Danesis looks the part in final leg of Triple Trio
A fitter Danesis should relish a return to the all-weather track and have little trouble in bouncing back to his best in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
The Tony Cruz-trained colt resumed from a break three weeks ago and showed he was set for a successful season when camping outside the leader and battling on well to finish a close-up fifth to in-form Eyshal.
The four-year-old will have derived great benefit from that outing, his first for 124 days, and should enjoy the run of the race after bouncing from gate one under Felix Coetzee.
The last time Danesis raced on the artificial surface, he turned in a remarkable performance to come from back in the field after a moderate getaway to score the most impressive win of his 15-start career.
His main danger, and an appealing double banker, is smart Noble Conqueror, despite having to give away weight all around.
The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding found the 1,400m too sharp when resuming from a break, but showed he was coming to hand well when running on well from back in the field to finish third to Operation Secret and Iron First last start.
Although switching to the all-weather track for the first time, he has shown a liking for the surface in the past by registering three trial wins, and from a good draw under Brett Prebble, he should be in the action at the business end.
Others capable of getting into the action are Express Win, Sunny Golf and Clean Sweep, with the potential improver being Pot Of Gold with a rise in distance and an inside alley.
In the opening leg, it's hard to go past Young Elite, given he looks well placed with the claim for Jacky Tong Chi-kit. The Fownes-trained gelding caught the eye at his debut when flashing home behind Cosmo Successor, before lengthening well to score an impressive victory last start.
After Tong's allowance he only rises three pounds and he gives the impression he should be able to measure up to better races in time.
His main opposition will come from Beautiful Choice, Encosta Don and Cash Money, with the potential improver being Give Well.
The middle pin looks tough, but Above All could be a value banker with the advantage of barrier one.
The four-year-old was well held in his first four starts, but showed he was on the improve by working home nicely last start behind Luminous when appreciating a drop in grade.
From the good draw he should be able to take a closer position in the run and get his chance to show his true worth, while other worthy inclusions are Safety First, Good Partner, King Fay Fay and Supernova.