DERBY-winning duo Mick Kinane and David Oughton can continue their tremendous burst of form by taking the fifth event at Sha Tin this afternoon with the improving Gaylord. The English import has progressed markedly since a mid-season spell, running promisingly at Happy Valley on his first start back from that break before winning decisively over a mile at Sha Tin on his most recent outing. He beat Celestial Fortune into third that day by around three-quarters of a length so should Gaylord oblige again, as expected, it would be a significant form pointer to Celestial Fortune's chances in the very next race. Since his win, Gaylord has appeared to improve further in his trackwork, impressing in his final gallop on Friday morning. The move to 1,800 metres should also suit. Gaylord has always shaped as if needing further than a mile to show his full potential so it was something of a bonus that he managed to score over that trip last time out. Today's extra distance should more than compensate for the eight-pound jump in the ratings as a result of his half-length defeat of the in-form Small Wonder, with Celestial Fortune a head back in third, and see Gaylord finishing far too strongly for his rivals. He went to the line very powerfully last time out, and before that at Happy Valley. There is every reason to believe from this style of racing, that he is now going to show somewhere near his full potential at this 1,800-metre trip. His dismal efforts earlier in the season can be put down to a slight bug or virus. Kinane explained: 'It just may have been that there was a slight virus on him. That's why David (Oughton) gave him a nice long break and he's come back into work really well in himself and fully recovered.' Kinane and Oughton and the whole stable are generally on very terms with themselves following Che Sara Sara's Derby triumph. Together they have built up a powerful stable with a number of nice young horses on the way up and they are very much in-form. This is an unquantifiable but nevertheless important factor. Kinane is riding at the top of his world-class form and Oughton's horses are running out of their skins. They are a team to have firmly on your side. Gaylord has also been found a relatively uncompetitive event with not too many realistic dangers. The main threats could lurk at the bottom of the handicap scale in the shape of Arman's Sax and Allegresse. Arman's Sax has now come right for the Lawrie Fownes' stable and is well handicapped on his best form of last season. Allegresse finds it hard to get his head in front in Class Two, but this is not as strong as some of the Class Two events in which he has run creditably this season and he is another who could be suited by the move up in distance from a mile to 1,800 metres. And like Oughton, his trainer, the hard-working Derek Cruz is enjoying a purple patch of form. Basketball Leader is definitely worth keeping safe in the tierce as the general public may overcompensate and let him jump at far too big a price on the basis that local jockey Jimmy Ting is taking over from champion jockey elect Basil Marcus. Basketball Leader will find this a much easier race than he has been in for some time and is almost certainly going to put in a bold showing. Feodor should also be kept safe in the tierce on the basis that this is by no means as competitive an event as he has been tackling either. A reproduction of his second to Equine Supremo over today's course and distance would see Feodor go close. The $2.7 million Select Sale topper Saint Tak recorded a very slow time when making a winning introduction at Sha Tin last weekend, slower than even the Class Six event over the same 1,200-metre trip. The paradox is that he beat seemingly as competitive a field of griffins as there has ever been assembled in the territory for an ordinary griffin event. And the over-riding trackwork impressions are that Saint Tak is within the top two or three griffins of this season. So stick with those trackwork views and take any 2-1 or better about the Brian Kan Ping-chee-trained Marscay colt. Supernova looks the one for a short-price quinella - but it's better than a long-priced loser.