Bank on Whyte to deliver on Har Har Charms, Adoration
Har Har Charms and Adoration give premiership leader Douglas Whyte book-end chances in the HK$5 million Triple Trio at Sha Tin tomorrow, and punters can follow suit by making the Durban Demon the banker in the first and third legs of the jackpot pool.
Whyte is holed up in a fortified compound with his 16-win lead at the top of the jockeys' title, but the barnstorming Brett Prebble is threatening to unleash a midnight raid from second position, with Whyte yet to serve a four-meeting suspension for his role in causing Tye Angland's fall from Cerise Cherry.
The 10-time champion will be keen to extend the 16-win margin before he starts that suspension following this meeting, and Har Har Charms looks a likely candidate to help his cause in the opening leg.
Har Har Charms is no spring chicken at nine years of age, but two strong efforts over the 1,200m all-weather track signalled he still boasts the will to win. From barrier one, Whyte will ensure he gets another cosy trip behind the speed, and should the Gary Ng Ting-keung-trained runner reproduce his latest effort, then a top-three finish looks assured for the son of Green Perfume.
Har Har Charms was rolled by Smart Kids over this course on April 13, but held a solid margin over third placegetter Chater Power, and this event looks no harder.
Shanghai Pioneer ran into fourth in that same race, but Har Har Charms had his measure and a wider draw for Andy Leung Ting-wah's galloper will make this a tougher task.
Real Dragon had excuses in the same race after being caught wide throughout before finishing sixth but, from gate 12 again, Matthew Chadwick will need to produce a miracle ride if he is to avoid that same fate. Mister Horse must be rated a hope from gate five, and the step back from 1,650m at Happy Valley to 1,200m on the dirt looks a positive with trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung swapping the blinkers for a first-time visor on his charge.
Perhaps the biggest danger to Har Har Charms will come from Prebble's mount Master Key - now with David Hall.
In the final leg, Adoration will be well fancied to make it back-to-back wins following his breakthrough success with the blinkers on last start for trainer John Size. This task looks harder than his last and, with 130 pounds from barrier 12, punters are entitled to get a better price than they did last time when he narrowly saluted as an odds-on fancy from an inside draw.
It may not have looked it, but that performance was actually his best, and if Whyte can give him a comfortable trip with clear running, the rising talent can improve again.
The unbeaten Gift Is Gift will take a power of beating with 117 pounds and can also be considered in a dual-banking role with Zac Purton taking over from Gerald Mosse.
Lucky Follow Me has been racing well and must be rated a danger with Prebble in the irons, while topweight Kyara is worth a second glance for more reasons than his inside draw.
John Moore gets his first chance with the horse, who started his career with David Ferraris, and a few gear changes and some good workouts indicate the new camp might be able to extract that so-far elusive win from the Pins gelding.
More to come
Douglas Whyte has had a good association on Har Har Charms, with the duo??s winning strike standing at: 17.6%