Tycoon to set TT in motion
Fortune Tycoon looks banker material from barrier two in the opening leg of tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio.
There is a jackpot, but it's only a tiddler. It's the $4 million left over from the $104 million of a few weeks ago. The maximum jackpot these days is $100 million so when the carry forward exceeds that sum it is split into $100 million and the rest. Tomorrow night the $4 million is the rest.
Fortune Tycoon should be able to lead tomorrow night's field and if he doesn't, he should get a lovely trail behind the youngster Mascot Treasure who is drawn three and, like Fortune Tycoon, has good basic speed.
Fortune Tycoon was able to lead from an outside barrier last time so he probably will be able to hold the inside. He goes well at the Valley and has been working superbly for accomplished first-season trainer Tony Millard.
Mascot Treasure must still come into close TT consideration as he is on the upgrade and has the necessary requirements for racing well at Happy Valley, namely a low draw and good early speed.
Coq D'Or is worth noting from barrier five now he moves up to a mile. He was far from knocked about when an improved third last time out over the Valley 1,200 metres and, despite being by sprinter Primo Dominie, races as if a move to a mile would not go amiss.
Of the others, Aspiration is extremely well graded down in Class Four but is going to find it hard from gate 12.
Danetop was unlucky not to place last time out when badly checked in the home straight and is another seemingly well graded. But as with Aspiration that may all count for nothing due to his bad barrier. He jumps from stall 11.
Super Conqueror likes the Valley and had no luck last time when almost coming down early in his race but City Fortune has more to do, up eight pounds for his wet track success.
The fourth event, the TT's middle pin, looks a bit of a nightmare as the better form chances are drawn badly.
Air Force One, who has rock-solid form, has to jump from gate eight. That's not too bad and he certainly can't be overlooked. But the improving last-start winner Bravo Victory has to jump from 12 and will have to work hard to get across as he has the speedy Rangeela in 10 and is unlikely to be able to cross him.
For his part Rangeela, due to his natural speed, has to be considered but he's previously had inside draws and wet tracks when racing well over course and distance. Tomorrow he's outside and the track looks like riding a lot faster.
Grenadier is on the upgrade and probably only flopped last time due to the wet track. However he's out in gate 11.
Comfort has solid form claims from five as does Star Of Wah Yan from four while The Greatest could surprise from gate six. He's dropped to a competitive mark.
It is hard to look for anything drawn nine or higher in the Happy Valley Vase, the sixth event which concludes the TT. This is a 1,200-metre dash and, with the rail out to the C Course, those drawn high are put at a serious disadvantage in what is the worst starting position I've ever seen on a racecourse.
Bull's Eye is an improving sort who should get the run of the race from barrier four while Expedient is likely to lead from two and should take plenty of catching again, despite the jump in the weights.
V-Can has looked a very useful sprinter in his work and a Happy Valley trial and must be considered from gate five. Red Zone should be finishing on strongly from gate one under jockey-of-the-moment Weichong Mawing and Night Star appears to be working much better.