In-form Amityship can prove too good again
Amityship has gone from strength to strength this season, scoring most impressively last time out over this course and distance and looks an outstanding banker in the middle leg of tomorrow's Triple Trio that is expected to reach HK$7 million.
The four-year-old tipped his hat when picking up a few minor placings late last season, and came out firing with an opening-day second behind Brave Spirit.
He then went to the Valley and finished third behind Able Dragon, before toying with his opposition last month.
He has a hefty 15 pounds more for this outing, but should get a perfect trip from gate four and prove too strong yet again.
His toughest opposition is likely to come from My Way, My Goal, Super Bobo, Fun Rider, Wait For Me and Record High.
The John Moore-trained Mighty Winner, who should appreciate returning to 1,400m, looks the safest banker in a tricky opening leg.
He was held up at the 400m, but sprinted well when clear to place third behind promising newcomers Topping Light and Mandarin over an unsuitable 1,000m.
Jockey Darren Beadman should have him nicely tucked away from gate four and he should power over his rivals.
Telecom Gogo has to defy a big weight, but came right when fitted with blinkers for his final run last season over this trip. The improving four-year-old quickened up nicely from midfield to leave the likes of High Intelligent and Regency Kingdom in his tracks and looks the main danger.
Beaten last-start favourite The Rifle, Travel Guide, Mark Up and Village Kid can fill the placings.
Monte Cristo, an off-season pick-up for trainer David Ferraris, ran home nicely late off a slow pace to grab second behind Meridian Pride when resuming last month over a mile and looks a definite chance in the final leg. In-form Frenchman Olivier Doleuze knows this fellow well and he has solid 1,800m stats.
The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained The Only Kid stacks up as a possible banker with Monte Cristo. The five-year-old has been a consistent performer with two wins and eight placings from 15 starts, and has come back well this campaign.
Best Power, Ichiban, Classic Reunion and Super Gaga are other worthy opponents.