Marshall can be banked on to fill pockets
IT is impossible to go past topweight Pocket Full when seeking a banker for the second leg of the Double Trio when racing returns to the Happy Valley equitrack tomorrow night.
This is the penultimate meeting in the uninspiring history of the synthetic track and it is an essentially modest seven-race affair but, let's face it, equitrack and its predecessor, sand racing, keeps the whole show ticking over.
The fifth event is a Class Six race and Pocket Full looks, quite simply, too good for this lot.
He returned to the fray for the first time this season on February 12 and ran a most creditable second on his belated debut for the campaign behind 20-1 winner Speedy Kid.
That was over 1,400 metres and was an excellent first run. He was ridden then, as now, by the admirable John Marshall and the former Sydney champion looks fully capable of getting a win out of this one tomorrow night.
And if it does come to the worst, it is almost impossible to see Pocket Full finishing out of the first three.
Last season, Pocket Full finished second to So Easy over 1,600 metres at Sha Tin by a length and a quarter. On his best form So Easy could probably let this field start at midday and still win.
And midway through last season, Pocket Full, in Class Five, finished less than two lengths from Talisburg over a 1,600-metre trip on equitrack.
Cloud Seven ran a better race last time and had some form last season but the trip could be a problem - certainly on his exposed form. But he has run well on equitrack and is a winner on that surface in England.
Class Five horse Simply Noble has come right down the grades - and why not as his form is bleak - but wasn't completely out of it last time out and may run into the frame.
Devon's Treasure, with the king of the equitrack, Basil Marcus, up looks another possibility.
The first leg of the Double Trio is a trickier affair but equitrack-proven Wind Traveller looks the answer.
He has had quite a break since Alan Munro rode him into third place over 1,400 metres on this surface back on December 29. He finished over six lengths behind Star Of Marble but he's a good past winner over 1,600 metres.
Call Me Horse is on a hat-trick having found out what winning is all about somewhat late in his previously unprofitable career. Claimer Vicki C. W. Choi takes over from Gerald Mosse.
Brandski and Hammerhead are two other contenders for Double Trio places in this fairly open 10-runner event.
Brandski loves the surface and has done well enough at 1,600 metres before while connections may well be hoping for a price on Hammerhead by the engagement of claimer Simon H. K. Yim, having his final ride before another enforced holiday, this time for six days.
Hammerhead is good on equitrack but could find the trip too long. But he does not look a very difficult ride for a maximum claimer and the weight off his back will also be of obvious assistance.
Likewise, Fit For Royalty goes round with a claimer and has shown a liking for the synthetic track.