Tom's Eighth looks a class act for bumper TT
Trainer John Moore has unearthed another gem in Tom's Eighth and he looks a great chance to repeat his last-start victory in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio, worth an estimated HK$15 million.
Tom's Eighth stepped out for the first time on February 28 and showed his greenness when shifting out soon after the break, but eventually got going to finish 10th behind St Didar over the straight 1,000m.
With the wind pipes opened for the run, Tom's Eighth made his return three weeks ago over a more suitable 1,200m for a thumping win.
He travelled third from the rear for Darren Beadman, improved his position steadily in the straight before quickening brilliantly to win going away.
The three-year-old, a son of Encosta De Lago and from the family of an Australasian Oaks (Group One) winner, will appreciate an additional 200m and has the scope to defy an always challenging 133 pounds after a seven-point penalty.
Ambitious Dragon, who came alive with a front-running second behind Tremendous Add last time over this trip, Sammy's Falcon, fourth in that same race, Super General, New Leader and Spicy Shrimp are worth consideration.
In the first leg, American Glory has hit form with a move to blinkers for a second and third over this course and distance, before a fourth over a mile.
He has taken time off to heel a cannon bone injury, but looks to be on song and must be fancied from a good draw for in-form Douglas Whyte.
Super Family has been near perfect in three 1,400m runs, including a last-start win, and looks nice and ready after a break and will take some catching, while Great Unity, Fairwood Crown, Accelerator, Multi-Win Spirit, Bayview Greyslew, Winning Strategy and Metro Rider are other chances.
It's hard to go past the Tony Cruz-trained Splendid Champion in the final leg. He had been knocking on the door in three straight races, but he was never in the race last start after being slow away and copping a bad check at the 800m mark behind Sparkling. He remains a logical banker play with Brett Prebble asked to do the honours.
Beautiful Choice, who needs to defy a big weight, but is attractively rated at this level and suited by a step up to a mile; Public Figure, an all-the-way winner last time over this trip; Sparkling, Redoute's Fortune, Glenealy Viking, Amityship, Animation and Lucky Nistelrooy are worth including in calculations.