Bank on Beadman and Star Of Fame to bring home fortune
Star Of Fame was responsible for an enormous performance when resuming from a break, and, with the benefit of that outing and gate one, he looks a standout in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
With the TT failing to be lifted at the last city circuit meeting, the main prize on offer is expected to reach HK$5 million, and Star Of Fame looks an obvious banker with Darren Beadman picking up the prized mount.
The Tony Millard-trained gelding may have only registered two wins from 16 starts, but he is probably unlucky not to boast a better record.
He returned with excuses on numerous occasions last season, and showed he was set for a prosperous campaign when resuming over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin on September 15.
He was supported from long odds in, crunched from HK$520 to HK$150, but his chances looked forlorn when he settled back and wide in the field off a very sedate tempo.
Apprentice Thomas Yeung Kai-tong peeled to the outside at the top of the straight, and the five-year-old let down smartly to finish second, only a neck from handy Island Super.
He will have derived great benefit from that outing, was a course and distance winner second-up last season after drawing gate one, and lightning clearly looks set to strike twice.
His main danger, and an appealing double banker, will come from the well-drawn Super General.
The Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained gelding opened his winning account with a course and distance win two starts back, before resuming with an excellent second to promising Victory Conqueror.
With the benefit of that outing and an inside alley, he should be right in the action, with other worthy inclusions being Wine Win, Brilliant One, China Hero and Buccaneer.
In the opening leg, Galactic Tactic is nicely placed to add to the impressive statistics of Brett Prebble and Dennis Yip Chor-hong.
The six-year-old may have ended the season hopelessly out of form, but it's significant his rating is now only one point higher than when he landed his first victory.
On that occasion, he was also resuming from a break, landed in a prominent position, and dished out a solid beating to his rivals.
He strikes a race light on legitimate chances and should be the one to beat, with his main danger likely to come from the Millard-trained Value Choice with the advantage of gate two.
The five-year-old has won three over this track and trip this year, and showed he was primed for a good first-up showing when leading all the way to win a barrier trial on September 23.
Others capable of getting into the action are debutant Cricket Don, Investar, Ganbaria and Happy Sunday.
In the middle pin, Kaiser's Choix fits the banker bill, despite taking a rise in class.
The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding was taken on in the early stages when resuming and peaked on his run close to home, but he was a transformed horse in winning last start when Beadman returned to the saddle.
The six-year-old has been competitive at this level in the past and, with superior fitness over the majority of his rivals, he should be the one to gun down in the final stages.
His main dangers will come from Rewarding Star, Meath, Vintage Gold and Key Winner.