Forget Triple Trio, TT means Twin Turbo at the Valley
Me Tsui Yu-sak's galloper should have finished closer, if not won, last Wednesday, and as he attempts to atone, he shapes as a reliable banker
With a little more luck than last week, Twin Turbo can win his way out of Class Four over the same 1,650m course and slots in as the best banker of a tough Triple Trio at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
Through no fault of jockey Tye Angland, Twin Turbo ended up enduring a tough run last Wednesday night when sent out a well fancied 4.3 chance - he had drawn barrier one, but was shunted three wide at the 600m by a shoulder charge worthy of a place on an ice-hockey highlight reel.
Angland had snuck up from his midfield position into an ideal trail, when Jacky Tong Chi-kit on Little Rainforest made sure he took the long way home around the home bend.
Not only did the "legal interference" put him three-deep with no cover, it meant Angland was rolling a long way from home, and it gave eventual winner Ho Wongchoy a perfect cart into the race, with second placegetter Rising Power also getting a suck along into the straight.
They were the only two to beat Twin Turbo home, and with another good draw in the opening leg of the TT - two - a similar effort, with a touch more luck in running, will be good enough. Douglas Whyte takes the ride, and he should get a suitable pace for Twin Turbo, who can sit handy but would probably prefer to run on from midfield or even worse - just as he did earlier in the season for the South African.
There is speed in the from of All The Winners drawn one, Matthew Chadwick should hunt forward on Sunny Pear from gate six and it is reasonable to expect Plain Red Banner will be bounced out from barrier nine, especially with the aggressive Karis Teetan on board.
Angland sticks with Good Good View on the quick back-up from Sunday, and he looks likely to go higher in the grades - but like a few of the chances here, he has drawn out near the Beer Garden in gate 12. Include him, along with Young Talent (Zac Purton) drawn out in 10 - a strong tempo will help their chances, along with ageing last-start Class Five winner Panther Run (Derek Leung Ka-chun).
The middle leg - a Class Three over 1,800m - is a nasty mix of veterans who have dropped a long way through the grades, and those who were on the up but now seem to have lost their way. Take the one still on the rise - three-year-old Redwood Baby - as banker, even if a lack of pace is a worry. There is a lot of upside to the Danny Shum Chap-shing staying prospect and Purton has done the hard yards to get down to 118 pounds, claiming two pounds over, to ride.
Banksters Bonus (Whyte) is a knockout chance - it was only last season that he won a Class Two when drawn one and his last run was a five-length defeat at the less suitable Sha Tin giving Flame Hero 16 pounds, when he was in the market. He is mind-numbingly inconsistent, but cheek pieces might put his mind on the job and he seems set for this.
It's a lottery outside of that - perhaps Jamesina (Brett Prebble) can bounce back returning to the Valley, Real Generous (Angland) is worthy of inclusion and Teetan seems to get the best out of Ambassadorship.
The final leg might be the toughest of all - a Class Three over the extended mile, where a couple of the hopes are unproven at the smaller track. Take one of them, Smart Ball (Chadwick) as banker, from Home With Glory (Alex Lai Hoi-wing), Green Manner (Angland) and Classic Jewellery (Teetan).