Inside gate just the ticket for luckless Raiders
Treasure Raiders hasn't had the best of luck this term, but he can turn it all around with the advantage of an inside alley in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
With the TT only being partially won at the last Happy Valley meeting, the main prize is expected to reach HK$25 million, and Treasure Raiders appeals as a value banker in a race light on legitimate chances.
The Paul O'Sullivan-trained gelding showed the first signs he was coming back to form three starts back when finishing fifth to I'm No Square. From gate nine he was moderately away, settled back on the fence and appeared unlucky not to finish closer than three lengths away after running into traffic problems in the final stages.
He was responsible for another good effort at his next outing when fifth to Animation after again striking trouble in the straight, but was quickly out of business last start after being checked out of the gates.
Although finishing at the tail of the field behind Master Dreamer, the effort can be forgotten as the pace of the race played against him and he was forced to make his run very early.
The six-year-old has won twice in his career, both off similar ratings, and significantly it was when he was put right on the speed.
In a race devoid of a great deal of pace, Brett Prebble will likely search for the front from gate three and that being the case, he will be the one they will have to gun down.
His main danger looks to be the improving Amazing Choisir on the back of a last-start win. The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding was given every chance from the inside alley in defeating Mascot Fortune, but he is not going to find this any tougher as he only rises three pounds for the success.
Others entitled to consideration are Marvellous, Super Fantasy, Mythic Steed and regular bridesmaid Flying Kenny.
In the opening leg, Sparkle fits the banker bill after coming up with the prized inside alley for jockey Howard Cheng Yu-tin.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained gelding produced a terrific effort last start in finishing a nose second to Mega Bullet after being taken back to last from his outside barrier.
From a good draw, he is sure to be closer to the speed and he gets the ideal opportunity to land another success.
Rewarding Star has been costly of late, but he has to be given one more chance, considering he appeared to fail in rain-affected conditions last start, while other worthy inclusions are Pillow King, last-start winner Speed Of Light, Pleasure Pleasure and Winning Pattern.
In the final leg, it's hard to go past the in-form Chater Silk when searching for the best banker option.
The David Ferraris-trained gelding returned to his best with a dominant victory two starts back before losing no marks when running second to Local Power last outing, given the pace of the race played against him. He should get an easy run from barrier four and be able to finish over the top of his rivals.
Really Happy makes his debut and looks primed to give a great sight from the inside alley, while Dr Possi, Multi Millions, King Hogan and Happy Crusader are others capable of figuring in the finish.