Dirt specialist Joyful Years to benefit from class drop
Joyful Years hasn't had a lot go his way this season, but with a drop in class he should get his career back on track in the middle pin of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT failing to go off on Sunday, the main prize is expected to reach HK$18 million and on his terrific course and distance statistics last season, Joyful Years looks a solid banker material.
He landed his second all-weather track success at the end of last season in Class Four and the performance indicated he was going to make his mark in the next grade up.
He resumed in an unsuitable 1,200m event at Happy Valley and hit the line impressively behind Top Top Light before working home soundly behind Lucky Hero, despite a slow tempo playing against him.
The five-year-old was heavily supported two starts back with a return to the artificial surface, but was continually shuffled back in the field after originally camping on the speed and the performance can be excused.
He was again out of luck at his last outing two weeks ago over 1,600m of turf after being posted off the track throughout and it wasn't surprising he faded in the final stages behind King Acrylic.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained gelding is perfectly placed with a return to Class Four, should get an easy run on the back of the speed for Alex Lai Hoi-wing and be able to return to winning form.
His biggest danger, and an appealing double banker, is the in-form Three Clubs despite taking a rise in weight.
The John Moore-trained four-year-old was dominant in scoring last start and he'll be charging home in the final stages.
Others entitled to consideration are Carry Good News, also dropping in class, Arrogance, Joy Trumps and China Sportfield.
The opening leg looks tricky, but the event may pan out perfectly for Happy Elite.
The Tony Millard-trained gelding opened the season with a strong effort in running second to Kingston Marble before failing to back up the effort only three days later.
He returned from a freshen up five weeks ago but was right out of luck in finishing seventh to Kimberley Mines after being posted off the track.
He should get an easy run on the back of the suspect speed runners, Gaucho and Jade Dancer, and he won't get a better chance to notch another victory.
Treasurable was a surprise winner last start at his all-weather track debut but has to be rated highly, while Gaucho, Good Trio and California Heart are all capable of figuring in the finish.
In the final leg, Danesis fits the banker bill despite having to overcome a wide barrier.
The Tony Cruz-trained colt performed well in his first two runs for the season before proving disappointing with a rise in distance last start.
The engagement of Brett Prebble looks a positive, so expect Danesis to cross from gate 13 to make the speed, in which case he'll be the one they all have to catch.
Other worthy inclusions are Being Famous, Victory Treasure, Wadadelight, Courageousheart and Multo Expresso.