Laser Tiger looks ready to pounce from prized inside alley
Honest Laser Tiger will be all the better for one run from a lengthy break, and with the advantage of the prized inside alley, he should strike winning form in the final leg 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$5 million, and on the evidence of a smart recent trial performance, Laser Tiger represents an excellent banker.
The David Hall-trained gelding turned in the performance of his career two starts back when rocketing to the line from the tail of the field to score a most impressive victory over the likes of Lollipop and Macho Expresso.
He resumed following arthroscopic surgery to his right fore fetlock on October 19 and turned in a satisfactory effort to finish a close-up eighth to Fantastic Choice after missing the start and racing keenly in the early stages.
He journeyed to Happy Valley on November 15 for a 1,000m trial, and he indicated he had made good improvement from the run by closing off smartly in the final stages to finish an impressive second to North Hill.
With the benefit of gate one, Eric Saint-Martin should be able to take a more prominent position, and the six-year-old should power over the top of his rivals to land his third success.
Longwah Rising takes a rise in class, but looks a nice double banker under a light weight from a good draw, while others capable of getting into the action are Esperanza, Victory Conqueror, North Hill, Super Goal Master.
In the opening leg, it's hard to go past in-form Mega Bullet with the advantage of an inside alley.
The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding looked to have the prize two starts back, but threw away his winning chance by wanting to hang in under pressure, but he was right back to his best last start when expertly handled from a wide barrier by in-form jockey Mark du Plessis.
From gate three, the four-year-old will likely camp in a lovely spot in midfield, and the much-improved gelding should continue his surge up the ratings.
His toughest opposition will come from Dr Well, Clovis, Super Surprise, Soaring Dragon and Baturo.
In the middle pin, Fownes and Du Plessis again look to hold the aces when they team up with promising Ocean Wide.
The four-year-old scored a most impressive win first-up this season when having no trouble overcoming the outside alley, and he was only nailed on the line three weeks later when taking a rise in class.
He was right back to his best last time out when pouncing on the lead and, despite taking a rise in weight, he should again prove too sharp for his opposition.
Value Choice has been a substantial improver, and he looks a strong double banker. The Tony Millard-trained gelding landed his fourth win when resuming from a spell, and his performance to finish third to Fantastic Choice last start after doing plenty of early work from a tricky gate was excellent.
He should obtain a nice spot on the back of the speed from gate five for Thomas Yeung Kai-tong and, under a light weight, give Ocean Wide a run for his money. Others worthy inclusions are Brilliant One, Super Snippets, Tiger Ridge and Young Label, who will need a touch of luck to overcome a wide alley.