Sprinting is not his go, the short straight won't help either, but Smashing Pumpkin could well surprise in the featured HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup at Sha Tin's opening meeting on Sunday. Smashing Pumpkin, like so many from the camp of champion trainer David Hayes, appears to be forward in condition and is the type to go well fresh. Yesterday Hayes and stable jockey Basil Marcus put a sharp piece of work into Smashing Pumpkin who responded with a pleasing final quarter in 22.5 seconds. He galloped in company with the useful worker Cavalo whose presence will have ensured Smashing Pumpkin had a thorough pipe-opener. There should be plenty of speed on in the Chief Executive's Cup and this could allow Smashing Pumpkin to storm home and add value to the tierce, despite the seemingly inadequate 1,200-metre trip - as has been seen on numerous occasions, these really good horses can sprint well fresh. Astute local mentor Wong Tang-ping asked his Chief Executive's Cup hopeful, the improving Danswinner, for a solid 1,200-metre hitout. Danswinner, ridden by Douglas Whyte, picked up to clock a last 400 metres in a cosy 24.3 to complete his work in 1:20.7. Ping also took the opportunity of putting some very strong work into his trio of City Patrol, Sound Gallop and Right On. They came through 1,200 metres in a very quick 1:15.3 in more or less even quarters of 25.8, 25.5 and 24.0. Ping is very much a strategist and given such serious work so early in the season, he must have specific races in mind for this group. Elsewhere, Hayes' Strikers enjoyed an easy 800-metre piece yesterday in 53.5 under his work rider and could be just the type to go well fresh. He has already been noted trialling very well this season and is likely to have a fitness edge early in the season.