Whyte and Dance look the best combination
An enticing jackpot of $29 million provides plenty of reasons to have a crack at the Triple Trio this weekend where the formidable John Size-Douglas Whyte combination should oblige with banker assistance in the form of Sand Dance in the middle pin.
He has been the bridesmaid on his last two outings, including once over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin.
He remains in the same grade, strikes similar quality opposition and from gate three should prove hard to keep out of the frame.
Bullish General is definitely one to add to the short list following an improved effort when second to Picture Perfect over 1,400m at the end of last month.
The step up in distance looks a bonus for lightly raced Glory Years, who is displaying gradual improvement with each run. He managed to hit the frame over the minimum trip at Sha Tin last time and is open to more improvement.
Asia Rising is holding his form well and can fill a minor place, while Ambition won a turf trial convincingly and is another to consider.
The logical selection for banker in the opening leg is Sound Of Silence, who should prove too good for class five. John Moore has conjured improvement out of Lucky Encounter when he scored over the Valley mile this month. Based on that performance, he is hard to leave out of calculations.
Gold Digger ran with merit when third to Zhi You Spirit over 1,400m last month and a similar effort should see him figure in the finish.
Millennium Dawn hit form when scoring over the Sha Tin mile last outing, but has proven just as effective over this journey and cannot be ruled out of repeating the feat.
Mythic Steed is another that hasn't been far away the last few times he has competed and is capable of hitting the frame again.
The logical option for banker in the final leg has to be in-form Perpetual Pleasure.
Leilati and last-start winner Art Trader are both attempting to gain entry to next month's Derby and each have decent claims.
Dashing Winner has been holding his form well and deserves respect, along with Liberal's Choice.
The safest banker option in the third event is Firm Offer, who hasn't missed the frame in four attempts over the Sha Tin 1,000,, including two wins.
Grandway Shuttle won well over the course and distance last week and has a great chance to hit the frame. Happy Master was a shock winner on debut and appears to have plenty of scope for improvement, while Forte and Highlilli are both capable of proving competitive, if up to their best.