Brave Kid points the way to massive jackpot
Exciting Brave Kid has been most impressive in winning his first four starts and can continue to add to his credentials in the final leg of the Triple Trio with a juicy jackpot of close to HK$50 million for the Chinese New Year card on Tuesday.
Douglas Whyte was on board for a stroll in the park when Brave Kid was odds-on winner at first time of asking over the straight 1,000m on November 29. He was stepped up to the 1,400m for his Class Three debut 20 days later, but his class prevailed as he overcame a no-cover trip to overhaul Flying In for a neck success.
That triumph was followed 22 days later with a thumping 3? lengths win over useful Mr Celerity.
After a sharp 13-point penalty, the John Size-trained four-year-old found himself in Class Two for his next run on January 24 and the final result was - another cosy victory over talented Danzulu.
With a step up to 1,600m, the son of Elusive City is clearly the banker play for TT punters from gate three.
Fat Choy Ichiban needs to defy his top weight, but has done little wrong in his past nine starts since last March - winning four times, including a brilliant November win over this course and distance, and picking up stake money in five others - and looks a dual banker, while Above All, Street Cat, Little Dreams, Rocket Power and Bullish Cash and Royal Panache are other possible chances.
It's a tricky opening leg, but the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Matsukaze had been enjoying a good season with two course-and-distance wins before failing to factor after a botched start last time. He is holding his condition well and will take some catching with a clear break.
Apex finished off well for fourth in his debut behind Supreme Taiji over the straight 1,000m and will be suited by the rise in trip, while Spectacular Award, Amazing Venture, High Luck, Conqueror, Great Unity and My Way can be considered.
Enriched came up a disappointing fifth at short odds last start, but was a smart winner two starts back over this course and distance. He can provide visiting Australian rider, Craig Williams, with a winner to take home in the middle leg. The Size-trained four-year-old continues to tick along nicely in his trackwork and looks set to make amends from a good draw.
Bolero has been going close all season long, including two luckless efforts, and will be suited by a good tempo. Brett Prebble should have him in the firing line from gate six and he looks a possible dual banker.
Aashiq, a smart last-start winner; Sea Prince and Brave Spirit are definite chances, while Super Plus and Upgrading can add value to the exotics.