Brilliant Attorney has a strong case
In-form Robbie Fradd is the man to stick with in the middle pin of the Triple Trio tomorrow night when he teams up with Brilliant Attorney in the 1,150-metre dirt race.
While the son of Brocco is still a maiden in Hong Kong, he looks solid banker material given his distinct liking for the minimum trip on the all-weather, having finished second on both starts. Last time over this trip Brilliant Attorney was beaten a length by the progressive Black Magic in a highly impressive time of one minute 6.8 seconds. The strongly-built chestnut then ran a creditable fifth behind Temmoku over the dirt mile where the fast early sectionals took their toll late in the race. He will be suited by the move back in distance tomorrow and, while he has a slightly awkward task from a wide gate, he should still make the frame.
Tony Cruz appears to have a leading chance with Asian Express, who actually beat Brilliant Attorney three starts back when receiving five pounds. They meet on the same terms tomorrow and, with the speedy Asian Express drawn ideally in gate three, he must be given strong respect.
Gold Charm has also drawn poorly in barrier 14, but he has a chance if he can produce a similar effort to his second place behind Winning Counter. He has failed to make the frame on two occasions since over course and distance but put in a more encouraging effort last time.
Alex Wong Yu-on's Good Chance has yet to win, but he has shown potential and a liking for the all-weather in his short career. He should find this a slightly easier test and can figure in the finish.
In an open affair, Strong Win and Top Quality are both more than capable of making the frame, while Chinesesport Glory may find this a fraction on the short side but did move stylishly in a recent barrier trial.
The opening leg of the TT also looks quite difficult but the best option for a banker is Little Plaything, who has fallen to a competitive mark and indicated last time that he is ready to win.
Geoff Lane is enjoying a fabulous season and, with his yard in top form, it is hard to ignore Skystone, particularly if there is more rain. He won well last time and, with Way Leung's claim, effectively comes in two pounds better in the handicap for his last win.
Top Fit was noted making late ground last time and, while Howard Cheng will have a tough task from a wide gate, he could make the frame.
Refreshingly may have found the competition a little too rich last time, and the drop back in grade does give him a better chance.
In the final leg of the TT, David Hill's Eternal Fun will be hard to beat after a string of minor placings and there could be an option to use a double banker with him and Turbojet. The latter was narrowly beaten by Good Fit last time and the drop back in grade gives him a solid chance.
Billion Delight was a shade unlucky last time when he was checked and lost ground at a vital stage. He has been running creditably on his last few outings and must be given respect. Chirag will appreciate the step up in distance, and any rain would help his cause. Hidden Talent is a consistent sort who could not be ruled out.
The fifth event is held on the all-weather, and Masterkey looks the obvious choice after a game effort last week. Sincerely Yours has shown a liking for the surface in the past, as has Mr Brinker. A better run is expected from Winmark, who is working well and has the pacifiers applied for the first time.