Scioto can benefit from the first-time application of blinkers to take the third event on today's Chairman's Prize card at Sha Tin. The sprint Triple Crown is on offer to the Alex Wong Siu-tan-trained Fastest Star if he wins the end-of-season sprint championship which would be a tremendous training performance from one of the smaller yards in town, especially from one that has been suffering from a spell in the doldrums. It won't be at all easy for Fastest Star as the brilliant Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner, Oriental Express, is in attendance, as are the improving Bumper Storm and Engineman and a freshened up Special, who has been working out of his skin. But this may be more of a race to savour whereas Scioto looks decent betting material in an ordinary contest. The Alex Wong Yu-on-trained four-year-old should also be at a shade of odds as, on the bare form, he only put in a modest effort last time when fifth to Lucky Day in what was a weak race. But that fifth was actually better than it looked as he was quite badly checked at the top of the straight before staying on very strongly over the closing 200 metres. Without that check he would have finished a couple of lengths closer but it is the application of blinkers which is the key. It was wearing blinkers that the son of Bates Motel put in a hugely improved effort in a trial at the beginning of last month. He basically led from start to finish, showing much more dash and running straight as a gun barrel to the line. It was an impressive effort for a Class Five performer and one which put him down as a future winner in that grade. His trainer has had his team in very good form for most of the season while jockey Wendyll Woods could be in for a very good day as he also has a great chance in the very next race on Mighty Combination for Lawrie Fownes. Mighty Combination has always looked a staying type. He confirmed that last time when a fast-finishing fourth to Aly Baba in a blanket finish which saw the first four home separated by just a quarter of a length. What made the run even better is that but for pitching onto his nose on the bottom bend and then having difficulty finding a clear run in the straight, this New Zealand import would probably have won. He lost at least 1.5 lengths and on two pounds better terms is fancied to reverse the form with Treasure Island. Those looking for a bit of value through the day could do a lot worse than Lucky Goal in the sixth. His last few runs are best forgotten, especially last time out, and he should be at good odds.