Luckyme should overcome big weight and wide gate
Promising Luckyme should continue his march to better races by offsetting a rise in weight and a wide barrier in the middle pin of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT only being partially won at the last Sha Tin meeting, the main prize up for grabs is expected to reach HK$8 million and the Tony Cruz-trained youngster looks a standout banker in a race lacking depth.
The half brother to the outstanding Danacourt looked a class conveyance at his first start when lengthening smartly to win before disappointing as a short-priced favourite at his next assignment when appearing reluctant inside horses.
He had plenty of room in the run from a wide barrier at his next outing and strolled to an effortless victory before making a mockery of a class rise last start when scoring by a widening margin.
The Chief Bearheart three-year-old is poorly drawn in gate 13 but Howard Cheng Yue-tin, fresh from a brilliant double at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, should have little trouble in pressing forward to be on the speed and Luckyme should prove far too good.
The one horse capable of causing an upset is the promising three-year-old First Baby if he has any luck from his awkward draw of gate 10.
The Alex Wong Yu-on-trained gelding finished third to Luckyme two starts back and after the claim for Marco Chui Kwan-lai, gets a massive 16-pound swing in the weights.
He didn't have the best of luck when sixth to Go Johnny Go last start after being held up in the straight but he will need the favourite to have an off day to turn the tables.
Noble Conqueror and Maribeau are the other main chances, while Good Partner will need luck from a wide alley and last-start winner Multo Expresso must be considered a query with a rise in distance and class.
In the opening leg, promising Lambro fits the banker bill with a rise to 1,400m and the blinkers being added for the first time.
The Tony Millard-trained three-year-old has performed with merit in his three appearances to date, with his last effort being full of merit after racing wide and showing signs of inexperience.
If the blinkers have the desired result, the Canny Lad youngster should prove too good with his main danger likely to come from the honest Lollipop, who has also had the blinkers added.
The Caspar Fownes-trained three-year-old has performed with merit in his seven starts to date and should get every chance to score a breakthrough success after coming up with gate one for visiting rider Darren Beadman.
Lambro and Lollipop look a terrific double-banker option, with others worth including being Big Kahuna, Happy Go Lago and Not Quite Perfect.
In the final leg, it's impossible to go past the emerging Northern Hero when in search of a banker.
The Anabaa gelding won his first two starts of the season in impressive fashion before having his colours lowered by the boom three-year-old Medic Power two starts back.
His last performance for second to Cheerful Master after racing wide throughout was full of merit and he will only need better luck in running to bounce right back to his best.
Likely leader California Luck will be the one he has to gun down, while other worthy inclusions are last-start winner Bold Win and Super Snippets, with the likely improver being the Fownes-trained Horace's Choice.