Majestic Heart primed to end his horror run
Majestic Heart should finally end a horror run of bad luck when he steps up to 1,800 metres for the first time in the middle pin of Sunday afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
The Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained gelding showed he was set for a successful season when turning in a sound first-up performance over 1,400m behind Clement Elite, and he was desperately unlucky not to return to his best five weeks later.
He enjoyed a lovely run in midfield but was hopelessly blocked for 150m in the straight, and his effort to run on when in the clear to be beaten a nose by Expeditious was solid.
On the back of the effort, he was sent out at prohibitive odds at his next outing two weeks later, and although the formguide read he finished ninth to Mega Bullet, he was again unlucky not to figure in the finish after striking severe traffic for the entire straight.
The four-year-old is bred to relish the rise in distance, and he should only need clear galloping room in the straight to land his second win under Brett Prebble.
His main danger, and an appealing double banker, is the much-improved Supreme Commander.
The Paul O'Sullivan-trained gelding lost his maiden tag with an impressive display second-up, before rising to this class and only being gunned down in the shadows of the post by Mega Bullet.
Although poorly drawn, in-form jockey Douglas Whyte should press forward in the early stages to camp on the speed and he'll be the one Majestic Heart has to gun down.
Others capable of getting into the act are Expeditious, Give Well, Supreme Dragon and Ever King.
In the opening leg, Something Special looks a value banker, despite disappointing his supporters last time out. The four-year-old opened the season with a fantastic effort behind Billion and Dordenma, but didn't appreciate being put into a prominent position last start and weakened out.
He has subsequently trialled well and should only need a patient ride to bounce back to his best.
Best Power makes double banker appeal on the back of an impressive last-start win, while other worthy inclusions are Sir Galahad, Real Special, Amsterdam and Forest Fountain.
In the final leg, it's impossible to go past Kildare, given he was so dominant in scoring over the same course and distance last start.
He faded in the final stages first-up on the back of a light preparation, but showed the benefit of that outing when dishing out a comprehensive beating to his opposition last time. Despite taking a hefty rise in weight, he should land in a lovely position on the back of the speed and again show his superior turn to foot to land the main prize.
Dynamic Blitz and Tuscan Spirit make plenty of appeal at their first outings, while others entitled to consideration are Kindacross, South China Elite and Home Treasure.