Fun Heroes ready to stamp his authority
Trainer David Ferraris hasn't had too much to celebrate with only 15 winners on the board this season, but his fortunes appear to be changing with a double last Wednesday and promising Fun Heroes looks a solid chance in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio, which is estimated to reach HK$9 million.
Fun Heroes started his career on the wrong foot when ducking out sharply at the break and finished a well-beaten last on yielding ground over the Sha Tin straight on February 7. Allowed time to get his act together before stepping out 56 days later with a shadow roll added, the three-year-old relished a faster surface when unleashing a sterling final 22.42 seconds to nearly topple the fancied pair of Dr Win and Wind Damper at odds of 54-1 over 1,200m.
In the market for an April 10 run, he found himself struggling on a good-to-yielding track and only passed beaten runners over the 1,400m, but back on a good track earlier this month, the three-year-old came with another eye-catching move from last for a 1 1/2-length second behind Sohna over this course and trip.
With the weatherman predicting nothing but sunshine this weekend, he looks the standout from gate five for Weichong Marwing.
Jimson The Best has made a good impression in his two starts, the latest being a short-head second to Telecom Super Star, and can make life easier for TT players.
Ambitious Dragon, Compact Yarn, Conqueror, Make It and Sammy's Falcon can make a race of it for third place.
Andreas Schutz is another trainer who has had a season to forget, but it's hard to overlook Ho Wongchoy as the anchor in a tricky opening leg. He has been threatening to break through in his past three starts and won't have any excuses with Brett Prebble guiding from gate one.
Trainer Tony Millard has some live chances and How Wonderful looks ready to build on a last-start second over this course and distance, while Tremendous Plus, Fantastic Dancer, Gold Rush, East Ocean and Moonglow are other worthy players.
Millard's Ambitious Owner has hit a purple patch of form with spirited late efforts from wide gates to place in his last three starts and gets a golden opportunity from a perfect gate in the middle leg.
Last-start winner Lucky Photo Frame looks to have plenty of scope and can make his presence felt despite a bigger weight and a wide gate, while Dr Win, Matsukaze, Sohna, Good Fortune and Imagination are other live chances.