The two most talked about horses in town, Seattle Sun and Sunny Graham, further piled the pressure on the embattled stipendiary stewards when trialling like Phar Lap at Sha Tin's straight 1,000-metre session yesterday. After the Wylie Wong-trained, Jason Weaver-ridden debutant Seattle Sun had run a very tenderly ridden fourth to Lucky Lord at Happy Valley on January 21, he was the subject of the most controversial running and riding inquiry since Benji's debut almost two years ago. The stipes, led by Clinton P. Pitts Jnr, noted Wong and Weaver's explanations but banned the horse, who had been backed down to 4-1 favouritism, from racing for 30 days. Naughty horse. For this the stipes have been pilloried in every section of the media, and appeared to convince no one of the merit of their decision during a lengthy and once adjourned meeting with the press before and after racing on Sunday. Seattle Sun was not asked to trial immediately after the inquiry. Notification of the need for him to trial only came in the stipes' report following Sunday's race meeting. Trainer Wong immediately used yesterday's six-heat session and Seattle Sun, who the stipes contended had been inadequately prepared for his debut just 13 days ago, ran the Class One sprinter Trademark to a short head in the fourth batch and would surely have prevailed had Weaver wished. It was an outstanding trial by any standards, not least the clock, as Trademark and Seattle Sun notched the fastest overall time of the morning, a slick 59.4 seconds. They also ran the fastest final split as they came home in a swift 23.3, confirming that Seattle Sun had, indeed, been primed to run well on debut as has been contended all along. He could not have made such massive improvement in less than a fortnight, from an inadequately prepared horse to one capable of easily matching strides with a Class One sprinter, if he had been so poorly educated in the first instance. Yesterday, when Weaver asked him a slight question, he picked up and went straight to the line in just about as impressive a fashion as could be expected from a Class Four performer. In the same trial, Seattle Sun's stablemate, Midas, also went like an almost certain future winner and appears a very talented private purchase griffin. Sunny Graham was also the subject of a hotly disputed running and riding inquiry, having run second to Markgraf last time out when trained by Andy Leung and ridden by Victor C. F. Chan. Again the controversy was as much over the evidence accepted as the stipes' opinion of the actual ride. This was because the stipes took into consideration evidence that Sunny Graham had bled internally (most horses do and the jockey wouldn't have known it at the time) and that he was lame the next morning (as opposed to immediately after the race). Sunny Graham changed stables immediately after the inquiry had been concluded, joining Francis Lui who yesterday booked French ace Eric Legrix for the trial. Legrix hardly ever shows one up in a trial but even with him getting his mount to switch off, it was still impossible to miss the way the Select Sale purchase powered to the line over the final 200 metres. He, too, is a winner waiting to happen in Class Four. In other trials, King Of Stationery went much better for his new trainer Wong Tang-ping in the third heat and can be supported in the bottom grade when over a mile or farther. He appears to be leaving his previously disastrous form way behind. The blinkers appeared to improve Lawrie Fownes' well-performed New Zealand import Easy Star in the fifth. He scooted clear early in the trial before Wendyll Woods eased him right down over the concluding stages. This was a quality heat with David Hill's lovely stayer, Supreme Bases lobbing along on the bit, Patrick Biancone's Group Two Coventry Stakes winner, Harbour Master, looking a classy recruit, Leung's King Red Wine being very firmly restrained by Brett 'Double' Doyle in the first 500 metres and Peter Ho's recent and highly surprising acquisition from Geoff Lane's yard, Heavy Weapon, travelling strongly from trap to line.