Dispatcher has 'back me' written all over
A bad barrier and even worse luck in the run beat Dispatcher last time out, but with a better gate, the John Size-trained runner will make amends and can provide a crucial banker in the middle leg of Saturday's bumper Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT bookended by a couple of tricky legs bereft of standouts, zeroing in on Dispatcher can help players find an expected eight-figure payout. The TT is boosted by a massive HK$6.2 million jackpot and the dividend is expected to reach around HK$11 million.
Dispatcher is just another of the progressive-looking types from the Size production line who won't be in Class Four for long.
The four-year-old started this season after a solitary win from four starts in a debut season where he was sent to the races favourite on each occasion.
After being set to resume on November 7, Dispatcher became fractious after loading, hit his head and was withdrawn. When he got to the races three weeks later, he had an even more eventful time in the run.
Drawing barrier 13, Whyte was forced to go back to the rear, but ran into traffic and was severely cramped for room when trying for an inside run. The effort screamed not only 'back me next start', but indicated a mile was the horse's calling second-up.
Bank Dispatcher with four others around him. The in-form Humongus (Tim Clark) re-enters Class Four drawn in one, Real Generous (Mark du Plessis) is getting closer and has also drawn well in four.
Redoute Star (Mathew Chadwick) and Super Horse (Olivier Doleuze) had excuses for their last-start failures in the same dirt race and can be forgiven stepping back to a more suitable 1,600m on the grass.
The opening leg is a Class Four sprint up the straight, with three debutants and another trio with just one start adding an element of unknown.
Of the three Private Purchase Griffins stepping out for the first time, Go Baby Go (Whyte) and Haughty Haughty (Tye Angland) look well-above average on raw athletic ability.
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Go Baby Go has a beautiful action and comes in with a solid grounding of three trials, two up the straight and Whyte's presence increases confidence.
Andreas Schutz's Haughty Haughty has bounced out of the gates with purpose in his three trials and can't be left out.
Preferring not to bank on first starters, lean on one of the horses with experience, albeit limited, the John Moore-trained Cosmic Boom (Darren Beadman).
On debut, the three-year-old showed good early toe to make the running over this course, then ran out of condition and was beaten into fourth by horses who had sat on his back. The added fitness and experience can put him in the frame this time. Of the others, Diamond Knight (Maxime Guyon) can be considered dropping back into Class Four for the first time.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see the final leg, a Class Four over 1,400m, throw up an upset and leave the major prize go unclaimed.
Right Timing (Whyte) would be a clear favourite had he drawn in the bottom half of the field, but jumping from 13 he is a risk. His consistency still make him the best banker option.
Others to throw in are consistent Breeze Of Luck (Brett Prebble), and improving pair Grand Champion (Angland) and Telecom Top Star (Neil Callan).
Matthew Chadwick has lodged notice of his intention to appeal against the penalty of two-meeting careless-riding suspension from riding in races for a period to expire on January 16 imposed by the stewards on Wednesday night after race six at Happy Valley.