Smart galloper Monza can cement the excellent start to the season being enjoyed by young local trainer Peter Ho by winning the featured Kwangtung Handicap Cup at Sha Tin tonight. Ho has been a revelation since surprisingly granted a licence at the start of last season following a spell as assistant trainer to David Hill. But Ho has grabbed the chance and after a successful first season now finds himself with a full quota of 60 horses. At the moment, Monza is the star of the Ho stable and, despite the 133-pound burden he carries tonight, can take this important piece of silverware. The Kwangtung Handicap Cup is one of the oldest races on the calendar. Apart from his excellent record last season, Monza's recent outstanding trial at Sha Tin stamped him as being ready to produce his best in a race that does not pose too many threats. The field has fallen away to just nine runners and some in it would surely have trouble turning over Monza who has blossomed under the care of Ho since arriving with a reasonable overseas reputation that included a Group 'win' in France which was eventually lost in the stewards' room. Monza ran particularly well in the Derby where he finished third to raging favourite Johan Cruyff and he has scored over 1,400 metres. As the Derby was run at levels, it will be rightly pointed out that Born To Win, in opposition tonight, is now a staggering 16 pounds better off for having been beaten only three quarters of a length. It is a valid argument to put forward for those wishing to support the Peter Ng Bik-kuen galloper and it is not to be lightly dismissed. Born To Win looms as a very real threat to the selection but he does not appear to be as forward in his preparation as Monza. He has not been pushed, but it may well be that the massive weight swing plus the horse's natural ability - and Born To Win is no slouch - may well see him as a real challenger and certainly as a logical quinella and tierce choice. While Born To Win may well be an improver this season, current evidence suggests that Monza definitely will win good races. His work has been first class and it is impossible to get away from his trial which was top drawer. First-up over a mile will not trouble him unduly as, despite his excellent Derby efforts, it may well turn out to be that this trip is his best. The other outstanding worker leading into the race has been the David Hayes-trained Strikers who is also a quality performer and could stake a claim. Again, given the level of his work and fitness, the trip is not going to bother Strikers and he is another for the tierce. Privilege may find one race during the season but is clearly no longer the force he once was and it is not really possible to fancy him in this although he will give a honest performance. Supreme Bases has gone very well and looks in tip-top shape although it will be a question of him winning over a trip that is probably not his best. He was looking more threatening last season over longer but he does have some claims. Golden Duke was one of last season's big improvers but has not caught the eye quite so much in pre-season work and may end up being better for the run. Winning Supreme, also prepared by Brian Kan Ping-chee who has Golden Duke, has not been a track star. A recent piece of work saw him easily bettered by lower class performer Light And Bright and caution is advised. City Patrol is another who hit a fine streak of form last season but the engagement of claimer C. W. Mok does not inspire confidence and the Wong Tang-ping galloper is another who may find a race later in the season. Win-Etic will struggle at the weights but is essentially honest. This should be too rich for him.