Size and Moore are the way to go in TT
With an estimated HK$6 million on the table, players in Sunday's season-finale Triple Trio will be leaning heavily on top trainers John Size and John Moore.
Size's last-start winner Delish looks the obvious banker in the middle leg with champion jockey Douglas Whyte aboard the lightly raced three-year-old, who lines up against a field of well tried and unexceptional gallopers.
Whyte was comfortable taking Delish to the front in winning at the same course second-up, and he may find himself in the same role again with little speed engaged.
The Moore-trained Sea Prince looks a likely front-runner with the claim for Vincent Ho Chak-yiu and he looks a good second choice, but most of the runners prefer to find their feet early and will be giving away an advantage.
Players will want to include Maelstrom after an excellent run to hang on for fourth with circumstances against him last start dropping to Class Four, the consistent Super Gentleman and Sammy's Falcon. Galaxy Treasure, resuming fresh as he did when winning earlier in the season, also looks a runner of interest.
Moore will hold a strong hand in the final leg with another lightly tried three-year-old, Victory Master, also coming off a solid second-up win. An extra 200m looks right up his alley and the draw has been kind to the promising youngster.
Caspar Fownes will provide a solid second pick with Moon Chaser rising in grade under a light weight following his Class Four win at Happy Valley. He is a recent acquisition to the yard and, now that he is back in winning form, Moon Chaser looks well weighted at the bottom of Class Three on some of his old performances.
Former Irish galloper City Power has battled with his handicap rating to some extent, but trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak has engaged 10-pound claimer Alvin Ng Ka-chun to help with that and the young jockey has been at his best on front-running types. Fun Heroes was the subject of the inquiry that saw Mark du Plessis suspended for nine meetings last start so it will pay to overlook that run, and Arion Of Chiu Ton, Common Goal and Interchina Star can all be included, too.
The opening leg looks the tough one to get through, an evenly matched bunch of lower grade middle-distance horses, but Young Hero and Super Strike have been in good form and look like being in the finish again.
Expect improvement from Zephyrus, who hasn't been far away most of the season but hasn't quite got the job done. Brett Prebble gets on board in what is his first ride for Tony Millard since February 2006 and the pair had a good record back in the days when they regularly combined.
Watch First does little wrong and he and Prosperity are very fit, backing up from sound efforts last Friday. Players will want to go wide in this leg and find a way to include Solar Wonder, Jun Hua and Lotus Love, and Super Bobo can't be left out as he's in the form of his career.
Sunday's season-finale Triple Trio at Sha Tin will generate plenty of interest