Snitzel Kid looks hot in anchor leg
Snitzel Kid drops down to a decent gate for the first time in Class Three and, after a game last-start effort, looms as the best banker in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, where three tough contests could leave an estimated HK$8 million dividend unclaimed.
Since winning a Class Four in February, the Caspar Fownes-trained four-year-old has drawn 12, 13 and 12 up in grade and, having drawn gate two this time, he can be counted on to place and help punters decipher a TT which is boosted by a HK$4.8 million jackpot.
Twice since that victory, Snitzel Kid has drawn the extreme outside over tomorrow night's extended mile and still managed to finish third, despite being pushed to sit up on the speed.
Two starts back was at Sha Tin, where he hasn't placed in five tries and was unwanted in betting; he was 11th there, but last time out he confirmed his credentials up in class when just half a length off promising Flying Unicorn.
That was his second run in four days, and now on the seven-day back-up, the gelding will be at peak fitness over a course and distance where he has never finished worse than fourth in five attempts.
Snitzel Kid carries just 118 pounds and is sure to get the run of the race from Tim Clark, who takes over from Brett Prebble. Play tight in the anchor leg, including Jimson The Best (Alvin Ng Ka-chun), who comes off a forgiving run and has drawn three, Enthusing (Olivier Doleuze) and Leo's Pride (Alex Lai Hoi-wing).
Getting through the opening leg, a Class Four over 1,650m, will be quite a task, and finding a reliable type to bank on is near impossible.
With a record of five from 79, Sohna (Tye Angland) is no superstar, but he has finished second or third 25 times.
He is racing in good sprits and, from gate five, should give a good show.
Two drawn low should also be included.
The Sean Woods-trained Saddlers Lodge (Douglas Whyte) seemed like the winner when he burst to the front with blinkers back on last start at Sha Tin. He was probably left in front for too long and got swamped late, but the five-year-old showed spark and Whyte sticking with him is a great sign, despite lameness issues since then. From gate two, he will get a great run and won't have to work hard.
Chancellor (Matthew Chadwick) has also drawn well in one and is a chance.
The middle pin is a special conditions Class Four for horses who have raced at least three times and not won a race this season.
Me Tsui Yu-sak's Horse Aplenty (Weichong Marwing) seems the runner with the most upside, having had just seven local runs and bringing with him an encouraging record at the city circuit. Barrier one makes him a banker in a race where anything could happen.
Also include Manfred Man Ka-leung's Flying In (Whyte). He has been luckless in his last two starts over the course and distance and gets gate four this time. Others to be aware of are Blessing (Angland), Legend Express (Andreas Suborics) and Always Something (Chadwick).