With the Jockey Club predicting a maximum one-ticket payout of $60 million for the Triple Trio, there will be no lack of betting action on the popular bet at Thursday's Lunar New Year meeting. While Hong Kong's hardened army of punters will undoubtedly take their normal interest in the intriguing - and vastly lucrative - bet, the New Year meeting will provide the ideal backdrop for those who try their luck only on special occasions. There has been a carry-forward from the last weekend meeting of $28.4 million, which sets the scene for the prospective huge payout. As a result the Jockey Club has extended off-course betting hours to cater for the expected rush - particularly as all offices are closed today and tomorrow. On Wednesday they will open until 7 pm but betting will continue on the TT on raceday until an hour before the first race. Starting from the final leg, the banker simply has to be the improving Core Principles from the stable of leading trainer Tony Cruz. Eric Saint-Martin ended a brief blank spell with a winning double at Happy Valley's pre-holiday meeting and he can continue with this fellow. There was plenty to like about his last performance when he chased home Super Connections in a similar Class Five, 1,400-metre event. Super Connections, a noted front-runner, went well under his light weight for claimer Willy W. Y. Kan - the race was over shortly after halfway. Super Connections was never going to be caught but Core Principles did strong work in finishing second and looks the one to be on in the sixth event. He is a solid banker and those with chances to figure are Golden Chance and Powernamic who finished just adrift of the selection last time out. They only have to hold their form to be close. City Fortune and Canadian Champ could be best of the rest. Topweight Simon's Decision looks the answer in the first leg where Douglas Whyte stays aboard hoping to improve on a last-start second behind All Satisfy who, on that particular day, looked one of the bets of the programme. It was on January 23 and All Satisfy duly obliged in a similar 1,400-metre event with Simon's Decision, handy for much of the trip, staying on well for second. As All Satisfy looks capable of scoring in better company than Class Four, that race could work out reasonably well and Simon's Decision is worth taking as a banker. The first leg, however, is something of a minefield and raises the distinct possibility that a sizeable number of TT investors will crash at the first hurdle. Plentiful Harvest is worth including under in-form claimer John C. W. Mok while the engagement of Michael Kinane will not hurt the chances of the Bruce Hutchison-trained Word From Rome. Fortune Tycoon and On Fire are other possibilities in a tricky affair. The second leg sees Whyte in action for Hutchison on Red Zone, who ran a sparkling trial down the straight 1,000 metres course a couple of weeks ago. The Irish import is suggested as a banker on the strength of his overall form but more on the trial, which showed he was primed for a top run. Fukien Boy loves the straight trip and is a big chance while Treasure Island and Fortune Maker are two others to consider. FRIDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial _ 1,150m: 1, WALKING TALL (K. C. Tsang); 2, Splendid Timing (S. K. Sit); 3, Crystal Clear (K. H. Yu). Others (in finishing order): Fit For Royalty, Grand Vefour, Concert Kaiser, Super Boy, Lekker, Empire Court, Mr Powerful, Vantage Point. Time: 1:10.8 (26.5). Distances: 1.5 lengths, 2.5 lengths. Winner trained by Lam Hung-fie. Second trial _ 1,150m: 1, RISING GLORY (K. H. Ting); 2, Championship (B. Marcus); 3, Top Fit (E. Saint-Martin). Others: Smooth Edge, My Friends Say, Way Ahead, Multi-Pro, King's Glamour, High Powered, Healthy Star, Crowning Vigors. Time: 1:09.4 (24.5). Distances: 2.5 lengths, .5 length. Winner trained by Peter Ho.