Pillow King can make the long wait worthwhile
Riding high on the success of Good Ba Ba in Sunday's Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup, Andreas Schutz and Olivier Doleuze should continue in celebration mode by claiming the opening leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley with a horse at the opposite end of the quality scale - Pillow King.
With the TT failing to go off at last Wednesday's Sha Tin all-weather fixture, the main prize is tipped to reach HK$8 million, and, from the prized inside alley, Pillow King looks set to get punters off to a flying start in the battle of the cellar dwellers.
While it has been over a year since Pillow King last saluted the judge, the six-year-old's recent form suggest that his winning turn has finally arrived.
Pillow King turned in his best performance for the season three starts back when finishing a close-up fourth to Mega Bullet, and he improved even further two weeks later when running second to Speed Of Light.
He may have failed to beat a runner home at his last outing five weeks ago but that effort should be forgotten as he was posted off the track throughout after bouncing from gate nine.
From barrier one tomorrow night, Doleuze should obtain the run of the race on the back of the speed influences New Command and Tabbris, and Pillow King won't get a better chance to land another success.
His main danger, and an appealing double banker, is Winning Pattern, despite his failure to notch a victory in 30 attempts.
The Sean Woods-trained gelding lines up on the back of two honest placings in similar races and looks aided by a stronger rider in Brett Prebble taking over the reins.
Others to keep safe are Rewarding Star, New Command and Speed Of Light, while Kaiser's Choix will need an inspired ride by Douglas Whyte to overcome barrier 12.
In the middle pin, Le Rossignol fits the banker bill, despite going into the event winless from 24 appearances.
The five-year-old made his debut for the Caspar Fownes stable four starts back with an eye-catching second in an unsuitable race behind the Ricky Yiu Poon-fei-trained Harb, and his three appearances since have all indicated he is looking for a rise in distance.
He looks perfectly placed stepping up to 1,650m and, for good measure, he drops to Class Four for the first time in his career.
From gate two, Felix Coetzee should be able to obtain the run of the race and present him at the right time to land a long-overdue success for his patient connections.
In a race light on for legitimate chances, his main dangers will come from last-start winner Gallant Falcon, Striking Mascot and Happy Heroes.
In the final leg, it's hard to go past promising Master Gunner when searching for a banker, given he looks destined to measure up to better races in time.
The John Moore-trained three-year-old turned in a terrific effort two starts back behind High Intelligent after giving away an impossible start, and his last performance behind the rejuvenated Add The Fun had plenty of merit, given he was forced to make a sustained run around the field from the 500m mark.
He looks set to get a much easier time of things on this occasion from barrier one under Darren Beadman and, with advantage of a light weight, Master Gunner should open his winning account.
Lightning Speed looks an appealing double banker with the advantage of an inside alley, while other worthy inclusions are I'm No Square, Add The Fun, First Baby and Bobo Win.