CRACK Australian handler David Hayes has been in near-unstoppable form since arriving in the territory for his first season with a licence. He's taken out feature events and low-grade handicaps alike and it is the latter he will be looking to plunder with Oriental Oilfield who has been working like a future winner for the past few weeks. He underlined his well-being with a fluent workout on the main Sha Tin all-weather track yesterday. It wasn't the time he ran - Hayes didn't ask him for a serious effort - it was the way he moved which caught the eye. He's getting on and dropping down the handicap and with this type of horse the best thing is to see them happy in themselves. They're too experienced to be burning up the worktracks. All the same, there is a staying event coming up for Oriental Oilfield so mark him down in the quinellas and the tierces at least. The Lawrie Fownes' team have generally been running well without having too much luck bar a big-priced treble. They way they are now shaping in the mornings, that could be about to change. In Hong Kong, a winner is a winner is a winner - whatever the grade. With this maxim in mind, keep a watch on I'm A Ripper. The New Zealand-bred gelding scored over a mile at Happy Valley last season and then did nothing. As a result he's dropped back down the handicap scale and the way he is now starting to work, he could be something to bet on. Yesterday he worked solidly in company with stablemate, Plenty Cash, who was sporting blinkers. Crown Counsel has been a faithful servant of the Fownes yard for many seasons. He's been an habitual trackwork star over the last few seasons but this campaign his work has lacked a little of the old sparkle - until yesterday that was. His gallop yesterday was alongside another who has done Fownes proud, and vice-versa, over the last three campaigns, the talented sprinter-miler, Kadbridge. Crown Counsel was not troubled to travel easily alongside Kadbridge giving the distinct impression that he is poised to leave some modest early-season form behind in his immediate outings. There has been little cheer for supporters of Ace Of Hearts in his starts to date. But yesterday the Fownes' youngster showed enough in his hitout to suggest a handicap is within his scope when he has gained some more relief in the ratings.