Bank on Viva Guy to deliver at the Valley
Douglas Whyte failed to make a dent in the jockeys' premiership despite riding a four-timer at Sha Tin on Wednesday, but he can keep the pressure on Brett Prebble with victory on Viva Guy in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained three-year-old has failed to deliver a win in 13 starts, but has been running on with more purpose to figure in the top five on both the turf and dirt surfaces following a move to blinkers. In his last three outings over the mile - he misfired on the dirt two starts back - he has run on nicely to figure in two attempts over this course and distance behind smart Ottimo and Central Role.
Whyte should be able to put him to sleep early on from gate three and can topple them late for his first win.
Lucky Amici, who had rounded into form when staying on well for a second and fourth in three efforts last month over this course and distance, looks a definite chance from an ideal barrier, while Potential, Bulb Treasure, Jolly Wongchoy and Carry Good New can fight over the third placing.
Whyte has a good chance in the opening leg with erratic Successful Era, who has gone close in each of his five runs over this course and distance (1,200m), including a win. He adds side winkers to sharpen him up.
But the key to this event lies with My Time, who is drawn to enjoy the run of the race with premiership leader Prebble on board. He finished a short-head second behind Windicator Returns over this trip last month.
Asian Citrus, who will relish the return to Class Four, Brilliant One, Joyful Joyful and Super General can make their presence felt at the finish.
The final leg is tricky with no confirmed leader, but consistent Tremendous Plus has stayed on well for fifth or better in eight of 11 starts this season, including a short-head second behind talented Victory Mascot over this course and trip (1,800m) in February, and is overdue for a win.
Caspar Fownes has a good record with runners backing up quickly and Telecom Gogo, who had placed in four of eight earlier runs before finishing fifth on Wednesday over the 2,000m, can play a dual-banker role with Prebble - who has placed twice on him - getting on board.
Lotus Love, Ho Ho Life, How Wonderful, Lucky Emperor and Master Dragon are others to keep safe.