One World can live up to rich griffin formline
Last season's griffin form already looks strong through the deeds of Favourite Supreme and Lucky Hero, and it should receive another boost when the promising One World resumes from a spell in the final leg of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT only being partially won on Sunday, the $2.6 million carryover is expected to result in the main prize on offer swelling to $9 million and, given One World has strong formlines through Sunday's impressive winner Lucky Hero, he looks a standout banker.
The Danehill Dancer colt made his debut over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin on March 25 and showed good fight under pressure to narrowly beat his stablemate Lucky Hero after returning a brilliant final 400m sectional of 21.7 seconds.
He was sent out as favourite at his next start, but with a rise to 1,400m, the John Moore-trained colt overraced badly and, not surprisingly, had little in reserve when it counted.
At his final outing for the season, One World was again out of luck, failing to get in from a wide barrier but showed good character under pressure to finish second to the promising Mascot Fortune.
Although not trialling heading into this assignment, One World has had a full preparation and matched motors with Lucky Hero on more than one occasion, which is a strong guide to his chances.
He should bounce right on the speed from gate seven for Manoel Nunes and under the light weight of 114 pounds he should take a lot of running down in the final stages.
His main danger will come from the well-drawn Pickett, who turned in a good performance at his first assignment for the season behind Booming City, while others entitled to consideration include Chater Power, Kimbo Kid, Har Har Charms and General Danske.
Shangdong General is another talented griffin resuming but from the outside alley he is going to need a lot of luck to figure in the finish.
In the opening leg, Daneprint looks the safest banker option after performing well at his first two assignments for this term.
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding opened the season with a good performance to place behind Sevens Heaven and he backed up six days later with another honest effort behind the all-the-way winner Figs.
The Danehill gelding will have no trouble coping with the rise to 1,800m, should get all favours in the run from gate one and rain earlier in the week will have only enhanced his prospects.
Figs will be the one to catch again on his class record victory last start despite rising in weight, while Star Prodigy, Wong's Favourite, Red Fortune, As You Wish and Knight Templar are worth keeping safe.
In the middle pin, Rocket Power fits the banker bill on his tough first-up performance behind Care Free Prince.
The Tony Cruz-trained gelding raced forward on a fast pace but showed commendable fight under pressure to finish only a ? length from the winner.
He should get an easier time of things on the speed on this occasion and prove the one to run down, with his main dangers to come from Gallant Knight, Super Goal Master and Spare a Dime, with the potential improvers being Real Surprise and Monty.