Rising Palais D'Or ideally placed for repeat performance
Palais D'Or has looked a transformed horse in two runs since joining the John Moore stable, and he can show himself to be on the march to better races by claiming the middle pin of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT failing to go off on Thursday following indifferent results, the main prize is expected to reach HK$10 million, and Palais D'Or looks a standout banker.
He showed glimpses of talent last season, but hinted he had derived great benefit from a break when resuming with a solid third to Moon Chaser, despite being unsuited by the 1,000m straight course.
He stepped up to 1,400m two weeks later, and turned the event into a one-act affair in the final stages, lengthening impressively to finish right over the top of Ambitious Owner to win with something in hand.
The five-year-old rises 10 pounds for the success and steps up to 1,600m, but he should get a nice run on the back of the speed for Zac Purton, and have little trouble in landing back-to-back wins.
An appealing double banker is improving Best Noodle, who should get all the favours on the speed, while others capable of filling the placings are Dash, Super, Amazing Journey and Gallant Master.
In the opening leg, Treasurable fits the banker bill with a return to Class Four for the first time in over a year.
The Paul O'Sullivan-trained gelding returned with a good performance in a high-rating race behind Lucky Quality, and had excuses last start after being checked out of the gates and held up early in the straight.
He has been successful the only two times he has raced in this class on the all-weather track, and he looks perfectly placed under Derek Leung Ka-chun's 10-pound claim.
An appealing double banker is last-start winner Full Blessings with the advantage of barrier one and a claim for Matthew Chadwick.
The Tony Cruz-trained gelding was a transformed horse last start when switching to the artificial surface for the first time and, despite taking a rise in class, he will appreciate a massive drop in weight.
Others worthy of inclusion are Keen Taker, Massive Star, Jade Dancer and Tout Va Bien.
In the final leg, it's hard to go past Dynamic Blitz, given his form reads so well through Thursday's impressive winner Kildare.
The Ricky Yiu Poon-fei-trained gelding showed great promise in Australia, and managed to hold Kildare at bay by a nose at his first Sha Tin start five weeks ago. He showed he had come out of the race in great order when leading all the way to win a December 23 trial on the dirt track, and he gives the impression he should measure up to better class races in time.
His toughest opposition will come from Solar Mighty, Top Top Light, Global Win, Special K and Industrial Marvel.
Pot of gold
Tomorrow's Triple Trio at Sha Tin is expected to reach: HK$10m