Local Power will take plenty of running down
Local Power was desperately unlucky not to figure in the finish at his last outing and he should have little trouble in returning to his best in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
With the TT only being partially won last week, the main prize is expected to reach HK$8 million, and Local Power looks a standout banker, despite having to overcome a wide barrier.
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding displayed plenty of promise in his first four appearances, before scoring an impressive win at the Valley on January 16.
He was fired to the front from gate eight by apprentice Terry Wong Chi-wai before being rated to perfection and kicking strongly in the straight to beat the in-form Chater Silk.
He was sent out a solid second favourite at his next outing over 2,000m at Sha Tin 32 days later but, after enjoying an easy run on the back of the leader, he was hopelessly blocked in the straight before finishing ninth to Industrial Express.
From gate 10 this time, Wong should have little trouble in crossing to the front and Local Power will be the one they all have to gun down.
Real Special is also poorly drawn in gate 11 but he should also take a prominent position in the run and shapes up as the main danger.
The John Size-trained three-year-old was successful at his second start, before being narrowly beaten at his next outing by Mythic Steed.
He wasted little time in returning to his best five weeks later when accounting for the promising Danesis and he gives the impression he is on his way to better races.
The other main contender is the last-start winner Viva Fighter, who should relish a rise to 1,800m, while other worthy inclusions are Mastery, Prime Target and Silver Mark.
In the opening leg, Romantic Green fits the banker bill as he is primed to get the run of the race from gate two.
The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding turned in a terrific effort two starts back after attempting to lead all the way, and his performance last week when posted off the track from a wide gate had plenty of merit.
He will get a much easier time of things on this occasion and he won't get a better chance to open his winning account.
Wong's Favourite has been a revelation this term in winning three on the trot, and he shapes up as the one to beat again, while third-up specialist Double Pleasure, Frontier and Jade China are others to keep safe.
In the final leg, the race-fit My Luck looks perfectly placed with a claim and he should be able to return to his best.
He looked the winner last Wednesday before peaking on his run late to finish a close-up third to High Intelligent, but with the advantage of Wong's claim he meets that gelding nine pounds better.
He has shown himself to be a superior horse when backing up within seven days and he appears a strong chance to get a nice run on the back of the speed, despite jumping from gate nine.
His toughest opposition will likely come from High Intelligent, Dashing Thunder, Money Man, Diamond Era and Quest For Love.