Last week's impressive trial winner Taliswin stood out at yesterday's Sha Tin trackwork session which saw the first significant jump outs of the season. Taliswin is now with Tony P. H. Chan as is the brilliant French jockey Eric Saint-Martin. The change in stables, as is so often the case, appears to have revitalised Taliswin. The second-season Australian import came with a storming run to burst clear in a grass trial down the straight 1,000-metre chute last week, while yesterday he showed impressive acceleration to dominate the speedy Fortune Winner and Cheerful in his work from the barriers at the top of the back straight. Often these private purchases take a year to acclimatise and that may well be the case with Taliswin, who had shown plenty of promise in his work early on last season. But now he is going better than ever and is a name to note in readiness for next Wednesday night's opening Happy Valley meeting. He is entered for the second section of the Class Three, 1,650-metre handicap and, the way he is working, it will take something in top condition to beat him. More immediately, Brian Kan has Village Bard primed to go close at the weekend in the second section of the Class Four mile handicap. Village Bard is an out-and-out first-up specialist and Kan has trained him accordingly. Yesterday he put another solid piece into him, asking Village Bard to gallop with his higher-rated stablemate, Super Goal. Village Bard, ridden by Felix Coetzee, matched his partner stride-for-stride as they clocked 1:19.9 for their 1,200-metre hitout. It was another busy morning for the Kan team with the former multiple champion trainer putting some serious stuff into his talented griffins from last season, Saint Tak and Cornwall Hero. Both are in the non-restricted Class Three 1,000-metre dash down the straight though Saint Tak, who looked on good terms with himself yesterday, is very unlikely to get a run as he's ninth reserve. Cornwall Hero followed a useful trial and a decent pipe-opener on Monday morning with a pleasing 1,200 metres in 1:19.0 under Eden Cheung. Sunday's sprint is building up into a fascinating contest as it also features the promising griffins from last season, Orlando Magic, Thatsaknownfact and Jacqwin, with the last-named appearing to have improved out of all recognition from a physical point of view. There is also the speedy Baskerville, a seemingly back-to-form Manor Lord who has worked pretty smoothly, and Chiu Chow Warrior whom Lawrie Fownes looks to have revitalised. It is going to be one hell of a sprint. Kan's Charisma (and he's got plenty of that) was unlucky not to win last season and has come back working as if it is only a matter of time before he prevails in a low-grade staying event. Yesterday he dominated Bold Print and Barchetta. Keep an eye on Stephen Leung's Flying Horse who did little last season but appears massively improved this time round. He looks to have put on a stack of condition and is also showing much more speed. Yesterday he was far too good for Flying High and Tactics. David Hayes' World Leader always had it over Peony in their jump out and is surely going to prove to be a much improved sprinter. David Hill's Debonair streaked clear of Sir Valid in their jump out and Hill has been able to give Debonair a much more solid preparation this time. Sticking with the sprinters, Leung's Rotary King, appears to be on the way back.