A big night at Happy Valley tomorrow night could help seal the Tony Cruz Award for apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei and Moment Of Power can add a win to her tally in the middle leg of the Triple Trio.
Chiong has 34 wins this season and heads into the second last meeting with a two-win lead over Derek Leung Ka-chun in the race for leading local rider.
Trainer Paul O’Sullivan has used Chiong seven times for one win in her rookie season – that being a Class Five victory with Glamorous Ryder in April, and he again goes to the claim to provide some relief for a young horse with some room to move at the ratings.
After Moment Of Power won on his debut in March, the three-year-old was forced to carry big weights in Class Four, finishing unplaced up the straight at Sha Tin before two second placings as favourite back at the Valley’s 1,000m course.
That last runner-up finish pushed Moment Of Power’s rating to 60, giving O’Sullivan the option of running in either Class Three or Four, and he has opted to go up in grade, ensuring the son of Exceed And Excel would carry bottom weight anyway, but then going for Chiong’s seven-pound allowance.
That means Moment Of Power will have just 107 pounds on his back in a Class Three that doesn’t look overly strong.
Gate four from the 1,000m starting point looks another positive for Moment Of Power, although Chiong will have to have her wits about her in the opening stages.
Leung is likely to push up from gate three on Thor The Greatest, and a spot outside the lead looks a likely position for Chiong on the “A” Course.
Ocean Roar (Ben So Tik-hung) and Sky Man (Karis Teetan) will be tearing across from wide draws, but they present more than just nuisance value and both should be considered.
Also throw in Top Bonus (Joao Moreira), even if his draw makes it tough for him.
The opening leg should see a fascinating tactical duel between Moreira and Zac Purton on the top two chances, with Moreira jumping on Flying Monkey for the first time and Purton sticking with Good Man.
Both horses have been edging towards a late season win, and both will have to contend with tricky gates in a 1,200m Class Four.
Good Man jumps from seven and Flying Monkey nine, and with both generally taking up handy spots, they again look pacesetters in a contest where there doesn’t seem to be much more speed.
Play a double banker, with Winning King (Nash Rawiller), Emperor Victory (Douglas Whyte) and Wonderful Fighter (Opie Bosson).
Playing narrow in the first two legs allows for more flexibility in the final leg, a Class Four over 1,650m that looks incredibly open.
Go with The Sylph (Moreira) as banker, with the David Ferraris-trained five-year-old having finished second four straight times over the course and distance.
The Sylph drew barrier two and looks the most solid banker prospect, even if a serious lack of pace in the race could hinder his chances of running on from a midfield spot.
Also include Wisky (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) after he showed an ability to jump and take a position last start. That will help here, so the John Size-trained four-year-old looks a double banker.
Even though a brilliant ride from Ho helped the four-year-old’s cause last time out, Wisky is now racing at a distance where he can show his best and should run well again, especially from a much better draw than last start.
From there take Noble De Man (Chiong), Win It (Jack Wong Ho-nam) and Yeung Sing (Karis Teetan).