Well-rated Easy looks set to deliver the goods
Easy has finally returned to his best form and looks set to deliver an overdue win in the middle leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio, which has not been won in the past three meetings and is estimated to reach HK$19 million.
The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained six-year-old was an up-and-coming sprint star at Happy Valley during the 2006-07 season when notching up four straight wins to top the ratings chart at 89, but then came away from his final run that term with a substantial amount of blood in his trachea.
Easy has had two reoccurrences of that same medical problem and a respiratory disease as well - spiraling downwards in the ratings since - but has finally reached a bottom off a mark of 63 this campaign.
The chestnut failed to make an impact first-up from gate nine over the 1,000m, but has hit top form with straight seconds over this course and distance from his past two starts.
At his previous run on November 1, he appeared to have the race sewn up at 48-1 odds when hitting the front 200m out, but was gunned down in the final few strides by Star Of Fame. At his next start, 24 days later over the 'C+3', he enjoyed the box-seat run from gate one, but was outgunned by Finn Maccool right on the line.
Jockey Howard Cheng Yu-tin should have him in the firing line throughout from gate one again and will take all the beating.
Chater Power has run on late to figure in the placings in two runs over this trip and looks fresh and ready off a short rest. He is drawn well and will be rattling home late, while Super Plus, Eight Plus Nine, Elegant Win, Kingifly, Vaugirard and Sou Ma Tam are other chances.
In the first leg, Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's Amityship has not been worse than fourth in five runs, including a second-up third, despite interference at the head of the straight over this trip, and a mid-October win over the Sha Tin mile.
He is holding his condition well and is a logical banker with Yiu calling on the useful seven-pound claimer Derek Leung Ka-chun.
Last-start winner Electronic Master is up in weight, but is drawn for a perfect run, while Holiday Sun, Speedy, Century Molly, Decagonal and Happy Cha Cha are other place possibilities.
It's a tricky final leg, but it's hard to go past National Treasure. The son of Pins had to be taken back from gate 11 in his debut last month over this trip, but lengthened well to finish third behind Ganbaria and rival Win-A-Lot. He will strip fitter and looks an ideal banker.
Win-A-Lot has been a model of consistency and is well drawn for another big effort, while Tai Hang's Pride is better than his formline reads from his past couple of runs and can improve at a price from a good gate.
Of the others, in-form Blade Force, Stormin Joburg, Power And Gold, Mighty Winner and Sugar On Top are worth inclusion.