Fly Me To The Moon can turn his form upside down in TT

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 March, 2008, 12:00am

Fly Me To The Moon may not have managed a single placing in the past 12 months, but expect the gelding to turn around his form in the middle leg of Monday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

The five-year-old has made nine appearances this season and, although he hasn't troubled the judge, there have been legitimate excuses on each occasion.

He was forced to work too hard from his barriers over the tricky Happy Valley 1,650m course - a distance which has proven just beyond his stamina range.

The John Size-trained gelding turned in an improved effort last start behind the in-form Add The Fun, and he will relish a return to Class Four for the first time in 21 months.

In a race devoid of a legitimate frontrunner, Douglas Whyte will likely take him straight to the lead and he should prove too slick for his rivals.

His main danger will come from promising Red Ruler, despite the three-year-old coming up short in six outings.

The David Hall-trained gelding turned in a sound effort behind classy Many Gains on February 9 after being taken back to last from a wide barrier, but he looked the winner last start before being caught on the line by Rich Dragon.

He looks nicely placed with the claim for apprentice Terry Wong Chi-wai and he is not going to find this assignment any tougher.

Others capable of getting into the act are Baazigar, who will sport blinkers for the first time, Dash, Helene Elite and Little Big Boy.

In the opening leg, it's hard to go past the in-form Fishking Excellent, considering he is remarkably well placed with a claim for apprentice Thomas Yeung Kai-tong.

The four-year-old has been a revelation this term in winning three of six starts and, after Yeung's allowance, he will carry two pounds less than his last success over similar rivals. He should be prominently ridden from gate seven and be the one they all have to gun down in the final stages.

Captain Bunny should prove his main danger on the back of two excellent performances after racing wide, while others worthy of inclusion are Pacific Alliance, Natural Echo, Daneprint and Challenger.

In the final leg, Unique Jewellery, resuming after being sidelined with a fever, fits the banker bill.

The three-year-old created a favourable impression at his debut behind Bravo Bravo, before having little trouble overcoming the outside barrier to land his first success 20 days later. He has been tuned up for his return with three trials, should get an easy run on the back of the speed, and show himself to be a horse on his way to better races.

An appealing double banker is regular bridesmaid Crystal on the back of a sound last-start performance, while others entitled to consideration are Seaking Treasure, A Mirror, Amazing Journey and Opera Magic.