Wind Damper can keep the ball rolling

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 April, 2010, 12:00am

Wind Damper has got his career off to a bright start and remains a leading chance in the middle leg of tomorrow's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

The three-year-old made his debut on December 19 over the straight 1,000m and ran home nicely to score a neck win over Power Return.

He ran well when returning on January 24, but failed to make any headway on Supreme Taiji and eventual double winner Chevalier King off a 131-pound weight task.

Resuming 35 days later over the 1,200m, he plugged on late to hold third, a length behind Forest Star. On his latest run on March 28, he came up a neck short of Dr Win over the 1,200m. He adds a tongue tie, but should be positively positioned from gate four with Brett Prebble in the irons and he looks a logical banker.

Mandarin looks an ideal dual-banker play, despite a big weight. He is returning after an exciting course-and-distance win last month and appears to have room for improvement, while Spectacular Award, Soldier, Final Answer, Tycoon Taylor and Eternal Beauty must be kept safe in the calculations.

In the opening leg, Jimson The Best stayed on well for fifth in a well-fancied March debut over the 1,000m and looks a leading chance with an important riding change to Prebble and an ideal 1,200m trip.

Lucky Selection is coming to hand with racing and looks spot-on after a couple of nice trials and could act as a double banker. Flashing Guy, Rainbow Seeker, Telecom Super Star, Planet and Stallion Supreme can also be considered.

Fionn's Dragon is resuming after a disappointing fifth to Mark Up in February over 1,600m, but showed good promise in his first two outings.

He was given a nice hit out when quietly ridden to win a dirt trial with Prebble last Tuesday and looks the key banker in the final leg.

Lucky Nistelrooy can simplify TT tickets as a co-banker. He has been improving with each outing and battled on gamely for third over this course and distance last month behind Lucky Photo Frame.

It's a free-for all for the final spot, but anyone of Dr Win, Fun Heroes, Quantum Express, Jolly Wongchoy, Lions' Fortune and Noble De Best can play a role.