Hei Hei Posh a good bet over pet trip
Shum's four-year-old is striking a weak field and, back to his favourite distance and with a better draw, he can kick-start the TT in style
Danny Shum Chap-shing's Hei Hei Posh drops back to his best trip at Happy Valley tomorrow night and can kick-off the Triple Trio in style as a sound banker.
Hei Hei Posh is a winner over 1,800m at both turf tracks, but it was his brave runner-up effort over 2,200m last start that adds some further confidence in a Class Four Handicap.
Tim Clark, who rides again from gate five, was one-off facing the breeze when leader Kensworth Kid slowed to a near-walk down the back, the Australian forced to stride forward with 600m to go. Not surprisingly, Clark found himself in front a long way from home, and it was only a heads-up ride by Tye Angland on Super Strike that saw him nabbed late.
This is probably a weaker field. The John Size-trained All Bountiful (Douglas Whyte) has been a hard one for punters to figure out - he heads to the city track for the first time and is stepping up to 1,800 for the first time, too. Both moves create some attraction; he is a strong-enough looking individual, and his speed could make him versatile.
Take your pick of the rest in a race with a long tail, but Telecom Supremo (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), Glory Of India (Angland) and Goldmen Y Y (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) look logical-enough selections.
The middle pin is an open race, where Dennis Yip Chor-hong's well-drawn One Of A Kind (Whyte) is a great chance of breaking through at his first try over 1,650m.
From gate three, Whyte can stalk a speed which will depend on whether Gerald Mosse on Real Dragon comes across from gate 10 to challenge last-start winner Home With Glory (Howard Cheng Yue-tin).
One Of A Kind didn't get the clearest run last start and endured a bumping duel late with winner Able Magic - a horse he meets four pounds better off.
Able Magic (Zac Purton) also goes in, as does Home With Glory - a recent stable transfer who seemingly has plenty of rating points of improvement left in him.
Consider double-banking Home With Glory and One Of A Kind - for affordability purposes - as this is a race with a lot of strong place chances.
Danzulu (Umberto Rispoli), Magnanimous (Andreas Suborics) and Sugar Pegasus (Derek Leung Ka-chun) all deserve some consideration.
The final leg contains a clear standout as a banker - Kick Serve (Purton), who has drawn two and handles himself well at this track in this grade.
The Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained six-year-old has been placed at his only two runs this term, and faces a race without depth. Kick Serve is no world beater, but he can be placed in different spots in the field.
That could be crucial in a race with apparent speed that could drop off sharply if the nominal frontrunners sort themselves into an order early. Purton can sit as far forward, or back, as the pace dictates from that gate.
Gamekeepers (Whyte) has hit a wall since striking Class Three company, and barrier nine is tough, but a place is possible here. Caspar Fownes' pair Ride On The Fire (Clark) and Jumbo Gold (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) are the next in - but it drops off sharply from there.
RACE 1: (1) Always Well, (5) Pronounced Honour, (10) Spicy Shrimp, (12) Glory Win.
RACE 2: (3) Mount Victory, (4) Supreme Tycoon, (6) Medic Champion, (11) King Galileo.
RACE 3: (1) Kingston Elite, (8) Amazing Fortune, (9) Billion Gains, (12) Young Supreme.
RACE 4: (3) Compact Yarn, (4) Hei Hei Posh, (9) Telecom Supremo, (11) Glory Of India.
RACE 5: (1) Real Dragon, (3) Magnanimous, (11) One Of A Kind, (12) Sugar Pegasus.
RACE 6: (1) Jumbo Gold, (3) Turf Magic, (4) Kick Serve, (8) Fay Deep.
RACE 7: (1) Mega Champion, (2) Flying Unicorn, (3) Jimson The Best, (5) Jolly Fine.
RACE 8: (1) Charity Spirit, (2) Choice Treasure, (7) Amedeo, (8) Romantic City.
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