Ping's Super fits TT bill
Super Performance has the form to anchor bets in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio for which an enticing $25 million jackpot is carried forward.
It really is such a fantastic bet - the world's best - and it is going to have much of the SAR on the edge of their seats tomorrow night.
Super Performance has solid, consistent, improving form. He has the natural early speed to handle Happy Valley and that should be helped by drawing barrier four.
His recent hard-fought defeat of Century Horse is also working out extremely well as the runner-up has come out and bolted home over 1,800 metres at the Valley. The third, Ironic Commander, has run extremely well since and the fourth, My Heart, has come out and won, too.
So Super Performance's form this season has a copper-bottomed look to it. He also had strong improving form last term and his work since his first-up win tends to suggest he has trained on well.
That is the one worry with the Wong Tang-ping-trained galloper. He's a sparely made individual and isn't the type to take too much quick racing. Ping has given him plenty of time to get over that hard-fought defeat of Century Horse. and his work indicates, get over it he has.
Jewel Box looks a natural recruit to racing over the Valley. He can handle this company with his basic early speed such an advantage, especially from barrier two.
Mundahish, who would have finished much closer last time but for being almost put through the rail by a wayward ride from Alex Yu on City Patrol, comes into things from stall three as he should get a very cosy run just behind the speed. Telecom Prince loves the Valley mile and should also go well from gate five.
In the third event which opens the TT, the David Oughton-trained Grenadier should give a much better account of himself. He managed a placing course-and-distance later on last season and has had a number of excuses since, namely wet tracks and bad draws.
Tomorrow night he can jump from gate three and should be suited by the booking of Eric Saint-Martin. The Frenchman's exquisite riding skills are almost certain to lend themselves to Grenadier who is himself such a brilliant worker but, hitherto, largely a disappointment come race day. If anyone can get Grenadier to relax and produce even a fraction of what he shows during his morning gallops, it is the very much in-form Saint-Martin.
Spectacular Talk did ever so well to run into the TT last time as he had to work overtime round the first bend and was then up on a very fast speed. The others dropped out of it completely which is a measure of the strength of Spectacular Talk's effort. He isn't going to find it easy from barrier 12, but has enough early pace to overcome the draw and get a slice of the TT action once again.
So Great should give a good account of himself from the bottom of the weights. He's come back racing well this season, has been doing plenty of work and can be virtually guaranteed to get a good trip through from barrier five under Irish riding sensation John Egan, who is as good as it gets round the Valley.
Chirag looks sure to go well from stall one in the sixth event which concludes the TT. He has run two highly creditable races without getting into the frame so far this season. Now is his chance.
The clear form horses to include are his stablemate Merry Star, who probably wasn't helped by the wet track last time; Pristine who should like the move up in distance and can become more mentally settled with racing; and Eastern Express who did well to run second to Super Goal Striker last time, defying a poor draw and a slow tempo. He shapes as he'll relish the move up to 1,800 metres.