General Smile can send punters straight to bank
General Smile has made a solid impression in three runs and looks set to play a major role in the final leg of tomorrow's Triple Trio at Sha Tin, boasting an estimated first prize of HK$33 million.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained three-year-old was unwanted in the betting at 56-1 odds in his debut on February 7 over 1,400m, but, after rating in a rearward position under the guidance of Alex Lai Hoi-wing, quickened up nicely to overhaul Lions' Fortune and Gold Rush in the shadows of the post on yielding course.
He reappeared later that month, carrying 130 pounds over a mile, but was held-up and steadied in the first half of the straight before finishing well to take second behind Sparkling, despite giving his rival 13 pounds.
At his latest outing, General Smile made his run behind midfield after a sluggish start and a crawling pace, but made a good run between horses for fourth as the favourite under a hefty 133 pounds for Frenchman Gerald Mosse. The son of Keeper out of a Kaapstad mare should be suited by the 1,800m with apprentice Ben So Ting-hung bringing his weight down to a feathery 108 - 25 pounds less than what he carried last time, and should enjoy a cosy run from gate three.
Glory Of India has figured in the thick of the finish in his three course-and-distance runs, including a win, and is a logical dual banker, while Silver Blaze, runner-up in three of his past four starts, The Only Kid, Ming Hoi Treasure, Mings' Hero and Dash Ahead are other chances.
Tom's Eighth thundered home to handily win second-up last month over the 1,200m before an eye injury. He has been working well and looks hard to oppose in the middle leg over an ideal 1,400m.
The John Moore-trained three-year-old's main danger appears to be ever-improving Travel King, who has made a good impression in his three course-and-distance runs and stylishly opened his win account last start at short odds.
Fun Heroes, Elite Fortune, Electronic Dragon, Lucky Nistelrooy, Racing Legend and Super General merit place consideration.
Namjong Fighters, who has made the frame in his past two starts in this grade and is a past trip winner, should get a soft run from gate four under Douglas Whyte and can anchor a make-or-break opening leg. King Of Turf is fresh after a closing course-and-distance win 13 days back and can act as a co-banker play.
Joyful Years, Mighty Feeling, Daylight Express, Honest Treasure and Accelerator can fill a role at the finish.