PATRICK Biancone has been enduring a very torrid time of things this season and can't just put his finger on why his horses aren't firing.
Perhaps this lack of form in the Biancone camp could be an enduring and most unwelcome testimony to the lingering long-term effects of the 'flu virus which ravaged his yard in particular last season.
However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of private purchase griffin, Long Run, who had no trouble pulling well clear of Kiwi Flyer in a serious workout at a busy Sha Tin yesterday morning.
Long Run is going to be very hard to beat come the first griffin race of the season but don't get too excited. His quality is no secret as he has been well and truly shown up in his trackwork and is likely to start at cramped odds.
The only griffin who could rival him is Ivan Allan's Quick Action who also goes extremely well indeed.
It is very hard to split this pair, especially as they could develop into slightly different types.
At the moment Quick Action seems to have a bit more natural pace whereas Long Run is very fit and gallops remorselessly to the line.
But this is a somewhat tenuous opinion derived from not too many gallops.
Generally, there was plenty to ponder at trackwork yesterday with the intensity far greater than in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
David Hill's team invariably come to themselves from now until the end of the season and there was a very solid gallop from his improving stayer, L'Enjoleur yesterday morning.
L'Enjoleur went every bit as well as recent acquisition William's Tact who is much speedier and has still to recapture the form he showed as a griffin last season.
Hill's Manor Lord is also starting to come to himself. He was noted working well with Lionheart.
On the improvement side, John Moore's Asian Glory went better than stablemate, Sporting Champ, and could be ready to do something over the next couple of runs.
Don't expect Asian Glory to set the world on fire. He's only a Class Four handicapper and needs to be found the right race. But he is going better than at any stage of the season to date.
Geoff Lane's Cruise Missile worked well in a solid hit-out while Derek Cruz's Run Archie Run looks to be improving and is worth keeping tabs on.
There were also two trials on the all-weather track. The best effort came from Peter Ng Bik-kuen's Intermac Supreme who came through strongly to take the second heat.
An inconsequential first trial went to Gary Ng Ting-keung's Smile For Me but he is not a horse worth betting.