Pair smooth road to riches

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 October, 2000, 12:00am

Recognition and Romantic Venture look solid banker candidates in the opening two legs of tomorrow afternoon's Happy Valley Triple Trio.

There is no jackpot carried forward but there is a jackpot of over $8 million for next Wednesday night's meeting at the city venue. On this basis it is worth keeping bets to a minimum, especially as the sixth event which concludes tomorrow's TT looks a particularly open affair.

Bankers are the best way of keeping bets to a minimum and Recognition has run two cracking races so far this season, having taken time last campaign to drop to a competitive mark for trainer Peter Ho. He looks the one around which to anchor bets in the third event which opens the TT.

Aqua Prince, now with John Moore for whom he showed much more speed on the dirt last time, could be worth throwing in as a possible outsider. He should be suited by the drop in grade and has always been looking for a mile on the grass. He has an almost hopeless draw but that new-found zip could help him overcome stall 11.

Platinum Express has been showing plenty of zip and a much-improved attitude for Peter Chapple-Hyam compared to last season. He should run well from stall four as should Big Treasure from gate five. Big Treasure has been working as well as ever in readiness for this.

Spectacular Win could be an improver. He had excuses last time, while watch out for Spectacular Talk now the blinkers are applied.

Romantic Venture, up in trip to a more suitable 1,800 metres and likely to be suited by Shane Dye's almost habitual come-from-behind tactics, is rated solid banker material in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin.

Romantic Venture has found 1,400 metres and a mile too short so far this season but it is almost certainly significant that Dye sticks with him rather than Welldone Kid on whom he won last time out.

Welldone Kid is by no means out of it, though, as he's worked well since his last-start win and trainer Alex Wong Siu-tan's string are generally in good form.

Topweight Tambora Star looks very well graded while Prodigy might have been bogged down in the slower ground last time and has consistent form to his name.

Reputation, back on the grass, could be much improved while the likes of Po On Power and Sky Hawk are other chances.

You pays your money and takes your choice in the sixth event with only Solo a definite no-no in my book. Of the others, Winning Mascot is going to find it tough from stall 12 and Sai Kung Star may not be up to these.

But the rest are hard to split. Brilliant Attorney should go much better now he's drawn inside while Non Sequitur and Universal Winner are others drawn to go well. The newcomer Super Molly has shown enough to throw in if at a shade of odds.