Leung's Warrior ready for battle

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 12:00am

There is an added attraction of a $12 million jackpot in the Triple Trio pool at tomorrow night's Sha Tin meeting and a confident selection for banker in the opening leg is Andy Leung Ting-wah's Fortune Warrior.

The maiden put the writing on the wall at the city course when flashing home to finish third behind Champ De Union over 1,200 metres.

On that occasion, he didn't have the best of luck in running and found the trip on the sharp side.

The move back to Sha Tin is a major bonus, along with the step up in trip and with leading jockey Douglas Whyte on board he has plenty in his favour.

Gold Sandfield is yet to win locally but has managed to hit the frame on both starts over 1,600 metres and given those credentials must be kept safe.

The recent form of Olive Or Twist has been encouraging, and while his overall record on the Sha Tin turf is not inspiring, he looks capable of hitting the frame against this rivals.

Harry Harry is having his first start for David Hall and moved well enough in a recent Valley trial to warrant respect, while Telecom Tycoon will relish the move back to his preferred course and distance and can fill a minor place.

A good option for banker in the middle pin is Treasure Raiders, who impressed on debut when fourth to Chosen One over 1,200 metres at the Valley.

He appeared to just be in need of the outing that evening and should strip fitter for the run. He has drawn perfectly in gate one and gets his chance to break through.

Dragon And Gold has to be given a strong chance to hit the frame after finishing a distant second to subsequent winner Yellow Diamond.

The manner in which Magnificent Horse rattled home to finish third behind Supersonic earlier this month was most pleasing. It was only his third start and he looks open to more improvement.

Flying Eagle is holding his form well to suggest he can figure in the finish.

Although African Forest has drawn poorly (gate 13), he has impressed in a couple of trials recently and is worth keeping safe on his first run for Hall.

Lucky Danske looks the logical selection for banker in the final leg, having hit the frame on all three starts.

It was a sound effort when third to Super Prince over 1,200 metres on New Year's Day, and with Picture Perfect (third) coming out to win next time the form looks solid.

Wafer King finished fourth to Super Prince and based on that performance deserves inclusion.

Last-start winner Chosen One is a progressive galloper and should be added to the shortlist with the chance of more improvement to come.

Globe River has been holding his form exceptionally well and has place claims, while HK Island Victory has been working well and could sneak into the frame.

The C Team of Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee are the team to follow in the third event where California Heart is a top banker selection.

He displayed marked improvement when competing on the all-weather surface last time and returning to the specialist surface gives him a chance to record his first win.

Amazing One is a progressive galloper who merits respect, along with last-start winner Brave Knight. Sparky is a multiple winner over the course and distance and has place claims.