Former champion trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee has his horses running in rare form at this early stage of the season and he could claim the Hong Kong University Association Alumni Challenge Cup at Sha Tin tonight with the interesting Feeling Bright. Kan had a double last Saturday night, struck again at the Valley in midweek and has definite trophy claims with this New Zealand import who should show the benefit of one outing already this season. On the first day of the new campaign, Feeling Bright made good ground in the final race on the day over 1,200 metres but had no answer at all to the withering finish of Red Jeans. But owner Wilkie Tsang Wing-kei, who has had a couple of moderate horses with Kan in the past, had every reason to feel pleased with the seasonal debut of Feeling Bright and there must be optimism that he can go one better tonight. This will be the gelding's third local run but he had a fairly extensive campaign in his native New Zealand where, at good tracks and in reasonable company, he was rarely out of the money. Rightly, Kan gave him plenty of time to find his feet locally and started him only once very late last season when he ran a most promising fifth behind the excellent Chop-Chop in a Sha Tin race over 1,200 metres. The HKUAA Cup is a tricky affair but those looking for quinella or tierce bankers should certainly be safe with Feeling Bright. He steps up tonight to 1,600 metres but that should be just what he is after. Punters need have no doubts about him running out the trip as he finished second - beaten a quarter length - at the good New Zealand track of Te Rapa and was also runner-up in a mile event at Avondale. After his first run over 1,200 metres, Feeling Bright should be just right for this Cup tilt and he will get every opportunity with Felix Coetzee. But there are a number of chances, not least Easy Champ who was so narrowly beaten at his seasonal debut and still looks well enough placed to be a threat here. At this early stage of the season, horses that back up after worthwhile debut runs can have a clear advantage and Easy Champ would be expected to have taken natural benefit from his effort last week when he was touched off by Nervous Witness. That was also over 1,600 metres so this race has fallen right into line and Easy Champ will be expected to give a good sight under Eric Saint-Martin. Trainer Wong Tang-ping, who began with an opening day double, goes into the event two-handed with Miss Piggy and Full Speed Ahead. Both are reliable staying types who win their share and both have gone well leading up to this event. Miss Piggy will be ridden by claimer Win Chung Lai-fong and may face the stiffer task as Full Speed Ahead, also apprentice-ridden, may be going just that bit the better. Both horses will be at decent odds and do have modest claims - particularly in the more exotic bets. Cottage View is a horse to be treated with extreme caution and one is likely to end up on the right side of the ledger by basically opposing the horse at every start. Topweight Mr Judge is a more interesting contender. He is a lot fitter and has the ability to be right there, as his overall record shows. Champion jockey Basil Marcus has not landed the best draw (10) but if there is a suggestion of give in the ground, that would not be against him either. Classic Boy was a last start winner for Wendyll Woods at big odds and winning form can be good form. He cannot be completely ruled out of this event although he has now quickly shot up after two successes and should find it harder. But he is a New Zealand horse and when they do hit form - frequently at ages in advance of their Northern Hemisphere counterparts - they tend to hold it. It may be harder for the rest with horses like Braveheart and Thunderbolt and, to a lesser extent King's Glamour, all still looking as if another run would do them good. Pride And Joy, who has some claims, has been working well enough without being a real star and again it may be a case of him improving upon whatever he achieves tonight.