Eastern Empire has made a solid impression in two runs at Happy Valley and can atone for a shocking performance last month at Sha Tin with a top effort in tomorrow night's final Triple Trio leg over 2,200m. With the natural speed to slot in from gate six behind the likely pacesetters Billion and Strawberry for Matthew Chadwick, Eastern Empire can end the night on a high for TT players in which the jackpot is expected to reach HK$5 million. The Tony Cruz-trained British import came up short over the 1,400m in his debut at Sha Tin on January 24, but came with a bold late move to overhaul Strawberry over the 1,800m at Happy Valley 17 days later. Backing up three weeks later over this trip, Eastern Empire enjoyed the box-seat run but couldn't pull back the margin on Billion, who had enjoyed an uncontested lead, and came up second best, beaten a length. Sent out over the 1,800m at Sha Tin on March 21, he didn't have too many options from gate 13 and, after trying to tackle the leader three deep, faded badly and only beat one runner home. The four-year-old hasn't missed a beat in the mornings and expect the real Eastern Empire to turn up. Bouncer has come right with a barnstorming finish to place in his past three starts and must be fancied in his marathon debut, while Strawberry, Billion, Monte Cristo and Man In The Mirror are other live chances. In a tricky first leg, Alex Wong Yu-on's Rare Treasure has had suspensory problems, but has been threatening in two of three starts in this grade, and has been given a fine preparation for this run. The partnership of Wong and Douglas Whyte have had many memorable moments in the past and they will be hard to keep out of the finish from gate one. Elite Fortune may need luck from gate 10, but is returning after an eye-catching second behind Lucky Photo Frame over the 1,400m after a stable change last time. Tai Hang's Pride, Be My Song, High Aim, Well Noted and Fun are also horses in form and must be considered. In the middle leg, promising Topping Light has been an absolute model of consistency with three wins, a second, two thirds and a fourth from as many starts. The four-year-old gave his punters a scare last time out, but eventually got up in the nick of time to remain unbeaten in two outings over this course and distance. Caspar Fownes goes with former stable lad Jacky Tong Chi-kit and his three-pound allowance, but is a standout from gate three. Master Rio was overhauled late in that Topping Light win and is the main danger, while Noble Man, Master Key, Star Of Fame and Magic Sweep can fill a minor placing.