Hong Kong international sale graduates have had a great start to the season and an "ISG" can act as a banker in all three legs of tomorrow's Triple Trio at Sha Tin, with Unbeatable Guts, Diamond King and Leading Horse each chasing a second win for the season.
International sale griffins have been firing so far this season and the aforementioned bankers are just three of the 15 individual winners from the 18 meetings so far this term.
Peter Ho Leung's Unbeatable Guts kicks things off in the opening leg, a 1,400m Class Four, where the five-year-old will have to carry top weight,but gets the benefit of a lovely draw.
Unbeatable Guts took 13 starts to break his maide, but had raced consistently until then, placing four times, and finally broke through first-up a month ago. o noted that Unbeatable Guts had previously not stood up to his work,but had returned a stronger horse, and a decent trial between runs and two gallops since indicate the trend has continued.
Joao Moreira retains the ride - he has an unbeaten four-from-four record on Ho's horses so far this season and an exceptional strike rate overall, winning nine from 19 on the local handler's runners.
From barrier three Moreira should have an easier job than last time, when he was stuck wide but had cover before winning by a comfortable margin. Expect him to sit handy in a race where there doesn't look to be a lot of speed.
Unbeatable Guts strikes a weak field here containing very little in the way of obvious candidates to go higher. Mr Kool (Neil Callan) and Hastily Feet (Nash Rawiller) - who will have to push forward from a wide gate again - are likely improvers and should be included. In a race with a long tail, also consider Triumphant Light (Douglas Whyte) dropping in grade, along with Bold Stitch (Brett Prebble).
Benno Yung Tin-pang brings Diamond King (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) back to the races and the four-year-old steps up to 1,400m after a surprise first-up win on the first day of the season.
Diamond King has backed that up with a couple of sound efforts over 1,200m, both where he was finding the line in a manner that suggested extra ground would be beneficial.
Two starts back he got home well behind Regency Darling before being bustled out of a wide gate to sit outside progressive sprinter Fabulous One in the run, and sticking on for third.
The competition doesn't look anywhere near as hot here. Magic Star (Zac Purton) should improve at his third career start - he steps up beyond 1,200m for this time with the help of a good draw.
Our Generation (Callan) is first-up and drops in grade after trialling well, but he was a polytrack winner at his only overseas start and most of his turf performances have not lived up to his eye-catching trial displays on the dirt.
Lean Journey (Whyte) can be included - he has shown glimpses of ability, but hasn't really put things together since being involved in a bad fall in April.
Speed comes from Secret Code but a lot will depend on what sort of pace Dashing Fortune can muster from barrier 14, back in trip with blinkers on for the first time and 10-pound claiming apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei aboard.
From barrier four, Diamond King has enough speed to take a handy spot without Cheng having to make use of the son of O'Reilly.
In the final leg, Ho again calls on Moreira to see if he can repeat the dose on Leading Horse, who was green when winning over a mile last time, but returns to the same course and distance.
Leading Horse was probably favoured by tempo and conditions when he won second-up - sitting handy in a slowly run race - but there were signs that there is still improvement to come from the three-year-old.
The son of Commands has to again overcome a wide gate, but should be able to slot in somewhere behind leaders Thors Bolt (Whyte), who goes in, and Floral Spur.
A host of backmarkers will have their work cut out getting into this race, but expect strong efforts from Gold Dragon (Chad Schofield), Imperial Gallantry (Purton) and Electronic Phoenix (Karis Teetan).