Mi Savvy ready to deliver second up
Richard Gibson's three-year-old Mi Savvy turned up at Happy Valley at his first start and nearly completed the rare feat of a win on debut, but with a vital inside draw and experience under his belt, he can act as a banker in the opening leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio.
Not only was Mi Savvy having his first trip to the races, he had the benefit of just three trials - a token 650m effort in New Zealand, an educational 1,050m spin on the all-weather track for Gibson and a strong effort at Happy Valley.
Despite his relative inexperience, he was still sent out at single-figure odds and clearly carrying the stable's confidence.
He lived up to the support with a game effort, despite having a few things go wrong in the run, just failing to run down Ride On The Fire, who he faces again in another Class Four over 1,000m.
Olivier Doleuze again pilots from the 1,000m and, with the rail in the dreaded 'C+3' position, barrier one is gold and he can get the run of the race. Mi Savvy trailed Ride On The Fire (Tim Clark) last time, but this time the roles could be reversed.
He will be perfectly positioned on the rails in a race where there should be pace from the outside and he also gets the benefit of a three-pound weight turnaround on his rival.
Ride On The Fire seems to have turned things around and should be included after drawing five.
If Gary Ng Ting-keung's Lucky Red (Eddie Lai Wai-ming) brings his 'A' game, he will be hard to catch, while blinkers and a first look at the city track could elicit some spark from the smart-looking O'Halo (Douglas Whyte), although a wide draw (10) won't help.
In the middle pin, Team Work (Doleuze) is the one drawn pole, and even though he has placed three straight times over the course and distance (1,200m), is hard to have on a win line.
The eight-year-old hasn't finished first for more than two years, a run that stretches to 36 winless trips to the track, but the TT isn't in order, thank heavens, so his place-getting ability can have him installed as a banker.
The one to beat could be the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Impeccable, who gets a draw (three) for the first time since dropping back to Class Four.
A big plus is the pace query, Gerald Mosse could end up with a sole lead and his betting support of late suggests the French-bred five-year-old is up to the mark in this company.
Gibson produces Wayfoong Governor (Clark) for his second start after the four-year-old was a tad disappointing first-up when in the market.
He has drawn two and if he can show the same race-to-race improvement between his first two starts as stablemate and weekend winner Racing Reward did, he could be in the finish.
Winsome hadn't fired a shot in the seven starts for Caspar Fownes after a maiden win in Australia, and has been triple-figure odds at his last three starts, but last time out showed signs of life when flashing home for fourth.
In the final leg, a Class Four over 1,650m, Peter Ho Leung-trained Mochi (Zac Purton) gets a chance to break through after going close last Wednesday.
After struggling with the slow speed at the extended mile and overracing two starts back, the four-year-old had the blinkers removed and was more relaxed last time round, even after he was fired out of the gates.
Purton was flushed out on the turn, hit the front with a furlong to go and was left a sitting shot, but his runner-up effort was good enough to suggest he be made banker.
He might go back to a hold-up pattern from barrier nine, with some front-running types, Billion and High Return, drawn low and likely to guarantee genuine tempo.
Happy Score (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) is another who could benefit from speed. He beat Mochi at his last time out and can't be ignored.
Others to include are John Dory (Whyte). He is a touch one-paced, but honest enough.
Consider Brilliant Chariot (Lai), who had his momentum halted in the straight but still won last start, and Common Goal (Alex Lai Hoi-wing), who has the ability to win in this grade but has drawn the widest.
The winning strike rate for Richard Gibson, who is having a good first season