Hekyll N' Jyde has plenty of appeal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 January, 2005, 12:00am

John Size's progressive galloper Hekyll N' Jyde stands out as the logical banker selection in the final leg of the Triple Trio following a convincing victory over 1,200 metres at the city course in November.

The son of Canny Lad drops back to the minimum trip tomorrow but that poses no problem for a horse with natural early speed.

He has the ability to sit on or just behind the pace from a decent alley and with the pace likely to be strong he should have too strong a finish for his rivals.

The luck of the draw did Captain Happy no favours, and the likelihood of his being caught wide without cover from the outside draw is high. He does look an exciting prospect and must be given place claims at least.

Amo generally performs with distinction around his preferred course and, although he prefers a shade further, he cannot be ruled out of hitting the frame.

Southern Light hit the line strongly in a recent turf trial, suggesting he is back to near his best. His overall course-and-distance form is excellent.

Debutant Careless Whisper displayed some potential in a recent all-weather trial and is worth keeping safe.

The best option for banker in the opening leg is last-start winner Glorious Rhythm, who looks well treated following a five-point penalty.

He was caught three-wide when making his run heading up the rock and did well to sustain his drive to the line. He strikes similar opposition here and should hit the frame again.

Telecom Superboss finished second to Glorious Rhythm and meets him three pounds better for a head margin. He must be included.

There was plenty of merit in the run of Rainbow Diamond when second to Handbag Premier last week over the Valley mile. He is on the upgrade and should be added to the shortlist.

The booking of Douglas Whyte aboard Sunny Desert is worth noting. This fellow showed a return to form last start and looks at least a place chance. Couldn't Care Less is the best of the remainder.

The middle pin is arguably the most difficult, but a good case can be made for taking Pro Joy as the banker selection.

He has been holding his form well against similar opposition and gets his chance to break through.

The drop in grade looks a real bonus for Fortune Boy, who scored his last win in this class over the course and distance towards the end of last term.

Lok Wah Success has managed to hit the frame on three of six attempts over the Valley mile and with Whyte snapping up the ride he has a top chance to improve on those statistics. Both Flying Kenny and Mr President have been competitive in this grade over this trip and have place claims again.

The return to form of Sight Champion last start, when second to Chosen One, was a good enough performance to earmark the grey gelding as banker in the third event. Providing he can hold the form, he should figure in the finish.

The re-application of blinkers could spark improvement from Healthy Fruits, who has drawn well in gate two.

Progressive galloper Fortune Warrior has shown enough potential to warrant inclusion, while Island Spirit has been freshened for this and has place claims.