With HK$5m on offer, bank on Olympicship to get TT off to cracker
Olympicship hasn't been the most reliable but he is set to make a winning debut for the Manfred Man Ka-leung stable in the opening leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin, on the evidence of a recent trial win.
With the TT failing to go off last weekend after an extremely tough set of results, the main prize is expected to top HK$5 million, and from an inside barrier, Olympicship looks a suitable banker.
His form improved dramatically when switching to the all-weather track, but he was disappointing at his last two starts when he had his blinkers removed.
With the headgear reapplied in a 1,200m barrier trial on May 29, the one-time New Zealand winner gave his rivals a galloping lesson in winning by five lengths to indicate he was set to get his career back on track.
The four-year-old looks set to get the run of the race under James Winks after coming up with gate three, and he only needs to run up to his second placing to honest Gallant Master to be the one to beat.
His main danger, and an appealing double banker, is Best Noodle, to be ridden by Matthew Chadwick.
The three-year-old has always displayed a touch of talent, and his last-start effort after doing some work in the run indicated he was looking for a rise in distance.
He will need luck from his tricky draw, but under a light weight, looks the toughest rival for Olympicship.
Others worthy of inclusion are Gallant Master, Jolly Wongchoy, Fujian Prince and Octagonal Canyon.
In the middle pin, Brave Spirit fits the banker bill after making a good impression at his first start for the Tony Cruz stable.
The three-year-old has displayed ability on more than one occasion, and hit the line well from the tail of the field behind Turf Winner two weeks ago.
He will be improved by that outing, appreciate a likely solid speed and distance rise, and can get home over the top of his rivals.
Ambitious Owner is proving to be honest, and with the advantage of a claim, should prove the main danger, while others entitled to consideration are King Fay Fay, My Way, King Of Hearts, Sure Good and Seize The Day.
In the final leg, Mighty Sun could prove a value banker, despite striking a competitive assignment, after turning in an excellent effort last start. He turned in three good performances on the trot on this surface over 1,200m before stepping to 1,650m last start and being responsible for a game run after doing early work and being softened in the middle stages.
He should get an easier time of things in the run on this occasion from a favourable draw and be the one to beat, with his main dangers set to come from Ample Gains, China Lujia, Needles And Thread, Super Caga and Amazing Choice.