Ping navigates TT minefield
Tough is the only way to describe tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio. And the best advice, besides focusing on Sound Gallop and The Best Winner in the last leg, Amiable in the first leg and hoping Red Devil is not overly inconvenienced by barrier 10 in the middle pin, is to keep the stake to a minimum as there is no jackpot.
Trainer Wong Tang-ping appears to have brought Sound Gallop to a peak for the sixth event.
Sound Gallop's recent form has been better and his work leading into this Class Three 1,800-metre event has been out of the top drawer.
On a couple of runs going back towards the beginning of the season, he comes into this on a very competitive mark.
The Best Winner put in a highly creditable second last time and is one of only three Class Two horses in this contest. It is hard to fancy the other two as My Friends Say is reappearing after a long break and Hong Kong Stallion appears to have lost his form.
Chirag's work suggests he's ready to bounce back after an inexplicably bad run last time. He is on a pretty high rating now, though.
Charming Guest should get a good run from barrier one unlike the consistent Fruitful Trip, who is going to have to defy barrier 12.
Dr Win has improved with each start for Tony Millard and looks to have strong claims while, Bon La Vie can go better from stall two now he's up to 1,800 metres.
If the track is wet, Drifting Away could be a good outsider and Giant Fight is another form chance.
Amiable has been running consistently well of late and should get the run of the race from gate two in the third.
Only The Brave has been bedeviled by bad barriers and not being able to get into staying contests. He surely has more than enough ability to win a contest such as this and can't be left out of TT calculations. All the same it is going to be hard for him from stall 14 over the Valley mile.
Winning Luck is very well graded and is another who can't be overlooked, though gate 12 is going to make it difficult for him, too.
Enormous Way is less exposed than most of these with the exception of No Excuses. Both are worth including with the latter fancied to put in a much better effort.
Majestic Conqueror likes the Valley mile and was beaten by the bias last time, while Big Treasure suffered a significant check when seemingly disappointing last time. He's drawn well.
Red Devil did well to place at Sha Tin last time as he came into the race off a limited preparation and should now be fitter. He's a progressive sort and looks the one in the fourth.
Sky Hawk and Good Connection have to go in if the track comes up wet while Hail Winner could have a bit more improvement in him as may Superior Title.
Grand Prize is the kind of experienced handicapper who can always bob into third in these TT events.