There is a sense that John Size is about to assert his authority on the trainers' championship and lightly raced Hypersonic is just the sort of horse that will help him. The progressive three-year-old can get back to his winning ways on the Sha Tin all-weather track on Sunday and is a standout banker in the final leg of the Triple Trio.
Hypersonic announced himself as a horse to watch by going two-from-two to start his career, and even though he mixed his form at the next two runs, last start he rattled home at the end of 1,400m. The son of Darci Brahma returns to the track and distance - 1,200m on the dirt - where he notched his most impressive victory, a 1-1/2-length win carrying 132 pounds in April. Even though Hypersonic (Douglas Whyte) faces a strong field, including in-form sprinter Danewin Tiger (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), who had his measure over the track and distance last time they met, he looks a horse on the improve.
Gate five helps and he takes on Danewin Tiger six pounds better off for the last time they met. Danewin Tiger goes in, having drawn four, while also include Lord Sinclair (Brett Prebble), last-start course-and-distance winner Bo Bo Express (Tommy Berry) and Fiery Whisperer (Keith Yeung Ming-lun).
In the middle pin, Whyte again takes the reins on a well-drawn and progressive type, the Derek Cruz-trained Malayan Pearl. Put the four-year-old in as a banker ahead of a competitive Class Four field.
While there are no last-start winners among the 14 runners contesting the 1,800m race, eight finished top four last start, while four of those horses finished second last time out.
Malayan Pearl has been sent out favourite at his last four starts and seems to be building towards a win, hitting the line well when third last time out over this distance.
Magnumous (Terry Wong Chi-wai) has been a revelation since stepping out beyond a mile and his on-pace style helps in what can be notoriously slow-run races from this starting point. Also include Ambassadorship (Berry), Mobile King (Gerald Mosse) and Perfect Moment (Alvin Ng Ka-chun). The chances don't stop there in a deep race.
The opening leg is by far the toughest, a Class Four over 1,400m. It might pay to play a couple of different tickets, splitting bankers, or just go as wide as affordable, as there seems to be no obvious standout.
Polymer Win drops to a career-low mark, and if Brett Prebble can bustle the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained five-year-old into a handy spot, he could cause a blowout.
The Tony Cruz-trained Majestic Anthem (Mosse) started favourite last time out but did things wrong; still he has to be included. Also consider the honest Real General (Ng) and Thanksgiving (Berry), and the speedy Golden Osmanthus (Ben So Tik-hung).
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