Gallant Lloyd can upstage Challenge rivals
Jeff Lloyd has the ammunition in the can to fire a rocket up the Jockey Challenge favourites at Sha Tin this afternoon and win at the generous overnight odds of $10.
In a wide-open market, champion jockey Douglas Whyte is listed $4.75 favourite, ahead of apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu and Brett Prebble on the second line of betting at $6.
Lloyd rates as the best value and, with a number of winning chances among his solid book of nine, he may be able to overpower his more favoured rivals and claim his first Challenge win of the season.
Scoot Da Loot rates highly in the opening event, a Class Five over 1,400m, in his resuming run for trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung. The South African sits out the second event, but comes back with a bang on Gallant Gallop, who looks primed to run a bold race on the dirt for trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing.
Healthy Manner, Sugar On Top and Rainbow Seeker all boast each-way claims and can add to Lloyd's tally through the middle of the programme.
Derek Cruz's lightly raced Flying Colours looks a genuine chance with just 122 pounds in the Yan Chai Trophy (1,200m) on the dirt and could prove the deal-maker for Lloyd's supporters.
Debutant Big Sai Wan, the resuming My Mate Adric, and improving Super Boy round out Lloyd's card and will make him hard to run down after in-play betting closes prior to race seven.