Sugarloaf looked a cut above the rest of those working at Sha Tin yesterday morning. The John Moore-trained gelding was tipped as a potential Derby prospect after two brilliant wide-margin victories at the end of the season before last. But the New Zealand-bred gelding was never quite right last term and finally was forced to sit out the rest of the campaign after suffering a bleeding attack when finishing behind Noble Dancer at Happy Valley on February 10. Prior to that eighth placing there had been signs of a return to form when he finished fourth to stablemate Ever Joy, a surprise 50-1 winner, a month earlier at Sha Tin. The enforced rest seems to have done Sugarloaf the world of good. While it is always dangerous to back a horse returning from a bleeding attack, yesterday's work from Sugarloaf suggests it could at least pay to keep him safe if he's in a race where you fancy playing the tierce pool. Yesterday he was too strong for his veteran galloping companion, Nervous Witness. They weren't hanging about, either. They swung through a relatively even paced 1,200 metres in one minute and 21.4 seconds, with Sugarloaf always going the better of the pair throughout the last quarter. Moore is habitually a slow starter. To some extent his campaign never really got going last time round and before that he completely blew the jump - it was the reason that his last stable jockey, Brian York, left the territory to return to Australia. It could be different this season as a number of the Moore camp should be reasonably treated in the handicap ratings after their quiet spell and Moore does seem to be cracking the whip in the mornings at this early stage of the preparations. The likes of Flirting Dancer, Millennium Reigns and Rocket Green all trialled well on Tuesday morning and, as well as Sugarloaf, both Seattle Pride and Super Bomb impressed in yesterday's work. This latter pair came through a strong 1,200 metres in 1:17.6, which is pretty fast and slightly contrary to what has been the usual Moore method for this time of year. The top South African jockey Douglas Whyte, starting his first season in Hong Kong, partnered Super Bomb with a riding boy doing the honours on Seattle Pride. Pinch The Devil is now in the care of Tony Cruz, having previously been with Ivan Allan. The way he's been going for Cruz, who is already forcing trackwatchers to sit up and take note of his string - so well and so relaxed do they look - he looks a decidedly useful acquisition for the new trainer's stable. Pinch The Devil has always been a good worker but even allowing for that fact, he fairly flew through his last 400-metre section yesterday morning, fizzing home in 22.8 seconds off some earlier pacework. He doesn't appeared to have changed much since joining Cruz. He's still the same lean, tall, typical son of the American sire Salt Dome. And he's still fast. Watch out for him if he can be found a race where he can lead by himself. Patrick Biancone, so unlucky to miss out on the title behind Allan last season, is starting to up the trackwork tempo for his team. Yesterday Helene Treasure and the very useful griffin from last season, Supernova, completed their first serious piece of the new campaign. They both went well and Supernova, who will probably prove to be at his best at sprint distances this time round, appears to have trained on. The same applies to another very useful griffin of last season in the stylish Danzighill. The apple of Wylie Wong's eye, not to mention the star of his stable, was not asked to run any time yesterday. Indeed the unbeaten Happy Valley Vase winner (two starts for two wins) hardly came out of a canter as he ambled through 800 metres. All the same, he seems to have put on condition and done himself well through the close season. He had a decidedly light look about him come the end of his first preparation last season. Now he has come back looking more burly and appearing to have filled out and strengthened up in nice style.