Welcome to John Size’s House of Fun in Triple Trio opener
The leading trainer has produced a number of strong first starters this season and he looks to have another nice prospect at Happy Valley
Debutants don’t come much better prepared than House Of Fun and the John Size-trained three-year-old can act as a banker in the opening leg of tomorrow night’s Triple Trio despite drawing a wide gate.
House Of Fun’s highly anticipated first start comes after a thorough grounding of seven trials since arriving with Size after already completing three in Australia – all of them impressive enough that the horse would have been sent around short in betting had he been entered there.
A debut would have come sooner if not for the son of Starcraft spending a couple of months on the sidelines early this year, but still, Size has played his usual patient hand and the big gelding looks the type of above-average talent that will quickly progress out of Class Four now that he has been unleashed.
House Of Fun has trialled well at the Valley twice – showing good gate speed, but also nice control, a long stride and an impressive cruising speed – but whether the youngster has enough talent to get out of the grade isn’t the question, it is how he will handle an incredibly awkward draw over 1,200m.
Joao Moreira jumps on for the first-up run after being aboard for five of the seven lead-up trials, including both at the Valley, and positive tactics look likely after taking up the running in most of his practice runs at the city course.
There isn’t an overwhelming amount of speed in the race, what pace is entered is drawn low and they seem the type of horses that would prefer to be handy without leading, not the types to be taking the race by the scruff of the neck.
That is exactly what Moreira could do on House Of Fun – nobody gets them out of the wide barriers at the Valley better than the dynamic Brazilian, and while finding the rail to follow would be the best case scenario, a spot outside the lead wouldn’t be a bad result either, which is where he might find himself.
Globe Trotter (Jack Wong Ho-nam) looks the most likely leader, and a chance too – from gate five he should cross to the fence, and is fast approaching a competitive rating.
Overall, this looks a weak contest but two to definitely include are Cour Valant (Chad Schofield) and Never Better (Douglas Whyte) – drawn one and two respectively and mapping to get nice trails in front of midfield.
Don’t dig too deep looking for roughies, but either Sparkling Talent (Kei Chiong Ka-kei) or Massive Millennium (Brett Prebble) could pinch a placing.
The second leg of the TT is the Le French May Trophy, where Dennis Yip Chor-hong’s Generous Bobo (Schofield) looks a solid option as banker in a 1,200m Class Three.
Also include Wah May Baby as Chiong looks to go two-for-two for trainer Tony Cruz, Bolshoi Ballet (Zac Purton), Lamarosa (Moreira) and Imperial Champion (Gavin Lerena).
In the final leg, a Class Four over 1,650m, take Yip’s Ho Ho Feel (Whyte) as banker from Pearl Furu (Opie Bosson), France Valour (Derek Leung Ka-chun) and Baltic Warrior (Lerena).