Triumphant Diamond starting to shine again

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 2009, 12:00am

Triumphant Diamond emerged from racing's wilderness with an eye-catching effort last start and he strikes the perfect opportunity to return to his best in the final leg of Sunday afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

The Danny Shum-trained gelding has been disappointing for most of the season, but a drop to Class Four for the first time in two years on May 1 hinted he is about to get his career back on track.

He settled back in the field with cover, was briefly held up turning for home, but hit the line with purpose to finish on the heels of the placegetters behind Visionario.

The six-year-old appears better suited returning to 1,800m, significantly came good at this time last season, and is remarkably well placed on his best form.

He should camp in midfield and be able to get over the top of his rivals, with his toughest opposition to come from Maverick, Super Baby, Zephyrus, Baturo and Octagonal Canyon.

In the opening leg, Mighty Sun looks a standout banker after finally coming up with a decent barrier draw.

He turned in a much-improved effort two starts ago, despite working early from a wide barrier, and his last performance after covering a stack of additional ground was full of merit.

Under Douglas Whyte, the four-year-old should land in a nice spot on the back of the speed and, in a race lacking depth, prove too strong.

Almighty was a significant improver last start and looks the main danger, while other worthy inclusions are That's It, Mutual Friendship and Massive Star.

The middle leg is tricky, but Super Surveys looks the best banker option after turning in a tidy performance when making his debut two weeks ago.

The John Size-trained gelding showed good natural speed and kept on well to finish third to Animation and Legend. He looks a good chance to control the race from the front under Whyte and he'll be the one they all have to run down.

Aashiq disappointed last start due to racing too keenly, but he is entitled to another chance.

There was plenty of merit in his first two performances and it appears likely he will be ridden prominently on this occasion.

Others capable of figuring in the action are Keep Me, Sohna, Animation, High Return and Perpetual Delight.