Step To Win points the way to Triple Trio riches
Step To Win has been a steady improver as the season has progressed and he should be able to open his winning account when he lines up in the opening leg of Monday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT failing to go off at the March 31 meeting, the prize on offer is expected to reach HK$8 million and Step To Win looks a standout banker on the back of an excellent effort last start.
The Almond Lee Yee-tat-trained gelding didn't make a great impression at his first two attempts but has turned in much-improved efforts since then.
The three-year-old was a transformed horse last start when stepping to 1,200 metres. He parked on the back of the speed before finding the front in the straight and looking all over a winner before being nailed in the shadows of the post by the smart Singing Diners.
This event appears to be a touch weaker, he should land in a perfect trailling position on the back of the speed for Shane Dye and prove too progressive for his opposition.
Hardest to beat will be Lambro, who has been freshened up since two sound performances, while others entitled to consideration are Dr Candy, making his debut for the Tony Cruz stable, and debutant Cosmo Successor, who has been making a favourable impression at the barrier trials.
The middle pin looks tricky but the safest banker option appears to be California Heart, who is set to relish a drop to Class Four for the first time.
The six-year-old has been mixing distances of late without a great deal of success but the best guide to his chances are his performance four starts back over this track and trip when running a creditable third to the promising Towering Feeling.
His main danger is First Knight, who is ideally placed after the claim for Terry Wong Chi-wai, while Treasurable, despite disappointing last start, Spirit Of Lo Pan, with the benefit of one run under his belt and the blinkers being added for the first time, and Soldier On must be kept safe.
In the final leg, the improving Rocket Power is set to turn the tables on South Breeze from their March 18 meeting, given he gets a vital swing at the weights.
The Last Tycoon gelding struggled at his first two starts over sprint trips before making a quantum leap of improvement when stepped to 1,600m. He parked in a prominent position and found the lead in the straight, only to be gunned down in the closing stages by South Breeze.
Despite drawing the outside alley, the three-year-old is certain to press forward under Brett Prebble and prove the one to run down in the straight.
South Breeze is his main danger again, making him a solid double-banker option, while others that make appeal are Elfhelm, backing up after a luckless effort last Saturday, and Come Ho Choi, given he should press forward from a wide alley.