Darley ideally drawn to anchor TT decider

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 October, 1999, 12:00am

Darley can take advantage of his low draw to anchor Triple Trio bets in the sixth event at Sha Tin tomorrow.

The Geoff Lane-trained stayer appears to have been laid out for this Classes Four and Five 2,000-metre contest.

And why not. The course and distance is ideal and Darley should be helped by stall four.

Racing is back to the A Course for the first time since the beginning of the month and the rail should prove the place to be.

Darley also appeals as very well handicapped on his best form from last season and this is the first time he has been in the right race for a number of outings. Major improvement can be expected and English jockey Alan Munro takes the ride.

Fruitful Trip should get the run of the race from barrier one. He usually jumps smartly and should relish the drop into Class Four and Five company.

Trainer Lawrie Fownes has his team in tremendous form and he has wisely decided to take five pounds from his topweight by putting up the yard's useful claimer K. C. Tsang.

Guscott is another leading contender. He stays well and is nicely treated on his best form.

Charity First is another of the main hopes but Munro almost certainly had the choice of this Francis Lui-trained grey and Darley and has opted for the latter.

Johnny's Angel appeals as a progressive type who is likely to handle the move up from Class Five. He has always looked a stayer.

Sir Timah looked one-paced last time when a close third over 1,800 metres at Happy Valley, having been given every possible chance by David Harrison, but the move to 2,000 metres should help.

Basketball Winner is another for whom the step up in distance looks ideal. For him, though, the company may be a little hot - unless the ground came up wet.

Spring and Handbag Dragon could be the best TT chances in the fourth, a Class Two 1,200-metre sprint.

Spring needed the run on his reappearance but should strip significantly fitter tomorrow. He had good runs in Class One last season.

Handbag Dragon is very much on the upgrade. He won with something in hand last time and should be able to handle the eight-pound rise in the ratings.

Basic Instinct drew the paint and should be finishing fast under Robbie Fradd. He's another of the main TT players in this middle pin.

Taurus should also go well. He's had one run back and can be rated better than his finishing position suggests. The race didn't go to suit last time.

Supreme Goliath, at the top of the weights, will have to defy barrier 11 but he may just do so as his work has been as fluent and as full of zest as it has been for some time.

Dirt specialist, Race To Honour, could be the answer for those searching for a banker in the third event which opens the TT.

The drop into Class Three company should suit Alex Wong Siu-tan's gelding who shouldn't have any problem with the 1,800-metre trip.

He loves the dirt and after three runs on the grass comes into this fitter than most. He was a most consistent sort last season.

Honest Dragon appears to need at least a mile these days and may well prove best at this 1,800-metre trip. He's fit and is another dirt lover. Keep him safe.

Walking Tall appears to be much improved for the move to South African trainer Tony Millard while Craig's Pride goes well on the dirt and has never raced better; similarly Floral Joy.