Grimmy to prove too good over pet trip
Sprinter has cost his fans in last two starts, but he can put the failures behind him and help maintain Yip's lead in trainers' championship
Dennis Yip Chor-hong's speedy three-year-old Grimmy can put two disappointing runs behind him with a return to Sha Tin's straight course and he stands out as a banker in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio.
After two solid straight-track wins to start his career, Grimmy has cost his backers dearly at his last two starts, finishing unplaced as 2.2 favourite over 1,000m and then 3.8 second favourite over a less-favourable 1,200m. He had excuses though, pulling up lame on both occasions and a smart trial since has restored some of the lost confidence.
The time is right for Yip to utilise Alvin Ng Ka-chun's seven pounds after Zac Purton rode the horse in his four previous starts and Grimmy will carry 116 pounds against a class three field that admittedly has some quality.
The barrier draw for straight races at Sha Tin may have become more important than on the circle. Those jumping from close to the grandstand rail have a huge advantage and gate 10 will allow Ng to get to the all-important ground one and two off the fence.
The main danger to Grimmy, and a possible double banker, is Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's Yat Ding Win (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) after his course and distance win in quick time this month.
He has drawn better than Grimmy in 11 and looks to have the speed to cross the three horses drawn outside of him, meaning he should be hard against the rail.
The two other definite inclusions are Michael Chang Chun-wai's Big Four (Olivier Doleuze), returning to the scene of his only win from four starts, while Master Sommelier (Douglas Whyte) is a threat coming back in trip.
Peter Ng Bik-kuen has managed to get the best out of Dane Patrol (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) and it would be a huge risk to leave him out, despite carrying 15 pounds more than in his last-start win.
Yip and Ng also combine with the most intriguing runner of the TT, sprinter Joy Together, who steps up to 1,400m for the first time in the first leg.
Plenty of punters will be asking whether it is a desperation move by Yip as he clings to his lead in the trainers' championship. But Joy Together has yet to prove he can't run 1,400m and his form is solid. One problem for the likely leader might be the amount of pesky front-runners. He should still go in, but perhaps not as a banker.
Play narrow instead and start with Sichuan Exec (Whyte), who is dropping in grade and back to the trip he won over on debut. He has the blinkers off and pacifiers on, and has drawn well in five.
Throw in Hit A Home Run (Tommy Berry) and give Winning Advantage (Richard Fourie) another chance after he pulled up with mucus last time out.
Take the John Size-trained Khaya as a banker in the middle pin, with Whyte back on board. The three-year-old has drawn wide but he should appreciate the step up to 1,600m.
Include Mobile King (Weichong Marwing), with blinkers on and dropping back in trip, along with Pleasure Gains (Ng) and King On Earth (Fourie).
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