Happy Valley stayers in form
By ROBIN PARKE
HAPPY Valley specialist stayers Tarnside Turbo and Spirits Bay look certain to be involved in the finish of the first leg of the Double Trio at tomorrow's rare day meeting at the city track.
The two clash in a 2,400-metre event and the form of both horses - but particularly Tarnside Turbo - is excellent over this testing and fairly unique trip at the tight city track.
Tarnside Turbo rarely runs a bad race over ground at the Valley and Spirits Bay, who has won well at the trip, has been working in excellent fashion leading up to tomorrow's event.
The race has held up well with 11 taking part in the Classes Two and Three feature event and there may just be a better shade of odds about Spirits Bay.
He is given the banker role for the first leg of the DT and, along with Tarnside Turbo, it is worth putting in Clear City, who will be ridden by Walter Swinburn, and Grey Linnet whose lone victory has been here.
Bottomweight Ka Fook has been a disappointment but might do something off his light mark.
The second leg of the popular bet is a Class Four, 1,235-metre event and there are several chances here.
Cheerful Prince has won well at his last couple of starts and should go well again despite the inevitable rise in the handicaps.
The Cheung Ting-pong galloper Make My Day has had three runs this season and was a facile winner at the second time of asking and was certainly not disgraced at his last outing when third to Cash Bonus over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin.
Family Of Wah Yuen finished second on that occasion and, to an extent, franked the form with a facile win on the Valley equitrack in midweek. But he is a specialist on the synthetic surface.
Make My Day was in sixth place to the home turn in that last run and made steady progress to be third on straightening but did not quicken when Cash Bonus appeared and ran them down.
But he is a good course and distance winner and this longer Valley sprint will be much more to his liking.
Trainer Bruce Hutchison, who prepares Spirits Bay, has worked overtime to get Golden Gamble to the races and the horse has done plenty of work after passing a series of barrier trials.
He looks to have ability and should have done enough work to make his presence felt.
At odds he is worth including along with Plenty Cash who has done his share of work leading up to this event.
Top-weight Humdinger has had one run this time in and was blocked for room when making some progress at Sha Tin.
He is a good course and distance winner several times in the past and is not the worst here.
Local rider Ho could also be involved in the first leg of the Double Quinella where Plentiful Harvest will have logical support following an excellent late run last time which saw him go very close.
He looks admirably suited by this 1,235-metre dash and will be there at the finish.
Last start winner The Third Million had the services of Darren Gauci for that success but a claimer takes over - and he had done precious little previous to the engagement of the excellent Australian.
This is a weak race but Horse Supreme, with a 10lb claimer aboard, could still do something.