Chevalier King can make it three in a row
Chevalier King has come solid to win his past two runs over this course and distance with a touch of class and remains the one to beat in the middle leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio.
The John Moore-trained three-year-old stayed on for a creditable fourth without quickening behind Leading City in his debut at Sha Tin on October 25 over the 1,200m.
Moore dropped him back to the Sha Tin straight for his next four starts and he came away with a record of two seconds - once behind smart Multiglory - a fourth and a fifth.
Chevalier King was then shipped to the city track for his next three starts and, after a flat seventh over the 1,200m in mid-March with a hood and return to crossed nose band, the son of Cape Cross dominated his following two runs over the 1,000m.
He pressed forward from the widest gate to park outside the leader before hitting the front 200m out and drawing clear for his first win by 11/4 lengths over Win Pet under stable jockey Darren Beadman on April 7.
Back in action 14 days later in his Class Three debut with Eddie Lai Wai-ming making the light 112-pound weight, Chevalier King was nicely slotted behind the leading group, peeled out when straightening and burst through a gap to take control 120m out for a smart 13/4-length success over the likes of useful At Moment In Time, Fly High and Secret Of Winning.
The handicapper has tacked on another eight points for the win, but he is in a nice groove and remains the logical banker from gate nine for Lai, who retains the ride from an absent Beadman in Singapore.
Fly High, who has been a model of consistency over this trip, Lucky Red, who is down in grade and unbeaten for Douglas Whyte, Our Pegasus, Eternal Beauty and Diamond Knight are worth consideration.
In the opening leg, The Untouchablelad is the standout banker. The three-year-old - still in search of his first win - has finished well to figure in the placings in each of his six outings over the city track, including a second behind promising Ottimo.
Unique Speed struck form with a close second last start behind Euro Swiftly over this course and distance and is reunited with Brett Prebble, who engineered his final win last season in June. He is a dual banker.
Divine Kid, Magic Turbo, Bold Champion and Telecom Gogo are capable of filling a placing.
The final leg looks a tricky one, but it's hard to past the Casper Fownes-trained Perfect Gear as the banker.
He has yet to finish out of the placings in five outings over this Valley trip, including two wins, and Fownes is guaranteeing a top run with the engagement of Derby-winning rider Whyte.
Dennis Yip Chor-hung has a strong line-up for this meeting and High Return is one of his live chances.
Like Perfect Gear, he, too, has yet to miss the placings in five outings over this course and distance, including an earlier decision over Perfect Gear and looks a double banker.
Free And Easy, who trialled strongly for Prebble 19 days ago, Soaring River, Chater Power, Golden Bauhinia, Bondi Lad and Confucius Classic are a few of many chances of grabbing a placing.