C-Team aim for second straight win with Dreams
The winners just keep rolling in for the C-Team of Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee and that should help the cause of Triple Trio players tomorrow where the formidable partnership bid to land back-to-back wins with Dreams Come True.
The progressive galloper won over the Valley mile on his first attempt on December and should take some beating again given he strikes similar quality opposition.John Size-trained Progressing Times has managed to hit the frame on three of his last four starts over 1,650 metres at Happy Valley.
He is drawn ideally in gate one and will have every chance to improve those statistics.
Both Freebird (second) and Flying Success (third) ran well in defeat when placed behind Phoenix Fortune over the course and distance a couple of weeks ago, and if able to hold that form merit consideration.
Armondo strikes easier rivals this time round and if able to produce his better form then will be right in the finish.
The logical choice for banker in the opening leg has to be Rainbow Diamond, who has been knocking on the door for a victory on his last two starts, both which have been over the Valley mile.
He will appreciate the step up to 1,800 metres along with Purple Gold, who showed marked improvement when third to Couldn't Care Less over the Valley mile.
Fortune Lad has been holding his form exceptionally well lately. He is competitively weighted once again and must be added to the shortlist.
Stoic is probably on or around his right mark in the ratings but can fill a minor place, along with Rising Win, who ran respectably in defeat on his last outing.
Cruz has opted to apply the blinkers for the first time to California Bishop, and the gear change may be just what he needs to break through and notch his first win. His recent trial in with the blinkers applied was a positive piece of work.The blinkers also go on Gallant Falcon for the first time. He has been holding his form well and has place claims while Ahead A Head is another on-pace runner that merits respect. His recent form is sound and is capable of hitting the frame.
Konrad The Great is always a chance of filling a minor place over the Valley mile in this grade, while Phoenix Fortune won well last time and merits consideration once again.
The best option for banker in the third event is last start winner Lucky Bird. He won over 2,200 metres at Sha Tin last month, and should be able to take that form to the city course.
Speed Winner (second) and Noble Glory (third) were placed behind Lucky Bird and both have claims to reverse the form. Happy Fortune and Alakazam, who are working well, also can be kept safe.