Captive Trick sure to make getaway
TOPWEIGHT Captive Trick reverts to the specialist trip of 1,000 metres and looks ideal banker material for the first leg of the Double Trio as racing resumes at Sha Tin tomorrow.
Captive Trick is one of those horses that simply excel down the straight course and connections have also been favoured in the extreme by drawing right against the rails.
Even the normally intimidating weight of 140 pounds matters less over this minimum trip and is negated by the gelding's superb form this season - and over this distance.
Following two successive wins down the straight course, Captive Trick was switched to the longer sprint at Happy Valley for his last start and finished a creditable third to Lucky Touch who reopposes tomorrow but could have it to do to confirm the Valley form.
Lucky Touch, who has run extremely well down the straight course in the past, has drawn outside (12) and that is going to make matters difficult for him against the perfectly drawn Captive Trick.
Trainer Ivan Allan has done particularly well with the selection, masterminding his progress this season to the top of Class Four and picking out the races where he will be at his most effective.
Bounty, a course and distance winner at big odds in mid-season, is worth considering for the quinella as he reverts to a trip more suitable to his limited scope.
Strike It Hot won last time out down the straight course for John Marshall and trainer David Oughton but this is a harder task although they cannot be completely ruled out.
There are five newcomers in the second leg of the Double Trio, a Class Two longer sprint which could turn into a very interesting contest for the Hilton Silver Jubilee Cup.
Trainer John Moore has engaged visiting Damien Oliver for his Irish-bred, English-raced debutant Master Eagle and this one will run very well.
He is by the Coolmore stallion Bluebird whose progeny have achieved success in Hong Kong and Master Eagle could enhance his sire's standing with a first-up win here.
Lightly raced in England, he bolted in over this trip by six lengths in a Salisbury maiden and then ran three-and-a-half lengths second in a Listed two-year-old race at the outer London track of Kempton Park.
His overseas form stands up and he has been a consistent worker at the track for some time.
It must be worth taking a chance that he can at least finish in the first three on his debut.
Master Eagle is by far the most interesting of the newcomers but Hainan Dragon had good Irish form before export - all of it over five furlongs a distance beyond which he has yet to race.
Fook Well's chances have been badly hit by the draw (13) and Steel Supremo is more effective over longer.
Last-start winner Schnitzer has held his form and looks an each-way chance although this is harder while Glory Of India, on his best form, would be in with a real chance of success.