MEN'S Pride was sent out in a highly-competitive Class Two event yesterday and ran an eye-catching race to finish close up behind some promising types in the fifth race. The gelding was last early but ran home very strongly and it looks only a matter of time before he breaks through. He is now at a mark where he can take a voluntary demotion into Class Three and he appeals as a certain winner for Wong Tang-ping in that grade. In the same race, Chalky Boat was having his first run for the season and did a good job to finish on the heels of the placegetters. He put in a couple of impressive efforts last season and looked as though he would be improved by the outing. His overseas form was good and it seems that a win in this grade is a mere formality. Wiley Wong hasn't had the best start to the season and is still searching for his first success. However, judged on the finishing burst of Chung San in the third event it shouldn't be too long before he is back in the winner's circle. The gelding needs a faster pace than that set yesterday and, although limited, he has more than enough ability to win in similar company at his next start. It was also his first start for the term and he will no doubt be better for the run. Tiger's Spirit has an impeccable record down the straight 1,000-metres track and also goes well at Happy Valley. With the city track due to reopen at the end of the month, it was a timely return to form from the David Oughton-trained galloper in the Remy XO Cup, the feature event. He fought on strongly to finish within two lengths of the winner after setting a brisk pace in front and is now ready to open his account for the season.