SOME things never change in local racing. And if it's a Monday it must be work day for Brian Kan Ping-chee's string. The larger-than-life handler was not letting anyone down at a sodden Sha Tin yesterday morning as he strives to make his customer a quickfire start to the season. Champman River, the top Class One sprinter, was the most impressive of all his workers. Last season the son of Shining Finish was ready to win early on and the way he went with stablemate Grassland Star yesterday suggested it would not be fitness that stops him during the opening exchanges. Indeed, fitness may help him overcome the handicapper's attentions. Yesterday Kan's assistant trainer had something in reserve as they held Grassland Star through a last quarter of 23.1 seconds to complete a slick 1,200-metre hitout in one minute and 17.9 seconds. Kan's former Derby winner, Sound Print, is not getting any younger. These days he is also troubled by his fair share of niggling leg problems which kept him off the track for large parts of last season. The break appears to have done him the world of good and yesterday he was back to something like his old, classy self when finishing a testing 1,200 metres in 23.2 seconds for an overall time of 1:15.5. Sound Print worked with the expensive English import Victory And Gold who did not acclimatise last season having arrived with some extremely useful form in top handicaps. A watching brief may still be the best policy as Sound Print looked to be holding him throughout their last 400 metres. The Primo Dominie three-year-old, Grand Way, was a credit to Kan as he held his form in a number of griffin events and showed plenty of resolution when holding Encore by a short head down the straight 1,000-metre chute in late February. Yesterday the seven-pound claimer, Eden Cheung, was on board Grand Way as they spun through 1,200 metres in company with Entrepreneur in 1:22.3. Grand Way is not the unexposed type to get rich on with a single win bet at large odds. But he is the consistent type to keep safe in quinellas and tierces. Others to note from the Kan stable were Medic Star and Icy Bet. Both were in winning form at the end of last season, benefiting from exemplary rides from champion jockey Tony Cruz. They worked together and, not surprisingly it was the speedier Medic Star who pulled a couple of lengths clear. Patrick Biancone's string have come back to the track bursting with good health with a number of them appearing very forward. Yesterday, he opted to put a serious piece into Sensible Choice and King Prawn. At the relative ratings, King Prawn could have been expected to dominate the work. This was not the case at all with Sensible Choice looking to have progressed. Former champion jockey Tony P. H. Chan has done reasonably well since he was granted a trainer's licence two seasons ago without blossoming as had been hoped for in his new role. Last season Chan did well to set Dragon's Pal for an equitrack sprint. The way Dragon's Pal dealt with Baskerville and New Pet in a jump out on the main all-weather surface indicated that Chan will be placing him to advantage once again.