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Pace should ensure Make It's luck changes

Leung's consistent gelding has done everything right this season without winning a race, but he can break his duck in Triple Trio's opening leg

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2013, 3:04am

Andy Leung Ting-wah's runners aren't generally renowned for their consistency, but Make It hasn't put a hoof wrong this season and, coming off an unlucky course and distance second, a suitably fast pace makes him an enticing banker in the first leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

Make It has been fourth, third, third and second in his four runs - all of them over 1,200m at the city track - and he has been closing off gamely in each of those contests.

After a solid first-up outing, Derek Leung Ka-chun, who rides again here, was forced to take Make It back near the tail of the field, and he produced fast-finishing sectionals. From barrier three he was able to take closer order, but Leung had to change direction twice in the straight, and was then hampered by the wayward winner Happy Homing in the final 100m.

Happy Homing took Make It's running, and Howard Cheng Yue-tin was even suspended for two days for his part in the interference, but stewards overruled an objection by Leung as they cited a winning margin of a neck too wide.

This time, Leung deals with gate six but in his favour are a host of front-runners who should create some pressure for him to finish over the top of them.

Tomadachi (Brett Prebble) overraced last start when placed on the speed, and a senior rider will help his cause, but he could face similar pressure again. Tony Millard has utilised Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin's 10-pound claim on Well Done and expect him to be thrust into the contest from gate four, along with Ocean Wide (Eddie Lai Wai-ming) from gate two.

In a strong Class Four contest, lean towards the backmarkers to get home on the fair "A" course: Team Work (Olivier Doleuze) and Touch Well (Andreas Suborics) have drawn wide, but should both be steaming into this, while Glory Win (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) and Cheers Victories (Gerald Mosse) are favoured by their low draws.

The middle pin is as weak as they come for Class Three and it's hard to lean on anything as a banker. Victory General (Leung) goes in on top as he has drawn well in four and maps to get a nice run. He doesn't look like a horse that should be favourite in a Class Three event, but then again, who does here?

In the 1,200m contest, try and nail it with four picks, or five if you can afford it. Open Sesame (Mosse), Happy Forever (Doleuze), Glory Horsie (Prebble) and Capital K (Ben So Tik-hung) are the other options.

In the final leg, Enthusing (Doleuze) will start close to favourite and deserves his place near the top of the market.

But if looking for something drawn more advantageously, maybe lean towards David Hall's Country Charm (Matthew Chadwick).

Even though Country Charm was a shock 90-1 winner last start and benefitted from a sole lead and modest pace, and has never raced at the track or beyond 1,400m, he ticks a number of boxes as a horse that could race well at the Valley.

He had enough natural pace to notch a surprising win on debut over 1,000m when still underdone, which means he has the tactical speed to take up a position from gate six.

The constantly turning extended mile probably equates to Sha Tin's 1,400m - which he was successful over last time - so stamina shouldn't be a problem.

Others to throw in are My Home Town (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) and Noble De Best (Umberto Rispoli).

 

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