Port Hope can strike a blow for last season's griffins and continue Lawrie Fownes' and Wendyll Woods' brilliant start to the season by taking the second event on an interesting card at Sha Tin this afternoon. The New Zealand import has looked a decent type from the very first moment he worked. It is a feature of watching the young horses that the ones that go on and do something often show natural speed from the very first moment they are asked to work. Port Hope always had a bit of zip and even more presence about him and the son of Grosvenor has developed into a lovely looking type. Last term he took a little time to get the hang of things and it wasn't until his third outing that he saluted the judge with a 11/4-length defeat of Classa Speed, with another half length back to the previous winner, Shaxi Treasure, with Ever Triumph, who has already won this time round, a creditable fourth. In some ways that 1,400-metre success for Port Hope was a bonus as he always looked the scopey type who would train on and make a better proposition as three-year-old. His work seems to have underlined that initial thought as he was noted going significantly better than the normally good worker, Picador - who came out and raced well enough when third to Cornwall Hero - on September 10. Port Hope was then responsible for a very useful trial a week later. He was very much looked after in the run to the line in that trial and it should have left him forward enough to do himself justice this afternoon. A handicap mark of 55 allows him to take the voluntary demotion back into Class Four and Port Hope looks to be very well graded. Fownes has his team in super shape, more than forward enough to do the business at the first time of asking, and Woods is riding with supreme confidence. There will be a fair amount of support for Concert Fortune given his comfortable first-time-out success at Happy Valley which opened Larry Cassidy's account in the territory. But Concert Fortune only beat a field of maidens and this looks to be a more competitive event, especially as he has been re-handicapped as a result of that win. Kick The Habit is quite hard to catch right but he is significantly fitter for his reappearance effort and he has now dropped down to a very reasonable handicap mark. Similarly handicapped is Lucky Express, who has tumbled down the ratings and has run well fresh in the past. He is also starting for the first time for Andy Leung and it is legend by now how much a stable change can revitalize even the seemingly most jaded of performers. But it is Shining Winner who is considered the main quinella chance in this second event as he has tumbled down the handicap scale, is racing over his favourite course and distance, has the advantage of having already raced once this season and has worked right out of the top drawer since that first-up third. It is harder to back him to win as he's become a bit of a perennial placegetter, but he is very much in the right race. What's more, he can jump from barrier one and has the in-form Eric Saint-Martin doing the steering. Saint-Martin comes into the meeting fresh from a treble at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and it is so important to follow the trainers and jockeys in form. In this place, nothing succeeds like success.