Progressive pair can anchor TT onslaught
Courage Star and the appropriately named Fortune Maker look natural bankers for tomorrow's eagerly awaited Sha Tin Triple Trio for which a massive $42 million is carried forward.
These two contest the fourth event, the TT's middle leg, and are going to be very hard to keep out of the placings.
The last time Courage Star ran over tomorrow's 1,400-metre Sha Tin trip he was a certainty beaten.
He was boxed in for almost the entire length of the home straight and jockey Eric Saint-Martin was forced to sit and suffer in the race won by El Viento from Silent Partner.
Since then Courage Star has run well over a mile at the Valley and had quite a tough time of it on the speed over 1,800 metres at Sha Tin. In the circumstances, he's run two good thirds but should be even more competitive back to tomorrow's 1,400 metres.
He likes to race on the speed and looks set to get the perfect run from barrier two with David Harrison, the last jockey to win on the son of Persian Bold, now on board.
Fortune Maker is absolutely flying in the mornings. It is no exaggeration to say that trainer Derek Cruz has him working and trialling as well as any horse on the Sha Tin complex.
What's more Fortune Maker won in a hack canter down the 1,000-metre chute last time. It was the kind of performance that is not seen too often in Hong Kong where most horses have to struggle and fight and dig deep to win.
Robbie Fradd, who's again on board, was swinging off Fortune Maker from trap to line.
High Sky flew home last time and should now be cherry ripe. He's worth including as is Alexandra Palace, who has been moving nicely since joining David Oughton and could go well fresh.
Mughal Palace is a most consistent and genuine sort and should run a big race while Sea Jade could lead by himself. Handbag's Honour and New Asians look the others to include.
The TT opens with a trappy Class Four, 1,400-metre contest. Looking down the card, the topweight Good Message comes into it strongly due to two good efforts and the fact that apprentice Philip C. T. Cheng is good value for his 10-pound claim.
The thing against Good Message is that his recent work hasn't been as good.
American Way didn't have the best of luck last time and could be a good outsider.
Love On Earth has always worked as if better than Class Four. He didn't produce it last season but scored in facile fashion on the dirt and may now have turned the corner.
Quick Commander, Speedy Treasure and Perfect Champion can all place.
Kashmac can benefit from having Eric Legrix on board and is a top chance in the 1,400-metre sixth, which concludes the TT.
Royal Performance goes well course and distance and is another of the main chances as is Top Fit, who ran so well last time.
Bank On It has always looked as if 1,400 metres or a mile would suit more than sprint trips while Plenty Win put in a career-best effort last time.
Green Supreme is competitive round a bend and Kowloon Jazz should be flying home and could nip into a place as may Simon's Decision.