Progressive Bulb King ripe for Happy Valley success

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 12:00am

Progressive sprinter Bulb King ventures to Happy Valley for the first time tomorrow, a course tailor-made for his front-running style.

The former griffin has generally been a model of consistency in his short career, having finished no worse than fourth from five starts.

He handled the city circuit well when competing in a trial there last year, and being a more-seasoned galloper now should take some beating over the minimum trip. He looks a sound option for banker in the final leg of the Triple Trio.

The World Of Love (fifth), Grand Fighter (sixth), Down For The Count (seventh) and Ambition (eighth) all ran respectably behind Classa For Ever when last competing over the course and distance.

There was little separating them on the wire and all have claims to hit the frame once again, but the slight preference is for Grand Fighter to improve on the back of a sound all-weather trial.

Flying Sprinter managed to win on his last start at his first attempt over the minimum trip at Happy Valley and he, too, has solid claims.

The safest option for banker in the opening leg is Valley specialist Horace's Horse. The chestnut gelding has returned to form recently, and with the step up to 1,200 metres this time, looks ideally suited to figure in the finish.

South China Ninety finished fifth to Golden Stride when they last met over the course and distance, and both have decent chances to figure in the finish. The latter is well drawn and may prove hard to beat given he strikes similar opposition.

Wiki Wiki is poorly drawn but more than capable of proving competitive in this grade, while Honourable has creditable form over the course and distance and from a decent alley merits respect.

Chariot Of Wei Hai has won both starts this season for Tony Millard, who has clearly rejuvenated the gelding. Both victories have come over the Valley mile, and while he may find it tough to win three straight, he is certainly a good chance to hit the frame.

Uppa Hand finished third to Chariot Of Wei Hai and definitely looks a solid chance to fill a minor place. Capabel (fifth) and Tennessee (eighth) ran respectably in the same event but need to improve this time.

Sweetie has hit a purple patch of form, and although he is stepping up in grade is one to keep safe. The overall form of Rising Win at the city course is good and he has fallen to a competitive mark in the handicap.

The ideal banker selection in the third event is Oriental, who has a good record over the Valley mile with a win and second place from two starts. He has drawn ideally in gate one, and considering he was beaten by subsequent winner Oscar Star, he does look well placed to score.

Mr President finished third in the same event and based on that performance must be included. Pro Joy will appreciate the step up in distance and his form this season reads well.

Mr Beautiful is a winner over the course and distance, the win coming when rated one point lower than his mark tomorrow. He is fitter now and is one to consider.