MICK Kinane can leave local racing for one more season on the best possible note - on a winner in tonight's final local event on the special Martell-sponsored Grand National card. The Irish ace will be especially fired up for two reasons. First, because this is his last meeting and secondly because his Queen Elizabeth II Cup triumph on Red Bishop last weekend will have buoyed his natural winning instinct. And in Mazal, Kinane looks to have found an ideal mount with which to depart the scene. The English import is a most attractive individual and has impressed at trackwork virtually from the day he arrived. Trainer David Oughton has been typically patient with him, mindful of the fact that he's a young three-year-old who didn't want to be pitched in against the older horses too soon. As a general rule, it is best to treat the Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds with some caution during their first season in the territory. But Mazal more than handled the older horses on his local debut when a strong-finishing second to Basic Instinct over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin and has made excellent progress in his trackwork since and should be all the sharper for that outing. He should also benefit from the move to 1,400 metres, given the way he stuck to his task last time out, going down by just a head to Basic Instinct. The overall competition Basic Instinct and Mazal faced that day was not strong, but they did draw reasonably clear of third-placed All-Winners and Basic Instinct has since come out and run very well off a much higher handicap rating. Mazal also appeals as a type with plenty of scope for improvement as he has only run twice in his life, scoring on his only start as a two-year-old when trained by Richard Hannon. Hannon's young horses are typically 'bomb-proof' individuals, not least as his main East Everleigh gallops adjoin an army firing range. Against a background of rumbling tanks and booming explosions, they learn to take most things in their stride. Mazal is a very relaxed, even lazy individual in the mornings and given his attitude and the way Oughton and Kinane have been at pains to bring him along carefully, he should not fall victim to the dreaded second-up syndrome. This strikes so many first-season imports who run with immense promise on their debuts only to disappoint next time out. Indeed, Oughton's Chagall was very much a case in point earlier in the season. The explanation is that the first run takes more out of them than is evident from their subsequent work and leaves them flat for their second run. This has to lurk as a danger to Mazal and can't be entirely dismissed. But the way he skipped down the back straight in his work from the barriers on Thursday morning, it would be a surprise and a major disappointment were it to strike yet again. It wasn't as if Kinane was unduly hard on him first time out, either. The biggest danger, besides second-up syndrome may well come from the Neville Begg-trained Chiu Chow Warrior who drops into a Class Two only field tonight after contesting much more difficult events than this on his most recent outings. The ease in grade will help Chiu Chow Warrior considerably as will the move to 1,400 metres. He has shaped on each of his past few runs as if 1,400 metres could now be his best trip. Given he has to shoulder an onerous 138 pounds, the booking of crack apprentice Simon 'Hong Kong' Yim makes plenty of sense as he can take a very valuable five pounds from Chiu Chow Warrior's back. Mazal and Chiu Chow Warrior could well be worth a single quinella, but the truth of the matter is that the best way to bet this race could well be a solid win and place bet about Mazal as there are heaps of chances for the minor placings. There should be little between Pasha and Able Monarch on their most recent run Full Speed Ahead while Ever Joy has the ability to go close should he put everything in. He can be an enigmatic character. Jacko is well handicapped while Marshal Order is a very nice horse in the making though he will probably need further to show his best. Mr Zillionaire disappointed last time out, but that was not his true form. He's much better judged on a fourth to Hussar prior to that on which he is a definite hope. Sea Of Jasper is not completely out of it from the foot of the handicap, either, especially if there was any significant cut in the ground.