Bull's Eye to hit the spot

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 June, 2000, 12:00am

Bull's Eye can take the Cable & Wireless HKT Cup on this evening's Epsom Derby card at Sha Tin.

The Derby is simulcast live as the night's final event and it looks wide open following the late withdrawal of fancied 2,000 Guineas hero King's Best.

Apart from the attraction of the Epsom Derby, there is also the little matter of a $16 million Triple Trio jackpot which should see the final pool swell to over the $40-million mark.

It may even climb towards a healthy $50 million such is the leverage these jackpots exert these days.

Bull's Eye is fancied to win the sixth event which concludes the TT and, on that basis, looks a very solid banker. It is not stretching a point to far to say he can be regarded as a winner without a full penalty as he looked most unlucky to finish a head second to Solid Contact over 1,200 metres at Happy Valley last time.

He was closing all the way to the line, having lost at least a length when Douglas Whyte was forced to switch out and around No Money No Honey coming off the top bend.

As he did this, Solid Contact who had been brilliantly ridden on the rails the whole way by Basil Marcus, came round the corner like a greyhound and there the race was won and lost.

Bull's Eye did well to finish so close and has been raised four pounds for that effort. But really he should have won and if that had been the case he might have come in here off an eight or nine-pound higher mark. He had solid form before arriving here from Australia and he has improved on each of his three runs to date.

He just needed the outing first time out but was only beaten three quarters of a length and then won well next time. He followed that with his highly creditably second to Solid Contact and appears to have gone the right way since that for trainer Francis Lui.

Eric Legrix is now back on board. The French ace was suspended last time but had ridden Bull's Eye on both his starts prior to suspension and has hardly been off his back in his serious trackwork and trial efforts which tends to suggest that Legrix, a very experienced pilot out here, has a fairly high opinion of Bull's Eye.

The way he hit the line over the Valley's stiff 1,200 metres, where they go hard from trap to line, suggests he should have no problems staying the Sha Tin 1,400 metres.

Fibber and Happy Momentum, apart from Bull's Eye, are the least exposed of the rest of the field.

Fibber clocked an excellent Topspeed figure when winning the Juvenile Sprint Trophy and looks right up to this grade.

He came home late to win that day over 1,200 metres and should be much more at home back to 1,400 metres and has a good chance of reversing form with New Trumps who, himself, is one of the main form picks.

Happy Momentum put in a much-improved effort when fourth to Made To Figure last time and seems to be improving for trainer Tony Millard who is keen to finish the season with a flourish and attract new owners and more horses to his yard.

However, it could be that the form of that Made To Figure race is not that strong. The Topspeed figure which they clocked was certainly pedestrian.

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