Show Bravely has form on his side

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 March, 2004, 12:00am

Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's Show Bravely looks the standout selection in the opening leg of the Triple Trio at Sha Tin tomorrow after a fast-finishing, and unlucky, second on the all-weather last time out.

The four-year-old endured a rocky run but was fairly rattling home at the finish of the 1,800-metre contest and should have won. The step back to the dirt mile here should not trouble him unduly and he should take a lot of beating.

It has been difficult to fault the form of Split Seconds who finished a game second to Fairplay over the course and distance on February 7. He will need more than an ounce of luck in running this time from barrier 11, but is more than capable of hitting the frame

There was nothing wrong either with the performance of Maximum Joy when finishing second to Winning Smile at the end of last month over this trip. He is something of a dirt specialist and must make the shortlist.

Cyber Gulch and Magic Touch are both handy on the dirt and a minor placing should not be beyond either while pace factor China World may take some catching.

The logical selection for banker in the middle leg is Justinian, who has hit the frame in his past four attempts over 1,400 metres. He has proven highly competitive in Class Four and with the added benefit of Douglas Whyte on board he makes plenty of appeal.

Last-start winner Barfold Hero should get the run of the race from gate one and on the strength of his recent performances he must be included.

There have also been promising signs from Kao And Ming, who was noted making late ground when fifth to Better Boy over the course and distance on January 24. He looks a decent prospect and it would be no surprise to see him hitting the frame.

Super Marksman caught the eye in a recent trial and can be given place claims, while Oscar Star is another that has been holding his form well and also merits consideration.

The Lok Sin Tong Cup is the final leg and Whyte looks to have the banker mount here with Amazing. This fellow has managed to hit the frame on three of four attempts over 1,200 metres on the all-weather and has a solid chance of extending that record.

The main challenge should come from Speedy Express, who led from start to finish over the course and distance on February 28. Based on that performance, he looks more than capable of filling a place.

Joyful Master finished fourth to Speedy Express and strikes that rival on better terms here, suggesting he is also one to include.

It's hard to ignore the claims of Salentino, who blew away his rivals when scoring by 33/4 lengths over the course and distance earlier this month. He must be included again. Brave Knight is another that handles the surface and cannot be left out of calculations.

The logical selection for banker in the third event is Spokesman, who was desperately unlucky not to hit the frame when seventh to Salentino on his last outing over the course and distance.

X-Speed finished third in the same race and produced his best performance to date at his debut on the all-weather. Majestic Feeling looks a progressive galloper and must be given respect while Good Mood is another that merits consideration as a prior winner over the distance.