Tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley comes with an enticing jackpot, but it looks as tough a TT as there has been this season - with the rail being out in the tricky "C+3" configuration making it even more difficult to find the winning combination.
An inside draw for Electronic Fortune make him a decent banker in the final leg of a TT that could easily go unclaimed again, but promises a big payout for any winners, given the open nature of the three fields.
Electronic Fortune started his career with a bang in January last year, winning on debut as a three-year-old over 1,200m at Sha Tin and was consistent without winning for the rest of the term.
After two so-so efforts when resuming this season where followed by a sharp improvement when third with the blinkers on and more aggressive tactics employed over 1,400m at Sha Tin.
Another placing over the same course and distance was followed by a last-start fourth when Angland couldn't get the gelding to muster speed early and ended up in a three-wide trailing position. He failed to get the desired trail into the contest and wandered a bit in the straight, but a switch to the city track for the first time and the multiple turns of the 1,650m course can hopefully spark Electronic Fortune back to life.
If Angland can either lead or box seat from gate two, he should be able to hang around for a placing, although, just a warning, as good a banker option as he may be - taking the one-paced gelding on a win line might not be as attractive an option.
Ambitious Treasure (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) has to go in from gate four and with solid recent form at the course and distance - if there is a candidate for double banker he might be it, given how difficult the opening two races are. Of the others, Douglas Whyte has chosen to ride John Moore's Winning Bear over last-start winner Good Friends Magic for John Size - with Keith Yeung Ming-lun taking over there. Both horses go in.
Winning Bear is favoured by a better draw (three), but he got all the favours in front in a weak special conditions race last start and he couldn't win then, but remains a place threat this time. Good Friends Magic has drawn nine and his win over 1,400m was a grinding one, where he only just overcame Apollo Cavalier. The move to the smaller track is the right one for a horse that needs options.
The first leg is a Class Five over the extended mile, and it looks as though Whyte has made the right move to jump on Lucky Army for Dennis Yip Chor-hong after the six-year-old drew gate one.
Lucky Army won twice over the course and distance from marks of 21 and 27 last season - he is off 31 here and ready to strike.
Anything could happen in this race, so don't be afraid to go wide. Others to consider are Young Happy (Richard Fourie), Supreme Tycoon (Derek Leung Ka-chun) and O'Reilly Magic (Alvin Ng Ka-chun).
The middle pin is the second section of Class Four 1,200m entrants - and lacks a definitive stand out. Play around with a top five of Silver Dragon (Brett Prebble), Rocket Proud (Ng), Glenealy Star (Zac Purton), Bernard's Choice (Yeung) and City Of Lights (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu).
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