Fortune Bravo was one of the biggest on-course tips first up at Happy Valley, and it was only a soft lead to the winner that saw him denied a maiden victory. Two weeks later, from the same crucial draw on the "C" course and, with what should be a breakneck speed in front, he can be included as a banker in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio.
At the first Valley meeting of the season, Fortune Bravo drew two and dropped into the favoured box seat behind Pegasus Supreme, but the leader got it too easy and booted away, with the runner-up eating up ground after being left flat-footed at the turn on a leader-dominated track.
There are enough on-pace runners tomorrow to nearly guarantee better-than-average sectionals and ensure Eddie Lai Wai-ming gets the right run from gate two on the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained five-year-old.
All The Winners (Ben So Tik-hung) will drive forward and is likely to be joined on his outside by tough Billion (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), and possibly even Iron Eagle (Matthew Chadwick). Others to include are Handsome Batchelor (Tye Angland), Noble De Best (Andreas Suborics) and Wealth Park (Weichong Marwing), who ran a great race first-up last season and has drawn one.
In the opening leg (Class Four, 1,200m), barrier two again looks to be where the banker will jump from, with Winsome (Angland) sure to get an easier trip than the three-wide, no-cover nightmare he endured last time out.
Novel Start (Brett Prebble) is likely to start close to favourite from barrier four, and there's not much of a knock against him, other than what could be some pressure up near the speed. Gate one and an eye-catching first-up effort seven days ago would seem enough to include Dragon Pins (Zac Purton).
Natural Flame (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) is another in the betting who has a slight question mark. He came off a Class Five win, into the bottom of Class Four first-up with barrier one. He won't be getting any favours from gate six and while he can't be counted on as a banker, he should probably be included.
Impeccable (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) should come on for his first-up fourth and Ho's claim will help.
In the middle pin (Class Three, 1,650m), Mega Champion (Brett Prebble) is the obvious choice as a banker, dropping from a wide gate into barrier three and with a fitness edge on most of his rivals.
Mega Champion jumped from the outside of the winner, Dragon Fighter, at his last start and the starting position was the difference between box seating and midfield, and possibly cost him the half-a-length he was beaten on the line.
The Tony Cruz-trained four-year-old, who seems to have overcome his mucopus issues, is better ridden a touch closer than midfield and Prebble can place him to best advantage from this gate.
Next in, and a double banker option for the adventurous, is Horse Aplenty (Cheng), who is first-up over the extended mile but with the benefit of a decent trial blow-out.
Zachary (Purton) is a bit of a one-paced slug, but can run a race from low draws like this, and also include Ho Ho Life (Suborics) and Nordic Star (Derek Leung Ka-chun), who has dropped to a dangerous mark and gets the blinkers back on.
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