Super Wongchoy can make his rivals bite the dust

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 April, 2005, 12:00am

A jackpot of $2.7 million adds more than a little interest to the Triple Trio tomorrow and all-weather specialist Super Wongchoy makes a perfect banker in the middle pin following his last-start victory.

He received a five-point penalty for the course and distance win - which looks quite lenient - but he should still prove hard to beat.

Double Happiness has placed once from two all-weather attempts and looks a worthy of inclusion.

Winning Smile has only finished out of the frame once from six starts over the course and distance, and although he has had his share of problems he must be given one more chance.

Fast Track impressed in a recent trial and progressive Dreams Come True often works very well on this surface, but a better choice for the multiple is Fat Chance, who has won and placed over this course and distance in the past.

Finding a banker choice in the opening leg isn't an easy task.

However, X-Speed, who has managed to hit the frame on two of his last three outings, is good enough to warrant banker status.

Lightly raced Shining Day, who showed improvement on his last outing, must be given strong place claims.

He often works extremely well on the all-weather track.

Freebird is holding his form reasonably well and cannot be denied a place chance, while Happy Kid is backing up from a fair effort on Wednesday and the recent all-weather trial winner can hit the frame.

The best option for banker in the final leg is Noble Wind, who has scored twice over the all-weather mile.

His recent form is rock solid and if he is able to attain a soft lead then he will take some beating.

Vroom Vroom finished second to Wong's Success over 1,800 metres on March 19, and based on that performance he looks worthy of respect this time around.

Although Smart Chief has drawn an awkward alley, he adores the all-weather surface and based on a series of solid efforts he can hit the frame.

The Tony Cruz-trained Great Leader has solid Argentine Group dirt form - won once and placed once - and must be kept safe.

Magic Touch, who has the services of champion Douglas Whyte and gate one this time around, will no doubt have every chance to figure in the finish.

The logical option for banker in the third event is Hawkie Star, who finished second on his debut over 1,200m on the turf.

He has however, often performed well on this surface in barrier trials and looks a progressive type.

Doucai has excellent credentials over the minimum trip on the all-weather track and cannot be ruled out, while Opera Magic has managed to finish second on both starts over the course and distance and gets his chance to go one better.

Maximum Joy is a multiple winner over the minimum trip on the all-weather and he remains well handicapped.