Allan's New Dynasty key to TT onslaught
New Dynasty appears cast-iron banker material in the opening leg of tomorrow's Sha Tin Triple Trio.
The Ivan Allan-trained youngster created a good impression on debut down the straight 1,000-metre course and then ran a close second on his only other start.
On that occasion he was beaten just half a length by Small Wonder, battling on really well and showing a tenacious attitude for one so inexperienced.
The run should have brought him on as Allan never pushes his youngsters, preferring to let race experience improve them naturally.
That last effort also came on a slightly rain-affected track. Clearly, New Dynasty handled the surface but the pace he showed that day indicates he might be even better on a faster track.
Electronic Dragon is tough and genuine and should like the Class Four company.
He looks set to get a good run from barrier two under the useful Australian jockey Steven King, who probably doesn't get the quality of mounts to match the quality of his riding.
Electronic Dragon's trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie saddles two in the race, the other being Exceptional, who caught the eye on debut in a 1,200-metre contest at the Valley when staying on strongly.
He's the type to make serious improvement for that initial outing and merits plenty of respect.
Iskra is another once-raced sort open to improvement. Interestingly, jockey Douglas Whyte, who partnered Iskra last time, has opted to stay with New Dynasty and that is a tip in itself.
The likes of Kowloon's Blessing and Medic Hero have tierce claims too while Lucky Ahead has been improved by Tony Millard's decision to ride him back. He might just need to slip into Class Five, though.
Down the card in the fourth, the TT's middle pin, Handover, Keen Winner, Strategic Move, Satisfaction Smile and Manor Star could be the five main chances.
Handover relished the move to a mile when overcoming Dolbridge last time and should be even better suited to tomorrow's 1,800 metres. Trainer Bruce Hutchison's stable has rarely gone better.
Keen Winner has a touch of quality about him and has to be a TT option though there must be some kind of query over him at the 1,800 metres.
Strategic Move is there on form and also due to the Kieren Fallon factor. The world's strongest rider gets that extra something out of so many of his mounts and Strategic Move could well become a case in point.
Satisfaction Smile has become potentially very well rated and could surprise at decent odds.
The trip was too short for him last time and prior to that he would have been right there but was badly checked when making a strong run.
Manor Star seems very well treated as he's only gone up seven pounds when, but for being badly held up for a run, he would have won by at least two lengths last time.
He should love the 1,800 metres and has been revitalised by the blinkers which went on for the first time last start.
The topweights may dominate the sixth. Cavalo and Arrectis Auribus both command respect now they're into Class Four territory. They can compete meaningfully in Class Three.
Small Wonder has been in good form on the turf as underlined by that defeat of New Dynasty.
The well-bred Island West Treble ran way beyond his trackwork when second on debut and appears to have thrived since. The 1,400 metres should be right up his street.
Ellen's Won has been racing consistently well and is set to give another good account of himself.
Wishes, down at the bottom of the weights, looks best of the rest.