HE may have been withdrawn from this afternoon's feature event, the Sha Tin Trophy, but at yesterday's trackwork session Mr Vitality underlined that he's coming along just fine. The Chairman's Prize winner and heir apparent to River Verdon as the next great champion of local racing sauntered - or rather sloshed - his way through an easy 800 metres on the rain-sodden sandmesh in a pleasing 56.3 seconds under Basil Marcus. That spin should put him right for when barrier trials are finally run on the grass. Weather permitting they should now take place on Tuesday having been cancelled yesterday morning due to the torrential rain which fell overnight. 'The surest way of getting rain at the moment is to schedule the grass trials,' commented clerk of the course, John Ridley, who cannot be blamed for the weather. Mr Vitality's trainer, Ivan Allan, has been away scouring the English and Irish sales rings. But he's been following his team's progress as closely as ever and yesterday said: 'All being well I hope to trial Mr Vitality on Tuesday. It still looks as if he will make his reappearance in the Stewards' Cup.' Allan then went on to explain why he did not run Mr Vitality this afternoon, despite the four-year-old only having to carry 135 pounds. 'He just wasn't ready to run a mile in handicap company. He will need his trial on Tuesday and then a couple of good blowouts before he is ready to make his reappearance.' In England, Allan bought colts by Distinctly North and Kris. The former will go to Peter Chapple Hyam and the latter to Henry Cecil whose yard currently resembles a Blackpool bed and breakfast in February. Vacancies. Allan then went to 74,000gns for a son of Last Tycoon and to 42,000 for a Toponoora. They will stay in Ireland for the time being while Allan ponders what is best for them. It was interesting to see that Andy Leung sprinted his potential stable star, Mr Wonderful, through 400 metres yesterday morning in readiness for this afternoon's final event. Leung's mentor David Oughton occasionally does this, but more usually with his sprinters, and Patrick Biancone does it with most of his runners, but didn't yesterday. Maybe Biancone was worried about the state of the all-weather surface after so much rain. Anyway, Mr Wonderful looked in fine condition and is set to run a big race for the crack South African jockey Piere Strydom who could not have made a bigger impact in the territory and has to be odds-on to be offered a stable position by someone next season. 'We'd love to be offered a job out here,' his wife and racing manager, Beaty Strydom confirmed. David Hill has made his customary slow start to the season and, no doubt, he will finish the campaign with his customary flourish. Yesterday he made use of the grass track to put a solid piece into his improving sprinter, Top-Worth, who is one to note for next Wednesday night's meeting. Top-Worth may still be a little bit on the big side, but he does look to have developed physically from last season and is the type to be winning his way into Class One this time round. Generally Stephen Leung's team seem as if they will need at least one run or possibly a couple before they are back in racing trim. As a bunch they have returned from the summer recess looking very well, but distinctly burly. Gold Yue Yee is a case in point. He wasn't working so well as last season before his recent reappearance and duly dropped out after racing up near the speed. Yesterday he looked a bit sharper as he swung through 1,200 metres with Time Fit in a one minute 17.3 seconds with stable jockey Kevin Manning on Time Fit. While the grass trials were postponed, there were three small heats over 1,150 metres on the all-weather. They were not of much consequence though Neville Begg's Auto-Matching went smoothly in the first heat and seems to be going better this season than last and is the type to go well first time out. First trial 1, LORD RON (D. Holland); 2, Golden Century (K. H. Ting); 3, Auto-Matching (G. Childs). Others (in finishing order): Red Wine, Northern Fire Ball, Valiant Red, Lucky Glory. Time: 1.08.9 (24.0). Distances: 11/2 lengths, 11/2 lengths. Winner trained by Geoff Lane. Second trial 1, LINK TREASURE (K. S. Yu); 2, Castlepeaktreasure (W. M. Lai); 3, Schnitzer (G. Childs). Others: Ring The Cabin, Fortissimo, Warm Winter, Po On Express. Time: 1.09.7 (24.9). Distances: 11/4 lengths, 4 lengths. Winner trained by Stephen Leung Sik-lun. Third trial 1, VA VITE (K. S. Yu); 2, Super Power (C. W. Choi); 3, Kan's Way (E. Legrix). Others: Dashing Boy, Super Class, Operation Smile. Time: 1.11.4 (24.3). Distances: 11/4 lengths, 33/4 lengths. Winner trained by Stephen Leung Sik-lun.