Super Plus has the right credentials
Peter Ng Bik-kuen has found the right race for Happy Valley specialist Super Plus to continue his tilt at the 1010 Million Challenge and can act as a banker in the final leg of a tough Triple Trio tomorrow night.
Super Plus is in third place, eight points behind leader Mr Bond, who runs in the last race on the card, in the rich series decided on results at Happy Valley from September until the end of February.
Ng's honest campaigner has a record of two wins and two seconds from six starts this season and, even though his last run was his worst, a change of jockey and a weaker field should see him bounce back.
Brett Prebble takes the reins in a Class Three over 1,200m after Ben So Tik-hung was criticised for his effort on the seven-year-old last time out.
Whether it was bad judgment from So or just bad luck, Super Plus never saw daylight until very late. He should get a better run in transit this time out, even from a tricky gate of eight.
Sorting out who else to include from an even bunch is the tough part. Richard Gibson's Friends Of Yan Oi (Olivier Doleuze) drops back to what looks like his best trip at this stage and has drawn gate two.
Punters will be losing patience with John Size-trained Supreme Jewellery (Douglas Whyte), but he showed some signs of life at his last outing with a switch to the Valley. Even though he has drawn the extreme outside, he should still be included.
Others to consider are Perfect Gear (Neil Callan), with Caspar Fownes moving to visors to get some extra effort, Glenealy Star (Tye Angland), Flying Together (Tim Clark) and Turf Magic (Zac Purton). The anchor leg is tough, but even surviving that long will be a miracle with two perplexing legs preceding it.
In the opening leg, count on Frenchman Maxime Guyon to end his horror stint on a high with Team Work. Guyon has ridden four winners from 93 mounts during his tenure, which ends due to his nine-meeting suspension for striking a rival jockey on Sunday, and is yet to taste success at the Valley in 29 starts.
Guyon has been on Team Work in his last three starts and has been creeping closer to a win with a fourth, third and second. The Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained eight-year old hasn't missed a fight this term, with 10 starts already. He hasn't won for more than two years, but a gun draw and a suitable pace will see him go one better this time. Team Work goes in as a banker and the horses drawn either side of him should be included. Wind Damper (Purton) jumps from pole and, although disappointing last time out, can be given another chance. Danewin Tiger (Prebble) starts from gate three and will be thereabouts.
The withdrawal of Dispatcher gives last-start winner Turin Champion a chance in Class Four with 118 pounds. He seems to have turned the corner since moving to the Gibson camp and gets gate seven and the services of Whyte.
The middle pin is by far the most puzzling and no horse stands out as a foolproof favourite.
The one-paced Juggernaut (Mark du Plessis) is hard to have on a win line, but one of his usual honest efforts from gate three should see him place and he can act as a banker.
Bumper Strike (Whyte) has drawn widest, but is such a spirited performer that it would not surprise to see him stick on from a forward position.
There should be a lot of speed from both inside and out, which would favour Noble De Best (Angland), who let down beautifully last time out to win over this course and distance.
Also camping in behind and ready to strike will be Snitzel Kid (Callan), while El Grande (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) should return to more suitable hold-up tactics after being ridden aggressively last time out.
The winning strike rate for Peter Ng and Brett Prebble from nine outings this season