Entrapment is all class in middle leg of TT
Trainer John Size is not sitting on his laurels and the exciting Entrapment can help extend the stable's eight-win lead in the premiership with victory in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
Entrapment faces a true test of his ability in this Class Two line-up, but has stylishly come through his four unbeaten runs.
He combined with Douglas Whyte for his debut on February 7 over the straight 1,000m on yielding ground and came away with a hands-and-heels win over My Melody by 11/4-lengths.
At unbeatable odds for his next two tasks in Class Three over this course and distance, Entrapment easily slotted over from gate 12 before running down Wei Hai Invincible by 11/4 lengths on February 28, and then covered ground on the speed before shaking off a challenge by Royal Doctor to draw clear by a similar 11/4 lengths 21 days later.
Asked to rise to the occasion off a top weight of 132 pounds on the dirt in his next Class Three test, Entrapment quickly mustered after a slow start to hold a box-seat position 1,000m out behind leader Amedeo before being ridden out to draw clear by 31/2 lengths in a stunning display.
The three-year-old strikes his toughest assignment from gate 11, but he has plenty of untapped potential and remains the one to beat.
Supreme Win and Royal Flush are high-quality sprinters in their own right and a win by either would not surprise. If one of the above were to slip up, Heartline, Deferential, Holey Dollar and Bullish King can pick up the pieces.
Divine Kid has come right since a move to blinkers - charging home nicely for a second and win over the Sha Tin mile - and is the banker in the opening leg, despite a return to Class Four.
Believe In Change relished a step up to 1,400m for his first win and can play a dual banker role over an even more suitable mile according to his pedigree, while last-start winner Tremendous Add, the pace influential Amityship, Super Gentleman, Goldmen Y Y and Private Road can fight over the placings.
Legend Express ran home strongly to figure in the top four in his first five starts, and was unlucky when held up for a clear run last start. Brett Prebble takes over the ride and he will be hard to deny at the finish, while Absolute Hedge has come away a triple winner and twice second over a mile from his past five starts and is an ideal dual banker in the opening leg.
Soaring Dragon, Takeanotherchance, Master Elite, Ribot Legend and First Beat are worth including.