Royal Flush can come up trumps
Royal Flush was a transformed horse last season when a visor was added, and he should kick off a campaign aimed at December's Hong Kong Sprint on a winning note in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
The Tony Millard-trained three-year-old ran well at his first three starts, before winning his next two in brilliant fashion, including the Juvenile Sprint Trophy, once the vision-reducing headgear was called on.
Following his last success, Millard indicated he was keen to have a crack at the world's best sprinters on International Day, and for that to become a possibility, Royal Flush should have little trouble in demolishing his Class Three rivals this time.
He looked in fantastic order when winning a barrier trial on September 8 by a big margin, and under in-form Zac Purton, the Acclamation colt should prove too good.
His main dangers are Lucky Red, Smart Currency, Noble Choice, Amazing Flyer and Windicator Returns.
In the opening leg, Fly Me To The Moon has an important fitness edge and shapes as the best banker option.
The John Size-trained seven-year-old resumed last weekend with a satisfactory sixth to All Time High, but gave the impression he would improve from the outing.
He should take a forward position under Douglas Whyte and play a hand in the finish, with his toughest rivals set to be Namjong Hunter, Tremendous Plus, Penglai Xianzi, Sure Good and Decagonal.
In the middle pin, My Whisky fits the banker bill, given he should be able to control the race from the front under Howard Cheng Yue-tin.
Although disappointing since coming from Australia with sound credentials, he caught the eye in an August 28 trial when leading all the way to defeat Medic Power, who then came out and turned in an excellent effort on the opening day.
Given the race won't be run at any great tempo, he should be able to bounce out of the gates and be the one to gun down with his main danger, an appealing double banker, being Mings' Hero.
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding resumed last season off a similar mark with a course-and-distance win and this event doesn't appear a great deal tougher.
Other worthy inclusions are Wonderful Gains, Sky Walker, High Intelligent and Magnanimous, provided he can jump on time.