IT is unlikely to have been coincidence that Lester Piggott's arrival has coincided with Ivan Allan stepping up the work tempo for his string of promising new horses. Yesterday saw Allan put more work into his string in any one morning than on any other occasion this season. The former multiple champion trainer of Singapore and Malaysia, respected if not revered by virtually every good judge in the game from Newmarket to Sydney, has been chugging along very nicely since the season opened. He hit a double via Jade Signet and Insider at the Sha Tin meeting before last and was on the mark in no uncertain terms when Speedy Good landed a lovely win for connections a week ago. Speedy Good took Allan to nine winners for the season and the way his team shaped yesterday morning there are likely to be plenty more to come. Horses like Grand Warrior, Just Delight, Active King and Pinch The Devil are typical of the lightly-raced types with plenty of scope that Allan has judiciously gathered around him from his first-class contacts in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Typically, Allan has set punters a poser in the fifth by keeping Frankie Lor on board Grand Warrior who shaped nicely in his debut and has progressed in his work since. Allan's Irish import, Pinch The Devil has tremendous pace. Yesterday he put in one of the fastest 400 metres of the season when dominating stablemate The Rising in a promising piece. They clocked a very fluent and impressive 21.9 seconds for their 400-dash. Allan is also as cute as they come. Too smart for us humble hacks. Work watchers had previously settled into their chairs safe in the knowledge that Allan's horses wouldn't be out until after 6 am at the very earliest with many of them not being seen until much later than that. Yet Pinch The Devil and The Rising were out a few minutes after the track had opened. There was also an interesting piece from three of Allan's horses from the barriers at the top of the back straight. Accolade, Sky High and Just Delight clocked a very useful 22.9 seconds for their 400-metre mid-section, with Just Delight looking to be moving the most strongly of the three. He makes his debut tomorrow along with another Allan newcomer, Active King, who also has ability. Just Delight may not be ready to go and win but he would be an interesting proposition at a big price. Few horses have been asked to work along more seriously than Brian Kan Ping-chee's Gold Yue Yee over the last month. The young English import was restrained in his work from the barriers yesterday with stablemates Evasive Tactic and Wonderful Time. Despite his tender age, Gold Yue Yee's work suggests he will nearly win tomorrow's fifth event. Evasive Tactic is progressing well in readiness for the seventh where he will be much better suited by the 1,400-metre trip. Neville Begg and Robert Thompson broke through for a win at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. The way their Winning Partners has been working and trialling they must have a big chance of another success, this time in tomorrow's third event down the straight 1,000 metres.