Ho's Competitor holds aces in exotic opener
Prudent punters will keep their powder dry for Saturday's monster $42 million Triple Trio jackpot but for those who cannot wait, tomorrow night's Happy Valley meeting provides another opportunity to cash in on the world's best bet.
There's no carry-over but the game is the same and No Competitor looks as good a banker as any in the opening leg of an extremely tough TT.
The Peter Ho-trained five-year-old looks set to get the run of the race from barrier four in the third event.
Last time out apprentice Vincent S. K. Sit managed to kick him forward from his inside gate and a repeat of those tactics, with the rail out to the C+3 position, should help No Competitor's cause.
The ground looks markedly better on the inside with the outside having been roughened by Saturday's trial session.
Double Wins, who has been racing poorly, is the only horse on No Competitor's inside that he probably won't be able to lead.
But it is not inconceivable that No Competitor could manage to get the favoured rails run.
If not he should still be handy on the speed and looks certain not to have to travel wide. He is also well suited by Class Five opposition.
Core Principles has been working and racing as well as ever and should go close.
He would have been the banker but for drawing barrier nine.
Saint Tak could always be there but he's a moody character and is by no means certain to jump on terms.
Kieren Fallon looks a significant booking for Barish. If anyone can get Barish home it is the magnificent Irishman who lifted the likes of Air Force One and Smart Kid to the line on the weekend.
Winning Express showed signs of a return to form last time and should relish a return to Class Five.
Sporting Glory has sound place claims from stall two, while Mr Strong has the ability to run into the tierce but is not helped one jot by jumping from gate 12.
My Friends Say, Jade Dynasty, All Satisfy and Big Mac could be the four main contenders in the fourth, the middle pin to the TT.
My Friends Say should appreciate the move to a mile and is well placed in Class Three.
Jade Dynasty is starting for the first time for the Bruce Hutchison stable and it has to be said that the white-haired mentor has a number of his team going particularly well at present.
Fallon has been booked for the ride and that is a big bonus.
All Satisfy has come back going better than ever this season and could well handle the nine-pound weight rise for his last-start success.
Big Mac has had plenty of excuses of late and now has Eric Legrix back on board. He knows the horse well and Big Mac has slipped to what appears a most competitive rating.
Watch out for Fortune Dancer as he should have finished much closer in his last two starts.
Markgraf has not had much luck either, Strongheart is another with place claims but City Fortune now has a fair bit more on his plate.
If ever a jockey was made for a horse, it is Fallon for King's Glamour in the sixth. The Geoff Lane-trained six-year-old has definite ability but hasn't managed to win in Hong Kong.
Fallon seems to get more from his mounts than virtually any other rider.
It was no accident that Air Force One is no longer a maiden after Fallon rode him for the first time on Saturday.
On this basis King's Glamour has sound TT claims in the sixth event which concludes the Triple Trio.
So, too, does topweight Chief's Fortune who hasn't had much luck the past two times.
Great Intent appears to be coming back to something like his old self and is well worth keeping safe. He was ridden wide last time and has worked well since.
Word From Rome can handle this company while Cossack is never too far away and is the type who can always place but finds winning hard.