Public Figure to put Lee back in limelight
Trainer Almond Lee Yee-tat may have been out of the winner's circle for seven meetings, but it could all change in the final leg of Thursday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin with consistent Public Figure.
Lee started the season in fine style but has drifted to 10th in the trainer's table with 29 winners (strike rate 7 per cent), and Public Figure has the right credentials to turn things around for the yard and help punters claim the jackpot, which is expected to reach HK$4 million.
The three-year-old has dictated or stalked the pace, scoring back-to-back wins over this course and distance (1,600m) in March, and resumed after a break last month to finish second and third respectively carrying bigger weights.
Greg Cheyne has been aboard for all his wins and placings, but Lee has opted for stable apprentice Keith Yeung Ming-lun to make Public Figure competitive off 121 pounds. Noble De Best has struck a purple patch of form for two wins (1,400m and 1,600m) and a third from his last five starts and will be finishing best of all late to play a co-anchor role, while New Leader, Sleep Well, North Hill, Glenealy Viking and Super Bobo can battle it out for the other spot.
Happy Master has produced mixed form, but has excelled for a win and two placings from four 1,400m runs this season and looks a standout in the opening leg. The eight-year-old goes well for Brett Prebble and is attractively rated in Class Four as well.
Ambitious Owner, who never threatened on the dirt on Sunday behind Quantum Express, had placed in three of five earlier turf runs and is the main danger, while Travel King, King Al Akbar, United - now with John Moore - Lucky Tycoon and Floreat Days merit consideration.
It's a tricky second leg, but Kowloon Pride is a worthy banker from a good gate with a suitable step back up in trip (1,600m). The four-year-old - representing the in-form combination of John Size and Douglas Whyte - had shown some promise in four of his first six appearances, and will be fitter for his last-start sixth after a break over the 1,400m.
Divine Kid has run on soundly for a win and three placings, and should get the race run to suit, while Lucky Photo Frame, Cheerful Double, Grandway Flyer and Gallant Gallop are other possible place chances.