Flamboyant Doleuze can take centre stage in Triple Trio
Olivier Doleuze will play a crucial role in determining the fortunes of Triple Trio punters at Sha Tin on Sunday and will partner last-start winner Viva Freedom, the lightly raced Super Horse and the last-start improver Hey Ha Master from good draws in the three legs of the estimated HK$4 million exotic.
In the final leg, flamboyant Doleuze will be looking to make the most of barrier one with the Andreas Schutz-trained Viva Freedom, who was given a six-point penalty for his short-head win over Supreme Winner last start over this course.
Doleuze gave the horse a dream trip midfield with cover from gate six and, from the inside stall, punters can expect Viva Freedom to hold a similar position again.
The High Chaparral gelding must carry topweight with 131 pounds, but the good draw should negate that increase and will help Viva Freedom to press into Class Three after this run.
The Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained Sunshine Kid has drawn alongside in barrier two and will take some beating with Greg Cheyne in the irons.
Cheyne has partnered the new arrival in both his runs, for a fourth on debut behind Lucky Follow Me and a third to Fortune General over 1,200 metres.
The step up in trip to 1,400m looks ideal for this son of Captain Rio and he should not be underestimated from a great draw.
Real General has been entered on the quick back-up from last Saturday where he sported blinkers for the first time at this distance, but an awkward alley will require Howard Cheng Yue-tin to use some early nous to get a good trailing position.
Lightweight knockout hopes Lions' Fortune and Lucky Nistelrooy should be treated carefully also, with in-form Zac Purton and Jeff Lloyd capable of springing an upset at 117 and 116 pounds respectively.
The middle leg also looks a good opportunity for Doleuze to make the most of an inside gate on the Chang-trained Super Horse, who will start from barrier three after a freshen-up.
Super Horse finished second to Dispatcher and in front of Quantum Power at his last start on Derby Day (March 20) and will strip fitter for a quiet barrier trial behind Let Me Handle It on the all-weather track 15 days ago.
The Flying Spur three-year-old looks to have plenty of scope for improvement and Chang has not rushed his young galloper to the races since his best performance last start.
Breeze Of Luck will prove enormously hard to beat, however, and the David Hall-trained galloper comes off a strong second to Scent Of Osmanthus seven days ago. Brett Prebble will give the improving galloper every chance to go one better from the inside draw and punters can include him as a dual-banker.
Super Bobo and Super Genki should not be underestimated either and will be rattling home late, and Yuan's Fortune with 112 pounds to carry should not be dismissed lightly.
The opener - the Class Five Swan Handicap - gives the French ace Doleuze another great opportunity to swoop into the top three, care of the Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained Hey Ha Master, who seemingly bounced off a ratings bottom last start when a length second to Grandfield over 1,400m on April 3.
Barrier four will ensure another great trailing position for Doleuze and the four-year-old Towkay gelding can capitalise in this field, which lacks many serious winning chances.
Prebble will again be hard to beat on the David Hall-trained Mustang, Fierce Force is on the back-up and will take shaking and Wait For Me should be kept safe in trio combinations from gate five.
Olivier Doleuze has ridden 245 times at Sha Tin so far this season for a winning strike rate of: 7%