Moore the merrier for Triple Trio fans
Promising Maroon Prince, Cultural City and even Thanksgiving from the powerful stable hold the aces in all three TT legs at the mixed meeting
The John Moore stable is not yet enjoying a vintage season by its own high standards, but the trainer looks a key factor at Sha Tin tomorrow for punters chasing the elusive Triple Trio at the mixed meeting.
Moore should provide banker material in at least the second and third legs with Maroon Prince (Neil Callan) and Cultural City (Derek Leung Ka-chun), and possibly even in the first leg with the in-form Thanksgiving (Tim Clark).
In the middle leg, three-year-old Maroon Prince has been a revelation since he was switched to the all-weather surface, winning at long odds in December before backing that up with a solid fourth to Hearts Keeper last time.
On both occasions, Maroon Prince did a good job after drawing wide at the start, but barrier four might allow him an easier run tomorrow and the youngster looks likely to be in the finish again, as does his last-start conqueror.
Also a three-year-old with some upside, Hearts Keeper (Ben So Tik-hung) has found a niche on the artificial surface with a win and a second in two outings and he is also drawn low. He showed last time that he is able to be ridden handy to the lead and that is always a plus on the surface.
Away from the pair of smart three-year-olds, this looks an open affair, with cases to be made for consistent Flying China (Brett Prebble), Regency Champion (Matt Chadwick), likely leader What A Heart (Alvin Ng Ka-chun) and the lightweights, Nobody But You (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) and Supreme Hong Kong (Umberto Rispoli).
The opening leg looks fairly clear cut, especially after Divine Diya's win last weekend highlighted the prospects of Good Good View (Zac Purton).
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding looked unlucky to be beaten by Divine Diya on debut over 1,200m and the step up to 1,400m won't bother this promising youngster by former top miler-middle distance galloper Intergaze.
Good Good View had shown above-average talent in trials prior to his debut, then found himself bailed up at the 200m on New Year's Day, with weakening horses coming back in his path and nowhere to get clear. When he did get out, Good Good View flew home for a half-length defeat that would have been a win in a few more strides.
Good Good View might make a serious double banker play with Moore-trained Thanksgiving, who is no world beater but has come solid with racing and won well at the same course last start after a terrific ride from Clark.
Many of their rivals have been well-tried over a season or three without ever amounting to much, but the likes of consistent Supreme Genki (Gerald Mosse), Craig's Pride (Olivier Doleuze), Dragon Pins (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) are all place considerations, along with two useful if unreliable horses dropping in grade at the top of the weights, Summer Dash (Chadwick) and Lucky Gains (Prebble).
In a tricky anchor leg, Cultural City has disappointed since the stable move earlier in the season to Moore but that has been partly due to circumstances and he can improve.
At his last run, Cultural City was taken back from a wide draw and was never suited in a slowly run 1,400m, while his run prior he stepped away poorly in a dirt sprint, then failed to fire after being used to make up the ground he had lost at the jump.
Go back three starts and he was narrowly beaten on the all-weather by Cheetah Boy over this 1,200m trip, and Cultural City could be gifted the ideal trip if Leung can get him cleanly from the machine.
Others who must be considered are ultra-consistent dirt specialists Green Zone (Ho), Rumba King (Marwing) and Turin Champion (Doleuze), while Mentor (Ng), Shahjee (Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin) and All Victory (Chadwick) have place claims.
(1) Share Of Gold, (4) Lord Dragon, (5) Grimmy, (13) Multiexpress.
(1) Humongus, (3) Mr Marfach, (6) M's Magic, (8) Able Dragon.
(1) Leo's Pride, (2) Healthy Blueberry, (5) Tarrega, (8) Darts Auto.
(1) Lucky Gains, (3) Sammy's Falcon, (7) Good Good View, (13) Dragon Pins.
(1) Regency Champion, (4) Hearts Keeper, (6) Danewin Tiger, (12) Fiery Raider.
(2) Mentor, (3) New Glory, (5) I Smell Money, (10) Turin Champion.
(1) Let Me Handle It, (3) King Of Scots, (6) Distill, (7) Mizani.
(1) Real Generous, (7) Turbo Jewellery, (9) Shantaraam, (14) Towering Storm.
(2) Real Specialist, (3) Dan Excel, (5) Helene Spirit, (8) Fay Fay.
(1) My Name Is Bond, (2) Flagship Shine, (9) Uwillbeglorious, (10) Ho In One.