Prebble can keep TT ball rolling on Mascot

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 June, 2010, 12:00am

Brett Prebble is in the driver's seat to land his first jockeys' championship and, with arch-rival Douglas Whyte stood down for two meetings, he has a golden opportunity to consolidate his six-win advantage with a bold chance on Victory Mascot in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.

The Caspar Fownes-trained four-year-old has displayed an electrifying turn of foot to overhaul Class Four opponents to win three of his first seven starts this term - each one coming over the city track, including two over the 2,200m and a well-timed head success of Tremendous Plus over this course and distance (1,800m) two starts back off a back-breaking 131 pounds.

He did not get a pace to suit when only making late headway for seventh as the favourite behind Billion over the 2,200m in his first Class Three task on March 3, but has been given some quality time off to catch his breath.

Prebble has an impeccable record on Victory Mascot with four wins - one on rain-affected ground - and one placing. With Strawberry, Fortune Winner, Travel Guide and Bullish Win ensuring a genuine pace, Victory Mascot looks hard to deny from gate four under an attractive 117 pounds.

Trainer Paul O'Sullivan's Believe In Change has hit top form with solid back-to-back wins in Class Four at Sha Tin and looks ready to make his case felt in this higher grade.

He is a logical dual banker from gate three with Mark du Plessis, a suitable replacement for Zac Purton, who won't be able to make the weight. Travel Guide, Strawberry, Horace's Legend, Kenobe and Mr Topaz can duke it out for the final spot.

Prebble has another live chance in the final leg in Fownes' Hold Hands. He is yet to place in five outings this term, but was a close fourth behind Yue Lu Treasure over 1,800m in November.

He is attractively drawn with a return to Class Three and will be hard to keep out of the finish.

Last-start winners Good Gains and Holiday Sun, and the likes of Regency Kingdom, Vilasol and Young Hero are other possible chances.

While Prebble's Glorious Giant for the Francis Lui Kin-wai yard may not be the anchor in the opening leg, he's a horse on the improve with a third and fourth from his past three starts and can figure in the placings.

A logical banker will be the in-form Withallmyheart, who has registered two wins and four placings from his last eight starts.

Fun, Empire City, Horse Galore and Power And Gold are the likely dangers.