Pricey Danesis can repeat dose with lighter weight
Strapping colt Danesis finally lived up to his HK$7 million price tag when scoring a smart first-up victory and with a massive drop in weight he should have no trouble repeating the performance in the middle pin of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT failing to go off last Sunday following some surprising results, the main prize on offer is expected to reach a whopping HK$55 million and, despite a rise in class, Danesis appears to have found a tailor-made event, making him a standout banker.
Danesis, the highest-priced International Sale graduate in history, displayed promise last season as a griffin, but it wasn't until he stepped up to 1,650 metres and then switched to the all-weather track that he finally put it all together.
The Tony Cruz-trained three-year-old had to be bustled from the gates to find the lead, but was then rated to perfection by Vincent Sit Shun-keung, before responding under hands-and-heels riding to score by a neck from Dash.
Sit makes way for stable apprentice Marco Chui Kwan-lai and after his claim Danesis takes a massive drop of 19 pounds. From gate eight, he should have little trouble in finding the lead and he is the one they will all have to run down.
His main danger will come from the lightly weighted Joyful Years, who will appreciate a rise in distance, while others entitled to inclusion are Ample Gains, Lucky Champion, Magic Temple, Fujian Prince and Brilliant One.
In the opening leg, it is impossible to go past Spare A Dime when searching for a banker after the four-year-old made such a huge impression at his debut last month. He settled a long last from a wide barrier, but finished brilliantly in the straight to be beaten a head by Rocket Power. He will be improved by that outing, should take a more forward position with a rise in distance and the early signs are that he will measure up to much better races in time.
The pace influences, Terraferma and Rocket Power, will be the ones to gun down, while Pachinko is hard to deny on his impressive debut victory two weeks ago, despite striking tougher opposition.
In the final leg, Lambro fits the banker bill on the back of a highly impressive victory at his debut for the Sean Woods stable four weeks ago.
The four-year-old showed promise in his first campaign, but went to a different level first-up when returning from surgery to correct an entrapped epiglottis.
From a wide alley, Manoel Nunes was able to get no closer than four wide for the entire trip, but he still let down with a brilliant finishing burst to win in effortless fashion.
He is drawn (gate three) to get all the favours and should be able to repeat the performance despite rising in class as he gets a valuable 10-pound drop in weight.
Olivier Doleuze has given punters a good lead to Lambro's main danger in selecting Goal Keeper ahead of live chances Mellifluous and Nice King, while others entitled to consideration are Wise Lover, Meridian Pride and Scoot Da Loot.