Happy All Around can measure up under light weight
Happy All Around could not have been more impressive when making his debut for the Tony Cruz stable and despite taking a rise in class, he should repeat the dose in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
The six-year-old has always been a good competitor over the Valley 1,800-metre course but he had never performed as impressively as he did in his demolition of his Class Five rivals on October 17.
He easily crossed from gate 11 to make the speed under Brett Prebble, and was given an easy time in the middle stages before winning, eased down by 21/4 lengths from Strike To Win.
While Happy All Around has needed to drop to Class Five in the past to find winning form, his last-start effort suggested he should have little trouble measuring up to this grade, especially with a light weight.
Happy All Around has drawn awkwardly in gate nine, but Prebble is sure to search for the lead again, with his only possible early competition coming from Barracuda, but he will have too much natural pace and will be the one to gun down in the final stages.
The clear danger will be the David Hall-trained Wonderful Blessing, who showed a return to form with a good effort last Wednesday over the 1,650m course.
He was caught off the track first-up but showed the benefit of that outing when narrowly beaten by Solar. He should now be at his peak and is ideally placed with the claim for Marco Chui Kwan-lai.
Last-start winner City Surfer is the other main contender, while those capable of sneaking into minor money include Liverbird, Vintage Gold, G-One Leading and Barracuda.
In the opening leg, Supreme Gold looks a standout banker now that he has had the experience of one run around this track.
The Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained three-year-old opened the season with a good effort behind China Hero before making a quick rise to 1,650m and appearing unlucky not to finish closer to Triumph after being held up on more than one occasion.
Supreme Gold should end up with an easy run on the back of the speed and should prove too progressive for his opposition, with his main danger likely to come from Gallant Falcon.
The six-year-old hasn't bothered the judge for some time but he showed he still had something to offer with an excellent effort first-up. He was slow from the barriers and ran wide throughout before finishing on the heels of the placegetters.
He will have derived good benefit from that outing and will get a much easier time on things on this occasion from gate two.
Other worthy inclusions are last-start winners Namjong Goodluck and Triumph, while Rain Check gets one more chance now that he has had the experience of racing at this distance.
In the final leg, Multi Millions fits the banker bill after drawing the prized inside alley for Gerald Mosse.
He turned in an excellent effort first-up after being forced to race wide throughout but he missed his October 24 assignment due to a lame off fore.
His trackwork suggests he is over that slight setback and he is perfectly placed as his rating is seven points lower than his most recent success.
The main dangers will come from Sunbell, Ocean Tranquil, Dr Possi and Chater Silk.