Mascot Fortune stands out as the TT's best banker

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 February, 2008, 12:00am

The form from Mascot Fortune's last performance stands out like a beacon, and he is sure to be a popular elect in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

The Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained three-year-old has taken time to hit his straps this season, but he showed he was ready to live up to his early potential when kicking strongly to finish a neck second to the promising Amazing Choisir last start.

Amazing Choisir franked the form by scoring an authoritative victory in a higher grade at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, which points to Mascot Fortune being a ready-made winner come Sunday. He should get the run of the race from gate four under Brett Prebble and he will only need to run up to his last performance to be the one to beat.

Natural Fatchoy looks an outstanding double banker option, given he finished third to Amazing Choisir and only a neck away from the runner-up. The Tony Cruz-trained gelding was a costly failure at his previous outing after blowing the start, but his last effort when working early from a wide barrier indicated he was on the verge of his second success.

From gate three, he looks set to track the likely leader, Treasure Colt, and be the one Mascot Fortune has to gun down. Others entitled to consideration are Pos Trumps, Multo Expresso, Monte Cristo and Lucky Dragon, while the likes of Super Goal Master and Laser Tiger will need inspiring rides from wide barriers.

In the opening leg, Baturo fits the banker bill as he looks ideally placed with a drop in grade and distance. The Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained gelding ran with merit behind the promising Great Supreme two starts back, before just failing to run out a strong 1,650m when fifth to Brilliant Flash.

From gate 10, Terry Wong Chi-wai should have the four-year-old camped right on the speed and he won't get a better chance to open his winning account.

His biggest threat will likely come from the other pace influence Ka Ka Smart, while Chinese Boy Boy, Cheerful Happiness, Able Standard and King Of Spades are all entitled to respect.

In the middle pin, the promising Spring Sun shapes up as the one to beat now that he has had the benefit of one outing. The four-year-old created a good impression when winning his only start in New Zealand by a big margin and there was a lot to like about his effort when third to Magic Chariot at Sha Tin three weeks ago.

Although drawn poorly in gate 13, Douglas Whyte is sure to press forward on the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained gelding and he should take a power of beating.

South China Elite's form has been patchy this term, but he looks the biggest danger on the back of a barrier trial success, while Grand Commands, Booming City, Ferro Beau and King Prawn Supreme are others to keep safe.