Universal Boss can defy barrier 14 to run into the placings in the opening leg of tomorrow's Sha Tin Triple Trio. There's no jackpot on offer but there's still plenty to play for with Universal Boss' recent form making him very much one to keep on your side. The Alex Wong Yu-on-trained galloper has had excuses on his most recent outings, especially last time out when he would have gone close to beating Easy Win but for being checked in the home straight. Wong has taken the trouble of engaging Douglas Whyte tomorrow, pending Whyte's appeal against a one-meeting ban imposed after he was found to have infringed the marker pole regulation. Universal Boss' supporters will obviously be hoping that Whyte succeeds as he's riding in brilliant fashion. If he doesn't, then apprentice Alex Yu, who rode him last time, will be on top. Yu is generally a most promising apprentice. However, he rode an ordinary race on Universal Boss behind Easy Win but at least he now knows the horse and that will count for something. That Easy Win form, on first impressions, didn't appear to count for too much but it has been made to look stronger by Go Go Win's Wednesday night success and by the subsequent placed effort of Go Go. Go Go Win only managed 10th behind Easy Win while Go Go was third. Rocket Green should strip considerably fitter for his recent effort over an inadequate 1,150 metres on the dirt when he was ridden by the very inexperienced 10-pound claimer Philip Cheng. Club jockey Danny Nikolic now takes over and he looks to have picked up a decent ride. Ultra Tension is better than his first two runs for Gary Ng Ting-keung may indicate and he should also be considered as should Shining Winner, who went into the notebook last time and who would really come into it if there was any rain around. So So looks best of the rest. The Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup sets punters a real poser as the TT's middle pin. It's pretty difficult to put the pen through any of the 14 runners with the possible exception of the top and bottom weights, Supernova and Flowers Treasure, who are both ridden by inexperienced claimers and may now be too high in the ratings on the grass, having achieved their position in the handicap scale largely via their dirt exploits. Basic Instinct loves a fast-run 1,200 metres. He could be the best banker. Of the others, Engineman appears to have thrived of late. He put up a career-best effort in the Centenary Cup down the straight 1,000-metre chute and has been moving very fluently since. Feel Legend didn't have too much luck at the Valley last time and could be worth throwing in. He's always seemed a most progressive individual and there was no fluke about his win down the straight. Supreme Goliath should be suited by the short straight and the almost certain fast pace. Super Team looks a million dollars while Noble Dancer could surprise. The trip is a bit on the short side for Noble Dancer these days but he loves the kind of fast pace which is guaranteed here with Debonair in the field and he could be angled out from the apex of the bottom bend to flash home down the centre of the track. In the sixth event, which concludes the TT, Baby Wave Supreme appears to have struck the weakest opposition he's faced. He could be the best banker in a race where Red Wine, Happy Success, Happy Fans and Warm Winter should all run well. Red Wine went into the notebook last time when he returned with his bit inverted after making good late headway behind Lion's Share over an inadequate 1,150 metres on the dirt. Happy Success could improve on his first start for impressive rookie trainer Peter Ho, who has taken the trouble to engage multiple champion jockey Basil Marcus. Happy Fans has scope for improvement and, like Warm Winter, could make good late ground into the tierce slot.