It has been a long time since Fighting Strike (23-1) has figured in most form students' calculations but, judged on last night's effort, the Wong Siu-tan-trained galloper deserves a second look when he next greets the starter. The eight-year-old Straight Strike gelding was noted flashing home late for fourth in the opening Class Four contest won in dominant fashion by the David Hayes-prepared Mughal Palace (5-4 favourite). As is his normal racing pattern, Fighting Strike settled worse than midfield in the run before stable jockey Alan Munro asked for his effort leaving the back. He has worked home only fairly of late but this time he put in nicely. Despite actually rising in weight since the season opened he was turned out in fine nick for this 1,200-metre affair and should be followed at his next few starts. Three of his four wins have come at the city track and that's where he looks most comfortable.