley meeting of the season.

Appropriately enough, he is to be ridden by likely apprentice champion Henry K. C. Tsang whom trainer Lawrie Fownes has nurtured into a useful rider.

Tsang takes a handy five pounds from Prodigy's 133-pound burden and this could be the deciding factor.

Earlier in the season, and also going back to his griffin days, Prodigy had looked to possess plenty of potential. There was one run early this campaign where it was hard to split his and Rugby Supreme's runs in terms of their promise.

But it then took a long time for Prodigy to get his act together. Fownes' fitting of a visor appears to have worked the oracle and Prodigy responded with a hard-fought success and then a much-improved effort when forcing Sea Hawk to pull out all the stops.

That was Prodigy's career best run and he appears to have gone on with it at trackwork since.

Star Of Wah Yan was beaten by the track bias last time. Racing tomorrow night is on the A Course and the track appears to be even enough for it to show no real bias.

This should help Star Of Wah Yan as he usually comes from off the pace and around them.

City Fortune is much-improved of late and should go well, as should Romantic Venture, who appears to have been set for this.

Of the others, Cheers Again, who likes the trip, and Shine Of Kowloon, who has had lots of recent excuses, are worth TT consideration.

Another young improver, Shadow Speed, could be the way to go in the third event which opens the TT.

He should nearly have won last time but was held in a pocket and then couldn't sprint to catch Red Diamond. The form has worked out surprisingly well with both Red Diamond and the runner-up Harvard going well since.

If anything, Shadow Speed's subsequent work has been better than prior to that luckless third and he's recommended as TT banker for this Class Four mile.

Return A Smile has thrived since moving to Tony Cruz and should relish the move to a mile. He comes right into it.

Fortune Tycoon hasn't had much luck of late and should go well also.

Kowloon Jazz was beaten by the bias last time and is worth throwing in. He's a risk at the mile but is very well graded and looks on good terms with himself.

American Champion, with Alan Munro replacing an apprentice, could be the one in the fourth, a tricky middle pin to the TT.

American Champion likes a fast-run mile at the Valley. He should get that with Bogie's Pride, Rangeela, Light Print, Quick Commander, Craig's Pride and even Harvard all some influence for pace.

On this basis Golden Bullet, who likes to swoop, also has a good chance.