Trip points to Sillerent strike

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2001, 12:00am

The partnership of Alex Wong Siu-tan and Stephen Baster has yet to get off the mark this season, but the duo appear to have a solid chance in the final leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow with Sillerent, who impressed on his seasonal reappearance recently.

The talented stayer found the mile far too short last time but still managed to get within three-quarters of a length of Peaceful Century, who has since run creditably in a higher grade. The key tomorrow is the step up to 2,200 metres as Sillerent is already a winner over course and distance.

David Hill's Cupid must be included in multiples as he ran exceptionally well against the tempo last time. After settling near the rear, he was always going to be at a disadvantage when the leaders dashed for home, and to get as close as he did was highly creditable.

Lawrie Fownes' Prodigy ran in the same race last time and, while he appeared to have every chance, he is another who will relish the move up in distance and is one for the shortlist.

Of the rest, Tony Cruz's Bon La Vie could prove hard to catch out on the lead, but a better option may be Cyber Gulch, who moves back to the track where he scored emphatically earlier this season.

In the opening leg over 1,650 metres, it may prove wise to stick with the likely leader Wonderful Life, who won his final start of last season over the same course and distance. He is well drawn and should have no trouble in establishing a clear lead.

The consistent Me And You will appreciate the move back to his preferred course and distance and, while he may be high enough in the handicap now, he is still capable of making the frame.

Andy Leung Ting-wah's Winning Years could be a good value chance to fill a minor placing, as he clearly found the trip too short for his liking last time and this looks easier.

Of the remainder, Applied Supreme narrowly failed on his last start and must be respected, while Fortune Glory has run with merit on both his starts and the move back to Happy Valley is in his favour.

The 1,000-metre middle pin of the TT is arguably the most difficult, but sprint specialist Pot Black appeals with champion jockey Douglas Whyte on board. He has drawn awkwardly out in gate 10 but has made the frame in four of his five attempts over course and distance and has a solid chance of doing so again.

Eddie Lo's It's My Day will appreciate the easier competition this time and, while he does have top weight to contend with, he could still fill a minor placing.

The distance appears to be on the short side for Saintly Partners but, with Bullish likely to ensure a solid pace, he could well rattle home into a minor placing. Of the remainder, Tenacity had a torrid run last time and improvement is expected, while debutant Perfect Vision should be kept safe even though he did not show much in his trial.

Gerald Mosse and Brian Kan Ping-chee appear to have a solid chance in the fifth event with Hin Yuen's Unicorn, who should get the run of the race from a favourable draw. Derek's Choice has some solid form over course and distance and should find this company easier, while Flying Bishop showed promise on his debut and improvement is expected. Good Time For All would have been a leading chance but for his poor gate, but American Win comes into the reckoning off his low weight.