There's nothing like a horse to test your patience as professional footballer-turned-public relations guru Derek Currie knows only too well. Currie and a friend own the talented grey, Casey's Drum, who will surely win a race should his legs stand a concerted training programme. Yet in the previous two seasons they have displayed, instead, all the fragility of Waterford Crystal. Trainer David Hill has had to send Casey's to the races off limited preparations yet his raw ability has seen him run a number of creditable but frustrating seconds. Then there was yesterday. Casey's Drum was out cantering round the main work track looking fitter, better in himself, and generally more robust than ever. Hill is not noted for his whizz-bang starts to the season but Casey's Drum appears ready to thrive in those early skirmishes. David Hayes himself is far from ready, still hobbling around after that freak and horrific summer accident which smashed his knee. His horses, though, are an entirely different proposition with the unraced three-year-old Saint Galore looking a particularly nice type. The son of Citidancer wasn't asked to do anything vigorous yesterday, it was just the way he looked and moved and they way he is put together which appealed. He is worth following. Can-Can did next to nothing for Hayes in griffin events last season but should find things to his liking down in Class Five this time round given his rating of 35. Paddock inspections last season showed him to be a most burly individual and he took a devil of a long time to trim down. Again, he didn't gallop yesterday, nor was he asked to sprint up 400 metres, it was just hard not to think he's improved physically and starting his first season outside of griffin company from a rating of 35 at the top of Class Five certainly helps. Hayes' useful winning griffin Hunting Lad also seems to have thrived. It could pay to keep close tabs on the Ricky Yiu-trained Interstar, who showed distinct promise before and during his only run of last season. Yesterday, he had noticeably more zip than stablemate Telecom Prince on what was surprisingly a very quiet session so close to Saturday's opening meeting.