Danzighill has steep credentials for TT

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 November, 1999, 12:00am

Danzighill could add value to tomorrow's Sha Tin Triple Trio for which there is a $14.4 million jackpot.

The talented galloper has improved significantly since moving to racing legend Tony Cruz's yard and should be ideally suited by tomorrow's 1,400-metre trip on the C Course.

Usually the C Course, especially in the first half of the programme, makes it hard for those to come from off the speed.

Danzighill should be right there on the pace under his apprentice jockey. Indeed, he could get a nice run on the speed as there doesn't look too much pace in this race.

Alf is a possible leader but probably not at the 1,400-metre trip and leading isn't necessarily brilliant British champion jockey Kieren Fallon's preferred option. He will probably look to something like Danzighill giving him a lead, as may Douglas Whyte on the progressive Made To Figure.

Last time, Danzighill had a torrid run on the speed and probably didn't see out the mile trip anyway. Tomorrow he should get the run of the race on the speed on a track which suits his front-running style and, with the kid up, he could be a spot of value to boot.

Kenwood Melody, with Group One form to his name in Australia, is likely to be all the rage for the powerful David Hayes camp for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, the Hayes supporters, and they are many, will have the scent of blood in their nostrils after Wednesday night's triumph with the improving Superior Dollar.

Second, the indications are that Kenwood Melody will improve for his debut run at the Valley, as has been the case with a number of Hayes runners this season as his modus operandi evolves.

Third, Kenwood Melody has very useful form in Australia and, fourth, he is up in distance.

He's a TT must.

Tequila Pop is the handicap snip on his best form. He has had bleeding problems but you wouldn't know it from his work.

Winning Scene is another of the top form chances, as is Red Zone, who might well have placed with a clear run last time, and his indomitable trainer, Bruce Hutchison, has made a good start to the season.

Fastest Star has had any number of hard-luck stories this season and last, Sun Shine River is open to further improvement and has trialled well but does seem to need a strong pace, El Viento has solid form claims, while Impressionist appears to have improved for the move to Ivan Allan.

Cool Strike looks the one in the third event which opens the TT. He's been showing good speed but not getting home over 1,800 metres or on the dirt. Today's 1,400-metre trip in Class Five should suit.

Rising Glory, now he's down in grade, won't be any pushover and merits respect, as do Sparko (the K. Fallon factor) and The Most Dauntless who is open to improvement.

Andy Leung and Brett Doyle who combine for Cool Strike, also have good TT chances with Century Horse in the sixth, which ends the world's best bet.

He should improve, but this is a tough race as Ricky Yiu appears to have Kudos in tip-top shape, significantly better than at any time after he took him over last season.

Geoff Lane also seems to have Perfect Fun back to near peak condition for this, while Monopoly Senior will take some catching, Master Merlin has solid claims, especially with 10 pounds off his back and no bend to go round, Green Supreme loves the straight, and Smart Fighter, Conquest Star, St Alann and New Dynasty are all decent prospects and Medic Hero should appreciate the easier company.