JOHN Moore thinks stable apprentice Stanley K. M. Chin is the best thing since sliced bread while the lad knows exactly how to keep his boss sweet. Add all that up and you get Sugarloaf, the excellent winner of the American Challenge Cup at Sha Tin yesterday. Moore heaped praise on Chin - but that was hours before the feature race on the programme. At trackwork yesterday, he said: 'Stanley is a tremendous asset to the stable. 'He is doing a great job and I will keep supporting him right the way through. If they bet on the outcome of the champion apprentice title, you just wouldn't get a price about Stanley - he's just too good.' After Sugarloaf's exciting win - a beautifully timed run under Chin from well back in the field - Moore added: 'I actually offered the ride to Douglas Whyte but he thought he had a better ride on Polar Star. 'As it turned out, it didn't matter at all as Stanley did the job perfectly.' Chin has shed a few pounds in a determined effort to make this a season to remember. He said: 'I have two ambitions this season. The first, and most important, is to keep my boss happy. The second is to graduate as a senior rider.'Persistent rumours that Mick Kinane would not return to Hong Kong this season were scotched last night by the multiple Irish champion who set his arrival date as October 21. It is going to be a busy spell for Kinane, who rides runaway Irish Derby winner Zagreb in the Arc next Sunday and also partners Oscar Schindler in the Melbourne Cup on November 5. Kinane notched five winners last week to leave him one behind Kevin Manning in his bid to regain his Irish title. His weekly trips to England had Kinane at long odds to win his home championship, but it is no longer a forlorn hope. He said: 'It will still be very hard for me because I am at Ascot for a couple of days and there are more English and European meetings. I hadn't a hope five weeks ago but the gap has narrowed to only one.' There are no initial reports on sales figures for his new authorised biography Mick Kinane - Big Race King nor when it will be available in Hong Kong. Of more immediate interest is the Arc, where Zagreb is available around 7-1 with the British bookmakers. Such was the fluency of his victory in the Irish Derby, under Pat Shanahan, that he must stand a strong chance - although Hong Kong punters will surely have him under the odds here.His many friends were delighted that trainer Bruce Hutchison was back at home over the weekend following the horrific car accident of 10 days ago. To say the recovery to date has been amazing is probably to understate the case - certainly judging by the early reports and pictures of the smash. But Hutchison has always been a fighter and he has shown that in the past week. He must undergo surgery on his face this week but then he expects to be counting the days until he is back on the track. His owners have rallied round and son Clint has taken on a lot of early morning administrative work.Time waits for no man and Jockey Club chief executive Lawrence Wong knows this best of all. The technologically-minded Wong has been so impressed by a state-of-the-art, visually displayed electronic timing system that he has personally insisted on its installation. In the near future, racegoers will be able to see a running digital clock throughout each race and it is understood this new system will be extended to trackwork. It is clearly a sign of more progressive times.