BRILLIANT Australian handler David Hayes can strike yet again during a dream start to his Hong Kong career with the strongly fancied Fay Fay in the second event at Sha Tin tonight. Hayes, who broke all training records when succeeding his legendary father Colin Hayes at their sumptuous Lindsay Park training complex in South Australia, is set to make a major and lasting impact on the racing scene up here. He has moved quickly to eight winners and only the exceptionally promising local handler, Ricky Yiu, has a better strike rate. Hayes' eight winners have come at a rate of 12.7 per cent while the other big guns like Ivan Allan, Patrick Biancone, Brian Kan and John Moore have strike rates of 8.9, 9.7, 8.6 and 10.8 per cent respectively. Meticulous attention to detail, work rate and clarity of mind are just three of the attributes which have put Hayes in the position he's in today. That attention to the nth degree is evident with Fay Fay who is fitted with a one-eyed set of blinkers for the first time tonight. This is certainly the first time they have been used in the territory in the five or so seasons I've been here and they should ensure that Fay Fay doesn't hang out round the first bend. It was only his inexperience and the way he hung out round the first bend which stopped him making a winning introduction on the dirt. The blinker over the left eye should keep him focused on the inside rail and it was noticeable that he didn't hang out at all when sent for a trial at Happy Valley eight days ago. 'I asked Piere (Strydom) to give him a bit of a squeeze in that trial as I had to make sure he wouldn't hang out round the bends,' Hayes explained yesterday. 'The only way to really see was to put him under a bit of pressure and he went round no problem.' If a horse is going to hang, that tendency would surely become evident at Happy Valley so punters can be reasonably confident Fay Fay's desire to run off the track was no more than a one-off incident caused by striking the dirt on his introduction to racing. The artificial surface can faze even the most experienced of performers, let alone a young horse making his racing debut so Fay Fay can be forgiven that first effort. As it was he put in a huge effort to battle on for fifth, beaten just three and-a-quarter lengths by Nikim. The run will have done Fay Fay the world of good, not just from the experience viewpoint but also in terms of his general fitness and last week's trial, when he simply ran his rivals ragged, was a very pleasing effort. He made all under Strydom and nothing looked like pegging him back. It will be a major surprise if he doesn't jump straight to the front and show his opposition a clean pair of heels from pillar to post. Strydom got to know Fay Fay during that trial and the talented former triple South African retains the ride. Like Hayes, Strydom has made a huge impact in the territory. He sits third in the standings on 12 winners behind joint leaders, defending champion Tony Cruz and his arch rival Basil Marcus, and is a big chance to come back for a six-month stint next season. It is hard to think of a more deserving candidate than Strydom who is another plus factor in Fay Fay's favour. The main dangers could come from Electric Power, Cosmolife, Monkey Saint and My Good Boy. Electric Power needed his first run of the season but he's done plenty of work since and will strip a lot fitter. Cosmolife has thrived since moving to Yiu and should be at reasonable odds given that the unfashionable maximum claimer Keith Kwok is on board. But it is Monkey Saint who is rated the biggest danger as he went well first time out on the dirt, rallying to run the quinella with Mughal Prince having completely blown the start. His apprentice rider, Martin Tsang, represents good value for his seven-pound claim and there was much to like about the way Monkey Saint worked from the barriers at the top of the back straight on Monday morning. My Good Boy has run reasonably on his two starts and trainer Patrick Biancone's string is running into a rich vein of form.