King Red Wine put the writing on the wall on debut and yesterday he looked the proverbial winner waiting to happen with a most fluent 800-metre piece under English jockey Brett Doyle. The New Zealand import was a little wayward first-up but then he was only lightly raced back in Kiwiland where he was placed in Listed company, having trialled like a decent horse in the making. The trial tape put him down as a horse to follow and in one of his trial wins he beat an unraced horse called Town Hall who has since been sold to Malaysia for big money on the strength of a very high home reputation. King Red Wine was, himself, an expensive purchase even by Hong Kong standards but the money looked well spent when he stormed home to take the quinella spot behind the impressive Holy Grail over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin. Admittedly it wasn't the strongest of Class Two contests,but then King Red Wine also had a tough trip as he was inconvenienced at the start and then had to overcome interference before commencing his strong run for second. Trainer Andy Leung has given him all the time he has needed to recover from that debut run and yesterday King Red Wine could not be faulted on appearance as he bounded up the home straight with that bold gait of his. He is an extravagant mover and came through even quarters to record an overall 800-metre time of 48.8 seconds. The Leung stable is now in much better form and this New Zealand import is a must horse to follow. The way he trialled in New Zealand and the way he has shaped since arrival, he could well be destined for Class One where he could even make his presence felt in due course. Champion trainer Ivan Allan has plenty of chances this afternoon as he starts to close relentlessly on David Hayes at the head of the standings. Hayes' stable has stalled of late but Allan is motoring and he left nothing to chance yesterday as he put his runners through a pipe-opening breeze up the Sha Tin straight. The likes of Marvellous, Cream, Bold Dancer, Sumotori and Citadel all go to the sports with definite hopes and they looked to be ship shape and Bristol fashion. Bold Dancer, in particular, appears to have trimmed down for his recent outing and should run a big race towards the end of the programme. Allan also put an effortless 400-metre piece into Larry Yung Chi-kin's new private purchase griffin, Starlight Express, who is a strong type and should make up into a competitive sort. But the current impression is that he may need a run or two before getting the hang of things. In other work, Tony Cruz has his classy Electronic Zone out and about. Cruz never asks too much of any of his team in the mornings but even as Electronic Zone moved through his cosy 800-metre gallop, it was impossible not to be impressed. The flashy chestnut appears to have improved again and is set to give any horse he meets a thorough examination.