Jun Ju has the draw to break through

The gelding gives the field weight again, but his rivals don't look particularly strong and from gate one he can maintain the stable's hot streak

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 3:57am


Dennis Yip Chor-hong is on a hot streak with trebles at the last two meetings, helping him to a career-best 51 winners heading into tomorrow's mid-week meeting at Sha Tin.

That good form can continue in the first leg of the Triple Trio, where Jun Ju (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) can break through with the benefit of barrier one after three straight impressive runs with excuses.

Jun Ju has drawn 14, 13, 13, and 12 at his last four starts, but has still managed more than respectable efforts the last three times, despite being forced to race either from way back or sit wide with no cover.

It was remarkable Jun Ju was able to finish within a neck of Backstreet Fighter on Sunday after he sat three and four deep with little or no cover throughout. He was giving the winner 22 pounds, and while he gives the entire field weight again, it does not look a particularly strong field.

The key is gate one and the fact the horse that looks the major threat, the John Moore-trained Principal (Brett Prebble) who is coming off a maiden victory and still inexperienced with three starts - has drawn 11.

Others to look out for are Hong Kong Dancer (Ben So Tik-hung) and Rocket Proud (Tommy Berry). The John Size-trained three-year-old King Haradasun (Douglas Whyte) resumes after a five-month break and the trainer's patience should be repaid with a return to the form that saw him finish third to Little Cow on debut.

The final two legs are on the dirt and the middle pin is a Class Four over 1,200m that is hard to find a standout and contains the ominous threat of a Size-trained first-starter with an astonishing amount of trials.

Dr Good Habit is about as well prepared as you will get for a first-starter - seven trials on this surface out of an amazing 11 overall. The three-year-old drew one to boot and it is hard to go past him as a banker.

With pace everywhere - Well Done (Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin) and Hurry Hurry Up (Jackie Tong Chi-kit), in particular, looking to make the speed - it should mean Dr Good Habit gets the perfect trailing run in transit and it maps well for him finding the frame.

Around Dr Good Habit, include dirt-specialist What A Heart (Alex Lai Hoi-wing), Expedite (So), El Grande (Prebble) and perhaps Maroon Prince (Weichong Marwing) - despite his wide draw.

In the final leg over 1,650m, if you can forgive the last-start failure of Supreme Hong Kong (Richard Fourie) when he drew wide and pulled up with blood in his trachea, he can go in to selections after drawing four. He steps up to this trip for the first time and he seems ready after five runs over 1,200m.

Depending on his odds, Supreme Hong Kong might be the bet, but the banker has to be Dars Auto (Alvin Ng Ka-chun).

Another from the Yip yard, Dars Auto comes into this race off six straight top three finishes on the surface, including a decent runner-up effort to Handsome Batchelor - a rival again today. Ng's claim looks well-used on a horse creeping up in the weights.

Handsome Batchelor (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) should go in after drawing three. Fortune Together (Cheng), Super Brand (Lai) and Easy To Rich (Prebble) could all be looking for a position on or near the speed. All of the on-pace runners have claims but do not leave out track-specialist Oyster (Eddie Lai Wai-ming), who is sure to be closing late.