News is good in TT opener

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 December, 2000, 12:00am

Best News can get punters off to a bright start in the opening leg of tomorrow afternoon's Happy Valley Triple Trio.

His handler, the South African maestro Tony Millard, has improved any number of those who have joined his stable in the last season or so. But he's done particularly well with low-grade types such as Best News, Invincible General, Sunny Day, Only The Brave and Winning Focus.

Best News won well in the bottom grade two starts ago at Sha Tin before failing to handle a rise in class last time.

He continues to work very attractively, including a particularly good gallop on Tuesday morning with Only The Brave, and he has drawn favourably in barrier two. The draw could be especially important as the rail is out to the C+3 position and is likely to confer a significant advantage to those racing on the rail or on the speed.

On top of all this, jockey Weichong Marwing is riding out of his skin.

Happy Tycoon has put together a couple of good runs without having much luck in running and looks the other main chance from barrier three. He should be ideally suited by the 1,800-metre trip. Cash Fortune must come into the reckoning from barrier one, while Crown Regent could run into third from gate nine under Steven King.

The four drawn in the four lowest barriers in the fourth event, the TT's middle pin, should all give a very good account of themselves and could be the ones to take against the field.

Topweight Air Force One has been a consistent galloper for some time and is moving as sweetly as ever in the mornings. Sir Galway has gradually come to himself this term, as evidenced by a much better run last time out. He could make a bold attempt to lead all the way. Midas King is up to a more suitable trip and also appears to be on a favourable mark. Fortune Associates has run three very solid races on his last three outings.

Outside of these four, Accuracy merits some consideration as he would have finished closer last time over an inadequate trip but for being hampered close home.

The Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained Cyber Wisdom is worth paying close attention to in this contest. It is very doubtful as to whether he can see out a mile but he's close to coming right, is falling down the ratings scale and should be able to win a sprint event soon.

Strong Win should go well in the sixth for the irrepressible Irishman John Egan, who is returning from suspension. With the rail out, Merry Merry, who looks set to lead, may well take some catching. On that basis, he is worth including even though he's better at 1,000 metres.

Ace Academy seems extremely well at trackwork and jumps from gate two. The newcomer Smart Prince starts from one and could be worth including as he's shown up nicely in his trials. Good Power did well to make up so much ground last time, despite being trapped off the track, and he continues to improve.