Perfect Gear can keep the ball rolling for Fownes
Trainer Caspar Fownes, fresh from a Hong Kong Derby win at the weekend with Super Satin, can continue the celebrations into this week with a win by Perfect Gear in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
With the TT estimated to reach HK$10 million, Perfect Gear looks the standout banker after running his opposition ragged last Wednesday.
He had needed his first two runs, but came to hand third-up on December 23 with a cosy win over Just Chill over this course and distance.
Then in a span of four days, Perfect Gear ran a game second to smart sprinter Lucky Amore off a big weight, before making a steady late bid for third behind National Treasure and Quantum Express over the 1,400m, each time with strong betting support.
Fownes gave him a breather after that run and, with a trial under his belt, he returned to action last Wednesday for his Class Three debut and made it look easy carrying a mere 115 pounds for veteran Jeff Lloyd.
The four-year-old son of Align has copped a nine-point penalty and will have 11 pounds more to carry, but he should get all the favours from gate three and will be hard to keep out of the placings under Lloyd.
His main danger is likely to come from High Return, who chalked up a nice Class Four win and two placings over this Valley sprint before coming up short over the 1,000m last start behind Our Pegasus in this grade.
Par Excellence, Beauty Express, Turf Magic, Confucius Classic, Floral Picasso and newcomer Free And Easy merit consideration.
The opening leg looks a make-or-break ordeal, but Tai Hang's Pride, who has placed in three of five outings over this course and distance and can be forgiven his latest run when failing from a wide gate over 1,400m at Sha Tin, looks a logical banker play.
Supreme Taiji and Chevalier King, who finished one-two after locking horns in a January sprint at Sha Tin and remain in consistent form, are worth considering in their Valley debuts, while Withallmyheart, Marvellous, Glorious Giant, Flashing Guy and Win Pet are also chances.
In the middle pin, Happy Tumbler is a leading chance after a thundering late finish for second behind Happy Seven, beaten a bob of heads, over this course and distance three starts back, before failing with limited options from gate 14 in his last two runs at Sha Tin.
Brett Prebble will have to ride him cold from gate one, but he will be finishing best of all late.
Grand Profit greeted the judge two starts back with a nice win over the 1,200m and appears from his latest start to be looking for the mile. He is an ideal dual banker with apprentice Ben So Ting-hung knocking off seven pounds.
Champion Lad, Warm Embraces, Good Luck Win, Super Genki, Juggernaut and Supernova are other possible chances.