Bullish Gold holds key to rich rewards in the Triple Trio
Bullish Gold was unluckily beaten as a well-backed favourite last start and the promising gelding should have little trouble in making amends in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
With the TT failing to go off at last week's Sha Tin all-weather track meeting, the main prize is expected to top HK$5 million and Bullish Gold looks a standout banker, despite taking on some quality opposition.
The four-year-old arrived from Australia as a three-time winner from only six starts, and hinted he was heading in the right direction at his second Sha Tin start when staying on strongly for fifth behind speedy Blaze King.
The David Hall-trained gelding then made a quantum leap of improvement at his next attempt to run Heartline to half a length, with the winner going on to claim his next outing in commanding fashion, despite covering ground.
Bullish Gold was heavily supported at his next appearance on February 15, but was unfortunately posted three wide on a limb outside of the speed runners, who were responsible for a fast early tempo.
Despite the torrid run, Bullish Gold showed great fight under pressure to hold third to Irish Jig and White Jade, and he will only need better fortune in running under Brett Prebble to land his first Hong Kong success.
Honest Trulli shapes as a reliable double banker with the advantage of the prized inside alley, while others capable of getting into the trio include My Home Town, Ever Beauty, Fingers Crossed and Super General.
In the opening leg, Multi Millions fits the banker bill after finally coming up with a good barrier draw.
He resumed from an injury-enforced break with a sound effort behind Juggernaut, but has been dogged by wide gates at his subsequent outings. His last effort after covering ground showed he was going nicely, and he is well placed on his best form.
The event looks likely to be run at a solid tempo, which should allow Gerald Mosse to camp in midfield with cover and produce the seven-year-old at the right time.
Well-bred three-year-old Vanquish Delight is another interesting runner stepping up to 1,650m for the first time.
He wasn't disgraced in an unsuitable race last start and, with a rise in distance and the inside alley, he should be a big improver. It's a similar story with Oasis Davis, who will also appreciate a drop in class.
Other worthy inclusions are Danabaa, Kingston Winner and Striking Mascot.
In the middle pin, Treasure Raiders looks an appealing banker, given he has been racing well all season and will appreciate the 10-pound claim for apprentice Derek Leung Ka-chun. Although never likely in an all-weather track race dominated by Dynamic Blitz, the Paul O'Sullivan-trained gelding closed off nicely in the final stages, before turning in another good effort last time when anchored under the steadier of 133 pounds.
The seven-year-old was a two-time course and distance winner last season, should land a lovely spot in midfield off a likely solid speed and finish hard with only 123 pounds on his back to claim the main prize.
Super Plus was back to his best with a narrow victory last start when making his Happy Valley debut and, from a good alley, he looks the main danger.
Others capable of getting into the act are Kingston Marble, Sou Ma Tam, Super Fighter and King Creole.